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BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th March 2015


  • Thursday 2nd April - Magic Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45
  • Wednesday 8th April Watersplash 10k Heston Venue sports-ground for 6pm start followed by social with food
  • Monday 13th April Track & Field Grand Prix Hillingdon Track Uxbridge (1000m + Triple Jump)

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European Silver Medalist

Racing in the European Masters Indoor Championship in the appropriately named town of Torun in Poland, Adrian Haines achieved second place in the 800 metres AND with a new personal best of 2:01.03.  A PB at the age of 47 years and 339 days it perhaps wasn't surprising that Adrian was immediately asked to provide samples A and B for a drugs test.  Nothing untoward was found.

obo Adrian Haines

Ed: ...and to think that some days I struggle to run 400m in 2:01!

Club parkrun results for Saturday 28th March 2015

28Mar2015 Family & Friends Time parkrun Comment Grade
Roderick Hoffman 25:46 Maidenhead run #150, park #107, BAcourse PB time 59%
Alice Banks 26:37 Maidenhead started at the back!, BAcourse PB grade 70%
Neil Frediani 27:08 Maidenhead saving himself for 20 miler tomorrow! 58%
Monica Alonso 27:47 Maidenhead run #50 58%
Alan Anderson 30:27 Maidenhead run #357, age cat record 67%
Tony Barnwell 31:01 Maidenhead run #75 58%
Steve Newell 32:37 Maidenhead run #170 54%
Janet Smith 33:19 Maidenhead run #29 50%
Benita Scaife volunteer Maidenhead marshal
John Scaife volunteer Maidenhead marshal
Joe Nolan 28:54 Black Park 200th run at Black Park 55%
Sreeram Sethuraman 29:53 Bognor Regis BApark #158 44%
Ian Cunningham 22:50 Bushy Park run #190 66%
John Coffey 24:36 Bushy Park run #172 75%
Scott Davison 26:14 Bushy Park run #114 53%
John Lunt 30:53 Bushy Park run #67 50%
Ben Chaytow 21:52 Crane Park run #98 62%
Jeremy Short volunteer Crane Park finish tokens
Janet Cunningham 28:53 Guildford run #117 60%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford finish tokens
Kerstin Luksch 21:49 Gunnersbury run #133 69%
Oliver Mathai 25:00 Gunnersbury run #29 65%
Tony Hird 24:40 Gunpowder run #94 60%
Piers Keenleyside 23:28 Osterley Park run #95, course pb 67%
Chris Kelly 20:30 Reading run #233 & barcode scanner 71%
Gareth Hobby 26:00 Reading run #8 53%
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking marshal

There was an excellent turnout of members at the new Maidenhead parkrun and the fact that we had left our mob visit to the second week was very much appreciated by the team there who had had a bigger crowd at their inaugural than they really wanted.  Pictured below: In addition to Alice Banks (added at the end), Roderick Hoffman, Monica Alonso, Tony Barnwell, Steve Newell, Alan Anderson, Neil Frediani and Janet Smith there was encouragement from Benita and John Scaife, marshalling out on the main loop.

BAAC family parkrunners at Maidenhead

Monica Alonso used the run at Maidenhead to chalk up her "50" so she can expect an invitation to apply for a red t-shirt in the near future.  For Alan Anderson who doesn't venture away from Gunnersbury very often it was an opportunity to set a V75-79 record.  With time running out before he moves up a division he will probably never return to defend it.  It will be open for younger men like Brian Bennett to have a go.  Gunnersbury parkrun was able to go ahead without Alan but it perhaps demonstrates his concern that they might have problems that he got himself up a whole hour early on Saturday morning.  Still, he was well rehearsed for the clock change the rest of us had the next day.

Roderick proved the fastest club runner on the day on what was his 150th total parkrun and Tony Barnwell was also running his 75th. Alice would probably have challenged Roderick had she not been sitting at home at ten to nine thinking that the start was at 9:30. Sprinting from the car park she did cross the start line moments after the off but then had to navigate to overtake exactly 100 runners on the course in order to finish 74th. She did set the club best grade result and did treat the rest of us to coffee and doughnuts afterwards - and Roderick, Neil, Alan and Steve will probably record slower runs next Saturday as a consequence.

The course is 98% flat but the other 2% includes a gradient rarely experienced in a parkrun and everyone should give it a try.  For drivers there is a large free car park and it is easy to get to from junction 8/9 of the M4.
Only a few miles away, Joe Nolan ran his 200th (out of 215) parkrun at Black Park.  He has to make the most of his season ticket for the car park there which is far from free!  Chris Kelly dashed round Reading and not for the first time then grabbed a barcode scanner and put in a volunteer shift as well.
Sreeram Sethuraman ventured away from Upton Court to visit Bognor Regis parkrun.  That takes the BA score up to 158 different parkruns. 
We currently have three runners homing in on their centuries.  Ben Chaytow who usually runs at Crane Park is on 98, Tony Hird who always runs at Gunpowder Park (by Enfield Lock) is on 94 and Piers Keenleyside who is also homing in on his 100 marathons is on 95.  He'll probably enjoy a double ton-up weekend in the middle of May.
At Frimley Lodge (Barry Walters' home parkrun) there was a record turnout of 548 (without Barry joining in) and celebration as Darren Wood ran his 500th parkrun and was presented with the first ever turquoise "500" T-shirt.  He's hardly missed a week since his first time trial at Bushy Park (run #2, 9th October 2004).  He ran 255 times at Bushy before moving to Frimley Lodge where he has now run 211 times.  He's toured a bit and has one first place to his name - at Hanley.  His time on Saturday was 25 seconds faster than he did his first ever run and with a PB of 17:58 (at Bushy) and age still under 35 he could easily reach 1,000 runs before his 50th birthday!

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell (mainly - plus Roderick Hoffman for most of the less flattering stories)

Next w/e (4 April) is the first Saturday of month parkrun pacer day at Black Park again, now with a "19" added, to cover every minute from 19 to 33 minutes.

Joe Nolan

parkrun - A Celebration

If you run and you own a coffee table then you might like to consider getting yourself a copy of "parkrun - A Celebration".   This is a collection of inspirational parkrun photographs and stories put together by a combination of professional enthusiasts and enthusiastic professionals. It is a great book to have on the coffee table to flick through at an idle moment but be warned that if you do so on a wet and measurable morning, instead of setting off for your training run, then you will end up feeling guilty - particularly with photographs of others running in extreme weather such as the one on page 95.

120 pages, 32x24.5cm. It costs 19.99 with free postage and with proceeds going towards setting up new parkruns. Available from wiggle

Roderick Hoffman

Running Vests and Shirts Sale

We have some old stock that we are looking to give away at bargain prices!
Ladies Vest From Viga, Print both sides Sizes 14 & 16 12.00 NOW 5.00
Unisex cotton short sleeved T-shirts, Print both sides Sizes M, L & XL 4.50 NOW 2.00
Unisex cotton long sleeved T-shirts, Print both sides Sizes M, L & XL 5.50 NOW 2.50
Unisex cotton short sleeved WARR 2006 T-shirt, Print both sides Size L Only NOW 3.00
Unisex cotton short sleeved WARR 2008 T-shirt, Print both sides Size L & XL NOW 3.00
A small number of club branded tracksuits remaining Medium to large sizes Jackets are now 18.50 and trousers 8.50
We also have a full range of regular club kit available:
Ladies Vest New style, Print both sides Sizes S, M & L 12.00
Ladies Technical T-shirts, Print front ONLY Sizes S, M 8.00
Mens Vest, Print both sides Sizes M, L, XL & XXL 12.00
Mens Technical T-shirts, Print front ONLY Sizes S, M, L & XL 8.00
Hi-vis running bibs, No Printing One size fits all 10.00

Also see this attachment for photographs of each item.

For all your kit enquires please contact Paul Knechtl -

Running Shorts

Traditional Club Running Route

At the end of October Benita and I decided to do a daytime run from the Concorde Centre (sorry I mean Imperial College sports ground) and I suggested that we try to complete the old summer Wednesday evening route along the canal and through Osterley Park. To my surprise the route can still be completed pretty much as of old. The boardwalk leading up to Windmill Lane has been rerouted and the path that comes up behind Heston church has a slight detour to accommodate a fenced-in football pitch, but apart from that the route remains intact and recognisable. Must be at least 15 years since I last did it. It probably helped that it was an extraordinarily lovely autumn afternoon.


John Scaife

I've held this item back until the clock change since we can now do this run on a Wednesday evening.  You follow the canal towards Brentford before leaving off on the right at the bottom lock of the Hanwell flight.  I try to do this run at least once in late April or May since the section with the boardwalk is through a small nature reserve which is renowned for spring bluebells.

Roderick Hoffman

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