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BA Athletics Club News Digest 1st June 2015
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml. Updated 8th May.
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Green Belt Relay Report
The Green Belt Relay 2015 Report is now in but is too long to fit the digest. Click here to read it off the website.
Read the report to find out how our navigational skills led us astray - with one of our team turning left not right and finding themselves in Anglesey when they should have been in Essex!
The photograph show Chris sportingly handing over the Green Belt Relay trophy to the new recipients from Loughborough University. The photograph was taken immediately before the eleven-a-side brawl that erupted on the pitch amidst cries of "Who do they think they are pinching our trophy?"
The GBR organisers are keen to get a big race next year for the 20th running,
so let me know ASAP if you want in. Their official report is at:
Reminder - Veterans League Match Monday 8th June - participants and helpers needed
On June 8th the Veterans Track & Field League comes to our home venue, Hillingdon track in Uxbridge. Everyone is most welcome to compete. Alternatively, we need marshals to help Hillingdon AC co-host this event: Timekeepers, sandpit rakers, results runners and the like. If you are free, please could you come along to the Hillingdon Sports & Leisure complex, UB8 1ES from 18:30 on Monday 8th June. Thanks!
Steve Hiller / Eddie Giles
"BA - faster than a rocket" - Club parkrun results for Saturday 30th May 2015
Dave Dixon has made the headlines this week by setting a new club best time
at any parkrun - 17:10 at the fast and flat out and back course at Hackney
Marshes. That betters Paul Knechtl's 17:28 at Bushy Park way back on 7th
January 2012. Dave even beat a former world champion (at snooker!) in
Ronnie O'Sullivan who was making his first parkrun appearance since returning
from his defeat in Sheffield. Ronnie is no slouch and still finished in
under 19 minutes. Hackney Marshes was one of several parkruns with a record
attendance this week.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Dave beating Ronnie by 102 seconds might make the rematch round the green baize interesting - could Ronnie beat Dave by 102 points with just 147 available? I'm assuming of course that Ronnie issued such a challenge.
More importantly perhaps Dave has leapfrogged Paul Knechtl and Adrian Haines in the club parkrun rankings. A head-to-head-to-head challenge must be due?
Thank you to all and an apology to James
A very big THANK YOU for your time and enthusiasm in helping to marshal this event. It was a great day and all our crossings were well manned and went smoothly.
My SINCERE APOLGIES to James who was left behind when the coach had to leave Green Park station having been told by the steward there several times to move the coach. I had a message from Beth at the Volunteer check point when some of us went to return the bibs, loud speakers, etc., that our coach driver was waiting for us where he'd dropped us off in the morning by Marlborough Road, As soon as we got on the coach there, we went straight to Green Park station as everyone was told to congregate there after the event for the coach. The coach couldn't wait there - no waiting zone - but we did wait a couple of minutes and managed to pick up everyone except James, and we were told to move on. With hindsight, I should have asked the driver to wait 5 minutes before making our way to Green Park. Knowing now that the coach can wait where we were dropped off, next year we'll get the coach driver to pick us up from there, which is much easier as we need to return stuff to the check point anyway.
I've just heard from the organisers, they were very pleased with our crossings and thought all went very well. However, if you have any feedback you think they should know about please let me know so that I can pass it on to them for their debrief.
Once again, thank you all very much.
Digest Competition Results
Simon Turton wins first prize this week for spotting the errors in last week's digest with Neil Frediani a close second. The correct dates for volunteering are as follows:
Oh and Piers had won the prize the previous week for knowing that the Half Marathon reported on was in Richmond Park rather than Kingston Park - but he had had the advantage of having run it.
Stop Press - Comrades
Piers Keenleyside completed the Comrades Marathon (uphill) in around 11:20 (that is 11 hours and twenty minutes). He is probably composing the write-up for next week's digest on the flight home.
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