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BA Athletics Club News Digest 12th January 2015

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 14th January - Forrester 4-way Folly followed by club social - Heston Clubhouse 18:00 / 20:00 (see below)
  • Tuesday 27th January - annual Round-the-Block race - Heston Clubhouse (Concorde Centre) start 12:30
  • Wednesday 28th January - January Five Mile Handicap - Heston Clubhouse starts from 18:00

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.  The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

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Forrester 4-way Folly - Wednesday 14th January - Heston Clubhouse for 18:00

This is the annual event where runners are teamed up and then set off on different courses and in different directions so as to leave us totally confused as to which team has finished first until the results are announced.  The distance run will be something between 5k and 5miles.  All are welcome and there is a club social afterwards where you can be hopeful of getting a bar of chocolate even if nothing else.

Brian Forrester

Reminder: Associate membership review

If you haven't already done so please reply or respond with your views on the club's associate membership.  See last week's digest for details. Please email: Associate membership survey

Roderick Hoffman OBO the BAAC Committee

Magic Mile 8th January Results

Runner 08-Jan-15 Time Difference from previous time Best Time
Vaneeta Cro 00:14:29 -04 seconds 00:14:29
Jeremy Short 00:05:54 -02 seconds 00:05:36
Mandy Warren 00:08:20 -02 seconds 00:08:20
Richard Ruffell 00:06:14 -01 seconds 00:05:59
Carl Pierce 00:08:19 first timer 00:08:19
Bernard Sexton 00:05:51 +02 seconds 00:05:20
Paul Knechtl 00:05:15 +09 seconds 00:04:56
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:23 +12 seconds 00:07:08
Steve Taylor 00:07:06 +14 seconds 00:06:45
Matthew Stratful 00:06:11 +17 seconds 00:05:43
Simon Ashford 00:06:40 +22 seconds 00:06:18
Chris Kelly 00:06:27 +45 seconds 00:05:42
Deby Helsdon 00:07:21 +54 seconds 00:06:21
Martin Connor 00:06:59 +71 seconds 00:05:28

Weather conditions turned out particularly well in the end. Some grey, miserable, wet weather turn into lovely warm sunshine by the time the event started. It was a bit wet under foot in places and with a lake near the finish, we were all hoping not to get very wet from the passing traffic. Even the wind seemed favourable with only a slight cross wind. We had 2 PBs this week. Vaneeta Cro managed to take 4 seconds off her walk PB (14:29), while Mandy Warren returned after a 12 month absence to shave 2 seconds (08:20) off her time. Mandy also had a long effort getting to the start as she was running late!  We also had Carl Piece join for his first mile event and he opened his account with 8:19. Was also good seeing Martin Connor return after months off with injury. Bit slower than normal, but Im sure that wont last!

Paul Knechtl

Ladies Surrey League Cross Country Wimbledon match report

Well done to Clara who managed to get a full team out even though some were above the clouds.  Unable to run herself she was still at Wimbledon at 10.45 with the picnic table set up in the open.  This Clara and Julie had to move slightly owing to a freak 10 minute monsoon..  

The conditions were tough and the hills tougher plus the MUD. I saw most of the team running DOWN the hills but could not dash along to see them conquer the ascents. The long drag after coming out of the wooded area to the finish needed a lot of concentration and none of our girls seem to be labouring.

  • First home was Deby who gave me a shout in 43.05. Nice one Deby.
  • Then I missed Lindsey in 45.48 only having just met her today but must she have sailed past very quickly;
  • Alice came along next with her lovely welcome smile in 47.19.
  • Followed by Melanie quite relaxed in 48.31.
  • and our final scorer Monica in 49.38.
  •  Julie Barclay running for Woking in 41.28.  (Had a BA vest underneath  ??)

Julie and myself then went along to Clara's and the team's post race banquet.  Thanks for your company and making us very welcome and that very appetising spread, well done girls. May be you noticed the BREAD PUDDING disappearing - Julie is a bread pudding addict.

Thank you all very much.

 Also, not promising, some snaps might have come out?

Men's Surrey League Cross Country Oxshott match report

Great turn out by Gary and his team of 12.   A tough little 3 lap course and to prove how steep the hill was there were steps for the spectators to ascend.  Half way up some one had to come and get me, I was clapped out, ask Ann Coffey.  But I did get to see all the lads climb the hill - our track specialist Adrian leading the team up.  Richard was next along but then with the lapping going on I lost touch.  Some smiling, some glad to reach the top, but none crying.

Well done lads.  Sleep tight because the next fixture is at the notorious Lloyd park - OUCH !!

PS    I had to leave before the goodies were pasted around - I'm sure Gary will have saved mine for me

Great day lads many thanks, 

Tom Rowley

Gary Rushmer adds: Hi guys, sorry no results yet as of Monday evening, but once again a great turnout of 12 runners. That's with 7 runners that couldn't turn out because of Injuries or illness that ran at Epsom, so again well done. Let's hope your all fit and well for our last league fixture at Lloyd park on 7th February.

Club parkrun results for Saturday 10th January

10th January 2015 club family parkrunner time parkrun comment grade
Jeremy Short 19:14 Crane Park 2nd 79%
Chris Kelly 20:18 Reading 4th of 202 72%
Ben Chaytow 22:20 Crane Park 60%
Kerstin Luksch 22:45 Gunnersbury 65%
Scott Davison 24:20 Bedfont Lakes run #105 57%
Piers Keenleyside 24:31 Kingston following 10 mile warm-up! 64%
Oliver Mathai 24:41 Gunnersbury first parkrun since July 14 66%
Roderick Hoffman 25:00 Barking park #103 61%
Tony Hird 25:52 Gunpowder run #85 57%
Alan Anderson 29:58 Gunnersbury 69%
Linda Winning 34:50 Llyn Llech Owain run #55 62%
Steve Newell volunteer Gunnersbury marshal - halfway times
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford marshal
Janet Cunningham volunteer Guildford backup timer
Monica Alonso volunteer Guildford barcode scanner

A quiet week for our members with all important Surrey League cross country events (men and women) taking place later on in the day.  The cafe at Gunnersbury was almost deserted in spite of over 300 runners being on the course (including a debut by Oliver Mathai and a group of tourists from Dulwich who have just started out on a mission to run 50 different parkruns during 2015). There was a record turnout of 288 at Fulham Palace.  The group there includes a contingent from Imperial College so maybe we should invite them over to Cranford Park.   Alastair Heslop continues to volunteer regularly at Guildford where he must now be familiar with just about every aspect of parkrun (except running every week!).

Updated parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

On the topic of volunteering you may be interested to know that shortly, in the Spring, anyone who has volunteered at least 25 times will be able to order a free parkrun volunteers shirt.  Alastair has already qualified for one with 42 such efforts.  This data is shown under your running stats in the parkrun "all events" page.

I wonder if, on a future occasion when we'll have many volunteers out there, whether we could have a whole "parkrun team" across different parkruns?

Roderick Hoffman

Trophies Required - Club Awards Evening Wednesday 25th February

Advanced notice that this year's Club Awards evening is on Wednesday 25th February [following the February 5 mile handicap run].  This is the evening that looks back at 2014 and congratulates everyone for what they have achieved.

Could everyone who received a trophy last year and who has enjoyed having the trophy sitting on their mantelpiece displayed for all to see and admire please return them to Brian Forrester (or any committee member) ASAP so that they can be engraved ready to be presented to this year's recipients.

Who are this year's recipients?  Having seen the short list I can suggest that there may be some surprises - and perhaps you will be one of them! See you on the 25th when we'll all find out.

Roderick Hoffman on behalf of Brian Forrester

Berkhamsted Half and 5 mile runs - Sunday 1st March

Sunday 1st March sees the annual running of the Berkhamsted Half and Berkhamsted 5 mile runs. Any BAAC runners who would like to join us on one of these runs would be very welcome to come back to our house afterwards for a shower and to join us for Sunday lunch. Entries are now open either via post or through the Runners World web site. Supporters are also most welcome to join us. This year we have decided to charge a nominal 5 for your lunch and all the proceeds will be donated to charity. It would be very helpful if anyone planning to join us lets me know so we know how many to cater for, and please say if you have any special dietary requirements.

It would be great to have a good turn out of BA runners at this well organised event.

More information and entry:

After run recovery - email: Richard Ruffell

ASCA Cross Country hosted by Icelandair 27th Feb to 1st March - open to all...

Hi all, below are the details of the package deal for the annual ASCA cross country race being held in Iceland this year from 27th February to 1st March.

Package-cost: 14,000 ISK (71.00) + Hotel + Flights.

Details: Competition, Sightseeing tour, Awards dinner, Competition souvenirs.

Reduction: Cost for supporters is 11,000 ISK (56.00).

Payment: Cash, payable in ISK at the captain's meeting for all team members.

Hotel information and prices:

  • Arrival: Bus transfer from KEF airport to the hotel in Reykjavik (45 mins)
  • Departure: Bus transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to KEF airport.
  • Hotel: Hotel Reykjavik Natura.
  • Address: Nauthololsvegur 52, 101 Reykjavik
  • Hotel homepage:
  • Room rate: Single 15,300 ISK (78.00) per night, Double 19,700 ISK (100.00) per night. This INCLUDES the new VAT rate. Room rate includes: Breakfast.

Here is the booking link for your convenience...

Flights: BA do not fly to Iceland these days so we will have to find our own flights.

Program details:

  • 27/02/2015: 19.00: Captains' meeting. Package-cost to be paid in ISK cash only.
  • 28/02/2015: 10.00: Hotel departure, A few minutes' walk to the track.
  • 28/02/2015: 10.30: Ladies & Men's race.
  • 28/02/2015: 11.30: Light snacks and drinks.
  • 28/02/2015: 13.00: Sightseeing tour.
  • 28/02/2015: 17.00: Return to hotel.
  • 28/02/2015: 19.00: Awards Dinner.
  • 01/03/2013: Departure

Could all those interested in the above event can they let me know ASAP so we can let Icelandair know the numbers.


Many thanks, Gary.

PS Eligibility - in a change from previous ASCA events you are eligible to participate if you are a member of the BA Athletics Club - you no longer need to work for the airline.

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