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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th October 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 29th October - The nights are drawing in - first 5 mile winter handicap of the season
  • Thursday 6th November - Magic Mile Bath Road 12:45
  • Wednesday 19th November - Advanced notice that it will be the annual athletics club winter quiz with no running required!

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 A Member's Forum is being held on Thursday 30 October at 6.30 p.m. in Bridgetown/Washington at the Club. An update and review of the first two months under the different structure, will be given plus members will have the chance to ask any questions.  If there are any specific questions you would like raised that may need more thought, email them to me before the meeting.

Regards, Pat French Office Manager

Men's Cross Country Richmond Park 11th October Results

Hi all, the first Surrey cross country of the season was held in Richmond park on 11th October. Sadly I didn't get to test the conditions as I was not feeling too well. There was a good turnout of 9 runners, and despite our best efforts we finished 8th in Div. 3. Paul Knechtl lead the team home with a fine run finishing 8th place with John Taylor & Mark Taylor in 46th & 47th. All so good to see two new runners to cross country in Colin Haylock & Ian Haylock having fine runs as well.

Thanks to Helen for the photographs and to Steve Newell for marshaling the ladies {I thought that was Barry's job? Ed} and Tom for cheering us on and up and the Coffeys also.

Our next fixture is on 8th November at Epsom downs with the same start time of 3pm.

  • 8th: Paul Knechtl
  • 46th: John Taylor
  • 47th: Mark Taylor
  • 50th: Chris Kelly
  • 69th: Colin Haylock
  • 71st: Barry Walters
  • 74th: Ian Haylock
  • 83rd: Graham Taylor
  • 84th: Neil Frediani

Many thanks, Gary Rushmer

Cabbage Patch 10 19th October 2014 Results

Chris Kelly reports "A pleasantly warm day for the annual trip round Twickenham, Kingston and Richmond, with a reasonable turn out of friends and family - though Mr. Ruffell had an injury, and Mr. Dixon picked one up while going quite well."
Place Time Name Team Category Number Grading
818 01:24:18 Brian Bennett Runnymede Runners Men 60+ 1772 74.99
171 01:05:41 Chris Kelly British Airways AC Men 45-49 733 74.8
295 01:10:11 Natalie Ruffell Clapham Chasers RC Ladies Up to 34 1034 70.36
343 01:12:04 Ian Cunningham British Airways AC Men 50-59 368 69.84
358 01:12:28 Dave Bird Runnymede Runners Men 50-59 1737 68.33
276 01:09:34 Adam Hughes The Stragglers RC Men 40-44 1558 66.04
707 01:21:27 Joe Nolan British Airways AC Men 50-59 1773 65.66
867 01:25:18 John Scaife Maidenhead AC Men 60+ 975 63.28
1083 01:30:26 Neil Frediani British Airways AC Men 50-59 1723 58.07
1165 01:32:34 Scott Davison British Airways AC Men 40-44 1711 50.72

Joe Nolan adds the news that his time is a new 10miler PB, an improvement of 30s from before, so ageing bones still working well !   So hope for us all.

Club parkrun results for Saturday 18th October

18th Oct parkrunner time parkrun comment Grading
Ian Cunningham 22:00 Bushy Park run#167 68%
Alan Anderson 30:54 Gunnersbury 66%
Piers Keenleyside 22:37 Gunnersbury 66%
Chris Kelly 23:30 Reading Lame Dog ? 62%
Ben Chaytow 22:01 Crane Park 10th/110 61%
Tony Hird 24:22 Gunpowder run #76 61%
Steve Newell 29:42 Fulham Palace 1st anniversary event 59%
Joe Nolan 27:54 Black Park 28' pacer 57%
Scott Davison 24:41 Bedfont Lakes run #94 57%
Simon Ashford 25:23 Chichester run #11 55%
Roderick Hoffman 28:52 Ayr park #92, BA park #135 53%
Sreeram Sethuraman 27:44 Upton Court run #20 47%
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury 2013/14 points table winner (F)
Roger Vince 22:08 Black Park 73%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanner
Jeremy Short 24:23 Osterley Park run #48, 15th/80 62%
Linda Winning 33:08 Llyn Llech Owain run #48 65%
Bob Winning 37:00 Llyn Llech Owain run #49 53%

Very little in the way of parkrun "togetherness" this week with our attendees well spread out - 18 at 14 different parkruns.  Maybe time for a club featured parkrun one Saturday soon?

Some were taking it easy ahead of the Cabbage Patch 10, and others were just running at their usual speed.  Simon Ashford was out again at Chichester - this could be becoming a habit.  Joe Nolan was a "pacer" at Black Park and assures us that whatever the official results might say he ran exactly 28 minutes! "...the results are in error - have tried to keep my pacing record straight by having several email exchanges with the event director who can't quite fathom out the mistake but has left the time as 27m54s".  Roderick Hoffman, having reported last week how many undone parkruns there were within 60 minutes of his home turns up a seven hour drive away at Ayr (no, he cheated and flew) to add another to his and the club's collection.  He says his slow time was partly due to a cold and partly due to the course - both the male and female first finishers where down a minute and a half on their usual times.

Alastair Heslop continues to try all the volunteer roles at Guildford and our old friends Bob and Linda Winning are closing in on their "50" shirts in rural West Wales.

Before the WARR weekend, Steve Newell was tempted to try the Waterstown parkrun to the west of Phoenix Park in Dublin which features a descent and then a climb out of the valley by the banks of the Liffey.  This run is a rarity in that more women than men take part some weeks but nobody over 70 had ever finished the course!  Well we are now glad to be able to report that a certain Guss O'Connell has cracked it (in 50:01).   Clearly a true gentleman, his wife beat him by three seconds. Since the Waterstown parkrun started there have been 205 different men running (and/or volunteering) at least once, and 254 women. Compare with Woking - 441 men, 307 women.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Updated parkrun stats:

Updated BA parkrun map: Parkruns 2014.jpg

World Airline Road Race 2015 Dubai - 19th to 23rd October 2015

It was announced in Dublin that WARR 2015 would be in Dubai in the week 19th to 23rd October.  Unusually race day will be on Friday since in Dubai Friday is the equivalent of Saturday (and Saturday is Sunday). For those who haven't participated at previous World Airline Road Races be aware that this is the most prestigious intra-airline industry sporting event.  The first WARR was held in San Francisco back in 1982 so next year's event will be the 34th. It is regularly attended by 1,000 runners representing 50 airlines and the main events are 5k and 10k road races.  Most participants go to run, many to race and some to simply take part - and in some cases participation and finishing the pre and post event parties are seen as more important than the races themselves!

The 2015 event will be co-hosted by Emirates and Fly Dubai. We all know Emirates but less so Fly Dubai.  They are the lower cost alternative to Emirates founded in 2008.  They operate to a number of destinations including some in direct competition with Emirates.  Fly Dubai have been attending WARR since their foundation including bringing a team of 16 to London in 2010.

The host organising committee are planning the familiar WARR elements and in a city and nation whose future depends on attracting tourists so we can expect to be well looked after.  The expectation is that the 10k will start as early as 6am when the temperature will be fine, it may get warm for the later 5k but a dry heat that should be more manageable compared to running in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Cancun.

Some of us will be familiar with Dubai but for those of us who haven't been there in the last decade we are unlikely to recognise anything other than perhaps elements around The Creek. The race is penciled in to be run on The Palm, Jumeirah, which until recently was way out to sea.

Registration is unlikely to open before next Easter but in the meantime for those of us who need to plan a long way ahead please put that week aside for what will be another memorable World Airline Road Race.

I've got lots more information and answers to questions so please ask.

Roderick Hoffman

KLM ROAD RUNNERS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY 13th December 2014 at the “Langevelderslag” Beach + Dunes

Dear airline colleagues,

You are hereby invited for the KLM Road Runners 2014 club championships.

The location of the beach/dune run is Langevelderslag +/- 20 km south west of Schiphol airport. The race distances are 6km and 10km. The start of our event is at 15:00 for the 6km and 15:10 for the 10km (14:30 children's run). Directly after the start, the race goes north following a winding footpath. After a few kilometers and a challenging climb over the dunes and the race returns to the finish following the sandy beach.

The 6km runners finish at the beach centre; the 10km runners will run an additional smaller loop.

There are awards for male seniors and masters, female seniors and masters on both distances and every finisher will receive a special KLM Road Runners souvenir.

All runners take part in a free lottery with many fine prices. The award ceremony starts at 17:00. A free bus service will be available. It will pick-up runners from Schiphol airport (AMS) at 13:30.

We will also take care of transport back to the airport. The bus will return at 17:30 to Schiphol airport. If you want to join us for our run on the beach and dunes than please sign up via . After the Race we continue with a buffet BBQ dinner and if you decide to stay for this dinner you can sign up also via . The costs are €15,- for the buffet dinner per person (Children under 12 are € 12,50). Also for those runners who will stay for the dinner we will organise transport to Schiphol Airport. Hope to see you at the beach and dunes on the 13th of December.

Cornelus van der Pol + Frank Jegers
KLM Road Runners

Roderick adds: I can't make this event this year but I do highly recommend it. OK, you have to run on a beach on the North Sea coast in December but the entry is free, the bus is free and quite a few goodies are thrown in for free as well.  There are usually a dozen or so English speaking runners so you don't have to speak Dutch either.

Running Shorts

Hi Everyone,

The old cinder track at Kings College Playing Fields in Kings College Road in Ruislip, is being resurfaced by Hillingdon council with a £230,000 allocated fund. It was famous for David Hemery training there in the 60s before he won gold in the 400m Hurdles, 1968 Olympics.

When I worked at Ruislip, I trained there most weekday lunchtimes, before the track was attacked by weeds and left overgrown.  Work starts at the end of October , so hopefully by the New year it will be up and running!! and looks likely I will organise a training session there if it looks all OK. 

Eddie Giles

Well done to ALL WARRiors those with awards and those who completed the course.
Martin and I are up to our eyes renovating our new home in Culcheth near Manchester. Otherwise we are well.  UK weather in Spain today.
All the best

Dorothy Cook

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