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BA Athletics Club News Digest 1st August 2016
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.
*Club Event Map: [long googlemap address you are not going to type in]
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Concorde Club/Heston Venue Opening Hours from today, 1st August
Changes are being made to the opening hours of the Heston Venue Clubhouse by the owners, Imperial Collage. From today the Concorde Club will be based in the Pavilion rather than the Clubhouse. The club will continue to run the Sports Hall, Pavilion, Gym and Olympus Hall and the showers and changing rooms will be open for members seven days a week. The Heston Venue Clubhouse will now only be open two days a week on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 11pm and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.
We don't as yet know what food arrangements will be on the Wednesday evening but if all else fails a 30% food and drink discount has been negotiated for the Queens Head, a short distance away.
See you at the club on Wednesday,
Roderick obo the Athletics Section committee.
2016 World Airline Road Race Chicago - less than eight weeks to go update and reminder
This year's World Airline Road Race is rapidly approaching. As of last Friday we had the following 18 airline members registered (I don't have details of non-airline registrations). Also Lissa and Debby were fighting their way through the registration system so it is looking like we'll have a good twenty plus size team.
Fourteen of us have also registered for the Awards Dinner (exceptions are Marzia, Neil, Billy and Andrew). Only three of us have registered for the British Airways team for the O'Hare runway run at 8am the next day - this event is also still open for registration with a price increase from August 11th. Click here for O'Hare race information and registration.
WARR Registration is still open so other club members and friends are welcome to join us. As a quick reminder this year's WARR will allow you to experience Chicago in so many unique ways - the 10k and 5k race course right along the Lake Michigan shoreline along Grant Park, the Awards dinner at Navy Pier, and we hope to announce more unique venues for the Meet & Greet Party and the T-shirt Swap Parties very soon! Click here to register for the race and the awards dinner.
Note that I'm not proposing having a team T Shirt this year but shout at me if you think we should. Note that all team members should have a club running vest, contact Paul Knechtl who can advise you of the styles available.
Roderick Hoffman WARR Team Captain
Also see: club website WARR page
Club parkrun results for Saturday 30th July 2016 - Ian's 250th
There was a splendid turnout of members this week at Bushy Park, the most BA runners at a parkrun in living memory, if not ever.
The trigger was celebrating Ian Cunningham's 250th parkrun (and his birthday) and mention of chocolate cake and Prosecco. There was a double celebration at Bushy with John Hanscomb (Ranelagh Harriers, who almost certainly ran the first 15 London Marathons with John Williams) completing his 500th run and being presented with the prized T-shirt by parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt. John is now the 5th member of the 500 parkrun club.
Paul Knechtl (17:59, 78.87%) maintained his 100% record at ten Bushy parkruns in less than 18 minutes (just), the best anywhere time by a member so far in 2016. Debbie Helsdon (22:38), almost five years since she applied for a barcode, ran her very first parkrun. She found the conditions underfoot rather dry compared to her preferred cross-country running courses - bring on the cross country season! Lissa Pritchard (23:47) also put in one of her rare appearances. Several others were running the "new" anticlockwise course at Bushy for the first time.
Photo left to right: Roderick, Ian, Alan, Andrew, Neil, Helen, Debby, Lissa, Monica, Ian for the 2nd time, Paul, Ian for the 250th time, Janet (photo bombing), Trish, Piers, Guilaine Sheward - not featured Steve and Jonathan.
At other parks Paul Watt (20:53) and Julie Barclay (21:03) both set new pbs and club course records at Rushmoor and are among those who have entered for WARR in Chicago on 24th September and seem to be coming into good form at the right time.
Regular followers of this column will not be surprised to learn that we failed to run at any new parks this week. It could almost have been predicted. Next week could be different.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
parkrun stats - the first 400
Since May there have been more than 400 UK parkrun events in existence but due to cancellations 400 had not been run on the same Saturday. That was well and truly beaten last Saturday with 404 parkruns run. How long to 500? The 300 total was first reached less than 18 months ago in February 2015.
Ride London (with thanks to BA marshalling) cycling report
So on Sunday 31st July Natalie and I completed the ride 100, our longest ever cycle to date. And it was fun.
We were very lucky with the weather, dry and bright, but not too hot. It was a very early start, up at 4.15, a lift to the drop off point then a 6 mile cycle to the start area. Due to a mistake at registration by those giving me my race number, I had someone else's number, so had an anxious time sorting this out before heading to my start pen for a 50 minute wait to the start. Natalie was starting from a different area 18 minutes after me so we had a plan for me to wait and meet up at around mile 10. I went off last in my wave and cycled very slowly to the meet point, Natalie set off at the head off her wave and sped round to meet me, so I had to wait less than 10 minutes. Then we were off together, next stop mile 32 in Weybridge for bananas and Jelly Babies kindly provided by Kathy C. Those first miles went by easily on flat roads and we arrived early, so missed out on seeing John Taylor as we had moved on just before he arrived. Sorry John.
Next scheduled stop was going to be around mile 60 after 2 of the 3 big hills, but at mile 38 we came to an unexpected stop. Further down the road there had been a nasty crash and the ride had been stopped. The queue formed very quickly and all we could see ahead and behind were thousands of cyclists all standing by their bikes. It was a long wait just standing there, and it was about 70-75 minutes later we could eventually remount and start pedaling again as we moved past the point of the accident in close to single file. I later learnt that the organisers had created a diversion for those further back, but for those of us stuck just behind the accident, we just had to wait it out. Bit like an accident on the M25 if you have gone past the previous exit!
Also I managed to mess up my Garmin, which reset, so would never see 100 miles click up on distance traveled :(
So off we went after our enforced stop, about 62 miles to go. From this point the course started to become more undulating before we met the hills between about miles 45 and 65. Went through the hills well, passing lots of riders on the way up, but having decided not to stop at the feed stations which were very busy I was starting to get hungry. 4.15 am when I had breakfast was starting to feel a longtime ago!
We kept moving still passing more than being passed, but at around 80 miles my legs were starting to tire. Having led Natalie for many of the early miles it was now her turn to take the front and let her old dad draft along behind. She proved really strong and as I tucked in behind we continued to make good speed through the last 20 miles, including a nasty little hill in Wimbledon at mile 91, averaging over 18mph for these last miles. Eventually we came back into central London and down The Mall to the finish. Overall my ride time was 5.40, Natalie was 5.34, average speed of 17.8mph.
Looking back it is incredible how London and parts of Surrey are closed to traffic for the day, quite an amazing feat, but is just an amazing experience to be able to ride these roads without cars. I have to say a big Thank You to BAAC and Steve Hillier for my place, it is really appreciated. I did spot the BA crossings in the last couple of miles but by that time Natalie was head down to the finish and no stopping her, so we just sped by. After the race I cycled back to Euston for the train home, cycling through a manic Trafalgar Square was a little different to the traffic free roads from a little earlier! Total miles cycled for the day about 108.
If you love cycling I would certainly recommend giving this a go.
Coaching Corner ! - Ten Tips to Prevent Running Injuries (part 3 - tips 8 to 10)
8. Wear the correct type of running shoes based on your foot type and running style
9. Have a formal gait analysis performed and use orthotics if recommended
10. Have your running form evaluated by a running expert
AJ Bell London Triathlon 2016: Final Call for Volunteers!
If anyone is keen to be involved with this event next weekend it sounds like they are in need of additional volunteers...
The Rowley Report - Runnymede Runners 5mile at Savill Gardens Thursday 28th July
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