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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th May 2015


  • Monday 1st June - Track&Field Grand Prix 800m and Long Jump, Hillingdon Track
  • Wednesday 3rd June - Rosenheim League match at Walton
  • Thursday 4th June - Magic Mile - Bath Road start 12:45

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. Updated 8th May.

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Green Belt Relay Report

Still the Box Hill cliff-hanger - try tuning in again next week; same time, same channel.

Results of the 2nd Grand Prix at Uxbridge track Monday 18th May 2015

1500m 1   Gary Rushmer (Snr.)  MV50  5:22
  2   Gary Rushmer  SM  6:35
  3   Eddie Giles  MV65  6:51
  4   Steve Hillier  MV60  8:07
Shot Putt 1   Steve Hillier  MV60 (5Kg)  8.48m
  2   Eddie Giles  MV65 (5Kg)  6.94m
  3   Gary Rushmer  SM (7.26Kg) 6.53m
  4   Gary Rushmer (Snr.)  MV50 (6Kg) 5.61m

A warm but very windy evening at Uxbridge running the 1500m won by Gary Snr. and the Shot Putt won by Steve. Nice to see all the Rushmer family out at the track including Gary (very Jnr.) running around the track and not stopping!! Looked nifty at the Long Jump as well.

Next GP of the season is the 800m & Long Jump (watch out for Gary Jnr.) on Monday 1st June 6pm at Uxbridge,

Hope to see you there.

Eddie Giles

Results of the 1st Rosenheim meet at Kingsmeadow , Wednesday 13th May 2015

    Danny Treherne Neil Frediani Eddie Giles Gary Rushmer Steve Hillier Tony Barnwell
Event Place (SM) (MV55) (MV65) (MV50) (MV60) (MV70)
100m   12.6          
200m     40.5        
400m       1:23.4      
800m         2:39.5    
1500m     6:29:5        
3000m         11:30.7    
Triple Jump   9.89m          
Shot Putt           6.77m (7.26Kg) 6.62m (4Kg)
Hammer           19.95m  
4x200m Relay 2nd 2:24.2 2:24.2 2:24.2     2:24.2

A very still and warm evening at Kingsmeadow for the first of the Rosenheim track events.

 We covered all of the events other than the Pole Vault & the 400m Hurdles (where were you?*). The last event of the night was the 4x200m Relay. Danny started off 1 of 4 teams (2 men’s & 2 ladies). Eddie was 2nd runner to take the baton from Danny, then someone shouted ‘Who’s in front?’ The reply was with disbelief ‘BA are in front!’ Danny had done an absolute stormer to be ahead by 10m to change over to Eddie. Eddie was overtaken at about 100m into the leg, then over to Neil, then the change to Tony on the glory leg home.  On average we had done 36secs per runner . Not bad looking at our ages!!

Trotting back to collect my track top at the 200m point and talking to the 2nd leg runner from Kingston & Poly,  who said that it was great to see BA out in force again, and we were his favourite team, (a Bruce moment there).

If you want to have more excitement in the next Rosenheim meet, we are at Walton, Wednesday 3rd June 6.45pm start.

Hope to see you there.

Eddie Giles 

* All club members are welcome at these events - even if you haven't been on a track since school days - and you can choose, or at least influence, what event you do.  Contact Eddie for details:

British Airways Athletics Club AGM

Clear your diaries for an important evening at the Concorde Club.  Wednesday 1st July sees the 2015 running of the Parkway Mile at 18:00, to be followed at 20:00 by the BA Athletics Club AGM.  Join us to hear a review of our activities during 2014/15, and our plans for the following year.  Come and give us your views on the future of the club.  Everyone is welcome*.

A new committee will be elected at the AGM.  Please would you send me your nominations for the following posts by Wednesday 17th June:

  • Chairman*;
  • Honorary Treasurer*;
  • Honorary Secretary*;
  • Deputy Chairman;
  • Ladies Captain;
  • Men's Captain;
  • Track & Field Captain;
  • Membership Secretary;
  • Communications Secretary;
  • Statistics Secretary;
  • Events Secretary;
  • Committee Member without portfolio (3 posts available).

Steve Hillier:

* Note that Associate Members cannot vote nor stand for the first three listed posts but apart from that your participation at the AGM and across the year is welcome.

Roderick Hoffman

Volunteers - now and future

Thank you to everyone who helped with today's BUPA 10,000.  The club really benefits from our contributions to these events.

The next volunteering opportunity is for the Concorde Five Mile Road Race on the morning of Sunday 14th June.  Please let me know if you are able to volunteer to help that morning - the event is in and around Heston and Harlington and is from 10:30 to 11:30 so you can plan what else to do that day (perhaps running in the Maidenhead Relay Marathon!).  The more volunteers I get the better the event will go AND the more marshals we can release to run in the event and get a result for the club in our own race. So therefore let me know if you are prepared to marshal but would prefer to run. If you are already intending to run then consider recruiting family members to marshal and cheer you on on the way.

Roderick Hoffman

Subsequent volunteering request will include:

  • Thursday 9th July    Great City Race    Bank tube from 17:30    Simon Turton
  • Thursday 16th July    BA Charity Fun Run    Harmondsworth/Waterside    Roderick Hoffman
  • Sat/Sun 1st/2nd August    Ride London Cycle ride    London    Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 23rd May 2015

23rd May 2015 Family & Friends Time parkrun Comment Grade
Bill Byrne 19:58 Gunnersbury run #86 77%
Piers Keenleyside 23:18 Gunnersbury 68%
Steve Taylor 24:02 Gunnersbury 62%
Claire Byrne 25:30 Gunnersbury run #50 67%
Alan Anderson 28:39 Gunnersbury age cat rec, MV80-84 73%
Roderick Hoffman 28:39 Gunnersbury run #156 53%
Marion Taylor 29:22 Gunnersbury run #35 58%
Steve Newell 31:27 Gunnersbury run #179 57%
Dave Dixon 18:37 Castle Demense 1st finisher, age cat rec (MV50) 79%
Scott Davison 23:49 Bedfont Lakes run #117 59%
Neil Frediani 25:58 Bedfont Lakes run #116 61%
Matt Gardner 22:08 Forest Rec course pb, BApark #171 58%
Denis Foxley 24:52 Harrow pb, club course record 68%
Chris Kelly 22:44 Reading run #238 64%
Gareth Hobby 25:06 Reading run #14 55%
John Bagley 24:17 Reigate run #8 59%
Ben Chaytow 28:21 Riddlesdown park #7 47%
Sreeram Sethuraman 24:57 Upton Court pb, run #47 53%
Alan Friar 26:53 Woodley run #160 66%
Tony Barnwell 31:15 Wycombe Rye run #80 59%
Benita Scaife volunteer Maidenhead scanner
John Scaife volunteer Maidenhead finish tokens
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury lead bike
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking

This was a weekend that went to plan at Gunnersbury where Alan Anderson not only became the first 80 year old runner to complete the parkrun there but he did so in style with his best time of the year (28:39) and eclipsing Derek Brion's 29:47 club mark at Bushy in 2007 by quite a margin.  With Joe Nolan not available the pacing duties had fallen to Roderick Hoffman.  Celebrations including a birthday cake at the finish line and also in the cafe later - though only after Alan had cycled back round the course collecting the markers that he had also diligently placed out before the run. The final drama demonstrated that Alan is a lot better at running than tying knots - his "80" helium balloon which was tethered to his bike as he set off to cycle back up the hill to Osterley broke loose and sailed upwards towards an A380 gliding overhead towards Heathrow.  Mercifully the alert crew were able to take avoiding action and land safely.  It is difficult to put Alan's achievement into context as so few local parkruns have any holders of MV80 records but the 28:02 run twice by Ray Dare over the flat course at Bushy in the summer of 2009 will doubtless be the target on Christmas Day!

Alan Anderson 80th birthday parkrun photograph

The lead story for most weeks would surely have been the astounding victory by a full two minutes by Dave Dixon making his debut at a parkrun in the Republic of Ireland.  His winning time at Castle Demense (to the west of Cork) was 18:37 and he now holds the MV50 record there.  Dave had previously only run at Finsbury Park where his pb is 18:01.  Dave's run at Castle Demense was one of two new parkruns visited by the club this weekend - the other was Forest Rec (in Nottingham) where one of our newest members, Matt Gardner based at Gatwick, ran a pb of 22:08.  With the runs in Ireland not starting until 9.30 Forest Rec becomes park no 171 and Castle Demense 172.

Also on tour this weekend, Ben Chaytow improved the club's best time at Riddlesdown to 28:21.  After patiently waiting ten years for a parkrun to start on his doorstep, Denis Foxley is now one of a handful of runners with a 100% appearance record at Harrow.  He has now lowered the club record to 24:52.

Former member Claire Byrne was one of those at Gunnersbury and had something of her own to celebrate as she completed her 50th parkrun.  Others likely to reach a significant milestone by midsummer include Sreeram Sethuraman, a regular at Upton Court and now on 47 runs and Tony Hird (Gunpowder) on 97.  Chris Kelly could earn his 250 vest by the end of August and we'll warn you in good time about when to plan your trip over to Reading to join him on a victory lap!

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

"It's not a race it's a run" - nevertheless it is good to be the first person across the finish line - or to know the person who is first.  Dave Dixon isn't the first family member to achieve a first finish - Jeremy Short has finished first at Osterley and Crane Park (twice), Gary Rushmer once at Bedfont, Adrian Haines five times at Tilgate and also at Brighton & Hove and Paul Knechtl once at the birthplace of parkrun Bushy.  First gender finishing ladies include Julie Barclay at Bedfont, Natalie Ruffell at six different venues and Katherine Stather who is unbeaten at both of her parkruns at Bushy.

Roderick Hoffman

I highly recommend Forest Rec to anyone who finds themselves in Nottingham on a Saturday morning. It's two laps of a really quite hilly course so my times there are always around a minute slower than at flat Fulham Palace.

Matthew Gardner

Crane Park CIE 20th May Report

On Wednesday evening the CIE for May was a relay around Crane Park used for the Saturday parkrun.  On Alan Anderson’s 80th Birthday that day, in parkrun tradition, he cycled to the park, rode round a couple of times, ran the relay, cycled back home, with a chorus of Happy Birthday from all of us.

The relay started at the bench by the play area and after 1 complete lap handed over to the next runner and so on. One lap was measured at 1.84 miles or 2.96 K around the park.

Lead bike for Gary, Colin and Simon (but sadly not for Alan Friar) – Neil Frediani.

3 teams competed in the relay with Gary & Colin running 2 laps for their team.

1st Gary Rushmer & Alan Anderson 41.16 (Gary 11.45 & 11.58 – Alan  17.33)
2nd Colin Haylock & Steve Newell 42.06 (Colin 11.38 & 11.56 – Steve 18.34)
3rd Simon Turton, Alan Friar & Rod Hoffman 45.00 (Simon 12.39 – Alan 17.06 – Rod 15.15)

Crane Park CIE May 2015

Afterwards we went to the Admiral Nelson in Whitton High Street for some food and a pint, nice wind down to the evening.

This one is firmly on the calendar for next year.

Eddie Giles (Race organiser & time keeper)

Running Shorts

Subject: Mencap

To all those running enthusiasts out there!

I was wondering if you would be able to help spread the word about available charity places to fundraise for Mencap at the Royal Parks Half Marathon this year.  Mencap is a registered charity that works in partnership with people with a learning disability, all our services support people to live life as they choose.

The race takes place on Sunday 11 October 2015, where the stunning 13.1 mile route will take you past the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads – Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall – and through four of London’s Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 

For more details and to register you can visit here

All #Teammencap runners will experience fantastic support both before and after the event.  You will also receive a lovely Mencap running vest, training guidelines to suit your level or experience and a fundraising pack with hints and tips on getting the most from your sponsors.
Let me know if this is of any interest to anybody as we would love to have you running to support Mencap.

Kind regards,

Jane McGoldrick []

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