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BA Athletics Club News Digest 12th October 2015
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Winter Handicap - October - Wednesday 28th
The start of this year's winter handicap will be on Wednesday 28th October. Details will follow next week but in the meantime you might like to check out the course on the club map. The start and finish is at Heston Venue.
Men's Cross Country Roundshaw Downs/Common Match 1 of the Surrey League 2015-16
Having discovered that team captain Gary Rushmer was unavailable, I stepped in at short notice to organise the team for the first Surrey League fixture of the season to be followed a week later by the Milocarian match for which team details had to be submitted a week early. The Surrey league also required that runners be registered on the team page of the new website with dates of birth or England Athletics registration numbers to enable correct age categories to be assigned to runners and for speedier declaration of teams and results. I soon discovered lots of good runners were unavailable and nearly persuaded Rod "I never do cross country" Hoffman to run but he must have got wind of the fact that it was 5miles instead of 5k.
Anyway it was a relief when race day arrived and I could stop hassling people by email. We had a team of 7 (10 could score), 3 of whom were not back to full fitness. I thought that our team were unusual being based in Middlesex and running in the Surrey League but I noticed among the 10 teams (up from 6 or 7 teams last year) were Fulham and Fleet Street Runners (or are they street runners from Fleet?)! The race took place on a lovely afternoon twice round the flattish Roundshaw Downs. Four other teams only had 7 runners like us but Fleet Street could only manage 4 including the division 4 race winner! Paul Knechtl as nearly always was our lead runner home in 6th place and our team ended up in a creditable 6th place.
Four of us (myself, Paul, Mark and John) ran 2 years ago at Roundshaw, we were all slower this time, the other 3 were recovering from injury, I thought I was in good form but set off too quickly and was 2:30 slower than last time and came an ignominious last of all the race scorers but that was 8 points better than all the non-scorers and I did beat a few people who were beyond their team's 10 scorers.
Full results are at: http://surreyleague.org/slm/race/122/
Thank you to all who turned up (especially Richard who made a round trip of 130miles and Matthew for getting there by public transport) and I hope to see a few more of you (it really is the best thing you can do on a wintry Saturday afternoon!) at Epsom on November 7th and thank you again to Paul Knechtl for providing coffee and cakes.
Division 4 Match Results
Club parkrun results for Saturday 10th October 2015
The start of the cross country league season saw some of the regular parkrunners keeping their powder dry for later in the day. Between them our volunteers managed an entire set of finish area duties.
Former member Bill Byrne (20:10) has been running at Old Deer Park recently and this week achieved a rare first place.
Barry Walters (21:41) made his first appearance at Bracknell since his 60th birthday and jumped into his new age category listing there in second place. Something to work on.
John Scaife (24:57) extended the club's list of parkruns to 199 with a run at
Brundall Country Park (near Norwich). That time puts him 2nd in the
Roderick Hoffman (28:44) tried a new course for him at Gadebridge (Hemel Hempstead) and found it hard work. For the fourth time in the last couple of months Steve Newell made a return visit to a course tried earlier in the year and came away with a much improved time - this week 30:04 at Harrow where the Foxleys were on duty at the finish.
Geoff Miles (29:28), event director at Osterley, duly completed his 250th parkrun in what appears to have been a very leisurely pace.
One result missed last week was Caroline Yarnell enjoying some early spring sunshine at Curl Curl in Sydney where her 22:32 was worth 79% on the WMA scale.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Race to Two Hundred?
I expect to run at a new parkrun for the club next week so that will guarantee that the club reaches 200 parkruns.
Why don't you join me by being somewhere else too? The club map shows as green trees all of the parkruns we haven't yet attended and you can use Google to get travel times and directions. The map also has links to each parkrun page. Some parkrun tourists learn from bad experience that they need to check that a distant parkrun is not cancelled before they turn up at it. Last Saturday one tourist learnt by turning up at Clermont Waterfront in Orlando to discover that the event was off! My recommendation is to check the parkrun Volunteer/Future Roster page - no one rostered may mean no event. If this page isn't populated at all then check the news page or search for the parkrun's facebook page. I can't remember the last time I found a parkrun without an active facebook page.
Which new parkrun will I be at? I don't know, I'll consider my options on Friday evening and decide then - but my target is a flat tarmac course.
"Chicago is a lovely marathon. Going well at halfway, looking sub4, got very warm but ongoing groin strain got awful." Joe Nolan
"My marathon today was today not good. My drink problem was to blame! I've always like a drink in moderation (but admit to a bit more than moderation when a student!) but for the last 20 or so years I can't drink more than a pint or glass of wine without getting ill and sometimes get ill even with less drink. Saturday was one of those days! I stupidly had a 330ml bottle of Italian lager beer with my American Hot pizza at the York Pizza Express overlooking the river on Saturday lunchtime! I was then ill in the early hours of Sunday - sweating in bed, terrible headache and then throwing up! Unable to eat any breakfast and then threw up again when my brother, Miles, dropped me near the start at about 7:45! Felt bad all way round and my right knee was quite painful for the last 10 miles. Perfect running conditions, dray, cool and quite sunny but with lots of shade - shame I could not make use of them! I finished in 3:53:32." Piers Keenleyside
Retired Runners Lunch
ThThis year's Retired Runners Lunch will be at the Black Lion, 2 Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith on Tuesday 8th December at 12.30 p.m. Numerous travel options for bus pass holders and car parking is not impossible.
If you haven't done so already please contact Steve Newell to register interest.
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