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BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th December 2015
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml (updated Dec 24th).
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Green Belt Relay 2016 - participants needed
It's time to decide if we want to enter the Green Belt Relay next year, 21-22 May 2016, so we need to check we can get a team together. For those who haven’t done it before, it’s a challenging event, involving 11 runners, doing 220 miles over two days, in staged races, from 08:30 Saturday morning, through to Saturday evening, and 08:00 to about 18:00 Sunday, staying in a motel Saturday night, and with a BBQ/Awards ceremony Sunday evening. Along the way you run from point to point, around the shires, with legs ranging from 6-13 miles, averaging about 10 miles each per day, with varying distances (and amount of hills) around that. The logistical exercise of ensuring that every runner gets to their start at the right time and is collected from their finish afterwards adds to the event and sense of achievement.
I think it's my favourite event of the year, but I am a bit biased. We are looking for runners, and also there’s a bit of driving to do, and we have to marshal a few points to help it work, which helps get to know the event better.
So let me know if you are interested – either running, or as a reserve, in case you have doubts about your fitness at that point (due to preceding Marathons!), or as a supporting driver, or just for more info. Look forward to hearing from you.
Rgds, Chris Kelly
More information on the event: http://www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/
Heathrow Airport Loop Run (29th December) - reminder
The start/finish is shown on the club Google map. The full map is mapped out on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/3667843 (image above). This version is the most accurate as the Google maps version wouldn't allow me to switch from A30 to Eastern Perimeter Road directly and wouldn't follow paths through the park off Earhart Way. Google maps version is: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zQ7b0OlNavLU.kqELsVlqowJE&usp=sharing
Course Description: The route loops anti-clockwise around the airport without following the Heathrow perimeter road and without following main roads such as A30 or A4. It begins in Accommodation Lane (behind the first public car park) adjacent to BA head offices at Waterside, Harmondsworth [the circle/cross on the map above] and proceeds anti-clockwise following trails across moorland and riverside down to Stanwell Moor village and then alongside reservoir and on minor roads to Stanwell village and then across the A30 and on to Bedfont before crossing the A30 again near Hatton Cross and following the A30 and crossing to the Eastern Perimeter Road and right on to Earhart Way. Just after the "toll booth" turn left and follow the River Crane up to the A4, turn left ,cross over the A4 and proceed back over the river and right into and through a small part of Cranford Park onto the ‘back roads’ Sipson Lane etc. etc. and back towards Harmondsworth village. Either continue through the village back to the start (about 12.5 miles) or turn right past the Five Bells through the Church yard to the back of the lake parallel with the M4 and follow the lake and turn right and quick left along raised walkway, turn right, cross bridge and keep left back to the road, turn left and up to the junction by Waterside and turn right back to the start (about 13.5 miles).
BE READY TO RUN AT 12 on the dot on the Tuesday 29th December. This is not a race just a group of friends going for a training run with a difference. If possible let me know if you intend to run, my number is 07882 655864 and email is email@example.com . Let me know your pace and if necessary we'll have a faster and a slower group.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 25th/and 26th December 2015
Several of our members ran on both Christmas day and Boxing Day but with many parks not staging a run on the 25th that meant some runners had to travel away from their home run (and some were just touring anyway).
On 25th, Joe Nolan (28:45) went away to Maidenhead where John Scaife (24:26) was at home and ran his best ever parkrun. Alice Banks was also at her home run at Maidenhead and ran on both days but faster on 25th than 26th (25:44, 26:41). Denis and Joan Foxley who only really discovered parkrun when Harrow started last summer travelled just a few miles to Northala Fields where Roderick Hoffman put in a volunteer shift as timekeeper. Richard (21:36) and Natalie Ruffell (25:04) went to Harlow. That took Richard on to 99 runs in total and 49 different parks - see below. The best run on Christmas Day was by Gary Rushmer (20:21, 74.86%) at Fulham Palace.
Caroline Cockram was in the West Country for the festive season and ran at Exeter Riverside on Christmas Day (27:37) and at the intriguingly named Longrun Meadow (30:57) in Taunton on Boxing Day. Both exactly 5000m, well maybe or perhaps just too much Xmas pudding. Those two parks take the club total up to 220.
On Boxing Day, Adrian Haines made one of his rare but excellent performances at Tilgate where an 18:48 (77.22%) was good enough for 3rd place out of a field of 234. Still enjoying a bit of summer Daniela Mayerova (28:50) improved her club record at Torrens park in Adelaide. Sreeram Sethuraman (33:15) who usually runs at Upton Court visited Oxford for the first time, Janet Smith (35:57) was at Havant for a second time.
Roderick Hoffman (27:50) will tell you he was going to go to Hilly Fields anyway and my suggestion made earlier in the month had nothing to do with it. He found the mud and the hills in Brian Forrester's home borough of Lewisham quite challenging especially towards the end. Neil Frediani's club record (27:14) set on New Year's Day 2014 still stands. Come on everyone, give it a try. Hilly Fields is actually quite easy to get to. There are nonstop services from Waterloo East to Ladywell which take only 14 minutes (though you then have to walk up to the summit where the start is!)
Happy New Year.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Joe's 249th and 250th parkruns
Currently advised to rest but Joe Nolan is hoping to be fit enough on Saturday 2nd to run his 249th parkrun at Black Park which is his team's pacer day for anyone wanting to achieve a record time. That should enable him to do his 250th at the same venue on Saturday 9th. If confirmed next week then anyone in the family who is able to is welcome to change their plans to incorporate Black Park on the 9th and join in the celebration.
Joe, Roderick, Steve
England Athletics "London Athletics" December Newsletter
Nothing BA club specific but some of you may be interested in the content in this or subsequent issues:
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