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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th September 2017
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October Evening Events
With Heston Venue closing at the end of the month this is a look ahead to where we'll be on Wednesday evenings in October. Please support Wednesday's visit to Hayes and these events if you can:
Cross Country Fixture Details for Saturday, 14th October 2017
Ladies: Priory Park, Reigate, start time 13:00.
Men: Wimbledon Common, start time 14:00
Equinox 5km Wednesday 20th September - results
A dry, cool, calm and dull evening greeted the runners who assembled at the start line for the 2017 edition of the annual Equinox 5km. The course included stretches of the A312 cycle track and visited Cranford Park (North), Cranford Park and Avenue Park.
The field included two guests from Hayes and Harlington Runners - there being possible opportunities to join forces occasionally in the future.
Chris Kelly was quickest finishing half a minute clear of Mark Taylor with Simon Turton third. Joe Nolan appeared for his first completive run at Heston this year and achieved his best 5km time so far this season. Trish McCabe was the first woman to reach the finish followed by Annette Sissons and Christine Munden who was unfamiliar with the course.
Thanks to marshals Harry Wild, Graham Taylor and Paddy O'Shea, and Alan Anderson for assisting with timekeeping.
The runners enjoyed an evening meal in the Queen's Head afterwards.
Grand Prix 400
Monday 18th saw the latest episode in this summer's Track and Field Grand Prix competition. Simon, Tony and Steve undertook a careful warm up, followed by a one lap burn up, to chase this year's 400m crown.
We followed this up with an interval session. Runner 1 carried the baton 300m at a brisk pace, handed over to Runner 2, and jogged/walked 200m to the opposite side of the track. Magically, Runner 3 arrived seconds later carrying the same baton. It seemed to work, so we carried on until everyone had completed four cycles. A gentle warm down followed in the opposite direction round the track.
If you want to come and join us at Uxbridge for a future GP, or a wacky training session, let me know.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 23rd September
With WARR in Singapore now only two weeks away two of our runners who would normally be up near the front of one or even both of the races were having a serious workout this week and appear to be in excellent form. Adrian Haines (18:03, 81.72%) was 2nd over the line and his age grade score was not only the best of the day at Tilgate but the best he has ever achieved there. He is now up to 4th in the all-time list in the VM50 group at Tilgate. Over at Bushy Park, which all the historical evidence would suggest is a slightly faster course, Paul Knechtl (17:43, 81.31%) was first in his VM45 age-group and 9th overall out of a field of 1168. His best time in the VM45 group at Bushy is 17:18 which puts him 23rd out of a staggering 3,415 amassed over the 13 years. Ed: Sadly Paul won't be attending WARR this year - poor excuse, "no longer employed by the airline", which isn't stopping me from attending.
Our tourists were well spread out round the globe again appearing in parkruns in three different countries. Richard Ruffell (21:40) was first out of the blocks at Erddig Hall in North Wales. The parkrun there was established in 2016 and regularly attracts at least 200 runners. Benita (30:59) and John Scaife (32:00) were in Knocknacarra in County Galway. The prison ship waiting in the bay provides a link to their favourite parkrun area in the hinterland of Botany Bay. Much further west and later in the day Jonathan Cox (23:45) was at Richmond Olympic parkrun in Vancouver which is one of those parkruns within sound of an international airport. The course is an out-and-back along the banks of the Fraser River. The club total of different parkruns has moved on top 365. The most recent 100 has been amassed over about 15 months.
Others were trying out new runs – Joe Nolan (26:34) enjoyed his best run so far this year at Rickmansworth where the less popular three lap course was in use. The parkrun will revert to the two lap version as soon as various works have been completed. Roderick Hoffman (27:34) was at something of a tourist rally at Heartwood Forest in Hertfordshire taking his tally to 206 which just keeps him in the worldwide top 20. Alice Banks (25:25) establish a club record(F) at Bicester.
First result of the day was by Roderick's other sister, Charlotte Habgood, running her first parkrun in 18 months at Diamond Creek (Melbourne) in the same week she committed to run at WARR in Singapore in two weeks' time. Perhaps those two facts are related.
Looking ahead to our next featured parkrun on 21st October at Nonsuch, Ian Cunningham, as our member with the most experience there, has agreed to provide any advice. Those who have club vests should consider wearing them but of course any parkrun t-shirt is perfectly ok. This week there were 581 runners/walkers with times ranging between 17:02 and 51:30 (mail: Ian Cunningham).
Steve Newell (who is this Steve and how did he get into parkrun? - see http://www.leedsbuildingsociety.co.uk/communities/parkrun/case-study-stephan-n.html)
Bad news at Wythall parkrun, just south of Birmingham. The inaugural on 16 September was attended by 354 including large numbers from nearby Midlands parkruns and a handful of uber-tourists. The event held was successful and results were published, but the numbers there, and/or the number of cars taken to the area, proved too much for the park and the parkrun has been suspended. Hopefully this will only be for a few weeks and then the parkrun will return with new visiting/parking arrangements and fewer non-locals. parkrun tourism is considered good for parkrun, but please only attend inaugural events if you have a specific association with a new parkrun or if you know that the parkrun is not vulnerable to large numbers (for instance very few non-locals made their way far west for the inaugural Haverfordwest parkrun last Saturday).
And better news to finish with - parkrun Finland will start on October 14th at Tampere - see http://www.parkrun.fi/tampere/ for details. ALL TOURISTS WILL BE MADE VERY WELCOME!
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor, Roderick Hoffman, at email@example.com.