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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th January 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • THIS TUESDAY LUNCHTIME 28th January - Round-the-Block - Concorde Centre start 12:30 (reminder below)
  • Wednesday 29th January - 5 Mile Handicap - Concorde Centre from 18:00
  • Saturday 8th February - Surrey Cross-Countries - Ladies Lloyd Park, Croydon 12:00 (details) / Men Newlands Corner, Guildford 15:00.

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

Big Events in 2014

  • 26th Feb BAAC Awards Evening - An opportunity for a pat on the back for everyone who did their best last year
  • 22nd March ASCA X-Country - Our own cross-country championships combined with the European Airline's annual cross-country event
  • 13th April London Marathon - over twenty runners and over 100 volunteers makes this our biggest participation event each year
  • 14th May Speedbird Ladies 5k - One just for the ladies and a chance for the male members of the club to help and encourage
  • 15th June Concorde Five Mile Road Race - annually the biggest event we host entirely ourselves
  • 25th June BAAC AGM - Your chance to influence the running of your running club
  • 24th July BA Fun Run - British Airway's biggest charity earning running event - only possible with our help
  • 4th October World Airline Road Race 2014 Dublin - The biggest annual inter-airline running event. This year to be hosted by Aer Lingus.

This isn't a definitive list of big events and even the smallest run can be the biggest event for one of our members - the full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

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Tuesday 28th January - The Traditional Round-the-Block race from the Concorde Centre

Anybody and everybody, members and non-members, friends and colleagues and strangers are all welcome to take part including mixed teams of four (timesaving team declaration sheet). This is a fun event and ALL levels of runners/joggers are welcomed.  Please pass this information on to anyone else who might be interested. 

As in past years the race is a single lap course of around 5k, around the Heston area. The start will be at around 12:30 and is a short walk from the Concorde Centre, so please leave enough time.  There is ample parking at the Concorde Club and the Concorde Club changing facilities are available for your use. Lifts can be offered from and back to Waterside and other locations.  There is a 1 per person entry fee which will be donated to the White Lodge Centre charity.

Paul Knechtl

Club family parkrun results 25th January - Gunpowder

Pos  parkrunner  Time  Cat  Grade  Gender  GPos  Club  Note  Runs 
1 ### 19:23 SM30-34 67.33% M 1    
43 Mike HIRD 24:56 JM14 58.16% M 37 New PB! 42
45 Roderick HOFFMAN 25:20 VM50-54 59.67% M 39 British Airways AC Record 4th run at a parkrun venue 92
84 Tracy HIRD 30:25 VW45-49 53.81% F 22 New PB! 35
85 Tony HIRD 30:26 VM45-49 48.08% M 63 British Airways AC PB stays at 00:23:49 53
93 Daniela MAYEROVA 31:49 SW25-29 46.52% F 28 British Airways AC First Timer! 1
107 ### 44:15 VW40-44 35.03% F 39    

A low turnout but we made up for this with records - Tony having damaged his knee during the week risked further injury by pacing his wife Tracy to a new PB whilst Roderick, for the first time running at the same parkrun venue for the fourth time, acted as a chaser for Tony's son Mike to knock a whole minute off his PB.  Meanwhile Daniela completed her first parkrun.

Tony, Daniela and Roderick after the Gunpowder parkrun.

The next club featured parkrun will be on 8th March at Stoke Park, Guildford.

Club Long Distance Relays

Richard Ruffell reports that this week the race organisers of the Round Norfolk Relay 2014 put a message on their web site that read... "Please be advised that following the recent resignation of the Race Director, Secretary and Facilities Coordinator and the earlier resignation of the Safety Officer, there is a strong possibility the event will NOT go ahead this year."

 If he hears anything more he will let us know, but clearly this is looking unlikely for 2014.

These relay events are great fun so it is a pity to miss one - so with that in mind please remember to notify if you are able to make the team for the Green Belt Relay over the weekend of 17th/18th May. Also there is the Endure24 on June 28/29 2014 at Reading - a 24hr team/individual relay trail race - Again let Chris know your interest.

Sunday 2nd March Berkhamsted Half and 5 miler.

Sunday 2nd March sees the usual running of the Berkhamsted half and the 5 mile run. As usual there is an open house invite to any runners or supporters to come back to The Ruffell's for a shower and lunch afterwards.
We are just 5 mins away from the start/finish, so an ideal point to drop off your bags before hand and then come back afterwards to recover. All I ask is anyone who intends to join us lets us know before hand so we know how many to cater for.


Richard Ruffell

London Marathon 2014 Training Update

 Details held on the website including:

  • Piers planning to run {only} 50 miles a week and cutting down on the Ultras in an effort to get under 3:26 {but see next item}.
  • Ian planning to do 3-4 fairly good session each week.
  • Joe needing a lie down after having read what Piers and Ian are planning.

2014 Resolution Update

Neil Frediani reports that he has achieved one of his running resolutions set at the start of the year - "90 miles done in January with a week to go. Normally I would get to this point by mid March. Next on the list is to try and get below 2hrs at the Wokingham half."

And Piers Keenleyside adds that he has just completed his running resolution by finishing the Marrakech Marathon in 3:15:59 ("my watch time - hope the official time is similar but bound to be sub 3:20!").

And from Richard Ruffell:

I can declare that during 2014 I hope to get to 50 park runs with 20 different venues, so far I am on track.

About a month ago Steve N with his amazing Parkrun stats alerted me to my run of consecutive different venues since the start of November, not something I had consciously planned, but just happened as I found myself in different places on a Saturday morning. Anyway, the run has continued and this morning I ran, or should I say plodded my way round a very wet Wycombe course. Probably a good course in the summer when the fields are dry but it was tough going through the mud and round the very slippery corners this morning and when I went past the first km marker in just under 5 mins I knew this was going to be a slow one.

This run has continued my tourist run to 13 consecutive different venues and has helped me towards my target of 20 different runs by the end of 2014. Now 13 would be a bad number to end the streak, so the question is where will I be next week? Anyone who cares and wants to guess let Roderick or me know and all will be revealed in Steve's write up next week. Not sure there will be a prize, but think of it is a Sherlock type challenge.  A few clues, it is one not yet run by BA, but if you see Roderick's map last week that does not narrow it down too much as there are over 154 of these. So to help a little further, I am going to Goodison Park that afternoon for a 3pm kick off. So where would be a good point to be at 9am? It would make sense to find a run that is close to the motorway I'll be on to avoid a large detour and far enough North to get me to the pub in time for a drink before the game.

Just in from our rowley reporter...

I travelled with Julie Barclay to Bedfont Park on Sat 25th as the Stoke Park saturated surface was not what we were looking for.  Although Bedfont was full of unavoidable puddles it was semi-firm.  I did give all 141 runners a cheer on both laps and as Scott Davidson, Robert Fleming and Ian White were among them they must have heard me.   Julie planned to go from the start and determined to ignore the puddles. She succeeded from the off and held the 1st lady position the whole race to finish in 1st lady.  Like most the conditions affected  their times:

Their PBs are in brackets:  Julie 19th in 22.24  (21.17); Scott was 37th in 24.12 (21.22); Robert 52nd in 25.56 (21.35):  Ian was 64th in 27.10 (25.18).

Nice one lads.


After the race I caught the next flight to Hampsted Heath for the S.of.E Champ's and of cause to watch Gary Rushmer and 986 other lads battle 9 miles of 2/3 inches thick MUD uphill.  The most beautiful view in the world and looking down onto London from the top of the Heath I saw Gary on the first lap from close up and was quite relaxed then on the second lap still holding his safety pace because it was so slippery and he finished the 9 miles in 74.48 with over 300 runners chasing him.

Well done Gary.   

Tom Rowley


Ian Haylock has generously donated four Ring Cyba-lite Sprints to the club.  These head torches are useful for night running. Graham Taylor is busy road testing the first example.  If you would like to try one out, they can be borrowed from the athletics store at the Concorde Club. If you want more details about what they do, you can see details under Ring RT5107. Steve Hillier

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