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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th March 2014
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml (updated).
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Too much material this week - expect another issue by the end of the week with London Marathon updates and Mad March Twister results.
New Publicity Poster
If there was one disappointment in the weekend's Cross Country event it was in the low number of new local participants. Please load and print a copy of the latest poster promoting club events in April, May and June and display on your local noticeboard. Poster 290Kb.
ASCA & BA Cross-Country Championships, Cranford Park, 22nd March 2014 RESULTS
The Men's start. More photographs on the ASCA Facebook page (request access).
Result highlights (apologies for insufficient space to print full results here - Full results on website):
Individual Finishers: (21 Ladies over the 4.7k distance and 42 Men over 8.24k)
This was a hugely successful event - the weather was good (ignoring the two hail storms just before the start of each race) and the Concorde Centre did us proud with a great lunch. Considerable thanks to Gary Rushmer for being the main man...and still being able to finish as 4th BA.
Watersplash 10km Advance Notice
The annual Watersplash 10km will be held on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 with wave starts designed to bring everyone to the finish line at 19.15. Register at the Concorde Club pavilion up to 18:00, thereafter at the start line. First start at 18.10, then every few minutes until elite start at 18.35. There will be a 5km option for those wanting a shorter run starting at 18:40 (mass start). 5km walkers - by arrangement with the starter on the night. Sunset is predicted to be at 19:35 (BST).
The start/finish line will be the traditional (painted) one in the Field of Hope (finish for Concorde 5 mile, etc). Course (the one used most years since 1989) courses/Watersplash Map.DOC. Twice round a figure-of-eight:
Post race food in the Concorde Club.
Guideline for wave start times
Historical note (especially for John Williams)
The event takes its name from Watersplash Lane which appears on Victorian maps (pre M4 motorway) and ran from a junction with Church Road through to North Hyde Road by the Crane Pub. The course passes both ends of the ancient route which was aptly named as it was necessary to ford the River Crane.
Club parkrun Results for Saturday 22nd March
Club parkrun numbers were down on Saturday largely due to the ASCA Cross Country and BA Championships...but numbers were not down by as much as you might think since seven BA parkrunners managed to combine the two events - albeit in different ways. Chris Kelly used Woodley parkrun as a warm-up opportunity prior to the big event - he "jogged" round in one of his slowest parkrun times. Daniela in contrast knocked a whole minute off her parkrun PB in her double header. Roderick also ran at Osterley and Alan Anderson ran at Gunnersbury prior to marshaling for the Cross Country. Steve Newell at Gunnersbury and Neil Frediani at Bedfont Lakes did it the other way around by marshaling the parkrun before racing the Cross Country.
Amongst the club's other parkruners Richard Ruffell (and Natalie), on the way to Goodison Park, stopped off at Walsall Arboretum to make it the BA club families 95th parkrun venue.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell
Final Winter 5 Mile Handicap - Concorde Centre from 18:00 on Wednesday 26th March
Overall status and start times for Wednesday's run. Start times assume a target finish of 19:00 and are subject to correction on the night.
"I hope the XC goes well today. I'll be thinking of you all while sunning myself here in MRU. It's a hard life." Nick Edge
"Last week I asked for names of anyone interested in a
BA team for the Round Norfolk Relay. We need a team of 17. Right now I only have
6 names. I need to know this week if we want to enter so this really is your
last chance, you need to let me know now." Richard Ruffell
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