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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st May 2018
We are still meeting at Cranford Community Centre most Wednesdays for an informal run from 18:00, including May 23rd.
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.
* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] / # Club Points event
Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vets League Track & Field, Battersea, 14th May 2018 #
We took part in our first Vets League Track & Field event of the season last Monday at Battersea. A warm, sunny evening turned distinctly cool by the end.
Jacqui Musselwhite and Julie Barclay produced storming performances in the 100m. Julie went on to run a swift 400m while Julie took fourth place in the metric mile. Janet Smith continued her leading role in field events, winning the discus and taking second in her less favoured Shot Put.
The men also starred in the 1500m, Ian Haylock and Paul Watt producing strong times in their age groups, while Steve Hillier picked up points in the Discus and Shot and chased everyone home in the 100m. Everything was overseen by our coach extraordinaire, Tom Rowley.
Come and join us for our next fixture at nearby Perivale, on June 4th. All are welcome!
The start of Spring?
Our first Track & Field Grand Prix took place on Monday 30th April at Uxbridge Track. Three athletes competed in the rarely run 1000m distance, before springing into action in the Triple Jump.
Gary Rushmer returned to form with a blistering run, beating his 2017 time by two seconds. Steve and Tony kept Gary in sight, if only because we were running in circles.
Next came the more technically challenging Triple Jump. By this time the Monday night boot camp crowd had arrived at the track, and three young children of camp participants became very excited at the prospect of a sand pit being opened up to them. They decided to try long jumping across the pit, while we were triple jumping the length of it. Jonathan Edwards didn’t have to deal with these issues in Gothenburg, hence his distance narrowly beat us. However, subject to ratification, Tony Barnwell may have created new age group records in the Triple Jump and 1000m.
Green Belt Relay Saturday 19th/20th May #
BAAC made it round the Green Belt Relay once again this year, enjoying 2 days of fabulous weather, challenging running, clockwork logistics(!), and in some cases, Neil, a healthy number of tea room pitstops.
Final Result – 220 miles in 1:05:33:16 – coming 24th of 50 teams, and 3rd Vets out of 6 – which considering we were “SuperVets” really, was a really super result.
Full report next week.
Pictured - six members of the running team (Barry Walters, Neil Frediani, Murray Hogge, Graham Taylor, Dave Bird and Chris Kelly), two members of the support team (Nick Edge and Roderick Hoffman) and Ian Cunningham (who was our Trojan Horse in Team Bushy ;-) ).
# Club Points update...
The two points scoring events over the last week has resulted in four club members crossing the ten-point threshold - Chris Kelly, organiser of the Green Belt Relay team (it was interesting to hear the GBR Run Director say that he became Run Director of that event because it was less difficult than being a team captain), Neil Frediani and Graham Taylor as GBR team members and Paul Brandon for GBR marshalling, the fifth event he has helped with so far this year.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th May 2018
The Green Belt Relay and the Royal Wedding were two counter-attractions this week but the fine dry weather provided good conditions on Saturday morning. Two longstanding committee stalwarts with only occasional parkrun appearances in the past chose the day the brave the sunshine. Steve Hillier (30:18) grabbed a course pb at Northala Fields while Alastair Heslop (35:00), previously loyal to Guildford, went on tour to add Wetherby in Yorkshire to the club collection and chalk up an all-time parkrun pb.
Julie Barclay (21:44) visited Hazelwood for the first time and set a new female club course record. Ian Cunningham’s mark of 21:40 set early on is just a few seconds better.
Jacqui Musselwhite (22:10) enjoyed her last run before moving up to a higher age category next week. She recruited her brother Adrian Haines (22:10) to provide some well-judged pacemaking to land a pb at Woking. New member Kay Trinder stole the show with 21:23 and is just two short of her parkrun century.
Another recent joiner, Maria Jovani(21:24) set a new female club record at Old Deer Park while Alice Banks (26:37) opened the club account at Prospect Park (Reading West).
Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats
10th Stockley Park 10k 20th May 2018
I had had to drop out of the Green Belt Relay due to my recent operations, but I was keen to regain my fitness so as a substitute event I entered the Stockley Park 10k which happened to be the 10th running of the event. This was my fourth running over those ten years.
At the start I took my position at the back (see photo) and watched Jasvir run away from me BUT I finished, and had run most of the way. My time was very slow and initially it wasn't included in the results - my chip hadn't registered at the finish. I considered not reporting this, and leaving the slow time off my global stats...but then I remembered the effort I'd put into the run and emailed to have the time added. However, I'd actually run a slower 10k race last year - Singapore WARR in 1:08:24 suffering from a cold and with the heat.
Further towards the front of the Stockley Park race Craig was running still a BA employee whereas Emma was celebrating having left BA last Friday. She doesn't have far to go for her new job - Stockley Park to be exact.
It was also good to meet up with Brian Bennett, a second claim member we don't see enough off, and of course Jasvir who runs for us so often he keeps wearing out his BA running vest.
West Wycombe Park 10k and 5k trail races - 8th July
On the 8th July there will be an opportunity to run in the historic grounds of West Wycombe Park in an event in aid of the charity ChildbereavementUK. I did an equivalent event a few years ago so I can warn you to expect an undulating course. For more information and entry see: https://www.bucksvoice.net/chilternsrunning/west-wycombe-park-10k-and-5k-t/ and if you enter then let me know.
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