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BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th September 2015
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Results: Round-the-Park Tuesday 8th September Harmondsworth Moor
Dave Dixon returned to winning ways with another master class performance. Not only did he win by over 2 minutes, but he also broke the course record by 9 seconds (17:44). He run pretty much the whole race on his own, so sure he could have gone quicker with some competition. In the ladies race Helen Lawrenson came home first (and fifth overall) in a time of 22:37. We also had one team entry this year. So by default team Slow Me took the title with 37 points. Now somebody has laid down the gauntlet, hopefully it will inspire a few more teams to enter next year!
* Matt Stratful did complete the course but not at the same time as everyone else. So his time has been recorded in the results, but does not effect the original standings.
See you on 26th January 2016 for Round The Block.
Paul Knechtl - 10th September 2015
Wanted - one Hood to Coast relay team
Do you fancy a challenge with a difference? Do you like running relays? Would you like to run through the night? Well after a 10 year break we are looking at sending a team to the 2016 Hood to Coast Relay.
If you've joined the club in the last ten years you may be asking what is this race?
It is a 200 mile relay from the top of Mount Hood to the coastal town of Seaside and officially the largest relay event in the world. There are 1000 teams taking part on the course with up to 12 runners in a team - it means there are up to 10,000 runners taking part in the main event alone! There are 2 other shorter competitions taking part, which add 50% more runners. Teams run in strict rotation in proper relay style throughout the night to complete the 36 stages. Unlike most other relays you run 3 times, so your involvement continues through the event.
When is it? The event will be run over Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2016. Thatís the weekend of the Bank Holiday. We normally try to go out a few days earlier (24th) and come back a couple of days after (29th), which will be the Bank Holiday Monday. But it is up to you when you travel.
So you might be asking why so early for this call for runners? Entries open and close for the event on 7th October 2015, 10 months before the event. The one down side is the event as a whole is not cheap. But ask anybody who has done it before and they will say it is the best event they have ever done!
To enter, we must have a minimum of 8 team members to register. We have tried to complete the event with 7 runners in the past and it just doesnít work. 9 would be the absolute minimum, but the full 12 would be ideal. So for us to enter we need to get commitment from 11 people by the 30th September to get the cheque for the entry fee raised. When we know the entry fee (likely to be in the region of £130 per runner) we will look to collect this as a non-refundable deposit.
More details can be found on web at http://www.hoodtocoastrelay.com/race-information
Otherwise if you have another questions queries, please let us know.
Paul Knechtl & Simon Ashford - mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Great North Run Result and Mo/No Comparison
I forgot to add the following line to the table I put in last week...
Club parkrun results for Saturday 12th September 2015
Even with parkrun regulars Steve Newell, Joe Nolan and Alan Anderson not running this week we still had over 20 members turning out somewhere or other round the country (and again at Crissy Field in San Francisco).
The best performance was by Barry Walters (20:50, 76.32%) who added a new parkrun to his list and the BA Club list too at Exhibition Park in Newcastle.
By his own admission Jonathan Cox has been a "below the radar" member for a couple of years now but he raised his head long enough to tell us that he was about to run his 250th parkrun which he promptly did last Saturday at Bushy Park to become the third member of the club to reach that milestone. Jonathan hasn't been reported on to date since in the parkrun database he is registered (correctly) with his first claim club - Stragglers. Other members in that situation are welcome to tell me of their parkrun A-number so that I can include them in the weekly report.
Going the other way I understand Tony Hird has asked to be put on the transfer list and his first run at Barclay Park (along with Roderick Hoffman) may be his last while associated with us - but we shall see. Websites can remain static in many strange ways. Barclay is another new park for the club - at 196 we are edging closer to 200.
A couple of parkruns pbs to report this week - James Glover (23:29) at Guildford and Kevin Holland 27:57 at Woking.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Steve Newell (mainly)
BAAC Annual General Meeting - write-up
You've seen the show, now here's your opportunity to read the book. It's just as exciting as the live event, filled with all the thrills and spills of activities at the club over the past year! If you want to nominate it for the Man Booker prize, it has to be better than The Life of Pi.......
Meet the Committee
Most club members rarely if ever make it to the Heston Venue and so only get the chance to meet up with committee members at events. A good suggestion has been made for each of the committee members to write a few words about themselves. Thank you to Clara for being first off the mark...
Ed: Clara is cabin crew and usually passes on one or two contacts for the distribution list from each work trip taken. It can be difficult to say no to a 3rd Dan black belter in Shitoryu Karate!
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