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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th November 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 26th November - Five Mile Handicap (Club In-house Event followed by social with food) - Heston Clubhouse from 18:00
  • Thursday 4th December - Magic Mile - Bath Road 12:45
  • Wednesday 17th December - Parkway Mile and Club Christmas Social at the Heston Clubhouse 18:00 / 20:00

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: Diary.shtml.

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Club parkrun history - Root44 in South Africa last year, over the WARR weekend:

Root44 parkrun Oct 2013

BA team mainly on the left - Benita, Richard, Paul, Simon, John, Dave, Chris, Neil, Ian and Roderick. Event Director Elana Meyer in centre with her daughter. Notice the barefoot runners. Photograph - Dave Gall.

Parkway Mile Relay 17th December followed by Christmas Social with Mince Pies at the Heston Club House

One of those not-to-be-missed events {Ed: sorry - I'll be missing it due to an early ski opportunity}.  Please let Steve Newell know what your mile time is likely to be since he'll be grouping runners into balanced teams of four.  Some runners may have the opportunity to run twice (unless the number of entrants is exactly divisible by four).

Steve Newell

Club parkrun results for Saturday 22nd November

15th Nov parkrunner time parkrun comment parkrun age Grade
Dave Tyas 19:29 Bushy Park run #324, first parkrun for 12 months 545 75%
Ian Cunningham 21:08 Bushy Park 96th/957, run #171 545 71%
John Coffey 25:04 Bushy Park run #161 545 72%
Janet Cunningham 28:50 Bushy Park run #105 545 60%
Madge Bradsell 39:59 Bushy Park 2nd/2 VW80, run #320 545 70%
Gareth Snook 21:19 Cardiff first parkrun for nine months 356 70%
Joe Nolan 24:07 Black Park 92nd/384 283 66%
Scott Davison 22:45 Bedfont Lakes 17th/142, run #97 282 61%
Brian Bennett 23:47 Bedfont Lakes run #40 282 78%
Ian White 26:14 Bedfont Lakes first parkrun for four months 282 56%
Steve Newell 29:52 Bromley 256th/338, BApark #144 258 54%
Chris Kelly 20:25 Reading 16th/243, run #212 252 72%
Gary Rushmer 20:15 Hull 20th/382, BApark #142 246 75%
Tony Hird 24:24 Gunpowder 46th/126 159 60%
Bernard Sexton 20:30 Gunnersbury 27th/235, run #8 158 63%
Piers Keenleyside 21:43 Gunnersbury run #82 158 72%
Kerstin Luksch 23:01 Gunnersbury Fifth pb in last seven runs! 158 65%
Alan Anderson 31:06 Gunnersbury recent colliwobbles 158 66%
Monica Alonso 29:52 Guildford 181st/267 133 59%
Helen Smith 30:02 Guildford one second improvement on previous run 133 62%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford 133
Jeremy Short 19:51 Crane Park run #51 129 76%
Ben Chaytow 22:12 Crane Park 21st/131 129 61%
Alan Friar 26:19 Woodley 119th/229 112 67%
Sreeram Sethuraman volunteer Upton Court 100
Daniela Mayerova 28:42 Cieszyn 22nd/25, BApark #141 33 52%
Steve Taylor 23:14 Northala Fields pb, 22nd/80 23 64%
Eddie Giles 25:48 Northala Fields run #53 23 66%
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking 15
Roderick Hoffman 28:24 Tring 80th/157 4 54%
David Barnard 39:26 Tring 1st/1 VM75, run #1 4 50%
Richard Ruffell 22:02 Perry Hall 39th/193, BApark #143 1 69%

An astonishing weekend with no fewer than two dozen of our members running a parkrun somewhere on Saturday morning and several others helping out as volunteers. 

BAAC founder member David Barnard made his debut over the tougher-than-most course at Tring treating his recently cleaned out knee quite gingerly.  Roderick Hoffman, having finished his 97th different parkrun minutes earlier captured the occasion on camera.

Dave Barnard finishing Tring parkrun

At 9 a.m. Central European Time Daniela Mayerova was first away this weekend in the Silesian town of Cieszyn (Cesky Tesin) where the parkrun course includes paths along both sides of the river Olse.  That means running in both Poland and the Czech Republic.  Under 29 minutes for a 5k run including two crossings of the International Border - think of how long that would take in T5!  Fortunately Daniela reports she didn't have to show her passport or clear customs in either direction.

Cieszyn was the first (#141) of four new locations visited by our members this weekend {and parkrun trivia - this was the second parkrun visited by club members which include a "z" in the name...but can you name the other one?}.  

Back in the GMT zone, Richard Ruffell took advantage of the conjunction of a rare Saturday afternoon fixture at Goodison Park and a new parkrun just north of Birmingham to take part in the inaugural run at Perry Hall (#143) (22:02).  That makes 29 different parkruns for Richard.

Gary's non-appearance in the results last week was fully explained by the fact that he wasn't there.  This week he was, making his second appearance of the year, at Hull (#142) (20:15) but no sign of his son or brother in the results.

Steve Newell took the fast train to Bromley (#144) where the generally flat course is mostly on mown grass and was a little muddy and even slippery in places after the recent rains (29:52).  At least one member of the club has now run at almost every parkrun in London.   Just Riddlesdown and Orpington now await a visit.

Meanwhile, back at Gunnersbury, Bernard Sexton put in his first appearance (20:30) since joining the club, Piers Keenleyside seemed to have thrown off his recent injury (21:43) and Kerstin Luksch set a new pb (23:01) - that is her fifth pb time in seven runs!

Updated parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell (mainly)

Gareth's first parkrun for nine months, at Cardiff, nearly missed the report cutoff but was spotted at the last moment.

So between us we have now run at 144 different parkruns.  I would forecast that we'll make 150 if not by the end of the year then on January 1st. Remember that we only made the 100th on April 19th.

No parkruns in Wandsworth? Technically Wimbledon is partially within the borough but parks like Battersea are a desert to parkruns.  Apparently the current policy of the council is to require all mass participation events to provide an annual fee of over 600 plus VAT for permission to use local parks AND be limited to 100 participants max.  The council report "it is important that public events on this scale are managed safely, that there is proper stewarding in place, plus properly drawn up emergency plans in case runners are taken ill or suffer a medical emergency while participating. Other considerations include having adequate arrangements in place to pick up any litter left behind by the runners and prevent any damage being caused to the open space."  There is a petition that can be signed to encourage the councilors to rethink their policy with respect to free/non-fundraising events that put local amenities to good purpose and improve the health and well being of local residents: .

Roderick Hoffman

Updated BA parkrun map: {some parkruns may have been missed}.

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