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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th July 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 (updated early June).
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Monopoly Event Wednesday 27th July
We will be repeating last Summer's Monopoly competition on Weds 27th, at 1800. This "Club In House Event" at the Concorde Centre is open to everyone. All ages, from one year olds to ninety-one year olds, are welcome. It's a tortoise and hare team event. It will involve up to 40 minutes of running or strolling, travelling from Old Kent Road to Mayfair (within the vicinity of the Heston Venue), collecting houses and hotels.
Teams will be brought together on the day to ensure a fun competition.
If you would like to marshal instead, you would be most welcome.
See you there - bring family and friends,
The Club's Next Birthday...
The British Airways Athletics Club was founded back in 1981 at the start of the "Marathon Running Boom". Thirty Five years on and the club is still going strong. It is true that the average age of our club members has gone up and our average running distance has perhaps come down...but not by much thanks to our Ultra Running colleagues. But as in those early days we still compete at Marathons, 10ks, Cross Countries, Track&Field Meets, the World Airline Road Race and these days we also partake in parkruns also.
We are considering having a formal event to celebrate our 35th year, perhaps in November, please contact the editor or any club committee with your thoughts or ideas on this. We'll also be interested in an attractive venue - ideas please.
Results of the 4th Vets league match at Perivale Wednesday 13th July 2016
Steve Hillier MV60:-
Eddie Giles MV65:-
Just 2 of us for the last Vets match this season.
Thanks for all the people that supported us, and hopefully see you next season.
Dream Mile Results - 7th July
It was a reasonable day for a run, but not ideal for running a mile! There was a slight head wind and the very muggy conditions didn’t lead to any Personal Bests. Numbers were also a bit lower than normal as we approach the main holiday season, but it was fantastic to see 2 new people joining us for the mile. Not only this they were very evenly matched and were only separated by 1 second at the finish. Gerald McGrath showed a clean pair of heels to opened his account with 6:45, while Simon Cowell recorded 6:46. Matt Foden also made a comeback to record his first time in 2016. Colin Russell was gutted to missed the event and is now hard in training to break the 6 minute barrier next month…
Ride London, Sunday 31st July
Thank you to everyone who helped with the first three London Marathon marshalling events this summer. These events are great fun, and bring in valuable funds to help resource our club, as well us providing us with guaranteed entries. We have one more event this summer.
This year's Ride London event will take place on the last weekend in July, and I would like to request your help.
In the past we have provided marshalling teams on both Saturday and Sunday, but this year we are going to concentrate simply on the main race on the Sunday. We will man a "Disley shuttle" in Whitehall, similar to a London Marathon crossing, but with the competitors coming past us much faster! Our team operation was successful last year, and it would be great to repeat it in 2016.
Thank you to those who have already put your names forward, but to make this work we need around twenty commitments before the day. If you would enjoy a day in London watching a high class cycling event at close hand, please drop me a line.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th July 2016
Steve is still away so this week's table is again limited to BA first claim club results.
Ray Hampton visited England's Easterly most parkrun at Penrose in Cornwall. Most of Ray's runs have been at Woodbank in Manchester but he has also run at Cheadle Hulme (as has Ben Chaytow). Sadly Cheadle Hulme parkrun has become the English second parkun this year to be indefinitely cancelled - this time due to "a number of issues" and discussions are being held with the landowners. But it would be unwise to think this indicates an end to the growth of parkrun - 50 UK events have been added over the previous twelve months so the loss of two is trivial in comparison. And for the first time worldwide there are now as many parkrun events outside the UK than in the UK (about 390 of each, plus about twenty cancellations to in each group each week). We are doing our best to keep up - with Ray at Penrose, Alice at Bradford and my runs at Stevenage and Market Harborough with Sarah last week we've added four to our total of parkruns run taking us up to about 272, but Steve will need to confirm that when he updates the official stats.
Congratulations to Joe Nolan who at yesterday's Black Park parkrun 7th anniversary was presented with an award (wine & chocolates !) for organising the monthly pacing and developing a finish token sorting tray that makes the process easier and quicker.
Last week Natalie Ruffell did a great time at Amager Strandpark (19:47 - her parkrun PB) in Copenhagen, knocking over five minutes off my club best time for that parkrun and country. But that got me thinking about which club members have the fastest time in each parkrun country:
So, of the twelve countries that parkrun is currently established in, we've had runners in eleven and the fastest performances in each country are held by nine different club members - only Dave Dixon and I hold a brace of records, Dave because he is well fast and me because I am well spread. Let me know of any errors or omissions - I've done this manually and attempted to consider all performances by runners who were at that time BA first or second claim runners. In the club map the parkruns done are shown in red (and often hide behind not-done green parkruns! "You can't see the wood-done for the trees").
Also last week a club friend Caroline Yarnell ran at Southport parkrun (23:51) during her tour of the UK from her now home of Sydney.
Coaching Corner ! - Ten Tips to Prevent Running Injuries (part 1 - tips 1 to 4)
1. Improve and maintain your flexibility
2. Include strength training in your running program
3. Stay hydrated* and eat a well balanced diet
4. Warm up and cool down before and after all runs and races
* Ed: Need to re-hydrate some more? Don't forget Richard's leaving drink on Monday evening - details in last week's digest.
The Rowley Report - Olympic Performance
I ventured to the Olympic Stadium with Paul Watt/Julie Barclay on Sunday 17th as Paul was attempting his longest running event in the Great London 10k. Not being an actual race suited the purpose of choosing this event with the added experienced of running the final 300m on the Olympic track.
The weather very humid so caution was priority. A well organised event that is 1 lap around the very hilly twisting area outside the stadium. And with the mass entry they have three start waves of roughly 1500 in each plus mass family/children’s run after.
The Concorde 5mile was Paul's longest run before, in 41.16, Julie and Paul's
plan, having been practicing when running the parkrun 5ks,
Julie watching the clock and steadying things if up/down. All went
perfect every k being spot on up to the 9k. Julie took off and was leading
by 20/30m but Paul on the same training schedule thought “I should be able to
stay with her” and made a wonderful effort to draw level and entering the
stadium together gave me a wave and watching the final 300m was fun - neither
would not surrender to each other, both enjoying the challenge and atmosphere
and the gentlemen organisers' “Ladies First” upbringing half worked?? - they
gave Julie as 996th and Paul 997th
A very nice bit of HI-TECH was as EVERY runner came into stadium from under
from the stands their name/club appeared on the giant screen
A ***** recommended event.
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