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BA Athletics Club News Digest 12th November 2012

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 14th November CIE - Sports Hall Fitness Session - 18:00 to 19:00
  • Wednesday 14th November - BAAC Winter Quiz - Concorde Centre from 20:00 (details below)
  • Saturday 17th November Club parkrun - KINGSTON - starts 09:00 (details below)
  • NEW Wednesday 21st November - Laurie Kelly presentation/discussion - Concorde Centre from 20:00 (details below)

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events. 

The full events diary is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

Reminder BAAC Winter Quiz

This year's BAAC quiz takes place this week, from 8pm on Wednesday, at the Concorde Centre. Bring your own team (any size), bring a friend, or simply come alone and join in the fun in an on-the-night team.

Ten varying rounds of questions will suit all interests and abilities - there will be no quantum physics, but enough challenges to get the grey cells going.

There will be a collection for the club's charity, White Lodge - minimum donation £1 per head.

All welcome - See you there!

Quiz Master Steve Hillier

Laurie Kelly Presentation/Discussion Wednesday 21st November

Many of us will have met Laurie at various events over the years.  One of his responsibilities is as the Race Director and Time Keeper for the Surrey League Cross Country races including the men's race that we will be hosting in Cranford Park on January 12th. Laurie will talk to us about the work involved.  This will be particularly useful for any members who will be helping that day (and we will be looking for many helpers!) but should be generally interesting for all members.  This talk will be in the Concorde Centre and will start at 20:00 (allowing recovery time from that evenings Sportshall Session).

Concorde Race 2013

The Concorde 10k has been a regular fixture on the club diary for at least the last twenty years.  A reminder that it is twenty years is because our course certificate is expiring (it was valid for ten years and then extended for another ten). Having to get the course re-measured and certified is giving us the excuse to consider changes for next year's event.  To spread the workload we are having a small sub-committee responsible for designing the course and running the event.  The members of this group are myself, Roderick Hoffman (on-the-day Race Director), Paul Knechtl (Course Design) and Alastair Heslop (responsible for entries and publicity).  We would like to have one or two additional members on this group.  Please let me know if you are interested, even if you are unsure as to what your contribution could be, though note that since Paul, Alasdair and myself all have access to BA Waterside we would prefer it if we are able to meet there (non-BA staff can be signed in but this would be during office hours).

Next BA Club parkrun Saturday 17th November Kingston

The next stage of the BAAC "tour-de-parkrun" is at Kingston, Surrey on Saturday 17th November, start time 9am. Website: 

The event is halfway between Kingston and Ham on the Thames Towpath next to the Hawker Centre*, KT2 5BH. Parking is limited. It is 1 mile from Kingston railway station and just over a mile from Teddington rail station. Teddington lock is about half a mile from the start and a footbridge crosses the Thames here. Riverside Drive about 3/4 mile from the start has free parking, I donít know about parking in roads closer to the start.

The route is mostly included in the Richmond 10K in June run by Ranelagh Harriers. It is part paved and part mud/trail (possibly puddles too) so you may wish to wear your old trainers.

There is a cafť at the Hawker Centre if you want to join us for a coffee and chat after the run before embarking on a Xmas (not long now) shopping excursion into Kingston maybe??

Hope you can join us at Kingston on the 17th November, where we will meet near the start for the usual photo. Need a lift? Get in touch with myself (Staines/Ashford) or Roderick Hoffman (Hayes) and we will see if we or someone else can give you a lift.

Regards Neil Frediani.

* Those of us with an interest in aviation may wish to follow this link to see why it is called the Hawker Centre: 


Surrey League Cross Country Division 3 Roundshaw November 2012 Results

Score Position Time Race No. First Name Surname Club Category
1 1 28.04 805 Steve Bishop Holland Sports AC MV40 4
3 3 29.12 755 Paul Knechtl British Airways MV40 4
9 9 31.10 752 Barry Walters British Airways MV50 4
14 14 32.26 758 Jeremy Short British Airways MV50 4
25 25 33.48 757 Richard Ruffell British Airways MV50 4
30 30 35.27 751 Graham Taylor British Airways MV50 4
50 58 42.29 754 Neil Frediani British Airways MV50 4

Note - each team can have up to ten scorers.

full results

Charity 5k Red Run 25th November Victoria Park in East London

The club has been contacted about this event.  If anyone is interested in running this either individually or pulling together a team then please contact Steve Hillier promptly. Then let me know and I'll give you some sponsorship. These are the details that we were sent:

Good afternoon Steve,

I am contacting you from Positive East, Londonís community HIV charity. To mark World AIDS Day we will run our flagship event, the 5K Red Run (taking place this year on 25th November in Victoria Park, London).

We would like to invite you and the members of BA Athletics to join us at the 5K Red Run, and as an added incentive, by taking part in this yearís 5K Red Run you will be in with the chance of winning a voucher worth £100 to spend on sports gear for your club at London City Runner store! There is no cost to enter, and we donít set a minimum fundraising target for teams Ė we just ask that you work together to raise as much as you possibly can. Whichever local sports team fundraises the most for the 5K Red Run will win the £100 prize.

All money raised from the 5K Red Run goes towards improving and expanding our HIV testing service, which runs 5 days a week at venues across east London. There are over 9,000 people in London living with HIV who donít know about it. Our HIV testing campaign increases awareness around knowing ones HIV status, and seeks to eliminate the onward transmission of HIV. By getting involved in the 5K Red Run, you and your team will have the opportunity to do something wonderful for World AIDS Day in a fun and exciting way.

Do you think this is something BA Athletics would be interested in getting involved with? For more information about the run, head to 

If you do decide to enter a team, please contact with the name of your team and members so that we can enter you for the competition!

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch, my direct line is 0207 ### ####.

Kind regards, Shamiso

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