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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th June 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 26th - Bridges Relay Westminster from 19:00 - Richard Ruffell (information only - three teams entered)
  • Wednesday July 3rd - BA Hosted Rosenheim Track&Field - Eton - Competitors and Marshals needed Steve Hillier for Eddie
  • Wednesday July 10th - Parkway Mile followed by club AGM - 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.

Warning - Wednesday June 19th may be a very busy evening at the Concorde Centre due to another event taking place.  Anticipate more problems finding a parking place than usual.

Rosenheim Track&Field Twickenham Wed 19th June

With Steve Hillier away and Eddie off injured we weren't at our strongest for this Track&Field event. 

"Alan Anderson and I attended the meeting at St Mary's, Twickenham and competed in three events each taking in the 100m, 200m, 1500m, shot put, javelin and long jump between us."

Steve Newell

No results to print - but we will have got participation points.

Club parkrun Results for Saturday 22nd June 2013

Name Time parkrun Comment
Chris Kelly 19:12 Reading  
Barry Walters 20:23 Reading  
Piers Keenleyside 20:31 Gunsbury pb on 50th run!
Gareth Snook 21:00 Cardiff pb  
Ian Cunningham 22:45 Bushy  
Robert Fleming 23:21 Bedfont  
Scott Davison 24:25 Bedfont  
Kerstin Luksch 25:32 Gunsbury  
Roderick Hoffman 25:39 Black Pk  
Alan Friar 26:18 Reading  
Alan Anderson 27:17 Gunsbury  
Monica Alonso 27:17 Guildford  
Neil Frediani 27:29 Bedfont  
Steve Newell 30:21 Gunsbury  

Alan A and Monica have a photo finish - but needing a wide angled lens to take in the twenty miles between Gunnersbury and Guildford. Piers earned his 50 shirt by doing a parkrun personal best and Gareth improves his best time also.  Joe claims to have done a world record time at Black Park but he admitted only covering a portion of the course - a tryout after his recent injury.  His presence did inspire me to do my second best ever parkrun time.

Steve's parkrun stats

The Longest parkrun - SUNDAY 23rd June

On the Sunday I ran the first four parkruns of the Longest parkrun; cycling in between each.  My first parkrun was finished in 27:54 - coincidently the same time as Ian Cunningham.  My next three runs were each progressively slower, Ian on the other hand got faster as the following table shows.  Brilliant performance.  But not the only one - Ian's wife Janet points out on facebook that she did the first two THEN completed the Ironing and prepared the picnic prior to making the last one.

parkrun   Start   Roderick Ian
Bushy Park (AC) 09:00   27:54 27:54
Crane Park   10:30   28:?? 26:44
Old Deer Park   12:00   28:40 25:42
Richmond Park   13:30   31:12 24:52
Wimbledon Common   15:00     23:33
Kingston   16:30     22:12
Bushy Park 2 (CW) 18:00     21:39

Ian adds:

"Please remind me not to take on any future PK challenges - doing each run faster than the one before certainly made me think harder and work a good deal harder on the last couple of runs! A good crowd managed to run all 7 parkruns and one mad fool ran all 7 AND ran between them all as well to total around 43 miles for the day against my paltry 22! {Ian was driven between each parkrun}

Until next year! " Ian Cunningham


Roderick Hoffman

Standard Chartered Great City Race; Thurs 11th July 2013; more help required!

Following the request for helpers for the Great City Race that appeared in the BAAC News Digest on the 10th June, the response has been underwhelming; I need 25 helpers but currently only have 9!

To re-cap, the Standard Chartered Great City Race is on Thursday 11th July as is being held in the City of London. We'll be helping to support the course senior stewards in marshalling the course and general assistance with the spectators and general public who need to cross the course. This will be the 9th year of assisting with this race so I think we're fairly familiar with what's required. In terms of timings, the start is 19:15, and we'd need to be on site by 18:00, finishing by 20:00. In return you'd get a t-shirt, expenses up to the cost of a travel card, that all important club donation and some post race refreshments (food and drink!) in a local pub (very well received from those that helped last year).

If you can help, please drop me an e-mail with a contact phone number (ideally a mobile) and preferred T-shirt size. Nearer the time I'll circulate final details. I need to submit kit requirements by 1st July so expeditious responses are requested. Thanks in advance for your continued support.

Regards, Simon Turton

PS. Thank you to Brian Forrester, Jas Modahar, Martin Plummer, Ian Haylock, Alastair Heslop, Jagjit Singh, Harry Wild & Roderick Hoffman who've already volunteered.

Great City Swim - Saturday 31st August

This year's Great River Swim from Chiswick Pier will be on Saturday 31st August starting at 10.30 a.m. It is the most suitable tide at a weekend all summer.

In the past, current and former members taking part have included Steve Newell, John Levison, Colette O'Neill, Piers Keenleyside, Kat Stather, Monica Alonso, Malcolm Mowle, Sue Mowle, Trevor Plows and Chris Kelly.

It won't be possible to combine the Black Park parkrun with the swim but for triathletes, a nifty 5km run at Richmond Park, Old Deer Park or Gunnersbury followed by a short bike ride and then a dip in the Thames is definitely a possibility.

Steve Newell

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