BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th November 2018
Saturday 1st December Club Featured parkrun at Fulham Palace at 09:00 #.
Sunday 2nd December - Run of the Month the Perivale Five #.
perivale_5 but note that this event is already sold-out. It may be
possible to get a late entry as a club favour but you might have to offer
to transport the club clock to or from the event to earn this!
Thursday 6th December Bath Road Dream Mile (with Christmas treats) and/or
Retired Runners' Lunch
New members and potential 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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
Last updated: First week of October.
* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
(parkrun details updated 2nd week of October) /
# Club Points event.
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If you want to use the changing rooms at the Bedfont Club THIS WEDNESDAY
(28th November) please contact Steve Newell in advance since he has the keys and
probably won't attend if no one else plans to. >>>
Winter Five-Mile Handicap at the Bedfont
Club - second run 21st November #
A seriously chilly moonlit evening with an easterly breeze greeted a
bigger turnout than previously at Bedfont. Some runners are now
getting familiar with the course although newcomers are still encountering
navigational difficulties. A bigger map for first timers will be
available next time.
Maarten Stenham (36:40) and Simon Turton (38:12) are showing speed and
consistency and top the league table after two runs.
Paul Davis set off
last and very fast but went off course and didn't complete. Thanks to
Kelly Davis for helping with the timekeeping on this occasion.
|Lydia Bennett (F)
|Benita Scaife (F)
The next run is Wednesday 12th December from 6 p.m. again with starts
staggered to produce a good chase up Hatton Road in the minutes leading up
to 7 p.m.
Midweek football matches are usually played on Tuesdays but Bedfont was
busier than usual for a Wednesday as this week was the first round of the
Middlesex FA Premier Cup with ground sharers Bedfont & Feltham FC and
British Airways (Saturday) FC both being drawn at home. Bedfont played
on Tuesday and won after extra time. British Airways played on
Wednesday and lost to Enfield Borough 5-1 in 90 minutes. Sharing the
changing room worked out amicably (I just hope we left enough hot water for
our fellow club team). As the season progresses there is a diminishing
possibility that this could happen again.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 24th November 2018
||22nd Nov - Thanksgiving Day special event *
||1st run at Depot, 2nd in age category
||1st run at Brooklands, age category record
||1st run at Brooklands, age category record
||1st run at Brooklands, 2nd in age category
||1st run at Brooklands, 5th in age category
||run#2 at Brooklands (pb), 6th in age category
||1st run at Brooklands, 4th in age category
||former member, 2nd in age category
||148th run at Bedfont, 1st in age category
||1st run at Dinton Pastures, age cat record
||run #1 at Gladstone, park #81, club record, agecat-1
||134th run at Gunnersbury, 1st in age category
||tail walker & course clear up
||30th run at Hazelwood, 1st in age category
||317th run at Reading, 1st in age category
||280th run at Bedfont, 2nd in age category
||194th run at Bedfont, 2nd in age category
||1st run at Henley, 2nd in age category
||9th run at Osterley, 2nd in age category
||14th run at Cirencester, 3rd in age category
||99th run at Harrow , 3rd in age category
||103rd run at Harrow, 3rd in age category
||1st run at Medina, 3rd in age category
||70th run at Northala, 3rd in age category
||212th run at Bedfont, 6th in age category
||89th run at Bedfont, 5th in age category
||27' pacer, 13th in age category
||239th run at Bedfont, 12th in age category
||1st run at Medina, 8th in age category
||first run in Tasmania, 4th in age category
||35th run at Richmond, 7th in age category
||"1st" run at Stratford, 5th in age category
||1st run at Stratford, 5th in age category
David Duggan is now odd-on favourite to be the first member to reach 50 runs
this year as he was in Florida this week and ran at Clermont Waterfront (28:05)
on Thanksgiving Day, rested up on Black Friday and then arrived at Depot Park in
Gainsville (BApark #456) in time for the 7.30 a.m. start on Saturday. He
is now on 48 runs, two ahead of Alan Anderson.
Our Woking based group went mobhanded to Brooklands parkrun week#2 watched
over by coach Tom Rowley who reports it is an excellent course for spectators
even in horrible weather! Kay Trinder (21:04) set a new (all genders) club
record and an age category record. Julie Barclay (22:16) also set an age
category record. Ian Cunningham (22:34) set a new male club record.
Alice Banks (26:37) went to Dinton Pastures for the first time and set a new
age category record and club female record. Richard Ruffell (21:30) went
to Gladstone Park (Dollis Hill), was first in his age category and set a new
club record. He has now visited 81 different parks.
Before this weekend, Simon Turton’s parkrun career had been confined to four
appearances in the immediate afterglow of the 2012 Olympics. Well he is
back with an intrepid visit (24:18) to the far from easy course at
Henley-on-Thames and promises he won’t let six years clock by before he runs
again. Perhaps some of our other slumbering giants could take some
inspiration from this.
Roderick Hoffman (29:17) has moved on to Tasmania and Queens Domain parkrun
by the Botanical Gardens in northern Hobart. Not quite as far as New
Zealand but one of the furthest flung parkruns nevertheless.
Updated parkrun stats -
club parkrun stats
Club Featured parkrun - Saturday 1st December Fulham Palace
Next Saturday we have a club featured parkrun at Fulham Palace.
Essentially three fast flat tarmac laps with a chicane and one very
sharp corner to negotiate. The nearest underground stations are at
Hammersmith and the South Western Railway serves Putney (but check for
strikes and weekend engineering before travelling -
Several bus routes go near Putney Bridge. Car parking is available
for a fee in streets near Bishops Park but is free on Saturdays in the
area between Fulham Palace Road and the river opposite Charing Cross
Hospital to the north of Crabtree Lane (a useful warm-up jog away).
There are toilets near the start and a good café close to the finish.
* Bonus parkruns...
For those addicted to parkrun it is possible to do more than 52 parkruns over
the calendar year. Most of us know about Christmas Day and the New Year
double possibility but in fact each parkrun country is able to nominate one
special day per year for its bonus parkrun - in the UK the bonus parkrun is on
Christmas Day but in the States it is on Thanksgiving Day, enabling David to
count two parkruns this last week. The following is a list of all of the
possible days next year on which somewhere in the world there may be a bonus
parkrun. It is still up to each individual parkrun to decide whether or
not to operate on their country's bonus day.
- Tue 2019-01-01 New Year's Day
- Tue 2019-01-01 New Year's Day permitted second run
- Mon 2019-01-07 Orthodox Christmas (special day for Russia)
- Tue 2019-02-05 Chinese New Year (Singapore)
- Thu 2019-06-06 National Day of Sweden (Sweden)
- Mon 2019-07-01 Canada Day (Canada)
- Mon 2019-09-16 Malaysia Day (Malaysia)
- Thu 2019-11-28 Thanksgiving (USA)
- Tue 2019-12-24 Christmas Eve (Denmark, Finland, Norway)
- Wed 2019-12-25 Christmas Day (Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, New
Zealand, South Africa, UK)
- Thu 2019-12-26 Boxing Day (Germany, Poland)
Note that New Year's Day is the only day that parkrun will
permit you to record two runs. Whilst it could be possible for you to
record two finishes on the same day across different countries or with different
start times parkrun have now said that they will enforce the
deletion of your second time. This is on safety and insurance reasons -
parkrun do not want to be seen condoning people dashing between
parkruns other than on New Year's Day when the roads are quiet. In the
past there has been a Danish Double allowed, and I've done a Polish Double, but
these are not expected in future.
If you're a regular parkrunner you'll notice a name this week you
haven't seen for a while.... mine! It's become evident that since the
reduction in frequency of Wednesday evening club runs my speed has
decreased and it can't all be age related. So in conjunction with track
training on Monday at Uxbridge (all welcome) and the establishing of the
Club's new base at Bedfont, I thought a parkrun a month might help. Why
Henley? it's one of the closest runs to home and I liked the idea of a
pure XC course; albeit I wasn't expecting the hill to be so brutal
(twice!). It certainly helped clear away the cobwebs and gave me a base
to build on. Incidentally, first parkrun in six years, to the day; pure
Regards, Simon Turton
I visited the Brooklands parkrun on Saturday for the first time.
As a spectator - excellent as you can see the runners over 50% of the
course plus they pass closely 4 times. Parking within 100m of the
start/finish. Owing to the weather I did not check toilets/cafe.
A couple of our lads ran while their wives went shopping in Marks and
Spencer and Tesco 200m away.
Chatted to Ian/Janet Cunningham who both enjoyed the course and did
not let the drizzle spoil their run and like Julie/Paul/Kay all first
timers. Michael Ball having his second outing ran a PB. 18 Woking
Athletic Club members gave Woking a miss, many for the second time;
general opinion of course is many “LIKES”.
Kay and Julie took over their age group course rec.
Next event for Julie/Paul Saturday 8th
December, Osterley Park 10k. May see other BA members there.
...Retired runners' lunch
The annual retired runners' lunch will be held at the familiar venue of the
Fullers pub, One-over-the-Ait at Kew Bridge (Middlesex side) from 1 p.m. on
Thursday 6th December. If you haven't already confirmed with Steve Newell that
you plan to attend please do so during the coming week. No deposit
...KLM beach run (December 15th)
Last call for me to arrange dinner tickets for this event - I'm currently
getting tickets for myself, Gareth Snook and Tim Bellars. Anyone else who
intends to join us for the run and/or dinner please let me know soon. See
the previous digest for full information on the event:
The location of the beach/dune run is Langevelderslag www.nederzandt.nl
+/- 20 km south west of Schiphol airport. The race distances are 6km and
10km. The start of our event is at 15:00 for the 6km and 15:10 for the
10km (14:30 children's run). The course goes north following a
winding footpath through the dunes before returning along the beach. The
6km runners finish after one lap; the 10km runners will run an
additional smaller loop. There are awards for male seniors and
masters, female seniors and masters on both distances and every finisher
will receive a special KLM Road Runners souvenir. All runners take part
in a free lottery with many fine prizes. The award ceremony starts at
A free bus service will be
available. It will pick-up runners from Schiphol airport (AMS) at 13:30.
We will also take care of transport back to the airport. The bus will
return at 17:30 to Schiphol airport.
If you want to join us for our run on the beach and dunes than please
sign up via
https://klmrri.nl/site/informatie/entry-forms/. Participating in the
race for invited airline runners and family is
After the Race we continue with a buffet BBQ dinner and if you decide
to stay for this dinner you can sign up also via
costs are €29.50 for the buffet dinner per person. (Children under 13
are € 9.75).
- Dear Ed. Today (23Nov) I extended my XC to incorporate more difficult
terrain and more mud of course! Time=39:58. Quite pleased, Andy Rayner.
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