BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th December 2018
Wednesday 19th December Mile Relay / Christmas Social at the Bedfont Club
18:00 / 19:30 *# see below
Thursday 27th December - annual round Heathrow run from 12:00 in Moor Lane
(see below) *
Thursday 3rd January 2019 - Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45
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.
Last updated: 10th December.
* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
(parkrun details updated 10th December) /
# Club Points event.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BARunnerUK/ (formal
"front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal
"back office" - ask to join).
Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at email@example.com.
Five Mile Handicap round 3 - 12th December 2018 - Results
The December leg of the winter five mile handicap was held on a clear
chilly evening at Bedfont and we welcomed two former members who migrated to
California several years ago to continue their running in balmier
conditions. Paula Howard (47:06) adapted to the conditions well and
navigated an unfamiliar course very successfully. Phil Howard clutched
a map in his fist all the way round but didn't refer to if often enough and
gave himself some extra distance to cover. He accepted his mistake
with a good natured shrug of the shoulders as his pursuers passed him while
he was out of sight. Roderick Hoffman (48:54) continued his recent
resurgence and is now nearer to his form of last winter.
The next run
is scheduled for Wednesday 30th January 2019.
|Poala Howard (guest)
|Phil Howard (guest)
Maarten Stenham is the early leader after three events with one first,
one second and one third place.
Christmas Club Do - Wednesday 19th December at the Bedfont Club -
Currently I'm expecting the following:
Barry Walters, Clara Halket, Colin
Bloomfield, Colin Haylock, Dave Barnard, Neil Frediani, Janet Smith, Paul
Brandon, Piers Keenleyside, Roderick Hoffman, Simon Turton and Steve Newell.
If you are coming but not listed please let me know before I order the food
on Tuesday evening. Also let me know of any partners coming!
From 18:00 there will be the traditional Club Christmas Mile Relay. Please let Steve Newell know what your estimated time will be over a mile
distance so that he can plan equal teams.
From 19:30 we will have our Club Christmas Do in the Sports Bar of the
Bedfont & Feltham Football and Social Club. This will feature:
- Food provided by the club - this has to be brought in so anticipate
Christmas themed pizzas and plenty of mince pies,
- A Secret Santa (optional - please bring a simply wrapped family
audience present of value about £5 and if you put one in then you can
pull one out),
- Presentation of gifts for the first three best performances at the
Five Mile Handicap,
- A sale of unwanted club kit - including items discovered at the back
of Brian's garage,
- Cash Bar - discounted for those members that have joined the Bedfont Club, though good value for others also.
Please, please, please tell us to expect you at the event. We want
to ensure that we order enough food. Also if you are a regular, but you are
unable to make the do this year, please let us know also.
Do you need to be reminded where the Bedfont Club is? See:
Training for the London Marathon
The following club members and friends have received places in next year's
London Marathon through a combination of their own applications and club places.
There are also some colleagues on the reserve list should any of those with club
places have to drop out. Please let us know if you have a place but aren't
- Amanda Trafford
- Charlotte Bernath
- Cheryl Ogle
- Chris Kelly
- Colin Haylock
- Danijela Spasojevic
- Diane Ross
- Gary Lindeman
- Gary Rushmer
- Graham Taylor
- Harpreet Virk
- Helen Clifton
- Ian Cunningham
- Jagjit Singh
- Jain Reid
- James Glover
- Jasvir Modaher
- Jessica Grimshaw
- Matt Foden
- Melanie Wilcock
- Michael O'Hagan
- Paul Neat
- Steve Taylor
- Tracey Mills
- Vikki Foster
For those listed, expect Steve Hillier to put you in touch with each other so
that you can share plans, experiences and training.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 15th December 2018
||1st run at Brooklands, with son (junior)
||1st run at Brooklands, with daughter (junior)
||1st run at Brooklands
||1st run at Sedgefield, BApark #459
||run#1 at Marlborough, park #6, BApark#458
||320th run at Reading
||299th run at Gunnersbury, Santa Run
||287th run at Bushy
||282nd at Bedfont Lakes
||276th run at Bedfont Lakes
||230th run at Bedfont Lakes
||215th run at Bedfont Lakes
||196th run at Bedfont Lakes
||192nd run at Bedfont Lakes
||185th run at Crane Park
||150th run at Bedfont Lakes
||137th run at Bedfont Lakes
||136th run at Gunnersbury, Santa Run
||coaching run, a little bit faster
||F-4, 88th run at Woking
||80th run at Woodley
||76th run at Crane Park
||72nd run at Northala
||71st run at Maidenhead
||64th run at Braunstone
||62nd run at Guildford
||59th run at Woking
||37th run at Richmond Park
||3rd run of year, all at Bushy, best
||32nd run at Crane Park
||32nd run at Hazelwood
||5th run at Marlow, course pb, club record
||Manor Field Whittlesey
||5th run at Whittlsey, escort to a pb (WV70)
||5th run at Rickmansworth
||3rd run at Brooklands
||2nd run at Guildford, year after 1st
The newish run at Brooklands is continuing to attract new runners and this
week Michael Ball (24:43) went back for a third run. Maarten Stenham
(26:15) ran with his son, while Paul Davis (31:41) and Kelly Davis (43:39) were
there with their daughter. Eighteen members have now run at Brooklands at
least once and the early indications are that the course should prove to be
enjoyable throughout the winter months ahead. Paul Timms (26:03) visited
Marlborough Common parkrun which has now been going for ten weeks and this looks
like being labelled as slow but pretty or perhaps pretty but slow! Piers
Keenleyside (26:43) was at Sedgefield where some of our current members have run
in the distant past. He persuaded several other extended family members to
join him and failed with others. The club total of parkruns worldwide
creeps on to 459.
Alice Banks (26:39) lowered the club record at Higginson Park, Marlow.
There will be a club featured parkrun at Marlow on 19th January with Alice Banks
as run director. "Run Director" appears to becoming the most popular role
amongst club colleagues with three this week!
The outstanding performance of the week was achieved by Kay Trinder, 4th lady
home at Woking (21:05, 82.61%).
Updated parkrun stats -
club parkrun stats
I updated the club map last week to show on it all of the parkruns that club
members have run at and those that they haven't. If you click on a parkrun then
further details will be shown including a hyperlink to the relevant parkrun
page. The nearest run to Heathrow that no club member has run at is currently
"Jersey Farm" near St Albans. Club Event Map:
[Clickable link to Google Maps] .
KLM Championships (Beach Race) 15th December 2018 Results
is the race where we do not pay an entrance fee and entry includes lifts from
and back to Schiphol, an entry gift and a free draw with everyone getting a
prize. Why there were only three BA runners there I don't understand -
accessibility can't have been the issue since the three of us had each flown in
directly from Heathrow, Gatwick and Cardiff.
The picture shows the line-up for the start of the 10k. Note that only
three competitors dared to run with bare legs and two of them were Brits! (my
legs were covered). The conditions were cold and with quite a strong east wind.
Twice we had to run up from the beach through the gap shown in the picture and
that is where we really felt the wind in our faces. The rest of the course was a
relative breeze (he lied).
6k, 73 finishers. Finishers included:
- 1st Roberto Hofman (no relation) KLM 0:29:48
- 43rd Segaran Ghana (having just flown in from the equator) Singapore
- 71st Ralph Behrens Lufthansa 1:02:13
10k, 37 finishers including:
- 1st Marcel van den Berg KLM 0:43:02
- 11th Tim Bellars BA 0:50:36
- 15th Gareth Snook BA 0:52:40
- 34th Roderick Hoffman BA 1:06:05
Clubs Discount for Hampton Court / Kingston Races
The club has been provided with discount codes for £3 off each of the
Quickilsver Hampton Court Half Marathon on Sunday 17th February 2019.
The original Hampton Court Marathon will be celebrating its 6th year. Ideal
first half marathon of the year or as part of a spring marathon schedule.
Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday on Sunday 31st March 2019.
This race offers the choice of either 8 or 16 miles, following the route of
the old Kingston Breakfast run which many runners will remember. The 16 has
always been very popular with marathon runners as one of very few longer
Before you enter either of these two please contact
Hoffman for the discount codes to be entered during the entry process.
Orienteering Result for West Hampstead on December 11th.
The previous two runs had been flat but this was a hilly one so I was glad
I'd got my fitness back. Over the five miles run I climbed 128m and that was
without visiting the Heath itself. My Garmin also tells me that in the 59:35 I
took for the event my moving time was only 53:11. Much of the six minutes
stationary was frustratingly spent waiting to cross the Finchley Road (four
times in all).
Simon scored 370 points finishing in 27th place (of 55) and I scored 290
points in 44th place. The event had a low attendance consequently we scored well
for the overall standings - Simon and I are 19th and 18th respectively - though
I'm only ahead of Simon because I've run at four events to his three. With the
best five to count Simon will overtake me in two runs' time.
Next month, on Tuesday 8th January, Street-O comes to Ealing. See
http://slow.org.uk/category/streeto/ for details.
- Dear Ed, having been out of commission the last week I instead took to
my arduous up and down muddy six and a quarter course at Cookham (incl.
Winter Hill), but on a fast hike! Accomplished in 2Hours 56mins.
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