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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th July 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 17th July - Rosenheim Track&Field @ Woking 18:45 to see if we can qualify for the final on August 14th Eddie Giles (more below)
  • Thursday 25th July - BA Little Legs (16:30) and 5k Fun Run (17:30) - Harmondsworth Moor. More marshals still needed Roderick Hoffman
  • Saturday 3rd August - Club featured parkrun - Upton Court, Slough

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.

British Airways Athletics Club AGM and election of new committee on 10th July

A new committee was voted in last week to guide the club through 2013 and 2014.  The new committee is very similar to the old committee with the one change that Paul Brandon steps up to the Deputy Chairman role replacing Roderick Hoffman who steps back to the Communications role - but this perhaps simply represents the work that the two have been performing over the last six months.

Full Committee Details

Parkway Mile Results from 10th July

We were blessed with a warm evening with a northerly breeze which helped on the return half of the run along the cycle track. A disappointing turnout of only nine runners but there were some fierce battles going on at the front and back of the field. Ages ranged between 48 and 78 years. WAVA (a.k.a. WMA) tables (thanks to Howard Grubb) have been used to calculate theoretical pre-vet age equivalent times. The course is an undulating mile with a dead turn and should not be compared too seriously against the track times of past stars like Coe, Cram and Ovett in their prime. The course record is 4:26.

age actual grade pre-vet age
Gary Rushmer 52 05:45 74.97% 04:57
Chris Kelly 48 05:54 70.75% 05:15
Graham Taylor 53 06:15 69.54% 05:20
Richard Ruffell 51 06:12 68.97% 05:23
Alan Friar 68 07:15 68.42% 05:25
Alan Anderson 78 08:35 67.27% 05:31
Steve Newell 69 08:37 58.17% 06:23
Roderick Hoffman 52 07:43 55.87% 06:38
Steve Hillier 59 08:31 53.69% 06:55

Gary and Chris are one and two whichever way the table is sorted.  The age graded results swap Richard and Graham and has AlanF breathing down Richard's neck at the finish and moves AlanA and SteveN ahead of Roderick and SteveH. 

age actual grade pre-vet age
Gary Rushmer 52 05:45 74.97% 04:57
Chris Kelly 48 05:54 70.75% 05:15
Richard Ruffell 51 06:12 68.97% 05:23
Graham Taylor 53 06:15 69.54% 05:20
Alan Friar 68 07:15 68.42% 05:25
Roderick Hoffman 52 07:43 55.87% 06:38
Steve Hillier 59 08:31 53.69% 06:55
Alan Anderson 78 08:35 67.27% 05:31
Steve Newell 69 08:37 58.17% 06:23

Thanks to Brian Forester for taking entries and ages, Paul Brandon and Eddie Giles for the times and Paddy O'Shea for marshalling. With Harry Wild unavailable the runners turned round a cone.

Steve Newell

Results of the 5th Rosenheim at Eton 3rd July 2013

Hi Everyone,

Steve Hillier
Hammer   23.20m
Discus   19.36m
Gary Rushmer
800m   2.35.0
1500m   5.18.0
Chris Kelly
3000m   11.09.0
Alan Anderson
200m   42.0

Please note that the 6th Rosenheim and last track league match of 2013 will be at Woking, Wednesday 17th July 18:45 start, hope to see you there.


Eddie Giles

And Steve Hillier adds...

Final Rosenheim League fixture, Woking, Wednesday 17th July, 18:45

We are in a three way battle for a qualifying place for the Rosenheim League final, competing with Epsom & Ewell and Woking themselves. We succeeded in this tricky assignment last year, due in part to a great run by John Coffey in pouring rain. Could you be the person to bring us the same success this year, this time in the sunshine?

Please come along to the Sheerwater track, from 1845, to support or compete.


Steve Hillier

Club Featured parkrun Richmond Park Saturday 13th July 2013

Place Name Time Parkrun Comment
1st (40th) Ian Cunningham 23:02 Richmond Pk first run at Richmond
2nd (96th) Roderick Hoffman 26:47 Richmond Pk pb at Richmond
3rd (111th) Neil Frediani 27:25 Richmond Pk first run at Richmond
4th (121st) Alan Anderson 28:31 Richmond Pk first run at Richmond, 274th parkrun altogether

Barry Walter's club record at Richmond remains at 19:15.

Seven club members ran at other parkruns including Gareth Snook becoming the first club runner at Porthcawl and with a time of 21:01 almost matching his best from Cardiff - 21:00.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Steve's parkrun stats

Next Club Featured parkrun - Saturday 3rd August Upton Court, Slough 08:40 for 09:00

Front Page News - Rio De Janeiro Marathon Results

First and only BA Athletics Club finisher:

Jagjit Singh    4 hrs 50 minutes

This was Jagjit's one hundredth Marathon distance run (and his 25th this year!) and was an experience in a whole number of different ways.  The course was hilly and the weather was hot (34 degrees). The organisation was far short of the standard of the London Marathon including with the water stations being too widely spaced - every three miles.  Jagjit also found the experience of being in Rio a nervous challenge with extreme language and cultural barriers - for instance the word "Vegetarian" doesn't translate into Brazilian Portuguese.

Fuller details - read it in the local press - Hayes and Harlington Gazette Front Page

Sponsor Jagjit for this great achievement or see more on his website

Olympic Finish

Gary Rushmer, Gareth Snook and Roderick Hoffman will be running in the National Lottery Anniversary Run on Sunday 21st July.  This is a five mile race in the Olympic Park finishing in the Olympic Stadium. Results next week - but if you see any highlights in the news look out for the three of us; we'll be wearing blue shirts.

Roderick Hoffman

Full Bridges Relay Results

Linked here

It was pointed out during the AGM that our third team, that didn't come last in the event, had a combined age of 249 years.

Standard Chartered Great City Race Success

On behalf of the members of the BA Athletics Club, I'd like to thank the 22 helpers who supported the Standard Chartered Great City Race last night in London. The weather was kind this year and the race seemed to go off without a hitch. The helpers were duly rewarded with some very nice hospitality in a local pub. The Club will benefit to the tune of 400 so it's right we thank them on behalf of the Club; here's the roll of honour:

Helen Smith, Graham Taylor, Eddie Giles, Chris Kelly, Steve Newell, Alastair Heslop, Roderick Hoffman, Jagjit Singh {just back from Rio!}, Alan Anderson, Jas, Anjit & TJ Modaher, Steve Hillier, BJ Singh, Jeremy Short, Chris Stockwell, Neil Frediani, Barbara Treherne, Ian Haylock, Martin Plummer, Dave Rimmer (and me!).

On a serious note, I had to put out several requests for helpers for this race and I am indebted to those that volunteered their time but I'm also disappointed that, in the main, it's the 'same' people that volunteer each time. BA Clubs has to be self financing as it receives no financial support from BA. In turn, each section of BA Clubs is squeezed so any additional revenue a section can generate is a bonus. The London Marathon organised events provide a valuable revenue stream to BAAC so please do try and volunteer when you can, after all it's OUR Club.


Simon Turton

Ride London Marshalling August 3rd/4th

Hi folks,

Thanks again for the marshalling help you have provided BAAC and the London Marathon organisation, during this and many years past. This note is to see whether you could help again, this time supporting the Ride London event.

Saturday 3rd August will see a fun cycle circulating within London, while the following day will see a race from London into Surrey and back, offering riders of all standards the chance to compete on the Olympic course.

BAAC will provide marshals in the Whitehall/Embankment areas on both days. We have a number of volunteers, but need a few more to make our crossings work.

Please could you let me know if you would be willing to help on one or more of these shifts:
Sat 0800-1300; Sat 1230-1700; Sat 0800-1700; Sun 1100-1700.

The club gains the thanks of the organisers, while you get to see an exciting event at close quarters.

Let me know if you can help.


Steve Hillier

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