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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd February 2016


  • Wednesday 24th February - 5 Mile Handicap* Heston Venue from 18:00 and Club Awards evening (with food) from 20:00 (see below)
  • Thursday 3rd March - Dream Mile*, Bath Road from 12:45
  • Sunday 6th March - Berkhamsted Half and Five Mile races from 10:00 - Tell Richard, email:

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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Club Awards Evening - Wednesday 24th February from 20:00 at the Heston Venue

From 20:00 it is our annual awards evening.  This is a chance to celebrate the achievements of member of the club over the 2015 year.  And if you are not a Wednesday Night regular, or not yet a member, then it is also an opportunity to meet those who are.  There is no charge for this event AND food is provided - Panini with a variety of fillings.  

All current and potential members are welcome to join us for the evening. Please note that those who are not members of BA Clubs will need to pay a door fee to get in on the night OR they could sign up for annual membership. The annual fee for membership of BA Clubs is around £70, or around half that if retired, and only £20 for students.  This entitles you to use the changing facilities and the bar at the Heston Venue throughout the year without charge. Drinks at the bar are reduced by 20% for members and there are also other offers such as discounted tickets off BA Clubs Entertainment Shows and access to the Altitude Plus Online Reward shopping site.  For more details see: .

Before the awards evening there is the February winter five mile handicap.  We will be setting people off to finish their runs by 19:00 or a little earlier if possible.

Roderick Hoffman obo The Club Committee

Wokingham Half Marathon - 21st February Results

Chris Kelly  1:27:57
Colin Haylock  1:32:56
Ian Haylock 1:33:13
Kirstin Luksch  1:37:19
Piers Keenleyside  1:38:59  61 seconds inside target
David Bird  1:39:53
Graham Taylor  1:47:39
Neil Frediani  1:52:54
Joe Nolan  1:55:41

It was pleasantly mild (11C) and dry - with some blustery wind that was behind us going out, mainly across along the ways and somewhat adverse for the last couple of miles. The race went well for me, I saw Graham and Neil before the start, but had to head off quickly after. Chris

Piers Keenleyside & Chris Kelly

35th World Airline Road Race - 21st to 24th September 2016

Theme and Logo

2016 WARR logo

The WARR Chicago 2016 Event Committee is proud to unveil this year's theme and event logo!  Chicago is known worldwide as the "Windy City" (although not for the obvious reason, if you want to know why click here). In the background is Chicago's beautiful skyline;  WARRiors will be running a course between that skyline and spectacular Lake Michigan.  While the exact course has not yet been laid out it will be along Dusable Harbor which should provide scenic views of some of the city's iconic landmarks;  Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, the Cloud Gate sculpture (the "Bean"), and the Museum Campus; home to the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum.

Dates for WARR Chicago 2016 will be Wednesday, September 21st through Saturday, September 24th. The 10k and 5k races will be on the morning of the 24th.

International WARR Committee

Club parkrun results for Saturday 20th February 2016

20th Feb parkrun family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
John Coffey 25:41 Bushy Park run #204 73%
Alice Banks 26:15 Maidenhead plus token sorting 72%
Kerstin Luksch 20:58 Gunnersbury run #173 71%
Julie Barclay 24:36 Frimley Lodge run #64, 15th at Frimley 70%
Jonathan Cox 22:00 Crane Park run #264, course pb 70%
Mike Lawrence 22:15 Gunnersbury run #16 69%
Ian Cunningham 22:16 Bushy Park 198th run at Bushy Park 68%
Alan Anderson 32:06 Gunnersbury run #399 65%
Steve Dodsworth 24:40 Riverside run #58, 1st at Riverside 61%
Benita Scaife 31:35 Maidenhead run #26 61%
Ben Chaytow 22:25 Crane Park run #124, 103rd at CranePark 60%
Linda Winning 36:47 Llyn Llech Owain run #92 60%
Joe Nolan 27:21 Black Park 200th out of 538 59%
Linda Dodsworth 27:02 Riverside BA park #228 58%
Kevin Holland 29:48 Poole 491st out of 650 58%
Scott Davison 24:50 Bedfont Lakes run #151 57%
Steve Newell 31:47 Tooting Common park #66, club course record 56%
Chris Kelly 26:08 Woodley slowest ever run at Woodley 56%
Roderick Hoffman 27:31 Huntingdon BA park #229 56%
Neil Frediani 28:30 Bedfont Lakes run #137 56%
Tony Barnwell 33:02 Wycombe Rye run #100 56%
Piers Keenleyside 29:06 Gunnersbury run #126, 94th at Gunnersbury 54%
David Duggan 28:40 Bedfont Lakes run #137 54%
John Scaife 31:36 Maidenhead run #33 52%
Bob Winning 39:53 Llyn Llech Owain run #102 51%
Janet Smith 33:54 Black Park run #44 50%
Sreeram Sethuraman 31:21 Upton Court run #71, 64th at Upton Court 42%
Caroline Cockram 50:28 Bedfont Lakes run #217, next to last 32%
John Lennon 50:29 Bedfont Lakes tailrunner, run #196 30%
Joan Foxley volunteer Harrow finish tokens
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper

A couple of milestones to report this week with Tony Barnwell (33:02) running his 100th parkrun at Wycombe where he has now run 41 times.  His tally also includes 44 at Black Park.  One of our former members, Bob Winning, now living in South Wales has also reached his century at Llyn Llech Owain.  His child bride Linda is still a few runs behind but now appears to have the edge when it comes to speed.

Linda Dodsworth (27:02) made her first appearance and the first by a club member at the Riverside parkrun at Chester-le-Street in County Durham.  Two hundred miles to the south and half a minute later, Roderick Hoffman (27:31) reached the finish line at Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.  Those two take the club total up to 229 different parkruns.

Steve Newell (31:47) regained his "Londone"* badge by running at Tooting Common in Wandsworth Borough, now in the fourth week of its three month trial.  500 runners have now registered Tooting Common as their home run. The attendance this week was just below 300, maybe because of school half term holidays.  The course is barely wide enough for such numbers and especially on the hypotenuse of the triangular lap.  The conclusion may be that Wandsworth needs more parks to be allocated but if there were to be a referendum maybe the residents would vote to opt out of being in London altogether.  A nice problem for the next mayor to get his teeth into.

At Gunnersbury, Alan Anderson (32:06) recorded his 399th parkrun and is now set to run his 400th next week.  As it happens that may only be just in time as lottery funded upgrading works to the course by the boating pond and cafe are scheduled for March and the parkrun is likely to be suspended for a few weeks. 

The table above is sorted on grade which takes into account age as well as time. You'll note that it was a very close finish between Steve, Chris, Roderick, Neil and Tony all of whom finished at 66%. It took two decimal places to separate Steve (56.46%) from Chris (56.44%).

* Steve's version of Londone is running all the 52 parkruns within the M25.  The following image is what it looks like; parkruns run by Steve are in Green. As you can see he has also done some parkruns outside the M25:

Steve londone

Hillingdon is now the only outer London borough without a parkrun.  There is no parkrun in The City, Westminster or Kensington & Chelsea.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats:

PS I've also updated the club parkrun map for a short while to show the parkruns done by the club highlighting who had done which one first (when a club member). There may be some errors in this. Check the spreadsheet and suggest the improvements to Steve.


Running Shorts

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