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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th December 2016
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.
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Winter Solstice Parkway Mile Relay 2016 followed by Club's 35th Anniversary event - 21st December
Reminder - could all runners who haven't done so please send their best mile time estimates to Steve Newell ASAP (e.g. now). Steve Newell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Mile will be followed by the club's 35th Anniversary event.
We've now got over 60 members and former members signed up for this but more are welcome - but please do let us know to expect you in case we'll need to phone out for extra pizza.
Please notify us that you intend to make it to our anniversary event - by email, Facebook, pipe tapping etc.
10K Trophy Nominations required
The club has a long tradition of 10k running and this includes having a 10k trophy awarded each year to the club member who is considered to have had the greatest achievement over the year. This might be a position or time result in a key race, a lifetime PB or the number of 10k runs over the year. Since the club doesn't focus so heavily on such runs these days we can loose track who has done what - so how did you do in 2016? If you would like to nominate yourself, or a running colleague, then please send Steve the details.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 17th December
Barry Walters (20:32, 78.81%) was our fastest runner this week and he made his first visit to Osterley Park, the nearest parkrun venue to the old Concorde Club. Osterley Park has been one of our favourite places to run to on summer evenings over the years. Barry set a new age group (MV60-64) record. The club record is still held by Chris Kelly (20.03, 72.4%).
After almost eight and half years, and after sacrificing many Saturdays to volunteering, Caroline Cockram (27:50) crossed the finish line for the 250th time to earn her place in the "250" club and the right to wear the green T-shirt. There were several members including her husband Ian at Bedfont Lakes there to help her celebrate. Trish McCabe (26:14) made it a day for the girls achieving a course pb on her 127th run at Bedfont.
[photo David Duggan (probably)]
Chris Kelly (20:57) ran his 250th parkrun just at Reading where the course is vulnerable to flooding. His grand total of 315 runs includes 30 at nearby Woodley.
On the pioneering tourist front Sarah Gordon (36:24) visited Rugby which only started earlier this month. Her score has moved on to 74 parks and the club total has edged up to 307.
Tom Rowley has grown attached to watching parkruns at Homewood (Chertsey) in recent weeks and reported that the parkrun there which only started in October is about to move to nearby Ottershaw at the start of 2017. Homewood has been a pleasant run and anyone not wishing to miss out completely should try to get along on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve. Details of the new Ottershaw course will be relayed to you as soon as they become available [see also below and http://www.parkrun.org.uk/homewood/news/ ].
How clean is the air you run in?
I've signed up for a new initiative which aims to monitor the air that we exercise in. This involves wearing a real-time carbon monoxide monitor, which is the size of a smartphone though lighter…but unfortunately I need to carry a regular smartphone as well to accumulate and submit the results! The maps below show the results from recent runs and whilst it is a pity that it only shows high, medium and low it starts to give the impression of how good or bad some courses are. Longer term I'll let you know what I learn and also where the initiative heads off to (by their own admission they don't know what will happen next). I expect to see different recordings in the same areas depending on the weather and time of week, day and year. The monitor costs a chunk of money but I spotted a free offer via England Athletics - I wonder if this is how most of the sensors sent out are funded?
The courses shown are the KLM beach race, the Street-O orienteering event, the Wednesday's Five Mile Handicap, a round Harmondsworth Moor run and my long Sunday run around the canals of West London. I'll let you work out which is which. Green means carbon monoxide less than 1.5ppm, red means greater than 10ppm.
See also https://store.clean.space and some technical details "The CleanSpace Tag measures the amount of carbon monoxide in the air around the sensor in ppm (parts per million) and shows the data in the Air Graph page in the App. Carbon monoxide outdoors is produced by internal combustion engines, such as diesel and petrol vehicles and is an indicator of overall vehicle pollution, which is made up of a number of pollutants such as small particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3). In general, if carbon monoxide is high it is likely that most of the other pollutants will be high also, depending on the mix of vehicle types on the road, such as the proportion of diesel vehicles. The medium to high thresholds in the CleanSpace App Air Graph have been chosen in relation to the World Health Organisation guidelines of an average limit for 8h exposure to carbon monoxide of 10ppm. The low to medium threshold in the App corresponds to 1.5ppm."
My challenge(s) for 2017 are:
To run 4 half-marathons:
Also, to break 22:00 on a parkrun or break my knees trying
So with January 1st fast approaching - what are your challenges for next year?
Portsmouth Coastal Marathon
Just got back from running my 5th Portsmouth Coastal Marathon - did OK but would have liked to be about 30 seconds faster to get a Portsmouth Coastal PB (of 5 runs). Finished in 3:35:45 (2013 - 3:35:18). Marathon #119. I was 176th out of 1014 finishers - first man home did it in an incredible time of around 2:30! I've one more to do in 2016 on 31st December. I saw Jasvir on the start list but it seems he did not run - injured perhaps?
Street-O St Paul's and Chancery Lane - 14 December
Another month, another South London Street-O event. This time "St Paul's and Chancery Lane" and knowledge of the Great City Race course was an advantage - though I also scored valuable checkpoints south of the river. My result was better than usual - 38th of 90, my first appearance in the top half of the field, so either I'm getting better or there wasn't a high caliber turnout (or I was lucky in the points I found - perhaps others hadn't spotted that the checks south of the river were more valuable than those to the north). I also note that because I've made all four of the series so far in the overall results I'm in 16th place.
The next event is in Balham on Wednesday 11th January. Details: Street-O Series 2016-17
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