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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th March 2018
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
*Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Test event at Bedfont Football Club on Wednesday 14th March - Report
Last Wednesday six of us met up at Bedfont & Feltham Football and Social Club to check out the facilities as a potential future base for the club. Overall we were impressed and the suitability of the venue for our club will be discussed at the next Committee Meeting. That meeting will be held from 19:45 at the Cranford Community College meeting room on Wednesday 4th April - please attend this if you have a view or questions on this topic.
The club is easily accessible with an amply sized carpark and close to Hatton Cross Tube station and three bus routes. The changing rooms were to an OK standard and the showers were hot without being scolding. The bar was pleasant and includes a second room that we might be able to use for socials - bringing in our own food since the bar only supplies peanuts and crisps. The cost would work out very cheap compared to the current College arrangement though there are discussions still to be held on this. For running routes these streets around Hatton Road are very suitable for running on and it is a 2.5k warm-up jog (or short drive) to Bedfont Lakes park for greener running.
Club NOW run this Wednesday from 12:00 at Rickmansworth (for Non-Office Workers...and those Office Workers able to stretch a lunch hour into two)
Brian Forester on the move....and red shirts...
You’ll be interested to know that our Honorary Life Vice President, Brian Forrester, has been on the move: from one hospital to another. He didn’t enjoy the journey in a bumpy ambulance!
West Middlesex Hospital, where he has been resident for nearly six months, have transferred Brian to St Marys, Paddington, where he is settling into his new surroundings. We’re not sure what the next steps are, but we will keep you updated. Brian sends his good wishes to all club members, and if anyone is in the area, he would be pleased to see any visitors. He is in the Lindo wing, five minutes' walk from Paddington station.
Many of you will know that Brian donated a large number of red cotton T shirts, sporting a club insignia designed by Mark Taylor, to all club members. This was a little while ago, and new members will not have had the chance to receive one. If you would like one of these shirts, please let me know, and I’ll make sure you can arrange to pick one up.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 17th March 2018
Alan Anderson finishing on Saturday flanked by Joe Nolan, Steve Hillier and Gunnersbury Event Director Arlene Gallagher (+1). Alan having his barcode scanned for the 500th time and Alan with Becky Thurtell (and note the snow coming down on the day).
The latest parkrunday turned out to be truly memorable (and not just for those able to claim Irish ancestors) with a great gathering at Gunnersbury for Alan Anderson’s well trailed 500th parkrun supported by friends and more than a dozen members. A chilly breeze and snow flurries failed to hold anyone back. Becky Thurtell (440th run), an old rival from his Bushy Park days came along to wish Alan well. Former protégé Kerstin Luksch (leaving to join Ealing Eagles) had held back so she could complete her 250th on the same day as Alan. Club stalwart Joe Nolan would have completed his 300th months ago but for a series of injuries. John Coffey, Alice Banks and Tony Barnwell all ran at Gunnersbury for the first time.
Ed: Conspicuously missing from this BAAC team photograph is Alan Anderson because he was busy setting the course (with Steve Newell also)! I'd also sent Alice Banks away before getting the photograph taken. Apologies were received from some unable to attend Alan's 500th including Tom Rowley, Julie Barclay, Paul Watt, Benita Scaife and Bill Byrne.
Elsewhere John Lennon (32:21) attended the inaugural run at Hazelwood (London Irish, Sunbury) to establish a club record which may only last a week or two! Sarah Gordon (34:55) broke new ground at Bedworth parkrun near Coventry which only started last month.
Caroline Cockram (35:37) was at Rickmansworth for the first time and lowered the female club record there by bettering Alice Banks’ time by three seconds. Chris Kelly (21:12) improved the club record at Swansea Bay.
The suggested date for a visit to Victoria Dock parkrun is Easter Saturday 31st March. Public transport is recommended and The Emirates Cable Car from Greenwich should be operating.
Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats
As a side-line I produce forecasts and analysis of attendees at inaugural events of new UK parkruns. On the face of it my forecasts appear inaccurate, but they are forecasts for what the attendance would be without action by the parkrun to either encourage or discourage attendance at the inaugural (most these days discourage to ensure that the event is manageable on day one, and not too much of a shock for non-running locals). My forecast for Mole Valley was low - 267 forecast whereas 354 made it despite a "quiet launch" call. Assumptions immediately after the run was that the number was high because of the cancellation of Guildford and because of busloads of uber-tourists from far-afield. The benefit of actually looking at the parkrun provided data is the understanding shown in this diagram that most of the attendees had only come a few miles from the nearby established parkruns.
This quarter's Qantas Running Club newsletter contains an article written by myself on parkrun tourism and other parkrun and running related content. There is also a request for a new editor to step forward for the newsletter, I will not be applying (unless Oz residence is included).
But it is not just Alan, Steve and Roderick making noise about parkrun...
Just before his parkrun on Saturday Ian Cockram had a spot on LOVESport Radio with Iwan Thomas: LoveSport Breakfast Show 17Mar18 (from 23mins). It probably didn't disrupt his warm-up since on Saturday at Bedfont Ian was Tail Walker. Iwan Thomas (44) is a former Welsh and GB 400m sprinter and parkruns at Netley Abbey (when not broadcasting) and finishes these days in 20 to 21 minutes.
Warm Weather Training Camp - Portugal
This winter's weather has proved somewhat challenging for runners, particularly those training for a Spring marathon and a small group representing BAAC at this year's London Marathon, comprising of Bob & Anne Bannister and Zoe Ostley, recently travelled out to the Algarve with a few like-minded training buddies for some warm weather training. This is Bob's summary of their week away...
Ed: Sounds far more successful than my "Altitude Training" - Upon my arrival in Colorado I managed the one mile high parkrun but the following week, at 3,000m, could only manage two 2k runs before collapsing breathless and on my final full day skiing I fell heavily, bruising a rib, so consequently I haven't been able to exploit my greater oxygen capturing ability in my runs since. That's my excuse anyway.
Ending the Curse????
This comment relating to Paul Watt’s earning of the Most Improved Runner Trophy last week reminded me that I had planned to write a brief report of my year with the accursed trophy. "Ed: In some previous years the "Most Improved" trophy has seemed a curse with the recipient spending much of the following year out with injury - but we don't believe in superstitions, do we?"
Thanks to the above, it was with some trepidation that I received the most improved runner trophy last year having improved times at 7 distances in my 60th year. The year started well with a half marathon pb 4 days after receiving the trophy which when age adjusted was better than the 1:29:xx which I recorded as a 28 year old in 1985. Then it all seemed to fall apart, a slower listless half marathon a few weeks later then a much slower London marathon than planned (started way too fast), followed by an uneventful Green Belt Relay (plenty of injury opportunities there) and an eventful 10mile trail race in the North Downs where I fell twice in the flat mile 9. Plenty of blood and a jolt but not a run preventing injury. Then it was off to Snowdon for a trail half where running down a mountain was fraught with danger, thankfully it was a dry run. No injury but I did hit the wall having screwed up my feeding strategy, it was only a half after all! Plenty more injury opportunities came my way with trail runs on holiday in Austria and South Africa and then the Beachy Head 10k where overtaking people on a very steep muddy descent to the finish was dangerous. A few cross countries were completed safely as well and then running in snow for a few days, still no expected injury , finally I could hand over the trophy and relax.
Can you be too slow to get a running injury?? Have I broken the curse?? Good luck Paul Watt, you are a bit faster than me so be very careful.
PS I fell today in the woods but only suffered a bruised hand :-)
Tom's Diary - Tunnel Vision
Following Ian Cunningham's Southend Pier Marathon effort last week Tom has had some correspondence from a friend about a couple of Tunnel Marathons she ran:
Next week - has anyone run a Marathon entirely or mainly on a bridge?
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