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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th May 2015
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Speedbird Ladies Reminder
Wednesday is the day of this year's Speedbird Ladies race with a start time of 7pm. We want a good turn out so could all ladies try to make this event. It is 5k distance on the paths around the parklands next to Waterside, and encourage others to do so also. Our male club members are welcome to help on the day and in addition you are welcome to "inspect the course" at 6pm (self-timed). Meet in the usual car park off Accommodation Lane, near to the Community Centre.
London Marathon Runners Story
"I know that I have not done the training I wanted, but it’s too late now to worry about it. I am going to go on Sunday and enjoy the day whatever happens (Louise Goodridge 6:23). Once we started I mentally told myself that I was prepared, fit and disciplined and just had to stick to the plan (Paul Timms 3:33). The first half was really just enjoying the brilliant atmosphere, sites and having the odd chat with myself and when I got bored chatting with other runners (Colin Haylock 3:26). At half way I managed to catch a glimpse of the leaders going the other way, which stirred me on to concentrate more (Graham Taylor 3:37). I passed loads of people during the last 3 miles and can only remember one go past me (Neil Frediani 4:42). The last mile was my favourite by far! I could have ran that 26 times over easily! (Hannah Davison 4:55). I have to say it was one of my most enjoyable marathons as it was so relaxed (Scott Davison 4:07). Crossing that finish line and receiving my first marathon medal is a day I will never forget (Tamarind Higham 4:08). As a boy I watched my Dad run 3 London's and I always fancied giving it a go. ... as I trained I thought I had a sub four in me....So to tick both those boxes, with my Dad supporting me, made for a VERY special day and we raised over £5000 between the 2 of us (Robbie Stewart 3:59:53). Congratulations everyone who took part in whatever way, and errrr.... see you next year-?! (Jenny Reeves 4:00)."
The full stories from these club participants are on the website: http://www.barunner.org.uk/LM2015_runners_stories.shtml
If you want to enter next year's event the ballet is open but closes at 17:00 this Friday 8th May: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/ballot-entry/ . Note that club places may be available for next year's event but in allocating these we take into account whether applicants had applied through the normal ballet.
I'm reliably informed that Mark Turner did finish having run every inch of the way with partner Kimberley but for some reason hadn't registered on the system from 30k onwards. So his time was also about 3:51:23. Also Tracey was surprised to see her time in the results since she had dropped out before race day and was marshalling throughout - it was another Tracey Mills.
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Cranford Park Consultation
A reminder about the Public Consultation going on about Cranford Park. There is still time to submit a response. I've made a personal response in which I've encouraged them to consider making the park parkrun friendly. You might want to respond the same way or to other aspects of the plan - for instance it isn't obvious that the existing cross country circuit will remain available. The consultation is here http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/22710/Cranford-Park-public-consultation and there is an online feedback form (or you can print off, fill in and post back a questionnaire.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 2nd May 2015
A quite exceptional day for the club's tourists with six new parks visited this Saturday. Assuming all runs started on time (09:00 in England, 09:30 in Scotland) our tourist runners reached the finish lines in this order -
Steve Taylor relaxed after his London Marathon triumph (sub 4h) and volunteered for lead bike duty at Northala Fields while his wife Marion ran the course in under 30 minutes. Course pbs this week for John Coffey at Guildford (25:07), Bridget Ruffell at St Albans (28:45) (bettering her previous best from 2010), Scott Davison at Bushy (22:52), Sreeram Sethuraman at Upton Court (26:13) and Alan Anderson's protégé at Gunnersbury, Kerstin Luksch (21:41). Kerstin is tackling the Milton Keynes Marathon on bank holiday Monday so she will not be short of pace.
Steve Newell continued his tour of parkruns inside the M25 reachable on
public transport and visited Cassiobury Park, very conveniently served by the
Metropolitan Line to Watford station. He was unaware while on the course
that he was being chased by uber parkrun tourist Chris Cowell who was on his way
to his 145th different UK parkrun finish, running without his wife for once and
therefore faster than usual (just an observation).
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Wings for Life World Run results
The biggest simultaneous running event over the weekend wasn't parkrun. It was the Wings for Life World Run with 68,791 competitors running simultaneously at 35 venues around the world - so some in the middle of the night. Running the Silverstone leg, with the comfortable start time of midday but the rolling hills north of Silverstone to contend with, I finished in 20,598th place (434th at Silverstone) covering a distance of 18.30Km/11.37miles. My time was about 1:42:04 so that represents an average speed of 5:35 minutes per Km/8:59 minutes per mile. I'm pleased because I ran over a kilometer, or 6%, further than last year.
But what of others? I'm not aware of anyone else known to the club running this event. I don't know why - it has great organisation as well as the novelty value of you not knowing how far you are going to run or for how long - it is expensive to enter, £40, but 100% of that goes to research into finding a cure for Spinal Injuries (the estimate for this year is €4.2 million raised). Anyone capable of running over 10k ought to put this in their calendar for next year - Sunday 8th May 2016.
In the provisional results there were 1,199 finishers at Silverstone although a few more may have missed the scanners at start or finish. Some didn't get very far at all - but that included some disabled competitors for whom getting to the start line marks a major victory. 13 were caught by the cacher car within 5k (it starts 30 minutes after the runners and starts very slowly). Over 1,000 ran further than 10k, 336 greater than 20k, 57 30k, just 3 ran more than the marathon distance and the winner ran all of 61.09Km. But in Austria the overall winner achieved 79.9Km and in Japan (running overnight) the winning lady did 56.33km.
Find out more: http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/gb/en/
North Dorset Villages marathon 3 May 2015
To help restore my confidence after throwing the towel in halfway recently in Vienna I ventured down to the North Dorset Villages marathon yesterday which was the toughest course I have ever run (/walked !) Nothing had prepared me for the relentless hill after hill (and no flats), not helped by bucketing rain at the start which turned to scorching sunshine, nor strong headwinds in the later stages and a loose and stony off-road last few miles …but I got there intact and very happy with 4h34m13s considering !
Fantastic organisation, regular water/orange/coke/food stops, great support from all the villages, very scenic, good t-shirt, free hog roast/beer, but only downer was a crummy medal !!!
I bumped into Dave Raeside at Madrid airport recently. He is doing well and sends best wishes to all who remember him.
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