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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th March 2013

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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:

  • Wednesday 27th March - Final Winter 5 Mile Handicap - Concorde Centre from 18:00
  • Wednesday 10th April - "Watersplash" 10k followed by social with food - Concorde Centre 18:00
  • Sunday 21st April - London Marathon - good luck to the 20 runners and 120 marshals

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. This has been updated to include events up to November.

Track & Field Championship Results

On Sunday 24th March Spencer, the track starter, had a new saying as he started a race,

  • "On your marks..."
  • "Get set..."
  • "SNOW!"

Yes folks, 8 athletic, highly trained in -5 wind chill factor and snow flurries, came to Eton track for the annual Championships. The Discus & Hammer had to be cancelled owing to flooded turning circles & waterlogged grass. The Shot Putt was chosen as the Superstars replacement for the Discus. The High Jump was held inside, as the outside landing equipment doesn’t come out till 1st April.

  • Roderick Hoffman, fresh from Bedfont the day before having received the Park run 50 t shirt, ran a few steady events throughout the afternoon.
  • Steve Taylor, trying to make a bid at the Superstars glory, had to withdraw from some of the Events through a back ache, but ran some steady longer events.
  • Steve Hillier, going for Superstar glory, would he be crowned?
  • Eddie Giles, defending champion, could he do it again?
  • Gary Rushmer, fresh from racing 15 miles in the morning, showed us how to run the longer events and throwing in Javelin & Shot as well.
  • Well done Joe Nolan fresh!! from his 20 miler in the morning, came along and ran!! the 200m sprint!! Afterwards he went straight home to have a bath and warm up as everything was turning blue!!
  • Harry Wild still has the throwing power to deliver on the Javelin & Shot Putt.
  • Paul Brandon, on the comeback trail, showed us he never lost his throwing ability in the Shot Putt.

On the Superstars event Steve Hillier took control with a win in the Long Jump 1-0

Eddie made it 1-1 winning the 400m,

then 2-1 to Eddie, winning the Javelin ,

But Steve drew level 2-2 with a win in the Shot Putt.

2 events to go, 100m backwards & 1500m. Who would win the title? Well the results will be coming out soon , I guess you are on the edge of you seat to know!!

Here’s to next time,

Eddie Giles

Club Featured parkrun 23rd March Bedfont Lakes

Pos   parkrunner   Time   AgeCat AgeGrade Gender   GendPos Club   Note   TotRuns Events
1 Sathira DON 18:34 JM15-19 73.79% M 1 St Mary's Richmond AC PB stays at 00:17:53 71 2
3 Christopher T KELLY 19:38 VM45-49 73.34% M 3 British Airways AC First Timer! 139 12
6 Mark TAYLOR 20:48 VM50-54 72.68% M 6 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:20:08 2 1
17 Piers KEENLEYSIDE 23:36 VM55-59 65.59% M 16 Ealing Eagles Running Club First Timer! 40 8
30 Neil FREDIANI 26:31 VM55-59 58.45% M 28 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:24:54 68 7
48 Roderick HOFFMAN 29:45 VM50-54 50.36% M 37 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:26:11 53 52
53 Steve NEWELL 30:53 VM65-69 55.86% M 41 British Airways AC First Timer! 83 13
61 Sarah GORDON 39:13 VW55-59 46.15% F 16 (Roderick's sister) First Timer! 8 8

Gary Rushmer and Graham Taylor were also present to add their support.

Chris Kelly, Steve Newell and Piers Keenleyside were here for the first time whereas Neil Frediani was running his 50th Bedfont Lakes parkrun. Mark Taylor and Roderick Hoffman were both visiting for the second time having been at the first BA Featured Parkrun back in June 2011. In Mark's case this was his second ever parkrun whereas Roderick had fitted in 51 other parkruns each in a different parkrun locations between the two Bedfont visits. But regardless of how we got there we all ended up with very wet feet - perhaps the clue should have been in the word "Lakes"!

Roderick Hoffman

New Nearest parkrun - test event Easter Monday am

I’ve heard this unofficially...

...but it would appear that there will shortly be a Cranford Park parkrun – i.e. a 5k time trial every Saturday morning.  This should be confirmed by the test event due to take place on the morning of Easter Monday.  Anyone able to attend will be welcome (but please remember your parkrun barcodes). The event is being managed by Hayes and Harlington Road Runners but they will be looking for other local runners and supporters to help out as volunteers and provide run directors for some Saturdays. The event is being supported by Hounslow Council and will start and finish near the facilities in Avenue Park off from the High Street. The course will go out to Cranford Park, take in two laps of the main field (not through the woods) and then back to finish where the run started. It doesn’t look like it has been decided yet whether the parkrun will be known as “Cranford” or “Avenue”. Click on this link for further details including confirmation of next Monday's test event.

Roderick Hoffman

Ladies Speedbird 5k / Concorde Five Mile Promotional Poster

This link should take you to a promotional poster advertising the next two big hosted events in the club diary - the Speedbird 5k and the Concorde Five Mile - and other forthcoming events.  Please print off a copy of the poster and display it on a notice board near you (replacing the Track&Field poster if you had put that up).  We need to attract more runners to these events.  Poster (jpg 260k)

Roderick Hoffman

Club Supported Charity Dance - Saturday 4th May

Just Confirmed that the Charity dance will be on Saturday 4th May from 7pm to 11pm in the Concorde Centre Pavilion bar with club DJ Eddie Giles providing the music. Around £5 on the door which will all go 50:50 to British Heart Foundation & Dreamflight. Maybe slightly more cost if we have food there.

More info nearer the date.

Eddie Giles

{Eddie tells me that he'll include a range of music from across several decades - though my bet is on the inclusion of "Can You Feel The Force?" by "The Real Thing". Why?  Think about the date. The other Ed}

New Club Technical T Shirt - Initial Orders Required

Hi all,

Some of you may remember, about a year ago (yes it has been that long) I sent out an email to gauge an interest in whether to purchase a BA "technical" running T-shirts.. We had a good response, so we decided to go ahead with finding a supplier and getting back to everyone with prices. Finally we have managed to do that! Clara has found a supplier and the cost for the "technical" T-shirt will be £8.00 each.

We will be looking to place an order for any T-shirts you require, plus some spares for future sales. So if you would like to purchase one of these shirts, please reply to Paul Knechtl (, with the size and number of T-shirts you require. Ladies I will assume you require the ladies cut version, so please let me know if this is NOT the case.

Closing date for orders will be Friday 12th April.


Paul Knechtl

London Marathon Training Updates

First of all Joe Nolan reports that his Virgin London Marathon registration package has arrived and he guesses that everyone should have got theirs by now.

Thought I would give you an update. Things haven't gone well the last couple of weeks as I picked up a virus that has kept me in bed for a few days. Back on track now, but a bit behind where I would like to be........

I have a street Orienteering event in Canterbury tomorrow which should be a good workout & I will know better just how I am after it.

Regards to all

Steve Waite

Hi all hope your training is all going well with no injures, just tired muscles like mine. Just a quick update on how my marathon training is going.

Well so far so good, training up to 60 miles a week now with a long run on Sundays, and also on the Wednesday night run down at the club. Monday's I'm now doing a morning run of 3 miles easy then half an hour of core work, then off to the track for some speed work in the evening. So far races wise I've done a few cross country's and last week I did the Berkhamsted half marathon with a time of 1 hour 32 min (very hilly), so good marathon training. This week I'm doing the Finchley 20 mile then next week doing the Cranleigh 21 mile. So hopefully still on course for the 3 hour 15 min that I'm looking for, but you never know the weather come marathon day so fingers crossed.

I like to wish every body the best of luck on marathon day it's going to be hard, but one of the most rewarding days of your life when you cross that finish line.

So my training week looks like this. Sunday: 18 miles Monday: am 3 mile run + core work. pm speed work Tuesday: rest day Wednesday: 17 miles Thursday: am 3 miles easy. pm 8 miles tempo Friday: hill work Saturday: park run or 5 mile easy

Once again good luck on the day and hope to see you at the start. (I'll be in front of the big TV screen with a British Airways vest on in Greenwich park)

Cheers Gary.

Pleased to report that all muscles have mended but stamina still hasn’t properly returned to normal. Did the Gade Valley 17 miler which went reasonably well with just a few walks but struggled again with the Thames Riverside 20 – went off with the 9 minute/mile pacers which was fine until about half way where I flagged somewhat and had to walk/jog to the end again – wasn’t helped by a really grotty cold at the time. The end of February club 5mile handicap went well although a few gremlins came back again last week in the CIE Forrester Folly where a few walks along the way were necessary despite a good time – Steve H suggested that an ‘interval running’ approach may be the way at the moment. Been doing some steady 17 miler training runs in Windsor Park alone which have been OK, but the Reading half marathon this last weekend was a bit of a shambles for me, in atrocious weather where I had again to adopt a walk/run strategy to get there. Anyway, have decided now to ditch the prescribed blood circulation tablets as muscle fatigue is listed as a side effect so hopefully that may help !

Next Sunday is the Windsor 20 mile trainer and I am hoping to get over to the club family fun day afterwards to hobble the 100m. Two years ago I came third (…only 3 runners) after having just completed the Windsor half marathon the same day ! Still not really in shape for London but hoping still time……I think I really have to concentrate on getting my pace right. Hope everyone else are OK in their preparations, let's hope for some better weather soon.

Joe Nolan (18 March 2013)

Hello everybody,

want just to give you an update of my runs and preparation for the London Marathon. I was so glad, happy and delighted to have had a fantastic and pain free 20-Miler on the 3rd of March. I enjoyed every single mile during this lovely Sunday morning without wind, rain and mud. The start was at Putney bridge followed by the route along the Thames to Richmond. It was great. One of the other joy was my 50th parkrun in March. Parkrun is always a great event for me. Otherwise I have every week my 2 midweek runs after the work. For further preparation I'm looking forward to having one Half marathon and a few 10-15 miles runs on Sunday morning. 

Anyway, wishing all of you a lucky and injured-free preparation for the big day in April. All the best and THANKS a lot,

Kerstin Luksch.

These are edited extracts and not all contributions have been included - to see the full submissions see this website page.

Further contributions welcome - to Steve Hillier.

Leatherhead Rotary Bluebell 10k Sunday 5th May

Dear All

Please excuse the impersonal nature of the general letter, but I am trying to recruit runners for a lovely event which the Rotary Club of Leatherhead organises each year over the beautiful Headley Heath. In previous years we have run it on the Sunday nearest to midsummer day, but this year because the bluebells are so pretty at Headley Heath we have moved it forward to bluebell time and renamed it!

I have run it every year it is a lovely undulating course, and we have the infrastructure professional organised for us by 2:09 Events. There are details both on their web site and Runnersworld, with reviews from previous years.

We maintain a website for the race where you can see pictures and times from last year.

Trophies for the first male and female winners and prizes for the first 5 ladies and the first 5 men - medals and goody bags for everyone.

The cost of the race is covered by sponsorship, so every penny from the entry fees (£15 + £2 online booking fee) will go direct to Surrey Air Ambulance, our charity for this year.

If we get just 5 runners from each of the Surrey running clubs we should raise over £5000 for Surrey Air Ambulance.

I do hope you may be able to help pass this on to interested runners

Kind regards

Adrian O'Loughlin
Leatherhead Rotary Club

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