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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th July 2015
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Results of the Parkway Mile - 1st July 2015
So closest to their predication - Eddie Giles, and fastest on the day - Chris Kelly.
Results of the 4th and final Vets league match of the 2015 season at Perivale, Monday 13th July
Just 3 of us at Perivale for the last vets league match of the season. Janet won her age related Hammer event with a great 41.94m throw and 2nd in her age for the Javelin.
Steve was also 2nd in his age cat event.
Hope to see you all next year in the vets league.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 18th July 2015
This was a week for parkrun tourism with three new parkruns added to the club list and lots of other stories to tell as well.
Richard Ruffell was in Bristol and was the first club member to run at Pomfrey Hill (21:37). That was park number 42 for Richard. Ten minutes later Janet Smith crossed the finish line at Southampton (31:52) with her best time this year. Janet was 474th out of 584, the attendances at Southampton are often over 600 these days. Janet has now run at eleven different parkruns.
Steve Newell (32:23) was one of a mere 42 runners at Aldenham which only started a few weeks ago and has yet to attract a strong local following. A feature of Aldenham, where the course is basically two laps through the woods round a reservoir, is the £4.50 (all day) charge for the car park. In his usual style Steve used his freedom pass to travel to Elstree and Borehamwood station and then cycled and walked along part of the London Loop through a delightful field of ripening broad beans to reach the start. That takes Steve up to 64 parks and the club total moves on to 188. Embarrassingly Steve was overtaken by a racewalker from New Zealand, Richard McChesney, towards the end of the 5km. Richard was completing his 96th different parkrun and plans to complete his century in New Zealand next month.
In the reverse direction and coming up from Down Under for her first parkrun on home soil, former club member Caroline Yarnell who has settled in Sydney, visited Ellesmere Port for her first parkrun outside Australia. She has lost little of her speed over the years and set a new age category record of 23:13. Far be it from me to reveal which age group she has now joined, you wouldn't believe it anyway.
Roderick Hoffman was at the Royal Docks, familiar territory for those involved in WARR 2010, to support his sister at the Great Swim (London). He took the opportunity to try Beckton parkrun for the first time and set a new club record there (25:30*). That took his tally up to 117 parkruns.
Over at Harrow where Denis Foxley is now becoming a regular parkrunner, Joan Foxley made her second appearance and they ran round the three laps course with Chris Cowell who was completing his 150th different parkrun. Chris Cowell has made a bit of a career out of parkrun tourism and was the first to complete 100 different parks, almost all of them in UK. He has also run 116 times at Basingstoke.
Our fastest runner this week was Colin Haylock with 19:50 at Bushy Park. Kerstin Luksch continues to improve and dipped under 21 minutes for the first time at Gunnersbury (20:58). James Glover ran a parkrun pb at Guildford (23:58).
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
* There has been a tendency for Roderick to follow Steve N around the country and take club records off him, Richard to take them off Roderick and Chris to take the records off from Richard. Here are the current scores across 180 parkruns (I'll do something for the Ladies another time). Interesting to see that John Scaife holds 8 club records! Dave Dixon and Luke Smith share the record for holding the club best at every parkrun they have run at. In total there are 27 of us holding club bests - check Steve's stats to see who holds where.
On August 1st I expect to be running at Fulham parkrun to cheer Gregory Bailey across the finish line. A while back I had become (and will always be) the first parkrunner to earn their 50 shirt by running at 50 different parkruns. Gregory Bailey will be the first to earn his 100 shirt at his 100th tourist parkrun. Checking the stats this idea is catching on with five other parkrunners with 100% tourist records on 46, 46, 43, 37, and 37 parkruns respectively. Of course it is much easier these days because of the large number of parkruns to choose from - nevertheless it is two years' worth of parkruns without a single return visit.
Race to the Stones
Following several 35 and 40 mile training runs, I decided to grab a place on the last day of registration for the 'Race to the Stones'; the 100K overnight option (50K each day). The route, along the oldest path in Britain, start line in Oxfordshire to the finish next to the 5,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury.
Day one, a 25 degree day, settling into a group of six running at similar pace, the initial 5 miles at an easy 8:30 pace quickly changed as we started to scramble up hills, from time to time running was simply not possible, and now the watch showed an average of 9:20. We were then faced with almost an assault course and the challenge of avoiding tree roots; for approx. the next 8 miles four of the six of us tripped over. By mile 11 I was in bits and had enough but the remaining couple of miles soon came and we were 'Out of the woods'. Carrying on for a few miles a runner in front said to another, "Do you wanna go past?", the other replied, "Na, I know what's coming, so it's not worth it". Well, all I could do is just swear and swear, and eventually thought "just accept the challenge of the terrain". Yes there were many hills and challenges but now I had accepted the course and put things into prospective, and the course did eventually get easier under foot.
The scenery along the Ridgeway was fantastic and the organisation 'exceptional', it really was something! At times you are alone and what seems miles from anywhere, then another runner appears, you sometimes spend time talking about anything in order to take away the pain or thoughts of what distance you have to go, but over such distances everyone's pace varies considerably at different times, unless they just got fed up with me and moved on.
At the finish the race director said " Would I do it again", I replied "Let me have a rest first!", he smiled and then said "Did you enjoy it?", "No, but I'll be there next year".
Well organised and very tough course. Zinc oxide tape did the job, just one blister. Manage to calculate the right amount of camel pack fuel required between every other pit stop. Next time (Yes, hopefully there will be) will need some kind of gator to keep the small stones out of the trainers. Dont need to eat as much during the run as picked up a stitch, eat smaller amount over a greater distance. If hot (and it was) take salt. The importance of carrying a mobile and a survival sheet in case of emergency; some points you can be on your own for a long time.
Something to do after Saturday's parkun perhaps...
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