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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th August 2016
New members and potential 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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
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BA Athletics Club BBQ Wednesday 24th August on Harmondsworth Moor - all welcome
On Wednesday 24th August the club will be hosting a BBQ on Harmondsworth Moor. All are welcome and there is no charge for members, families of members or for non-members (hopefully potential members) who have told us in advance that they may be attending. There may be a modest charge for unannounced non-members on the day.
Event: There will be a training event beforehand under the guidance of our ace coach Joe Nolan.
BBQ: Clara Halket will be providing a basic BBQ for meat eaters and vegetarians. If your needs are specialist then let us know. We'll also provide a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
Location: We'll meet at a slightly different location than normal to enable us to explore a new area of Harmondsworth Moor. See the map below or print the higher resolution version from this link. The location is also marked on the club map - see link above.
To get there by road enter Moor Lane FROM HARMONDSWORTH VILLAGE. Pass the Five Bells pub on the right, next to the church, and after another 400m there is a narrow bridge and there is parking in the road on the right hand side both before and after the bridge - on a single yellow line but permitted from 16:30.
The BBQ location is in the park area on the right immediately after the bridge. We are likely to be using the picnic tables 50 meters into the park.
Location from Waterside: Leave Waterside by the backdoor and exit towards Harmondsworth Village. The BBQ location is in the park area immediately in front of you as you reach Moor Lane.
Timing: Try to get to the BBQ location for 18:00 for the training event. The BBQ will probably be timed for soon after 19:00
And if it is wet? We've deliberately chosen a location where we could easily move to the Five Bells Pub! But the training event will take place whatever the weather.
What do you need to do? TELL US TO EXPECT YOU (please, NOW, even if you are only 51% likely to make it)
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Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th August
The holiday season continued through the Olympic period and our parkrun tourism regained some momentum.
Steve Dodsworth (23:10) and Linda Dodsworth (26:15) were at Evesham where only Sarah Gordon had run previously before she joined us. Sarah herself was at Leicester Victoria (35:02) this week for the eighth time. John Scaife (25:05) continued his tour of East Anglia with a visit to Fritton Lake where triathlons are held as well as parkruns*. Trish McCabe (27:02) went across Kent to Folkestone where they will be celebrating a second anniversary next week. Those three runs take the club total forward to 281.
Roderick Hoffman(28:35) was at the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire so Neil Frediani's club course record of 27:02 is still intact. Scott Davison (23:20) was at Osterley parkrun for the first time and became the 23rd member to run at what is the nearest parkrun to the old Concorde. Chris Kelly has been our fastest there with 20:03. Chris has injured himself , Rory McIlroy style, indulging in another sport while on holiday and was on barcode scanning duty at Reading this week.
Piers Keenleyside (23:00) always has a next marathon in his sights but he ran his best parkrun time of the year at Gunnersbury this week.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
*John Scaife adds "Did Fritton Lake parkrun yesterday in my continuing quest to do all the Norfolk parkruns. Running round a lake in Norfolk sounds about as flat as it gets, but in fact it's a series of minor undulations through an intricate and in places single file woodland path network with abundant tree roots to trip the unwary. Wouldn't want to do it after heavy rain. Free parking. "
Like London buses (or GB Olympic gymnastic gold medals) no sooner is one new parkrun country in sight another one comes round the corner into view. On 27th August parkrun Sweden starts at Haga parkrun, Hagaparken, Stockholm. Experienced parkrunners are invariably welcome at inaugural country events. Remember that every parkrun is the same and every parkrun is different - this one obviously will be in Swedish - Google Translate describes the course as: "Line drawing is two turns clockwise around the Haga Park with both gravel and asphalt surfaces. The start is at the parking lot located just north of the tennis courts at Haga Forum. After starting the runners run only about 300 m before the first lap on the track begins. After two laps to run back down to the start. The runners run through first ginden at the southern end of the park. Then keep to the left and run up to the Copper Tent, where you turn right and runs past the front of the tent, and steeply down to Haga Castle. At the end of the hill is to the right and follow the path along the water back to Haga Forum. Shortly after the summer café takes off to the right and run up a short hill that leads back to the beginning of the row. After the second lap, running it back down through the gates to the same place that you started on." - and that sounds the same to me as many a UK parkrun (well, apart from the Copper Tent).
As reported last week parkrun Canada starts next Saturday at Okanagan in British Columbia. Steve Newell reports "I've been to Lake Okanagan twice before. Firstly for Ironman Canada in 1995 with Malcolm Mowle, George Smith and Eddie Ketterick and a lot of Brits including John Lunt who went on manage the triathlon at London 2012 and secondly a tennis section outing (hosted by Air Canada) to Summerland on the other side of the lake a few years later. The lake is huge and the drive from Vancouver a fair old way". And then two weeks later, on September 3rd, there is a second event starting up at Nose Hill in Calgary. Getting to Nose Hill is much more feasible - BA operates a Boeing 787 departing at 18:40 on Friday, landing at Calgary later that evening (20:25) with enough time for a good night's sleep before travelling the 10 Km out to the parkrun in the morning. The return flight leaves at 22:15 on Saturday night and gets to the UK for 13:50 on the Sunday so no need to use up any leave. If anyone (else) is up to this, let me know. I've told our WARRior friends at WestJet that I'll be running in their back lot so we'll see how many of them get curious and join in.
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