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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th June 2014: Concorde Five Results

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BA Fun Run - Thursday July 24th on Harmondsworth Moor

This is the airline's big charity run with 100% of entry fees and more donated to Cancer Research UK.

As well as the 5k Fun Run, there will be a host of entertainment and fun for the whole family. Join us as we travel back to the age of rock and roll with our fab 50s band, classic cars and vintage sweeties as well as fairground rides and a photo-booth.

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  • Free buses will run from Hatton Cross station
  • Gates open at 3pm
  • Little Legs for Life event starts at 4.30pm
  • Fun Run starts at 5.30pm
  • Rock and Roll party theme
  • Raffle includes flights to Austin, Texas.
  • Evening entertainments continues to 8pm or beyond


Please spread the word and enter a team of friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.  Please register promptly to enable us to build up the event further.

Sunday 15th June - Concorde Five

What did you think?


I really enjoyed today and wouldn't change anything - there were exactly the right number of signs in the exact right places and the marshals were friendly and helpful, just the right number. It was great and I would consider travelling down from Shropshire next year like I did today. Also very chuffed with the PB :-)

Thanks again,

Liz Upton


I really enjoyed the race and was very impressed by the professional way it was organised. So please convey my thanks to all who were involved in the race as they did a great job!

I am delighted that I was awarded the first MV 60 prize.

Again thanks for putting on a great race and I hope to be back again next year.

Kind Regards

Pat Twomey

Thank you so much, BA, for continuing to stage this lovely, very well established run. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the very warm welcome that I had received from all BA folks. My Concorde 5 ‘medal’ has now joined the previous 10 Concorde 10K medals.

I had hoped to dip under 46 minutes (I ran 46:03 in the Marlow 5 earlier this year) but, sadly, I managed to add 10 seconds to that time!!! Oh well, back to the drawing board, maybe next year?

No doubt that I shall return, despite the long journey from the Fens. The Concorde 5 really is an event to be proud of, so a big well-done from me! I will return!

With kind regards and many thanks to you all


Simon Clarke to the BA Yammer Running and Jogging group:

"Many thanks to the organisers, all the Marshall's, and the guys who provided water en route and at the finish at the Concorde 5M today. It is the first time I have raced it and found it really friendly and well organised. Even the guys on the digger were helpful. Thank you all!"

We would welcome further feedback including suggestions to improve this event for next year. Email .


The full results of Sunday's run are on the website:

Umar Nagi won the Men's race in a new Junior record of 28:11.  Paul Wyatt finished second 50 seconds behind and Stephen Norris was third.  Bob Bradbury finished in sixth in a new V60 record. The Ladies race was run for the second year by Jenny Livesey in an improved time of 31:50 so a new ladies course record. There were also new LV35 and LV45 records for Nicky Ashe (2nd lady) and Merilyn Davis (3rd lady) respectively.  First BA runner home was Barry Walters in 33:10 winning the George Lambert trophy which was presented by our guest on the day Val Lambert.  The Metropolitan Police walked off with the first team prizes in both the men's and ladies competitions. There were 67 finishers in the main race and 9 in the kids fun run. 

It could have been a disaster - when we checked the course the previous weekend there were no unexpected obstacles.  But when we next visited the course on Wednesday we discovered that workmen were laying down a new fiber-optic cable right across the Field of Hope roundabout used towards the start of the course and for the finish. We checked things out carefully including on Friday evening and again before the race at 7:30 am Sunday morning and determined that we could run around the closed off work areas if we pushed their barriers back as much as we could.  However at 8:00am the new British workforce caught us by surprise by turning up for work with their diggers and trucks to continue the excavations! However they were very friendly and in return for some of our finish bananas and treats they kept out of our way as best they could.

Photographs (Chris Kelly) including:

The finish of the Concorde Five 2014 (Louise Prince) including:

The start of the Concorde Five (Iffley Road) including this one of the "works in progress":

Concorde Five runner and digger


Thank you to all of the marshals and helpers including:

  • Alastair & Maddie Heslop (entries, results, awards)
  • Anne Coffey (results)
  • Brian Forrester (finish, awards presentation)
  • Chris Kelly
  • Dennis Foxley
  • Harry Wild
  • Ian Cunningham
  • Ian Hudson
  • Jas' refreshment team and Jas for providing the bananas and chocolate bars
  • Joan Foxley
  • John Coffey
  • John and Benita Scaife
  • John Williams
  • Laurie Kelly (race referee, starter, finish coordinator)
  • Barrie Saunders (finish team)
  • Neil Frediani (lead cyclist)
  • Nick Edge
  • Steve Newell (course set-up, deputy race director)
  • Steve Hillier (kids race, tail cyclist)
  • Tom Rowley (kids race)
  • Mark Taylor (water)
  • Helen Smith (water)
  • Steve Taylor (race audit)

Roderick Hoffman (Race Director)

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