BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th February 2017
Saturday 11th February - Surrey League Cross Countries - Ladies at Farthing
Downs, Coulsdon from 12:00, Men at Lloyd park from 14:00.
Wednesday 15th February - Heartthob Hash - Heston Venue from 18:00*
Wednesday 22nd February - Winter 5 Mile Handicap followed by BAAC 2016
Awards Evening (food provided) at the Heston Venue from 20:00*
New members and potential 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. Last updated 9th January.
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Round-the-Block annual 5k road race Tuesday 31st January - result
||Ran from the Amadeus office on the Bath Road arriving 15 seconds
before 12:30 - and then ran on from the finish back to work. Must have
been training for something to come...
||Just back from South Africa and on his first run in his new age
||Half his time compared with the previous Saturday's parkrun
||Running his last Round-the-Block race in the 70 to 79 year age
I expect you hear this story every week but after a hurried domestic
rearrangement the folks who are re-doing our floorboards in the kitchen
at home had a window to start work today.
Being witness to four burly strangers uprooting the current flooring
and squirting large amounts of mastic on her kitchen floor was deemed
too stressful for Daisy* the dog who
has accompanied me to work today and is currently resting in the car.
I think the kindest thing for me to do is take her for a runwalk at
lunchtime rather than do the Round the Block.
I do often run with her off the lead and sometimes successfully on,
but to complicate things she is in season at the moment and, as well as
looking very sad, just wants to stop and pee everywhere.
As I say, Iím sure this is a tired old excuse but wishing you well
for the run today.
* Names changed. I do like the
way that Albert has anticipated the obvious challenge to do the event
with Daisy, and has a second story layer built in to counter this. I
expect that Daisy appreciated Albert's sacrifice - perhaps appreciating
it more than Albert appreciated her condition on their long drive home
together across London that evening. On a serious note event
organisers always appreciate apologies from potential attendees, be it
simple or elaborate; much better than getting a noshow.
January Five Mile Handicap Results
||Time gap from handicap
||Rank this month
||Points this month
There were 12 participants on a cold January evening, with the timekeepers
taking full advantage of the heater while the runners generated their own
warmth. Due to transport difficulties Christine Munden arrived a few minutes
late and ran a short course finishing close to the target of 19:00 but not
eligible for points this month. A slight change with the top 3 being Trish, Gary
and Roderick, who have all taken part in all 4 runs so far. There are quite a
few who have taken part in 3 runs, and have every chance of catching the leaders
if they take part in the remaining 2 events, as it's the best 5 of 6 runs to
The next 5M handicap is on 22nd Feb, this will be followed by the Awards
evening so the planned finish time, and hence each person's start time, may be
adjusted to enable the completion of the event before 19:00.
Dream Mile Feb 2017 Results
The graph below show best times for each time period for recent and frequent runners (the database
behind this holds all times for all runners since the event started in September
2013. Those with BA access can see this at
There were reasonable conditions for this month's Dream Mile, even a slight tail
wind, but they were not as good as in January so everyone ran slower except for
Matthew who exactly matched his January time. The next run will be on Thursday
2nd March so hopefully we'll see some improvement then.
WARR 2017 and 2018
Passing on messages relating to this year's and next year's World Airline
Trust All is well.
We have confirmed the host hotel 5*Pan Pacific. Rates at SGD260 plus
one breakfast and SGD280 with two breakfast. 4th Oct to 8th Oct 17.
Dinner will be at Suntec Convention Centre which is 5 minutes away
from race HQ.
- 04 Oct: Arrival-Race pack collection-host hotel
- 05 Oct: Meet and greet at the Asia longest bar- host hotel
- 06 Oct: Team Captain's meeting and followed by T-shirt swap
- 07 Oct: Race day and Dinner
- 08 Oct: 70th Anniversary Singapore Airlines Charity Run (optional
Looking forward to hosting all of you Rain Shine Run Singapore.
We have also asked our Tradewinds and Tours to handle the spill-over
Enjoy your weekend and stay in touch
Ghana (WARR 2017 Chair)
It's with great pleasure we announce the winning bid for WARR 2018 to
Air Canada and Jazz Aviation, to be hosted in Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada. Dates are being finalized for end of September and
will be announced in the coming weeks.
WARR International Committee
Club parkrun results for Saturday 4th February
||family & friends
||run #186, 128th at Bedfont
||run #7, 6th at Bedfont
||run #155, 151st at Bedfont
||run #379, 236th at Bedfont
||run #259, 162nd at Bedfont
||run #162, 107th at Bedfont. Ed: In a new age
category but he'll have to run a lot faster to get a new grade record!
||run #126, 114th at Bushy
||run #275, 234th at Bushy
||run #153, 40th at Bushy, pb
||run #159, 136th at Crane Park
||run #172, 16th at Crane Park
||run #155, 4th at Evesham Ed: A fast warm-up for
the next day's Marathon.
||run #21, 2nd at Evesham
||course pb, club record
||run #101, 3rd at Ripon
||run #211, 207th at Gunnersbury
||run #443, 220th at Gunnersbury
||run #73, 45th at Maidenhead
||run #242, park #184
||run #41, 27th at Rushmoor
||run #91, 19th at Rushmoor
||M-2, run #32, 20th at Tilgate
An excellent run by Adrian Haines (18:28, 79.24%) at Tilgate this week earned
him a second placing. [Ed: Officially the fastest time by a
club member this year...but see below]
Steve Dodsworth (22:54) achieved a pb and set a new club record at Fountains
Abbey near Ripon shaving a few seconds off the time run by Ian Cockram some time
ago before he was actually a member.
Linda Dodsworth (26:35) was running her 101st parkrun, she recorded her 100th
at Sunderland (26:00) last week.
Welcome to our newest member, Lesley Chamberlin, who made her first
appearance in the results since joining clocked 24:34 at Bushy Park where she
has now run 40 times. Her other runs have been at Bedfont Lakes(104),
Milton Keynes(4), Crane Park(3), Homewood and Barnstable (once each).
Roderick Hoffman (28:51) was part of a record attendance of 366 at Rugby where
the parkrun has only been going for 9 weeks. [Roderick
adds: the Rugby parkrun field, and crew, included over 130 parkrun "Tourists"
from the "Most Events" table on a planned visit. I had suggested to the
Run Director that at the briefing he should shout out "Are there any locals
present?"]. Countrywide the attendance at
5km parkruns on Saturday was just below the 100,000 mark. At Woking,
without the excitement of Tom Rowley's birthday party, there were 150 fewer
runners than the previous week.
The world's most prolific parkrunner, Darren Wood (20:11), became the first
to chalk up his 600th parkrun, at Frimley Lodge.
Partially updated club parkrun stats
#DFYB is the hash tag for "Don't Forget Your Barcode". There are not
many rules in parkrun but one that is strictly administered is that to get a
result you must present at the finish a scan-able barcode, else your result will
not be entered into the computer. So for instance some of you may have seen
media articles suggesting that Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill ran a parkrun on
Saturday. The results for Sheffield Hallam show that if indeed she did
then she didn't present a barcode at the end:
||PB stays at 00:21:20
It could have been an accident - it must have been chaotic at the finish
since they happened to have a record turnout that day and, oddly, around the 25
minute mark there was a large bunching of finishers - some doing PBs and many
well below their best. But you would have thought that Paul Sinton-Hewitt
would have helped the newcomer get their barcode scanned ;-).
I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica in early 2012, in Sheffield, and when I
asked her about running longer distances she made it quite clear that the 800m
that she had to run within the Heptathlon was quite long enough and she couldn't
imagine ever having to run further.
And whilst on the #DFYB subject I'll also mention this "Unknown" from the January
28th Hackney Marshes results:
||PB stays at 00:17:13
Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
The club's best result at Hackney Marshes is 17:10 by Dave Dixon so that time
was not under threat by "Unknown" on this occasion - but this would still have
been the fastest run of the year by a club member.
Sixteen South African parkruns were bigger than Bushy and exceeded 1,000 finishers last Saturday. That included an inaugural parkrun for Valhalla
(near the now closed Voortrekker Monument parkrun) with 1,067. At Bushy they had
had 444 parkruns to perfect their processes before they got more than 1,000
finishers. North Beach (Durban) had 1,933 finishers, so not far behind the
record set at the Voortrekker Monument parkrun the previous week.
Marathon Training Notes
We have around thirty members and friends preparing to compete on the streets
of London in April. Many of them are training together, or sharing tips and
experiences to help the training run more smoothly. Here are some highlights
from the last few weeks:
|Colin Haylock: The long runs are the most important
as it builds stamina; importantly increasing distance by 10% each week
and never worrying about the pace, just cover the planned distance
without stopping. Important not to run the following
day. I aim to build up to a minimum of four * 20 mile runs (And run the
last 20 miler no later than 26th March) and feel fairly comfortable
running 13 miles by the end of Jan. Take a banana on the 20 mile runs,
consume slowly from mile 12. When the negative thoughts set in, think of
nice things you will do after the run, like the food you will eat with
your feet up watching Emmerdale.
|Colin Russell: The only advice I would pass on is
to never try something new on the day. Always train at least a few
times, and especially on the longer runs, in the kit you plan to run in
on the day. If you need new trainers, get them now and break them in
during your training. And especially try the gels and drinks they will
be handing out on the course on your training runs. The marathon is not
an event you want to try a new product and discover it upsets your
|James Glover: Being a bit injury prone! the extra
bits that work for me is not to increase distance/pace too soon (I only
run twice a week) & learn to listen to my body...I've been running
during the summer/autumn slowing building distance. I've now added in a
couple of cross training sessions a week to increase fitness. I can also
recommend a good sports massage every so often - seems to help me.
|Michelle Lepherd: My training plan is about slowly
increasing distance and, in 4 week blocks, focusing on speed, then
strength, then hills etc. I have been running about 30-40km a week. I do
back to back longish runs on Saturday and Sunday and my week is filled
with 2 more runs, cardio and cross training. I'm prone to injury (I
sympathise James!!) so I am hoping the cross training will balance me
out and prevent injury.
|Gary Rushmer: I've done 17 marathons and one of the
things I've learnt is that the start of marathon day is so different
from your normal long run. Firstly there's the travel up to the race,
could take up to 2 to 3 hours from the time you leave home to the start
of the race. If possible, before your long runs (in March) try to
practice with what you will eat and drink on race day. Do not change
anything on the day of the race.
If you want to pass on any encouragement to the team, let me know!
For most of us the Marathon is the once-in-a-year or even once-in-a-lifetime
achievement. But for others it is just a start...
Thames Trot 50 - Saturday 4th February
On Saturday I ran the Thames Trot 50 - along the river path from Oxford to
Henley. It was a fabulous day, weatherwise - cold and clear - and the mood of
the fellow runners, marshals, supporters - and everyone else on the river path
it seemed - was buoyed up by the sunshine. I was very impressed with the race
organisation - arriving at the hotel for check-in - nice and warm - I was able
to check in, get my number, bag tag, T-shirt, complementary coffee, get changed,
hit the loo, drop my bag, pickup my chip and be ready for the start with very
The temperature was great - a Helly and a T-shirt worked well all day - and
on a 50 miler you can get away with wearing a buff however you like! I had a
backpack for drinks, gels etc., and I'm now convinced that I need a race vest,
with pockets and drinks at the front, but it was good enough at a pinch.
the start it was a short jog down the road to the river and onto the path. I was
fairly sure it would be soft, sticky, slippy or cloggy, and possibly all of
those, from my weekend training runs so went with the Inov8 mudclaws, for the
four wheel drive feeling, and hoped I could put up with their lack of cushioning
on the harder surfaces.
There were checkpoints every ten, nine, eight miles or so, with very cheery
and helpful marshals - checking our number, timing tag, fluid and cake levels
were good, and helping to top them back up. I got to the first checkpoint at ten
miles in a good time 1:28, and feeling fine, and my wife, Sarah, met me at the
check points, with my personal re-supplies - I like a pint of milk - but they
were all well stocked with fruit cake, GU gels, water and bananas, plus savoury
snacks at the middle point.
I soon got to feeling tired, and wishing I had got more training in. I was
walking around the checkpoints, and digesting, but still just about managing to
run in between. My initial pace dropped, but as the checkpoints get a bit closer
together I was still hitting them almost as hoped, and so it went on, trying to
keep running and resist walking.
Eventually I managed to work out that even if I did walk from the last
checkpoint, I was likely to make it before the cut-off, and that gave me a bit of
a boost. Then running past my house at about 40 miles was - sort of -
reassuring. I kept gritting my teeth and doing the one foot in front of the
other thing. So I was very pleased, to make it to Henley in 8:57, and have been
buzzing ever since. Didn't manage to do much upright stuff on Sunday, including
the stairs but I've got shares in ibuprofen so should be okay.
I've knocked off a couple more marathons over the last 8 days:
- 29th January - Marrakech Marathon - 3:26:06 - my 10th fastest
ever and 4th fastest MV50
- 5th February - Gloucester Marathon - 3:35:16 - a bit hilly
compared to the pancake flat Marrakech course and run on a very cold
and foggy morning.
These take my tally to 123.
Headline news - not going for a run
Last week's headline was Tom Rowley doing his first parkrun; this week's
revelation is that Ron Hill didn't go for a run the very next day, Sunday 29th
January. In Ron's case he had been for a run of at least one mile every
single day for the previous 52 years, so not going for a run was a radical
change. Some more details for those who missed this (where have you been since
DR. RON HILL'S STREAK ENDS AFTER 19,032 DAYS - THE LONGEST RUNNING
STREAK EVER RECORDED IN THE WORLD!
Dr. Ron Hill, 78, an entrepreneur from Hyde, England in the United
Kingdom, has ended his five decades long running streak. "It is great
sadness that I have to report the end of my streak," said Dr. Hill in an
statement to Streak Runners International (SRI). "I have been having
heart problems and have been waiting for some time now to have the
problem diagnosed and hopefully rectified. 1 Mile runs have not helped
and on Saturday 28th January I ran my last 1 Mile. After less than 400
metres my heart started to hurt and over the last 800 metres the problem
got worse and worse. I thought I might I die but just made it to 1 mile
in 16 minutes and 34 seconds. There was no other option but to stop. I
owed that to my wife family and friends plus myself."
Started on 21 December 1964, Dr. Hill's running streak lasted 19,032
days (52 years, 39 days) and was the longest running streak ever
recorded in the world. Besides possessing the longest running streak in
the world, Ron Hill is a three time Olympian. In the Tokyo Olympics of
1964, Dr. Hill placed 18th in the 10,000 meters, in a time of 29:53, and
19th in the marathon, in a time of 2:25:34. In the 1968 Summer Olympics
in Mexico City, he placed 7th in the 10,000 meters and ironically ran
the same time (29:53) as he had run four years earlier in Tokyo. Dr.
Hill's final Olympic games was in Munich in 1972, where he placed 6th in
the marathon in a time of 2:16:30 at the age of 33.
During Ron Hill's illustrious running career, he set world records
for 10 miles (47:02, Leicester, England, April 1968; 46:44, Leicester,
England, November 1968), 15 miles (72:48.2, Bolton, England, July 1965),
25 kilometers (75:22.6, Bolton, England, July 1965), and the 26.2 miles
marathon (2:09:28, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 1970).
Ron Hill was also the second athlete to break 2:10 in the marathon.
In 1970, Dr. Hill ran a personal best of 2:09:28 at the Commonwealth
Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. At that point, the only faster marathon
time was run by Australian Derek Clayton, who clocked a 2:08:33 in
Antwerp, Belgium in May 1969. The Antwerp course, however, was suspected
of being short by possibly 500 meters. "The course was measured using
five cars and was never able to be remeasured," noted Dr. Hill in a 16
December 2014 email to SRI/USRSA. "The Belgians refused to answer any
queries about the course." In July 2009, the Association of Road Racing
Statisticians rejected the record set by the Derek Clayton at Antwerp
for the course being short and now lists Dr. Hill's 2:09:28 as the world
fastest marathon at the time it was set in 1970.
Ron Hill also set a course record for the Boston Marathon. In 1970,
he was the victor of the 74th edition of that race in a time of 2:10:30.
His 1970 win eclipsed the old Boston Marathon course record set the year
before by more than 3 minutes. Ron Hill also won gold medals for the
marathon at the European Championships in Athens, Greece in 1969 and, as
mentioned before, the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 1970. During his
lifetime, Dr. Hill finished 115 marathons, where he ran 112 of them in
under 2:50, 103 in under 2:45, and 29 in under 2:20. His final marathon
was the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996, where he completed
the historic course in a time of 3:12:46 at the age of 57.
Dr. Hill graduated with a Ph.D. in textile chemistry in 1964 from
Manchester University. In 1970, he started Ron Hill Sports, "which
pioneered various products including wrap-over shorts, mesh vests,
waterproof running jackets and reflective strips." He sold the company
in the early 1990s and has since started Hilly Clothing specializing in
technical socks and other apparel. Ron Hill was also President of the
Road Runners Club from 1987 to 1988.
I am 100% Certain that the Whole of the World Wide Running Community
wish Dr. Hill a speedy recovery and much success in the future.
Running Shorts (and Shoes)
- Gary Rushmer (Jnr)'s grandfather assures me that whilst Gary may have
looked like he was floating across the mud at Woking last week his shoes
were actually as muddy as everyone else's. Also the small print of the
"Grand Father" contract revealed that it was the Grand Father's
responsibility to clean them!
- I was going to post to say that entry for the Staines 10k on 14th May
was open...but the race is already full so I won't.
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