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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st January 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Tuesday 22nd January - Round-the-Block - POSTPONED due to dangerous conditions - rearranged date Tuesday 5th February
  • Wednesday 30th January - 5 Mile Handicap - Concorde Centre from 18:00
  • Saturday 2nd February - Club parkrun - Woodley near Reading at 09:00 (details next week)

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

The full events diary is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

Ladies' Cross Country Mitcham Common Report

The Ladies' XC 3rd match took place at Mitcham Common on Saturday, 12 January on a cold blustery day. Having been told by the hosts that parking would be problem, I arrived at race HQ 1 1/2 hours before the start of the race, and then realised that I had forgotten to get the club banner from Brian.

As runners started to arrive, I ventured out of my car to hand in our team sheet and waited at HQ for our girls to arrive. 20 minutes to race start and still there was no one else from our club. I was beginning to think I would be doing a 'Marion' and be running on my own! I decided to make my way to the start of the race where other teams had already set up 'camp' and waited in the freezing cold hoping for someone from our club to arrive.

15 minutes to race start, I was relieved to see Richard as that meant Natalie had arrived. However, I didn't have the race numbers as they were with Helen. Melanie arrived shortly after that. Now we have a full team. We waited for Helen and Marion, getting more and more anxious as Natalie didn't have a number for her vest and the race was starting very soon. In the end we started without Helen and Marion. We knew that both girls arrived and were running when we saw John with Richard on the course clapping us along.

The course was thought to be flat, but there were several surprised 'hills'. It was a 3-lap course, that meant we had to run the hills 3 times! When I finished, I was told by Melanie that John, Richard and Natalie had left for Cranford Park. Melanie was going to stay so I asked her to tell Helen and Marion that I was making my way to Cranford Park too as it was a long way to go.

It took me nearly an hour and a half to get to Cranford Park due to traffic, a few minutes before the start of the men's race. Helen and Marion arrived much later after the men's race finished, also due to traffic. It turned out they were late getting to the start because the car park they parked at was a long walk from race HQ. They started their run after everyone was gone but still managed to pass runners along the way and were definitely not last!

Results - Natalie was placed 86, Melanie 215, Clara 296, Helen 319 and Marion 320 out of 329 runners. As a team, we stand at 29 out of 47 teams.

Well done to all our runners! The last match of the season is at Denbies Vineyard on 09 Feb 13 at 1200hrs. I hope to see many ladies turn up for the run, and we'll celebrate the end of the season with a bottle or two at the restaurant after the run.

Clara, Ladies Captain

Why Cross Country?

Choose life. Choose running. Choose a club. Choose cross country,
Choose a thermal base layer. Choose gloves. Choose spikes, studs or flats,
Choose running around in circles in a field for 40 minutes (or more),
Choose mud. Choose grass. Choose trails, gravel and sand,
Choose getting beaten by grey old men who never even seem to break sweat {Barry},
Choose mist. Choose rain, sleet, hail, snow and freezing fog. Choose fells,
Choose rough land, soft land, boggy land, and no man's land,
Choose getting lost {Alan, Joe},
Choose puddles. Choose ditches. Choose slippery woodland pathways, fallen trees and rabbit holes,
Choose uphill finishes. Choose falling over,
Choose getting up. Choose slipping, tripping, stumbling, sliding, skidding and flailing,
Choose streaming noses. Choose bemused locals and dog walkers,
Choose lung-bursting, leg-burning, heart racing finish-funnel sprinting.
Choose winning. Choose losing.

Choose cross country. . . But why would I want to do a thing like that?

(With apologies, your men's cross country captain, Gary)

Men's cross country result from Cranford Park 12th January 2013

Full corrected results

Late WARR World Airline Road Race Results - from Qingdao October 2012

Gend.Pos Last_Name First_Name Gender Name of Your Airline 5K Time Recorded 10K Time Recorded
1 Neyhart Joshua M United.Continental Holdings   00:27:54
25 Snook Gareth M British Airways   00:36:58
34 Scaife John M British Airways   00:45:45
64 Hoffman Roderick M British Airways   00:47:35
70 NEWELL STEVE M British Airways   00:60:10
1 Ponomarev Alexander M Siberia Airlines 00:14:29  
1 Alba Christine F Jet Blue 00:20:17  
34 Scaife Benita F Non airline runner 00:28:16  
62 NEWELL SUE F Non airline runner 00:36:35  

These are unofficial results based on what was recorded on the day. The number of runners were 275 total of which 238 were from 34 airlines.

73 10k men
87 5k men
24 10k Women
91 5k Women

Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon Training

BAAC will have 20 plus runners pounding the London streets in three months time.  Here are a couple of early reports on how the training is going.

"From mid November I have been training twice a week with a running partner Tracey Mills who you may recognize, she has run it once before and also marshalled for BA. We started slowly doing just 3 or 4 mile runs in our local area just trying to beat our time each week. In mid December we upped it to a 5 mile and a 7 mile each week which we generally found fairly comfortable. We had a break over Christmas for 2 weeks and started back last week with a 5 mile which was in just under 50 mins. This week we are doing a 5, 7 and 9 mile run as we are looking to get to half marathon distance by the end of January. I have also been playing football once a week and going to the gym twice. Since New Year I have also quit smoking as I know I would have little to no chance of performing highly if I continued. So far since 5th Jan I have not had a single fag and am determined to continue. I have also contacted Gary Rushmer and will be looking to do some of the Monday night training starting from next week as and when work allows. I am enjoying the hard work and know it's only going to get harder although more rewarding the further I go. I hope all the other BA members are enjoying their training and wish them all the best over the next few months. Hopefully see some of you at the track some Mondays and pick up some advice along the way."

Ben Titchmarsh

"I am continuing with my training and have downloaded a pre-marathon training plan from the internet and gained some ideas for preparing for race day. Two weeks ago I completed a 15-16 mile run luckily with no immediate strains or aches afterwards - which I have to admit I surprised myself and was feeling pretty confident. I then suffered an unrelated injury when I accidentally fell and injured my ribs. This set me back from my scheduled runs for the next few days as I was unsure how much of the strain would affect my recovery. Yesterday I decided I felt strong enough to increase the distance gradually and completed 22-23 miles and although I felt achy and fairly stiff later on - the next day I was back too normal. I am pleased that I am covering the miles without too much in the way of stress related hiccups along the far so good Ė letís hope it continues. I shall keep you up to date on my next training sessions as they become harder and more intense in the next 2-3 months. "

Susan Cover

Further contributions welcome - to Steve Hillier.

Concorde Centre Car Parking

Please note that the Concorde Club have revised the conditions by which cars can be left at the club overnight.

Members are still welcome to continue to leave their cars free of charge subject to space and with advanced written notification.  Non members will be charged £2 per night, to be paid in advance.  All cars are parked at their owners' risk.  For fuller details please contact the Concorde Club.

Running Shorts

Two Hunters

Two hunters are walking through a forest looking for deer when all of a sudden, a giant bear jumps out and scares the s... out of them. They drop their guns and turn to run. But one of the hunters hesitated, opened up his backpack and laced up a pair of running shoes. His buddy looked at him and said ."what are you doing? Are you crazy? you can't outrun the bear!"

To this the first said , "I know, but all I have to do is outrun you!"


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