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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd October 2012
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World Airline Road Race 2012 Qingdao Results
The outstanding result of the 2012 World Airline Road Race in Qingdao, China is that the races were held and included about 300 airline participants including six runners for British Airways. The detail of distances run, times and positions are almost incidental.
But I must also add that the British Airways Team was successful: Gareth Snook won third place in his age category in the long course race. Roderick Hoffman was fourth in the same category – though a long ten minutes behind Gareth. Other BA finishers in the long course were John Scaife and Steve Newell. BA representatives in the short course were Sue Newell and Benita Scaife. The trophy winners are listed on the WARR website and full results are expected to be published shortly.
Speaking personally I found this to be one of the better WARRs to have attended and this was because of, not despite, the problems encountered and overcome through the spirit and strength or the WARR family. A newcomer to WARR would inevitably have seen things differently and might have come away a bit bemused but, on the whole, positive from the experience. A brief summary of those experiences:
Photographs: On Facebook
Men's Surrey League Results at Lightwater 20/10
A good start to the season for the men's team in the Division 4 match at Lightwater last Saturday. Despite only having 7 runners they performed well with Paul Knechtl leading the team home in 3rd place. He was followed by John Taylor in 13th, Barry Walters 15th, Graham Taylor 36th, John Coffey 45th, Denis Foxley 46th and Neil Frediani 65th. The team placed 4th overall. Thanks to the ladies Ann, Clara and Marion for their support and providing tea and cakes afterwards. Full results attached.
* Race position includes Division 3 finishers. There were 70 Division 4 finishers in all.
Lifts to races
Results Cabbage Patch 21st October
Great conditions temperature wise - good race for runners - perhaps apart from the start - no chips, so could be a bit slow if not in the right place, and miles 8 and 9 rather longer than marked... though perhaps it spurs people on!
ED: I never liked the derogatory term "Dorised" to describe the situation where a supposedly fast male runner was beaten by the leading lady. However I think that being "Natalied" should be seen as a complement to Richard for fine breeding and nurturing.
Marlow Half Marathon reminder and apology
This year's Marlow Half Marathon will be on Sunday, 4th November at 9:30 am, and has been designated November's Run-Of-The-Month.
It is set in fabulous countryside, with glorious views down the valley between miles 7 and 8 (weather permitting). It's reasonably priced, for which you get a long sleeved shirt, and a good results service. It is a reassuringly challenging run, possibly the third hardest UK Half - it goes up, down, up, down, up and down again, and the weather can be bad.
I'd love to do it myself, but can't actually make it, as it clashes with the 5th Didsbury Beer Festival.
Enter via the website - http://www.marlowstriders.co.uk/msdb/?page_id=594 - note that the event is known to sell out so enter quickly.
ED: Given Chris' excuse for not running I'm sure he'll offer to buy a pint for everyone who does enter and run!
Not many parkruns last weekend due to priority club participation in the Cross Countries. But there were still five runners including Alan Anderson completing his 239th run and Roderick Hoffman running his 33rd different parkrun - a list that doesn't include Leamington run by Chris Kelly at the weekend or Woodley Park run by Simon Turton the previous week. Note that Steve Newell is currently working out the complete list of parkruns run at by BA Club Members to date - are we up to 50 yet?
Fancy putting your Sports Hall Session fitness to good purpose at a Barn Dance?
News for the next BAAC News Digest? Thanks in particular to Chris Kelly this week - next week could it be you?
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