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BA Athletics Club News Digest 31st May 2021
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This Week's and Future Solo Events
Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to News@barunner.org.uk. Some events, such as the weekend achievement, will have "Prompts" set up in Facebook. These allow the posting of a single image and some text and make it easy to flip through everyone's entries.
Solo Mile (submit before Monday 14th June):
Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year. Alternately join in the in-person event (not yet announced - you could offer).
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:
May Track-on-Field Results
Five results pictured here. Bob is probably disappointed in his 800m run, and Steve with his 100m (as usual)...alternately we may all be delighted with all of the other runs!
Orienteering and Hash runs
We will try the permanent Orienteering Course at Black Park on Wednesday 9th June with starts from 18:30. Since all participants need to have a map printed for them you'll need to let me know to expect you. At the moment I'm hoping to see Chris Kelly, Alice Banks, Steve Hillier and Simon Turton but all are welcome and no experience is required, indeed those with no experience are wanted.
Now, at the most recent NOW event, someone whispered in my ear the suggestion that we have a hash run in the club. It is probably a good idea - the club used to do hashes and the format does encourage runners of all abilities to take part in the same event - and even see each other during the run. I won't describe what a hash is in this issue but just to give a flavour of what to expect I'll describe an experience I had during my run last Saturday. I was jogging along on the towpath, minding my own business but I was aware of two or three runners on the towpath ahead of me, and I was also aware of some rough flour markings on the side of the towpath - tell tail signs of a hash underway. Ahead a boat had come to a stop on the side of the canal and the tillerman was reaching out towards two of the runners. As I approached he shouted to me "Are you in the hash? I've got some whisky for you!" and waved a bottle in my direction. I declined...but it is typical of a hash to have such interruptions to the run.
If we were to have a hash it would be good if someone who knew what a hash is, and how it works, to volunteer to be the hare and set the trail (and obviously decide when and where we would hold the event). Preferably someone other than the usual volunteers or pressganged committee members or chairman.
Speedbird Ladies Race - 26th May # Result
It felt very good to get the 2021 Speedbird Ladies race underway after our long lockdown. We still had to have some social distancing measures in place - the reduced numbers and the ultra-wide start line (1 metre per runner). We had 27 starters and 25 finishers. All of the results are on the website at baRUNNER Event Ladies Race page and more photographs, mainly by Paul Brandon, are at Shared MS OneDrive album.
It was close at the front - at the end of the first lap Emma Moreton had a short lead over Julie Barclay and Maria Jovani was just behind Julie. But by the end of the second the positions had been reversed with Maria crossing the finish line first and then Julie just six seconds behind just (one second) ahead of a fast finishing Emma. All had finished the long 5k course within 40 minutes. As a team the first three BAAC runners finished with a total time 76 seconds faster than the first three from Shepperton RG but that was closer than the last time this race was held in 2019, and this course was slightly longer. I've described this as a long 5km in length - Steve Newell went round with the wheel and one lap, from start to finish, was 2640metres in length but the second lap would have been shorter than the first because of the finish design.
But the event wasn't just about the fast runners - everyone seemed to enjoy it (probably including the two who only did the one lap due to various strains). The auditor did note in his report that social distancing was well observed before the start, at the start and during the race...but less so after the finish.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible: Steve Hillier (dedicated first aider), Steve Taylor (entries, registration, timing & results), Denis Foxley (tail walker), Ken Saunders (race auditor), John Scaife (car park marshal & course marshal), Paul Brandon (first aider and photographer), Chris Kelly (finish & timing), Joe Nolan (car park marshal and course marshal) and Steve Newell, Paul Watt and Mike Dennison (course marshals).
BA Athletics Club Records - 3000m
The 3000m is another one of the events taking place at the Veterans match on 7th June at Uxbridge and you can see in the records that it is the Vets league that has been the spur for new records recently.
To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately measured and the participant has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in an in-house organised event). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to compete in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs).
If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions: Stats@barunner.org.uk .
Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Brandon
Ron Hill 1938-2021
David Barnard wrote in, suggesting that we give a mention to Ron Hill who recently finished his earthly race. For the younger members of the club it's good to know that Ron Hill was more than a seller of running kit. If you look at a list of the top ten fastest British Marathoners then Ron Hill's name is still there - from his 2:09:28 performance over 50 years ago. To the end of 2017 Ron also ran every day, at least a mile, for 52 years and 39 days (and including 67 parkruns). A fuller list of Ron's achievements is via the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/23/ron-hill-obituary
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