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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th October 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 29th October - The nights are drawing in - first 5 mile winter handicap of the season
  • Reminder - Thursday 30th October members forum at the Concorde/Heston clubhouse from 18:30.
  • Thursday 6th November - Magic Mile Bath Road 12:45
  • Wednesday 19th November - Advanced notice that it will be the annual athletics club winter quiz with no running required!

New members and non-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: Diary.shtml [updated last week].

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 Milocarian Cross-country 25th October Results

Hi all, on a glorious Saturday afternoon British Airways A/C were well represented at the tough Milocarian cross-country course on Saturday 25th October with a good turnout of 5 ladies & 7 men.

On the day BAAC finished 6th with Mark Taylor leading the team home with a fine run to finish in 17th place and Barry Walters being 2nd BA man home in 19th place. Nice to see Bernard Sexton run his first cross-country for the BAAC and for Mark Turner for turning up all the way from Chichester.

Well done also to our ladies for turning up in numbers (I wonder why?, maybe we should ask Debbie) who do not normally run 6 miles cross-country, specially on a course like this. Lissa was our First Lady home finishing 10th Lady in 45th place.  Running this race for a second year in a row (glutton for punishment) was Alice Banks finishing in 49th place. A special mention to Helen, who was only going to do one lap, as she's not run six miles for a while, then realized the whole course was one lap about 5 minutes before the start, but still finished.

Then the runners & their supporters then tucked into the post race tea & food which was as good if not better than last year.

Full results attached below.

Thank you all, Gary Rushmer

The Ladies team in good spirits [composite photo].

Milocarian Athletic Club - The Terry Lewins Trophy / RMA Sandhurst - 25th October 2014

Position Name Team Time
1 P Tedd Thames Hare & Hounds 30:55
17 M Taylor British Airways 38:37
18 D Cockerell (F) Thames Hare & Hounds 39:33
19 B Walters British Airways 40:12
23 B Sexton British Airways 41:08
31 G Rushmer British Airways 43:44
40 G Taylor British Airways 45:20
45 L Pritchard (F) British Airways 47:57
49 A Banks (F) British Airways 49:44
53 G Rushmer British Airways 51:25
54 M Turner British Airways 51:35
58 C Halket (F) British Airways 56:51
59 H Smith (F) British Airways 59:47
Position Team To Score (6) Total
1 Milocarian AC 'A' 3,5,6,8,12,28 62
2 Thames Hare & Hounds 1,2,10,16,18,20 67
3 Kingston & Poly 4,7,13,14,15,43 96
4 Sandhurst AC 9,21,24,26,32,35 147
5 Runnymede Runners 'A' 11,25,27,30,33,34 160
6 British Airways 17,19,23,31,40,45 175
7 Runnymede Runners 'B' 39,41,42,44,48,50 264

5M Handicap - Wednesday 29th October from 18:00

It's Autumn, oops the moderate climate almost had me confused, WINTER 5 mile handicap time again. A series of six, 5 mile runs with one per month from October through March, on the last Wednesday of the month (except December), based at the Concorde Centre Imperial College London Heston sport ground.  Each run earning points and adjusting handicaps leading to a winter series champion, and it has been known for prizes to be awarded.
A few tweaks to the Ďrulesí this year,

  • 1) Timing/measuring devices shall not be worn, the starter will request all timing devices and will keep them in a safe place until the end of the run when they will be returned, unless they are really valuable in which case they may be available on eBay shortly after.
  • 2) For each competitor the best FIVE month's points will count to the overall score - not all six.
  • 3) Handicap points will be 25 for nearest to handicap, then 22, then 20, 19, 18 down to 1.  If there are more than 22 runners then 1 point will be awarded to runners 23rd and after.
  • 4) Handicaps. For those who have run before then their best time from the previous season will be used. For new runners and those with a request prior to the start to adjust their handicap due to injury, illness etc. the organisers decision will be final, and will be based upon recent 5k, 5M or 10k times where available.
  • 5) Handicap adjustments. Start times and handicap times will revert to 30 second boundaries as used prior to last year, adjustments to the handicap time will be made if the run time is greater than 20 seconds faster than the handicap time then the handicap time will be reduced by 30 seconds, if the run time is slower than the handicap time by 20 seconds then the handicap time will be increased by 30 seconds.
  • 6) Results will be made available for the following week's News Digest.

Paul Brandon

WARR Results Correction

"Confirmed that Dave Dixon tied for fourth in the results.  The issue was caused by the lack of no hundredths being reported.  The Awards spreadsheet was looking for a 5th place finisher but there isnít one because they tied for fourth.  Once I added a hundredth of a second to his time (as they believe he was a step behind the fourth place guy {Paul Knechtl}) his name pops up in 5th.

Please let Dave know we have installed a fix for 2015


 Ron Maxwell

Club parkrun results for Saturday 25th October

25th Oct parkrunner time parkrun comment Grading
Piers Keenleyside 21:47 Gunnersbury run #79 72%
Kerstin Luksch 23:17 Gunnersbury pb 64%
Steve Taylor 24:11 Gunnersbury 3rd anniversary run 61%
Steve Newell 29:36 Gunnersbury 3rd anniversary run 60%
Alan Anderson 30:10 Gunnersbury 68%
Joe Nolan 27:34 Black Park voluntary 27:30 pacer 58%
Janet Smith 34:55 Black Park run #24 48%
Ian Cunningham 24:06 Bushy Park 62%
Roger Wiltshire 26:52 Bushy Park run #4 64%
Roderick Hoffman 25:55 Harcourt Hill park #93, BA park #136 59%
Chris Kelly 20:36 Reading 71%
Richard Ruffell 21:16 St Albans 71%
Sreeram Sethuraman 26:50 Upton Court pb 49%
Alan Friar 26:42 Woodley run #145 66%
Tony Barnwell 29:52 Wycombe Rye 128th/186 61%
Linda Winning 33:49 Llyn Llech Owain run #49 64%
Bob Winning 35:49 Llyn Llech Owain run #50 55%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper

The most popular venue for BA runners this weekend was Gunnersbury which was celebrating its third anniversary. Among the pioneers in 2011 were Steve Taylor and Steve Newell and both ran minutes faster this time than on that first run three years ago.  Before the run Kerstin Luksch was presented with the female points trophy for the second successive year and then stormed round for a new PB.  Alan Anderson was presented with a red sash for his support over the year (course build and clear-up almost every week) but it slowed him down!  Meanwhile Piers Keenleyside put in his last parkrun before heading for the streets of New York where he will join Ian Cunningham who had an easier run than normal at Bushy Park.  Roger Wiltshire made one of his occasional appearances at Bushy Park where his times have been remarkably consistent.

Sreeram Sethuraman continues to improve and set a new PB at Upton Court.  Our OLD friend Bob Winning notched his 50th run at Llyn Llech Owain (Linda is one behind on 49!).  Roderick Hoffman broke new ground yet again, this time at (the fairly flat) Harcourt Hill in Oxford.  Over at Guildford Alastair Heslop switched his volunteering role to timekeeper.

Possible venues for club featured parkruns in November are Brockwell Park on 15th and Reigate Priory on 22nd (Simon Turton please note).

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats:

Updated BA parkrun map: Parkruns 2014.jpg

New British Records for Club Member!

Not often we can report a BAAC member (albeit second claim club) breaking British Records - Janet Smith has recently moved into the W50 category and on Sunday 19th October she set new British Records for the Weight Throw and the Weight Pentathlon.  This puts her second in the World rankings!  She reports that she is very happy with that as a starting point and that the Shot Put of 9.19 was her first time ever over 9m!

Date: SUNDAY 19th OCTOBER 2014
Age Group Position Name Club Hammer Throw Shot Putt Discus Throw Javelin Throw Weight Throw Total
Actual Points Actual Points Actual Points Actual Points Actual Points Points
W50 1 Janet Smith WSE&H 43.50 1063 9.19 633 29.30 624 18.97 381 15.79 1031 3732
  2 JulieWilson Reading 32.52 749 9.78 682 29.65 633 21.42 442 11.10 684 3190

Janet has wisely decided to focus on consolidating on that achievement this year rather than her previous resolution for the year of getting under 30 minutes for a parkrun - though there is always next year for that!

Roderick Hoffman

Running Shorts

Julie Barclay decided to run her first long run in 5 months. She ran the Croydon 10k on 19th Oct. plus being born in Croydon knew the course quite well including where the hills were. Although below par Julie finished happily with 48.52 and was 1st 50+.

Tom Rowley

Come and run the RuggedRadnage on the 16th November. A challenging mixed terrain 10K race, taking place in the Chiltern Hills around the village of Radnage, 5 minutes from junction 5 on the M40.

The course involves sections on road, trails and footpaths; through woods and fields and includes off-road descents and ascents.

Harvey Tate

Hey runners,

In the event of injury / sickness leading up to Berlin,  I had also signed up for Abingdon (3 weeks later), and although Berlin went well I still decided to do the Abingdon marathon on Sunday (19th).  An extremely well organised and marshalled event with some slight course inclines, but nothing to be concerned about.   A windy and rather warm day, along with Berlin legs, prevented a PB but still happy with a 3:35, you know me, not one for moaning :-).

Doing two marathons three weeks apart tells me ĎHatís off to Piersí, as this something he regularly does (usually well within 3 weeks) while constantly achieving respectable times.

Rgds, Colin Haylock

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