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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd May 2017
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. Updated May 5th.
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2017 Green Belt Relay Result
Despite challenges before the start and along the way the BAAC team successfully completed the Green Belt Relay this last weekend. The biggest challenge before the day being late injuries to two of our eleven runners. Neil Frediani stepped in to replace Dave Bird. Dave Dixon agreed to jog one of his legs and we had a non-runner (N.R.) for his leg the next day. The official report next week will say more. One of the challenges along the way was Nick Edge's Sat Nav taking a funny turn which resulted in Barry Walters almost missing the start of his second leg (pictured).
The picture is a composite - but the individual photographs at front and back were both taken during the minute of 10:39.
The good news is that we were presented with the Corporate Trophy. The bad news is that we were told to keep it. The reason for that was that it was once more a one-horse race to win it (and perhaps the organisers considered the average age of our team and wondered about us being put out to pasture next year). The reason that that is bad news is because this week the club is losing its trophy cabinet at Heston Venue - but we'll find somewhere to proudly display it.
Concorde Five Volunteers
We need lots of club volunteers for the morning of Sunday June 11th for the Concorde Five. I've had messages from Jagjit, the Scaifes and Colin Haylock and perhaps one or two others but I need many more. Please send me an email to confirm your availability (or, if like Steve Newell you can't make it, please let me know also).
24th May: "Traditional" Concorde Handicap Run and last Concorde Centre Social (with food)
At the end of May we expect to lose access to the Heston Venue bar, lounge and meeting rooms. The club has been using those facilities since 1981. We thought that it would be appropriate to mark the occasion with one final event and have chosen Wednesday 24th May for this.
For the special event we'd like you to plan to set off from the Concorde Centre for one of the routes listed, and plan to complete your run at 19:15. All courses start and end at alongside the door to the Pavilion where there is a course map displayed (or see last week's digest). I'll also have some maps printed to take with you. The table below shows some suggested departure times depending on your expected speed. This won't be a race - but we'll probably have someone recording finishers for posterity.
After showering we'll then meet in the Heston Venue where we'll have one of the meeting rooms reserved and the club will provide food - M&S sandwiches and snacks. Be there, we do expect this to be the last time in those rooms. And if you can then let us know that you are coming, and suggest your distance and start time or pace so that we can pair you up if you wish. We've already had some old faces (and older legs) indicate that they will be joining us.
Stock Clearance - save the environment!
We need to clear out the club cupboards prior to moving the kit someplace else. We'll make items available during the do on Wednesday but please also email in any offers. Funds generated will go into the club catering fund (though we may subsequently decide to donate it straight to a club supported charity). The following are a selection of the items that will be available, though there will be more on display on the night.
"make us an offer" - note that you may be saving us from dumping the items as landfill. Perhaps you have some imaginative uses for what can be done with some of these items.
Track & Field Results - Rosenheim League Match 1 3rd May Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston
A small team of myself, Ian Haylock and newcomer friend of mine Ayee Tavares took part on the same evening as the Speedbird Ladies 5k. It was chilly and not good for track running. Ian being a much better runner than me took part in my usual 1500m and started off very well and ended up in second place.
Ayee went for the 800m (run as a mixed event) with me and then ran 200m in a ladies heat before I ran (for about 5 metres) then hobbled the men's 200m . I pulled the top of my hamstring due to not having warmed up properly, normally the 1500m immediately before the 200m acts as a perfect warm up!
We ended the evening bottom of the men's league and, thanks to Ayee, fourth in the ladies.
The next event is at St Marys Twickenham on Wednesday 21st June. Let Neil know if you'd fancy a run, jump or throw.
Run Together Session – Couch to 5K Programme
On Thursday the club is running its first ever Couch to 5k programme. This is based at Waterside/Harmondsworth and will be every Thursday at 17:30 until the date of the BA Fun Run. We have 16 people signed up - some absolute beginners and at least one with current parkrun times faster than mine. Any club member is welcome to join us - and in weeks when Clara, Joe or I can't all make the session we may ask you to accompany the stronger runners on runs round the moorland. Anyone you know is also welcome to signup for free.
The programme is designed for beginners to gradually build up their running ability and confidence, so that they can run 5K without stopping. The pace of the nine-week running plan is based on the NHS recommended c25k programme and has been tried and tested by thousands of new runners.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 20th May
Some of our regular parkrunners turned their undivided attention to the Green Belt Relay this weekend so our list of runners is slightly shorter than in recent weeks.
Alice Banks (25:34, 74.84%) had an excellent run at Maidenhead and achieved her best WAVA% score there. Her time puts her 5th out of 55 in her current age group and notably a few places higher than Paula Fudge, a former world record holder at 5000m.
Janice Jones (27:46) ran a course *PBpb at Lloyd Park and established a female club record there.
*PBpb = Perfect Birthday personal best.
Thirteen turned out to be lucky for Sarah Gordon (30:42) this week as she achieved a course pb at Leicester Victoria on her 13th run there. Janet Smith (31:59) continued her pioneering tourism on the south coast with a first visit by a club member to Whiteley parkrun which has been going for just eight weeks. Janet has now visited 20 different parks, her well spread collection includes Glasgow, Peterborough, Tewkesbury and Isle of Wight.
Fiona Smith (29:48), the younger daughter of former members Jean and the late George Smith, was part of a record breaking field of 244 runners at Harrow.
Paul Watt (21:03) and Julie Barclay (22:44) arrived back at LGW around midnight on Friday only to find their route home made difficult with a closure on the M23. They nevertheless they made it to the start line at Rushmoor and swelled an already record turnout to a colossal 644 parkrunners, 150 more than the previous highest. It was the third anniversary so I hope there was enough cake for everyone.
Both Rushmoor and Guildford parkruns have been cancelled this coming Saturday.
There is to be a rally of 80+ year old runners at Bushy Park on Saturday 1st July. Somebody who might be interested would be one of the older but still active of our former members, Bob Winning (37:02) (a regular at Llyn Llech Owain these days) who visited Bognor Regis on Saturday and captured the MV80 age group record there. It was a good weekend for the family as his child bride Linda (34:15) also set a new record in her (somewhat younger) age group too.
Steve Newell (with input from Tom Rowley)
If you want to promote a special parkrun then let Steve or I know.
Joe's Coaching Corner - Stretching
In general stretching is recommended after a running session, although there are lines of thought that some stretching may also be wise before speed-work. Runners should warm up and warm down after sessions with some dynamic exercises prior to the session main element.
Simple stretches of at least the hamstrings, glutes, calves and achilles are recommended as a minimum so it would be wise to review these, starting this week with hamstrings. There are a number of different ways to stretch these muscles – try out some of these and find which suit you best.
Richmond Park Marathon 21st June 2017 Results
Stockley Park 10K 21st June 2017 Results
It looks like Joe was holding the gun.
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