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BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th November 2015


  • Wednesday 25th November - Club In-house Event, 5 mile handicap, at Heston Venue from 18:00 followed by social from 20:00.*
  • Thursday 3rd December - Dream Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45*. With mince pies and mulled wine promised!
  • Sunday 6th December - Run of the Month - Perivale Five* 10:00 (book now to avoid sell out, fewer than 50 places left).

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. Updated 11th November.

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Ladies Surrey League Cross Country Saturday 7th November Results

Pos Num Name Age Group Club Time
1 2451  Phoebe Law  U20 K&P  24:14 
316 2034 Deby Helsdon V35 BAW 37:22
354  2048  Monica Alonso  V45 BAW 40:05 

Although it is five members to score, our team of two managed to beat five of the other 36 teams.  Just think what we'd achieve with a full team!

Reminder: Run of the Month for December - Perivale Five from 10:00 on Sunday 6th December

Although I won't be at this year's Perivale Five we normally have half a dozen runners at the event. The event has a fast, flat two lap course and could be a good five mile run to do before the club's five mile handicap run the following Wednesday.  There is also an under 15s 2km fun run at 11:15. The event starts and finishes at the Perivale Park Athletics Track - see club map. More details and entries:

As of 21:30 on Monday there were 47 places left.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 14th November 2015

14th Nov 2015

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Adrian Haines 18:04 Tilgate run #21, 15th at Tilgate 80%
Julie Barclay 23:04 Frimley Lodge run #54, 6th at Frimley 74%
John Coffey 25:17 Bushy Park run #189, 171st at Bushy 73%
Chris Kelly 20:45 Southsea run #261, park #27 71%
Jonathan Cox 21:35 Bushy Park run #255, 246th at Bushy 71%
Alan Anderson 30:07 Gunnersbury run #384, 164th at Gunsbury 70%
Ian Cunningham 22:01 Bushy Park run #217, 186th at Bushy 69%
Richard Ruffell 22:20 Rushmere BA Park #207, park #47 68%
Alan Friar 27:31 Reading run #180, 127th at Reading 65%
James Glover 23:39 Guildford run #16, 13th at Guildford 62%
Scott Davison 22:35 Bedfont Lakes run #137, 125th at Bedfont 62%
Ben Chaytow 21:50 Crane Park run #114, 94th at Crane Park 62%
Lissa Pritchard 24:30 Gunnersbury run #11, 6th at Gunnersbury 61%
Roderick Hoffman 25:42 Lee on the Solent BA park #208, park #130 60%
Kevin Holland 29:26 Woking run #29, 17th at Woking 58%
David Duggan 27:53 Bedfont Lakes run #121, 84th at Bedfont 55%
Neil Frediani 28:41 Bedfont Lakes run #129, 83rd at Bedfont 55%
Steve Newell 32:32 Gladstone Park run #199, 2nd at Gladstone 55%
Joe Nolan 29:15 Black Park run #241, 226th at Black Park 55%
Sarah Gordon 34:46 Lee on the Solent run #85, park #51 54%
John Lennon 28:42 Bedfont Lakes run #182, 171st at Bedfont 53%
Janet Smith 32:33 Black Park run #39, 25th at Black Park 52%
Caroline Cockram 31:35 Havant run #202, 1st at Havant 51%
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow timekeeper
Joan Foxley volunteer Harrow barcode scanning
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury lead bike

The grim weather and the grim news from Paris didn't make for an ideal morning but most parkruns went ahead anyway.  Fell Foot by Lake Windermere was one which had to be cancelled because the course was under water [course photo below from parkrun tourist Jo Yarnell].

Fell Foot Flooded parkrun course
A notable record which slipped in under the radar last week was a 13:29 by Danny Sidbury at Dulwich in a racing wheelchair.  He has actually done a 13:27 "assisted" (that probably means dog assisted).  Anyway for the time being, 13:29 is the parkrun record.  Dulwich is an all tarmac three lap course with no sharp corners or serious gradients to worry about.  Recommended for a fast time.

Many of our runners were at their "home" course this week and the outstanding performance was an 18:04 (80%) by Adrian Haines at Tilgate.  John Coffey (25:17, 73%) returned to Bushy Park (where he has done 90% of his runs) for the first time in six months.  Julie Barclay (23:04, 74%) seems to have adopted Frimley Lodge as her new home this autumn.  Her sixth consecutive run there.

Our tourists were also in action.  Richard Ruffell (22:20, 68%) ran at the recently started Rushmere Country Park parkrun near Leighton Buzzard. That made it 207 for the club and 47 for him. Don't confuse it with Rushmer or Rushmoor.  Roderick Hoffman (25:42, 60%) was at Lee-on-the-Solent to make it 208 for the club and 130 for him.  His sister, Sarah Gordon, was there too this week and she has now done more than 50 herself.  The Deep South attracted two more of our athletes this week with Caroline Cockram (31:35) running at Havant for the first time while Chris Kelly (20:45) was trying the parkrun along Southsea Esplanade which can be breezy.

Neil Frediani (28:41) ran with our newest member (that's John Lennon (28:42), not Neil's puppy) at Bedfont Lakes.  Just Imagine.

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

Parkrun Tourism

As a demonstration of why I say "I don't do cross country" - I had pushed myself at Brentwood the previous week but only managed 30:42 on a challenging but very scenic country park course. This week at Lee-on-the-Solent with a 99% flat, straight, solid surface promenade course, albeit with a strong cross windseaabreeze from the side, I managed 25:42 so exactly a one minute a kilometer improvement.  As for the scenery, well one could just about make out the Isle-of-Wight as a grey shape out to sea. And we ran past a Hovercraft Museum; which I neglected to visit later., I managed 25:42 so exactly a one minute a kilometer improvement.  As for the scenery, well one could just about make out the Isle-of-Wight as a grey shape out to sea. And we ran past a Hovercraft Museum; which I neglected to visit later.

My age grade last week was 50% and this week it was 60%.  Across all runners at each event the average age grade was 51% at Brentwood and 54% at Lee-on-the-Solent.  Without a full scientific assessment I'd say you have a better bet for a parkrun PB at Lee-on-the-Solent than at Brentwood.

Roderick Hoffman

Meet the Committee - Eddie Giles, Track & Field Captain

Eddie Giles

My job on the committee is that of Track & Field Captain, organising the team for the Rosenheim & Vets league, six club Grand Prix events, the BA Championships, and Monday evening training sessions, each season.  This then is reported back to the Digest and our Monthly meeting with all the results.

I have been with the BA Athletic Club since 2004 and have been T&F Captain for the last 7 years.  Although not a BA employee, my Father–in-law worked there, and was the Hatton Cross Club Chairman, and we were always going to the socials there. I have bagged a few sprint records with the club, but noticed a quick turn of pace at the junior school.  When the bell rang for Morning play time, the teacher would say “walk to the hall, and only take 1 bottle of milk”.  Well we walked in a line till we were out of sight, then sprint to the hall to claim our 1/3 pint of milk.  Always there first I would grab one bottle for the left pocket, one for the right and one in hand.  The ones at the back were out of luck as the milk ran out, having to have 1/3 pint of orange with bits in instead!!  Progressed to Sprinting in the District sports for Junior & Senior school, but only returned to running as a veteran.

Eddie Giles

Ed: Having read how you got into running could I just check something - did we ever return that Olympic Touch we borrowed?

Running Shorts and not so Shorts

St. Neots Half Marathon 15th Nov 2015

I ran in the St. Neots Half Marathon. It is advertised as a very flat course - but I'd say it as quite similar to the Ealing Half with 3 or 4 definite hills.  The last 3 miles were meant to be downhill - they were but the slope for miles 11 and 12 was so gentle you would hardly know it!  However on the day the small hills were the least of our worries - it was exceptionally windy and it always seemed to be a cross wind or coming straight into our faces!

With my knees still giving me problems I've lost a lot of fitness and have put on about 4kg over the last 6 months and could only just scrape in under 1:45 - finishing in a time of 1:44:32.

Piers Keenleyside

   Have you noticed? It's dark in the evenings. So don't forget your hi-vis kit. That way we won't forget you!

Rotary Berkhamsted Half Marathon Sunday 6th March 2016

Registration for next year's race is now open and you can enter either through the Runners World website or by posting an entry form to us. In any event all the details and links for entering the race can be found at our website:

The race starts near Berkhamsted Station and there is parking at the station car park and other nearby car parks. The nearby town centre has many places to eat and drink after the race whether you'd like a take-away, pub grub or smart restaurant.

Your Entry helps Rotary raise funds primarily for two local care organisations, the Pepper Foundation, looking after life limited children and the Hospice of St Francis together with many other local charities and organisations.

NEW MEDAL  This year we're introducing a brand new, bespoke Medal reflecting the history of Berkhamsted featuring the old castle built in the 11th Century. It will be a great addition to any runner's collection.

SPORTS TOTE BAG  We'll be handing out a useful Sports Tote Bag containing refreshment and a collection of money off vouchers to all competitors as well.

We've improved the facilities again this year and don't forget there's a prize of £100 to the winner! Do book early as numbers are limited and we can't guarantee a place if you leave registering until race day.

If you don't feel like running the full Half Marathon this time why not go for our 5 Mile Fun Run - entry in the same place.

 Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne

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