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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th March 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 19th March - Club In-house Event - "Mad March Twister"
  • Saturday 22nd March - ASCA Cross-Country and BA Championships - Cranford Park (reminder and maps below)
  • Wednesday 26th March - Final Winter 5 Mile Handicap

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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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.

  • Course: Cranford Park, just a short walk from the Concorde Centre, two or three laps over grass and on prepared woodland paths..
  • Ladies race: 11.00 am start, distance: 2 laps for 4.70km or 2.91 miles
  • Men's race: 11.45am start, distance: 3 and a bit laps for 8.24km or 5.12 miles

ASCA & BAAC XC Courses Mar 2014

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:

  • Main Course:  Fish, chips & mushy peas or
  • Chicken breast wrapped in bacon & chips or
  • Vegetarian option (veg lasagne, veg nuggets)
  • Puddings: Apple crumble & custard or
  • Fresh fruit salad & cream

We needed to know food orders last week BUT better late than never - send main course and pudding option to:

 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 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.

Richard Ruffell

Club parkrun Results for Saturday 15th March

15 March 2014 parkrunner time parkrun comment WAVA
David Tyas 19:17 Bushy Park run#293 76%
Chris Kelly 20:11 Woodley 72%
Ben Chaytow 21:06 Crane Park 63%
Joe Nolan 23:29 Black Park 67%
Roderick Hoffman 25:00 Mile End run#97, BA park#93 60%
Alice Banks 25:09 Bedfont Lakes club female best at Bedfont 73%
Tony Hird 25:24 Gunpowder 57%
Kerstin Luksch 25:30 Gunnersbury 58%
Eddie Giles 25:48 Upton Court 65%
Ian White 25:50 Bedfont Lakes 56%
Monica Alonso 28:20 Guildford 57%
Steve Newell 29:12 Mile End 60%
Alan Friar 29:25 Woodley 59%
Daniela Mayerova 30:23 Ashton Court (Bristol) BA park#94 49%
Alan Anderson 31:11 Gunnersbury 64%
Ian Cunningham volunteer Bushy Park
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford
Piers Keenleyside volunteer Gunnersbury

 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).
Two new parks (#93 and #94) have been run by BA runners this week.  Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell at Mile End and Daniela Mayerova at Ashton Court, Bristol.  Both courses are hilly, but in different ways.  Ashton Court is an out and back and the turnaround point is 100 metres above the start point but Daniela reported that it wasn't as bad as I had made out.  Mile End started, finished and ran parallel to a lockless stretch of canal BUT had significant undulation since the course went over a road that the canal went under - and this bridge was crossed four times during the two lap course.

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 but on the Saturday you can see the report as it builds up from this address 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: 

Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell

Spitfire 20 at Dunsford in Surrey - Sunday 16th March Results

I ran this as part of my spring marathon training. I have a couple of niggles at the moment - dodgy right knee and a pain in the bum! Tried to do 7 minute miles - only managed that for about 4 miles before things started to slip. Finished in just over 2:35. Beautiful spring weather (almost like summer!) the whole day. Also saw Gary who did around 2:40.

Piers Keenleyside

Piers Keenleyside - 2:35:29 134th / 769
Gary Rushmer - 2:40:49 196th / 769

Ed: In checking these results I noted the following comment - "Please note, the following have been disqualified for wearing headphones…" and a list of 14 running numbers.  Twenty miles raced and no result published.  Why do rules often say "no headphones"?  It is a health and safety / race insurance issue - the assumption is that if you are wearing headphones then you may be unable to hear marshals giving you safety instructions or cars or other vehicles approaching from behind.  Be warned.


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.

Roderick Hoffman

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