BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st August 2017
Wednesday 23rd August, Club-In-house-Event, BBQ on Harmondsworth Moor from
18:00* (see below)
Tuesday 5th September, Run-of-the-Month, Round-the-Park at Harmondsworth
Moor at 12:30*
Thursday 7th September, Dream Mile, Bath Road from 12:45.
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:
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Wednesday 23rd August, Club-In-house-Event, BBQ on Harmondsworth Moor from
18:00 - Reminder, tell us to expect you
Please turn up at our annual BBQ on Wednesday, and bring a friend. Ideally
tell us in advance so
that we can bring enough sausages but getting there should be the priority.
For the event this is what Joe has planned...
2017 BA-thlon BBQ Relay
- pre-event warm up session,
- runners will be paired as A and B in each team,
runner will run a lap of the marked 400m course alternatively, completing 3
- the first 20m of each running leg will include a section of low hurdles
– the one person who negotiates these most effectively in the judgment of
the referee [Ed: don't forget to smile] will have
a bonus of 20secs deducted from their pair overall time,
- whilst one of the pair is on their running leg, the other member will
have 5 attempts at throwing a ball into buckets placed about 10m away - a
bonus of 5secs will be deducted from their pair overall time for every ball
- the pair with the least accumulated time will be the event winners and a
prize will be awarded,
- post-event warm down session and then let’s crack open the beer and wine
and enjoy the tasty BBQ !
On Harmondsworth Moor, but not in the usual place. For the BBQ event we
use an area just north of Moor Lane - it is shown on the club map (click on the
extract here) and has easy parking in Moor Lane available from 16:30.
Neil, Joe and
September Venues for club evenings
"Times they are a changing" and we do expect to finally lose access to the
Heston Venue changing rooms from the end of September. These are our plans
for Wednesday evenings in September as we continue to look around for
- 6th September - Wraysbury Lake, Sailing Base Club House - ad hoc run from 18:00, Neil will point
out some run options, followed by our monthly Committee Meeting - NOTE no
catering provided so bring your own food & drink.
- 13th September - ad hoc runs from Heston Venue, optional visit to the
Queen's Head afterwards - discount for those with BA Club's card though not as
generous as it was before.
- 20th September - Equinox 5k from Heston Venue, then the Queen's Head
from 19:30. This could be our last use of Heston Venue.
- 27th September - We have been invited to join Hayes and Harlington
Runners for their regular Wednesday evening run. This is from the
Hayes and Harlington Community Centre (Albert Road, Hayes, UB3 4HR) and be
ready to run AT 19:30 (so much later than
we normally run). We can change there and shower afterwards and join the H&H
Runners in the bar for a chat afterwards. They normally have half a dozen to
a dozen runners on a Wednesday, with mixed speeds, so we could make good
company for them. It would be good if there were at least half a dozen of
us, and if we could tell them in advance how many to expect, so please
consider it and let me know you'll be expected.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th August
||family & friends
||Menai (New South Wales, Australia)
||run #86, BA park #355
||run #22, 19th at March
||park #23, club course record
||1st run at Wimbledon
||1st ever run at Wimbledon
||run #277, sb
||Old Deer Park
||club course record (F)
||Old Deer Park
||run #399, 6th at Old Deer Pk
||run #249, 212th at Bushy
||run #197, 10th at Bushy
||run #80, 71st Harrow
||run #68, 64th at Harrow
||run #86, 12th at Osterley
||149th run at Crane Park
||run #321, 34th at Crane
||run #70, 41st at Northala
||run #216, 185th at Bedfont
||run #174, 169th at Bedfont
||run #20, m-7
||1st run at Upton Court
||run #72, 2nd at Maidenhead
||F-3, run #102
||run #147, 69th at Wycombe
||run #265, park #203
||run #18, 1st at Newport, BA park #356
||run #93, 1st run at Colby, BA park #357
||Derry City (N.Ireland)
||Clover Point (Victoria, BC, Canada)
||BA park #358
Wanderlust and the global reach of our members continued unabated this week
and instead of the action being confined to less than an hour starting at 9 a.m.
it lasted for more like eighteen hours.
Benita (30:45) and John Scaife (30:46) started the ball rolling at Parc Menai
to the west of Sydney at 8 a.m. where the clocks are 9 hours ahead of UK. So
that is four new runs in Australia in four weeks. John is now on 99 runs
so maybe he will come back home to chalk up 100 at Maidenhead (ED:
thus also increasing his parkrun mileage - see below).
Ian Cunningham (23:17) was the next member looking for greener pastures with
his first run at Reigate Priory and setting a new club course record.
Gareth Snook (24:22) and Roderick Hoffman (28:01) finally met up at Newport
in Monmouthshire, well after the plan was first hatched. So that made the
score Old South Wales 2, New South Wales 2 but Alice Banks (26:15) had travelled
to Pembrokeshire to run at the attractive sounding Colby Woodland Gardens
(National Trust) to make 3-2 to the old country. That time places Alice
2nd out of 55 in her age/gender category. Our old friends Bob and Linda
Winning have run at Colby and Bob holds the VM80-84 record there.
David Duggan (27:34) and Anne Bannister (27:43) made their first visits to
Wimbledon Common parkrun and as Anne was the first female member to run there
that becomes the club record(F). Alan Friar travelled hoping to run at Derry
City (9.30 a.m. start) but we’ve no confirmation that he made the start line and
due to some glitch results are still awaited. Morning and afternoon slid
by as the sun travelled west to the Pacific shore of Canada and Clover Point on
Vancouver Island where a parkrun started only earlier this month. Runs there
start at 8 a.m. (in summer anyway) and clocks are currently 8 hours behind UK.
Kimberley Turner (30:40) became our first member to run there. There may
be opportunities for others to run there in 2018 with WARR destined to be in
Updated club parkrun stats
parkrun Tourist Stats
In the Facebook "parkrunstatsgeeks" group someone started calculating great
circle distances between consecutive parkruns run. He thought his distance of
36,218 km was impressive but then he checked the leading tourist, Paul FREYNE,
who had 168,894 km as his total. Then he came across the BA Club. My total
(with annual trips to Melbourne) sums to 291,511 km which is just over 75% of
the way to the moon. My average therefore is 1,122 km between parkruns. John
Scaife has a lower total, 173,665 km, but a higher average, 1,754 km between
parkruns, on average.
The Saturday before last Ben Robinson ran Penrose parkrun in 13:23. Yes, that
is faster than Mo Farrow (or anybody) ran the 5,000m in the IAAF World
Championships that weekend. It hasn't become the new parkrun record (still held
by Andrew Baddeley at 13:48 set in August 2012) because Ben was greyhound
assisted. I'm glad I'm not his postman. The second place runner finished
in 18 minutes - so over four minutes behind.
Olympians and Paralympians
Many Olympians and Paralympians took on the role of Tail Walker at parkruns
last Saturday. Our runners managed to skirt around to miss them but don't be
concerned - Joe Nolan points out that one of the Black Park regular pacer squad
is an Olympian - Mark Moore, who usually paces 21/22/23, represented Great
Britain in the 1984 Winter Olympics in cross country skiing! And of course
many of us have run with Paula Fudge at Frimley Lodge and in local races
including the Concorde.
The Arethusa Mile - 30th August 2017 - Dusk
A few of us BAAC members have run the Arethusa mile which takes place
on Wednesday evenings between mid-May and mid-September in Bushy Park on
closed roads. The timing varies with the sunset as that dictates the
time that the roads are closed. There is no need to register online as
you just let them know your name when they manually record your
finishing place on your first event. A token (the original parkrun
finish tokens I believe) is handed out with your finish position on and
then you queue to have your name recorded against your position. It is
all very old school on the night but a good little free event often
ending in darkness hence scanning barcodes wouldn’t be so useful. The
course begins on the main avenue about 200m towards Teddington from the
fountain and runs to the fountain, around it twice and then back to the
start. Results and usually a video are sent out via Facebook. It might
be possible to obtain results another way. Occasionally there are cakes
and there has even been a beer run after the main event and sometimes
there are great opportunities to photograph the sunsets, deer and the
runners and even to listen to live music at Hampton Court. If you want
any more details then ask me, just remember to wear something light and
leave your car outside the park!
Other results & reports
There are rumours of club runners undertaking marathons and triathlons last
weekend but no reports have been submitted.
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor,
Roderick Hoffman, at