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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd May 2016
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BAAC AGM and Parkway Mile
Here's a reminder of one of the most important evenings in the club's calendar, Wednesday 8th June. Come and enjoy the competition of the Parkway Mile at 1800, or simply join us for the AGM at 2000. The outgoing committee will let you know about our successes during the past year, and our plans for the future.
Do you want to be part of it? There are opportunities to join the committee for 2016/17. Let me know if you are interested. New blood is always welcome and you can have a "without portfolio role" should you wish!
Green Belt Relay 2016 - Results
The eleven strong BAAC team set off on Saturday morning to circumnavigate London through a series of twenty two stages competing against 39 other teams and with the aim of recapturing the Corporate Trophy. Next week's digest will include the story of the event but as a teaser here are the results and let it be known that we played the second half with only ten players yet we managed to win back the trophy and we haven't yet sacked the team manager!
[left to right: Nick Edge (driver), Vicky Edwards, Roderick Hoffman, Dave Bird, Neil Frediani, Paul Knechtl, Simon Ashford, Murray Hogge, Graham Taylor, Chris Kelly (team captain). Not present - Richard Ruffell. Missing in action - Dave Dixon]
The British Airways Athletics Club team finished in twenty third place amongst the forty teams, recording a running time of 29 hours and 45 minutes. We were seven hours behind the first finishing team (Serpentine Running Club Men) though five hours ahead of the last (Pembroke Athletica). The best performance by a club member was sadly not in a BA Club vest - Natalie Ruffell running for her first claim club was first lady in leg 6 (Chipperfield to St. Albans) in 58:48, eleventh overall in that leg (and for comparison purposes she finished just seven seconds behind Danny "parkrun" Norman and 52 seconds ahead of Richard "proud dad" Ruffell). Natalie was also seen to finish leg 21 as first lady but this has not been confirmed in the results. Paul Knechtl probably had the best performance in a BA Vest finishing in fifth place in leg 7.
But the digest next week may reveal a different story.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 21st May 2016
From a statistical point of view, in the 10+ years of parkrun it is not very often that we have two "Miss Smiths" making the headlines in the same week.
Janet Smith (32:34) loves to throw her weight about at track and field meetings but has found a renewed enthusiasm for running of late. She was an early adopter of parkrun (Bushy Park Time Trial even) on Armistice Day in 2006 with a four figure barcode (#2341). So after nearly ten years it is lovely to report that with the support of Track & Field captain Eddie Giles (26:24) and pacing guru Joe Nolan (26:59) she celebrated her 50th run at Black Park on Saturday.
Helen Smith (30:02) (barcode #4702) made her parkrun debut at Bushy Park in 2007, a full 8 weeks before Alan Anderson got started. What a difference a decade makes. This week at Guildford, under the watchful eye of regular volunteer and very very occasional runner Alastair Heslop, Helen ran her 22nd parkrun and we applaud her persistence also. Alan Anderson (33:37) was at his more recently adopted home run at Gunnersbury Park and is now on 411.
Linda Dodsworth (25:49) beat her previous parkrun pb by 25 seconds at Sunderland where Steve Dodsworth (23:31) set a new club course record. They travel a bit and run regularly and will be at Reigate Priory parkrun and the Westminster Mile next weekend and would welcome the opportunity to meet up with some of the southern BA crowd.
Paul Watt (25:16) survived a significant birthday celebration for Julie Barclay's sister Janice Jones (27:50) at Banstead Woods to set a new club course record. Gary Rushmer (19:50) was second finisher at Bedfont Lakes where we once again had a big turnout of members.
Daniela Mayerova (28:58) added a new country to our map with a run at Elagin Ostrov in St Petersburg (Russia). Sarah Gordon (35:56) added another run to her long list (63) at Belton House in Nottinghamshire.
I'm putting out an appeal for information this week regarding Christopher Chamberlain (21:48) who is claiming affiliation with our club and runs regularly at Cardiff and occasionally at Upton Court. If any of his friends are reading this could they please ask him to get in touch with our membership secretary.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Petra adds that the previous week she had run the Peterborough parkrun - "I went to the Peterborough Parkrun, for the first time: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/ It’s a very fast and flat course, with 519 runners on that day. Well worth a visit if any BA runner was looking for a ‘PB-course’. "
And Roderick points out that it might not show it in the table above but club numbers were down due to us having a full team for the Green Belt Relay - he was the only one able to combine the two by taking on the aptly named "token support" role at Northala before joining the GBR team.
parkrun Tourism and Growth
For the fourth time this year I have lost my 100% French parkrun record! There are now five parkruns in France with the fifth being at "Château de Pierre de Bresse" which takes over from "Burnham and Highbridge" and "Southwick Country Park" as having the longest name for a parkrun. The nearest BA airports are Geneva or Lyon both over 100km away. Meanwhile parkrun de la Ramee featured on French TV during the week so for anyone wanting to practice their French you can follow this link: http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/midi-pyrenees/emissions/jt-1920-midi-pyrenees (parkrun is 14min:10secs in).
Snowdonia half marathon - 22 May 2016
SNOWDONIA …advertised as THE UK’s TOUGHEST HALF MARATHON
“A scenic but tough Half Marathon set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, starting and finishing in the village of Llanrwst which played host to the World Trail Running Championships in 2013. The park is a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers, still glacial lakes and deep forests”
It certainly was a toughie yesterday, as hard as a full marathon anywhere else but clambered round in 2h:13m....fantastic scenery, long journey there & back though !
Joe has perhaps forgotten that in last year's Green Belt Relay Chris Kelly had fitted in a drive to and back from Anglesey in between his two lengthy legs (though I don't think either of those legs featured climbing a mountain).
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