BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th June 2015
Wednesday 17th June - Bridges Relay Westminster - team runners should know
who they are - spectators are also welcome.
Track&Field: Monday 22nd June 18:30 Vet's League Battersea / Wednesday 24th
18:45 Rosenheim Ewell Court
Wednesday 1st July - Parkway Mile followed by Club AGM
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Concorde Five Mile Road Race Sunday 14th June 2015 results
The Concorde Five went very well yesterday. There wasn't a repeat of
last year's workmen digging up the course and finish area with a JCB.
True, there were significant pavement works in Roseville Road, but these were
navigated by all of the runners without reported incident. The half way
water point was set up in plenty of time in near enough the right place (the
Event Adjudicator did initiate a quick shuffle to reduce the risk of
bottleneck). As well as having enough marshals on the day we managed to have
club runners in both the men's and ladies competitions - though sadly not enough
for a team. And with just the one exception we managed to present the awards to
all of the most deserving runners. And 90 finishers represents the largest field
for several years.
Selected results in finish order:
||M Open 1st
||M Vet. 1st / Cat Record
||M Open 2nd
||M Vet. 2nd
||NAGI, Mohamed Umar
||M Open 3rd
||Thames Valley Harriers
||M Vet 3rd
||M V50(&60) 1st / Cat Record
||1st BA Man
||Reading Road Runners
||L Open 1st / Cat Record
||L Open 2nd
||L Vet 1st / Cat Record
||L Open 3rd
||L Vet 2nd
||L V45 1st
||L Vet 3rd
||NAGI, Mohamed Iqbal
||M V60 1st
||L V55 1st*
||L V55 1st*
||M V70 1st
||1st BA Lady
* The LV55 spot prize was incorrectly
awarded on the day - Paula has already emailed us to say she is happy with the
way things turned out.
- Top three Men's teams in order - Metropolitan Police, Gladstone parkrun
and Thames Valley Harries,
- Top three Ladies teams in order - Hillingdon AC, Windle Valley,
- We also had eight runners in the kids fun run.
Full results on the website:
Considerable thanks to all of the officials, marshals and other helpers.
I'll provide the full list next week. In the meantime feedback is sought from
all - although most things seemed to go well this year there is bound to be
scope for further improvement.
Results of Marathon Relay Sunday 14th June
Thanks to everyone for today, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, a good
afternoon out. We should not worry that the whole field was "Dorrised", the lady
in question was Claire Hallissey, a GB athlete, she ran the Marathon for GB in
2012. I don't feel so bad about watching her disappear off in the distance now!
The results, with a comparisons with last year:
So overall a great effort, this year second overall about 3 mins 16 secs behind
the winners, but over 30 mins ahead of 3rd. And no trophies to have to worry
about, almost perfect!!
||5 secs slower
||17 secs slower
||61 secs slower
||12 secs quicker
|Gary Rushmer Snr*
||4 secs slower
|Gary Rushmer Jnr*
||22 secs slower
||11 secs quicker
||35 secs quicker
||2 mins 11 secs slower
A special thanks to Chris for joining us on his 50th birthday, especially having
run the Concorde 5miler in the morning, well done old man!!
* And Roderick
adds thanks to the Taylors and Rushmers who marshalled the Concorde Five before
running their relay legs (and Chris who provided two willing marshals).
Results of match 2: Vets League Hillingdon 8th June 2015
A cold & windy evening at Uxbridge for the 2nd Vets track
event. Janet was on form in the Hammer, with 1st in her age cat, with a 2nd
place in the Shot Putt.
|Janet Smith WV50
||Hammer Throw - 38.58m
||Shot Putt – 9.17m
|Gary Rushmer MV50
||800m – 2.43.0
||300m – 11.42.7||Triple Jump – 7.22m
|Steve Hillier MV60
||200m – 34.6
||Long Jump - 3.06m
||Hammer Throw – 23.67m||Shot Putt – 7.96m
|Neil Frediani MV55
||Long Jump – 2.83m
Throw – 11.99m||Shot Putt – 3.71m
|Eddie Giles MV65
||200m - 34.8
||800m - 3.17.7
Steve also 1st in his age cat in the Hammer coaxing along Neil in the Hammer,
Shot & Long Jump.
Gary also came 2nd in age cat with his Triple Jump, also beating Steve &
Eddie’s best efforts in the 200m sprints.
Steve had mixed fortunes in the events. In his 200m race, the runner in lane
3 slipped forward on the blocks just as the starter’s gun went off. A flag was
raised, redeemed to have an advantage on the rest of the field, so a second gun
fired to stop and return to the start. Most runner heard the bangs of the gun
and stopped but the lead sprinter didn’t hear. Bang- Bang- Bang but he wouldn’t
stop 50m, 60m, 70m he kept sprinting. The starter was not amused and if the
runaway sprinter had reached 100m, I think he would have taken aim but lucky for
him he reached about 80m when it dawned on him to stop!! With the blocks secured
this time all sprinters were away for 2nd time of asking. Then Steve did a
perfect landing on the Long Jump board only to have a Hamstring twitch at that
point. He was ok, but well done to all who came out to compete and Tom to
cheering us all on.
Next vets track event is at Battersea 22nd June 6.30pm start.
Standard Chartered Great City Race is on Thursday 9th July
The Standard Chartered Great City Race is on Thursday 9th July and is being
held in the City of London. This years race entry is already closed, so 5000
runners will be pounding the streets around the 5km course. We'll be helping to
support the course senior stewards in marshalling the course and general
assistance with the spectators & general public who need to cross the course.
This will be the 11th year of assisting with this race so I think we're fairly
familiar with what's required. In terms of timings, the start is 19:15, and
we need to be on site by 18:15, finishing by 20:00. In return you'll get a
t-shirt, expenses up to the cost of a zone 1-6 travelcard, that all important
club donation and some post race refreshments (food and drink!) in a local pub
(very well received from those that helped last year).
I've currently got 15 helpers (Graham, Neil F, Barbara T, Nick, Eddie &
Lesley G, Dave Duggan + 2, John Paton, Glen & Ishi H, Soni Shah & Jagit Singh) I
need 25 helpers, so if you can help please drop me an e-mail with a contact
phone number (ideally a mobile) and preferred T-shirt size (S, M, L or XL).
Nearer the time I'll circulate final details. Thanks in advance for your
Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th June 2015
|6th June 2015
||Family & Friends
||course pb, run #245
||Crissy Field (SFO)
||first lady, BA park #177
||BA park #176
||Crissy Field (SFO)
||run #99 - all at Gunpowder
Just one week after Roderick Hoffman followed in the steps of Christopher
Columbus across the Western Ocean and in fact ventured as far inland as Michigan
to run at Livonia parkrun, Julie Barclay went right over to the Pacific coast
and ran a parkrun in sight of Alcatraz at Crissy Field on San Francisco Bay.
She ran quickly as well to be the first placed woman this week and established a
new age group record, half a minute better than the previous mark. This
was some compensation for losing her VW50 record at Bedfont Lakes only last week
by 7 seconds. As a club we still hold two records at Bedfont; Barry
Walters (MV55-59) with 18:47 and Brian Bennett (MV70-74) with 22:40.
The MV80 title is vacant if Alan Anderson is interested. His longstanding
V75 record eventually got overtaken - records are there to be broken.
Crissy Field was not the only new parkrun for us this week, John Scaife
was in Norwich on Saturday morning and was part of a record attendance of 249
running at Catton parkrun which has been going for almost two years and is not
as flat as some people think the whole of Norfolk is! That takes us up to
Congratulations to Sreeram Sethuraman on notching up his 50th run, most of
them at Upton Court. Eddie Giles was there to see him do it. Next
week we expect to see Tony Hird complete his parkrun century with his 100th run
at Gunpowder Park. He shows an unswerving loyalty which might have been
common in the early days of parkrun but is less the norm now.
Chris Kelly (Hon Treas) planned to skip his usual run at Reading and combine a trip to the bank in Woodley
to pay in some cheques to the club account with a parkrun there. Imagine
his horror when he realised the run at Woodley had been cancelled and he had to
cycle back to Reading. He missed the start but joined in just time to join
up with the leaders who by then were on their second lap. That gave Alan
Friar the perfect springboard to finish in front of him.
Denis Foxley returned to Harrow after a couple of weeks off and lowered his
pb there to 24:37.
Over at Black Park there was a record attendance of 534 and Joe Nolan was
having a bit of fun with the pace and finished in 24:24. parkrun founder Paul
Sinton-Hewitt was there too and ran his course pb of 19:17. His best
ever parkrun incidentally was 18:22 at Bushy Park 21st April 2012.
Updated club parkrun stats:
And Tom adds...
Julie Barclay and husband Bob on holiday in San Francisco both
decided to run the 5K parkrun after receiving some info from Roderick.
On the day only 22 competed, the small entry is down to many sporting
clubs Running/Cycling etc. that use the park and to have larger entries
they might need to have a permit?
The course was out and back on shingle paths along the front, dodging
a few dogs and pedestrians. Julie, although disappointed with her time
of 22.40, finished 1st lady and also lowered the ladies age course
record. But husband Bob, being coaxed by Julie, ran a massive PB of
23.14, well over 90 seconds off his Woking time.
Both more than pleased they did the run, a great experience, in
warmish weather (preparing for WARR Dubai).
The Elmore 7
Richard Carter, the Event Adjudicator for the Concorde Five, was keen that we
consider this event. The 7 mile road race starts and finishes in the grounds of
“Elmore”, a country house and the home of the Chipstead Flower Show. The
accurately measured course passes through scenic and undulating country lanes
and is suitable for all levels of runners.
The Village Fair and Flower Show open at 12.30pm and the Elmore 7 starts at
2.00pm. The Elmore 7 is part of the Surrey Road League.
- There is a Medal for all finishers
- Veteran Category Prizes
- Free Car Parking
- Showers & Changing Facilites
Venue address Elmore, High Road, CHIPSTEAD, CR5 3SB. Race numbers can be
picked up from Chipstead Rugby Club. Please note Race Spectators will need to
pay the Flower Show entry fee to gain access to the show.
Postal Entry Form:
Comrades Marathon 2015 - UP
The Comrades Marathon is the biggest ultra marathon in the world with
entries often exceeding 20,000. It is also probably the oldest having
been started in 1921 as a memorial event for those South Africans killed
in the First World War and to celebrate mankind's spirit over adversity.
There were 34 runners in the first event and just 16 finished.
With a break for the Second World War the 2015 event was the 90th
Comrades Marathon. The race is run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg
over a distance of around 87k (55 miles) with the direction alternating
each year. Durban to Pietermaritzburg is known as the ‘up’ run and
Pietermaritzburg to Durban the ‘down’ run. This year it was an ‘up’ run
– with roughly 1,830 metres (6,000 feet) of climb to contend with.
I ran last year’s Comrades (a ‘down’ run) and had returned to do the
‘up’ so as to get my ‘back-to-back’ medal. This is a 3rd medal for
running consecutive up and down runs and is only given to people
completing their 1st and 2nd Comrades Marathons. I also hoped to beat
the time of 10:25 that it took me last year.
Over 22,000 entered this year but only about 16,500 actually lined up
to start in the dark at 5:30am outside Durban City Hall on Sunday 31st
May. It is a very atmospheric and emotional start. First a few
‘worthies’ made a couple of short speeches and then the South African
national anthem was sung by the runners and supporting crowd. Next they
sang an old Ndebele miners’ song called ‘Shosholoza’ that is so well
known and popular that it is sometimes called South Africa’s second
national anthem. Finally the start was signalled first by a cockerel
crowing twice (or at least a recording!) and then a gun firing. We then
set out on our way to Pietermaritzburg as that old marathon favourite,
‘Chariots Of Fire’, played over the speakers.
Last year I optimistically thought I had a slight chance of finishing
in under 9 hours and set off at around a 9 minute mile pace. I could
only managed to hold it for about 20 miles before the hills got to me.
The worst of the hills were actually the steep downhills in the last
1/3rd of the race that turned my quads to jelly! This year I decided
that if I went at a steady pace of around 10 minutes/mile from the start
I’d be able to hold it for longer and so hopefully do better than last
When the route is described, five major hills are usually mentioned:
Cowies Hill, Fields Hill, Botha’s Hill, Inchanga and Polly Shortts.
However if you look at the profile diagram below there are quite a few
more and before reaching the first, Cowies, we had already climbed
nearly 300 metres after leaving Durban City Hall which is close to sea
The early start did not deter supporters and there was a large noisy
crowd at the start. Then as we made our way out of Durban people lined
the streets and cheered us on. In fact there were people along most of
the 87.7k of the route – many were enjoying family picnics with
breakfast and lunch BBQs.
Despite doing no hill training I managed to run up all the hills in
the first half of the race and reached the village of Kloof, at the top
Fields Hill, feeling very fresh and confident of getting the time I
wanted as I was ahead of the 10 hour ‘bus’ (pace group). Phil, my
brother’s brother-in-law, lives in Kloof and was there to cheer me on.
I then jogged (slowly) up Botha’s Hill before passing the halfway
mark at Arthur’s Seat and the Wall of Honour. You can buy a brick with a
name on it and have it set in the Wall of Honour for a few hundred rand
The forecast had been for a cloudy day but ever since the sun had
risen at about 7:00am there had hardly been a cloud in the sky and the
temperature had been steadily rising all through the day. I think the
high was probably about 25c however a garage on the way into
Pietermaritzburg was displaying a temperature of 31C! I suspect the
associated thermometer was not in the shade and fully exposed to direct
sun! I coped quite well with the conditions by making sure I always took
a water sachet at each aid point (about every mile) drinking a couple of
mouthfuls and then pouring the rest onto my head.
The next significant hill was Inchanga where the road wound upwards
with a dramatic rocky cliff face to the right which helped to keep us in
the shade. Just as last year when coming the other way this was where I
started walking. And for the next 35k I walked rather too much whenever
there was an upward slope. I also developed a stitch – not sure what
brought it on – eating too many salted potatoes or drinking too much
Coca Cola? So sometimes when I started running again I had to stop
because of the stitch not the gradients!
Soon after my first walk the 10 hour ‘bus’ went past me then as I was
walking so much the 10:30 and then the 11 hour ‘bus’ went by. I wasn’t
worried about not finishing as a fellow runner had helpfully pointed out
that we could walk the rest of the race and still do it in less than 12
The crowds started to get bigger as we reached the outskirts
of Pietermaritzburg and luckily the course remained fairly flat over the
last few kilometres so there was no more walking. When we turned off the
main road and onto a narrow path I could see that it wasn’t far to the
Oval cricket stadium and finish. As usual I managed to up my pace over
the last couple of hundred metres and gained quite a few places before
crossing the line in a time of 11:21:04. Marathon number 101 complete!
It was hard and for a couple of hours I was thinking ‘never again’ – but
then perhaps it would be nice to go back and have another go in 2017 as
a 60 year old.
I got my two medals which this year are a decent size – see below
compared to the 2014 model!
I then went to the International tent to meet friends and family and
got something to eat whilst watching the final half hour of the race. As
5:30pm approached race marshals lined up across the finish line and
there was a countdown for the final seconds to the cut-off when they
joined hands and stopped anyone else from crossing the finish line!
Heartache for quite a few – only around 13,000 finished in the time
allowed meaning 3,500 missed the final cut-off or were pulled out at 3
or 4 other cut-off points along the route.
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