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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th January 2015

Forthcoming Events:

  • Tuesday 27th January - annual Round-the-Block race - Heston Clubhouse (Concorde Centre) start 12:30
  • Wednesday 28th January - January Five Mile Handicap - Heston Clubhouse starts from 18:00
  • Thursday 5th February - Magic Mile - Bath Road from 12:45 (jog out from Waterside from 12:15)

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.

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Club Promotion

There is a new poster to promote the clubs activities over the next few months.  Please print off a copy and leave in your nearest rest room or notice board and/or email the link to others you know might be interested.

Annual Round-the-Block Race on Tuesday 27th January from 12:30

Founded in or before 1982 this event is probably the oldest fixture in the BA calendar. As in past years the race is a single lap course of about 5k, around the Heston area. The start will be at around 12:30 and is a short walk from the Heston Clubhouse (Concorde Centre), so please leave enough time to get to the start.  Anybody and everybody is welcome to take part including mixed teams of four. This is a fun event and ALL levels of runners/joggers are welcomed.  Please pass this information on to anyone else who might be interested.  Lifts can be offered from and back to Waterside and other locations.  There is a £1 entry fee which will be donated to the White Lodge Centre charity.

Paul Knechtl

Ladies Surrey League Cross Country Wimbledon match report

 Hi All,

First of all, a big 'thank you' to all runners and supporters for turning up on this cold, wet and windy day at Wimbledon Common. Even though it was wet and windy the sun did make several appearances through the clouds.

I wasn't running but got there early to set up 'shop', with the promise of 2 'new' BA runners joining our regulars this month. Deby had arrived very early although she didn't see us till much later. Lindsey, with partner Andy and daughters Holly and Poppy, was the first to spot me and my blue table. Yes, she was told to look out for the blue picnic table! I really should be taking our club flag with me next time! Next to appear were Mel and Philippa whom I had volunteered to babysit while Mel ran. Alice, Deby and Monica (with Tony) completed the team for this match. Unfortunately Helen couldn't join us as it was her dad's 90th birthday celebrations, and also Lissa (suffering from cold) and Daniela (food poisoning).

At mid-day, the runners were flagged off on a very muddy 7k 2-lap course (just look at the picture!) while we the spectators huddled under our coats for some warmth. The 3 girls were having fun on the club terrace playing catch and then eating their lunches. I couldn't resist sneaking a couple of mini sausages into my mouth too!

Deby once again led our team in with a time of 43:05, followed by Lindsey (45:48), Alice (47:19), Mel (48:31) and Monica (49:38). Our team stands at 21 out of 34 with 545 points at this match. For full results please check out

Needless to say, we enjoyed our some sustenance and tea after the event, especially the bread pudding Monica made. It was delicious!

The last match of the season is on Saturday 7th February at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. Hope to see a big turn out of runners and supporters.

Clara  :)

Men's Surrey League Cross Country Oxshott match results

Hi all, the men's cross country team were at a sunny Oxshott this month in what is turning out to be a very tough league.  But again we had great turnout of 12 runners, with another 7 who ran at Epsom unable run because of illness or injuries, but despite our best efforts we still finished 9th on the day.  Good to see some first timers this season including Adrian Haines who lead the team home with Bernard Sexton & Ian Cunningham both scoring for the team.

Anyway I would like thank you to all those who turned up on the day, including our strong band of supporters.

Individual results:

  • 8th:   Adrian Haines.      32.52
  • 63rd: Mark Taylor.          37.47
  • 66th: John Taylor.          37.58
  • 68th: Bernard sexton.    38.13
  • 74th: Colin Haylock.      38.31
  • 90th: Gary Rushmer.      40.31
  • 91st: Richard Ruffell.      40.33 (spelt correctly)
  • 98th: Ian Haylock.          41.23
  • 105th: Ian Cunningham. 42.27
  • 113th:Graham Taylor.     43.22
  • 138th: John Coffey.        50.34
  • 145th: Steve Hillier.        58.35

Our next fixture is at Lloyd park, Croydon on the 7th Feb at a NEW START TIME OF 1PM Hope to see most of you there for our last Surrey cross country of the season.

Gary Rushmer

Club parkrun results for Saturday 17th January

17th January 2015 parkrunner performance parkrun detail grade volunteer count
Alan Anderson 29:27 Gunnersbury run #347 70% 83
Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21:16 Bushy Park run #225 72% 82
Chris Kelly 20:43 Reading run #223 71% 76
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper 43
Joe Nolan 23:44 Black Park run #205 67% 23
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury lead bike 19
Steve Newell 30:55 Gunnersbury run #164 57% 15
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking marshal 13
Jeremy Short 19:43 Crane Park run #61 77% 9
Ian Cunningham 22:26 Nonsuch run #180 67% 7
Monica Alonso 28:24 Guildford run #46 57% 6
Tony Hird 26:15 Gunpowder run #86 56% 6
Roderick Hoffman 29:35 Tilgate run #142 Alternative circuit with extra hills 51% 6
Ben Chaytow 22:05 Crane Park run #93 61% 5
Richard Ruffell 22:01 St Albans run#70 69% 5
Alan Friar 26:24 Woodley run #152 67% 2
John Scaife 24:38 Wycombe Rye run #6, parkrun pb 65% 0
Paul Knechtl 17:47 Bushy Park run #10 79% 0
Roger Vince 21:59 Black Park run #53 74% 0
Scott Davison 22:57 Bushy Park run #106, Bushy debut 61% 0
John Coffey 24:27 Bushy Park run #168 74% 0
Ian Haylock 20:29 Bushy Park run #168 69% 0
David Tyas 19:34 Bushy Park run #333 75% 0

A rare appearance this week from Paul Knechtl with yet another sub 18 minute run round the Bushy Park circuit.  He was joined by Scott Davison making his first ever parkrun at Bushy along with Ian Haylock and John Coffey who have run there many many times over the years.

The weather affected many of the runs and the Northala Fields parkrun was cancelled at 0830 after a course inspection.  That may be why the attendance at Osterley was significantly higher than usual (98 from 61).  Roderick made a return to Tilgate and had to contend with a modified and hillier course than usual. 

Monica Alonso is now on 46 and with the parkrun T-shirt arrangements changing she might be our first recipient of one of the new 50 shirts.  Alastair Heslop will be due a "25 volunteer" shirt once the debate over design and colour has been concluded.  He has volunteered 43 times already.

John Scaife overcame less than ideal conditions at Wycombe Rye to set a parkrun pb of 24:38.  An improvement of five minutes!  Wycombe Rye had a record turnout with 220 runners and there was another record at another "local" Fulham Palace with 301 and large attendances across the country.  Compared to January 3rd there were 44 fewer parkruns in the UK on Saturday but an increase in parkrunners from 49,252 to 49,924.

Updated parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

The 'volunteer count' column on the table above shows the official parkrun volunteer counts (note that these exclude non-recorded duties and assistance on ones behalf by family and friends). Nevertheless it is good to see that one of our members is officially recorded ahead of the parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewett!  Alan, Chris and Alastair have already qualified for the new eggplant coloured parkrun volunteers shirt when it becomes available and with 25 as the qualifier Piers Keenleyside (on 24) and Joe Nolan (23) will probably do so shortly.  The official guidance on volunteering at parkrun is to encourage all parkrunners to volunteer three times a year but you are not under pressure to do so.  However I'd like to think that those towards the bottom of the table above are giving back to parkrun in some other way. 

Roderick Hoffman

New parkrun Opportunity - request for assistance to set up a parkrun in Runnymede

We've had the following approach which might be an exciting opportunity for one or more people in the group. This would be what you want to make of it - it could be the way to get in at the start of a new parkrun taking on the director role like Fred Ashford (Black Park) and Geoff Miles (Osterley) or it could simply be providing some thoughts or advice on possible courses in the area.  Some familiarity with the area and with parkrun would be expected - but that could probably be picked up quite quickly provided you are not that far away.  Could anyone interested either reply to me OR reply to Matt directly but copy me in so that I know what support club members are offering. Roderick at .

Good morning all,

The reason I am getting in touch is because I want to set up a parkrun in Runnymede. I am looking at areas in Egham, Chertsey and Addlestone. I am looking for some enthusiastic volunteers to form part of the events team/committee. Would anybody at the club be interested in this kind of event role?

I would appreciate any thoughts, feedback and opinions you may have on the matter.

Kind Regards,

Matt Doherty |  Community Development Officer (Sport & Health) | Runnymede Borough Council | 01932 ###### |

Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)

I have just started a 6 month development process to becoming a CiRF qualified and licensed UK Athletics Coach.  This builds on the fundamental concepts from the Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) that I completed 2 years ago.  UKA have developed this programme as part of a new training structure to meet the demands and needs of the off-track running community – the programme covers road, hill and cross country elements and encompasses runners that are new to running, returning to running and existing runners to develop their fitness and running performance.  For my development I must have a current coach as a mentor (Andy Eynon has kindly offered to support me) and also an ‘athlete’ to model training plans on (Neil Frediani has kindly offered his services). As part of the ‘coursework’ and ‘assessment’ I am to conduct a number of observed coaching sessions.

Therefore…over the next couple of months I plan to organise some training sessions and ‘bolt-on’ elements to CIE’s, and hope that these can help club members  further their running aspirations.  If there are any particular areas that members would like particular help please let me know.

Joe Nolan

Joe has also agreed to oversee the next club in-house event on Wednesday 11th February.

Reported on facebook...


I completed the Capital to Country 45 mile ultra today from Wendover to Little Venice at Paddington Station via the Ridgeway path and the Grand Union Canal towpath. Official results not yet available but expect to get given a time of around 7:53:10. Pleased to get under 8:00 having done 8:09 last year and I got lost again this year which cost me 15-20 minutes I think.

Adrian Haines...

"A nice morning's work in a windy, hilly scenic Bermuda 10k" - 37:34, 10th overall, first Brit and 1st finisher in the 40-49 category {and wearing his BA vest for this one}.

Osterley parkrun help required (for those looking to give back to parkrun ;-) )

Fed up with those huge puddles? Fed up with negotiating your route on the back lane? Well - the wonderful people at Osterley NT have taken delivery of a load of hardcore to sort this out! ... But they'd love your help too ... If have some time and fancy some extra exercise, shoveling and filling, please contact Isaac on 0208 2325065

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