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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd February 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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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: http://www.baclubs.com/content/join .
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
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
Club parkrun results for Saturday 20th February 2016
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:
Hillingdon is now the only outer London borough without a parkrun. There is no parkrun in The City, Westminster or Kensington & Chelsea.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
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.
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