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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st July 2014
New members and non-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 (updated 13th July).
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Club In-house Event - "Double or Quits" Wednesday 23rd July - Concorde Centre at 18:00
This month's CIE is based on the 5 mile handicap we run during the winter, we will be running the same course so everyone should know the way. Rather than starting at your set time based on your previous months’ time and then aiming to finish as close to zero as possible, this time it is a race, so you will be aiming to beat your time by as much as you can. However this is the Ruffell Runaround, so there will be a twist, so join us on Wednesday to find out what that is and join in the run. We will be starting sharp at 6pm, so don’t be late.
BA Fun Run - Course Map (click on map for higher resolution copy)
The BA Fun Run is raising funds for Cancer Research UK and 100% of funds are donated to the cause. Anyone who is neither running nor marshalling is invited to sponsor the event: https://www.justgiving.com/RoderickHoffman . Please mention baRunner in your message.
Track & Field – the final week of the league season
We started the week with the “friendly games”. No, not the competition in Glasgow, but the Vets at Perivale. Our team of Janet Smith, Tony Barnwell, Alan Anderson, Gary Rushmer and Steve Hillier took on the might of London’s over 35s, covered most events and age groups and did pretty well.
The highlights were Tony and Alan’s battles in the Long Jump and Javelin, Gary’s good performances in the 800m and 3000m, and Janet and Steve throwing the longest distances in their respective Hammer competitions.
This event is great fun, and recommended to all members next summer.
Full results are awaited.
On Wednesday we moved on to the final Rosenheim league match at Woking. Alan and Janet were unavailable, but the team was bolstered by the substitutions of Chris Kelly and John Coffey. Tom Rowley was there to cheer us every inch of the way.
Our men had the task of overhauling Epsom to reach the Rosenheim Final. Having beaten them in the last two matches, this wasn’t out of the question, but several teams were bringing back their university students at the end of term and the event had a youthful air about it.
The night started badly, with Epsom winning the 400m hurdles without opposition from BAAC. However, we then went on to cover pretty much everything, running neck and neck with Epsom throughout the evening. Steve and Tony shared the throws and the longer sprints, Chris and John ensured we scored good points in the 3000m, and Gary scored good points in pretty much everything else. Gary’s long jump was an important season’s best.
We finished with 4 x 200 relay. Following a ten minute debate on the location of changeovers, which were different from any used in living memory, we completed the evening with an immaculate display of baton changing!
In the end, we were narrowly beaten to a place in the final. Here’s to next year!
Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th July
* Total BA runs and the individuals runs at that parkrun. High ranking shows loyalty at club popular parkruns.
** London Borough 22 of 26.
Times generally a little slower this week. Weather conditions not ideal with heat and humidity and in some places mud and puddles adding to the difficulties.
Steve Newell ventured east to Bexley to run at the 119th park by BA runners and came away with the impression that although it started and finished in more or the less the same place there was more uphill than downhill!
Daniela Marilova ventured west into Wales to run at Porthcawl, one of the parks that Gareth Snook has visited in the past.
The inaugural Woking parkrun (Woking Park) has now been confirmed for Saturday 16th August. They held a test event last Saturday with 30 runners. Three clockwise laps and Tom Rowley assures there are no serious hills to tackle at all. A CFp ? Lifts in an electric car on offer.
Steve Newell (mainly)
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Stragglers River Relay - 7th September 2014 - five legs of 4.75 to 6.53 miles.
The organisers of this event have sent us this reminder...
This sounds a good event, and one that the Club Committee might be willing to support with a subsidy for members participating, but it would need a club champion willing to organise the team of five - including the on-the-day logistics. Note that the date clashes with the Veterans Track&Field final and is a day after the Budapest Runway Run and the Surrey Road Relay (our total participation at all three of these not yet confirmed).
Let us know if you are interested.
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