baRUNNER - a website for the British Airways Athletics Club
BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th June 2016
New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml (updated early June).
Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please.
Difficulty viewing this email? Read it off the website instead - http://www.barunner.org.uk/News Latest.shtml. Running related gossip and chat: Facebook "BA Runner" (link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/636199849751546/).
Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Waterside on Tuesday 5th July from 12:30
I'm keen for members who are not British Airways staff to also come to this event if they want to and are able to. I will however have to arrange visitor passes for them so I need to know in advance. Please reply to me now and also advise me if you'd like to stay afterwards to include a visit to the BA heritage museum from 14:00 to 15:00.
3rd Grand Prix Results from 13th June 2016
Just 3 of us for the 3rd GP of the season but 2 club records. Gary had equaled the existing record a few weeks ago and was keen to try and get the record, which he did, and his first ever club record, but I am sure it will not be the last.
Tony is doing very well at the moment, capturing the age cat Long Jump record and also the Shot Putt record on the last GP.
The next, 4th, Grand Prix is on the 4th July at Uxbridge track 6pm start when we have for you:
Hope to see you there,
Ride London Marshals for 31st July
This year's Ride London event will take place on the last weekend in July, and I would like to request your help.
In the past we have provided marshalling teams on both Saturday and Sunday, but this year we are going to concentrate simply on the main race on the Sunday. We will man a "Disley shuttle" in Whitehall, similar to a London Marathon crossing, but with the competitors coming past us much faster! Our team operation was successful last year, and it would be great to repeat it in 2016.
Thank you to those who have already put your names forward, but to make this work we need around twenty commitments before the day. If you would enjoy a day in London watching a high class cycling event at close hand, please drop me a line.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 18th June 2016
The fastest run by a member this week came from Andrew Jordan (20:08) at Walsall Arboretum. That time bettered the club record previously held by Chris Kelly (20:14).
Neil Frediani (23:41) achieved a course pb at Northala Fields. Not as fast as he once ran round the old course at Bushy (23:10) but quicker than he has ever done at his adopted home run at Bedfont Lakes (23:54). Considering the amount of rain recently the choice of course was probably a wise one.
There were the predictable celebrations at Bushy Park where Richard Fletcher (21:55) completed his 500th parkrun. He didn't get started until 4th March 2006 so it has taken just over 10 years of Saturdays with the occasional Christmas Day and New Year's Day run thrown in. 488 of his 500 runs have been at Bushy. Also there at Bushy was Darren Wood (18:35), one who joined in on week 2 at Bushy (9th October 2004) and became seriously hooked. He has run 257 times at Bushy (pb 17:58) but has migrated for most of his Saturdays to Frimley Lodge (pb 18:01), has run 265 times there and a grand total of 564.
At the other end of the scale and involving the opposite sex there was an astonishing debut this week. Lizzie Williams (15:43) (barcode 2,576,090) ran her first ever parkrun round the fast and fairly flat three lap course at Dulwich. That is the fastest run ever by a female at any of the UK parkruns. Olympian Andrew Baddeley (13:48) has held the male record (at Bushy Park, August 2012) for almost four years.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Achievements and Updates
I'm monitoring to check that the time from Lizzie remains as the fastest recorded - apparently all of the times at Dulwich on Saturday were personally submitted or calculated after both stopwatches failed. Note that in the past Dulwich has briefly captured fastest parkrun records but they have then been discounted having been done by participants in wheelchairs - it is a straightforward course for wheelchairs and the run team wouldn't prioritise making such a correction having spent all of Saturday generating the results list manually. If it is confirmed then it is a great achievement.
And on that subject, note that last week's result by Anita Afonso reported here has been scratched, Anita says that she was nowhere near a parkrun last week. Such errors are rare and those affected can always ask for a full refund.
Midnight Sun Marathon - Sunday 19th June 2016
I completed the Midnight Sun Marathon early this morning - 00:29 Tromso time to be precise.
The race started in a light drizzle at 20:30 in Tromso town centre. The first half of the race was an out and back over the big bridge to the mainland. We then did a second out and back loop hugging the coast of Tromso island to the far side of the airport runway. My calf stood up to the distance quite well but my lack of fitness prevented me from doing a decent time. I got home in just under 4 hours - 3:59:04. It was marathon number 111. The attached photo was taken at around 00:45 - as you can see it is still light! No sun to be seen last night though - race conditions - cold, wet and windy - reminded me of the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon that I've done in late December a few times. It is very weird to be in a place where the sun never sets - luckily our hotel room had some decent curtains.
Regards Piers Keenleyside
Roderick adds "This evokes memories from 1990 when myself, Bill Byrne and others did this event (me the half). That year we did get to see the Sun at midnight which meant that our colleague, Peter Weiner, didn't need to use the torch he had thoughtfully brought along in his backpack to help us find our way back to our hotel after the run."
Clara Tan completed "The Wall" (Hadrians) ultra over the weekend - 69.1 miles in 20 hours 30 minutes.
Gary Rushmer completed a 5k in a time of 40 minutes 15 seconds. Not impressed? Well you should be because this was "Very Little Gary" accompanied by his dad "Little Gary" and granddad "Gary" Rushmer.
Green Belt Relay PS - records...
The last piece of the picture from this year's Green Belt Relay - the Records Table. And as usual, there were some exceptional performances, that created some new records. There were also a couple of pretty close things, which deserve mention, and because some routes do change, we can set some new records for the different length legs. In fact, one route changed last year, so there are some belated congrats in order.
The simplest case is (perhaps unsurprising to some) Mr. Knechtl, who, I now realise, should only be allowed to repeat the same legs (this is how we've prevented Dave Dixon from accumulating all the records) as he scorched the records for both his legs - St. Albans (12 sub-6s!) and Box Hill - not a softie - and with a layoff the week before with sore shins! Very good work.
Next, under unusual circumstances, which might have helped, we have our own Captain Kelly (from the Isle of Man?) sneaking in a decent effort on the 6-mile downhiller from Thorndon Park [Ed: helpful reminder - Chris had three legs over the weekend].
And finally, and better late than never, the stoic Neil Frediani, on the revised Merstham leg 18 for the second year. It does seem to have been changed, if not for the better, than at least for good, and so Neil's performance last year should be recognised as the new time to beat. Its already resisted for one year...
Honourable mentions should also go to Vicky, for hurtling down the West Hangar descent in under 7-minute miles, and Richard, who in spite of his fatherly pride, narrowly missed out on Chipperfield glory by two seconds! Graham was also within a minute of his own record for Leg 2.
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to us at email@example.com.