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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th September 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 17th September - 'Equinox' 5k - Concorde Centre 18:00 (see below)
  • Wednesday 24th September - Relay and Social (to be confirmed)
  • Sunday 28th September - Track & Field Championships and Family Fun Day at Eton track (see below)

New members and non-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: Diary.shtml.

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Annual Equinox 5k - Wednesday 17th September from 18:00

The annual Equinox 5km (wave starts) is round again this next Wednesday (17th).  Paddy O'Shea and Harry Wild have volunteered to marshal. Paul Brandon will be doing the timekeeping

A map will be posted in the pavilion. Runners should report to the pavilion by 6 p.m., thereafter at the start which is up the southbound (eastside) A316 cycle track.  To reach the start from Imperial College Heston Campus, cross Cranford High Street/Southall Lane and follow Church Road past the Travellers Site towards the M4 junction 3.  Just before the first subway turn left up the cycle track - the start is about 100m down the track.

To avoid crowding at the swing gate about 1100m into the run, wave starts will be at one minute intervals between 6.15 and 6.25 p.m. with an expected bunched finish in the Field of Hope at 6.45 p.m.  The finish line will be under the M4 flyover.  

There will free food afterwards at Imperial College (Heston Campus) or for those who don't know where that is - at the Concorde Centre. 

Steve Newell

Club "Run of the Month" for September - Round-the-Park - Tuesday 9th September - Results

Not really knowing what the weather was going to be like, we seemed to have what appeared to be a cool day until you started to run. It was in fact quite humid, but I don’t think that put anybody off. We managed to get all the gates unlocked this year, so the full 5Km course was able to be run. In all 11 runners took part and only one took a wrong turn, so there is a note to myself for next year to add an extra arrow on the course.

The men's event seemed as if was going to be close, but it was very evident after the first half of a mile that there was going to be a runaway winner. Adam Moquet finished in a time of 17:55 only 2 seconds off the course record set by Dave Dixon last year. Second place was taken by Chris Kelly (20:36) [that is a long way back - even if you take into account that Chris had had to do a warm-up sprint all the way from Amadeus Towers], with Ian Cunningham (21:20) taking the final podium place soon after. The ladies event was equally split with Sharon Kassemzadeh (24:18) managing to claim the ladies crown for a second year. Unfortunately we did not have any teams this year, but hopefully the new course has not put too many of you off and the teams will be back!

Full results are attached The Park Results 2014.xls.

The 'Round the Block' race is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27th January 2015 (weather permitting), so don't forget to put the date in the dairy. I will send out some more details nearer the time, but the event is normally held at the Concorde Club.

Paul Knecthl

Ed: This event is always a bit of a rush - also noted on the day - Roderick realising he had his shirt on back to front - but only after pinning the number on.  Chris set off at a sprint - and nearly took a wrong turn just 5 metres into the course.  Piers setting off back to the office…leaving his BA badge at the start/finish.

British Airways Athletics Club AGM Minutes

Here are the minutes of our AGM held recently Not a dry and dusty account of procedures and points of order, but a tale of achievement and teamwork.  Take five minutes out to hear how our members battled with cross country mud, broke records and shone at the home ASCA.  Read about our financial stability and how we hope to attract more members going forward.  Enjoy!

Steve Hillier

Track&Field Championships and Family Fun Day - Eton track - Sunday 28th September 12:00 to 17:00

Please put this date in your diary and plan to be there and bring your family, colleagues and friends.  The events will include most of those that you might like to try your hand at...and your legs too.  Free to enter but you must turn up to take part.

Provisional list of events:

Track Field Family and Fun
800m Discus Balloon and Egg and Spoon Race
200m Long Jump Wellie Wangling
400m High Jump Age 7 and under 50m sprint
3000m Shot Age 8-10 80m sprint
100m Javelin 100m backwards
1500m Hammer 3 legged race

[participants take part entirely at their own risk. Some advice may be given before each event]

More details - email Eddie Giles

Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th September

13th Sept 14 runner time parkrun comment grade
Mark Taylor 19:37 Frimley Lodge run #3 78%
Paula Fudge 25:26 Frimley Lodge run #200 77%
John Taylor 19:22 Frimley Lodge run #5 76%
Alice Banks 24:53 Upton Court BA club best time (F) 75%
Chris Kelly 19:42 Reading 74%
Alan Anderson 27:44 Gunnersbury best time so far 2014 74%
Ian Cunningham 21:04 Bushy Park best age grade this year 71%
Graham Taylor 22:06 Frimley Lodge run #3 69%
Eddie Giles 24:32 Upton Court run #50 68%
Ben Chaytow 22:00 Crane Park 61%
Tony Hird 24:13 Gunpowder 61%
Steve  Newell 30:57 Walthamstow London Borough #26/28 57%
Joe Nolan 28:07 Black Park 28 minute pacer (see below) 57%
Roderick Hoffman 28:37 Parke park #87, BA park #128 53%
Marion Woodhouse 32:28 Frimley Lodge run #23 52%
Janet Smith 35:01 Peterborough park #6, BA park #129 47%
Sreeram  Sethuraman 29:58 Upton Court 46" better than last week 44%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury 7th volunteer duty this year!
Bill Byrne 20:06 Richmond Park 20th/358 76%
Geoff Miles 24:03 Osterley run #208, 19th/98 68%

Eddie Giles notched up his 50th parkrun with a 2014 best time (just) at Upton Court.  Alice Banks proved to be a most helpful pacemaker!

Mark Taylor achieved the best WAVA score (78%) of the week as the family went on a rare mob handed visit to Frimley.  John Taylor (18th out of 336) clocked the best time with 19:22, just four seconds behind Darren Wood (Hart Road Runners) who is still under 35 but has already completed 469 parkruns after a less than promising start at Bushy Park almost 10 years ago when he was last male finisher in event #2.  More trivia like that in the 10th anniversary article coming up in a few week' time.  The Taylors and Woodhouses had descended on Frimley Lodge to celebrate Paula Fudge running her 200th parkrun. Paula can now add that achievement to her Commonwealth Games gold medal (3000m in Edmonton in 1978) and Chicago Marathon 3rd place (2:29:47 in 1988) and several impressive results against BA's runners over the years.  

Alan Anderson continued his improving trend with a 2014 best time (27:44) at Gunnersbury.

Roderick Hoffman was visiting Devon and ran the challenging Parke (sic) parkrun at Bovey Tracy on the fringes of Dartmoor. Whilst Roderick was pleased to be running his 87th different parkrun his achievement was somewhat eclipsed by another competitor on the day at Parke, Paul Fielding, running his 200th different parkrun.

Steve Newell, on a Saturday morning cycle tour of north London dropped in on the all (dewy) grass circuit at Walthamstow which was not as flat as he had hoped {I had warned him, Ed}  On his return leg he enjoyed the quiet trail through the wilderness of Tottenham Marshes, followed by White Hart Lane stadium, by-passed Broadwater Farm estate and eventually made the bottom of Parliament Hill and rejoined the Overground system at Gospel Oak. 

Elsewhere, Janet Smith, after partying into the early hours in Peterborough made it to the scenic local parkrun in Ferry Meadows Country Park where the 5000m course has a UK Athletics Measurement Certificate.  One for all the GPS aficionados to use for calibration!

Off stage, Peter Paul Sinton-Hewitt, CBE, has dined at the Houses of Parliament where the mood regarding using running as a form of punishment seems to be changing.  I feel that further debate is needed, maybe even a referendum.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats: 

Updated BA parkrun map: Parkruns 2014.jpg {some parkruns may have been missed}

Parkrun Pacing

The last couple of weeks I have been ‘pacing’ other runners at Black Park, and probably will continue a few more weeks.  I have been doing a lot of Sunday half marathons and today (Sunday 14 Sept) a 20 mile mara-trainer, so decided to take it a bit steadier on the day before on my regular parkrun.  It has been a fulfilling experience, helping other runners achieve PBs, and I would recommend this as it quite an ‘educational thing’ seeing how other time-frame runners perform and also helps fly the club flag ! My own PB is in the 22m’s but in recent months seem to be fairly comfortable in the 23m’s.  Acting as pacer consistently I have been  providing a 25m+ ‘service’ – yesterday a 28m and the week before a 27m albeit miffed by missing my targets by 6 or 7 secs each time.  Next week I have been requested either a 25m or 26m service to which I haven’t decided yet !  To achieve the correct pace ‘step by step’ I have been using the ‘virtual partner’ Garmin facility which tells me every step of the way whether I am however many seconds ahead or behind the schedule so I can constantly make gentle adjustments.  It takes a while to acclimatise to a large bunch of other runners ‘plodding along’ immediately behind before near the end I urge them to ‘go for it’ !  I have been announced at the start and there has been much appreciation both during and afterwards.

Joe Nolan

Running Shorts

The airline's "round the world in 8 days" challenge is underway and whilst the club is not formally participating many of us doing so individually.  I completed six miles in my hour this morning - with thanks to Mark Taylor for pacing be round the first circuit of Harmondsworth Moor.  A quick reminder that the purpose of the challenge isn't only to cover 16,000 miles between us but it is also to collect charity donations including a recommended £20 minimum per hour's participation.  Anyone wishing to join in still can and anyone wishing to make a donation can also do so - and you may find the likes of Ian Cunningham and Adrian Haines keen to pass on your donations since each has covered 37miles for the challenge!  Roderick Hoffman

I ran the Maidenhead Half Marathon today {Sept 7th} - a great course for a PB as it is so flat. However I was not able to take advantage due to an on-off groin strain that started troubling me from about mile 6 and cut my mins/mile from 7:10/7:15 to about 7:45 for the rest of the race. Finished in 1:37:00 after out-sprinting a couple of younger Ealing Eagles in the home strait. However the one I beat by about 2 seconds to the line then had the cheek to say he won as his chip time was 1/10th of a second better! I said check the official results and the finishing positions!

I also noted that Joe Nolan was running and he finished in a time of 1:53:08.

Regards Piers Keenleyside

Janet Smith's "Sprint" Triathlon time from last week was: 2 hrs, 2 mins and 37 sec.  

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