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BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th May 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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Volunteers still needed
I don't like nagging but it would really help if you could tell us ASAP if you are able to help out with the following two events - the club has responsibilities that it needs to fulfill:
Roderick / Clara
British Airways AC Track & Field Championship and Family Fun Day - Sunday 15th May 2016 - Results
A great afternoon full of sunshine at Eton track which everyone there enjoyed. A big thank you to Harry for starting all the track event and helping with results. A big thanks to Steve Taylor, when the stopwatch stopped working, came in with his iPhone (what would we do without them). Joe had already ran a 10k in the morning before he got there.
There was a theft at the track unfortunately. A magpie was jumping down the steps and along to get to Mels childrens lunch box. As soon as it got near Linda clapped her hands and the magpie scooted off. Everyone went over to the Wellie Wanging event at the far side of the field, thinking that the cover over the box would be enough but, you guessed it, when we all got back to the stands the cover was off and sausage rolls and sandwiches were stolen, but the veg was left behind!!
Photo: Gary Rushmer, Gary Rushmer and Gary Rushmer [left to right: Senior, Little and Junior].
* Superstars Events
This years Track & Field Superstars Champions are:
Well done to all who competed in the 6 well fought events.
Vets league match 1 at Battersea Monday 9th May 2016 Results (& next match info)
A very wet night at Battersea for the 1st of 4 vets matches. Janet having a good evening on the field in Shot & Discus. Steve a very good combination of sprint, walking & Shot. Eddie not so good on the track, last in the 400m, DNF in the 1500m (did get halfway round though!!)
Next Vets event is at Uxbridge track on Monday 6th June. If you want to come along and compete and or marshal that would be great.
Hope to see you there,
Results of the 1st Rosenheim league match at WALTON Wednesday 11th May 2016 (& next match info)
Next Rosenheim match is at Walton Wednesday 1st June 18.45, hope to see you there,
Westminster Bridges Relay, Wednesday 22nd June
We've been unable to get enough runners to make up a single team so we are not entering this event this year. With apologies to those who had expressed interest.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 14th May 2016
Bedfont Lakes again attracted a lot of our members which considering it is the nearest parkrun to T5 shouldn't really be a surprise. Scott Davison (23:30) was the pick of the bunch but he couldn't keep up with Maria Jovani (F-1, 23:06) who was a prizewinner at the recent Speedbird 5km at Harmondsworth Moor. Another runner in that event was Trish McCabe who has recently joined us - she was on the other side of the stopwatch this weekend.
The outstanding performance of the week was Natalie Ruffell's run (20:14) at Kingston. That is a new club course record (men and women).
Our only runner in a field of 1155 at Bushy Park was our newest member Andrew Jordan (21:15).
Gunnersbury has reverted to the original "summer" course and welcomed a record attendance of 452. That was put in the shade by a huge turnout of 635 at Black Park but that didn't stop Joe Nolan (24:00) doing a precision pacing job. Janet Smith (32:02) had her best run of the year.
We had some tourists in Europe. Adrian Haines (27:46) is suffering from "Joggers Heel" but managed to keep up with his sister Jacqui at Les Dougnes near Bordeaux. He reports difficulty is finding the venue - maybe that is why numbers have been disappointingly low! Meanwhile over at Toulouse La Ramee Roderick Hoffman (27:48) missed out on a podium place but was in the top ten. He has run in every parkrun which has started up in France so far but another inaugural is due very soon at Chateau de Pierre de Bresse - we'll give it a shorter name when we need to! Very close to the Burgundy vineyards so it has some appeal!
Ian Cunningham (29:20) made it to Krakow and set a new club record although not by very much. John and Benita Scaife (29:35) have also been there (in summer 2015). The chance of Ian's 250th run, presumably at Bushy in early July, being eclipsed by John Hanscombe's 500th is still very much on the cards - they both have just seven more to do.
Course pbs for James Glover (24:08) at Alice Holt and Steve Dodsworth (23:54) at Preston. Alan Friar (26:53) returned his best time so far in 2016 at Woodley.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Another record week with over 93,000 finishing a Saturday parkrun and 103,000 including the Junior events and over 9,000 volunteers. After Cannon Hill's 1,016 finishers last week Southampton came back with a bang and recorded a new record but "only" 942 so having to settle for third place for now. There are now 400 UK parkruns in the system though it'll be a few weeks before we get 400 sets of results since there are always a few cancellations - eight this week (and Little Stoke is expected to be indefinitely cancelled after this month).
Over one million runners have now been reported as having finished a UK parkrun - and there are many more to come, I chatted to a regular runner at each of the Wings for Life event last Sunday and Wednesday's Street'O event and both claimed not to have heard of parkrun. Alan Anderson must be slacking!
As a club members have participated at 255 parkruns around the world, about one in three of the total. That includes just over 50% of UK parkruns, all French parkruns (until next Saturday), 60% of US ones, 11% of those in Australia and Poland, 8% of those in Ireland but none of those in Italy or Russia. I believe that Danielle was in Moscow last Saturday but sadly didn't do one of their parkruns. The second Italy parkrun will start shortly.
The club event map is up to date with all parkrun statistics.
Street'O Notting Hill - 1st May 2016
I took part in this Street Orienteering event and improved on my result compared to the previous Feltham event. No wrong answers and no time penalties this time - arrived back with 26 seconds to spare and that was despite turning the corner with five minutes to go and two checkpoints still to visit and discovering that Notting Hill does have a Hill - hidden behind the main streets but with a 20m climb. I scored 530 points whereas the winner managed 870 out of the 1,000 available. The area was awash with Blue Plaques hence my answers from the various checkpoints included "Dusty Springfield" and "Frankie Howard". Picture below - my GPS trail, superimposed on the Orienteering map, makes the event look straight forward...so I'll look forward to others joining me for some of these next season! The triangle in the middle was the start/finish pub and the contours do reveal the hill to the southwest of the pub.
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