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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th August 2013

Forthcoming Events:

  • Revised Date: Wednesday 28th August - Cranford Park Relay followed by social with food - see below
  • Saturday 31st August - Club Featured parkrun - The inaugural parkrun in Osterley Park.  Also practice run this Wednesday (see below)
  • Revised Date and Venue: Lunchtime, Tuesday 10th September - 'Round The Park' - Harmondsworth Moor (details to follow) 

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

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Cranford Park Relay Wednesday 28th August - meet at the Concorde Centre by 17:45

RUNNERS NEEDED for your latest Club In-house Event the Cranford Park Relay on Wednesday 28th August at 18:00

Join the big fat burgers, the sizzling sausages, or a team name of your choice to run a 2.5k (ish) leg followed by food at the club social at the Concorde club. Teams will probably be allocated on the night to ensure a competitive race but if you have a ready made team of 3 then let me know.

Everyone - please email: if you intend running and let me know what your most recent 1mile and/or 5k time is. If you canít decide until the night then just turn up.

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are particularly welcome.

Neil Frediani

Surrey County 10,000m Track Championship 12:00 Saturday 24th August

Any budding Mo Farahs out there?

To all Surrey affiliated clubs

The Surrey County 10,000m Track Championship is being held as usual within the Herne Hill Open Meeting at Tooting Bec Track on Saturday 24th August. The race is at 12 noon and entry is on the day by 11.30am. It is open to both Male & Female entrants.

Let Eddie Giles or Steve Hillier know if you fancy this.

Club Vests

Paul Knechtl looks after the stock of club kit and he needs to put in a fresh order of vests. The registered club colours is that of the red and blue speedmarque with "BRITISH AIRWAYS" text so if you wear such kit you are obeying the UK Athletics rules and only incidentally promoting the airline.  The supplier we've used before provides a proper running vest with the design on the front and back (pictured on the right).  This can be reordered but there is an issue with this in that it is a bit pricy at around £14:50 (cost price).  We have a proposal for a cheaper vest of the design pictured on the left.  This would be about £9.  Paul points out that the running vests are more low cut under the arms then this new vest.

If you have a view please let Paul know.

Paul also manages the supply of Technical Tee Shirt.  These have the design on the front only and a cost of £8.  Let Paul know your needs (and sizes) and any other questions.

Track results from the Mid London Division Vets League 2013

Match 1 May 13th @ Battersea
Steve Hillier 100m 15.9
  Discus 22.03m
Gary Rushmer 1500m 5.17.3
  Long Jump 3.20m
Match 2 10th June @ Hillingdon
Steve Hillier 200m 33.6
  Shot Putt 8.14m
  Hammer 30.90m
Gary Rushmer 800m 2.41.5
  3000m 11.49.9
  Long Jump 2.90m
  Triple Jump 7.18m
Chris Kelly 800m 2.36.3
  3000m 10.58.2
Match 4 15th July - Battersea
Steve Hillier 200m 33.1
  High Jump 1.00m
  Long Jump 3.51m
  Hammer 31.04m
  Javelin 19.95m

Hope to see you all next year at the vets track league - and before then every Monday night at the Uxbridge track for training, fitness and the odd grand prix event.

Eddie Giles

Club parkrun Results for Saturday 17th August 2013

who   time place observation performance
Colin Haylock 19:56 Bushy Park   71%
Piers Keenleyside 22:30 Gunnersbury   69%
Alan Friar 24:44 Reading   70%
John Coffey 24:57 Bushy Park first run for 6 months 72%
Kerstin Luksch 25:53 Gunnersbury   57%
Roderick Hoffman 26:00 Walthamstow club course record 58%
Tony Hird 26:24 Gunpowder   55%
Neil Frediani 27:09 Marple new baRunner course 57%
Steve Newell 29:08 Old Deer Park course pb 60%

Welcome back John Coffey - a slow time by John's standard but at 72% still the best performance by the team.  And well done Neil for running at Marple (Stockport) - the club's 66th different parkrun course. Osterley will ensure that we are 2/3s of the way to the hundred.  Roderick again demonstrated how slowly he was running at the start of the year by knocking nearly six minutes off his course best - this time at Walthamstow.

Steve's parkrun stats

Next Club Featured parkrun - Osterley Park inaugural run on Saturday August 31st

Before that they are having a practice This Wednesday 21st August.  They will be setting up from 18:00 and the run will be from 19:00.  They will welcome any parkrun regulars.  The race director Geoff Miles says "We will be testing the scanners and timer so please bring barcodes. The timer is a new type of device for parkruns. I've just collected the IT kit and the laptop has the dreadful Windows 8 interface so I'm having a few problems!"  Note that you CAN park in Osterley Park car park - it will be open late specially for us.  Please enter via the main gates.  Some of us may be running over from the Concorde Centre or cycling instead.  Geoff says he has enough volunteers for the 31st BUT is very keen to encourage volunteers for subsequent runs.  See also

More of Piers

1) I did the Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Trail Marathon on Sunday 11th August. I had hoped to do finish in under 4 hours but went the wrong way (again!) and lost about 10 minutes - I crossed the line in 4:02:06 and came in 18th place (I think there were just under 200 in the race. The countryside around Salisbury is very scenic (and a bit hilly!). At one point we went through a small forest of massive Yew trees where we had to follow the trail via a piece of string stretched from one tree to another. We also ran along the top of the earth works that surround the iron-age fort of Sarum just north of the city. The 5-4-3-2-1 is because the organisers put on 5 races - a 50K, 42K {which Piers ran}, 30K, 21K and a 10K; something for everyone - put in your diary for next year!

2) I did my 4th marathon/ultra over 4 consecutive weekends today 18th August - the Cheddar Gorge Marathon. On balance I think this was even harder than the Bath Marathon which I did 3 weeks ago. The big hills were a bit steeper and longer in Bath but about 40% of the course was on roads or tarmac paths whereas Cheddar was 100% off-road over rough tracks, bogs, moors etc and of course the hills when we had to go up and down the Gorge. I finished in a time of 4:45:30 (on my watch). Still waiting for the official results with placings etc. Next weekend it is the big one - the 85 mile Ridgeway Challenge which I am attempting with 3 other guys from Ealing Eagles.

Piers Keenleyside

Thank you to Piers for these updates - and to the rest of you, please let us know what running related activity you are up to.

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