BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th June 2016
Wednesday 8th June - Parkway mile* 18:00
and BAAC AGM 20:00 (see below)
Monday 13th June - Track&Field Grand Prix - 800m and long jump - Hillingdon
track* from 18:00
Monday 20th June Vets League Battersea 18:30 / 22nd June Rosenheim Ewell
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:
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British Airways Athletics Club AGM
A reminder that the club Annual General Meeting takes place this Wednesday at
8pm. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting - we
will review the past year, and look forward to a year of challenge, as BA Clubs
continues to struggle with its financial issues.
If you can get there by 6pm, come and compete in the traditional
curtain-raiser, the Parkway Mile. If you have an estimate of your time,
Steve Newell (email@example.com) have it beforehand.
Steve Hillier (club secretary)
Editorial [i.e. these are my views, not necessarily endorsed by the
I am writing this on Monday evening onboard a flight to Madrid BUT I do
intend to be at the AGM on Wednesday. The point of this editorial is to
encourage you to make the same effort to attend the AGM and contribute on the evening or
to find other ways to support the club over the following year.
I've been on the committee for about five years now and over that
time the committee has been relatively stable - we used to have a "three
year committee member rule" to ensure that committee members rotated
round to different roles but frankly that hasn't seen necessary nor
sensible over this time - but perhaps you disagree? Some committee members have stood down
and some new ones have volunteered to get involved and make valuable
contributions. But the committee is largely the same as it was when I
joined. And at this year's AGM most of the same faces will be offering
to continue in their previous roles (including me). But the club has changed over
those years. We had had declining membership but we've now
addressed that - I won't say that membership is booming but we have
stopped the decline. But as a consequence the membership profile of the club has changed.
We now have a number of new members who could be said to occupy two
groups - there are those who have a strong BA connection but who are not
based around the Heston/Heathrow area, and then there are those who are
based around that area but who have little or no BA connection.
Most of our newer Associate Members come from those two groups and thus
are not members of our parent BA Clubs (which creates one of the
challenges we are faced with below). In my view members from
both of these groups should be warmly welcomed - and it would be great to see
more of them able to join in more of our regular activities. But both
groups are not well represented on the current committee. Now the key
club roles, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, have to be filled by
members who are also members of BA Clubs, and can only be voted in by
members of BA Clubs. But the views of all members are welcome and
we would appreciate new members, including Associates, stepping forward
to take up other Committee Roles (including the "without portfolio"
Over the next twelve months the Athletics Club is probably going to be faced with challenges for a number of reasons including:
- We continue to be in disagreement with BA Clubs over our
Associate members - if we followed the BA Club rules to the letter we
could not have members who were not members of BA Clubs and also we
could not host events like the Speedbird Ladies nor the Concorde Five in
their current format, we could not attend WARR as club members, we
could not enter teams into events like the Green Belt relay and we
would probably have to make other concessions also.
- BA Clubs continue to have uncertainty over its future.
Later on in this digest is an announcement by BA Clubs affecting the
Club House we use. Although our regular
Wednesday evening does not appear to be directly threatened we would have to be
naive to think that we will not become impacted sooner or later.
My personal view is that we should be supporting BA Clubs including
to get more usage of the Imperial Collage facilities AND to increase
membership of BA Clubs...but we should also position ourselves so
that we have one foot on stable ground outside the domain of BA
- Thirdly there are changes happening at BA that are impacting
those members of the club who work in IT on BA contracts. This
IT group has formed a significant proportion of club members and
committee members from the time of the club's original founding in
the early '80s. Some staff have already had their contracts
terminated, others are in the process of being transferred, "tupied",
to other companies and it is likely that all club BA IT members will
be impacted by this over the next twelve months. Change is
inevitable but it is only the species that cannot adapt to change
that will go extinct.
A challenging year...but challenges are there to be overcome. Please do your best to attend on Wednesday, or find other ways to
offer your input to keep this club thriving!
Concorde Five Mile Road Race Sunday 5th June 2016 Results and thanks
||Race Age Category
||Men Open 1st
||Men Open 2nd
||Aldershot Farnham & District
||Men Open 3rd
||Thames Valley Harriers
||Men Vet 1st
||Men Vet 2nd
||Men V50 1st MV50 record
||Ealing, Southall & Middlesex
||Men Vet 3rd
||Reading Road Runners
||Ladies Open 1st Ladies V45 record
||BA Men 1st
||West Four Harriers
||Ladies Open 2nd
||Ladies Vet 1st
||Ladies V45 1st BA Ladies 1st BA Ladies record
||Purple Patch Runners
||Ladies Vet 2nd
||Ladies Open 3rd
||Ladies Vet 3rd
||Air Products Flyers
||Ladies V55 1st
||Men V60 1st
||Men V70 1st
||Thames Valley Harriers
||Thorney Running Club
There were 86 recorded finishers (one DSQ). Full results on the
The men's team winner was Windle Valley followed by Thames Valley Harriers
and The Metropolitan Police. The British Airways Team was fourth (of six).
In the ladies Hillingdon beat Windle Valley with no other teams having the three
There were eleven children in the kids race and the fastest, George Urwin-Mann
(I've seen that surname before somewhere), completed the 1k course in 4:01.
Note that had George kept going at that pace for 5 miles he would have been
finishing the main race alongside Chris Kelly!
The Concorde Five is very much a team effort and some of the activities that
go on to make it happen I know little about. The following is not complete
and apologies to everyone whose efforts have not been fully credited.
- Jaz Modaher who not only provides the helpers for the half-way and
finish refreshments but he also provides the refreshments at no cost to BAAC
(though this year we did get him to take off our hands five crates of
bottled water that had somehow come back with us from the Vitality 10000
event last Monday).
- Paul Knechtl who gets running numbers and discounted prize vouchers from
APEX Sports and who returned from his holidays to immediately throw in a
marshalling stint for the event.
- Brian Forrester who booked the Pavilion and the coffees and bought the
wine for the prizes and the flowers for Val Lambert and managed the store
cupboard in which we keep all of our stock - the clock, signage, bibs etc.
- Steve Newell who did half of the signage posting before the
event and had also repainted the finish line earlier on in the week.
- Ken Saunders who in his England Athletics Race Adjudicator role provides
useful feedback to ensure the event is of the required standard.
- Tom Rowley who I take for granted each year to make the kids race happen
and be successful - and this year was no exception [I mean that it was
successful...I did acknowledge him!].
- Laurie Kelly who does all of the timing and finish recording - supported
by Paul Brandon and others.
- Alastair Heslop (and Maddy) who dealt with all of the pre-event
activity, the on-the-day entries and results processing.
- Steve Taylor who not only acted as Lead Cyclist but also shadowed
Alastair so that he can take over those duties next year.
- Steve Hillier who helped with the kids race and then as tail cyclist
collected in many of the signs Steve Newell and I had spent two hours
putting out [thanks to Steve and other team members collecting the signs I
only found one carefully hidden "Caution Runners" sign that still needed to
be retrieved after the event]
- The St John team for being there just in case but who had very little to
do all morning which is always a good thing.
- The essential marshals including Kulbir Kaur, Ravleen Kaur, Gursewak
Singh, Jagjit Singh, John Scaife, Benita Scaife, Neil Frediani, Joe Nolan,
Nick Edge, Denis Foxley, Alan Anderson, Harry Wild, Laura Matthews, John
Williams, Mark Taylor and John Taylor. And enough told me in advance that they
would be there to enable me to release club members who wanted to run to do
Thanks also to Hounslow Highways* for the following transformation of the
finish straight between
11:30 Saturday and 08:00 Sunday [I had been worried!]
*and Steve Newell with a broom to clear away the glass and other
remnants...though he also nearly lost us one of our signs because he had
attached it to one of those barriers but then the council van turned up to take
Please send me your feedback - be it complementary or
Innovations this year were the Gazebo at the finish (thanks Jaz) and the
laminated marshal guides (me - inspired by parkrun). And the distinctive blue "Race
Director" top - not just a fashion accessory although all the best race/run
directors are wearing them these days. Please send me feedback on these
and new ideas for next year. Feedback from participants will be included
in next week's digest.
Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Concorde Five Race Director)
PS There is no rest for me - I received an email from runbritain
on Sunday timed at
11:15 saying "Your race - Concorde 5M, Concorde 5M on Today at 10:30 - post race
return forms are now due. " At that moment there were still 28 competitors to finish!
Rosenheim Walton Results from 1st June 2016
Last Wednesday saw the second Rosenheim meeting of the season. With
Eddie unavailable, Tom Rowley took over Team Manager responsibilities, inspiring
his youthful team to some PB performances. The 2000m steeplechase was a
task too far for most teams, so Steve Hillier led off the evening with the 800m,
turning round at the finish line to jog back to the start of the 100m.
Steve went on to compete in a packed Long Jump competition.
Tony Barnwell stepped up to tackle the full weight 2kg discus for the first
time this season, interrupting his throwing series to run a gutsy 400m.
Neil Frediani, meanwhile, started his competition in the 1500m with an
outstanding PB, before jogging to the javelin runway for his first throw. This
was only a stopping off point on his way to the start of the 200m, which he
followed up by completing his javelin series with two more throws. Neil
couldn't stay to hear his results - he had to get to Bushy Park for the sunset
Full team results:
Club parkrun results for Saturday 4th June 2016
||family & friends
||run #146, 143rd at Bedfont
||run #136, + pre-event set-up
||run #150, +volunteer coordinator
||Bury St Edmunds
||1st run at Bury St Edmunds
||run #246, 210th at Bushy
||run #165, 12th at Crane Park
||run #134, 112th at Crane Park
||1st run at Guernsey
||run #62, 55th at Guildford
||run #24, 12th at Guildford
||run #143, 191st at Gunsbury
||33' pacer, 91st run at Gunsbury
||course pb (club record)
||first run at Mulbarton
||run #200, 133rd at Reading
||club course record, park #155
||parkrun pb, club course record
This week started with a bank holiday and that may have encouraged a bit
of tourism week. Four new parks were added to our list on Saturday.
John Scaife (24:26) makes family visits to Norwich from time to time and
tries to fit in a run while he is there. This weekend he was at Mulbarton.
Neil Frediani (29:43) was also in East Anglia and was our first ever runner at
Bury St Edmunds.
Eddie Giles (26:24) visited Guernsey for the first time. He was at the
Jersey parkrun last October and his 25:40 there remains his Channel Isles pb.
Sarah Gordon (35:22) revisited Melton Mowbray where she had run once
before she joined us. That could become a familiar tale as she and several
other recently joining members have back catalogues.
Monica Alonso(29:37) and Helen Smith (30:31) were at Guildford and warming up
for WARR in Chicago already. For Monica it was her first successfully
recorded parkrun of the year. Last week's hiccup cruelly drove home the
difference between a personal barcode issued by a high-end supermarket chain and
one from parkrun. A lesson for us all.
Natalie Ruffell (20:24) improved her course pb and set a new club record at
Tooting Common. For Steve Dodsworth (22:35) at Sunderland it was
Alan Friar (28:19) returned to Reading to make his 200th parkrun appearance.
Ian Cockram (26:34) was one of five members at Bedfont Lakes. He has now
reached 350. Ian Cunningham is up to 246.
Roderick Hoffman (26:56) chose a good day to visit the cross country ramble
at Riddlesdown for the first time and set a new club record. For a course
on top of the Downs it is really quite flat but can be muddy in the winter
months. [Roderick adds - yes, I deliberately chose the first
parkrunday of summer to visit this course. However the view from the top of the
Downs was, frankly, non-existent; low cloud obscured everything including at the
start the finish line]
The parkrun at Little Stoke in Gloucestershire where the local council wanted
to charge £1 (per runner per week) is now suspended indefinitely as no
settlement could be negotiated. The most likely outcome is a new run
starting up a few miles away.
Italy and Sweden are the latest countries to adopt parkrun.
Updated parkrun stats:
Paul Sinton-Hewett visit on Tuesday July 5th
So would you like to find out more about parkrun? The ins and outs and
all abouts Little Stoke and new countries and attitudes towards tourists and
dogs and children and so on?
Paul Sinton-Hewett, the founder of parkrun, will be visiting us at the British Airways Waterside
Headquarters Harmondsworth on Tuesday July 5th. This is currently set for a question and
answer format meeting lasting from 11:30 to 12:30 - although I will push it back
to 12 to 1 if the room becomes available. I would like as many members as
possible to attend this meeting including those who are not BA or who don't work
at Waterside. Please let me know if there is a
good chance that you will be able to attend. Also if you are coming from
outside BA let me know if you'd like to join me and Paul after the meeting for a
tour round the BA heritage museum (so that I can advise them of numbers).
This is a one-off arrangement and I'm keen that we have good attendance - so
please let me know as soon as convenient.
Jaz Modaher asked me to pass on his thanks to the BAAC for the Marathon place
that he obtained through us and thought that we would like to know that through
sponsorship and donations he was able to collect over £1,900 for UK Cancer
Message to Members using Heston Site (from the Chairman of the Trustees of
"I promised in my April Notice to Members to keep you informed on the changes
needed to keep Heston viable for both ourselves and Imperial College.
Members Meeting 9 June 2016: We plan to hold a members meeting at Heston on 9 June 2016 to update those
present on changes necessary to the opening hours and the use of the site in
general. The meeting will be held in the main hall. It will be preceded by
Drinks and nibbles at 17.30 with the formal meeting planned to commence at
Reason for Change: Following the
transition year and a financial and usage review by Imperial it is apparent that
the site is no longer financially viable, mainly due to poor attendance and high
running costs. This will be explained in more detail at the Members
Summary of Changes: The bar and a café style service will
only be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- The Clubhouse will be closed on
the other days
- Confirmed bookings will be honoured until 31 December 2016
- BA Clubs will operate the sports hall, including the pavilion (not bar or
catering) and the bowls green
- Membership reception will relocate to the
- BA Clubs, RSA and Touchdown will remain in the office
will be no grass tennis courts
- Little or no change to field sports and sports
- Offsite sections are unaffected
- Alternative venues are
being sought for Clubhouse sections
- QPR remain
Next Steps: After
the members meeting we will hold meetings with Sections, particularly those that
currently use the Clubhouse. Discussions are already underway for
Conclusion: We have an Operating Licence that
permits us to use the site and its facilities until at least 30 June 2021 and we
are confident that we can manage these changes positively and maintain a base
here at Heston."
Chairman of the Trustees
Caption Competition Results
- Steve Newell: "I can't see the sign for 'Extra Large' !"
- Steve Hillier: "I think I'm a medium, but Clara is still walking, so
perhaps I'd better keep going"
- John Scaife: "BA marshals begin to wonder whether they misunderstood
this year's dress code as they head to the new race HQ for a briefing with
race director Liz."
- Petra Otto: "Damn! Wrong day, let's go and grab some breakfast instead."
- Clara Tan: "Where is everybody?!"
- Paul Brandon: "You sure that's the place that ordered lunch?"
- Neil Frediani: "The other team (mugs) have another 20 mins to walk to
their marshalling point so let’s go for brekkie with Liz."
- Roderick Hoffman: "Members of the pro-Europe campaign strenuously deny
that Europe is responsible for the perceived decline in standards at the
Changing of the Guard ceremony"
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