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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd December 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Christmas Day / New Years Day - bonus 5k parkruns at various locations - check times
  • Saturday 10th January - Ladies and Men's Surrey League Cross Country - Wimbledon / Oxshott, 12:00 / 14:30
  • Wednesday 14th January - Forrester 4-way Folly followed by club social - Heston Clubhouse 18:00 / 20:00

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Parkway Mile Relay 17th December 2014 Results

An unusually mild evening for mid-December with a light breeze from the West to blow the exhaust fumes of the stationary traffic on the Parkway away from the runners and a threatening hint of moisture in the air which remained just that.

Teams and Participants Times Last Summer Last Winter
Night Shift Shepherds 2014 2013
11 Farzana Mirza 12:51
12 Neil Frediani 07:12 07:00 07:27
13 Denis Foxley 07:52
14 Nick Edge 08:44 08:26
Bright Stars
21 Tony Barnwell 09:13 10:07
22 Alan Friar 08:02 08:02 07:50
23 Joe Nolan 07:26 07:24
24 Barry Walters 06:15 06:01 06:25
A Feast of Stephens
31 Steve Newell 08:50 08:52 08:54
32 Steve Hillier 08:32 08:33 09:23
33 Richard Ruffell 06:18 06:06 06:27
34 John Coffey 07:30 07:12 07:34
Three Wise Men + 1
41 Helen Smith 08:34
42 Joshua Coffey 07:36 09:04
43 Eddie Giles 07:36 07:24 08:20
44 Steve Taylor 06:52 07:10

Generally, runners were a little slower than in the summer but there were some year-on-year improvements.  A sign of our ageing membership is that the time of the winning team was 6 minutes slower than the first 4x1 mile relay held in 1990. 

The winning team (Three Wise Men + 1) included the only lady running in Helen Smith and nine year old Joshua Coffey who has improved by one and a half minutes (for a mile) since last year and is about to break clear of his granddad! His big sister already has!

We welcomed a new member, Farzana Mirza, bravely running for the very first time. Nobody beat six minutes but Barry Walters (6:15) and Richard Ruffell (6:18) were not far away.

Thanks to Harry Wild at the halfway mark, Brian Forrester, Paul Brandon and Ann Coffey for recording and timekeeping, Paddy O'Shea, Diana Smith and Gary Rushmer for helping as well.

Steve Newell

An everyday occurrence...

Every day for the last 50 years Dr. Ron Hill, former Marathon world record holder, has put on his running shoes and has run at least one mile. Now 76 he has logged all of his runs and the total mileage covered is 160,000 miles (around the world six times). And some say they don't want to take up running because it will wear their legs out!  I was pleased to have run on 193 days this year with total approaching 1,100 miles but that is clearly nothing in comparison.

Ron Hill is pictured above in yellow, on his 18,262nd consecutive daily run.  The venue is Saturday's Heaton parkrun and with Paul Sinton-Hewitt alongside him in blue. This was Ron's 25th parkrun, and at his thirteenth different parkrun venue, so he is clearly up for new challenges.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 20th December

20thh Dec parkrunner time parkrun comment Grade
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford funnel manager
Piers Keenleyside volunteer Gunnersbury tail runner (43:20), "run" #85
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury lead bike
Alan Anderson 28:40 Gunnersbury 152/206 72%
Tony Barnwell 29:14 Wycombe Rye 108th/157 62%
Ian Cunningham 25:00 Bushy Park 150th run at Bushy, 175th parkrun 60%
Scott Davison 24:08 Bedfont Lakes run #101 58%
Alan Friar 26:42 Woodley 107th/195 66%
Tony Hird 24:52 Gunpowder 36th/117 59%
Chris Kelly 20:41 Reading 14th/210 71%
Geoff Miles 26:04 Osterley 20th/43 63%
Steve Newell 30:39 Richmond Park 240th/297 58%
Joe Nolan 24:38 Black Park 130th/379 65%
Richard Ruffell 22:54 Tring 16th/141. Course PB 66%
Sreeram Sethuraman 29:15 Upton Court 38th/58 45%
Jeremy Short 19:22 Crane Park 5th/99 78%
Marion Taylor 30:02 Northala Fields 57%
Steve Taylor 23:22 Northala Fields 24th/67 64%
Hannah Oldroyd 18:52 Heaton Park first lady again ! 78%
Ron Hill 29:20 Heaton Park MV75, 50 years of running every day 66%
Paul Sinton-Hewitt 29:23 Heaton Park run #219 52%

With over 300 runs to choose from every Saturday our members are now well provided for and often choosing to travel little and run fast.

Richard Ruffell paid his third visit to the somewhat hilly Tring track and got under 23 minutes (22:54) for the first time to set a new club course best (male).  Natalie is still three seconds faster! 

Ian Cunningham was playing out a perfectly choreographed run at Bushy Park.  It was his 150th run at Bushy and he has run 25 parkruns elsewhere so to celebrate reaching the 70% milestone on the journey to his gold 250 shirt he spent exactly one minute for each of those 25 away days on the way round. Or perhaps he was simply trying to exactly match his time from 21st December 2013? Joe Nolan - any comment?

Last week Neil Frediani had planned to run at Heaton Park in Manchester but a sequence of events conspired against him and he had to duck out.  As it happened the park was icebound and the run was cancelled anyway.  Roll on a week and that Hannah Oldroyd who beat Gary Rushmer by a minute at Bedfont Lakes last week was up in Manchester beating marathon running legend Ron Hill by ten minutes and notching up another first lady performance (but not a course record).  Ron Hill was celebrating running every day for fifty years (that means a mile every day back to 1964, the year of the last Tokyo Olympics).  A few seconds further behind was Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of parkrun a mere ten years ago, completing his 100th different UK parkrun.

Two Saturday's without a parkrun but Roderick Hoffman is now back from Skiing and WILL run his 100th Tourist parkrun at Daventry on Saturday 27th December.  All are welcome.

I'd like to wish all BA parkrunners a Merry Christmas and if you are running on the day itself, relax a little and take in the scenery for once!

Updated parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell (mainly)

BA parkrun map: {some parkruns may have been missed}.

Ladies Surrey League Match - Wimbledon 10th January

Hi Ladies,

Please find attached details of our next XC match circulated by the host Wimbledon Windmilers. Any queries please give me a shout. I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, if I don't see you before the end of the year!

Clara :)

Hi all,

Before the festive season is in full swing, please find a PDF document attached which contains the fixture information & course maps ahead of the next ladies Surrey League fixture, hosted by Wimbledon Windmilers.

We would like to draw your attention to the limited parking facilities - the nearest parking is available at an ASDA superstore where there may be restrictions in place, so please do check.  There is unfortunately no access to on-site parking due to other events taking place on the Common on the same day.

We look forward to welcoming you to Wimbledon Common in the New Year.

With compliments of the season,

Annie & Bronwyn (Wimbledon Windmilers)

Running Shorts

Did my 14th and final marathon of this year on Sunday. It was the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon where I finished in 3:49:53 - started out well doing sub 7:30 mins/mile for the first 6 miles or so and then slowed to 8 as the multi-terrain route took its toll - pebble beaches, muddy trails and a stiff westerly breeze. Later after about mile 11 or so a groin strain I just can't get rid of came back and knocked another minute/mile off my speed and when we turned into the wind for the final 3 miles or so I went even slower!

I have now done 92 marathons/ultras on my way to the 100 which I should now reach at the Richmond Park Marathon in May.

Piers Keenleyside

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