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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th February 2014
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New Club membership year and "Associate Member" option
The club's membership year runs from 1st April through to the 31st March. This means that next year's subs will soon be due. Those on the convenient direct debit schemes should find the direct debit called upon automatically. The cost of membership is unchanged from last year at £9 for the year with the optional add-on of UK Athletics registration of £10. One difference for those who pay by cheque is that the cheques should be made payable to "British Airways Athletics Club" rather than the old "BA Clubs (Athletics)".
A new option for the membership year is that we have decided to trial a new "Associate Member" arrangement. This should appeal to those friends of the club who would like to formalise their relationship with the club and enter races as club members but for whom membership of BA Clubs (Heathrow) is not viable. "Full Members" need to be members of BA Clubs (Heathrow) as before but Associate Members do not. The BAAC fee and optional UK Athletics fee will be the same but the member's entitlements are different. Critically an Associate Member is NOT entitled to the use of the Concorde Centre facilities or benefits (including use of the changing room, showers or the field for running). The Concorde Club currently allows a non-member to be signed in for a limited number of times each year. Note that the Athletics Club will take a tough stance against an Associate Member who tries to take advantage - e.g. not paying the sign-in fee or exceeding the number of visits allowed. Another limitation with Associate Members is that they will not be allowed to vote at the club's AGM or hold one of the critical club positions (chairman, treasurer, secretary).
Club Awards Evening Wednesday 26th February
The big night is almost upon us. On Wednesday, after the February Handicap race (from 6pm), there is the clubs annual awards evening where we'll take a moment or eleven to show appreciation for the great achievements and achievers of the calendar year 2013.
All club members are urged to attend. Inevitably some may be prevented from doing so. Those unable to attend this prestigious event should cut, paste and adapt the following into an email to the club secretary Steve Hillier...
Neil expects to run his 100th and shirt earning parkrun this Saturday at Bedfont Lakes. All are welcome to join in Neil's celebration - he is offering coffee and cakes after the run. The WAVA column shows relative performance considering gender and age. Good packing by club members from Neil at 55% through to Steve at 60%.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell
Milocarians AC home match at RMAS on 22nd Feb 2014 (results)
Hi all, thanks to all that ran on Saturday which turned out to be, great whether, a great course? and great food (Same again next year we hope). Seven BA runners - 5 men, 2 ladies ran this race for the first time in quite a while, and we were not disappointed. Run on a tough course of 6.4 miles (hilly) not a lot of mud, and a lovely day (Bonus). Chris Kelly lead the BA team home in 13th place followed by Gary Rushmer in 17th and Barry Walters 21st, with BAAC finishing in joint 4th place.
Well done also to our two lady runners of Alice Banks and Monica Alonso who had to run the full course of 6.4 miles, don't know if they've run that far before (As Simon said "well 'ard!"). The post race tea & food was as good as ever before.
If anybody's interested in the background of Milocarian AC they've got a website, which includes photos of the race and a bit about how they derived their name. http://www.milocarian.info/menupage.html
An update from Petra
And a marathon training from Piers
Paul Knechtl came 4th at the Hampton Court Half in a time of 1:16:00 (chip time 1:15:57).
Neil Frediani reports "Second resolution achieved today. On Friday I discovered the Old Deer Park half marathon and entered it. I ran it today in 1:50:42 well clear of my 2hr target and my fastest half for 29years!!"
Clara says "I highly recommend the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon and Half Marathon having run it previously. It's a beautiful route, tough in places but overall very interesting. I've found that the date (this year 21st September) tends to clash with Round Norfolk Relay - but this year there is no Round Norfolk Relay to clash with!". More details www.farnhampilgrim.org.uk.
Roderick says "Thanks to Tom Rowley and Julie Barclay for this evening's training session at the Uxbridge Track. More details another evening once I'm certain no long term harm has been done."
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