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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd June 2015
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Concorde Five Mile Road Race Sunday 14th June 2015 thanks
Full results on the website: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Concorde.shtml
Considerable thanks to all of the officials, marshals and other helpers without which we couldn't give back to the running community hosting events like this:
City Race 2015 Reminder + BAFunRun call
re. last week's request for help for Thursday 9th July; I still need an additional 7 helpers so don't be shy, please do volunteer!
Also please note that the BA Fun Run is TWO weeks after that on Thursday 23rd July and Roderick is keen to confirm the team of volunteers.
World Airline Road Race announcement
The World Airline Road Race is the largest annually held running event for airline staff and associates. This years event is being held in Dubai and hosted by staff from Emirates and Fly Dubai. The schedule will be more or less as follows:
The Atlantis Hotel is the majestic 5 star hotel that gets advertised on BA flights. The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is the event Host Hotel and also boasts being a luxury five star hotel but is probably more affordable for airline staff on a budget and is also closer to the airport. Where transportation is required to events this will probably be to and from the Jumeirah Creekside. Cheaper rates will also be offered at other nearby hotels nearer the time of the event. If you are thinking of attending then you need to...
Roderick Hoffman BA WARR Team Captain
Results of Bridges Relay Wednesday 17th June
I travelled up by tube with the BAAC member and Ealing Eagles team manager Piers Keenleyside who was resting for once. Thanks to an incident on the District line we travelled by Piccadilly, District, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines to Westminster and thanks to the later start of the race nowadays arrived in plenty of time to go and get a double espresso and use the toilets in the entertainment complex to the east of Westminster bridge (having been warned that St. Thomas’s toilets were out of bounds to runners. "Don’t they realise that by being runners we save the health service a lot of money by being healthy and that our taxes pay for the NHS and their toilets too!!." Rant over).
Anyway Ian and Colin Haylock were there and had collected numbers and secured our position on the wall, Vicky was around too. The evening was lovely with a cooling breeze and clear skies. At 19:30 Big Ben chimed and the stampede of first leg runners set off into the wind much to the dismay, I imagine, of anyone who happened to be walking towards Westminster bridge from the west at that moment.
Ian came home in a respectable 14:42, a touch slower than last year, Vicky a very decent 15:05 (2 mins faster than last year) and I came home in a dismal 18:34 compared to 15:31 last year and I felt like I was flat out going for a pb. Weird as I did a 10k pb yesterday at more or less the same pace. Must do some speed training. Anyway at least it left Colin with something to do to help us achieve our target time of 1hour as stated by team manager Richard Ruffell beforehand. Colin came in 14:11 on roughly the time that brother Ian had said he would do and EXACTLY the same time as last year although Colin reckons he ran it in 14:05. The team time was therefore 1hr 2min 34sec - 64th of 119.
I don’t know what prize Richard was offering for beating 1 hour but feel like I let the team down so will never find out. Anywhere near my last year's time and we would have hit the target. [Ed: I was first reserve that evening but I also ran very poorly last week and would have been slower still had I raced so I don't think that Neil should be too critical - I blame it on the pollen].
It was good to see Steve Newell spectating, photographing and joining us for the after run beer. Also we briefly met former bridges team member and still BAAC associate Natalie Ruffell who was not pleased with her time for Clapham Chasers who have gone from having no teams in the past four years to 13 teams this year. Who gave them the idea to enter? They appear to be everywhere these days. Natalie doesn’t know when to stop, having just run 4.5miles to get there and she ran back afterwards. I suspect she will end up doing ultras and Ironman triathlons like Piers.
Thank you to Richard for organising our team,
Left: Bridges Relay Team - left to right: Ian Haylock. Vicky Edwards. Colin Haylock. Neil Frediani
Right: Three 100 parkrun club members: Steve Newell, Tony Hird, Roderick Hoffman.
Club parkrun bumper results for Saturday 20th June 2015
A bumper crop of parkrun stories this week and there is so much happening I can't include everyone.
Tony Hird duly completed his 100th run at Gunpowder Park - see Roderick's note below. Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell joined Tony at Gunpowder Park which is on the site of munitions works commissioned around the time of the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago.
Ian Cunningham after 170 runs at Bushy Park decided to switch to Guildford to notch up his 200th run. Alastair Heslop was managing the funnel there as he arrived at the finish. If you are thinking of trying Guildford yourself during the current dry spell, leave it for a couple of weeks as the parkruns have been cancelled now until 4th July.
After years of studiously avoiding parkruns Denis Foxley is getting the hang of it at Harrow and lowered his pb this week to 24:35.
Barry Walters only appears occasionally at a parkrun but when he does he usually shows explosive form. He zoomed round the relatively new course at Bracknell and shattered the VM55 record by 100 seconds (20:01, 79.43%).
His first run as a 50 year-old saw Chris Kelly in action at Reading where he is now 45th out of 390 in his new age group all time list. Immediately after completing his run he volunteered to manage the funnel for the slower finishers. Joe Nolan (V60), for once unrestrained by pacing duties, set a new age group pb (23:31) at Black Park.
At Gunnersbury, Kerstin Luksch ran faster than ever recording a pb for the fourth consecutive week. Claire Byrne was probably unaware that her dash for the finishing line was just enough to hold off the once electric pace of Rugby League legend Martin Offiah. Martin's teanage son Tyler had finished some minutes previously.
There is a developing story at Crane Park where parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt completed his 246th run. Curiously his wife Joanne is on 248 so I wonder who is going to reach 250 first - after you Dear! One of our new associate members, the well travelled Caroline Cockram (25:43), was also at Crane Park with her husband Ian (25:21). Welcome to them.
We also extend a warm welcome to Claire Killen and Caroline Wilson who have joined us this week. They have embarked on a parkrun tour of Northern Ireland and this week were at Ormeau parkrun in South Belfast. Expect your knowledge of the province to improve dramatically as we follow their progress over the coming months.
Prospective members Steve(23:55, pb) and Linda Dodsworth (28:11) were in Sunderland this weekend. As soon as they sign up we can expect some more northern runs to be added to our list.
Almost creeping in under the radar were John and Benita Scaife on tour again in Sydney and trying Parramatta parkrun for size. 5km almost exactly like all the others! John adds: "Benita and I did Parramatta parkrun on Sat. Simple out and back course along the Parramatta River in NSW. Spotted three Leighton Buzzard AC vests so we weren't the only tourists." And Tom Rowley points out reciprocal details: "At Woking three young tourist running for Queensland AC, The 15 to 17 year old lad was 2nd in 17.12, the 11 year old was 3rd in 18.14 and the 10 year old girl was 1st female in 21.00, beating Julie."
And lastly, one that escaped our attention a few of weeks back, Jeremy Short ran Thetford Park in 20:44*.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Northala fields parkrun anniversary
On Saturday I ran in the 1st anniversary parkrun at Northala fields along with a larger than average field of 166 runners. They had asked for volunteers to run as pacers and with all of the round number times already taken I opted to run as a pacer for a 26 minute finish time. Running as a pacer was a first for me but with regular glances at my Garmin I managed to keep a steady pace. I had a few hopeful followers at first but most seemed to be happy to find their own natural pace. I think some runners were happy to see roughly where they were in relation to a pacer. One young lad stuck with me until just after the 4K mark and then decided he had a bit more to spare and pushed on to the finish. On the home straight I came past a runner, who on being overtaken by the 26 minute pacer decided to put in a bit of extra effort and ran a PB of 25:40. I came in at 25:55.
At the finish all the runners were treated to a banana and orange drink as well as a table full of food goodies to choose from, including hot Nepalese dumplings with a spicy sauce and some lovely cakes. People hung around and chatted for ages, or was it just for the cakes?
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