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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th March 2014
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ASCA & BA Cross-Country Championships, Cranford Park, 22nd March 2014
On Saturday 22nd March British Airways AC is hosting the annual British Airways Cross-Country Championships with the ASCA (Airlines Sports & Cultural Association) Cross-Country where teams from other European airlines race against each other.
After the race there will be the presentation and a hot lunch served at the Concorde Centre. For the run and lunch there is no charge for BAAC members or their supporters (who are likely to be roped into acting as marshals), but there is a £5 charge for non-BAAC runners and their supporters for the hot lunch served afterwards.
We need to know (approximate) numbers for the meal a week before the event. Food menu:
We needed to know food orders last week BUT better late than never - send main course and pudding option to: email@example.com
Many thanks Gary
Round Norfolk Relay - BACK ON for Sept 20th/21st - Team replies needed NOW
The Round Norfolk Relay will be on this year after all. The clubs in Norfolk have stepped up and found the people needed to pull the event together. This will be on the weekend of 20/21 September.
So the question is can we get enough people to get a team together? We need 17 runners, several of whom need to be willing to run legs over 10 miles, with a few over 16. At this stage it means we need about 20 names as there will always be some dropouts.
So if you want to be involved please let me know at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org straight away. Given the timing I need to know within 2 weeks if we can get a team together. Please let me know if you are in and also how far you would be willing to run. If you know others who might want to join us please let me know, while BAAC members will get first option, it is quite likely we will not have 17 from in house.
Club parkrun Results for Saturday 15th March
Alice Banks set a new club (female) record at Bedfont Lakes knocking 40
seconds off the time set by Justine Arnott in 2011. The good news at
Bedfont Lakes is that the course has dried out and the classic course has been
re-instated but the bad news is that due to anticipated road works this parkrun
is expected to be cancelled for three weeks in April from April 5th. That will
be particularly difficult news for Ian White and Scott Davidson who have yet to
run any other parkrun (23 and 84 Bedfont Lakes parkruns respectively).
Counseling is available from myself (Bedfont Lakes is my "home" parkrun but I've
only run there three times in my 97 parkruns...and from Alice who has now done
six parkruns at six different venues).
New parkrun report - If you want to know how well your club colleagues have parkrun before you get this weekly digest then there is a new parkrun report that has the potential to show club results from the Saturday. The general address of this report is http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=251 but on the Saturday you can see the report as it builds up from this address http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=251&eventdate=2014-03-22 BUT edit the end of the address to the current Saturday date. Note that for the digest stats Steve still has to do manual research to list volunteers and non-BA club members so please understand the occasional missed record. Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell
Spitfire 20 at Dunsford in Surrey - Sunday 16th March Results
I just caught an item on the TV talking about the invention of the traffic light. The first traffic signal was installed at the road junction next to the Houses of Parliament - so right next to where the BA club helped invent the marathon crossing point. The traffic signal was installed in 1868 and operated successfully for one month before it exploded badly injuring a policeman (it was operated by gas). Electric traffic lights were then invented by the Americans in 1914 and exported back to the UK. So our crossing points have been much more successful having been operated continuously for thirty years and exported round the world. Incidentally Steve Newell and I did Mile End parkrun on Saturday so that we could check out a proposed additional crossing point on the London Marathon route - in Docklands.
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