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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th June 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 26th - Bridges Relay Westminster from 19:00 - Richard Ruffell (last call - two teams already entered...can we make a third?)
  • Wednesday July 3rd - BA Hosted Rosenheim Track&Field - Eton - Competitors and Marshals needed Steve Hillier for Eddie
  • Wednesday July 10th - Parkway Mile followed by club AGM - Concorde Centre

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.

Warning - Wednesday June 19th may be a very busy evening at the Concorde Centre due to another event taking place.  Anticipate more problems finding a parking place than usual.

Club Publicity Poster

I've produced a new club promotional poster featuring events over June, July and into August. Please load the attached poster and either...

  • Print it off, add your name at the bottom as a local contact and put the poster on a suitable notice board near where you work or play or...
  • save an electronic copy and forward it to anyone you think could be interested.

High resolution printable version (780Kb)

Low resolution version for online distribution (230Kb)

It's your club.

Roderick Hoffman

12th June Club In-house Event - Coaching Session

Many thanks to everyone who put themselves forward as ‘willing victims’ for my first time organising a coaching session. I’m sorry about the drizzly weather and hope that everyone has now recovered and benefited in some way from the torture. It was a lot to cram in the time and it is part of my learning to be clearer in planning and communicating the exercises, as missing/muddling the odd word or two can surprise in responses !  As well as the more traditional elements I was ‘pushing’ the benefits of smiling and incorporating relaxation/recovery whilst running, with prizes being awarded to Clara and Steve T respectively for best demonstrating these ! I think it was quite revealing how unclear we are on post-run stretching techniques which is an area to work on particularly.

Participants: Barry, Gary, Colin, Graham, Steve T, Denis, Steve H, Alan, Clara, Roderick

Observing/Supporting: Brian, Alistair, Paddy

Joe Nolan

parkrun Stats and Plans

We reported last week that Brian Bennett had lost his age-group record at Upton Court parkrun.  We can now report that he has won it back - by knocking 61 seconds off his previous time and 39 seconds off his rival's time from the previous week. Stay tuned to this channel for further updates!

There were only ten BAAC family parkrunners last weekend but that was in part because some of us took on volunteer duties.  I had it easy, handing out 115 finish tags in 30 minutes at Bedfont Lakes, whereas Steve Newell had well over twice as much to do at Gunnersbury handing out 286 tags condensed into 25 minutes (the time from the first finisher to the last).

Steve's parkrun stats

The Longest parkrun - SUNDAY 23rd June

This Sunday why don't you join in some (or all) of the Longest parkrun.  In the SW London run there are a total of seven parkruns to complete with the following start times.  The starts will be organised and the courses may be marked but are unlikely to be marshalled and note that these are self-timed "Freedom Runs".  Ian Cunningham is going to attempt all seven - driving or being driven between them; I'm planning the first three or four and (probably) cycling between them.  Steve Newell may well attempt the last three.  Let me know if you fancy joining us.

parkrun   Start   Leave
Bushy Park (AC) 09:00   09:45
Crane Park   10:30   11:15
Old Deer Park   12:00   12:45
Richmond Park   13:30   14:15
Wimbledon Common   15:00   15:45
Kingston   16:30   17:15
Bushy Park 2 (CW) 18:00   n/a

The SW London run is described here and has a map -

General details including the Longest parkrun in other areas are here:

Roderick Hoffman

It's the season for helping others...

Please offer your assistance for the following events and do so now - it makes the organisers job easier if we don't have to chase:

Thursday 11th July    Great City Race    Bank/City of London    Simon Turton

Thursday 25th July    BA Fun Run    Waterside/Harmondsworth    Roderick Hoffman

Richmond Imperial Five and Ten Mile races - Sunday 15th September

The Richmond Imperial races offer flat, scenic 5 or 10 mile routes, predominantly along the beautiful Thames Towpath on Sunday 15th September from 0830. Full details and online entry at .

These races are being organised by Bill Byrne who is also looking for some extra marshals.  eMail Bill if you are interested:

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