BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th November 2015
Thursday 3rd December - Dream Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45*.
With mince pies and mulled wine promised! (see below)
Sunday 6th December - Run of the Month - Perivale Five*
10:00 (now full though you can turn up to cheer on our team members).
Wednesday 9th December - 5 mile handicap, at Heston
Venue from 18:00.*
New members and non-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. Updated 11th November.
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December Dream Mile reminder - this Thursday
Quick reminder that December's Dream Mile event is taking place this Thursday
- 3rd December. Event will start at 12:45 by the Newport Road Junction -->http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=507119&y=176891&z=110&s….
Route ( http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6061575)
then heads back towards Waterside on the Bath Road, stopping just before the
Thistle hotel. Either meet at the start or outside the gym at 12:25 for a
gentle jog to the start. It's a self timed event, just remember your watch.
Because this is the December event there will be mince pies and mulled wine
at the finish!
More details email
Roderick Hoffman for Paul Knechtl
ASCA Cross Country 2016: 2nd April, Hamburg
We have been informed that the ASCA Cross Country will be hosted by Lufthansa
in Hamburg on 02April, 2016. For those who are not familiar with this event, it
is one of the inter airlines events we participate in over many years. Race
distance is approximately 6-8k.
I have 4 runners on the ladies' team list as I wrote and hope to have a big
ladies contingency, so email me
if you are interested in attending this event. It will be fun and great for
socialising with colleagues from other airlines as well as our own.
5 Mile Handicap Wednesday 9th December
No sooner have we run the November Handicap race the December run comes into
view. Be ready for six o'clock though start times will vary so that we all
finish at around the same time, about seven o'clock. Please run without
checking your watch or timing/tracking device.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 28th November 2015
28th Nov 2015
||run #95, 6th at Cassiobury
||run #41, 18th at Maidenhead
||run #28, 1st run at Norwich
||East Coast Park
||parkrun pb, club course rec
||run #2, pb
||run #7, pb
||first run at St Albans
||run #182, running at venue for 2nd time!
The Saturday morning weather throughout November has been fairly horrible so
a cool but mainly dry day with glimpses of sunshine was an improvement.
Our fastest runner this week was Richard Ruffell (20:29) at Cassiobury Park
in Watford. Barry Walters (20:49) was at Woking for the first time since
turning 60 and that performance was the third best in the all time list there
for his age category just half a minute off the top rung of the ladder.
On the tourist front John Scaife (23:48) was at Eaton Park in Norwich to run
his 20th different park and take the club total to 210. Paul Timms(22:31)
became the first member to run at East Coast Park in Singapore for a second
time. That time is his best ever for a parkrun and sets a new club record.
David Duggan (26:41) visited St Albans for the first time taking his personal
tally to 20 as well.
Gary Rushmer (21:10) made his first appearance at a parkrun in 2015 at
Bedfont Lakes. Denis Foxley (25:30) celebrated his nomination as runner of
the month at Harrow. He was the last to receive pair of shoes from
Sweatshop before the partnership ended.
There was plenty of action at Gunnersbury where Event Director Arlene
Gallagher who is getting married shortly ran the course in full costume with the
rest of her hen party. There was a new course record (15:06) set by
Mohamed Mohamed of Thames Valley Harriers. He has won at Northala Fields
(14:43) and Bushy Park (14:56) in recent weeks so is clearly a talented lad.
Kerstin Luksch (20:36) set yet another pb, Lissa Pritchard (23:59) had another
good outing. Oliver Mathai (26:44) and former member Mike Lawrence (28:29)
made one of their occasional appearances. Alan Anderson (29:40) had his
best run since August and three minutes better than last week.
For those planning to run on Christmas Day or New Years Day the link you need
. Two runs are allowed on 1st January and plenty of options have already
been confirmed. More about that in the coming weeks.
Updated club parkrun stats:
Ed: Kerstin's PB was her 30th PB at Gunnersbury where since
31st December 2011 she has improved her time from a creditable 27:07 to a highly
impressive 20:36. With nearly two minutes improvement in 2015 an under 20
minute time would appear to be achievable. And at Harrow, whilst Denis wasn't
that pleased with his time, he did show me a clean pair of heels. They were not
so clean by the end though.
Did Norwich parkrun yesterday. Satisfied with 23:48 although I lost
out on 1st M60 by 1 second. I have now done parkruns to the west
(Norwich), north (Catton) and east (Brundall) of the city, with only
south (Mulbarton) to go before I have to venture out of Greater Norwich.
Meet the Committee - Steve Newell (co-opted committee member)
In his youth Steve Newell was much better at swimming than running
and joined the old Speedbird Club swimming section in the late 1960’s.
He was on the committee and was the last BOAC captain of swimming.
He also served time as chair of the BOAC subaqua section and was editor
of Boaqua News an early photocopied version of a newsletter for members.
Perhaps his greatest achievement of those early years was the first ever
full scale disco in the main hall at the Speedbird Club, attended by 400
ravers paying five shillings each. Steve’s interest in swimming
continues to this day and he has organised swimming in the tidal Thames
and enrolled the help of Brian Forrester, Paul Brandon and John
Following a move to the old BEA headquarters at South Ruislip in
1975, Steve was introduced to the concept of lunchtime running by Denis
Foxley and Steve Hillier and met Athletics Section founder members Guy
de Bousac, Dave Blackett and David Barnard who were pioneers of a later
popular annual jaunt of flying over to take part in the New York City
Marathon. Steve watched the first London Marathon with his young
children in 1981, decided he wanted to be part of it and joined the
newly formed BAAC soon afterwards. There was the setback of a
broken leg sustained sprinting to the finish of the Fleet and Crookham
half marathon in 1983 but by 1985 Steve had joined the committee and was
one of many who helped with the 1985 WARR in Hyde Park.
It was the WARR experience that triggered an interest in race
organisation and during his years on the committee Steve introduced some
of the events we still hold today such as the Parkway Mile, the Equinox
5km and the Watersplash 10km. Inspired by the legendary Patrick
Barnes, Steve developed an interest (later an obsession) in triathlon
and from 1987 to 1993 organised the Munchman Duathlon (run-bike-run)
based in Cranford Park. This eventually had to be abandoned due to
increased traffic volumes round Heathrow and the erection of more and
more traffic lights (running red lights is a strictly enforced rule
penalised by disqualification). Retirement from BA came earlier
than anticipated and may indeed have been prompted by possibly his
greatest triumph on behalf of the Athletics Section. This was the
Millennium Mile, a 100 x one mile relay run in the Waterside grounds
during working hours in July 1999. Made possible only by the
company wide introduction of email, 100 employees and pensioners fitted
their run in round various shifts, flex-time core periods and days off
and the team of 100 finished in just over ten hours. Within
months, the defeat of the Millennium Bug heralded the end of an era.
Now a grandfather, Steve believes in continuity rather than
perpetuity and has retired to the back benches. He continues to
help the committee when required and was heavily involved with measuring
the course round Royal Victoria Dock for WARR in 2010. He has
attended 24 WARR events and has become an enthusiastic ‘parkrunner’,
familiar with all the courses in London.
The Rowley Report
Nice surprise to see Barry Walters warming up this morning [at Woking
parkrun] although buddy Mike Waine’s shift prevented a little friendly
battle. Today Barry ran the 3x1600m laps equally (roughly) at 6.50
pace and ran the final 200m in 40 sec. where it was a bit congested to
get a good clear run in. On the day Barry was a clear first 0/60
(and 18th o/a) in 20:49 though unfortunately he missed the 0/60 course
rec. of 20.19 by 30 sec. Come back again Barry, before too much
PS: I have trouble trying to contact 0/65 Kevin Holland (BA member)
who often runs here as most have gone home when I return from my
Ed: Kevin - seek out Tom next time you are there.
Preparing for a Spring Marathon with International Marathon Athlete
Please find details on our website for our next Marathon Workshop
with Mara Yamauchi, which will take place on Friday 29th January from
6:30pm-9:30pm at Southwark Council Offices, 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2TZ
(Nearest Station: London Bridge) . The workshop costs £10.
Places are limited, this will be done on a first-come basis, bookings
are done online book now to avoid disappointment:
Julia Bailey - Club and Coach Support Officer -
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