BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th June 2015
Sunday 14th June - Concorde Five Mile Road Race - see below
Wednesday 17th June - Bridges Relay Westminster - team runners should know
who they are - spectators are also welcome.
Monday 22nf June - Mid London Vet's League Battersea from 18:30
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Concorde Five Mile Road Race Sunday 14th June 2015 reminder
Could all marshals, expected or not, please make it to the Heston Venue
Pavilion for 09:30 on Sunday morning. Runners need to arrive in time to register
if they haven't already done so, get changed and make it to Cranford Park for
the start time of 10:30. The kids race is earlier - a 10:00 start in the
This is the club's biggest "own event" of the year so participation and
support from all members and friends will make a real difference and be
Results of the 2nd Rosenheim league match at Walton, Wednesday 3rd June 2015
|Danny Treherne SM
||100m – 12.8
||Long Jump- 4.45m
|Eddie Giles MV65
||200m – 34.6
||400m – 82.4
|Gary Rushmer MV50
||3000m – 11.49.8
|Neil Frediani MV55
||1500m - 6.32.0
||Javelin – 19.54m
|Steve Hillier MV60
||High Jump – 1.00m
||Discus – 18.41m
|Danny , Eddie , Steve & Gary
Relay – 2.09.4
A very sunny, warm and still evening at Walton saw our team compete in all
events bar the Steeplechase. Danny held in well in the 100m to a tight bunch
finish and Neil & Steve were close on the Javelin in all the throws with Steve
just getting the edge this time. In the relay, again Danny held the line to be
2nd passing to Eddie, then to Steve and on to Gary. Just a shade over 32secs
each, we are all getting faster at this!
In the Men’s Standings we are 4th after 2 events.
Next Rosenheim is at Ewell court Wednesday 24th June 6.45pm start. Hope to
see you there.
3rd Grand Prix Results
The 3rd Grand Prix of the series was held at Uxbridge Monday 1st June 2015.
1- Gary Rushmer Snr MV50 2.44
2- Gary Rushmer Jnr
3- Eddie Giles
4- Steve Hillier
2-Gary Rushmer Jnr 3.33m
3-Gary Rushmer Snr
A very blustery evening saw Gary Snr win the 800m. Gary Jnr was with his Dad,
stride for stride for the 1st 400m, Then a quicker pace by Gary the Elder in the
2nd half saw the win. With Steve on a convincing win and seasons best in the
Long Jump, Gary Jnr got his own back and beat his Dad by the smallest of
The 4TH Grand Prix of the season is on Monday 6th July - 6pm –Uxbridge. The
events are 400m & Javelin. Hope to see you there.
June Mile Results
It was an absolutely fantastic day for standing around and doing nothing! Nobody
wanted to return back to work after the event. It was the warmest day of the
year so far and conditions, while on the warm side, were perfect with only a
small cross breeze. There was a strong turnout for this month’s event and some
excellent performances including 4 PB’s. The largest PB on the day was Vaneeta
Cro who smashed the 14 minute barrier after managing some jogging during the
mile. Final time is to be confirmed. Dave Dixon graced us with his presence to
run only his second mile in 5:06 knocking 15 seconds of his PB – another great
performance. Bernard Sexton (5:16) and Linsey Carr (6:33) were the other 2
runners making PB’s, knocking off 4 and 1 second respectively. Also good to
welcome Colin Russell to the mile club. He recorded a time of 8:13 and is
targeting Neil !!
||Previous Best Time
||Last Recorded Time
The next event will be on Thursday 2nd July 2015.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 6th June 2015
|6th June 2015
||Family & Friends
||improves age cat rec
||Tail runner, 197th
||8th/41 , BApark #175
||another pb by 4 secs
||age cat rec, BApark #174
||finish token support
||pb, run #4
With one exception the action this weekend was confined to London and the Home Counties.
The exception was Roderick Hoffman who just happened to be in the Detroit area on
Saturday morning and took in one of only four parkruns in USA at Livonia,
Michigan, and that brought the club total up to 175 different parkruns. We
await to hear how grossly overweight the opposition was but Roderick must have
been pleased with his top 10 finish.
Earlier, and taking full advantage of the fact that Livonia clocks are five
hours behind Greenwich (even if parkruns there start at 8 a.m. EST during the
summer), Steve Newell chalked up BApark number 174 at Raphael Park in Romford.
Romford is in the London borough of Havering and so for the time being Steve has
now run at every parkrun in a London borough. There are still a few more in
"Greater London" or inside the M25 to be visited. Yet another new fairly
local run is starting up on 20th June at Aldenham Country Park (near Elstree
aerodrome). The car park there is normally £4.50 from 9 a.m. so it remains
to be seen if parkrunners get any special dispensation. The run will be
two circuits of the reservoir so probably quite flat.
The Raphael Park run has only been going for six weeks and comprises two
large laps followed by a shorter one. There are a couple of quite sharp
gradients up and down on each lap as well as a more level stretch alongside a
lake and 99% of the course is on good tarmac. The cafe allows a 10%
discount on production of your barcode so another good reason not to leave it at
Alan Anderson lowered his MV80 record to 28:21 at Gunnersbury where his
protégé Kerstin Luksch shaved another four seconds her pb (21:27). They
used to run together when Alan was only a little younger! Six days after
his Comrades (double Marathon) in South Africa Piers Keenleyside was still good
for 5km in 22:47. Bill Byrne who was a member 30 years ago is still
running quickly and was 12th (of 348) at Gunnersbury in 19:42.
Another of those club members involved with hosting the 1985 WARR in Hyde
Park, Roger Wiltshire, made one of his occasional appearances at Bushy Park
(27:13). Kevin Holland who joined just a few weeks ago was there as well
(28:31) along with Ian Cunningham who is now only two short of 200 parkruns.
Members closing in on a parkrun vest are Sreeram Sethuraman on 49 runs, mostly at
Upton Court, and Tony Hird, 98 runs, all at Gunpowder. Chris Kelly needs
just another eleven runs to reach 250.
Updated club parkrun stats:
Livonia parkrun (USA parkruns: tick)
"Every parkrun is the same and every parkrun is different" and that
was true of Livonia in the States. The format is the same as are
some, but not all, of the parkrun cultural aspects. The run is
undertaken in Bicentennial Park which is a large area where games of
various types take place and as you drive in (remember - no one walks in
the States even to cross a road) you have to guess which group of cars
is the parkrun rather than a baseball group. Upon guessing correctly I
discovered that the welcome was just as great as at any parkrun the
world over but also that the only people at the run twenty minutes
before the off are today's volunteers and three travellers or newcomers.
The locals don't arrive before 7:55. This was the first summer start at
8am so it could be that the locals had been getting there more than five
minutes early the previous week...but I doubt it. The course was
described "Follow the tree line" and it is a two k out section, a one k
loop and then the 2k return. But where were all the faster runners? The
fastest time was 21:45 and it has been eight weeks since anyone broke
twenty minutes. And the course is almost as flat as a pancake. Grass
predominantly and on the way around you did have to avoid, or at least
look out for, the flying baseballs. Livonia parkrun had had their record
crowd the previous week - 99, or rather they stopped recording at 99 -
there were several other non-registered runners who were not recorded
even as "Unknown runners". That week they were helped by having
not one but two schools join them for the run. On this Saturday it was a
lower key affair with only 41 runners but I felt it shouldn't have been
so low key - they mentioned casually in the coffee bar afterwards that
it was their third birthday, and therefore parkrun USA's third birthday
also, but there was no cake nor no return visits from the multitudes
(well 716) who have run at the park over the previous three years. They
are happy just the way they are...but I was left wondering if a
different attitude wouldn't produce greater numbers? Was it worth the
trip? Well of course it was...but with a five hour drive each way from
Chicago I doubt if I'll be doing Livonia again anytime soon!
For me that is another parkrun country ticked off the list...though
on the weekend of the first parkrun in France so another country to be
added to the list along with Italy now in its third week.
Chicago Run for the Zoo
I wasn't just in the States to tick off a US parkrun. I also
joined Ron Maxwell and his United colleagues at the United Airlines
sponsored Run for the Zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo, close to the centre
of Chicago, is a free utility and as such needs considerable fundraising
to keep it going. The annual run for the zoo is one such event.
Sponsored by United Airlines it is now in its 33rd year. The event
consists of a 5k race (with multiple wave starts) and a 10k race with a
single wave. Now when I say single wave I could be talking about a
Tsunami. As the starter launched us from the start line the heavens
opened and rain started to cascade down. Shortly the path was
awash and with the puddles being of unknown depth runners found
themselves weaving to and fro - both to avoid the puddles and to avoid
the other runners avoiding the puddles. And then we heard the thunder
and saw the lighting. The Race Director had to make a lightning
quick decision and did so - "black flagging" the race and getting the 10k runners turned around at the
two mile point and returning them to the race start area by the safest
possible route. My GPS recorded 3.9 miles covered as we re-crossed
the start line to be told that we had finished. So the race was a
washout but it was run in great spirit and fifteen minutes later, after
we had drowned the recovery beer, the sun started to break out and we
had an opportunity to walk round the zoo and wonder what life would be
like as a seal.
Result - 6.2K covered in 35:44 at a steady pace so I was probably on
course for a 10k time of 56:25 or slower.
PS I was also there to meet up with Ron and discuss this years and
future years World Airline Road Race events. This years event is
in the week of Friday 23rd October with race day being that Friday.
With the initial calendar of events having been published as this digest
was going to press I will be able to communicate more details in next
Green Belt Relay report link
Correct link to this year's report:
The Tom Rowley Report
I went along to the Surrey Vet's T&F Champ's on Sunday 7th to cheer
Julie Barclay running in the 800/1500m races. We also met up with
Janet Smith who competed in the Discus and Weight throwing events
plus officiating too at times. Janet's results were not available
before I left but watching I am sure she won her events.
Julie having spent a week in the IOW and 4 days in Spain during a
holiday period was hoping her two weeks of leisure would not make her
feel full of aches.
The 1500 was her second attempt at the distance so a little aware it
was not going to be easy with two very good M/D runners in the race.
The result went as expected and after two fast laps Julie knew she
could not stay with them. She also knew she was not running her normal
self but she still finished 2nd as the 1st girl was in the 0/40 age
In the 800m 2 or 3 girls were capable of running 2:30. so well beyond
Julie's 2:40.00 best but not a problem as Julie enjoys racing whatever
standard she comes up against. Julie stayed with them for 500m
then began to feel the pace. She finished 3rd 0/50 Surrey girl so
loosing her 800m title.
As the Champ's is combined Surrey/Sussex there were 8 running and
Julie was 5th o/a, 5 of the 8 were 0/50. Amazingly after the race
they all warmed down together chatting away about their run their phone
photo's clicking away. So friendly, a really pleasant atmosphere all of
them in the sport to do their best and enjoy every minute.
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