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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd July 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Thursday 25th July - BA Little Legs (16:30) and 5k Fun Run (17:30) - Harmondsworth Moor. More marshals welcome Roderick Hoffman
  • Saturday 3rd August - Club Featured parkrun - Upton Court, Slough
  • Wednesday 21st August - Cranford Park Relay followed by social with food - 18:00 from the Concorde Centre

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

The full events diary is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

British Airways BA Fun Run Event Details - Thursday July 25th Harmondsworth Moor

All is set for this year's BA Fun Run in aid of Cancer Research UK - and the weather looks like holding although there is a chance of a refreshing light shower to keep the temperature down. There is still chance to pre-enter (but only to Tuesday lunchtime) or you can enter on the night.  More marshals are also welcome - contact me.  And if you are doing neither then come along anyway for the Carnival!


Marshals: Roderick Hoffman


  • Set up:    From first thing - the course from 13:00
  • Park opens:    15:00
  • Little Legs race:    16:30
  • Fun Run:    17:30
  • Entertainments:    Amelia Lily, Taryn Charles, Rylan and more from 18:45.
  • Awards:    19:30
  • Close:    21:00

parkrun results for Saturday 20th July 2013

parkrunner Time parkrun Comment
Chris Kelly 19:52 Reading canine assistance?
Barry Walters 20:11 Reading 20th parkrun
Richard Ruffell 20:45 St Albans pb and club record at St Albans
Ian Cunningham 20:54 Bushy Park 97th run at Bushy
Tony Hird 24:23 Gunpowder 30th parkrun
Alan Friar 25:42 Reading 98th run at Reading
Kerstin Luksch 25:44 Gunnersbury Leads female points table
Alan Anderson 27:32 Gunnersbury 275th parkrun
Ian White 27:49 Bedfont Lakes First run for a year - welcome back!
Steve Newell 28:40 Burgess Park new venue for BA runners (in Southwark)

First run for a year by Ian White at Bedfont!  Richard Ruffell must like St Albans - he went there on his own and beat Natalie's best time.  With Steve adding Burgess Park BA runners have now completed 65 different parkruns worldwide.  Roderick was marshalling at Wycombe to keep himself fresh for the Olympics.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Steve's parkrun stats

Next Club Featured parkrun - Saturday 3rd August Upton Court, Slough 08:40 for 09:00

Results National Lottery Anniversary {of the London 2012 Olympics} Run 21st July

Place Runner Team Time
1st Male Alex Cornwell ... 25:40
1st Lady Josephine Stone ... 28:14
19th Lady Paula Radcliffe ... 32:27
841st Gary Rushmer BAAC 35:30
1132 Gareth Snook BAAC 36:35
2383 Gary C Rushmer   40:01
4226 Joe Nolan DatchetD 44:13
4535 Roderick Hoffman BAAC 44:48
7369 Natalie Lang   50:44
11123 Mark Lang   64:59

A wonderful day for a wonderful run.  The course wound around the Olympic Park between and around Olympic venues such as the Velodrome that are still there and some that are now only holes in the ground.  There were two or three bands playing, or at least drumming, along the way and lots of encouraging marshals. There were 12,500 runners in all and we were managed into five waves with starts between 10:00 and 10:30 (fast to slow).  Sir Chris Hoy started each wave - though his motivational speech included the honest "I don't know anything about running". Since the timing was chip timing from start line to finish line the time taken to cross the start line didn't matter though I know that I lost about 90 seconds in the first mile due to congestion on the narrow course.  I made up some time with a very impressive 300 metre sprint in the Stadium buoyed up by the motivational recordings of historic finish commentaries and the inevitable "chariots of fire" playing in the previous 500 metres of the course which ran around the underground corridor of the stadium. My finish was also inspired by my memory of seeing Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah sprinting up the very same straight. 

I saw Joe on the run at one of the double backs (this was just as I decided to look for him), then after the run I met Gareth by going to the front of his baggage queue (where I thought he would be).  Gareth had seen Gary on the course and finally as I queued in my baggage queue I happened to spot Natalie walking by.  There could of been other colleagues/former colleagues there too but those are the ones I knew of - results above.

Roderick Hoffman

Vet's Track&Field

I'll give it 5!!

Yes, Steve Hillier glanced at the events programme at the Vets T&F 4th event at Battersea Park on Monday 14th July and was off to do 5 events.

Warming up in the High Jump area, cleared the jump and went next door to the Javelin event. After his rounds of throws , he was off to the Long Jump with a couple of jumps to get the points. Sprinted over to the MV50 200m where he came a credible 3rd , holding off a late surge from the 4th sprinter, then off to the Hammer event. 2 throws rattled the framework but 2 good throws won him the event.

Steve had won the MV50 Hammer at the 2nd Vets event at Uxbridge so a fantastic clean sweep in that event. The results of all the events will be here in a week or so.

This was the last Vets event in the series and a very good one to belong too. Here's to next year. Thanks you to everyone who came to support us at the 3 events at Battersea and 1 at Uxbridge. I only managed to do 50m in a 100m race on the 1st event before I fell over but hopefully I will be back to race again next season.


Eddie Giles

and another view...

The final league match of the season at sunny Battersea saw BAAC represented by two officials (Harry and Eddie), one male competitor (Steve Hillier), one coach (Tom) and one female member of staff (Julie Barclay).

Julie had a storming night, winning her age group at 200m (35.1) and 800m (2:51.3), out-running all of her scoring opponents in both events as well. (Tom, sign her up!!)

Steve started badly, but gradually improved. An exhibition of how not to High Jump (1.00, 3rd) and Javelin Throw (19.95, 5th) was followed by a moderate Long Jump (3.51, 4th), a battling 200m (33.1, 3rd) and a win in the Hammer (31.04).

BAAC's men's team came fifth on the night, but Ealing, Southall and Middlesex had done enough in a previous match to ensure we finished 6th overall.

This competition is a revelation. It is really friendly, competitive and enjoyable. Come and join the fun next summer!

Steve Hillier

2013 ASCA Cross Country Saturday 9th November Madrid

Iberia have assumed the organization of the 2013 ASCA Cross Country event in Madrid on Nov. 9th.

We are thinking to change the awards dinner for a lunch after the races. This will allow the participants to have plenty of time to enjoy the Saturday evening in the downtown or even to go back home in the evening and save a hotel night. What do you think about this change? Would you check it with your runners to know their opinion in case the date may suit them?

Best regards,

Paco (Iberia)

Note that this event clashes with the Men's Surrey League fixture and the Surrey League is the clubs priority.  However anyone who is interested in joining in this event in Madrid is welcome and it could well appeal to the Ladies who do not have a Surrey League fixture in November. 

Please contact Clara Halket if you are interested. Note that Clara's home email address needs to be used from now on -

Marathon Achievements

"Jagjit has well and truly beaten me to the 100 marathons! And 25 done this year!

I did my 65th at the weekend (14th July) - the Mauritius Marathon where I clocked a time of 3:31:27. I also came away with an extra 'silver' medal for being 2nd in the men's veteran 2 category (50-59)"

Piers Keenleyside

BA Club Kit

Dear Section member,

As you know, we launched the new BA Clubs shop in 2012. We are hoping that you can help to support this initiative by buying your sports clothing from the club shop. We would be grateful if you could also encourage new members to join the club, all this will help with our success. Here are some details:

Wear your Club logo with pride!
Support your Club with this fantastic range of merchandise and clothing. All proceeds go back into the club and help with the purchase of sporting equipment.

Team Wear Tracksuits
Dress like a team, Play like a team, Win like a team! If you are part of a BA Clubs sports team, through the BA Clubs shop you can order team wear tracksuits or team hoodies. Thatís not all, by ordering 10 team items, we will give you a 10% discount. For more information please email

It's easy to order
Simply visit and youíll find a range of sports and leisure clothing for both men and women, as well as a number of other items from the BA Clubs Merchandise catalogue. Payment will be required when your order is delivered.

All the goods offered here have been selected by the team at BA Clubs for quality and value for money.

Altitude Rewards Club
Just as a reminder, anyone can join the Altitude Rewards Club, just click on the membership link of the website and you'll be taken to the online enrolment page.

So come on in and see whatís on offer!

Lee Evans

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