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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th November 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 19th November - Club Winter Quiz - Concorde/Heston Clubhouse (individuals and teams welcome)
  • Wednesday 26th November - Five Mile Handicap (Club In-house Event followed by social with food) - Heston Clubhouse from 18:00
  • Sunday 7th December - Perivale Five (Run of the Month) - 10:00. May now be sold out - you were warned!

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 17th November.

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Club Winter Quiz - This Wednesday from 20:00

What are your plans for Wednesday evening?  If they don't currently include coming down to the Concorde Centre in Heston for the annual athletics club quiz then perhaps you should make a change.  All are welcome to just turn up - either as individuals or as complete teams.  The questions range from dead easy to dead impossible so everyone's unique knowledge is bound to help.

See you on Wednesday (optional free run beforehand)

Roderick OBO Steve Hillier

Surrey League Matches - Results of Men's events on 8th November

Hi all, we now have the individual results from our last cross country race at Epsom downs, on what turned out to be a well-attended cross country, with BAAC finishing 9th on the day in what is a very tough league.

BAAC had 14, yes!!! 14 runners, running the downs on a cold & windy day. As Chris says spectacular venue - great downhill start, and finish (Just don't mention the middle). Good to see two of our new members running the cross country for the first time, (Robbie Stewart & Gary Rushmer jnr) also good to see Scott Davison running his first cross country for the club as well.

Anyway I would like to say thank you to all those who turned up on the day and to Paul Knechtl for the coffee, cakes & biscuits at the end, very much appreciated.

  • 12th: Paul Knechtl 29.55
  • 58th: Mark Taylor. 33.28
  • 67th: Chris Kelly. 34.05
  • 75th: Barry Walters. 34.27
  • 82nd: Colin Haylock. 35.04
  • 93rd: Gary Rushmer. 36.26
  • 100th: Richard Ruffell. 37.17
  • 113th: Graham Taylor. 39.06
  • 123rd: Scott Davison. 40.32
  • 125th: Robbie Stewart. 40.59
  • 128th: Gary Rushmer jnr 41.34
  • 134th: John Coffey. 43.46
  • 138th: Neil Frediani. 44.34
  • 148th: Steve Hillier. 53.29

Our next fixture is at Oxshott on the 10th Jan 2015 at a start time of 2.30pm. Hope to see most of you there, if not more?

Gary Rushmer 

Congratulations to Gary who managed to get a full team of 10 plus 4 back-up members on Saturday. Well done lads for backing Gary and thanks to you all for making my afternoon very enjoyable. I saw none of you labouring and all getting stuck into the hilly terrain and the challenge of the added wind (gale force) conditions.

Lead home by Paul having a inch by inch battle with a Woking lad over the second lap, who won ??

The leader is important but remember the non-scorers are just as vital to the team as they can pass some another club runner that is scorer for his club.      XC is a team event.   Well done lads   And thanks for my doughnut

See you all at Oxshott 2015.   

One little bit of advice IF very windy "Stay and hide behind a Woking member" until the end of finish funnel (he won't mind).  

Tom Rowley

I do wonder if there is a side agenda to some of Tom's advice Ed.

ASCA Cross Country Iceland, 28th February 2015

Hi all, the ASCA cross country is being held next year in Iceland, Reykjavik, on the 28th February 2015. Only just got this information, so more details to follow, e.g. price, hotel, flights. If anybody is interested in going to this event can they please let me know.

Thanks, Gary Rushmer

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Club parkrun results for Saturday 15th November

15th Nov parkrunner time parkrun comment Grade
Jane Davies 21:53 Bushy Park 96%
Chris Kelly 20:07 Reading run #211, 13th of 271 73%
Alan Anderson 28:15 Gunnersbury 73%
John Coffey 25:15 Bushy Park run #160 72%
Richard Ruffell 21:14 St Albans 71%
Ian Cunningham 21:16 Bushy Park run #170 71%
Becky Thurtell 25:57 Harrow Lodge park #98, first woman 67%
Alan Friar 26:25 Woodley V70 pb 67%
Eddie Giles 25:53 Northala Fields Pushed hard by a VM75-79 65%
Kerstin Luksch 23:16 Gunnersbury equals pb 64%
Janet Cunningham 27:35 Bushy Park run #104 62%
Tony Barnwell 29:30 Wycombe Rye 61%
Scott Davison 22:49 Bedfont Lakes run #96 61%
Tony Hird 24:22 Gunpowder run #78 61%
Roderick Hoffman 25:16 Brockwell Park park #96 60%
Steve Newell 30:02 Brockwell Park park #50, Lon Bor #28 of 28 59%
Piers Keenleyside 27:12 Gunnersbury sore leg 58%
Joe Nolan 29:59 Black Park 30' pacer 53%
Daniela Mayerova 29:27 Black Park arrived a minute late 50%
Sreeram Sethuraman 30:59 Upton Court run #23 42%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford funnel manager
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking
Unknown Runner 18:20 Hull Gary Rushmer ???
Unknown Runner 20:20 Humber Bridge Gary Rushmer ???
Jeremy Short volunteer Crane Park

Possibly as many as 20 of our members were involved at a parkrun this weekend at one or other of over a dozen different locations.

After pausing for a couple of months John Coffey was back in action at Bushy Park (25:15).  Piers Keenleyside refused to give his aching body any sort of a rest and was in action again at Gunnersbury (27:12) only six days after his worst ever half marathon.

Scott Davison is closing in on his century.  He ran his 96th at Bedfont Lakes (22:49) where he had run 90 times previously.  Meanwhile, over at Brockwell Park, Roderick Hoffman notched up his 96th different parkrun (25:16) finishing ahead of Steve Newell (30:02) for whom the run provided a closure to a New Year's Resolution to have run in every London borough which host's parkrun before the end of the year.  He is just hoping a new event doesn't suddenly pop up in Harrow or Hillingdon in the next six weeks!

Joe Nolan continued to provide pacing guidance at Black Park - this time proving expert at 30 minutes.

Gary Rushmer mentioned last Wednesday that he would be visiting Hull for a family event at the weekend and hoped to take in a parkrun (for only the second time this year).  "Unknown Runner" featured in both the Hull and Humber Bridge results in the kind of time we would expect from Gary.  Could he have driven all the way to Yorkshire and forgotten his barcode?  I fear the worst! Hash tag #DFYB.

The coordinated visit to Reigate Priory, penciled in for 22nd November, has been postponed to 2015.

Late Results - A notable run missed from the results last week was Linda Winning's 50th at Llyn Llech Owain where she ran a pb (30:34) with a WAVA score of 70.5%.  She also beat her cradle snatching husband by 6 minutes.

Updated parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

No new parks this week (Richard Ruffell had previously made it to Brockwell and Gary...#DFYB). However expect new parks to be added over the next two weeks - with perhaps parkruns run on the soil of two new countries!

Roderick Hoffman

 Updated BA parkrun map: {some parkruns may have been missed}.

Roderick, Sarah and Daniela at the East Coast parkrun, 1st Nov.

"Paced 30mins yesterday but bungled it ....29m59s -hmmm. Was saving myself for the Brighton 10k today - good time 47m38s.

Following all my pacing over the last few months at Black Park, which has been so well received,  I have taken a coordination/rostering role for setting up teams of pacers for the first Saturday of each month there and have been 'recruiting' - more the merrier required for my 'resource pool' :

parkrun PACERS (Black Park)

? ?  would you like to join the team  ? ?

1st Saturday of every month, in the range 20 to 32 minutes,

please advise your interest,

Joe Nolan"

"Running" Shorts


I took part in the Gosport Half on Sunday. A two loop course: slightly undulating, well organised, with plenty of water stations and marshals.  A long with a nice medal and goody bag some well received  spectator support.   Despite a slight head wind along the coastal path,  I claimed a PB - 1:31 and punished myself to achieve it.   The toughest part of the day was catching a three minute ferry ride across to Portsmouth and ‘shopping’ in the outlet stores, which was beyond my control, but Mrs H. enjoyed this part. :-)

Rgds Colin Haylock.

New Year Resolutions: Please send me any updates on this year's new year resolutions and/or information on the resolutions that you SHOULD have set. Roderick Hoffman

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