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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st March 2016


  • Wed 30th March - Final Five Mile Handicap of the season - "the decider" - Heston Venue from 18:00*
  • Wed 13th April - Watersplash 10k followed by club social
  • Sunday 24th April - London Marathon for runners and marshals

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: Diary.shtml.

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New Membership Year

Dear Members,

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.

  • Cash or cheques can be handed or sent direct to the Treasurer, Chris Kelly, 260 London Rd, Reading, RG6 1AJ, or via another Committee Member.
  • Fees can be paid direct by Electronic Banking - or yearly Standing Order - to our “British Airways Athletics Club” Account - Account number 10096647 - Sort code 600260. If you can make a reference like your Name & Subs/Affiliation, that should help and please email Chris and Alan to inform them that you have paid your subs directly.


Chris Kelly (, 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 (, Membership Secretary

Berkhamsted "Fun" Run and Half Marathon Sunday 6th March results

Race GunPos Bib GunTime Forename Surname M/F Cat Club ChipPos ChipTime
5 mile 18 2041 00:33:27 Barry Walters M 60 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 18 00:33:26
5 mile 21 2112 00:33:50 Mark Taylor M 55 BRITISH AIRWAYS 21 00:33:41
5 mile 307 2058 00:49:32 Christine Munden F 45 THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS 312 00:49:24
Half 312 249 01:45:25 Richard Ruffell M 50 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 322 01:44:56
Half 376 995 01:48:29 Graham Taylor M 55 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 389 01:48:01

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.

Number Name M/F Club 3 Laps 2 Laps Position Position (F)
44 Tom Rann M Milocarians 28:25 1
43 Felix Keating M Milocarians 30:56 2
47 John Taylor M BA 31:21 3
49 Barry Walters M BA 32:02 4
40 George Coward M Milocarians 32:30 5
50 Richard Ruffell M BA 33:20 6
45 Mark Taylor M BA 33:38 7
38 Gary Rushmer M BA 35:30 8
42 Helen Blamey F Milocarians 35:37 23:24 9 1
39 Sophia Davis F Milocarians 36:11 24:02 10 2
48 John Coffey M BA 40:51 11
41 Steve Hillier M BA 48:06 12
46 Marian Woodhouse F BA 34:29 3

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.

BAAC XC Champs 2016 winners

Paul Brandon

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: . 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 .

Marshals please volunteer to me: Roderick Hoffman

Publicity for both events

Please print off copies of the linked poster and distribute as you can:

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th March 2016

19th March family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Alice Banks 26:06 Maidenhead run #53, 28th at Maidenhead 72%
Julie Barclay 21:50 Rushmoor run #66, age cat record 79%
Bill Byrne 21:23 Old Deer Park run #101 72%
Caroline Cockram 34:31 Kingston run #221 47%
Ian Cunningham 23:00 Bushy Park run #236, 202nd at Bushy 66%
Scott Davison 25:14 Bushy Park run #155, 4th at Bushy 56%
Linda Dodsworth 26:40 South Shields park #14 59%
Steve Dodsworth 24:30 South Shields BA park #241 62%
David Duggan 30:01 Bedfont Lakes run #140 52%
Denis Foxley 26:03 Harrow run #34 65%
Joan Foxley 36:20 Harrow run #24, 23rd at Harrow 58%
Neil Frediani 29:38 Bedfont Lakes run #139 54%
Sarah Gordon 34:36 Hastings run #99, 1st at Hastings* 55%
Roderick Hoffman 27:39 Raphael Park park #146, club course record 56%
Kevin Holland 29:39 Woking run #44,22nd at Woking 58%
Chris Kelly 22:37 Reading run #282 66%
John Lennon 41:08 Bedfont Lakes run #200 37%
Kerstin Luksch 20:27 Gunnersbury F-4, run #177 73%
Steve Newell 31:56 Gunnersbury run #213, 88th at Gunnersbury 56%
Joe Nolan 28:44 Black Park run #260 56%
Petra Otto 32:26 March run #6, 5th at March 62%
Natalie Ruffell 20:51 Birkenhead F1, BA park #240 71%
Richard Ruffell 20:59 Birkenhead run #103, park #52 73%
Colin Russell 24:58 Oak Hill run #16 54%
Benita Scaife 31:21 Maidenhead run #30 61%
John Scaife 31:23 Maidenhead run #37 52%
Emily Warburton-Brown 25:08 Peckham Rye run #12, club course record 59%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning

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.

Steve Newell (

Updated parkrun stats:

parkrun Tourism - Pymmes for Saturday 2nd April

Anyone interested in a spot of parkrun tourism check if you are available on 2nd April to make your way to Pymmes parkrun in North London (navigation postcode N18 2UG). It is my "home" parkrun and I'll be doing my 200th parkrun and there is also a planned visit by many parkrun tourists. Pymmes tends to attract around 30 runners each week so it'll be interesting to see by how many we'll boost their attendance by.  The course is fractionally under 3 laps of tarmac paths around the parameter of a typical North London park. It is mainly flat although one end of the park is slightly higher than the other. The park is right next to the North Circular Road with easy parking in the adjacent street. Silver Street station (on the Enfield Town to Liverpool Street line) is just a few minutes walk away (and near the cafe they use).  Let me know if you need help or encouragement to make it to Pymmes.

Roderick Hoffman

Parkrun Addiction

  • 500+ = 100%    1 parkrunner has done 500 or more parkruns and he ran another on Saturday.
  • 250+ = 73.7%    389 of 528 "250" club parkrunners ran on Saturday.
  • 100+ = 56.7%    8,139 of 14,367 "100" club parkrunners ran.
  • 50+ = 41.9%    15,992 of 38,197 "50" club parkrunners ran.
  • up to 50 = 6.7%    Only 92,386 of 1,386,124 parkrunners on under 50 parkruns ran.

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...

Joe Nolan

And from our Rowling Reporter...


 Hope your week-end went well and the cold spell did not spoil it,

A small report of Julie Barclay’s busy week-end.

Julie Barclay feeling fit decided to tackle the Rushmore 0/50 course record of 23.10.  Starting of into the cold wind blowing across the common with a half way time of 11.00 minutes in mind she achieved it in 11.02.  Coming of the canal path on the second lap with 400m to go she was well inside her target by running the second lap faster in 10.48 to finish 2nd lady and 19th overall in the new course over-50s record of 21.50.

Point of interest to those who have or haven't ran this parkrun the canal path is now hard compressed ballast so NO MUD/NO PUDDLES!

Saturday Julie and two sisters were off on their yearly week-end shopping spree to Hastings and running the ½ marathon on the Sunday and with very little mileage over the past 2 to 3 weeks she was just hoping for a comfortable 8 minute pace. At mile five her time was 40.07 though an unfriendly blister appeared.  Julie carried on and finished 583rd in 1:43:33. 

Julie will now be concentrating on track running and shorter runs throughout the summer.

A good 5k run you can recover in 4 to 5 hours, a good 10k run you can recover in 4 to 5 days. Useless info but it works.

Tom Rowley

Running Shorts

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:

Roderick Hoffman

Finchley 20 Mile results on Sunday 13th March 2016 at 9.00am

On a very lovely dry, cool and sunny morning (perfect for running), I ran with a friend from Ashford running circles, Laura Matthews, she has gone from being a non-runner 18 months ago to being ready to run the Paris marathon in 2 weeks' time. Search for her blogs about the experience, they are very amusing. She is so enthused that I have enrolled her for the BAAC London Marathon marshalling team.

3:17:55 Joe Nolan V60 M British Airways
3:26:54 Neil Frediani V55 M British Airways
3:28:32 Laura Matthews W35 W  
3:50:45 Jasvir Singh Modaher V50 M British Airways
Neil Frediani

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:

GunPos Bib GunTime Forename Surname M/F Cat Club ChipPos ChipTime
770 2893 01:42:17 Graham Taylor M 55 British Airways AC 774 01:41:17

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