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BA Athletics Club News Digest 31st March 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 2nd April - Watersplash 10k - Concorde Centre from 18:00 + social from 20:00
  • Thursday 3rd April - Magic Mile - Bath Road near Newport Road Junction start 12:45
  • Thursday 10th April - Pre-London Marathon meeting - Concorde Centre from 19:00 (see below)

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: Diary.shtml (updated).

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Membership Due

The new membership year starts on 1st April and lasts until 31st March 2015. Those thoughtful souls who pay by direct debit need do nothing.  All the rest need to think about getting the membership fee (unchanged at 9 or 19 with UK Athletics fee) to the membership secretary Alan Friar ( or the Treasurer Chris Kelly (  If you need to update the membership form the latest copy is on the website at

Thank you,

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun Results for Saturday 29th March and 100 parkrun announcement

Daniela Mayerova achieves a pb (27:16) at Black Park (impressive pb improvements two weeks running!).

Two new parks added to the baRunner list: Ray Hampton in the foothills of the Pennines setting an MV70 record at Lyme Park (#96) and Roderick by the seaside at Margate (#96).  That was Roderick's 99th parkrun and he intends to run his 100th at Pymmes on Saturday 5th (all invited - there should be cake).

High numbers again this week with Gunnersbury setting a new record with 331 finishers, Bushy Park over 1,000 for the fourth consecutive week.  Root44 has had over 300 for the last three weeks (and Chris Stockwell's MV65 record has been taken by an improving youngster coming up from a lower age group).

Veteran parkrun tourist Robin Campbell (Chigwell and Epping Forest Orienteering Club) had his eyes on Alan Anderson's VM75 record at Bedfont Lakes but missed out by two seconds! 

Updated parkrun stats:  

Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell

100 different parkruns - the big push on Saturday 19th April

The club parkrun family have now run at 97 different parkrun venues and we have been adding about one venue every week. This means that on Easter Saturday, 19th April, we would expect to make the one hundred.  We would like to do it with a bang so we would like all club family parkrunners to consider doing a different parkrun that Saturday and one that the club has not yet done. There are now 382 parkruns worldwide so that means you have 279 to choose from - including ten in south or east London!  The list of runs we have done is in Steve's stats (link above), there is an map on the baRunner website (BA-parkruns-2014.jpg 1.2Mb) showing the locations of parkruns that have (green) and haven't (yellow) been run and the parkrun website ( has details of all the specific parkruns.  Please let me or Steve know if you intend to do a different parkrun that day and we'll coordinate - to avoid individuals turning up at the same "different" parkrun (I had had my eye on Lyme Park so I'm also having to think again).

London parkruns

Roderick PS We are hoping that the family DOESN'T do three new parkruns over the next two Saturdays. I for one won't be doing any new runs until the 19th.

WARR is coming...

I'm expecting World Airline Road Race Dublin, 2nd to 5th October, to be officially launched this coming weekend.  Various details have been circulated to Team Captains this week including a list of hotels (not yet including the race HQ hotel which will sell out quickly).   I am expecting the WARR rates to be 100% competitive.  The details will probably be passed on using the full WARR email list so you'll get this at the same time as I do but I will prompt regulars to book their hotels.  I will recommend the race HQ hotel but also one of the others as an overflow for BA runners so that more of us are in the same hotel. 

Other details - the 10k and 5k races will be separate and professionally managed with chip timing and the venue will be St Anne's Park (a parkrun venue - though the WARR course will be a 5k lap not the shorter parkrun course).  The registration fee will be about 40 euro. This will cover the usual pre-race parties and giveaways as well as either or both races. There will be an awards dinner on the Sunday evening catering for at least 600 but no price as yet.

This is the local website though it's not yet set up with information for WARRiors:

I am party to additional details but I can't publish them so if you need to know something ask and I'll see what I can say.

Roderick Hoffman

Pre London Marathon Briefing on Thursday 10th April

This is targeted at all volunteers.  The occasion is used to hand out information, gifts, passes and equipment that you will need on Sunday.  Please try to attend or to know someone who is attending who can pick up your stuff for you.  If you are not a member of BA Clubs please let Steve Hillier know so that he can put your name on the door.

Steve Hillier

Has anyone heard from Joe recently?...

Less than 2 weeks to go now and my last 'before report' !!!

After the Bramley 20, managed the Gade Valley 17 & 20, Datchet Dashers 20, and the Cranleigh 15 miler marathon training events albeit at a slower steadier pace than hoped, and with the occasional walk.  Good to see quite a few BA runners in those.  Been parkrunning every week with a few quicker times recently to blow the cobwebs off however may of tried too hard last Saturday and followed that by a 14miler in Windsor Park yesterday 7miles unfortunately one hamstring started tightening up bad and I had to walk/jog back to base - hmmmm, been relatively injury-free this year but managed to get a physio appointment this morning and after a torture session told to rest up until Saturday and try a slow parkrun and all hopefully will be OK.  I haven't followed a more intense training plan like some of the quicker guys and actually don't feel properly prepared for the big day but fingers crossed there is enough mileage (if not speed) in my legs.  Sadly seems I'm having to miss out the club Watersplash 10k now because of the lay up but will be along to the meeting Thursday next week to collect the kit for my marshaling team - probably be going to the expo earlier that day to collect my number and goodie bag !

Hope everyone else is progressing well,

Cheers, Joe Nolan

What could you do in 2 min 2.44 seconds? Or 4 min 10.47 seconds?

Me I struggle to do one lap of the track in 2 minutes but our sometimes colleague Adrian Haynes came 3rd in the M45 800m Indoor World Masters Championships in Budapest last week with the first time and then 2nd in the M45 1500m with the second to earn glorious bronze and silver medals.  Either Adrian knows a shortcut or he is running incredibly fast these days. More:

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