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BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th October 2013

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 30th October - 5 mile Handicap - Concorde Centre from 17:45 (to finish around 18:50)
  • Sunday 3rd November - Marlow Half Marathon - 09:30 - Chris Kelly coordinator.
  • Wednesday 13th November - Club Winter Quiz - Concorde Centre from 20:00 - Steve Hillier

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

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World Airline Road Race 13th October 2013: BA Team race results and times

No First Name Last Name Age Airline Code Gender 10kPlace 10kTime 5kPlace 5kTime* Comment #
212 PAUL KNECHTL 42 BA M 1 36:40 3 20:27 Men Overall 10k First / 5k Third
293 JOHN TAYLOR 48 BA M 9 39:20 12 22:40 Men 45-49 10k First / 5k First
258 DAVID BIRD 49 BA M 14 41:46 31 24:48  
371 LUKE BELLARS 18 BA M 26 43:12 63 27:26 10k Men 24&Under First
310 SIMON ASHFORD 42 BA M 39 45:04 42 25:54 Men 40-44 10k Third
332 IAN CUNNINGHAM 51 BA M 49 45:50 40 25:40 Men 50-54 10k Third
249 PATRICIA LEROUX 49 AF F 52 46:43     Befriended by BA / 10k 2nd Overall
57 GARETH SNOOK 51 BA M 59 48:02 110 30:57  
376 TIM BELLARS 47 BA M 60 48:05 86 28:49  
141 JOHN SCAIFE 59 BA M 61 48:14 140 34:09  
378 JACK BELLARS 19 BA M 76 50:01 109 30:56  
7 RODERICK HOFFMAN 53 BA M 79 50:40 130 33:07  
265 NEIL FREDIANI 56 BA M 84 52:02 91 29:36  
303 LIZ LATTER 43 NN F 101 54:32 169 36:21 Ladies 10k Second non-airline
294 HELEN SMITH 57 BA F 117 56:29 120 32:05 Ladies 55-59 10k Third / 5k Second
143 RICHARD RUFFELL 52 BA M     17 23:38  
175 CHRIS STOCKWELL 66 BA M     96 30:12 Men 65&over 5k Third
142 BENITA SCAIFE 58 NN F     139 33:50  
446 MARION WOODHOUSE 50 AF F     168 36:19  
285 DANIELA MAYEROVA 29 BA F     172 36:29 5k Ladies 25-29 First
162 DAVID RIMMER 65 BA M     256 45:33  


* The 5k course was definitely long - perhaps at about 5.65k - so 5k times above should be reduced by about 12% to make them compatible with other 5k results.

# Awards are as recorded as being given out on the evening - these have not been confirmed (and not all seem to tally with the results).

Overall stats - 40 airlines and aviation related companies took part with 442 WARRiors finishing one or both races - 378 finished the 5k, 188 finished the 10k (123 ran both races).  With 17 runners in the BA team we were the 10th largest team. KLM were the largest with 31 runners, then Jet Blue (29) and Emirates (28) ahead of South African (27).  American Airline shad just four runners and Iberia were not represented.

Full Results Spreadsheet

Club Events Promotional Poster for October through January

Publicity poster please print & post.  We need more members and participants - please load the following poster (500Kb), print it on a nearby colour printer and put it up on your nearby notice board.


Surrey League Results - Men

Hi guys,

The first men's Surrey league cross country race of the season took place at Lightwater Country Park on Saturday 19th. Conditions underfoot were very good and in mild weather. With some of our runners injured or ill we had a turnout of 7 runners + 1 guest, but still finished a very good 3rd on the day.

Chris Kelly lead the team home finishing 8th overall in div 4 followed by Richard Ruffell in 17th.  It was also good to see new member Mark Turner & Gary Rushmer Jnr (as guest) run in their first cross country races. Our next fixture is on November 9th at Roundshaw Downs with same start time of 3pm.

Division 4 results:

Chris Kelly  8th place  34.12
Richard Ruffell  17th place  37.09
Gary Rushmer  21st place  38.54
Simon Rurton  23rd place  39.01
Gary Rushmer Jnr  31st place  41.50
Neil Frediani  38th place  45.08
Mark Turner  39th place  45.12
Steve Hillier  46th place  54.53

Many thanks Gary Rushmer.

Ed: I hear that Neil ran himself into the ground to get one more place and hence one more point for the team - not realising that the guy he was overhauling was an "unbranded" BA colleague.  The effort IS appreciated.

Surrey League Results - Ladies

The first race of the season was held at the Lightwater Country Park on Sat 19 October hosted by Woking AC.

We were expected to provide an official for this event, and not knowing whether our ladies would be back in time from Cape Town I put myself forward in case no one else turned up. A couple of days before race day Helen got in touch to say she would be running and that Natalie was also available so after asking around, Richard/Bridget offered to take my place as the official so that I could run. In the end it was Graham Taylor, the first of our supporters to arrive, who helped with the funnel duties.

We had a good turnout with 6 runners - Kat, Lissa, Helen, Natalie, Carole and me. Kat led our team finishing in 26:34, 6th overall followed closely by Natalie in 29:20. Helen, fighting fit from WARR shot ahead of me early on and kept the lead despite my increased effort to catch up. I was totally puffed out by the end of the 2nd lap and then I realised there was a 3rd lap! Despite the forecast for rain, it remained dry with a light breeze for the duration of the race.

A big 'Thank You' to our supporters who cheered us on around the course.

33rd 29.20 793 NATALIE RUFFELL
69th 31.51 784 LISSA PRITCHARD
112th 35.44 792 HELEN SMITH
129th 38.12 788 CLARA HALKET
138th 40.09 794 CAROLE ASH

League table - total 35 teams (this may change as for some reason they recorded a phantom runner wearing one of our allocated numbers. This number has not been issued to anyone and is still in my possession!)

BAAC 'A' 9th        BAAC 'B' 32nd

The next match is taking place on Sat 07 December at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. I look forward to seeing many of our ladies there :)

Clara Halket

Club family parkrun results and stats for 26th October 2013

Club Family parkrunner Time parkrun comment WAVA Chase the Place
Chris Kelly 20:50 Reading also a volunteer! 70% week 1
Richard Ruffell 20:58* St Albans   71% week 1
Ian Cunningham 21:55 Bushy Park   68% week 1
Scott Davison 23:21 Bedfont Lakes 75th parkrun 59% week 1
Roderick Hoffman 23:39 Fulham Palace parkrun pb, club course pb 64% week 1
Joe Nolan 23:41 Black Park   67% week 1
Tony Hird 25:19 Gunpowder   58% week 1
Alan Anderson 27:53 Gunnersbury Volunteer of the Year! 72% week 1
Monica Alonso 28:04 Guildford   57% week 1
Steve Newell 29:32 Gunnersbury Halloween mask! 59% week 1
Marion Taylor 30:44 Gunnersbury   54% week 1
Tim Hawkes volunteer Upton Court     week 1

* Richard's time was as provided by himself since due to "a complete malfunction of the timer" all 253 finishers were given the same official time of 59:59. When this happened to me it think it was at Pymmes with only 12 competitors most of whom went to the cafe afterwards and so they were able to rebuild the full results.  Not so easy with 253!

I was sent apologies from Kerstin who after the build up I gave her was unable to attend at Gunnersbury last Saturday but should be there this Saturday to accept her points award.  In her place Alan Anderson was given a special award as volunteer of the year.  I'll also mention that Tony Hird came third in the Gunpowder points competition and these week-in week-out parkrun attendance and support is critically important for parkrun.  Steve Newell's Stats show that the club is about to run its 200th run at Black Park, its 300th at Bedfont and its 600th at Bushy!  Meanwhile I carried on my tourist ways at Fulham, my 59th different parkrun venue.  My time was another PB and two seconds faster than Joe at Black Park who must have thought he'd have had me this week!  Neil Frediani has challenged me to a 24 minute target race at Bushy on November 16th - so we'll be racing over the same course and with the same conditions (and a 24 minute pacer).  Anyone who wants to is welcome to join us.  Next Saturday though it's the tourist trail to the inaugural run at Aylesbury. Lifts possible if you are keen.

Roderick Hoffman

Steve's parkrun stats

BA Clubs Members Advisory Council – Election to be held on Thursday 7th November.

At the AGM on 26th September, it was agreed to reconstitute the Concorde Club as a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Board of Trustees plan to set up a Members Advisory Council.

The Council will meet quarterly and shall consist of eight affiliate members. This means that all members, with the exception of juniors, are entitled to vote and stand for Council.  The primary purpose of the Members Council is to feed back to Trustees, member’s opinions and attitudes as well as any specific issues causing concern to the members.

A general Members Meeting will be held on 7th November at 6.30 p.m. at which the election will be held.

Members wishing to stand for election to the Council can contact Pat French ( ) or Concorde Club Reception for an application form (copy attached). Potential candidates are advised that their application forms must be received by the Club by 5 p.m. on 6th November.

Any queries regarding the Council or the election process should be submitted to Pat French. {more information available - BAAC members contact Steve Hillier}

World Masters Outdoor Championships

Following last week's M45 800 metres seventh place (2:05:13) Adrian Haynes made the final of the M45 1500 metres and finished fifth with a time of 4:20:83.

Meanwhile in the Ladies W45 weights Janet Smith won silver in the Hammer (41.29m), had to pull out of the Discus, was fifth in the Weight Pentathlon and won GOLD for GB&NI in the Weight throw (13.56m).

Fleet 10k Sunday 27th October results

Roderick Hoffman
British Airways AC
Men 50-59
523 finishers, the winner took 34:11.  A personal achievement here - I went with the target of finishing in under 50 minutes and knew it would be a tough challenge - to make it possible I even made sure I started on the start line not one or more seconds behind it.  The previous occasion I broke 50 minutes for a 10k was in October 1999 when I was still in my 30s.

Roderick Hoffman

Photo Caption Competition

Captions for photo above of Simon of BA and Jim of Woking AC taken at the Surrey League Cross Country event on Saturday. 


Simon: "I thought it was only Vinnie Jones who employed tactics like that!"

Neil: "Get your baton out of there Simon or I will squeeze harder!"

{in fact Jim was running injured having fallen and somersaulted on the first lap and at this stage couldn't move his right arm - update from Woking AC: "Jim is fine, left with a small graze & bruised hand but no long term damage"}

News for the next BAAC News Digest? I also need a club running related photograph every week so help me out here.

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