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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th October 2015


  • Wednesday 28th October - Winter Handicap race one (mapped*)
  • Club "Run of the Month" - Thursday 5th November - Magic Mile on the Bath Road (mapped*)
  • Saturday 7th November - Surrey League Cross Country match 2 - Ladies @ West End, Esher at 12:00, Men @ Epsom Downs at 15:00.

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World Airline Road Race 2015 Dubai

The British Airways Team at this event totaled 15 runners. The full results have only been published in draft AND there is known to be a significant issue with the 10k results which will be sorted out and will involve changes to the awards presented on the night and listed below.

But the awards as presented were as follows:

10k Overall 3rd Paul Knechtl
  35-39 2nd Lissa Prichard
  45-49 3rd Monica Alonso
  50-54 1st Julie Barclay
  60-64 2nd Beneta Scaife
  Over 70 1st Steve Newell
5k Masters 2nd Paul Knechtl

And Piers Keenleyside won the award's evening raffle prize of a ticket in the monthly Dubai Duty Free draw.  With over 1,000 tickets available this may not be worth anything...but if he shortly announces that he is swapping ultra-running for sports car racing you'll know that he was doubly lucky.

2015 WARR winners

With the exception of the 10k results issue the event itself went very well. More details, pictures and results next week.

Next year's WARR is expected to be held in Chicago on the weekend of 24/25 September and the following year, 2017, the races will be in Singapore probably over the 7th/8th October weekend. 

Roderick Hoffman

Surrey League Cross Country Saturday 7th November

Ladies XC Start

A reminder that the next two events in this season's Cross Country League fixtures are coming up a week on Saturday:

  • Men: Epsom Downs from 15:00. Contact Neil Frediani for further details [details not available for Club Map].
  • Ladies: West End, Esher from 12:00. Contact Clara to let her know to expect you (she will be delighted).

Hi Ladies,

 Here are the details of the 2nd match of the season. I'll try and get the BA AC flag for this meet. However, if you don't see the BA Athletics Club flag, look out for the blue picnic table!   Please note the information from the host club below, and see as many of you as possible at the meet. Anyone not running for whatever reasons are welcome as supporters. And anyone needing a lift please let me know in advance and I'll make some arrangements.

 Clara (my mobile: 07833 433 211).

"The next league fixture will take place on Saturday 7th November on our usual course at West End Common, Esher.   A map showing directions to the course is attached {see club map}. Each race will start with a lap of the field.  

Unfortunately Garson's Farm think they will be too busy on the day to allow us to use their overflow car park which we have done in the past. There are a few small car parks around the common which are marked on the {club} map. There are few parking restrictions on the surrounding roads but please park carefully and with consideration for local residents. Please try to share cars where possible.

The nearest railway station is Esher. The station is just over 3 km from the course, but the 515 bus (Kingston to Guildford) goes from the station to Claremont Gardens, about 500 to 600m from the start. On Saturdays the bus leaves Esher station at 29 mins past the hour and takes 10 mins to get to Claremont.  

The course is a traditional cross country course with a few hills and the potential to be very muddy in places if there is much rain between now and race day, it is very suitable for spikes.   There are no changing or toilet facilities at the venue so please come prepared."

 Liz Amos, Walton AC

Run of the Month for December - Perivale Five from 10:00 on Sunday 6th

The Race Director Laurence Messer has emailed me to say that he is looking forward to welcoming BA Runners at this year's Perivale Five.  I won't be there myself this year but we normally have half a dozen runners at the event with half of them called Steve (Taylor, Hillier and Newell). The event has a fast, flat two lap course and could be a good five mile run to do before the club's five mile handicap run the following Wednesday.  There is also an under 15s 2km fun run at 11:15. The event starts and finishes at the Perivale Park Athletics Track - see club map. More details and entries:

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 24th October 2015

24th Oct 2015

Family, Friends,+





parkrun runs

Ian Cunningham 25:45 Bushy Park 59% 595 from 1st parkrun
Caroline Cockram 27:21 Bedfont Lakes 59% 330
Ian Cockram 27:21 Bedfont Lakes 53% 330
Scott Davison 23:07 Bedfont Lakes run #134 61% 330
David Duggan 29:44 Bedfont Lakes run #118, best for a while 52% 330
Neil Frediani 24:29 Bedfont Lakes run #128 64% 330
Alan Friar 26:06 Reading 124th run at Reading 68% 302
Alice Banks 25:47 Braunstone 1st run at Braunstone, club course record 73% 262
Alan Anderson 30:31 Gunnersbury run #381 69% 205
Kerstin Luksch 20:52 Gunnersbury yet another pb on 156th Gunnersbury run 72% 205
Ben Chaytow 21:40 Crane Park 91st run at Crane Park 63% 179
John Coffey 25:53 Guildford 4th run at Guildford 71% 179
Janet Smith 32:22 Woodley course pb, a month faster than in March 52% 161
Sreeram Sethuraman 26:17 Upton Court run #63 50% 149
Denis Foxley 25:35 Carlisle BA park #201 66% 142
Don Foxley 31:52 Carlisle first ever parkrun, age 75+ 59% 142
John Bagley 24:52 Reigate Priory run #10. all at Reigate 58% 83
Marion Taylor 30:05 Northala Fields run #42 56% 71
Steve Taylor 23:33 Northala Fields run #43 64% 71
Kevin Holland 27:59 Woking only 2 secs off a pb ! 61% 61
Joan Foxley 33:32 Harrow 62% 25
Eddie Giles 25:40 Jersey BA park #202 66% 5
Chris Kelly 28:03 Swansea Bay inaugural, BA park #203 53% 1 Inaugural

Several of the regular parkrunners were at WARR in Dubai this weekend but there was still plenty of action.

No fewer than three new parkrun courses were added to the club list on Saturday.  Assuming the runs started on time it fell to Denis Foxley (25:35) to start us on our way to a third century when he completed the course at Carlisle.  He had persuaded his elder brother Don who used to run with us a couple of decades ago to make his parkrun debut (31:52).  He is already in the V75-79 category so let's just call him a late starter.  Joan Foxley (33:32) kept the London end of the family represented with another run at Harrow.

Just five seconds later than Denis, we had Eddie Giles (25:40) crossing the line at the recently introduced Jersey parkrun making it 202 and then to surprise everyone including himself Chris Kelly (28:03) joined in the inaugural parkrun at Swansea Bay in spite of nursing an injury.

Alice Banks (25:47) visited Braunstone parkrun for the first time and set a new club record (male of female).

Good to see David Duggan (29:44) getting round Bedfont Lakes at more like his normal pace this week.  His best time in three months.

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

"Was visiting my daughter at Swansea Uni. this weekend, and I knew there was no parkrun - until the last time I checked - and saw that Swansea Bay parkrun was starting on Saturday! Couldn't persuade my daughter to run, and I'm recovering from a calf strain, but still, I had to do it. It's an out and back course, on the bikepath and footpath along the Beach front, with good views of the Bay, and a nice loop at halfway to spread the field as it turns. Probably a fast course, if you're able. Good cafe at the start/finish for during or afters.


Chris Kelly

Club Tourism

I said last week that you don't have to go very far from Heston to find a parkrun the club hasn't done - perhaps Eddie, Chris and Denis didn't read that bit! Rushmere (starts next Saturday) and Brentwood each being a fraction of the distance away compared to Swansea, Jersey or Carlisle.

With Ian at Bushy, the oldest established parkrun, and Chris at an inaugural club members were at the oldest and youngest parkruns last week.

Roderick Hoffman

Meet the Committee - Chris Kelly - Treasurer

Chris Kelly

I joined the club when I started at BA in the late eighties, reading about Steve Newell’s Ironman exertions in awe, and the club's then challenge for members to run in 100 different countries, and always wanted to do a Marathon but didn’t. So when I re-joined the club in 2005, I wanted to do the London Marathon. As everyone finds out, it’s difficult - increasing the distance despite the inevitable injury grumbles – but since then I've become a regular Londoner - and eventually – after 8 years - managed a very satisfying sub-3, which I'd like to repeat...

In 2008 I was “offered” the exciting position of Treasurer, so now besides the joy of paying in London Marathon Marshalling cheques, and Members Subs, I get to spend some of my time trying to add up the ins and outs of the Club accounts to ensure we have enough funds to support club social evenings and subsidise our athletic adventures – either round the M25 (GBR) – or further afield (Dubai, Oregon)…

Chris Kelly

Running Shorts

Amsterdam marathon

Hello runners.

Following a few weeks of back ache at a crucial time of training, I decided to still head out for the Amsterdam marathon, but having an added confidence of recently breaking the 19 min park run.  Amsterdam is a great marathon in terms of the general logistics, course, organisation and a friendly culture. The weather was perfect, approximately 9 degrees with a slight drizzle that kept the engine cool.  I usually run negative splits and unfortunately should have stuck to this plan, as that’s what I’m comfortable with.  Anyway, time 3:23, so a PB, but still more work required to hit the sub 3:15.  Give me a shout if you are considering Amsterdam next year, I can give you all the info you need in terms of hotels, trains/trams, expo etc.    The only injury I picked up was after the event, a dislocated shoulder; this was caused by Mrs.H yanking at my arm to hurry up when I stopped on several occasions in a certain district to observe the culture!

Colin Haylock

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