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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th May 2014
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This Wednesday 21st May Club In-house Event reminder
The CIE for May is a run in Crane Park on the same course as the parkrun. The course is flat & fast and starts by the children’s play area in the park, just off the A316 Chertsey road by Hospital Bridge Roundabout
Start time is 6.30pm to allow for traffic and parking just off Powder Mill Lane (Whitton) and to walk/jog to the start. Any marshalling help from volunteers will be welcome.
Afterwards we will be going to the White Hart (Kneller Road, Whitton, TW2 7DY) which is a 17th century free house with a range of beers etc., large beer garden and with food available.
Hope to see you there, Eddie Giles.
Speedbird Ladies 14th May Results and Thanks
I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who came to support, volunteer and run at our annual Ladies Speedbird 5K yesterday. You have all given up a very nice sunny afternoon to at the Harmondsworth parklands to help us make this great event, and that is very much appreciated.
Thanks to those of you who had been promoting the event elsewhere, we had more entries than we'd had in the past few years - 32 (in comparison to the 19 we had last year).
There had been a lot of background work done by various people to get this event off the ground and I would just like to mention a special 'Thanks' to Alastair who had been doing a lot of the promotion and other background work, and Roderick who helped with the communication with BA Properties, Tom and Helen for getting there early in the afternoon to mark the course, not forgetting the time Helen had put in to do the risk assessment, maps and other forms, and Brian for organising the drinks and prizes ready for the day.
Our next big event is the Concorde 5miles on 15th June and we look forward to your support again, whether you choose to marshal or run. See you all there!
Full results on the website: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Ladies_2014_Results.shtml
Ladies success in France - Ronde Des Plages 2014
Great achievements by our ladies in France but I've got no words to go with the picture so you'll have to make up your own. My guess is that the distance was 10k. Helen sent in the photo plus a couple of others that may be used in future caption competitions!
The results are from the website. Helen says that Kat was "3rd Senior" and I
guess the other trophy is for being 3rd in "Challenge Entreprise" - the
Corporates I presume.
Green Belt Relay May 17th/18th Results
A glorious weekend in the Home Counties was enjoyed by the British Airways Runnymede Racing Team, with all runners starting their legs on time, none getting left behind (at finishes, or at Train stations), and all marshalling points covered.
A superb performance from only our second-ever Stage Winner Dave Dixon (just before "our" first "second-generation" (~2nd claim) Stage Winner*) helped us achieve an extremely creditable 6th place, against fine opposition. We had a bumper crop of fine results, built on the grit and determination of every runner in the team, navigating the often challenging - indeed undulating - terrain, to stay on the racing line - whether it was the fastest - or 'correctest' route, always aware that we were in contention, and every minute counted.
We once again lay claim to the Corporate Trophy, and I am sure that we all slept very well on Sunday night, despite some aching limbs. Overall results attached, details to follow.
Unofficial results PDF and event website: http://www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/index.php/results/current-race-results
We were awarded the Corporate Trophy though perhaps our "winning" of it is stretching the point somewhat - the Stock Exchange are shown ahead of us in the unofficial results but there was the suggestion that they had stretched their eleven strong team to twelve. In the results we are shown as the third finishing mens team which is undeniably a great result. We had one lady in our 'mens' team, Vicky, but she was not the weakest link.
* Natalie Ruffell, running for Clapham Chasers 1, was the ladies stage winner of the final leg. It is an interesting thought that had we ditched the elderly Ruffell for his daughter our team would have finished with a six minutes quicker time BUT because of having a second lady we would have been classified as a mixed team and hence would have had the worse result of being the 4th Mixed Team! Then again had we not let Barry Walters go off and play with the girls in France he could have run instead of me and we could have been challenging for third place overall!
Thanks to Chris for doing excellent planning for this year's event, to Eddie Ketterick for driving us around - a round London that is - and to Brian Bennett for getting us into habit of doing the Green Belt Relay. But perhaps not to Paul Goldsmith for choosing the accommodation we still stay at each year despite it's distance from the end of leg 11 and its late evening wedding parties.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 10th May
Kerstin Luksch notched up her 100th run, 99% of which have been at Gunnersbury. She is also leading the female points table, again.
Alan Anderson is now only two runs away from becoming only the second runner in the world to complete 200 runs at one park (Bushy) and then 100 at another (Gunnersbury).
There was a near record turnout of 324 at Gunnersbury. Still way behind Black Park where there were 470 runners including Joe Nolan.
Steve Newell broke new ground visiting Wanstead Flats (Redbridge borough). A pleasant two lap course round large fields, along leafy paths and woodland trails - not dissimilar to Cranford Park in some ways. Not much in the way of gradients to worry about. It was their third anniversary race and the cakes, scones and jelly beans on offer after the run attracted a record turnout of 139. Often there are fewer than 100 with plenty of space at the start.
Scott Davison was at Crane Park again, this time a little faster. The sunshine brought out Oliver Mathai to run at Bushy for the first time since last October.
Not forgetting our volunteers ...... Alastair, Roderick before heading out for his Green Belt Relay leg and Piers ahead on Sunday's marathon.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Quickies from a hot weekend...
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