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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st January 2013
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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?
Men's cross country result from Cranford Park 12th January 2013
Late WARR World Airline Road Race Results - from Qingdao October 2012
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.
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.
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.
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