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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th April 2016
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
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Watersplash 10km, 5km and team meal details - THIS Wednesday
The post Watersplash 10km (and 5km) team meal will be Fish Pie plus salad/veg and will be served at 8 p.m. This is complementary for all members and, whilst fishing stocks last, for non-members also. If you are not a BA Clubs member remember that you will need to be signed in.
All 10km runners should be at the Field of Hope (M4/Jct. 3 pedestrian area) early enough to start in time to reach the finish by 7.20 p.m. at the latest. Anyone coming past the timekeepers having completed 7.9km after 7.05 pm will be asked to stop and will be given a time.
Subs are now due!
1st April has been and gone, and so your Subs are now welcome. UK Athletics affiliations even more so, as we can't pay your affiliation to UK Athletics until we get it. Also, this year, with the demise of the BA Clubs Direct Debit process, if you used it we need you to take action to maintain your membership.
So please electronic payments / standing orders / cheques / cash to us at the
usual addresses - as per:
Chris Kelly (Treasurer)
April Dream Mile Results
Another windy day for our Mile event. It is amazing the number of times on a Thursday it is windy and either side it is not. Maybe we need to change the day of week the event is run! With lots of meeting and it being the middle of the Easter holidays, the turnout was a little lower than normal. With the wind the times were all a lot slower too, and with Colin Russell not running there were no PB’s either. Derek Grey did come along to run, but did not record a time as he arrived a little late. It was good to have Ian Cunningham and Simon Ashford running their first events of 2016 and looking forward to the next one in May, when it will be lovely and sunny, warm and no wind…
Next event will be on Thursday 5th May 2016.
Green Belt Relay Reserve Required for Weekend May 21st/22nd
We have a full team and one reserve, but runners are always at risk of injury, so .... if anyone would like to be on the backup plan, for a possible last-minute request to run ~20miles over two days while trying to follow a map and avoid any unnecessary extra miles - let me know... You could be lucky - it might not happen, on the other hand this could be you:
Ed: Chris doesn't seem to understand that some potential team members may be put off by the thought that they would be running twice over two days in all weathers with some legs involving serious climbs, descents and navigational challenges whilst being ferried from point to point in the back seat of cars full of tired runners wearing damp kit (although a second kit IS recommended for the second day). But if you want to catch the spirit of the event...then get in touch.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th April 2016
The chase to reach 250 different parkruns continued apace on what may well turn out to be the penultimate Saturday.
Steve Dodsworth (24:03) and Linda Dodsworth (27:08) had both run at Gateshead prior to joining the club but these were pbs for both of them. Roderick Hoffman (27:11) joined them on the start line and don't imagine for a moment that Roderick was exhibiting some sort of John Scaife style conduct approaching the finish, Linda was simply faster. parkrun is a run not a race - don't you believe it!
Only a few miles to the south Emily Warburton-Brown (25:54) was at Durham for the first time and established the new club record. John Lennon ran there once before he joined us, but not as quickly. David Duggan has run at Durham in North Carolina but again before he joined us.
Much further south and west, Janet Smith (36:21) was at Tewkesbury Vineyards, the third new venue this weekend. That time may look a little slow but over the seven months this run has been going no man has beaten 17 minutes and no woman 20 minutes so nobody can be finding it easy.
Those three runs take the club total to 248 so there may be an end of season finale feeling next week and we can all be winners.
All readers are encouraged to send in their nominations for the hardest parkrun they have visited with the brief reasons of why. One candidate may be Tring where Richard Ruffell (22:25) lowered the club record on his sixth run there.
One of the aspects of having so many parkruns to choose from is that we seldom get a good crowd of members all at the same one so it was heartening see that we had five runners plus a run director and other helpers at Bedfont Lakes this week. Chris Evans (24:22) only seems to have one pace at the moment and his time was exactly the same as last week.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Pictured: Steve, Roderick and Linda at the end of Gateshead parkun.
Late results - Mad March Twister Mad March
Ed: The extra twist is it isn't obvious from the results what the results are. The fastest time seems to be by a member of team C, but it must be harder with two team in which case team A would get the win. But the objective should be to be even paced out and back and team B shows a closer match between the two runners revealing even running (or equally uneven!). I'm sure that good prizes were consumed by all.
Manchester Marathon 10th April 2016
I ran the Manchester Marathon yesterday for the second time - I had a target time of 3:29:59 but missed it by 3 seconds to finish in 3:30:02 (category position 32nd of 255). I (as usual) perhaps did the first half too quickly in 1:35:41 - over a minute quicker than last weekend's Reading Half. Kerstin Luksch finished the Marathon in 3:29:27 (first half 1:37:15, category position 22nd of 553).
I'm hoping for a better time in London.
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