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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th May 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 21st May CIE Crane Park 18:30 (see below)
  • Sunday 25th May BUPA 10,000 (marshals wanted)
  • Wednesday 11th June Parkway Mile followed by club AGM

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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

Dear All,

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!

Kind regards


Place Time Name Team Race Age Category No Place
1 0:20:59 STUBBS, Sally Runnymede Runners LV35 70 1
2 0:21:20 BARCLAY, Julie Woking AC LV45 64 2
3 0:21:37 MANERA, Claudia Ealing, Southall & Middlesex LV45 47 3
9 0:24:49 BANKS, Alice British Airways LV55 55 9
19 0:26:56 ALONSO, Monica British Airways LV45 57 19
20 0:28:06 SMITH, Helen British Airways LV55 58 20
21 0:29:11 MAYEROVA, Daniela SL 51 21
25 0:32:32 CLARKE, Frances British Airways SL 75 25
29 0:35:03 SMITH, Janet Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC LV45 45 29
30 0:35:03 JENNINGS, Jo LV35 65 30

Full results on the website:

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!

Ladies in France with trophies

171 00:42:16 WALTERS Barry British Airways
216 00:43:29 STATHER Katherine British Airways
475 00:49:19 HELSDON Deby British Airways
725 00:55:18 ALONSO Monica British Airways
920 01:00:47 SMITH Helen British Airways

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:

Chris Kelly

BA and Runnymede Runners with the Green Belt Relay Corporate Trophy for 2014.

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.

Roderick Hoffman

 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:  

Steve Newell

Quickies from a hot weekend...

Staines 10k

Just a couple of results from the Staines 10k:

Julie Barclay was 1st 0/50 in 43.48 PB (46th 0/a).

Joe Nolan 181st in 50.46 and Neil Frediani was 182nd in 50.49.  They both entered the funnel together.

Good runs in that temperature   

Tom Rowley

Richmond Park Marathon

I ran the Richmond Park Marathon today. I really suffered in the heat and only just managed a sub-4 time or around 3:58. No official results published as yet. When I was leaving I saw Jagjit jogging along the last half mile of the course - I think he did a time of around 5:20.

Piers Keenleyside

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