BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st January 2019
Tuesday 22nd January - ROM Round-the-Block (now in approx. its 38th year) -
reminder below #
Wednesday 30th January - Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club from 18:00
Saturday 9th February - Men's and Ladies' Surrey League Cross Countries at
Lloyd (14:00) and Richmond Park (13:00) respectively
We meet at 18:00 at the
Wednesdays throughout the year.
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.
Last updated: 10th December.
* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
(parkrun details updated 10th December) /
# Club Points event.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BARunnerUK/ (formal
"front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal
"back office" - ask to join).
Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at email@example.com.
Club CIE Training Exercise and Social - 16th January #
A disappointing turnout last week though I did collect an impressive list
of reasons for non-attendance. The evening was cold but dry and those
of us, both of us, who did attend had a good workout. This used the
off-road footpath/cycle path south of the Bedfont Club. This has a
streetlight at each end and 17 lights along the length of the path. The
lampposts are equally spaced at about 22metres apart. This means that
starting at a lamppost and running for nine lampposts amounts to very close
to exactly 200meters. And by choosing the starting post four lampposts in
that meant that we had a nice run up and a run off from each of the 200s
that we did.
Reminder: Round-the-Block Race Tuesday 22nd January 2019 from Cranford High Street
starting around 12:30 #
The club has had a "Round-the-Block" race around the streets of Cranford and
Heston since the early 1980s.
Hopefully you will be able to join us, as a generous lunchtime break
from your work locations, or from your retirement cottages.
Over the years the course has been the same other than we've slightly varied
the start and finish location and therefore the distance between them. We'll
do the full lap this year, which I've GPS measured at 3.4miles/5.5k, and with
start and finish at one of the grass areas opposite the Community College.
Street parking should be straightforward. The course is shown on the club map
or more clearly here. Note
that we have no access to either the Heston Venue or Cranford Community College
so participants will need to arrive ready to run and return whence they came to
shower and change afterwards (perhaps via the Queen's Head first).
Please attend and encourage your friends and colleagues to join us also.
Traditionally we charge £1 for participation in this event and this is donated
to White Lodge.
Non-runners also welcome.
Club parkrun results for Saturdays 17th January 2019
||M-2, run #351, 1st at Marlow
||F-2, run #259, 1st at Marlow, club record
||run #64, 1st at Marlow, club rec(M), park #31
||run #140, 2nd at Marlow
||run #216, 1st at Marlow, park #44
||run #418, 1st at Marlow, park #45
||run #332, 2nd at Marlow, pb
||run #291, 1st at Marlow + race report writer
||run #161, 2nd at Marlow
||run #125, 11th at Rickmansworth
||run #129, 17th at Rickmansworth
||run #75, 1st at Doncaster, BA park #465
||run #271, 1st at Woking, park #34
||run #97, 1st run at Upton House, park #32
||F-4, run #116, 4th at Brooklands
||run #100, all at Bedfont Lakes
||M-8, run #37, 25th at Bedfont Lakes
||run #225, 218th at Bedfont Lakes
||run #345, 200th at Bedfont Lakes
||run #130, 2nd at Brooklands, pb
||run#363, 294th at Bushy
||run #220, 190th at Crane Park
||run #184, 10th at Hazelwood
||run #156, 17th at Hazelwood
||run #46, 45th at Oak Hill
||run #150, 41st at Rushmoor
||run #72, 2nd at Rushmoor
||run #95, 46th at Rushmoor
||run #268. 85th at Woodley
The club featured parkrun at Higginson, Marlow attracted a good gathering
with Alice Banks starring as race director and John Banks also there as a
volunteer. The team photo below (left to right) snapped David Duggan,
Alice Banks, John Dennison (friend),
John Scaife, Neil Frediani, Benita Scaife, Chris Kelly, Barry Walters and Maria Jovani.
Maria Jovani (20:54) maintained the good form she has been in since New Year’s
Day and set another club record. Barry Walters (23:43) was the best of the
men. Five of us were running at the Marlow parkrun for the first time and
eleven members have now run the Thames towpath course at least once. David
Duggan’s event report is ready to view on the Higginson Marlow parkrun website.
Elsewhere Denis Foxley (28:57) was part of a record attendance at
Rickmansworth of 605 where they were celebrating the 100th running of parkrun
round the Aquadrome. Petra Otto (36:58) ran at Doncaster for the first
time and added to the club total – now up to 465 different parkruns. Janet
Smith (35:10) made her visit to Upton House (Poole) and with 97 runs now
completed needs just three more to earn her black vest.
There were speedy performances from Kay Trinder (21:08 at Brooklands), James
Shoulder (20:19) at Bedfont Lakes, Paul Davis (20:46 at Brooklands) and Maarten
Stenham (21:11 at Hazelwood).
Updated parkrun Stats -
club parkrun stats
I missed both Monica Alonso and Alastair Heslop off the list last week after
they both volunteered at Guildford parkrun. Also Monica recently ran at Crissy
Field near San Francisco but that result was also missed. Crissy Field
results are vulnerable to getting missed off because it is usually the last
parkrun in the world to finish. Eleven different club runners have run at
Crissy Field, second as an international parkrun only to East Coast Park parkrun
in Singapore with 12. Wimbledon Common was the second parkrun in the
world, and not far from our home base, yet only ten club runners have ever run
Club Featured parkrun Higginson Marlow 19th January #
we weren't quite able to get us all into a single photograph without the help of
Photoshop but with Alice busy with Run Director duties that was never likely to
David Duggan's write-up of the event is at:
After my first invitation, to judge the U.K.’s biggest rabbit show in
January 2020, i.e. The Bradford Championship Show, I decided to do a
recce to the venue in Doncaster, in order to get kind of organised.
As one does, I checked if there were a parkrun nearby, and so yours
truly turned up at 9 am for her first Doncaster Parkrun.
It was frrrreezing cold, and I looked like ‘Michelin Woman again,
wearing three thermal layers, one Goretex jacket, two pairs of gloves, a
‘turtleneck’ fleece, and a very thick bobble hat!
Doncaster parkrun compromised of one lap around the lake, plus three
laps around the perimeter of the park. It had us all soon puffing and
panting along the undulating course, which included something for
everyone, from mostly grass, to a lot of very slippery mud, and also
some goose poo!!!
I finished my 75th parkrun in one of my slowest parkrun times, in
36:58mins. Never mind, at least I did it!
Stolen from Facebook
"First and last cross country for 2019 this season. Happy with a medal and
turning to indoor track next week. Love the shorter distances !"
Adrian Haines (M50 bronze in the 2019 Sussex Masters Cross
Country Championships - though sadly not in a BA shirt)
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