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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th May 2015


  • Wednesday 20th May - CIE Crane Park 5k relay from 18:00 - see below
  • NEW Saturday 23rd May - Club Featured parkrun - Gunnersbury (see below) for 9:00 but please arrive early
  • Monday 1st June - Track&Field Grand Prix 800m and Long Jump, Hillingdon Track
  • Monday 3rd June - Rosenheim League match at Walton

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 8th May.

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Green Belt Relay Result

Well done to this year's (at-times-Captain-less*) Green Belt Relay team. Headlines - 220 miles, by 11 runners, over 2 days, averaging 8:04 minute miles - one stage winner, two BA stage records broken, 19th of 30 teams, but beaten to our oft-won Corporate Trophy by a team from Loughborough University - we shall have to return to reclaim it next year.

Link to full results:

BAAC Team results and records: Belt Relay Records 2015.xlsx

Full report to follow next week.

Rgds, Chris Kelly

The 2015 BAAC Green Belt Relay Team

Left to right - Vicky Edwards, James McFarlin, Simon Ashford, Graham Taylor, Chris Kelly, Neil Frediani, Dave Bird and Roderick Hoffman. The other team members; Richard Ruffell, David Dixon and John Querstret, were too exhausted to be able to make it to the finish.  The team is deeply indebted to Nick Edge who drove us on (to our starts).

* Whilst Chris was able to run both of his legs he wasn't able to join us on the Saturday evening due to an unavoidable clash that evening at an event that was so far away it was said to not even be on the British Mainland! (and I don't mean Canvey Island either).  Did the lack of an inspirational halftime team talk make a difference?  Well, we were in 15th place at the end of day one yet finished 19th at the end so clearly there must be some tales to tell about day two. Tune in next week, same time, same channel.

Results of the 1st Vets League match at Battersea, Monday 11th May 2015

    100m 400m 1500m Long Jump Shot Putt Discus
Steve Hillier MV60 16.9     3.35m 8.68m  
Gary Rushmer MV50     5.25.4 3.27m    
Eddie Giles MV65   83.5 6.58.7   8.81m 28.69m
Janet Smith WV50            

A very pleasant evening at Battersea, 1st of the Vets track season.  A very good result for Janet with 1st in the Discus and 2nd in the Shot. Also good result for Steve with a 1st in the shot and equal 2nd in the Long Jump.

The Next Vets event is at Uxbridge on Monday 8th June 6.30pm. Hope to see you there.

Eddie Giles 

World Airline Road Race Headquarters Hotel

Correct link to the editable Word document is: 2015 hotel form.docx .

Roderick Hoffman

Wednesday 20th May - Crane Park Relay - Reminder

Hi Everyone.

The CIE for May is a 5k Crane Park Relay for Wednesday 20th May.  Teams of 2, first runner in the team starts and runs to the Hanworth road, Turning right then right again back into the park, passing the finish spot, up to the swing gate to turn right at the Great Chertsey Road (2.5K), between that gate and the right turn back into the park, the second runner takes over the running, passing the start area, turning right out of the park at Hanworth Road, back into the park and to the finish.

Gather around, 6pm at the start area , hopefully the relay starting at 6.15pm. Those keen enough could swap over for a 2nd go at the relay. Then afterwards, off to find a suitable venue for a pie & pint at a local pub.

Hope to see you there.

Eddie Giles

Contact Eddie directly if you need to know which pub. I find parking is usually straightforward in Lyndhurst Avenue and there is a walk through to the park in Ellerman Avenue - this takes you to the finish point so allow time to walk round (clockwise) to the start.

Also note that we expect to be joined for the run by an octogenarian on the occasion of his birthday.


Next Seasons Ladies Surrey League Cross Country fixtures

These have just been published.  Please make a note of the dates in your diaries, Ladies. More details will be circulated nearer the time.

  • 10 October - Nork Park, Banstead
  • 7th November - West End Common, near Esher
  • 16 January - Priory Park, Reigate
  • 13 February - Richmond Park (Petersham end) 



Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th May 2015

16th May 2015 Family & Friends Time parkrun Comment Grade
Alan Anderson 29:16 Gunnersbury best parkrun of 2015 so far 70%
Justine Arnott 27:38 Strathclyde pb, run #7 54%
John Bagley 24:07 Reigate run #7 60%
John Coffey 24:27 Bushy Park run #179 75%
Ian Cunningham 21:56 Nonsuch run #196 68%
Scott Davison 23:40 Bedfont Lakes run #116, 105th run at BL 59%
Denis Foxley 25:06 Harrow run #3  67%
Alan Friar 26:48 Woodley run #159 66%
Eddie Giles 25:20 Upton Court run #56 67%
Ian Haylock 20:13 Bushy Park run #172 70%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford finish tokens
Tony Hird 24:47 Gunpowder run #97 60%
Kevin Holland 30:43 Woking run #12 56%
Piers Keenleyside 24:12 Gunnersbury run #100 65%
Paul Knechtl 17:38 Bushy Park best ever parkrun age grade 79%
Kerstin Luksch 21:39 Gunnersbury pb (yet again) 69%
Geoff Miles 24:20 Northala Fields run #235 68%
Steve Newell 31:09 Harrow park #60 (worldwide) 57%
Joe Nolan 27:52 Black Park run #220 58%
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking marshal
Bridget Ruffell 28:24 Cassiobury parkrun pb 62%
Benita Scaife 28:46 Upton Court first time at Upton Court 67%
John Scaife 28:47 Upton Court first time at Upton Court 56%
Sreeram Sethuraman 26:11 Upton Court run #46 50%
Fiona Smith 32:01 Harrow pb, run #2 48%
Marion Taylor 29:29 Northala Fields run #34 58%
Steve Taylor 23:13 Northala Fields run #30 65%
Dave Tyas 19:12 Bushy Park run #350 77%

Although some of the regular parkrunners were concentrating on the Green Belt Relay this weekend there were plenty of others who would probably find the length of a GBR leg rather daunting being satisfied with a Saturday morning 5km.

Not that Piers Keenleyside is ever put off by the length of race and with a splendid sense of timing he completed his 100th parkrun on Saturday morning before attempting his 100th marathon (or longer race) on Sunday.  What you might term a doubleton weekend (more details below).  Sticking with Gunnersbury for a moment - there was a record turnout of 370 in good conditions and Alan Anderson ran for the last time as a septuagenarian and in his fastest time of the year.  His protégé Kerstin Luksch produced yet another pb and she will be leading him round on a bike when he attempts to set an MV80 age category record next week knowing that he has to reach the finish to earn a slice of his own birthday cake.   All members are invited to join the party at Gunnersbury Park - please be early for the 9 a.m. start.

There was also a record turnout at Northala Fields with 231 runners where the event doubled as a Run for Napel fund raiser, raising close to £2,000.  Steve and Marion Taylor were able to represent the club there.  You'll also note Geoff Miles in the results - the numbers at Gunnersbury and Northala were boosted perhaps by Osterly parkrun being cancelling due to another event.

John Coffey returned to Bushy Park after a couple of weeks away and found himself up against Paul Knechtl compete  making one of his occasional appearances (17:38) and recording his best WAVA score (79.21%) even if missing a pb by a few seconds.  That is the best parkrun time of the year by one of our members.  {Ed: There were comments around the GBR team table on Saturday night over Paul's "Paula Radcliff like" performance - he was unable to be considered for the Green Belt Relay team due to a bad knee}.  Ian Cunningham went over to Nonsuch and was part of a field of over 500 runners there for the fifth time in six weeks.  There were rather fewer at Harrow for run#2 where Steve Newell achieved a rare top 50 finish and became the oldest man to run there so far.  There is a slight hill there by the way and this was confirmed by parkrun guru Danny Norman who had studiously avoided the inaugural run.  Denis Foxley expected to improve on his time from the inaugural run but could only match it (to the second).  Another maintaining a 100% appearance record at Harrow was Fiona Smith, daughter of Jean and the late George Smith and who remembers some of us from the Speedbird Club days.  Other ladies pleased with their times were Bridget Ruffell with a parkrun pb of 28:24 at Cassiobury, Benita Scaife with a 5k pb of 28:46 at Upton Court and Justine Arnott with 27:38 at Strathclyde Country Park.  

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell (mainly)

100 Marathons Achieved

Running with race number "100" Piers completed his 100th Marathon+ event on Sunday with a time of 3:43:53 at the Kingston Park Marathon and thus joins the 100 Marathon Club. Piers thanks Colin Haylock and Ian Cunningham for turning up to support him. Jigjit Singh, already a member of the 100 Club, also took part and encouraged Piers whilst finishing in 5:02:34.

Piers can now take it easy and give his body time to recover from all of the injuries and damage done by his excessive mileage of the last six months...until the weekend after next when he'll be doing the Comrades Marathon.  Here's to 200!

Running Shorts

Hackney Half Marathon - Sunday 10th May

Practice run for his Green Belt legs - Dave Dixon finished 2nd M50 and 34th overall with a time of 1:18:12.

Stockley Park 10k - Sunday 17th May

Pos Bib No Name Time Category Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos Club Pace
230 194 Jasvir Singh MODAHER 00:58:11 MV50 22 Male 167 British Airways 10.3 km/h

and from our Rowling reporter...

On Saturday at Woking Julie Barclay had recovered enough from her swollen ankle to try the run and to her surprise not a single niggle and finished 1st 0/50 in 21.20   well satisfied all was ok.  Also making his debut to a park run was Julie's husband Bob being guided by Julie slowly preparing Bob for the WARR 5k in Dubai.  Bob ran better than he expected to finish 68th out of the 211 in 24.43.

Julie feeling confident ran the Staines 10k the following day, slightly too far a distance to race on present mileage but finished 1st 0/45 in 44.31.  Also saw Joe Nolan running with 2/3 different vest's on and as JohnCoffey and myself were cutting chip tags off we did have to help Joe lift his foot onto the stool.

 Well run Joe - no official results yet

Joe also competed in the Windlesham pairs relay on Thursday evening but he was hiding under his plastic top to keep dry as the rain fell all evening.  This is brilliant event, 105 teams ran (they cater for 120 but quite a few got stuck in a traffic hold-up).  A wonderful event plus free drinks/food after. 

Tom Rowley

Staines 10k results just in...

Place Time Name Number Chip
83 00:44:52 Julie Barclay 652 00:44:49
154 00:48:24 Scott Davison 165 00:48:00
181 00:49:37 Joe Nolan 204 00:49:25

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