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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st March 2016
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.
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New Membership Year
The new membership year begins 1st April 2016, and you can pay by either cash or cheque, or directly via Standing Order, or electronic banking. BA Clubs have stopped doing Direct Debits for us, so if you had one of those setup for Athletics, they should not be deducted this year. You can confirm this by also cancelling the Direct Debit yourself, from online banking, or at your branch.
One thing that will remain the same this year is the basic BAAC Subs amount, of £9. For those who affiliate to England Athletics, the EA registration fee will be £13 for 2016/2017 (see Club Affiliation - England Athletics for details).
Therefore fees this year will be £9 or £22, and they will be due on 1st April 2016. Please pay promptly, to speed up the onward payment of your EA affiliation.
Chris Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org), Club Treasurer
PS We've had several people join the club recently - those who have joined the club since January 1st should have been enrolled for the new year with the last three months of the old year provided for free. If in doubt please check with Chris or the membership secretary.
Alan Friar (email@example.com), Membership Secretary
Berkhamsted "Fun" Run and Half Marathon Sunday 6th March results
Roderick Hoffman obo Richard Ruffell
BA Cross Country Championships Cranford Park 20th March 2016 - Results
On a cool but dry Sunday morning, 8 BAAC runners (plus 1 dog) along with 5 guests from Milocarians, lined up for the BAAC cross country championships in Cranford Park. The accepted norm is that men run 3 laps and ladies run 2 laps, however the Milocarians coach encouraged his 2 ladies to run 3 laps which they did. Milocarians Tom Rann (yes that is his name) ran away from the field finishing a clear first. First lady to complete 2 laps was Milocarians Helen Blamey.
Even though Milocarians had some very strong runners today, this is the BAAC cross country championships and first BAAC man home was John Taylor, and first BAAC lady Marion Woodhouse. Following the run, most returned to the foyer bar for tea coffee and biscuits, where John and Marion were presented with the joint XC trophy. Well done all and especially John and Marion.
Speedbird Ladies and Concorde Five races
Two important dates for your diaries:
Wednesday May 4th (yes, Star Wars day) is the date of this year's Speedbirds Ladies 5k race around the scenic moorland at Harmondsworth (next to the BA HQ at Waterside). Lady runners and gentleman marshals will be needed a plenty. The ladies race is from 19:00 so there is usually the opportunity for the gentlemen to check the course first! See the website for details including how to enter: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Ladies.shtml . Please pass this message on to all lady runners you know because we'd really like to have a big turnout this year.
Marshals please volunteer to: Steve Newell
Sunday 5th June is the date of this year's Concorde Five Mile Road Race. Race Headquarters is the Heston Venue (Concorde Centre) and we'd very much like all members to be involved in some capacity - be it as marshals or runners. In recent years we've been stretched for marshals and haven't been able to field a ladies team so please encourage your friends and family members to volunteer in advance to marshal so that we can spare the ladies. The page on the website for details and entry is http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Concorde.shtml .
Marshals please volunteer to me: Roderick Hoffman
Publicity for both events
Please print off copies of the linked poster and distribute as you can: http://www.barunner.org.uk/attachments/HandoutMar2016.pdf
Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th March 2016
Julie Barclay (21:50, 78.70%) produced an outstanding performance at Rushmoor parkrun and bettered the previous age category record (WV50-54) by more than a minute.
Running even faster was Natalie Ruffell (20:51, 70.98%) who just beat her father Richard (20:59, 72.6%) at Birkenhead Park where none of us had run before and so advancing the club parks total to 240. Birkenhead Park was the first publicly funded park in Britain and opened in 1847. It is acknowledged as being the inspiration for Central Park in New York (opened 1857).
Another new park this week (#241) was on the other side of the country and even further north at South Shields. Steve Dodsworth (26:40) and Linda Dodsworth (24:30) were there for the first time. The parkrun course includes the last mile of the immensely popular Great North Run route.
Elsewhere Emily Warburton-Brown (25:08) improved her club record at Peckham Rye, Roderick Hoffman (27:39) bettered the previous best time at Raphael Park in Romford and one I missed last week, Scott Davison's time (28:14) at Bognor is the new club record there.
As we approach the target of 250 different parkruns there will be a rather pedantic attitude over club membership. The 241 parks bagged so far have all been by runners who were paid up members on the date of that first run. *Roderick's sister Sarah Gordon is the latest parkrun regular to join the club but sadly this was on Sunday so too late for her Hastings parkrun to count towards the club total.
With the new membership year about to start could I ask all parkrunners to pay their 2016/17 subscriptions promptly.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
So it is clear that the more parkruns you have run the more likely you are to
run a parkrun! Statistics from parkrun tourist Elliott Line:
Coaching Corner - Running Better, From Head To Toe (part 2)
The position of your torso while running is affected by the position of your head and shoulders. With your head up and looking ahead and your shoulders low and loose, your torso and back naturally straighten to allow you to run in an efficient, upright position that promotes optimal lung capacity and stride length. Many track coaches describe this ideal torso position as "running tall" and it means you need to stretch yourself up to your full height with your back comfortably straight. If you start to slouch during a run take a deep breath and feel yourself naturally straighten. As you exhale simply maintain that upright position.
Your hips are your centre of gravity, so they're key to good running posture. The proper position of your torso while running helps to ensure your hips will also be in the ideal position. With your torso and back comfortably upright and straight, your hips naturally fall into proper alignment--pointing you straight ahead. If you allow your torso to hunch over or lean too far forward during a run, your pelvis will tilt forward as well, which can put pressure on your lower back and throw the rest of your lower body out of alignment. When trying to gauge the position of your hips, think of your pelvis as a bowl filled with marbles, then try not to spill the marbles by tilting the bowl.
Good Luck & don't forget to smile...
And from our Rowling Reporter...
Avenue of the Giants run
Reminder for anyone interested in the Avenue of the Giants run (a half marathon amongst the Californian Redwoods) on May 1st (following on from Crissy Field parkrun on April 30th) to let me know so that we can combine our ground arrangements. Details and entry: http://www.theave.org/index.html.
Where was Graham Taylor?
Not appearing at the BA Cross Country on Sunday there had been speculation as to what Graham was up to. There was no need for concern - he was spotted by a Clapham Chaser in the Brooks Fleet Half Marathon:
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