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BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th September 2015
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Equinox 5km - Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Results & write-up
Steve Taylor (22:38) showed some good form ahead of the upcoming Ealing Half Marathon. Christine Munden(30:30) who has also run in the Concorde 5 was the leading lady. Joe Nolan, Neil Frediani and Eddie Giles all showed improvement but John Coffey seems to be the one holding back the years better than most.
Many thanks to Brian Forrester, Paul Brandon and Ann Coffey for start and finish line duties and to Paddy O'Shea and Harry Wild for marshalling out on the course.
After the run the members and guests enjoyed a fish pie and peas in the Washington Room. This was almost universally enjoyed and generous portions (and seconds) were all gobbled up
* All veterans
WMA (World Masters Athletics) scores courtesy of Howard Grubb's calculator
(2006/2010 table). By observation, this corresponds very closely to the
system used by parkrun. The research carried out by Howard Grubb and his
team at the department of Applied Statistics and Reading
Cross Country season approaching
Despite the late summer sunshine we have been enjoying, the cross country season is almost upon us.
The first men's Surrey League match will take place at Roundshaw Downs at 3pm on Saturday 10th October. Please turn out for this league fixture if you possibly can.
One week later we have been invited to compete in the Milocarians Cross Country event at Sandhurst on Saturday 17th Oct. We will be competing against Milocarian AC, Thames Hare & Hounds AC, Runnymede Runners AC, Sandhurst AC and Bank AC. This is a thoroughly enjoyable run over an undulating course of some six miles. Teams need to arrive by 12:30. There are shower and changing facilities. Excellent refreshments will be provided after the match. Prizes will also be awarded after the event. In order to gain access to the site we need to supply details of competitors and their vehicles by the end of the first week in October. If you want to compete, please contact me or Neil Frediani by Wednesday 7th October at the very latest.
Ed: I've added these events to the club map but please note that the locations are only approximate since I've not been provided with the correct postcodes for meeting points.
BAAC results from Ealing Half Marathon Sunday 27th September:
Club parkrun results for Saturday 26th September 2015
Far be it for me to liken Adrian Haines to London buses but after ten months without a parkrun at all Adrian put in a another amazing performance at Horsham this week coming second overall in 17:50 and setting a new age group (MV45-49) course record. His WMA score was an excellent 81.4%.
In last week's report a couple of achievements got missed so let's correct that right now. Julie Barclay completed her 50th run (at Frimley) and Joan Foxley lowered her pb (at Harrow) to 32:42. Julie was back at Frimley again this week and ran a course pb (23:01) while Joan put in a volunteering shift at Harrow as funnel manager (and Denis did some timekeeping).
Colin Haylock put in a quick run at Bushy Park (19:08), 3 seconds off his all time pb but it earned his best ever age group score (74.65%) at a parkrun. Eddie Giles (26:13) was 2 seconds off a pb at Yeovil but again improved his WMA score (64.59%). Tony Barnwell (30:04) at Wycombe Rye was one to improve on his time in the Equinox 5km and that was his best WMA score there (61.03%) this year. All these birthdays!
One new parkrun to report this week. Roderick Hoffman
dropped in on Dunfermline in the Kingdom of Fife for his fifth Scottish parkrun*.
Earlier in the summer Steve Newell went up the hill to Riddledown and embarrassingly followed the dog with a runner in front of him through the woods instead of the runner with a dog. The mistake cost him dearly. This time, he paid close attention to the marshals instructions, ran the correct route and chopped 100 seconds of his course pb. The autumnal mud was beginning to set in on what is very much a cross country course and by the end his shoes were in a dreadful state. Glorious days are just round the corner.
Lissa Pritchard only puts in an appearance at a parkrun every now and again but this week she turned up at Gunnersbury (23:30) for first time in years. We have reported on the loyalty of Tony Hird to the Gunpowder parkrun in this column over the past year or two. Tony has now left the club and we wish him well.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Fifth in Fife
*This was also my fifth new parkrun in five weeks and with 125 parkruns visited this moves me back into the top 30 in the very competitive International parkrun table, one parkrun behind Paul Sinton-Hewitt. I'll probably slip back down now since I feel its time to revisit some local events.
All parkruns worldwide are now shown on the club map. Those in red have been run by club members - click on them for details. Those in green haven't yet been run by club members - use google maps to get directions. For instance to Uditore (Italy) the car route via A1 will take 28 hours to cover the 1,751 miles and you are warned that it features car transport, tolls, a ferry and crosses through France. The flying route offered takes just 2hr 45mins. There are nearer parkruns we haven't done yet. Reminder: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z31P-sSECWno.kIIgdFzUuZAo&usp=sharing
Meet the Committee
Most club members rarely if ever make it to the Heston Venue and so only get the chance to meet up with committee members at events. A good suggestion has been made for each of the committee members to write a few words about themselves.
Too much of a good thing?
Too much of this week's digest has been written by just two people - Steve Newell and myself. Please consider if there is a contribution that you can make to next week's digest or a future one. Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to us at email@example.com.