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BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th April 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 30th - Track&Field Rosenheim League - Kingsmeadow, Kingston
  • Thursday 1st May - Magic Mile - Bath Road 12:45
  • NEW Saturday 3rd May - Club featured parkrun - Bedfont Lakes
  • Wednesday 14th May - Speedbird Ladies 5k @ Waterside - 19:00 - pass the message on to all ladies you know or wish you knew

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 23rd April).

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Spring is upon us so it must be time for Track and Field EVENT

Triple Jump in progress

Next event - Rosenheim League at Kingsmeadow this Wednesday from 18:45. Eddie Giles <>

WARR Registration Open and Event Newsletter REGISTER

Registration is now open at:

April Newsletter (864k) with event schedule and other details.

John Scaife reports a cheaper rate for the Doubletree hotel (where the awards dinner will be) via the Ryan Air website. There are additional charges for breakfast.  Ed: The rooms may be at the far end of the longest corridor so nearer Limerick than Dublin and beware of excess baggage charges if you have anything other than a shoebag...but jokes aside it could be worth a look.

Roderick Hoffman

Bridges Relay REPLY


The Bridges Relay will be on Wednesday 25th June this year, but this year starting at 7.30 rather than the previous 7pm. For those new to this it is a relay, each leg about 2.4 miles, and it runs from Westminster Bridge.

Otherwise it is the same as usual, ladies teams require 3 runners, mixed and men are teams of 4. They are putting a limit on the entry this year so we need to get our entry in early, and we won't be able to go back with a late entry for an extra team as we have in the past.

So if you are up for this please let me know straight away and I'll put our entry in.

Richard Ruffell <>

 Club parkrun results for Saturday 26th April

26/04/2014 parkrunner time parkrun family comment WAVA
Julie Barclay 21:36 Bedfont Lakes first female 78%
Dave Tyas 19:14 Bushy run#299 76%
John Coffey 24:03 Bushy Yes 75%
Joseph Aspinall 25:53 Osterley MV75-79 new age cat rec (from Alan Anderson) 75%
Jeremy Short 20:31 Crane Park 74%
Ian Cunningham 21:38 Bushy Yes 69%
Joe Nolan 23:59 Black Park Yes 66%
Helen Smith 29:46 Guildford Yes 62%
Ben Chaytow 21:33 Crane Park 62%
Roderick Hoffman 24:30 Pymmes Yes course pb 62%
Steve Newell 28:38 Hackney Marsh Yes 2014 sb, park#34 62%
Tony Hird 24:51 Gunpowder Yes run#60 59%
Monica Alonso 28:13 Guildford Yes 57%
Tony Barnwell 31:55 Wycombe Rye Yes course pb 56%
Gareth Hobby 24:44 Reading Yes first parkrun 56%
Tim Hawkes volunteer Upton Court
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford Yes barcode scanning
Piers Keenleyside volunteer Gunnersbury Yes tokens
Steve Taylor volunteer Gunnersbury Yes photographer

This week;

  • A debut parkrun from Gareth Hobby.
  •  Monica Alonso and Helen Smith run at Guildford again with Alastair Heslop helping at the finish.
  • Steve Newell ran his fastest so far this year (at Hackney Marshes) and Tony Barnwell (Wycombe) and Roderick Hoffman (Pymmes) records venue pbs.
  • Former member Dave Tyas is just one run short of his 300, Gary Rushmer has been stuck on 49 since last year! 
  • One of our age group records has been broken, Alan Anderson's time at Osterley has been shattered.

Updated parkrun stats:  

Steve Newell

Roderick adds: I've run five times at Pymmes and got faster every time.  It was hard work on Saturday so perhaps I should go back to being a tourist. It was crowded on the course with 61 finishers - a huge event record and an increase on the previous week of over 500%.  The parkrun had joined with a school fundraiser with forty participants and it will be interesting to see how many of them run again.

PS See as many of you as possible at Bedfont Lakes on Saturday 3rd May for a club featured parkrun - contact Neil Frediani <> for more details.

May CIE...

Hi Everyone,

The May CIE is on Wednesday 21st  May and will run at the Crane Park, on the parkrun course. A 5k run will be the same as the Saturday run. We will start the event at 6.45pm to give everybody a chance to park, and gather at the start.  A post event refreshment establishment will be announced nearer the date.

Hope to see you all there.

Eddie Giles


Victoria Park 5 Mile

I ran the Victoria Park 5 Mile Open on Saturday 19th April. It's quite an old race and this was the 48th running of it.

I finished in a time of 33:53 which as far as I can establish is a PB for me! I don't often run 5 miles and I checked the results of the 5 miler I do run quite a bit - the Perivale 5 - and found nothing faster all the way back to 1998. I was 103rd, out of 192 finishers.

Dave Dixon, who lives in the area, was also there in his BA vest and clocked an impressive 28:32 finishing in 34th.

Piers Keenleyside

Fullers Thames Towpath Ten


Just a short note to say I participated in the Fullers Thames Towpath Ten on Sunday. The event was extremely well organised (especially the marshalling) with a lovely scenic almost flat course.   I managed a time of 68min (PB - yippee).   As with most events, the water stations issue a half filled plastic cup of water, which just does not work for me, due to spillage and the liquid volume is insufficient to sustain performance to the next station. So for this event, I did run with a 500ml bottle and had enough to survive the overall course distance and felt this made a real difference.

Rgds Colin Haylock

The Wings for Life World Run SPONSOR

On Sunday I'm doing this run from Silverstone where I'm chased by a car.  I get a 30 minute start and my target is to exceed 15k (I hope that the driver is the slow guy I was stuck behind on the way to work this morning!).  If you think that funding world-class research aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injury is a cause you'd like to contribute towards then please do so - my charity page is and I promise to push myself harder if you are behind me.

Roderick Hoffman

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