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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th November 2013
New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.
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Handicap Run this Wednesday - Concorde Centre
The target is to finish the run at 19:00. Your start time will be determined by your previous result with a little rounding (or if you are a firsttimer your best guess for a 4.82 mile run). Watches should not be worn. The course is that of the Concorde Five as shown on the map here. The Handicap run is run clockwise and via Wentworth Road.
Club Featured parkrun Saturday 30th November Black Park for 09:00
Black Park course is one lap on firm, flat and wide tracks of compacted earth and gravel. It is very popular attracting about 400 runners every Saturday and is also one of the most scenic with a route through a pine tree forest. It is located near Pinewood Film Studios, frequently having filming sets – in recent weeks Cinderella has been filmed at a castle constructed between 3k & 4k …..maybe parkrunners will be seen in the background when it gets released !
Fast times can be expected with a course record of 15m 09s, however a time between 17-19m would take the victory laurels on some weeks ! (come on you fast guys !).
As the ‘crow flies’ Black Park is only about 8 miles from the Concorde Club. The only downside of this venue is that there is a car parking charge of £2.50, however there are some lay-bys on the A412 close to the 2k point that you can park for free….
Hope to see you on Saturday – I will arrange a team photo with the resident photographer so please get to the start line area by 8.50ish…and I’ll also give you a few course tips !
Retired Runners Lunch
parkrun Quiz answers
No one sent is a complete set of correct answers so I get to keep the £500 prize. Sorry - did I forget to mention the prize last week?
The answers are...
1 Gunpowder parkrun "Runs both east and west" (i.e. crosses the Greenwich Meridian). Note that Greenwich parkrun is run in a park 5k to the east of the meridian, it isn't even the closest parkrun to Greenwich - Hilly Fields lies just 1.5k to the West of the Meridian. After Gunpowder the next nearest to the Meridian is Walthamstow which runs to within 500metres of the line. But Gunpowder literally crosses the line - and to prove the point it has the start in the Western Hemisphere and the finish in the Eastern Hemesphere.
2 Aylesbury parkrun runs over a Civil War battlefield - that of Aylesbury Battle from 1642.
3 Bushy Park parkrun has had most different BA Club Family members run at it (30). Which has the next most? Bedfont Lakes has had 26 BA Club Family runners (next highest being Gunnersbury with 18).
4 Just one parkrun run at by BA Club family members starts with the letter "U". Which one? Upton Court - and 8 of us have run there (we also have run at just one parkrun starting with each of D, E, Q, T and V but with only one or two of us running at each).
5 I recently pointed out Paul Knechtl's consistency - so name either of the two BA parkrun family members who, according to the parkrun computer, have the largest variation between their fastest and slowest results? The two answers I was expecting were Dave Dixon or Richard Ruffell - depending on your interpretation of the word "variation". Dave has the greatest mathematical variation since he has only run two parkruns and has recorded times of 18:01 and 36:45 (due to a late arrival). Richard has the greatest absolute variation with a fastest time of 20:18 and a slowest (according to the parkrun computer) of 59:59. There may be others in the club with big variations - Piers for instance pointed out that he has done a number of 40 to 50 minute runs as tail runner at Gunnersbury - but I don't think he beats Dave and Richard on either of those two categories.
Club family parkrun results and stats for 23rd November 2013
Brian Bennett made a rare visit to Bedfont Lakes and ran the best age group
performance there (78%) and the best by any of our members anywhere this week.
After his pb at Bushy last week Neil Frediani was about ten minutes slower and
there must be explanation!
Christmas and New Year's day parkruns
If you have nothing better to do on these two days then consider running an extra parkrun or two. The following are local possibilities:
Christmas Day - all 9:00 start: Bushy park, Crane park, Guildford, Reading, Richmond and Woodley
New Years Day: Bushy park 9:00, Crane park 10:30, Guildford 10:00, Kingston 10:00, Richmond 9:00, St Albans 9:00, Woodley 10:30.
Or take advantage of quiet roads and do a parkrun further afield - the full list is here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/ . Check the start times carefully because they do vary - but note that you CAN do two counting parkruns on New Years Day!
I was wondering if anyone would be be interested in either/both 'extra'
team-style events next year:
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