BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd October 2017
Wednesday 2nd October, Wednesday club
night from Cranford Community College
Thursday 5th October, Dream Mile, Bath Road at 12:45*
Saturday 7th October, World Airline Road Race 5k/10k, Singapore*
Saturday 14th October, Ladies and Men's Surrey League Cross Country League
first matches (see last week's digest
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:
*Club Event Map:
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I'm on my travels over the next month so future digests may be late and/or
abridged. Please send me content to include, it makes my job easier, and
try to submit by the end of Sunday (I'm in Singapore and Australia so my Monday
evening will be your Monday morning).
Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at
Club-night at Cranford Community College - This Wednesday
This Wednesday we are trying out the facilities at Cranford Community
College and how they could be used for weekly or monthly events. We
should arrive anytime from 17:30. Park in the college car park -
using the entrance opposite Crane Lodge Road (Heston Venue). Wait
there for others to arrive and then pass through the reception office -
then turn left and then right to find the changing rooms. These have
showers for after the run. Please make an effort to make it and
have a look around whilst you are there. The run will be followed
by a Committee Meeting in the venue and all are welcome to attend this -
there is no catering so please bring your own soft drinks and
Roderick Hoffman obo the committee (I'm already
Hillier should take charge)
Hayes & Harlington Run Wednesday 27th September report
Last Wednesday a small group of us met up with Hayes and Harlington
Runners to run "at their place". Trish and I joined them for their
run, Steve Newell and Alan Anderson also visited to check out the
facilities at their meeting venue - Hayes Community Centre. It was a
pity that there weren't more of us, but two of us going down with colds
Last Wednesday was an evening where it was great to have changing
rooms, showers and a bar available at the end of the evening's run - it
had started to rain as we arrived at the centre, and became very heavy
throughout our run. Hayes and Harlington Runners had a good turn
out that evening - over a dozen runners as well as some non-runners.
The main difference from the BA club is that on this evening they had
more women than men. We ran their winter time-trial circuit which
is two laps from the club house, each laps has no road crossings though
some driveways, narrow pavements and two railway bridges. The loop
is just over 2k in length and they add an extra straight to bring the
two lap distance up to 5k for their winter monthly time-trial.
They were reminding themselves of that circuit - they run the time-trial
each month on the first Wednesday of the month so from this Wednesday.
The facilities used by the runners at the Community Centre included
off-street car parking, a hired room for leaving bags and valuables in
(locked during the run), loos, two low-pressure showers and a nice bar
area. To use these facilities you have to be a member of the club
and a member of the Community Centre but neither seemed overly
Talking in the bar afterwards it is obvious that there could be
opportunities for the two clubs to combine forces for some events - for
instance interest was expressed in the Green Belt Relay where BAAC has
struggled recently to get the last one or two team members.
Another example could be Surrey League cross country matches where BAAC
rarely have a full ladies team. I'll be sending Hayes and Harlington a
list of interesting fixtures and the two clubs will talk some more.
British Airways Athletics Club Annual Quiz Announcement for Wednesday 8th
November at the Five Bells, Harmondsworth
We have agreed to run the annual quiz again this year and have booked the
function room at the Five Bells pub in Harmondsworth for this. The event will be
catered - jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings. We'll also arrange a
run in the area beforehand, though note that no showers or formal changing rooms
will be available.
This is a team quiz with team sizes from 4 to 6 and individuals can be
grouped into teams on the night. We've invited the pub to provide a team,
so I'm hoping that our best quizzers can make the evening to stop the pub team
making off with the prize - even if it is only a chocolate bar. Non-members are
welcome though we would expect there to be at least one club member in each team (other than
the pub team).
As usual the quiz will be run by Steve and Linda Hillier, and will be raising
funds for charity. We will be recommending a minimum donation of £5 each
(remember, you are getting fed!).
Steve would appreciate an early indication of numbers so if you think you'll
make it, or if you are a regular but you think you won't, please let Steve know.
Roderick Hoffman obo
ASCA Cross Country in Dublin on Saturday 18th November - all welcome
ASCA Cross Country now finalized!
All in the ALSAA Sports Complex [alongside Dublin Airport].
Friday 17th Nov - 20:00 Captains' meeting. For those not involved in that meeting, our facilities include a big
bar, snooker, pool and darts, 10 lane ten pin bowling and a restaurant
[I'm glad I'm not captain for this one!].
- 11:00 Ladies Race - 3 miles (5k) [not 3k as previously
- 11:30 Men's Race - 5 miles (8.33k),
- 12:00 onwards - snack,
- 14:00 Awards Presentation,
- 16:00 Lunch.
The package price is €50 pp, payable at the Captains' meeting.
Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport...
The rates are €109 single, €119 twin/double & €149 triple room per
night, all include full Irish breakfast.
Below are the steps for booking the rooms in the 4 star hotel beside
the terminal building and 8 minutes walk from the competition venue.
- Go to homepage
- Click on Promotional code (top right of page) and enter
Promotional code ASCA2017 and press go.
- Click on dates required and complete booking.
- An automatic booking reference will be generated when completed.
There is a very good bus or taxi service into the city (10k) from
your hotel or ALSAA.
Although ASCA is an inter-airline event our Irish hosts will welcome
non-airline runners in the races "We are in favour of this idea and will simply
issue a different range of race numbers to those 'guest' runners who will run in
the same race and we will publish two sets of results. So please invite your
friends from your running club to the race, same fee, and let's have a big
party!". So, this is perhaps a good opportunity to pop over to Dublin for
the weekend and run with friends. Non-airline staff can ask BA staff for
discounted "Hotline" tickets to Dublin for leisure travel. Return flights
for a weekend stay will probably cost around £135 (providing you are flexible as to which
flights you go on). If you wanted a day trip then prices could be as low
as £73 - leaving Heathrow at 06:25 and returning from Dublin at 17:40. If
you are interested in these then decide quickly since they may not be available
nearer the date.
I don't do cross country runs so although I'll be doing this one I won't be
racing it - and therefore I plan on going around one of the local parkruns
beforehand - there are three to chose from just 5k away, Dublin parkruns start
at 09:30 so time will be tight for the ladies. Serious airline club
runners should not consider this option!
For more details, or to express interest, contact any of:
Club parkrun results for Saturday 30th September
||family & friends
||run #220, 189th at Bedfont
||51st run at Black Park
||run #270, 2nd at Bracknell
||Bushy Park run #700
||run #325, 5th at Cannon Hill
||run #176, 151st at Crane
||BA park #366
||course pb, club record
||17th run at Guildford
||run #47, 24th at Gunnersbury
||run #476, 250th at Gunnersbury
||park #88, club record (F)
||1st run on Jersey
||11st run on Jersey, club rec (F)
||1st run on Jersey
||1st run on Jersey, club rec
||run #202, 3rd on Jersey
||1st run on Jersey
||1st run on Jersey
||run #97, 53rd at Maidenhead
||run #27, 24th at March
||run #42, 41st at Oak Hill
||run #12 (all at Riddlesdown)
||best age grade %
||run #89, 13th at Salisbury
||run #2, pb (by over 3 minutes)
||run #85, 44th at Woking
Part 1 - Win a bottle of beer
week we witnessed the 700th edition of the Bushy Parkrun (or Time Trial as it
was originally badged) and next week will be the 13th anniversary of the
inaugural run on 2nd October 2004, Attendances at the anniversary run have
invariably been higher than average for that particular year and have grown over
time from 13 in 2004 through 155 in 2005, 378 in 2006, 544 in 2007, 507 in 2008,
806 in 2009, 687 in 2010, 804 in 2011, 994 in 2012, 1,011 in 2013, 1,705 in 2014
(tenth anniversary), 1,185 in 2015, to 1,212 in 2016. Of course these days
there are over a thousand other parkruns to choose from and you don’t need to return to the
shrine to feel involved on International parkrun day – you can go along to run
or volunteer at your “home” run. However the prize on offer this week is a
bottle of Fuller’s beer of your choice for the guess nearest to the actual
number of finishers at Bushy Park on Saturday 7th October 2017, as shown in the
results on the parkrun website. Entries to Steve Newell by midnight on
Friday 6th. The prize will be presented at the Hillier Club Quiz at the
Five Bells Harmondsworth on 8th November.
A group of our members who call Bedfont Lakes home made a visit to Jersey for
the Marathon Weekend and took in the Saturday morning parkrun. Nearly all
of them were running in Jersey for the first time. Ian Cockram (23:46) improved
on the course record posted in August by Tim Bellars (24:18). Caroline
Cockram (24:58) knocked a couple of minutes off the ladies record previously
held by Trish McCabe. Maureen McCabe volunteered as a barcode scanner, a popular
choice by our volunteers this week and also chosen by Alastair Heslop at
Guildford and John Scaife at Maidenhead.
Elsewhere the week was notable for the number of different parkruns where
just one of our members was participating. Richard Ruffell (22:06)
achieved a pb at Gadebridge and improved the club record there. Paul Watt
(20:36) had his best run at Rushmoor for almost a year and scored his best ever
age group score there (72.73%) while Janet Smith (33:04) ran her best time at
Upton Court. James Glover (23:13, 64.54%) missed a pb by 11 seconds at
Guildford but achieved his best ever age group score at a parkrun.
Gordon (33:52) set a ladies club course record at Heartwood Forest (not far from
St Albans/Hatfield). The first runner to cross the line was female,
Victoria Pritchard (17:43). The first man was also home in under 18 minutes.
This parkrun has been going for nine weeks now and numbers seem to be steady at
around 130-150. Numbers at Ellenbrook Fields have dropped off a little but
St Albans (barely 5k from Heartwood Forest) doesn’t seem to have been affected.
Steve Newell (37:04) was the only one to venture to a newish run this week
visiting East Grinstead near enough Gatwick for aircraft to be spotted from time
to time. The course includes all the features familiar to our cross-country
team – grass, mud, hills, woodland paths - and will probably be easier in weeks
when there hasn’t been an inch of rain during the preceding few days.
Alan Anderson (33:10) ran at Gunnersbury for the 250th time and with 476 runs
now under his belt is well on course to earn his turquoise “500” vest before his
83rd birthday next year.
Updated club parkrun stats
Bracknell parkrun and parkrun Birthday
On parkrun's 13th birthday next Saturday I'll be in Singapore, fit and in my running kit,
just 10k away from a parkrun I've not done
before (West Coast parkrun), a parkrun which is on, but I won't attend because the WARR 5k
race is at exactly the same time. I've been involved with WARR for 35 years so
parkrun is a relative youngster, and as team captain I can't not be there for
the 5k, so I've sent a birthday card to parkrun instead. For those who can
make a parkrun next weekend - have a good run and enjoy the cake.
ran at Bracknell parkrun for the second time, though they have
adjusted the course since I first ran it. This was a slow run, and so a PW for
me, but I was saving myself (see below). I also got a volunteer credit for
writing the run report which, when published, will appear here:
Most parkruns in the Heathrow area have participants who are linked to the
airline or running club. At Bracknell this includes Jane and Simon Light
(Marshal and Run Director on this run). 25 years ago Jane worked with me
and at the time both were on the periphery of the running club including helping on the London
and Full Marathon Results (it must be the season)
|Royal Kingston Half
|Jersey Full Marathon
||Jasvir Singh Modaher
The Jersey Marathon also included a relay event and the Bedfont crowd
completed this with various teams including (perhaps):
- Team "Mixed Spice" (entered by Guilaine Sheward) finishing in 3:58:39,
- Team "Spiced as Newts" (entered by John Lennon), finishing in 3:59:39
(so a good team effort to beat the four hours),
- Team "Sporty Spice" (entered by Katia Kerekesova) finishing in 4:01:31,
- Team "Old Spice" (entered by Bob Bannister) finishing in 4:07:11.
And some reports this week...
After some dubious weather forecasts, a relatively pleasant
morning was enjoyed yesterday for the Basingstoke Half Marathon.
It’s a pricey, but well catered event. Plenty of coffee/tea/Mars
bars, water stations, bag drop assistants, portaloos and lots of
good support from the locals and around, as the course climbs
steadily up into the countryside South West of Basingstoke, then
undulates up and around the villages, before an enjoyable (if
you’ve held a bit back) last 4 miles back into town. I was
holding myself back, after a rough week, so did enjoy it more
than I’d expected to.
1:37:40 on the chip – so hopefully I’ll
be able to continue normal training this week.
I ran another half marathon today at Cheltenham. It started
and finished at the racecourse - in fact the last 2 miles was
running round the course. Rained quite a bit for the first half
of the race but mild enough to be OK in a vest. I finished in
1:42:38 and was 4th of 35 in the M60 age group. About 1 minute
quicker than last weeks effort at the Ealing Half.
I had entered the Royal Kingston Half because I needed to incorporate
a half into my training around now and this one was a combination of
flatter and cheaper to enter than the other halves around this time.
And flat it certainly was - with my Garmin recording a total elevation
gain of just 34 meters over the 21k - and much of that was probably on
the two bridges over the Thames. Not enough loos at the start -
perhaps you get what you pay for - but a good crowd, medal and shirt.
The weather had been forecast to be heavy rain throughout but this
improved to "light rain" and then "some showers" and although I felt a
few drops on the day that could of been my imagination. Whilst
technically a PW Half Marathon time for me my target of between 2:15 and
2:20 was achieved with 2:16:37.
Orienteering - Fulham Street-O 19th Sept 2017 Result
Three club runners took part in the first Street-O event of the 2017/18
||M / W
As you can see I pushed myself for time and lost out to Simon on time
penalties - well, I was determined to cover the ground and reach the far end of
the Fulham Palace parkrun course to pick up the 50 point control there. This was
Christine's first such event and she can be expected to do better next time -
especially if she brings a watch.
The next event in the series is at Tufnell Park on Tuesday 10th October. More
I am the race organiser for the 36th renewal of the
Tadworth 10 race which is held at Epsom Downs Racecourse and takes place
on Sunday 7th January 2018 at 1130hrs.
Race HQ is based in the
Duchess Stand at the racecourse and features excellent facilities such
as secure baggage area, hot food and drink concessions, plentiful
toilets, live photos on big screens, free parking, pop up sports store,
post race massage and much more.
We would like to invite your members
to join us at our race. There is a fab new bespoke medal for all
finishers and you will all be sure to have a warm welcome from our super
friendly HQ team and on course marshalls.
With Epsom Downs
racecourse situated less than 15 minutes from the junctions 8 and 9 and
20 minutes from J10 of the M25, we are within an easy 45-60 minute drive
for clubs who are that bit further out.
Steve Burke - Tadworth 10, 2018 race organiser
Ed - I don't have fixed rules on when to include unsolicited race detail
submissions - though if anyone wants to plug a favorite event it would be put
to the front of the Other Events listings (provided it doesn't clash with a club
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor,
Roderick Hoffman, at