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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd September 2013

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 25th September - Brian's Relay and Social at the Concorde Centre
  • Thursday 26th September - BA Clubs AGM 18:30
  • Wednesday 2nd October - 'Equinox' 5k from 18:00 and social at the Concorde Centre 

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

The full events diary is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

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Clara departs but promises to return...

Clara Halket had her BA leaving do last Friday with myself, Barry Walters and Chris Kelly there to see her off.  She has however announced that she won't be outside of BA for long.

Roderick Hoffman

PS Chris - what are you wearing on your head?

Club family parkrun results and stats for 21st September 2013

    time parkrun wava comment
Chris Kelly 00:19:30 Reading 74%
Richard Ruffell 00:20:39 St Albans 73% course pb
Piers Keenleyside 00:20:43 Gunnersbury 75%
Gary Rushmer 00:22:04 Bedfont Lakes 68%
Roderick Hoffman 00:24:11 Gunpowder 63% parkrun pb
Scott Davison 00:24:30 Bedfont Lakes 57%
Alan Friar 00:24:39 Reading 71%
Mike Hird (JM14) 00:26:07 Gunpowder 56%
Tony Hird 00:26:08 Gunpowder 56%
Alan Anderson 00:26:40 Gunnersbury 75%
Monica Alonso 00:27:14 Guildford 59%
Joe Nolan 00:27:25 Black Park 58%
Robert Fleming 00:28:25 Bedfont Lakes 49%
Steve Newell 00:28:38 Burgess Park 61% course pb
Ian Cunningham 00:30:00 Bushy Park 50% 100th run at Bushy (30' pacer)
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury   lead bike

On his 74th parkrun Roderick knocks over 40 seconds off his parkrun personal best to finish 5th fastest this week - an impressive achievement even though he says so himself. Roderick went to Gunpowder expecting to be able to chase Tony's recent times but Tony had a sore knee and a son to run with instead. Roderick's improvement was good but Chris Kelly and others probably don't need to be looking over their shoulder just yet and others like Ian Cunningham, who is perhaps practicing for the winter handicap series by finishing exactly on his 00:30:00 target, could expect to overtake Roderick next week.

Steve Newell has already earned his 100 shirt but hopes to be presented with it at Gunnersbury on 5th October. That event will also be the 100th run of Gunnersbury so could be a good one to add to your personal diaries.

Steve's parkrun stats

Ealing Half-Marathon - Sunday 29th September

How to get there and where to park...

If you're coming in from the west then I would suggest coming off the M4 at Junction 2, it's a little past where you need to be but should be a much quicker router. When you come off at the junction the slip road goes down to the A4 beneath the elevated section. When you join the A4 take the first left which comes up immediately. Through the width restrictions. At the Traffic lights at the T junction turn left. Gunnesbury park is on your right at this point. At the next crossroads with traffic lights go straight on. The road then takes a right turn and you're now in to Northfields Avenue. I would try and find somewhere to park at any point from here onwards. I took a cycle round the area on Sunday and I would suggest that you try Niagar Avenue which comes up on the left first, if not Julien Road on the right. Failing that carry on past the station and try Belsize Ave, leading in to Northcroft Road. From what I can see none of the parking restrictions apply on Sundays, even the stop and shop ones. Grab a space as soon as you see one. The entrance to Lammas park is on Northfields Avenue just opposite Green Avenue. I've no idea how busy it's going to be around there. The other option is to head up in to Ealing to Spring Bridge Road, where there's a pay and display car park. It's a longer walk to the start and further from the M4, details on the Ealing HM website.

I'll see you there.

Steve Taylor

PS, you'll be running past my house between miles 8 and 9 so if you want to pick up an extra sport drink for the way round then let me know, my wife and son should be out there cheering people on.

Roderick Hoffman

Club In-house Event for October - Equinox 5k October 2nd

Just a warning to everyone that, with the evenings drawing in, a prompt start will be needed on 2nd October (and the starting line is near the M4/A312 junction, not at the Concorde Club). The course is mainly off road but along well defined paths.

Based on trying to get everyone to the finish at around 6.40 p.m. the wave start times will be:

  • 10 minute milers - 6.08 p.m. (5km 30 mins or more)
  • 9 minute milers - 6.12 p.m. (5km 27 - 29 mins)
  • 8 minute milers - 6.15 p.m. (5km 24 - 26 mins)
  • 7 minute milers - 6.18 p.m. (5km 21 - 23 mins)
  • club 18-20 (elite group) - 6.21 p.m.

Sunset is due at 6.35 p.m. with civil twilight officially ending at 7.08 p.m. Fish and chips will be served at 8 p.m.

To assist the starters and the kitchen please send your expected time for 5km to by 1st October (and recent parkrun times will be checked!).

Steve Newell

World Airline Road Race update - Stellenbosch South Africa, October 10th to 13th

Just three weeks away now and it looks like the BA team family will be 24 to 26 in size - an impressive turnout compared to recent years.  The team T-Shirt has been ordered and the team is being updated with event information through a separate news update - if you are not getting this please let me know.

Roderick Hoffman

BMAF Track & Field Championship Results

Two former club members competed in the British Masters Athletics Federation Championship on September 14th.

Adrian Haines won the Silver medal in the 800 metres M45 finishing in 2:07.61.

Janet Smith had a very successful weekend in the throwing events finishing as follows:

  • Hammer - Gold medal performance with 44.69 metres (new Championship Best Performance)
  • Shot Put - Silver with 8.31 metres
  • Weight Throw - Gold with 14.26 metres (new age category British Record) {Ed: Steve Hillier tells me that the "Weight" is like the Hammer but heavier and with a shorter chain making it even more difficult to keep your balance whilst throwing}
  • Discus - Gold with 28.17 metres
  • Javelin - Only fifth but with a season's best throw of 19.17 metres 
Thanks for putting me on the mailing list for BA runner. I enjoy reading it every week.

One more Weight pentathlon competition on the 5th October then itís off to Brazil for the World Masters Track & Field Championships.  Adrian said he is going so perhaps we can do a joint report of our trip.

Janet Smith

Athlete Medical Scheme Manager, Team GB

And more long distance efforts...

I ran the New Forest Marathon today thinking it would be a trail race but most was on Tarmac roads except about 3 miles that seemed to follow an old railway line. Quite a hilly course with over 1000 ft of climb. I was a little disappointed not to finish in a time of under 3:30 ending up with 3:31:11 but that was compensated by being the 2nd V55 male and winning a prize - a bespoke hand-painted coffee mug! Getting old is not such a bad thing! I was 59th out of 506 finishers.

Piers Keenleyside

{Ed A tough course - the winner on the day took 2:41 which makes Piers time look that even better. A colleague ran the half marathon and says "I hope I never have to see Jelly Baby hill again!" - Piers must have seen it twice.}

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