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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th April 2013
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Forthcoming Events

Don't forget the following priority club events:
§  Wednesday 10th April - "Watersplash" 10k followed by social with food - Concorde Centre 18:00
§  Sunday 21st April - London Marathon - good luck to the 20 runners and 120 marshals
§  Saturday 27th April – Parkrun Richmond

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.

The full events diary is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. This has been updated to include events up to November.


Watersplash 10k and 5k Part 1

to all members
The annual Watersplash 10km will be held on Wednesday 10th April 2013 with wave starts designed to bring everyone to the finish line at 7.15 p.m.  First start at 6.10 p.m., then every few minutes until elite start at 6.35 p.m.
Register at the Concorde Club pavilion up to 6 p.m., thereafter at the start line.
There will be a 5km option for those wanting a shorter run starting at 6.40 p.m. (mass start)
The finish line will be the traditional one in the Field of Hope (used for Concorde 10km, Concorde 5 mile, etc)
If the pavement along Hayes Road has been reopened following the works connected with the Western International Market site redevlopment scheme then the traditional figure-of-eight loop starting and finishing in the Field of Hope will be used.
If the Hayes Road route is still unavailable (as it has been for the last several months) an alternative course will be used.
5km option - same as the 2012 Equinox 5km event.
Start in Church Road at junction with Watersplash Lane, run through Field of Hope (over the finish line and start main loop), left hand cycle track (northbound) up A312.  Left at Roundabout, left into Roseville Road, left into St Dunstan's Alley into Cranford Park.  Between St Dunstan's Church and the River Crane bridge, through gap in the fence and join the gravel chippings path, along by the river, over the footbridge into Avenue Park, southbound all the eay to Cranford lane exit from the park, turn left, left again into Cranford High Street, left at traffic lights onto Parkway (A312) cycle track back to the Field of Hope.
10km option
The start will be in Church Road, between the junctions with Watersplash Lane and Southall Lane.  Start running twoards the Field of Hope, over the 5km start line, over the finish line and then two laps of the main loop.
Whichever course is to be used, a map will be displayed at the Concorde Club
For men only  
Please declare your age and weight when registering for the race.
Two competitions (men only)
Time in minutes (rounded up) subtracted from age in years  (rounded down) e.g age 55 years 7 months, time 48 mins 24 secs;  result:  55-49 = 6
ii) RUN UNDER YOUR WEIGHT (men only)
Time in minutes (rounded up) subtracted from weight in kgs (rounded down) e.g. weight 12 st 2 lbs (77kgs), time 48 mins 24 secs; result: 77-49 = 28.
Imperial/metric weight conversion table attached.
Scales will be available in the changing room.

Watersplash 10km , Wednesday 10th April Part 2


IMPORTANT (to make sure enough food is ordered)

1.  If you will be at the Concorde Club for the meal after the run, please respond a.s.a.p. (deadline 2359, 9th April) to

Steve Newell (

with any special dietary needs.

  2. With the road works in Hayes Road alongside the Western International  Market site redevelopment scheme showing no signs of being completed before next Wednesday an alternative course will be used this year.

  3. Alternative course for 5km - same as the Equinox 5km course used last October - start at junction of Watersplash Lane and Church Road (The start will be a few yards further back than last October when the course was marginally short).   Most of the first mile and the last mile follow the Concorde 10km (5mile) course but cut through Cranford Park (via St Dunstans Alley) and Avenue Park crossing the River Crane via the footbridge.

  Finish in the Field of Hope (last 50m slightly uphill)

  4. Alternative course for 10km

Start along Church Road near to lamp post no 4 and head towards the Field of Hope.  Thereafter same as 5km but with two laps of the main loop instead of one.

  A map will be posted on the notice board.

  5. Register and be given a number at the pavilion up to 6 p.m., after that, at the start.  Men, please give your age at registration and weight (weighing scales will be provided in the changing room for a last minute check).

  First wave (10km - 10 minute milers) starts at 6.10 p.m.

10km - 9 minute milers start at 6.17 p.m.

10km - 8 minute milers start at 6.23 p.m.

10km - 7 minute milers start at 6.29 p.m.

10km - elte group start at 6.35 p.m.

  n.b. Timekeepers move forward 250m


5 km - All abilities start together at 6.40 p.m.

  All those planning to run please send expected time to Steve Newell ( by midnight on Tuesday 9th April.



Fastest woman

10km men - best result: age in years minus time in minutes

10km men - best result: weight in kgs minus time in minutes


Steve Newell

Round Norfolk Relay

It is with great disappointment that I tell you that we have not been able
to get a team together to enter this year's Round Norfolk Relay. After
several emails trying to get people interested we have only 11 names which
is a long way short of what we need. As I had to let the RNR organisers
know before Easter and having discussed this with Chris, we have agreed we
tell them we are not entering this year.
I would like to thank the 11 people who did express an interest, it is
really appreciated, and I hope we will be able to try again another year.


parkrun News

I've accepted this personal invitation to run at Old Deer Park next Saturday.

All on grass but if the dry spell continues the going could be quite good!

My worry is that an Adidas BOOST won't be as useful to me as a Cadbury's one!

I see former BA member Jane Davies achieved an extremely good age grading at Kingston last Saturday.  84.9% is well within her range.

Dear Steve  2nd April 2013

You are invited to celebrate with us on the 6th April

On Saturday the 6th of April the adidas BOOST tour culminates with a massive celebration at the fabulous Old Deer Park parkrun, Richmond upon Thames (Postcode - TW9 2SF). With money can't buy giveaways, Team GB athletes and a fantastic opportunity to meet the team, we are hoping for a huge turnout.

This event sees the culmination of the adidas BOOST parkrun tour and you are offered the chance to hobnob with some celebrity athletes and to win one of a number of prizes. Our celebrity athletes include: Scott Overall, Andi Jones, James Shane, Joe Thomas, Freya Murray, Louise Damen, Amy Whitehead, Alyson Dixon, Elle Baker and the fabulous Liz Yelling who will be available to parkrunners after the run to chat about anything running. Autograph cards will also be available should anyone want their signatures.

This is your chance to run with or be paced by Olympic, Commonwealth & elite marathon & track athletes. We also encourage you to chat to the athletes, get their autographs/photos or even ask them about training, racing or running a marathon.

We are going to attempt to break a number of records on this day:

•1st parkrun over 500 attendees outside of Bushy parkrun

•Male course record of 16.29

•Female course record of 19:21

•Highest age grade > 84.9%

•Old Deer Park attendance of 86

We will be offering a number of prizes on the day, these will be drawn at random from the finish tokens once the last finisher is in. Only those still present will be eligible.

•Vouchers for discounts in adidas stores

•Pairs of BOOST footwear

•adidas running clothing

•One-to-one training session with Scott Overall

•Personalised training plan from Liz and Martin Yelling

•Two places in the 2013 Bupa London 10,000 (Monday the 27th of May 2013)

•Two places in the 2014 adidas Silverstone Half Marathon (March 2014)

•One place in the 2014 Virgin London Marathon (April 2014)

•Provide your phone number.

In addition, you can improve your chances to win a trip to parkrun in Australia when participating at Old Deer Park parkrun on the 6th of April. All attendees will go into the final draw.

Martin Yelling and Tom Williams of Marathon Talk will be recording their podcast live on the day and Danny Norman from the parkrun show will also be there. This is your chance to feature on their show.

So, an opportunity not to be missed. Why not do a bit of parkrun tourism and join the parkrun team at Old Deer Park parkrun this Saturday.

If you are thinking of attending please let us know by clicking here. Please review the course information including parking here. Also, why not let your friends know your coming: I'm attending the #BOOST Old Deer Park parkrun on Saturday. I hope to see you all there!

Kind regards

Tom Williams

Hyeres 10k

Both myself and Duncan Wright (ex BA) took part in the Hyeres 10K
(near Toulon) last Sunday (March 24th). The conditions were poor with heavy rain for
the event resulting in flooded roads. Duncan finished 6th in his age
group clocking 39-06 while I was 15th in 42-33.

Regards Barry.

Ladies Speedbird 5k / Concorde Five Mile Promotional Poster

This link should take you to a promotional poster advertising the next two big hosted events in the club diary - the Speedbird 5k and the Concorde Five Mile - and other forthcoming events.  Please print off a copy of the poster and display it on a notice board near you (replacing the Track&Field poster if you had put that up).  We need to attract more runners to these events.  Poster (jpg 260k)
Roderick Hoffman  

Club Supported Charity Dance - Saturday 4th May

Just Confirmed that the Charity dance will be on Saturday 4th May from 7pm to 11pm in the Concorde Centre Pavilion bar with club DJ Eddie Giles providing the music. Around £5 on the door which will all go 50:50 to British Heart Foundation & Dreamflight. Maybe slightly more cost if we have food there.

More info nearer the date.

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