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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th February 2017
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The 2016 Awards evening was most successful. This was despite a number of absences due to illness and vacations including apologies received from Brian Forrester, Helen Smith, Deby Helsden and Christine Munden.
Despite the absences there were still 33 club members present. The club provided food through a delivery of Pizzas and "non-cheese" alternatives. Steve Hillier had guessed how many would be needed - and got the right number remarkably accurately - give that man an award…
Steve Newell started the evening by presenting the prizes for the winners of the Equinox 5k run last year. Tom Rowley then spoke to thank everyone in the club for our attendance at his 90th birthday parkrun in January.
The first award of the evening was the Chairman's Award, presented by the Chairman, or this year the acting chairman Roderick Hoffman, to the club member who has made the greatest contribution to the club. There was an obvious candidate this year and Brian agreed with the proposal. So this year's recipient is La La Land, no sorry, wrong envelope, Steve Hillier. Steve's formal role as club secretary involves him administrating the club committee meetings and evenings like the awards evening. However Steve also handles most communications between the club and many other bodies including…
John Williams, the club president, presented the remaining awards as follows:
The winner of the Brian Forrester 10K Trophy this year is a "young lad" who continues to show great promise. He remains one of the most successful 10K runners this club has ever fielded, and highlighted his abilities with an impressive 36 minute run at WARR in the autumn. He finished third overall in that race, and unlike in 2015, he managed to complete the event without breaking his ankle. The award goes to Paul Knechtl.
The Alamo Trophy is presented each year to the team member with the most notable achievement at WARR, not necessarily involving running. This year's winner was so by a unanimous decision by the committee. It is being presented to a club associate who ran his first ever WARR race for the team in Chicago this year. At 89 years of age he was the oldest man in the field as he ran round the 5k course to finish in a time of 54:26 - and notably ahead of 56 other finishers. The year's Alamo trophy winner had to be Tom Rowley.
The Round The Block Trophy can be captured by devising, marshalling and taking part in BA events throughout the year. The more you compete, plan or marshal, the more points you earn. There was tight competition this year, with Trish McCabe a regular competitor for the ladies at CIEs. Roderick and Steve Newell came close, representing the club regularly and organising Wednesday events. They tied for second place. The overall winner of the Round The Block trophy for the year is Steve Hillier.
To be continued...
The next couple of digests
I'm away in the States for two weeks. I expect to publish the next couple of digests more or less to schedule BUT I will struggle to have the time or Wi-Fi capability to do much research for them. SO please send me your results and stories in as complete a state as possible - by 9pm UK time each Monday. If next Tuesday morning your in-tray has a blank email in it then don't blame other people.
Veterans League Track&Field Fixtures
Four dates for your diaries Steve Hillier will provide more details in a future week - including the qualifications needed to be a member of the team (likely to be positive answers to the following two questions - are you 35 or over? Would you like to run, throw or jump?).
Club parkrun results for Saturday 25th February
Firstly a little catch-up from last week when results from Fulham Palace were released later than all the rest and didn't catch the reporter's eye until after the digest had gone to press. Five of our Bedfont Lakes regulars (Ian and Caroline Cockram, Trish McCabe, David Duggan and John Lennon) went on tour to Bishops Park and were caught on camera. Visit the Fulham Palace parkrun website and check the news item for 18th February. This week they were all back at Bedfont.
Our best result this week was achieved by John Taylor (20:17) at Durham to establish a new club course record. He was 13th across the finish line out of a field of 349 which included Marion Woodhouse (34:00) making her appearance at a parkrun anywhere since 2014.
Our Reading regulars went their separate ways this week. Chris Kelly (21:11) followed the main herd to the alternative winter course at nearby Dinton Pastures while Alan Friar(28:04) chose to run at his favourite alternate at Woodley where the attendance of 355 was close to the record of 387.
Piers Keenleyside (24:16) visited Bicester for the first time ahead of yet another marathon the following day. He is making a habit of using a parkrun as a warmup for something longer the next day. It will be interesting to see how many of our London Marathon runners make an appearance in the Spring Sunshine/April showers on 22nd April.
Thorpe Park Half Marathon 26th Feb - Results
3009 finishers. No report submitted.
Cambridge Boundary Run 26th February
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