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BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th December 2015
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Reminder Parkway Mile Relay Wednesday 16th December
The Parkway Mile Relay (4 x 1 mile) will be held on Wednesday 16th December. Meet at the Heston Venue pavilion at 6 p.m.
The event works best if entries are submitted in advance to Steve Newell with an honest estimate of your mile time. Teams are chosen by the organiser to provide a close race. The course is out-and-back with gentle undulations.
Sometimes the total entry is not exactly divisible by four so there is a chance you will be asked to run twice but with a rest between your miles.
After the Parkway Mile event, from 8pm, there is the club Christmas Social in the club house. All members are encouraged to attend (even if you can't make the run earlier). There is an optional "Santa's sack". For this please bring a wrapped present to the value of about £5. Everyone who puts a present into the sack is entitled to take a present from the sack.
Subject: Dream Mile Results - 3rd December
With temperatures more akin to autumn, the last event of 2015 was rounded off in style. Not so much the running but the mince pies and mulled wine at the finish! I had thought about having the festivities before the run, but sure everyone would have gone back to work. There were some excellent times last week. Colin Russell, continued his PB breaking efforts recording a time of 7:05, knocking off another 20 seconds. There were no other PBís, but some year bests with Neil Frediani again breaking 7 minutes (6.55) and Sharon Kassemzadeh recording 6.51, only 4 seconds of her best.
First event of 2016, will be on the 7th January.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Brian Forrester 10K trophy for 2015
Every year, BAAC awards a trophy for outstanding achievement in a single 10K race, or for a series of 10K performances.
To help us decide who will pick up the prestigious trophy in February, please could all club members let me know details of your 10K performances in 2015. Any descriptions of unusual or special happenings at these runs would be welcome. Please send them to me by Christmas. Don't be shy!
Mail to: Steve Hillier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Club parkrun results for Saturday 12th December 2015
This week our members chose to keep to the southern half of UK or well down in the southern hemisphere. Not necessarily dry everywhere but at least not freezing. Plenty of runners still turning out in shorts even if long sleeved shirts were the preference of the majority. With global cooling now top of the political agenda we may look back nostalgically on these times in years to come!
After several weeks away, Julie Barclay returned to Woking under the watchful eye of Tom Rowley and recorded her best time for several months (22:39, 75.86%). Only slightly faster was the in-form Richard Ruffell who made a return visit to Gadebridge (Hemel Hempstead) after a few months. It is not the fastest of courses so Richard (22:14) was probably quite pleased to record a course pb and lower the club course record by a full minute. Richard is closing in on his "100" vest now with 97 runs to his credit.
Chris Kelly (21:02) at Reading, John Coffey (25:14) at Bushy and Denis Foxley (24:50) at Harrow also ran well. Free to run at his own pace for a change, Joe Nolan (24:17) was at Black for the 230th time. His total is now 245.
Our long distance tourists in Australasia broke new ground. Daniela Mayerova (29:30) ran at Victor Harbor in South Australia, the first time we have been represented in that state. During the week Roderick Hoffman (25:49) crossed the Tasman Sea and was at Hamilton Lake in the north island of New Zealand for another first. His sister Sarah Gordon accompanied him yet again. parkrun is for the whole family. The club total has now moved on to 215. Roderick has now run at a parkrun with a name beginning with "H" for four consecutive weeks. On his return to UK I imagine Hove Promenade will be more likely to catch his eye than Hilly Fields (in Brian Forester's home borough of Lewisham) which Roderick has studiously avoided for more than two years!
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Ed: Don't forget that Christmas and the New Year offers additional parkrun opportunities. Several parkruns are running on Christmas day and even more on New Year's Day and on the New Year's Day runs you can have two results recorded provided you can get from the finish of one to the start of the next. Seasonal parkruns are listed here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/ . Check the start times carefully - you wouldn't want to miss the start nor get out of bed earlier than you need! Alternately this Google map https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z7Nmx2WPB2qk.kjzIW9vZaNw4 shows just the New Year's Day parkruns but colour coded by start time!
From our Rowling reporter...
From Woking Park parkrun: The weather kept entries down slightly to 185.
Julie Barclay returned to the Woking run for a change of terrain the paths now clear of conkers but the wooded section muddy and very slippery and affected most runners times. Julie pleased with her run considering having to run the 1k muddy part very careful. Finished 1st 0/50 (27th overall) in 22.39.
And I have finally met Kevin Holland And it was made very easy as he wore his BA vest. I Introduced Kevin to Julie. Kevin is now retired two years previously worked at Waterside. Kevin finished 2nd over-65 (126th overall) in 29.23 his course best being 27.57. My marshal post being at the top of the only SLOPE on the course I saw him ascend each of the 3 laps looking very relaxed and comfortable Did not see him after the run as I am late getting back to finish.
One very noticeable performance by a first timer - Alison Boureois a V/L over-60 finished 4th lady (20th overall) in 21.59 (89.50%). Almost world class and lowered the over 60 course record by 3 minutes.
Thatís it folks - if the weather gets any colder I am going to have a cardboard cut-out made as a stand in marshal,
I did a 10K at Osterley Park on Saturday morning - it was held just after their parkrun which I thought would have been cancelled as much of the route was common although the 10K did not start until 10:30. The miracle cure to my knees is not so - at Wednesday's BA 5 mile handicap I got a recurrence of the sharp pain in my right knee so decided to go steady today with the 50 minute pacers. After a couple of miles I felt I could go a bit faster so pulled away a bit and finished in 47:59. Need to keep injury free for marathon number #104 and my last race of the year next Sunday at Portsmouth.
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