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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th September 2017
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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Equinox 5km Wednesday 20th September
The club in-house event for September is the Equinox 5km starting and finishing in the vicinity of the "Field of Hope" (aka M4 jct 3 pedestrian/cycle area). Also see the club map for start location and course details.
The course will be a variation on the one used several times before. Please read carefully to avoid getting lost.
The start will be about half a mile from the Heston Venue (car park, changing, showers) and reached by jogging/walking along Church Road and left up the cycle track just before the subway and the gaggle of abandoned Tesco trollies.
From the start the course runs north along the A312 cycle track to the bottom of the Hayes By-pass and turns left along North Hyde Road (1km) as far as Watersplash Lane (turn left). After about 100m runners enter Cranford Park North and follow the trail, party through a wooded section(beware tree roots) emerging at the subway under M4 into Cranford Park proper. The course then goes through a cobbled section under an archway and sweeps round to the left into Church Road by the carpark (2km). After running up towards the humpback bridge, runners go through a gap in the fence on the right and join the hoggin trail along the River Crane as far as the footbridge into Avenue Park. After turning right after the bridge the path emerges from a short wooded section (half way point). The path heads south roughly following the line of the river and sweeps round to the left. NOW, A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. Instead of running out of the park into Park Lane the course sweeps round to the left along a mown grass section keeping close to the boundary of the park as far as the hard tennis courts. Now turn right and use the tarmac path to the gate leading out into Cranford High Street. Extra care is required when leaving the park (a sharp left turn) as the route is next along a narrow pavement with some curbs to keep an eye on (trip hazard). At the junction (traffic lights) of Cranford High Street and the Parkway (A312), 4km point, the course turns left and heads along the footpath/cycle path towards the M4 junction. The finish line is on the upslope in the centre of the Field of Hope just short of the M4 carriageway flyover.
Runners should meet at the pavilion at 6 p.m. Slower runners will start first with others individually or in groups setting off in pursuit. The idea is for everyone to finish at about 6.45 p.m. giving everyone time to get back to the pavilion before sunset at 7.02 p.m.
Thereafter a large table has been reserved at the Queen's Head.
The reserved table is for ten persons and hopefully we'll overflow it - unless our plans go for a Burton.
Before we leave the Heston Venue I will be inviting attendees to take away any items in the club cupboards that are no longer required - without charge and this includes some items with value. Be warned - any items not taken away may be given away as event prizes instead!
BAAC 2017 AGM Minutes
These are the minutes from the AGM held at the Wraysbury Sailing Club on 28th June 2017. With apologies for the late delivery - but unlike me, Steve has a day job.
Roderick Hoffman OBO Steve Hillier
Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th September
Firstly a correction to last week’s commentary about plans for featured club parkruns in the coming weeks, building on the success of the meeting up at Black Park in August. The dates in the club diary are correct. On Saturday 21st October the chosen park is Nonsuch in Cheam. Six of us have run there previously but only Ian Cunningham more than once! He holds the club course record with 21:09 so there is the challenge (the female record is currently vacant). Travel advice will be provided nearer the time. On Saturday 25th November everyone is invited to join in at Bedfont Lakes. It will be a pacer day and anyone wishing to volunteer as a pacer or any other volunteer role should email their name and barcode number to David at firstname.lastname@example.org. Neil Frediani is your committee contact for these parkruns.
The cooler weather and some good training against an autumn challenge paved the way for some good performances this week. Richard Ruffell’s recent triathlon adventures have clearly done him no harm at all and his time of 20:35 at his favourite parkrun at St Albans was not only a course pb and a club record but also his best parkrun this year. Ian Cunningham (20:57) also had his best run of the year at Bushy Park as did Steve Newell (33:46) at Gunnersbury. Caroline Cockram (25:57) improved on her previous best at Osterley Park.
Paul Watt (21:19) and Julie Barclay (21:35) visited Margate parkrun for the first time and set new club records. Julie set an age-group record so good it is better than the records for ladies five and ten years younger! Tim Bellars (23:10) lowered the club course record in Guernsey.
A rare pb for Roderick Hoffman (26:02) at Bedford where he was running for a second time. Some of his single minded tourist friends were running there for their first and probably only time including Gregory Bailey (22:31) now on 207 parks out of 207 runs. Sarah Gordon (33:04) achieved a course pb and set a club record(F) at Conkers parkrun in NW Leicestershire. It was her first run there since joining us.
Chris Kelly (19:56) ran his 350th parkrun at Reading. It is just 25 months since his 250th so at this rate he could reach 500 by the end of 2020!
Most attended parkruns by different club members
The following 25 UK parkruns have had ten or more different club members visit for runs. Probably few surprises amongst this list other than the absence of Wimbledon Common (just five club members have run there). Wimbledon is the 14th nearest to Heston (crow fly distances), the second oldest parkrun venue after Bushy and with a regular attendance of 400 to 500 each week. Perhaps worthy of a club visit?
Outside the UK it is a varied picture with three parkruns making it close to double figures. The Root 44 occurrence was an organised parkrun visit the day before WARR in 2013, Malahide and St Annes were mainly the day before Dublin WARR in 2014.
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor, Roderick Hoffman, at email@example.com.