BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th April 2019
Thursday 2nd May - Dream Mile - Bath Road 12:45 *
Wednesday 8th May - Speedbird Ladies (see below)
Monday May 20th - Track&Field Grand Prix - 1000m, Shot, Long Jump, Welie
Wanging! Uxbridge from 18:00 *#
We meet at 18:00 at the
Wednesdays throughout the year.
New members and potential 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.
Last updated: 4th April.
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(parkrun details updated 23rd April) /
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London Marathon 2019
||Bernath, Charlotte (GBR)
||Clifton, Helen (GBR)
||Cunningham, Ian (GBR)
||Foden, Matt (GBR)
||Foster, Vikki (GBR)
||Garratt, Michelle (GBR)
||Glover, James (GBR)
||Grimshaw, Jessica (USA)
||Jovani, Maria (ESP)
||Joyce, Alison (GBR)
||Keenleyside, Piers (GBR)
||Kelly, Chris (GBR)
||Lindeman, Gary (GBR)
||Mills, Tracey (GBR)
||Modaher, Jasvir Singh (GBR)
||Neat, Paul (GBR)
||Ogle, Cheryl (GBR)
||Reid, Jain (GBR)
||Ross, Diane (GBR)
||Rushmer, Gary (GBR)
||Singh, Jagjit (GBR)
||Spasojevic, Danijela (GBR)
||Trafford, Amanda (GBR)
Thanks...and plans for next year!
On behalf of London Marathon Events and the BA Athletics Club, I'd like to
say a big thank you for your support at the 39th staging of the London Marathon.
As you can see from the
linked press release, there was another record number of finishers; not
surprising given the excellent running conditions.
Everyone played their part but on your behalf I'd specifically like to thank
Stuart Glover, Mike Thorn, Colin Bloomfield, Eddie Ketterick and Alastair Heslop for
team leading the five main crossing points. I’d also like to thank my deputy on
the sector from Blackfriars to Embankment, Alan Friar and Melanie Holman & Steve
Hillier, for overseeing Birdcage Walk. My thanks also to Paul Brandon and the
small team of marshals that stayed on to encourage the slower runners onto the
pavement whilst the course clear-up commenced. I’m sure the organisers will
appreciate the feedback Paul has provided.
If you'd like to help at next year's London Marathon (Sun 26 Apr 2020) then
please drop me an e-mail in Jan 2020. Coordinating 150 marshals whilst trying to
balance family and work commitments is quite challenging so I prefer to start
with a clean sheet each year.
And finally, as you've marshalled you have the opportunity to apply for a
BAAC guaranteed entry BUT you must first apply through the official ballot,
opened yesterday and closes at 17:00 on Friday 03 May. All those who enter
the ballot will find out whether or not they have been successful by the end of
October. IF you are rejected you can apply to
firstname.lastname@example.org to go into the
BAAC ballot for a guaranteed place.
Thanks again and enjoy the rest, you’ve earned it!
Simon Turton - VMLM BAAC coordinator
just got back from Oslo, narrowly avoiding the SAS strike, I watched most of
our team running round the course on the map on my computer. Sorry, I
couldn't see your pain.
Runners and marshals - please send me some stories to include in future
editions of this digest.
Stop press - first across the finish line is Piers Keenleyside...
I ran my 20th London Marathon on Sunday following a spell of over 18 months
struggling with a groin injury. I’m sure it would have healed by now if I had
stopped running for a few months but I’ve always got loads booked up and want to
keep my total marathon count up (now done 156)
I was hoping for a time of
around 4:15 after doing Manchester in 4:26 just over 3 weeks ago. Training had
been going quite well and my race times had begun to recover – Thames Towpath
Ten, Veterans A.C. Battersea Park Monthly 5 Miler and the Maidenhead Easter 10
all showed improvements over other recent times and more importantly my groin
strain did not complain.
As usual I made my way to the start by tube and then overground rail from
Charing Cross to Blackheath. My club lays on a coach but it means leaving Ealing
at 6:45 – too early for me – I got an extra hour in bed!
A bit windy and overcast at the start and mulled wearing a long-sleeved
t-shirt under my running vest but eventually decided the weather would probably
get better as the day progressed and opted for just the vest. Made my way to the
start pen, “zone 2” in the blue start at about 9:50 wearing a brand new fleece
to throw away once we got going! It only cost £5 from Primark (sale price) and
I’d looked in charity shops first but they were charging £7 or £8 for second
gun went at 10:10 and I crossed the start line and chip timing mats just after
10:15. It took a mile or two for me to feel comfortable with my pace – probably
went off a little too fast for my current level of fitness. As I had mostly
faster people around me I did not feel boxed in by other slow runners who I
wanted to overtake as has happened in other years when I was in better shape.
Got to the 5K and 10K mats in good time 25:30 and 52:00 minutes – at the top
end of my expectations. Went round the Cutty Sark and then ran on towards Tower
Bridge. Saw two or three supporters from my club at various points – always a boost to
see a friendly face.
Over Tower Bridge and then on to the halfway point which I got to in around
1:52. Tried to stay relaxed by high-fiving spectators often going over to greet
people stood on the far side of corners devoid of runners. Felt myself slowing
but not too badly – still under 9 minute miles but slower than the sub 8:30’s I
had been doing for much of the first half.
At around 17 miles (and it has been at about this point for my last 3 or 4
marathons) my groin strain started to complain and I had to slow down to well
over 10 minute miles and shorten my stride. Focus now was mile 23 and the Ealing
Eagles Cheer Squad – about 100 club members would be there along about 50 metres
of the course cheering on their team mates and everyone else!
Got there and they didn’t disappoint – the boost I got meant that I managed
mile 24 in under 10 minutes!
Next up was the BA marshalled crossing points where I saw Mike Thorn at the
Houses of Parliament. He ran ahead of me to take a picture – he can still run
Rounded the corner to run past Buckingham Palace and then tried to sprint the
final 100 metres to finish with a 4:07 something but failed and finished with
4:08:06. Pleased to have beaten my target time but still a lot more to do for a
GFA place to get in again next year. I need to get back under 3:45 by August.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 27th April 2019
Steve's away for the next three weeks so I'm updating the parkrun results
table BUT, more importantly, with so many of us doing different parkruns each
week the task of producing the parkrun club results is getting more and more
time consuming. For that reason I am exploring different ways of doing the
compilation. IMPORTANT - if your time, or that of someone you think should be
included, isn't in the following list please let me know so that I can add them
next time. Obviously some familiar names didn't run a parkrun the day before the
London Marathon so I'll ask again next week.
Volunteers - The parkrun organisation have still not provided a report of
volunteer efforts. For that reason we can ONLY include specific volunteer efforts
each week if we are emailed about them by 17:00 on the Monday after
the run. I may look to include a periodic report on total volunteer efforts.
|27 April 2019
Updated parkrun Stats -
club parkrun stats
Just a reminder that the club recommended policy when it comes to UK inaugural parkruns is
to only attend them if they are now your nearest parkrun - and if possible offer
to volunteer over their first few weeks [but that is only a recommendation -
other reasons to attend can include being personally invited by the new team
and/or having a strong affinity with an area]. When a new parkrun starts up near to
our base Steve or I will organise a "Club Featured parkrun" soon after the
inaugural where we can meet up as a group and explore the new event.
No new parkruns undertaken by club members this week - we are currently on about 492 different parkruns as a club, though I am about to
do a recount. I expect that Petra Otto will add "Snowden Field" (near
Peterborough) soon - it had its inaugural on Saturday.
And if the London Marathon is too short for you - there is always the Two
I completed my first ultra marathon on Saturday 20th April. The Two
Oceans (56km) in Cape Town SA.
I knew it was going to be tough but it got tougher!!! The day before
the race the route was changed on the advice of the police due to a
This meant that I would miss the beautiful scenery of
the Atlantic Ocean cliff road known as Chapmans Peak. Instead we would
take the Ou Kaapse Weg (old Cape Town road) through the Silvermine
National Park and another 100 metres of elevation!!!
Race started in the dark and rain but as the sun came up the rain
stopped. The rest of the weather conditions were pretty much perfect
although full sun came out at midday. I had set myself a target of sub 6
hours but sub 6:30 seemed more realistic given the diversion route. I
stuck to my guns and pretty much ran to plan. Went through 21km at 1:55
then the brutal climb started! 5km up hill. Managed to run the whole
ascent without stopping or walking. The decent was very painful on my
legs. Pushed through 42km at 4:25. All on target still and all felt
good. The toughest part of the run was at 45km where 150m elevation
kicked in. After that it was more or less downhill to the finish. Last
5km was amazing with the crowds. Just tucked under 6 hours on chip time
with 5:57:04 which was 56 seconds faster than my predicted time of
Lingfield 10's - Sunday 30th June 2019
Dear Fellow Running Club,
Each year we organise an event and we would be grateful if you could
publicise the event within your club, either by adding to an up and
coming newsletter, forwarding this e-mail to your members or just simply
adding the event to your events calendar.
The Lingfield Running Club would like to invite you to take part in
our 10 mile or 10k races on Sunday 30th June 2019.
Both races are over multi-terrain and through beautiful rural Surrey
countryside. The 10k is hilly and challenging while the 10 mile has a
few more hills and is slightly more challenging! However, you will be
encouraged by our very friendly marshals from Lingfield running club.
Numbers will be limited to a total of 300 across both races.
The race HQ will be based at Lingfield College RH7 6PN where
refreshments will be available. Start time is 09:30. Entry in advance
for affiliated members is only £10 or £15 respectively for the 10k and
10 mile races. This event is organised by runners for runners and so all
profits go to charity which this year is St. Catherine’s Hospice.
Details of how to enter, maps of the routes etc., can be found on our
We hope to see
you at our race!
Chris Rance on behalf of Lingfield 10s committee.
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