BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th April 2018
Wednesday 2nd May Rosenheim Track&Field match at Walton from 18:45
# (sorry - yesterday)
Wednesday 9th - Speedbird Ladies - see below.
Saturday 12th May - Hazelwood parkrun at 9:00 (please arrive early so that a
photograph can be taken).
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:
* Club Event Map:
[Clickable link to Google Maps] /
# Club Points event
Not for you, no longer interested?
remove me please. / Difficulty
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Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at
Weak apologies for the late digest, but I've spent the last six days in
Charing Cross Hospital, during which I had lots of blood extracting from within
the skull ! Last Friday I was not able to talk or type, and also I couldn't use
my right arm and I was clumsy. Having extracted the excess blood I'm expecting
to recover completely - though I will use the incident to account for spelling
mistakes and missing words! One symptom over the weekend is that I was
continually hearing voices in my head - amusingly mainly "parkrun".
Speedbird Ladies 9th May #
Meet in the normal Harmondsworth Moor carpark for 6 o'clock. The men
may check the 5k course at six. The ladies race at seven. Lots of marshalls are
needed. This is a club points scoring event. Marshalls score 2 points.
Racers score one. We would prefer our ladies to run.
PS Don't forget to enter and/or promote the Speedbird Ladies event on 9th May
from 19:00 - see http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Ladies.shtml.
Either enter online or print off the application form from the site and post it
to Steve Taylor via the address given.
If any BAAC "Second Claim" members
have, or will, enter the event and you wish to run for BAAC then please ask your
first claim club secretary before the day of the event - I wouldn't expect them
to have a problem with this but they need to be given the option.
New Membership Year - Subscriptions due
Another reminder - As you know, the BA AC Subs for 2018 Membership came due
in April. Especially if you Affiliate to England Athletics - and will be
wanting the race entry discount again - 38 people did last year – you don't want
you to miss out at the last minute…
Our Subs remain the same at £9, but Affiliation to UK Athletics has increased
to £15. So if you affiliate, your payment should now total £24.
Ideally, I would suggest that you setup a standing order for the yearly
payment, even now, as you will be able to shift the date back to 1st April later
on. And let us know by email that you have paid - Thanks.
- Name: British Airways Athletics Club
- Account: 10096647
- SortCode: 60-02-60
Chris Kelly (Club Treasurer)
Alan Friar (Membership Secretary)
PS. See Jas on the London Marathon entry page "Good for Age"
PPS. Expect BA Clubs (if you are a member) to pay your Bedfont Football and
Social club costs! (not confirmed).
London Marathon Reports and a reminder to enters
The London Marathon Events have confirmed the date of
the 2019 race will be SUNDAY 28th APRIL (the week after Easter). If you want to
enter apply to
TODAY, not tomorrow.
Colin Haylock has written a report describing his Marathon Des Sables, rather
his run of the London Marathon in Ski Boots, though I'm not sure which is
From: Dan Searle
It's typical that the weather has cooled
down now it's all over. I wonder how different things would have
been if we'd been running in yesterday's cooler temperatures.
The first half of my marathon went pretty well, and I got to
tower bridge in just over 2 hours, but then the heat really
started to get to me. I was reduced to a shuffle and then I
walked the first 100m of each of the few kilometres on the
approach to Canary Wharf. From about 17 miles though every time
I ran even slowly I felt dizzy and was short of breath. I'm so
glad I took the sensible option and just adopted a brisk walk
from then on. Apparently about 100 runners were hospitalised
with serious heat injury. I can see how easy it would be to push
yourself too hard when there's such amazing well-meaning support
on the course. A slow finish and a medal is much better than a
DNF or worse. It's an amazing event to experience regardless of
what speed you're moving.
Thanks very much to BA for giving
me the opportunity to do it, and well done to all of you, the
marshals and supporters.
On 23 April 2018 at 21:46, Lesley Bradley wrote:
Firstly, thank you for the opportunity to run the marathon
again. At least we have all gone into the record book for
completing the hottest recorded marathon. Well done to all of
you for finishing yesterday.
It was a real test of
endurance and positive thinking. It was my worst nightmare
as I tend to crumble in heat at the best of times. So sure
enough at mile 12 I found myself slightly delirious unable
to even coordinate getting a gel into my mouth! Lucky my
supporters were on hand to sort me out. I decided I had two
options, quit or carry on – quitting was not an option so I just
got on with it.
I had given up very early on any thought of
trying to get a good time but was pleased with my time in the
conditions. The day was amazing as ever, with such
wonderful support from the crowds.
Thank you to all the BA
marshals , you did a great job.
So all back to normal today,
no real aches or pains, back to work and enjoying a cooler
Take Care everyone
From: Trish McCabe
Well done everyone for getting across the finish
line. Yesterday was an amazing day despite it being the hottest
London Marathon on record.
I had a strong and promising start
but by the time I got to mile 10 I know I would have to slow my
pace down as there was no way I was going to jeopardise not
crossing the finish line. I was initially hoping for a new
marathon PB - but it was not to be in the heat. I am now most
grateful to have made it across the finish line without any
I did take the day of work and I am feeling not too
Very sad to hear the news of Matt Campbell.
Thank you to all the BA Marshalls for your support. I managed to
see quite a few of you, receiving high fives and big hugs from
some of our marshalls at the various crossings was very
On 23 Apr 2018,
at 18:52, SCOTT DAVISON wrote:
Firstly thanks to
all the wonderful Marshalls, how hot was that ! My hardest ever
but to 15 miles felt great and relaxed but the energy sapped
from me by 18m and mr potato head went past me.
and got my 250 parkrun Saturday at Bedfont parkrun - cakes
Take it easy
More next week.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 28th April 2018
|28th April 2018
||family & friends
||run #19, all at Bedfont Lakes
||finish token sorting & run report
||LonDone maintained, park #98
||run #99, 1st at Hampstead
||1st run at Osterley, club rec(F)
||run #73, 1st at Osterley
||run #95, 2018 sb
||run #59, 55th at Woking
||run #16, first run of 2018
||run #28, 2nd at Rickmansworth
||run #93, 24th at Rickmansworth
||299th run at Reading
||run #86, 55th at Northala
||run #109, 59th at Maidenhead
||run #128, 61st at Maidenhead
||run #289, 6th at Hazelwood
||run #46, 2nd at Hasenheide
||run #101, 87th at Harrow
||run #191, 162nd at Crane
||run #355, 61st at Crane
||run #188, 53rd at Braunstone
The “250” season continued at Bedfont Lakes with Scott Davison (23:08) being
the latest to qualify for the dark green vest. He was three minutes faster
than last week which may just prove that running a marathon can improve your
parkrun times. Chris Evans (23:07) appears to be on a plateau, has run the
same course in the same time for two consecutive weeks but without a marathon in
between. Tracey Mills (34:02), who has averaged two runs a year since Bedfont
started, ran for the second time in a month. Maybe her London Marathon
marshalling experience and seeing Chris Kelly heading for a sub four-hour finish
has inspired her start training early for 2019.
Steve Newell (37:23) attended an inaugural for the first time since Woking in
2014. This time it was Mountsfield Park in Catford reachable via the
fascinating trail known as the South Circular or less frustratingly with a
gentle stroll from Hither Green station. It is not as hilly as nearby
Hilly Fields but is not flat either and a significant part of the three lap
course is on grass. There is one toilet and fresh post run coffee is
dispensed from the inside of a discarded shipping container. An excellent
under cover bag drop area in the hilltop bandstand by the start and finish.
There are now 52 parkruns within the boundaries of the London Boroughs.
Jeremy Short is just one run short of his century after his run at Hampstead
Heath (23:56), Richard Ruffell’s club record of 22:24 remains intact.
a joyous return to his childhood playground, Osterley Park, for Paul Watt
(23:19). Julie Barclay (23:25) set a new female club course record under
the watchful eye of coach Tom Rowley. Tom reports taking his grandchildren
to Osterley Park so it was a day for reminiscing. Over 30 members have now
run at Osterley at least once. The parkruns which have proved more
attractive are Bushy (56), Bedfont Lakes (49), Gunnersbury (37), Crane Park (36)
and Black Park (35).
Updated parkrun stats -
club parkrun stats
"The best parkruns" - Bill Byrne interviewed me last month about parkrun
- Dear Ed, just one jog/run park/Xc this week=31.54. From a marshal's role
last Sunday in hot conditions to cold/wet weather 27April for my jog?! Well
done REAL runners in the Marathon. Andy Rayner.
- Is anyone interested in the Bridges Relay again this year? Simon who
organised this last year but can't make it this year and we have a Rosenheim
track mtg. that night too so we are looking for someone to organise the
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor,
Roderick Hoffman, at