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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th January 2014
New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.
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Tuesday 28th January - The Traditional Round-the-Block race from the Concorde Centre
As in past years the race is a single lap course of around 5k, around the Heston area. The start will be at around 12:30 and is a short walk from the Concorde Centre, so please leave enough time. 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.
Men's Surrey League XC 3nd Match Report - Oxshott 11th January
The men's 3rd cross country race of the season took place at Oxshott on Saturday 11th, with a fantastic BAAC turnout of 12 runners, with conditions underfoot quiet dry considering the whether we`ve had. We finished an excellent 2nd on the day and now lie in 3rd place and only 12 points behind the team in second place. Paul Knechtl lead the team home again finishing a very good 3rd in div 4 followed by Chris Kelly in 10th place & John Taylor in 19th.
Look forward to seeing you ALL again (or more) at our last fixture where we could be promoted on the 8th Feb 2014 Newlands corner, Guildford , with a start time of 3.00pm.
Cheers Gary Rushmer
BAAC 15th January 2014 Four Way Folly Results
The first CIE of 2014 on a reasonable (for January) evening, there were 14 runners divided into 4 teams, 2 teams of four and 2 teams of three (the teams of three adding a "Mr. Average" to make up their total time). Brian Forrester calls for order to deliver the instructions, with several runners off down Church Road on a warm up, "Disqualify them!" were the cries from the runners standing patiently at the start as those warming up headed back. Brian waited until they got back to the start before the instructions were duly delivered to all the runners. All teams were to run the same distance over the same course BUT in a different sequence. Each team then lined up in the direction they were to start. At the call of 'on your marks', 'GO' each team set off on their own route around the figure of 8 course. Paddy and Harry were directing on the course with Brian, John (Banks), Anne and myself at the start, finish & centre of the figure 8, getting steadily colder as the time passed. Team 1 and 3 started on the smaller loop towards the footbridge, with teams 2 and 4 starting the larger of the loops towards Tesco. Predictably the runners on the smaller loop passed the start finish before the runners from the larger loop. All runners getting suitable encouragement as they passed by the start finish to head off on the second loop of the figure 8.
The quickest runner was the only one to return under 20 minutes, with the rest spread out up to 35 minutes. Great to see Alice and John Banks and also in the clubhouse George T. and his daughter. In due course the results were announced and prizes awarded before tucking into a helping of Sausage, Chips and Beans.
Ed: It could be said that the club sometimes manage to plan roughly equal ability teams for our CIE events but on this occasion we didn't - every runner in Team 1 running faster than the average in each other teams. However since the prizes for all teams were equivalent the actual winners on the night were the members of the three person teams since they got the calorific content divided by three whereas the four person teams had the same number of calories divided by four. But life is never fair!
parkrun update for 18th January
No full stats update since Steve Newell is in Melbourne watching the tennis but rest assured that Steve has survived the Melbourne heat wave becoming the second BA Club runner to run Albert Park parkrun - and he wasn't far short of my time either. We also have a new club parkrunner this week - Alice Banks announcing her return to action with an impressive time at Black Park. My time at Clair (Haywards Heath) wasn't so impressive but my defense is that this is a truly undulating course - though one did get used to the hills with an unusual four and a half laps! I'd also done a new parkrun last week at Arrow Valley near Reddich which now means that the club total parkruns is 88. Quite soon Steve and I will announce a push for the hundred parkruns but in the meantime you might like to view the following map that shows all of the parkruns that BA runners have done...and those that we are yet to do. Click on the map to explore the full 1.8Mb image of the UK.
parkrun itself goes from strength to strength with record numbers last week then exceeded this week. Worldwide numbers on Saturday were 62,323 parkrunners at 339 events including 43,786 runners at 229 events in the UK. Bushy had its 500th event on the11th January and that afternoon's cross country event didn't stop Ian Cunningham being involved - though he chose the busiest parkrun volunteer job ever managing the finish funnels for a parkrun with, wait for it, one thousand and one hundred and eighty four finishers.
Next Saturday's club featured parkrun - Gunpowder...
Directions - Gunpowder Park is located to the north of
Greater London just south of historic Waltham Abbey and the M25 (close to
junction 26). The main entrance is on the Sewardstone Road (A112) south
of the roundabout junction with the A121. Full Address: Gunpowder Park,
Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3GP
Gunpowder parkrun more details: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/gunpowder/
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Joe Nolan (new email address firstname.lastname@example.org )
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