BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd November 2015
Thursday 5th November - Club "Run of the Month" - Magic Mile on the Bath
Saturday 7th November - Surrey League Cross Country match 2 - Ladies @ West
End, Esher at 12:00, Men @ Epsom Downs at 15:00.
Wednesday 11th November - BAAC Annual Winter Quiz - Heston Venue from 20:00
(optional club run beforehand)
New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome
at all of these events. The full diary of club featured
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BAAC 5M Handicap 28th Oct 2015 Results
The first 5 mile winter series handicap of the 2015 2016 season took place on
Wednesday the 28th October 2015. Following the clock change the previous weekend
it started with the temperature quite cool (at least for the timekeepers) and
darkness with Steve Newell first off and blazing a trail that no-one would catch
on the night. There were 11 participants including 1 newcomer and a wide
variation in times from 2 minutes 15 seconds quicker than handicap to over 5
minutes slower than handicap. Awarding points the winner in the 2 previous
seasons got off to a great start taking an early lead in a bid to retain the
trophy, can anyone prevent him winning for the 3rd year running, time will tell.
||Time gap from handicap
||Points this month
||Next Start time
||Position this month
More on the World Airline Road Race 2015 Dubai
The awards evening photographs are now on Facebook:
No update to the official results yet but a quick analysis of the unofficial
results revealed something interesting - looking at airlines with more than four
participants the BA team had 67% of the team running both 10k and 5k races (and
that is an underestimate because the official results missed one of our 5k
finishers). The next highest such percentage is for Swissair at 55% and
then Air France at 43%. Most airlines therefore had far fewer runners
running both races and this included United, with the second biggest team, where
only 11% of their 73 runners did both distances. So is this because we are
fitter or because we want to make sure we got full value for our entry fee?
Perhaps a combination of reasons.
Surrey League Cross Country Saturday 7th November
A reminder that the next two events in this season's Cross Country League
fixtures are coming up on Saturday:
- Men: Epsom Downs from 15:00. Contact
for further details [see below].
- Ladies: West End, Esher from 12:00. Contact
Clara to let her
know to expect you [see last week's digest for details].
Men's Surrey League Cross Country at Epsom Downs @ 3pm on 7th
The second fixture takes place at Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs on
The closest postcode near the car park that I can find is KT18 5PP on
the B290/Tattenham Corner Road [see club map]. There is more parking on
Grandstand Road just off the B290 towards Epsom. Tattenham Corner
railway station is nearby.
If possible please let me know at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you
intend to turn up so that I can pre-register you for this race. It is
easier to take you off after the event if you donít show up than to add
you just before the race although that can be done.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Milocarian AC Home Match 17th Oct 2015 - 5 miles
As previously reported by Simon Turton we took part in the Milocarians cross
country race at Sandhurst on 17th Oct 2015. We put out our strongest available
team but it was nowhere near representative of the strength that we can
sometimes put out when injuries, leave, work and family/other commitments allow.
Even then we would have been hard pressed to affect the outcome with Thames
Hare and Hounds taking the top three places and Milos having ten of the top
twenty. We need a youth policy! Maybe we should ask to borrow some Imperial
College runners for an event like this in future. Anyway, we came last but only
one place behind the current Surrey league Div 4 leaders Runnymede Runners. At
least the cakes were lovely, I tried about four of them but lost count of
Barryís selection. Is cake the secret that what has made him such an amazing
runner for the last 40years?
||Sandhurst Joggers AC
Thanks to all who turned out.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 31st October 2015
31st Oct 2015
||run #38, 15th at Maidenhead
||run #92, 42nd at Black Park
||8th run at Woking
||3rd run at Kingston
||19th run at Harrow
||run #13, all at Harrow
||125th run at Reading
||Fastest club runner
||BA park #204, park #128
||half way time caller outer
||2nd run at South Manchester
||points table winner (again)
||sore back from Friday golfing
||course pb; St Albans 200th.
||BA park #205, park #9
Richard Ruffell went along to Verulamium Park in St Albans to join in
the celebrations for the 200th parkrun to be run round the course. In
joyous mood he zoomed round the lake and recorded a rare pb (20:37).
Our fastest runner this week was Colin Haylock (19:18) at Bushy Park.
Ian Haylock was also there, part of a field of over 1200. There was an
eye-catching run (14:56, 86.38%) by Mohamed Mohamed of Thames Valley Harriers.
He is in the 20-24 age group and was also first home at Northala Fields a few
weeks back in 14:43. That time at Bushy puts him only 16th in the all time
list at Bushy but time is on his side.
At Gunnersbury there was a Halloween theme as well as a birthday cake as
volunteers and runners celebrated four years of parkruns there.
Luksch was presented with her prize for the winning the female points
competition for an extraordinary third year in a row but for once failed to
record a new pb. With encouragement from Alan Anderson and others she has
improved her 5km time from 27:07 to 20:52 in the years since 2011.
With winter approaching, Gunnersbury parkrun will be switching to the all
tarmac winter course from this coming week (7th November).
Our tourists broke new ground in SouthEast England with Roderick Hoffman
(28:15) at Tonbridge(BA #204) and Steve (and Marion) Taylor (30:39) at
Brockenhurst (BA #205). That takes Roderick up to 128 different parkruns
(worldwide). Chris Kelly (22:27) was at South Manchester but he has run
there once before.
Benita and John Scaife (30:27) visited Newbury for the first time.
Updated club parkrun stats:
"After a rather late night at the excellent Didsbury Beer
Festival (followed by a curry and a club) I struggled to get up for the
South Manchester parkrun on Saturday, but it was well worth it - to see
my Dad (feeling much better after last years heart attack and triple
bypass) marshalling his 4th parkrun (he is currently 253rd out of 2287
in the male points table!). He is setting a reasonable timescale for his
first actual run (when Labour return to power), but in the meantime,
heís getting involved.
My time was encouraging compared to recent efforts (due to lack
thereof), but I trail my Dad by ~1508 positions in the male points
Wherever you ran on Saturday you probably noticed quite a few runners getting
into the Halloween spirit with fancy dress running costumes. The shocks were
nothing like the one they had at Maidstone in Kent where the previous weekend
they discovered that Maidstone Council were pulling out of running the location
that is critical for the start and end of the parkrun hence Saturday's 136th
running of the parkrun could have been the last. There was an enormous uproar
and they quickly gathered many supporting voices including their MP and the
Sports Minister. Matters improved when the company that was taking over the site
from December made it clear that not only were they keen to continue to allow
the parkrun to operate but they could also point to another site they operate,
Conkers in the Midlands, which already hosts parkrun (and a recommended one if
you are in that area). There still remains a potential issue over
Maidstone parkrun for November but at least the longer term future seems
assured. It is not surprising therefore that Maidstone parkrun had a
record attendance last weekend, as did nearby Tonbridge which I had switched to
to give myself an extra ten minutes in bed on Saturday morning.
I had considered getting up considerably earlier to travel up to Clumber Park
in Nottinghamshire where my sister Sarah Gordon completed her 50th different
parkrun (a "half-cowell"). She and Richard Ruffell had been neck and neck to
reach that target but in recent weeks she has sprinted for the line leaving
Richard on 46.
Meet the Committee - Steve Taylor
Iíve been working for BA since I left school at 16, originally as an
engineering apprentice and I now work in IT Networks. Iím married to
Marion and we have two children, Marcus and Laura, the youngest, Marcus
has just left home to go to university. Neither of my children have
particularly taken up running, Marcus insisting that thereís no such
thing as a Ďfun runí, the two words shouldnít exist in the same
Iíve been running since 2004 and started my running log in 2005 so
that must have been when I started taking running a bit more seriously.
Before that I had played quite a bit of basketball, no surprise there
given my height, as well as tennis and badminton. I also cycle and swim
a bit and did try a sprint triathlon once for the experience. My first
parkrun was on New Yearís day 2011 and Iíve run occasional ones since
then. Iím still not up to 50 yet so itís taken me a while to really get
into it. My wife often joins me on parkruns and youíll most often find
us at Northala Fields.
My first marathon was in 2008 and Iíve run seven since then, each
year my time has improved and this year, 2015, was my first time under
four hours. Itís always great to see the BA Marshalls on the last part
of the London course. Iíve also run a few half marathons, Berkhamsted
was my first so itís always nice to go back there for the event.
Iím based at Waterside and itís great to go out for a run a couple of
times a week, even if itís just to hang on the back of some of the
Iíve very recently joined the committee so I havenít picked up any
major roles yet but Iím sure that theyíll find something for me to do. I
enjoy marshalling events like the BUPA 10k and Ride London, especially
when itís not raining.
Running Shorts and not so Shorts
I went along to the Hammersmith for the last Tuesday-of-the-month
3.295km handicap run last week just to gauge the current standard.
Plenty of old folk running quite slowly so I think I'll give a go at the
end of November. I haven't been for a few years. It has been going
since 1981 and John Williams used to be a regular. They were short of
helpers so ended up recording on the finish line. Its the kind of place
you are likely to bump into Laurie Kelly or even Ron Hopcroft. Most of
the runners do parkruns as well these days so handicaps for a first
outing are based on a recent 5km time. I'll let Piers know about it for
his retirement! 12.30 p.m. from Furnival Gardens.
New York Marathon Results (unofficial)
- Ian Cunningham 3hr 34min 05secs
- Lissa Prichard 3hr 48min 49 secs
Results from Sundayís Marlow Half Marathon
- Piers Keenleyside
- Steve Taylor
- Jas Modaher
Slightly changed route from previous years meant that the last
mile to the finish was not quite as fast as before. All the other
hills, ups and downs, were still there though!
* I've also heard from Jas this
week that he ran the Venice Marathon on 25th October finishing in
about 5:35. A scenic flat course and no, you don't need to swim.
The Rugged Radnage 10k
The Rugged Radnage 10k is a challenging mixed terrain 10K race, taking place
in the Chiltern Hills around the village of Radnage, 5 minutes from junction 5
on the M40. The race start is at Radnage
Village Hall, Radnage Common Road, Radnage, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4DD, UK
(also on club map).
The course involves sections on road, trails and footpaths; through woods and
fields and includes off-road descents and ascents.
This is the sixth year of this highly successful fundraising event organised
by the School P.T.A. Over the previous years it has raised in the region of
£25k, with all funds going to the school. All funds raised from the 2016 event
will be spent on improving resources for the year 6 class.
The course is set in the Chiltern hills surrounding the school and involves
sections on road, trails and footpaths; through woods and fields, including
off-road descents and ascents.
Details and entry:
5K/10K local charity run opportunity - Victoria Park 29th November
I hope this finds you well. I am writing to you from Positive East,
Londonís largest community-based HIV charity, providing practical and
emotional support to those who are diagnosed with HIV. Positive East
holds a range of fundraising events around World AIDS Day, one of these
is our 5k/10k Red Run in Victoria Park on 29th November. Positive East
were wondering if any of the BA Athletics members were interested in
participating in the run (either as runners or volunteers)? Even simply
publicising the run on your social media or through some flyers that we
can send to you would be fantastic. We are aiming to raise around
£25,000 from this yearís Red Run and so all participants in any way
would be fantastic to have on board.
Many people think HIV has gone away. Sadly, last year more gay or
bisexual men were diagnosed with the virus in the UK than ever before.
There are 50,000 people living with HIV in London alone, with 10,000
people coming to Positive East every year for support. The charity helps
people to overcome the crisis many face when first diagnosed, to get
back on their feet and to get on with the rest of their lives. Without
access to such support, for many people stigma, isolation and poor
If you would like any further information Positive East or the Red
Run, it would be fantastic to hear from you. You can also visit
We look forward to hearing from you!
With very best wishes,
Beachy Head Marathon - 24 October 2015
Well, I was hobbling around Sainsburys on Saturday evening buying some
medicinal beer after a very demanding day when I heard Ďmind out for the old
staggering foolí when I looked up and saw Graham T Ö.with admiration, he took
his words back after I told him I had just done the gruelling Beachy Head
marathon that day, having not fully recovered from the Chicago marathon 2 weeks
before (my middle name is not Piers by the way !).
My gosh 1Ö.one of the toughest courses around Ė I was originally going there
to support 2 ladies (one aged nearly 73) from my local parkrun pacer team
who had chosen this as their first marathon (!) Ė I was going to just run the
10k but that was full up so entered the main event with them and about 1500
My gosh 2Ö.look at the course elevation profile, madness:
The famous Seven Sisters hills towards the end were nothing compared to the
mountains and huge climbs on steps, steep and stony downhills. At least I could
run at a more leisurely pace than usual, but had to drag both of them up the
last 6 mile hills holding their hands crossing the finish line at 6h28m Ė that
was the long ever time run Iíve done !
That all aside it was a great event, course and organisation, the scenery was
amazing and many of the checkpoint/waterstops included tea/coffee/juices/sausage
rolls/biscuits/cakes and chocolates that necessitated quite lengthy pitsops !
Iím aching all over now and going through the usual NEVER AGAIN, that is of
course if I can ever run again !
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