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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th December 2015
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Parkway Mile Relay and Christmas Social Wednesday 16th December
The Parkway Mile Relay (4 x 1 mile) will be held on Wednesday 16th December. Meet at the Heston Venue pavilion at 6 p.m.
The event works best if entries are submitted in advance to Steve Newell with an honest estimate of your mile time. Teams are chosen by the organiser to provide a close race. The course is out-and-back with gentle undulations.
Sometimes the total entry is not exactly divisible by four so there is a chance you will be asked to run twice but with a rest between your miles.
Post event there is a Christmas social in the club house.
Perivale Five Sunday 6th December Results
Left to right: Joe "Santa" Nolan (50 min pacer), Piers Keenleyside, Neil Frediani, Steve Hillier, Petra Otto, Kerstin Luksch, Steve Newell.
The weather was mild, dry and very breezy.
Harrow Hill Race - Sunday, 14th February 2016, 10.30am
A chance for all of us to demonstrate our true love with a 10k road race taking in two laps including two challenging climbs of Harrow Hill. The race starts on the playing fields of the famous Harrow School and continues through some of the old streets of Harrow on the Hill.
First three men, plus first Senior, M40, M50, M60. First three women, plus first Senior, W35, W45, W55. One prize per person. Additionally - King and Queen of the Hill Awards.
Organised by Metros Running Club
5 Mile Handicap Wednesday 9th December
No sooner have we run the November Handicap race the December run comes into view. Be ready for six o'clock though start times will vary so that we all finish at around the same time, about seven o'clock. Please run without checking your watch or timing/tracking device. These are the results from the previous run and the new handicap - deduct this from 19:00 to know your start time this week.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 5th December 2015
The main feature of the weather in the southeast of England this week was strong winds which made really fast times difficult to achieve. At Holkham in Norfolk, near Wells-next-the-Sea, the long planned for inaugural parkrun was cancelled as the park was deemed to dangerous to run in. [Ed: Also at Rother Valley the Run Director was blown off his bicycle and hospitalised whilst making the course safety check . The course was deemed safe for running - but not for cycling!]
The best runs were by Richard Ruffell (20:43) at St Albans, only 6 secs of a course pb and Julie Barclay (23:10) at Frimley. Kevin Holland(28:23) achieved a course pb at the flat and popular Poole parkrun.
On the tourism front some results last week were delayed and missed the earlier-than-usual cutoff for the digest. Claire Killen (27:07) and Caroline Wilson (28:10) ran at Valley parkrun at Newtonabbey just north of Belfast. That was the first time that they had run their since become members so Valley became the 211th BArunner parkrun.
This week the attention switched to the other side of the world, Roderick Hoffman (26:05) ran at Highlands parkrun in Melbourne accompanied by his two sisters Sarah Gordon (36:07) and Charlotte Habgood (36:51). A few miles over the west Daniela Mayerova (32:07) was at Hamilton parkrun, Victoria, so the total has moved on to 213. This story will be followed until we reach 250 and will then fade into the background. That means there are just 37 more opportunities for you to leave your footprints in the sands of time so act fast because Roderick Hoffman will probably bag half of them before Ascension Day.
Christmas Day and New Year's Day offer opportunities to put in extra parkrun appearances maybe at other than your usual park. One interesting challenge is for Alan Anderson at Bushy Park where the club MV80 best time (29:47) at parkrun HQ was set by Derreck Brion on 6th October 2007. Watch this space.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Ed: It was also International Volunteer Day on Saturday so it is good to see that eight of our family get volunteer mentions.
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