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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd February 2015


  • Wednesday 25th February - Run of the Month - February Handicap from 18:00 followed by...
  • Wednesday 25th February - Club Annual Awards Evening - Heston Sports Ground from 20:00
  • Sunday 1st March - Run of the Month - Berkhamsted Half and 5 Mile Fun Run

New members and non-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: Diary.shtml. Updated Feb20th.

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Wednesday 25th February Club Annual Awards from 20:00 (following the February Handicap Run)

Big drum roll.  On Wednesday we have the club's annual Oscars where you'll see us all dressed in our top frocks and jewellery and perhaps the ladies will dress up as well.  Seriously - there isn't a dress code but all members and potential members are invited to attend.  In case you need another incentive - the evening has food provided!  Around a dozen awards are to be presented - see for last year's award winners.

Roderick Hoffman

January Five Mile Handicap Result

28-Jan-15 handicap run time Time gap from handicap Rank this month Points this month Next Start time
Richard Ruffell 34:00 33:52 00:08 12 25 34:00
Steve Taylor 37:30 37:43 00:13 11 22 37:30
Scott Davidson 35:30 36:04 00:34 10 20 36:00
Dennis Foxley 43:00 42:23 00:37 9 19 42:30
Steve Hillier 48:30 49:18 00:48 8 18 49:00
Gary Rushmer 31:30 32:26 00:56 7 17 32:30
Alan Friar 45:30 44:28 01:02 6 16 44:30
Harry Wild 41:30 40:00 01:30 5 15 40:00
Tony Barnwell 47:00 48:39 01:39 4 14 48:30
Chris Kelly 37:00 34:05 02:55 3 13 34:00
Joe Nolan 40:00 43:25 03:25 2 12 43:30
Roderick Hoffman 41:00 dnf 04:45 1 11 41:00

The February five mile handicap is on Wednesday with start times from 18:00 - but get there early because...

Coaching Corner !

As a reminder, the presence of movement skills is the basic building block of all physical activity, and it is essential to attain these skills as a basis for the running action.  The fundamentals of movement are the ‘ABCs’ (agility, balance, coordination and speed). We’ve had some short & simple balance (B) and coordination (C) exercises before some recent Wednesday events – I’m planning a short agility (A) exercise before the handicap on Wednesday and think it would be very useful and interesting to have a whole session devoted to these drills in the near future, probably after the April marathons !

Joe Nolan

BAAC Cross Country Championships 15th March 2015 (Cranford park)

Hi all, BAAC have their annual Cross Country Championships in Cranford park on the 15th March, start time for men & ladies races 10.30. We normally meet in the Cranford park where I will be giving out the numbers about half an hour before the start. The men will be doing 3 laps with the ladies doing 2 laps. There will be tea & coffee back at the club after.

We will also need some marshals out on the course and at the finish for some timekeeping. If anybody is going to run in this event or would like to do a bit of marshalling can they please e-mail me at:
Many thanks, Gary Rushmer

Club parkrun results for Saturday 21st February 2015

21Feb2015 Family & Friends Time parkrun Comment Grade
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford marshal
Marion Taylor volunteer Gunnersbury barcode scanner
Bob Winning volunteer Llyn Llech Owain
Julie Barclay 21:57 Bedfont Lakes 1st female 77%
Alice Banks 26:10 Reading 1st v40 female 71%
Chris Kelly 21:01 Reading and barcode scanner 70%
Alan Anderson 30:12 Gunnersbury 68%
Oliver Mathai 23:55 Gunnersbury course pb 68%
Tim Hawkes 20:06 Reading run #79 65%
Kerstin Luksch 23:14 Bushy Park course pb 64%
Janet Cunningham 27:10 Bushy Park 64%
Helen Smith 30:11 Guildford run #20 63%
David Tyas 23:45 Bushy Park run #338 62%
Matthew Tyas 24:33 Bushy Park JM11-14, Run #17 62%
Ian Cunningham 24:12 Bushy Park 62%
Jeremy Short 24:42 Osterley 61%
Linda Winning 35:19 Llyn Llech Owain run #60 61%
Gill Westbrook 31:00 Bedfont Lakes run #29 61%
Roderick Hoffman 25:22 Pymmes 60%
Joe Nolan 27:00 Black Park 27' pacer? 59%
Scott Davison 24:03 Bedfont Lakes 58%
Tony Barnwell 31:34 Wycombe Rye run #70 57%
Steve Newell 30:57 Pymmes park #53, run #167 57%
Sreeram Sethuraman 29:58 Upton Court run #35 44%

The weather conditions were not generally conducive to provide a host of fast times this weekend with softer mud, puddles and chilly temperatures all contributing.
Julie Barclay (21:57) returned to Bedfont Lakes but was unable to improve on her time of the previous week.  Alice Banks (26:10) had a good run at Reading placing 7th female out of 69 and significantly beating all the women up to 20 years younger.  Chris Kelly (21:01) finished 10th and then did a stint as a barcode scanner for the slower finishers.
At Black Park, 19 of the 399 finishers were unable to provide a barcode for scanning at the finish.  Joe Nolan was in pacing mode and hit 27 minutes on the nail.  He was sparing his legs for a 17 mile race on Sunday.
Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell ran at the never overcrowded Pymmes Park in Edmonton which provides free street parking, clean toilets at the start/finish and three laps of well drained good quality tarmac with only very gentle gradients.  It is also only a short walk from Silver Street rail station on the Liverpool Street-Enfield/Cheshunt line (trains every 15 minutes). Many of the small field were quite fast if not spectacularly so with half of the runners home after 23 minutes (cf Black Park where the 200th runner finished in 27:55).  Steve was not in his best form but is now in the database as the slowest ever 70 year-old to finish at Pymmes - (transient).  Fame at last.  Roderick has now run more often at Pymmes (6) than anywhere else in the world.  The fame just keeps on coming.  That statistic might hold good for a while unless he really falls in love with Northala Fields (or staying in bed till 8.30 on a Saturday morning). [Roderick: Perhaps I'm going off Pymmes for getting too popular - in my six runs there I've finished 8th, 9th, 9th, 12th, 14th and now 19th].

Updated parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

Next Saturday, if you fancy visiting a new parkrun (or a repeat visit if your name is Richard), then join me at South Oxhey parkrun near Watford. See for details.  More info? eMail me: Roderick Hoffman

South Oxhey is my nearest undone parkrun. How do I know? One of the other parkrun Tourists is developing a Google map based tool that will show the nearest parkrun to where you are or anywhere you click (or the nearest 10 to 50 parkruns) and if you enter your parkrun ID it can exclude all those you have already done!  Be warned though - it is still under-development so you may have to fiddle with it to get it to work as advertised! The link to it is:

STOP PRESS (spotted by me running the undone parkrun tool just): Maidenhead parkrun has just been announced - it will start on 21st March in Braywick park.

Roderick Hoffman

Hampton Court Half Marathon results

Place Time Name Team Category Number Chip Grading
868 01:51:44 Scott Davison British Airways AC M40-49 3437 01:50:26 55.94
1130 01:56:36 Piers Keenleyside Ealing Eagles Running Club M50-59 3652 01:53:27 59.95

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