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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th February 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 27th February - 5 mile handicap followed by Club Awards Evening - Concorde Centre from 18:00
  • Sunday 3rd March - Run-of-the-Month - Berkhamsted Half and 5 Mile funrun - 10:30 - Richard Ruffell
  • Wednesday 13th March - Club In-house Event - event details dependant on road works! - Concorde Centre 18:00

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.

The British Airways Athletics Club Annual Awards evening - Wednesday 27th February 2013 - Concorde Centre from 20:00

We've had the BAFTAS, then there were the RAZZIES, and you've just sat through the OSCARS...

On Wednesday evening it is our turn to celebrate the best achievements of members of the running club over the last full year.  Until the carefully guarded secrets are revealed the questions remain - Were you nominated? What achievements have caught the judges eye? Who has won?

It is the club's glimmer evening of the year but don't worry - the dress code is "as you come".  Please do come...and as an additional incentive the club will be providing food for the evening.

The following awards will be presented:

Award Presented For Last Year
Male Athlete of the Year The male club member who the club committee have identified as the outstanding athlete over the last twelve months. Chris Kelly
Female Athlete of the Year The female club member who the club committee have identified as the outstanding athlete over the last twelve months. Lissa Pritchard
Brian Forrester 10K Trophy Presented by Brian Forrester to the club member whose 10k performance has been of most merit.  Over the years this has been given for exceptional performances in specific 10k races such as at WARR or for performance over many such races. Joe Nolan
Most Improved Athlete Decided by the committee the member whose performances have most noticeably improved or increased year on year. 
This trophy is said to be cursed since the recipient often spends most of the following year injured but it can be reported that the current holder has had an injury free year.
Simon Ashford
Veteranís Trophy Decided by the committee the veteran club member whose achievements have been of most merit. These days "Veteran" should be seen as a relative term. John Coffey
Alamo Trophy Decided by the World Airline Road Race Team Captain and presented to the WARR team member whose achievement has been the most celebrated. Often awarded for the best race performance but there has been years when the award has been presented for achievements in fields, and even ballrooms, the recipient would prefer people to have forgotten. Adrian Haines
Chairmanís:  Presented by the Chairman to the club member whose efforts have done most to progress the club. Simon Turton
Ladies T&F Grand Prix: Presented to the female club member who has contributed most to the club's track&field events over the year.  These may include the Monday night Grand Prix events, our Rosenheim league fixtures and/or other T&F events like ASCA. Melanie Holman
Menís T&F Grand Prix:   Presented to the male club member who has contributed most to the club's track&field events over the year. Eddie Giles
Round The Block Trophy:    Presented to the club member who has devised, marshalled and taken part in most BAAC events throughout the year.  This is worked out using a complex league table based on participation at club featured events. Steve Hillier
Ladies XC Trophy: Presented by the Ladies' team captain to the team member who has contributed most to the club's cross country commitments over the year. Marion Woodhouse
Menís XC Trophy: Presented by the Men's team captain to the team member who has contributed most to the club's cross country commitments over the year. Barry Walters

Previous years results - visit the website: News_Trophies.shtml

Thought - perhaps the BAAC Awards should have a catchy title like the Oscars?   Any ideas?  The Oscars are named after someone called Oscar though they can't remember who (too much alcohol at the after dinner parties!). The BAFTAs are named after the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Any ideas? Hit reply  Roderick Hoffman

Winter Handicap

Over the winter months there are a series of "handicap" runs from the Concorde Centre. The course is that of the "Concorde Five" (actually about 4.8 miles or 7.7 km) run clockwise and the event is designed so that we start spaced out but finish together.

On Wednesday, before the awards evening, it'll be the February run. Start times from 18:00 to finish at around 19:00. It doesn't matter if you haven't run any of the previous runs - you can still set yourself a marker for next time.

Paul Brandon

parkrun Results for Saturday 23rd Feb 2013

Time First name Last name Club Position parkrun
00:19:52 Gary RUSHMER BAAC 5 Bedfont Lakes
00:20:05 Christopher KELLY BAAC 12 Reading
00:22:47 Ian CUNNINGHAM BAAC 200 Bushy Park
00:23:18 Brian BENNETT RR 77 Richmond
00:26:26 Kerstin LUKSCH BAAC 104 Gunnersbury
00:27:06 Alan ANDERSON BAAC 110 Gunnersbury
00:28:24 Joe NOLAN BAAC 180 Black Park
00:28:25 Roderick HOFFMAN BAAC 242 Coventry
00:28:46 Steve NEWELL BAAC 123 Gunnersbury
00:30:41 Tony BARNWELL BAAC 224 Black Park

Very close finish this week - Gary keeping just 13 seconds ahead of Chris at the front, Brian breathing down Ian's throat and then Steve keeping me in sight all the way to the finish but not catching - unlike Joe who took me in the last few strides to get his chest ahead as we crossed the line. I accept that "keeping me in sight" is an unusual term to use since we were a hundred miles apart but the time-trial spirit is there.


  • Unusually Brian Bennett didn't get the age category record last Saturday but the record at Richmond is a tough one at 21:36.
  • Alan Anderson did his 50th parkrun at Gunnersbury having previously done over 200 at Bushy.
  • Alan Friar is still stuck on 99 parkruns - perhaps he is trying for the record number of weeks on "99".
  • Roderick Hoffman did his 49th parkrun at his 49th different parkrun venue and has gone public on his intention to do his 50-in-50 at Concord in Sheffield this Saturday. That will be an unmatched achievement though there may be others aiming to follow the same path - his sister Sarah for instance has already done 7-in-7 (including one Roderick didn't do).
  • As a club we have now run at 56 different parkruns with names starting with 20 different letters. Initial letters don't include 'I' (Inverness, Ipswich anyone?), 'Q' (Queens) or 'Y' (York). There are no parkruns yet starting with the letters "J", "X" or "Z".
  • New parkruns are starting up most week - whilst Scunthorpe last weekend might be a little out of the way (even for me) there may be nearer ones soon - for instance I met someone from a running group in Didcot who are working on one.
  • Gary's run at Bedfont Lakes was the 250th BAAC parkrun at Bedfont Lakes - perhaps the club should give them a golden shirt!

We will shortly arrange further club parkruns where we can find out whether Joe really can out sprint me.  I've pencilled in March 23rd to turn up at Bedfont Lakes to collect my "50" shirt but I am getting ahead of myself in planning that.

Roderick Hoffman with Stats from Steve Newell

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England Athletics Affiliation 2013

Dear Member,

With the subscription year beginning again in April, please be aware that for members who are also affiliated to England Athletics, the existing £5 fee is rising to £10. This will be noticed first to Direct Debitors who renew promptly on 1 April 2013, but will apply to all renewals from this date. To confirm, affiliated members will now pay £19, unaffiliated continue to pay £9.

If a direct debitor wants to change their affiliation status for next year then please inform Chris Kelly ASAP.

England Athletics Say:

"England Athletics affiliation fees will rise in 2013 from £5 to £10. Although this is a significant jump, it is less than EA had originally been proposing, and fees will form part of an ongoing consultation process with Athletics Club during 2013.

While EA regret the rise, they have pointed out these issues which have led to a major loss in revenue in 2013 and beyond:

  • Fees have not risen since 2008.
  • Sport England and sponsorship have provided 92% of EAís funds during 2009-13. This level of support will not continue.
  • Health & safety costs have risen.
  • More work is to be put into developing coaches, officials and young athletes, and maintaining the "" results website.


The Affiliation Fee continues to permit a discount, typically £2, on entry to public races, so for runners entering more than 5 races per year the cost is still worthwhile. Incidentally the £2 pays for a level of insurance - those affiliated have it paid for in their affiliation fee.  It means that for club public events like the Speedbird Ladies and the Concorde the club doesn't have to arrange our own insurance.

More information can be found on the England Athletics website:


Chris Kelly

Fuller's Thames Towpath 10 Sunday 14th April

Dear British Airways AC,

West 4 Harriers would like to invite you to enter our 23rd Fuller's Thames Towpath 10 event, on Sunday 14th April.

If you've not run in our race before, it is a delightful event! Starting in W4 at the University of Westminster playing fields, you will run a 10 mile loop along the Thames Towpath, incorporating the towpath between Chiswick, Richmond and Kew.

It is a very scenic route, a multi-terrain course along the towpath but does mean it's not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or racing with dogs.

  • There will be a Fullerís TTT 2013 memento, pint glass for all finishers. Now a classic!
  • Toilets & baggage tent in the playing field, but please come ready to race as there are no changing facilities
  • Prizes award to 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Female
  • VET age categories and team prizes.

Enter here:

It would be a pleasure to have British Airways AC run with us, so really hope to see some of you there!

Best wishes, Alison

West 4 Harriers

If you intend to enter also let Neil Frediani know since he is coordinating BAAC entries for this event.

News Reflection

Who would have thought it - a top class athlete is accused of murdering their partner.  Very sad.  It couldn't happen here; could it?

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