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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th September 2017


  • Wednesday 20th September, Club In-house Event, Equinox 5k, Heston Venue from 18:00 then Queens Head from 19:30.* (see below)
  • Wednesday 27th September, Hayes and Harlington Runners Invitation evening, Hayes Community Centre, run from 19:30*.
  • Saturday 7th October, World Airline Road Race 5k/10k, Singapore*

New members and potential 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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Equinox 5km Wednesday 20th September

Equinox 5k courseThe club in-house event for September is the Equinox 5km starting and finishing in the vicinity of the "Field of Hope" (aka M4 jct 3 pedestrian/cycle area).  Also see the club map for start location and course details.

The course will be a variation on the one used several times before.  Please read carefully to avoid getting lost.

The start will be about half a mile from the Heston Venue (car park, changing, showers) and reached by jogging/walking along Church Road and left up the cycle track just before the subway and the gaggle of abandoned Tesco trollies. 

From the start the course runs north along the A312 cycle track to the bottom of the Hayes By-pass and turns left along North Hyde Road (1km) as far as Watersplash Lane (turn left).  After about 100m runners enter Cranford Park North and follow the trail, party through a wooded section(beware tree roots) emerging at the subway under M4 into Cranford Park proper.  The course then goes through a cobbled section under an archway and sweeps round to the left into Church Road by the carpark (2km).  After running up towards the humpback bridge, runners go through a gap in the fence on the right and join the hoggin trail along the River Crane as far as the footbridge into Avenue Park.  After turning right after the bridge the path emerges from a short wooded section (half way point).  The path heads south roughly following the line of the river and sweeps round to the left.  NOW, A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS.  Instead of running out of the park into Park Lane the course sweeps round to the left along a mown grass section keeping close to the boundary of the park as far as the hard tennis courts.  Now turn right and use the tarmac path to the gate leading out into Cranford High Street.  Extra care is required when leaving the park (a sharp left turn) as the route is next along a narrow pavement with some curbs to keep an eye on (trip hazard).  At the junction (traffic lights) of Cranford High Street and the Parkway (A312), 4km point, the course turns left and heads along the footpath/cycle path towards the M4 junction.  The finish line is on the upslope in the centre of the Field of Hope just short of the M4 carriageway flyover.

Runners should meet at the pavilion at 6 p.m.  Slower runners will start first with others individually or in groups setting off in pursuit.  The idea is for everyone to finish at about 6.45 p.m. giving everyone time to get back to the pavilion before sunset at 7.02 p.m.

Thereafter a large table has been reserved at the Queen's Head. 

Steve Newell

The reserved table is for ten persons and hopefully we'll overflow it - unless our plans go for a Burton.

Before we leave the Heston Venue I will be inviting attendees to take away any items in the club cupboards that are no longer required - without charge and this includes some items with value.  Be warned - any items not taken away may be given away as event prizes instead!

Roderick Hoffman 

BAAC 2017 AGM Minutes

These are the minutes from the AGM held at the Wraysbury Sailing Club on 28th June 2017.  With apologies for the late delivery - but unlike me, Steve has a day job. AGM2017 minutes.doc

Roderick Hoffman OBO Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th September

16th September family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Ian Cockram 23:40 Bedfont Lakes run #401 62%
Scott Davison 24:24 Bedfont Lakes run #218, 187th at Bedfont 59%
Bob Bannister 27:55 Bedfont Lakes run #284 58%
Anne Bannister 28:00 Bedfont Lakes run #149 68%
David Duggan 30:25 Bedfont Lakes run #216 51%
Roderick Hoffman 26:02 Bedford course pb, club record 60%
Joe Nolan 29:04 Black Park run #291 56%
Ian Cunningham 20:57 Bushy Park best time so far this year 73%
Jonathan Cox 24:38 Bushy Park run #323, 278th at Bushy 63%
John Coffey 25:54 Bushy Park run #253 73%
Sarah Gordon 33:04 Conkers, NW Leics course pb, club rec(F) 58%
Tim Bellars 23:10 Guernsey run #2,club course record 64%
Kerstin Luksch 22:38 Gunnersbury run #231, 224th at Gunnersbury 66%
Steve Newell 33:46 Gunnersbury run #281, 2017 sb 54%
Alan Anderson 36:07 Gunnersbury run #474, 248th at Gunnersbury 61%
Denis Foxley 26:15 Harrow run #82, 72nd at Harrow 66%
Joan Foxley 38:37 Harrow run #72, 66th at Harrow 56%
Paul Watt 21:19 Margate M-4, club course record 70%
Julie Barclay 21:35 Margate F-1, age category record 82%
Steve Taylor 25:48 Northala Fields run #72, 43rd at Northala 59%
Colin Russell 25:50 Oak Hill run #41, 40th at Oak Hill 53%
Caroline Cockram 25:57 Osterley course pb 63%
Janet Smith 34:09 Peterborough run #75, 6th at Peterborough 50%
Chris Kelly 19:56 Reading run #350 75%
Steve Waite 28:05 Riddlesdown run #11 61%
Richard Ruffell 20:35 St Albans course pb, club record 75%
Alan Friar 27:38 Woodley run #242, 73rd at Woodley 66%
Tony Barnwell 33:04 Wycombe Rye run #151, 71st at Wycombe 57%
Petra Otto volunteer March marshal
Kevin Holland volunteer Woking finish funnel
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking marshal

Firstly a correction to last week’s commentary about plans for featured club parkruns in the coming weeks, building on the success of the meeting up at Black Park in August.  The dates in the club diary are correct.  On Saturday 21st October the chosen park is Nonsuch in Cheam.  Six of us have run there previously but only Ian Cunningham more than once!  He holds the club course record with 21:09 so there is the challenge (the female record is currently vacant).  Travel advice will be provided nearer the time.  On Saturday 25th November everyone is invited to join in at Bedfont Lakes.  It will be a pacer day and anyone wishing to volunteer as a pacer or any other volunteer role should email their name and barcode number to David at  Neil Frediani is your committee contact for these parkruns.

The cooler weather and some good training against an autumn challenge paved the way for some good performances this week. Richard Ruffell’s recent triathlon adventures have clearly done him no harm at all and his time of 20:35 at his favourite parkrun at St Albans was not only a course pb and a club record but also his best parkrun this year.  Ian Cunningham (20:57) also had his best run of the year at Bushy Park as did Steve Newell (33:46) at Gunnersbury. Caroline Cockram (25:57) improved on her previous best at Osterley Park.

Paul Watt (21:19) and Julie Barclay (21:35) visited Margate parkrun for the first time and set new club records. Julie set an age-group record so good it is better than the records for ladies five and ten years younger!  Tim Bellars (23:10) lowered the club course record in Guernsey. 

A rare pb for Roderick Hoffman (26:02) at Bedford where he was running for a second time.  Some of his single minded tourist friends were running there for their first and probably only time including Gregory Bailey (22:31) now on 207 parks out of 207 runs.  Sarah Gordon (33:04) achieved a course pb and set a club record(F) at Conkers parkrun in NW Leicestershire.  It was her first run there since joining us.

Chris Kelly (19:56) ran his 350th parkrun at Reading.  It is just 25 months since his 250th so at this rate he could reach 500 by the end of 2020!

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats

Most attended parkruns by different club members

The following 25 UK parkruns have had ten or more different club members visit for runs.  Probably few surprises amongst this list other than the absence of Wimbledon Common (just five club members have run there).  Wimbledon is the 14th nearest to Heston (crow fly distances), the second oldest parkrun venue after Bushy and with a regular attendance of 400 to 500 each week.  Perhaps worthy of a club visit?

Bushy Park 55 Reading 19
Bedfont Lakes 46 Old Deer Park 18
Black Park 34 Woodley 18
Crane Park 33 Fulham Palace 17
Gunnersbury 33 Wycombe Rye 17
Osterley 29 Bracknell 15
Woking 26 Frimley Lodge 15
Upton Court 25 Guildford 15
Homewood 23 Harrow 12
Richmond Park 22 Rickmansworth 12
Kingston 21 Wormwood Scrubs 11
Maidenhead 21 Cassiobury 10
Northala Fields 21

Outside the UK it is a varied picture with three parkruns making it close to double figures.  The Root 44 occurrence was an organised parkrun visit the day before WARR in 2013, Malahide and St Annes were mainly the day before Dublin WARR in 2014.

Crissy Field (San Francisco, USA) 9 Krakow (Poland) 4
Root 44 (Stellenbosch, South Africa) 9 St Annes (Dublin, Ireland) 4
East Coast Park (Singapore) 8 St Peters (Sydney, Australia) 4
Malahide (Dublin, Ireland) 5 Amager Strandpark (Copenhagen, Denmark) 3
Bois de Boulogne (Paris, France) 4 la Ramée (Toulouse, France) 3
Clermont Waterfront (Orlando, USA) 4 Mandavit (Bordeaux, France) 3

Roderick Hoffman

Rutland Marathon & Half-Marathon. Sunday, 17th September 2017

Rutland Marathon MedalMy friend and I had a really lovely half-marathon at Rutland Water today, which started two minutes after the full marathon (10:02 am).

The conditions were ideal, apart from the initial fog, which lifted later on. The course was very scenic but, much to our surprise, incredibly undulating, with many short, sharp, and even some steep hills. The marathon folks told me afterwards, that the hills got “...a lot worse” later on.

The organisation was absolutely superb, with everything running like clockwork, and the atmosphere was really nice and very friendly. Runners appeared to have come from all over the country, which was very nice to see. Runners’ names were announced when they ran through the finish funnel, and we were awarded with a very heavy, and pretty large, good quality, and very well designed medal. We were also given a finisher’s cotton t-shirt, and there were plenty of cakes, fruit, nuts etc. inside the secure finish area for us to gobble up afterwards. We were also given a print-out of our pacing and finish time, which was another nice little ‘extra’.

All in all a really great event, which we can highly recommend. However, if you’re after a fast time or a PB, I very much doubt that you would achieve either.

There were 549 runners in the half-marathon, and 137 in the full marathon. The winner of the half-marathon finished in 1:17:58 hours, and the winner in the full marathon 3:11:03 hours.

Petra Otto

Richmond Runfest, 16th/17th September 2017

Richmond Runfest MedalsNo parkrun for me this week instead I was taking part in the Richmond Runfest. This consisted of 2 races over 2 days. Day 1 - involved a very pleasant 10k run in the picturesque grounds of Kew Gardens. Finish time 00:56:10. I enjoyed making the most of the free entry to Kew Gardens and spent the afternoon touring the grounds. There was an impressive goody bag too including a technical Nike T-Shirt. The entry fee for this race was expensive but I can now see why. I enjoyed this run and I would totally recommend it.

Day 2- Richmond Half Marathon. A nice run but the uneven surfaces of the towpath make it a tough race. The first 4 miles of the race was within the beautiful grounds of Kew Gardens, then you take the towpath from Kew to Richmond, then onto Teddington Lock, then to Ham then back to Richmond to finish in Old Deer Park. Finish time 02:02:16

The accumulation of running 19.3 miles this weekend was in my bid to raise awareness of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in support of IPF awareness week. It is a horrible lung disease which sadly 1 in 100 people die from, yet not everyone has heard or is aware off and does not have a cure.

There was the added bonus of a specially designed 'Laureus' medal (see photo) being rewarded for completing both races. Overall, a memorable weekend of running.

Trish McCabe

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