BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th February 2016
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Club Awards for 2015
Neither Adele nor DiCaprio won anything at the biggest awards ceremony held
last week at Heston Venue. OK, so perhaps it was the only awards ceremony
held last week at Heston Venue but nevertheless the winners of the club awards
for performances over the year 2015 were as follows:
||This yearís winner is an exceptional athlete, who has achieved great
success in parkrun, cross country and marathons. He has quietly
encouraged others to improve their times, and he has put in the hard
miles in all weathers to improve his own performances. And for his
massive contribution to the well-being of the club as Treasurer.
||For tripping over the curb in-between finishing 5th in the WARR 10k
race race and finishing 12th the WARR 5k race - and then discovering
that his ankle was actually fractured.
|Brian Forrester 10K Trophy
||Returning from a series of niggling injuries to win her age group at
WARR, taking the third womenís masters trophy, and finishing second
amongst all the BA competitors at the event (male and female!).
|Round The Block Trophy
Winner by the clearest margin in years - he captained the
Cross Country team during the autumn, and organised or took part almost
all of our Club In House and Run of the Month events during 2015. He
sharpened his pace on the track, achieving several PBs. He was our sole
representative at the Epsom Rosenheim in June, with two great
|Menís Track and Field
||Our winner once again competed strongly in the Rosenheim League and
in the Vets League. He was a regular throughout the summer,
representing BA in all events from 100m to 3000m, as well as the Long
Jump and Triple Jump.
|Ladies' Track and Field
||Our former track and field captain returned to compete with us in
the Veterans league, and set about out-distancing the opposition with
some great performances. She is the best hammer and weight thrower in
her age group in the UK, and she also contributed some excellent
performances in the other field events.
|The Club parkrun Trophy
||The receiver of the trophy in its first year has to be Alan Anderson
who has continued to spread the parkrun word to everyone he meets and
now in his 80th year continues to set parkrun records at parks he
visits, that is on the odd occasion when he can be convinced that the
Gunnersbury parkrun team can be relied upon to set their course
themselves. For the record, at the time of writing, Alan has completed
399 parkruns (only 15 people in the whole world have run more) and his
best time in his 80s has been 28:03.
|Menís Cross-Country Trophy
||This trophy is presented to the man who had most success last year
with our cross country team. The calculation of this award winner takes
account of age, appearances and placings, with this yearís result being
close yet again. Despite strong challenges from Barry Walters and twin
brother Graham, our top male cross country runner is Mark Taylor.
|Ladies Cross-Country Trophy
||Our most consistent performer on the Cross Country courses , and the
winner of the Ladies Cross country trophy is Monica Alonso
|Most Improved Athlete
||Our winner has been running consistently for around ten years, but
last year he stepped up to knock nearly half a minute off his 10K PB.
He came close to breaking a long held marathon PB, but the really big
improvement came with his endurance running. In May, he completed the
Weald Challenge Ultra 50k, based around Lewes, finishing in 6 hours 12
minutes. In October, he ran the Downs Link Ultra, some 38miles, in 6
hours 57 minutes. The improvement between the two events is that he
ran 10K further and 30 seconds per kilometre faster!
|Female Athlete of the Year
||Our winner has proved herself to be a real all-rounder this year.
She performed well at WARR, she has run some great performances on the
road during the year, and as we have seen she has been our top performer
in the Cross Country League.
|Male Athlete of the Year
||This yearís award winner has achieved an exceptional mix of
performances. He run has run PBs over 5K and half marathon, and managed
a nine minute improvement in his marathon time. He has stepped up to
ultra distance runs, completing 4 x 20 miles in training as part of his
preparation. Always a team player, he led the Cross country team home
||Our winner has made a running career out of helping others. He has
embraced parkrun, improving his own times consistently, and creating a
large network of pacers who lead their charges to improved times every
month. He has taking on the difficult qualification of ďCoach in
Running FitnessĒ, giving up his own time to complete this training
course, and passing on the fruits of his learning to club members.
Full website awards page:
Photographs from the night:
[NEW format for photograph sets - please feedback to me if this does or doesn't
work for you -
Roderick Hoffman ]
Some snippets overheard at the after-awards party...
- "That was John Williams, club president, handing out the trophies"
- "I particularly liked his 'rabbit in headlights' pose with Joe Nolan"
- "They should of mentioned that it was Paul Brandon who took the
- "Two first time club trophy winners - Ian and Colin!"
- "Did anyone tell Alan that he'd have to give it back in a year's time?"
- "That's OK, he can always cycle back and get it"
- "It's a pity that Julie Barclay and Monica Alonso weren't their to pick
up their trophies"
- "Nice shirt Ian. Where did you say you run?"
- "It's the worst aspect of WARR - having to lug this heavy trophy around"
Results: Five Mile Handicap 24th February 2016
||Time gap from handicap
||Rank this month
||Points this month
||Next Start time
There is one event left in this season's six event series although each
participant only totals their five best results. The leading three runners in
the total points table have all already run five events so there is a real
chance of someone who has only so far done four events overhauling them at the
final event on Wednesday 30th March. Be there, or miss it.
Roderick Hoffman for Paul Brandon
Green Belt Relay 2016 - Corporate Trophy Recapture Challenge
Last year we lost this Trophy. This year we need to get it back.
Anyone willing to assist - this may involve running quite long and hard,
twice in two days, 21/22 May 2016, around a green and pleasant land,
please let me know. Or perhaps you fancy a fast drive round London
Club parkrun results for Saturday 27th February 2016
|27th Feb parkrun
||family & friends
||run #137, 134th at Bedfont
||Bois de Boulougne
||F-1, course record, park #41
||199th run at Bushy Park
||F-2, BA park #231
||East Coast Park
||first run at East Coast Park
||East Coast Park
||F-3, run #174
||Inaugural, BA park #230
||220th run at "Reading"
||48th run at Woodley
We'll begin this week at Gunnersbury where all was set for Alan Anderson to
run his 400th parkrun and become only the 16th person in the world to reach that
unrecognised milestone. At 0850 the sun was shining, the cake was baked
but Alan was nowhere to be seen. Alan normally plants the km markers round
the course on his bike before the run on a Saturday and last week he took them
home with him but only remembered that when he was almost at the park. Let
us not enter a debate about what would have been sensible at that stage.
Alan rode back home, picked up the signs then headed for the park once again.
By the time he arrived he realised he only had time to lay the 1km and 4km marks
before making his way to the start to be introduced to the large crowd at the
run briefing. You'll see from the table that there were many to wish him
well and curiously there were exactly 400 finishers. Among them was Bill
Byrne who took the opportunity to complete his 100th run. Another report
on Alan's achievement:
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/gunnersbury/news/ [scroll to Event 223]. [Also
Roderick posted a photograph of the Club parkrun Trophy and Alan's achievement
on Facebook and it quickly gathered "likes" - at the last count 157 "Likes", 18
"Loves" and 6 "Wows"].
As with some
other runs Gunnersbury is beginning to get a little crowded.
Away from the crowds Caroline Cockram (25:55) was the first woman to finish
and 4th of only 13 runners at Bois de Boulougne in Paris and set a new club
Benita (30:40) and John Scaife (30:41) were at the inaugural Panania parkrun
in Sydney where the appetite for parkrun seems to be insatiable. There
were 269 runners there with the fastest being a woman, Belinda Martin (18:10)
coming in first by quite a distance. That took the BA park total on to
Julie Barclay (22:11, 77.46%) was in Florida and became the first current
member to run at Clermont Waterfront near Orlando. That time places Julie
3rd out of 125 in the WV50 list at Clermont. She is still 2nd out of 36 at
Crissy Field in San Francisco. Her friend and colleague, Paul Watt (23:44)
was also there. Paul has a pb of 22:54 at Frimley. The club total
has moved on to 231 different parkruns.
Steve Taylor was a volunteer (for the second week) at Northala Fields as lead
cyclist which must need careful gear selection through the mountain section.
He had the satisfaction providing guidance to a first time parkrunner (Ben
Greene, Ware Joggers) who was unsure of both the route and the barcode
procedures at the finish. To Fly, to Serve.
Updated parkrun stats:
PS The club parkrun map now shows the
parkruns done by the club with the colour indicating how many different club
runners have done each. White is none, gray is up to nine of us, then Red,
Black, Gold and Green for the most popular (Bedfont and Bushy). What does this
reveal? Perhaps we ought to have a club outing to Gladstone?
PS Steve's report includes club family members who are in a parkrun produced
report of parkrunners whose club is recorded as "British Airways AC" (which you
should only put if you are a paid up member) OR for second claim club members
Steve has to look each up individually each week. Volunteer efforts also have to
be found manually - there is no helpful table for these. So apologies to anyone
whose achievements are missed but please drop Steve a line with the update for
the next edition and, if you think a miss is likely, let him know by the end of
Sunday before his report is generated.
As a club we were very well travelled this weekend - participants in
Paris, Orlando, Singapore and Sydney as well as the usual London and SE
England venues. I failed to travel out of bed - missing my Saturday
parkrun fix due to a very bad cold. I must have caught it on a
brief visit to Poland last Tuesday which included passing right next to
the Krakow parkrun course but too far from a Saturday to make a stay
over feasible, even before I caught the bug.
Sad to report that for two weeks running the police have been asked
to investigate a body found near the start of a UK parkrun by attendees
at the events. These things do happen. Which makes you take
a double take of John Scaife's report from the inaugural Panania parkrun
- "Goody bags at the end including bottle of water sponsored by a local
funeral director". Sorry - I felt I just had to report this.
Please note that The Heston Venue will be
closed to BA Clubs members throughout Saturday 19th March due to Imperial
College needing the whole venue for their annual Varsity match.
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