BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th February 2018
Wednesday 21st Feb - Run-of-the-Month - Five Mile Handicap - Cranford* from
18:00 (see below),
- Wednesday 28th Feb - Club ‘instinctive pace training session’ and
Awards Evening - Harmondsworth
Five Bells* 18:00 and 20:00 (see below)
Thursday 1st March - Dream Mile Bath Road for 12:45*
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 13th Feb].
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The next few Wednesdays
Wednesday 21st Feb - Winter Handicap - meet in the car park of Cranford
Community College from 17:30. Changing rooms with showers available. Steve
Newell will let you off from 18:00 from across the road to run the five mile
course with the objective of finishing at 19:00. Then meet in the Queen's
Head from 19:30.
Wednesday 28th Feb - Club awards evening - meet outside the Five Bells in
Harmondsworth at 18:00 for an ‘instinctive pace training session’ led by Joe
Nolan. After the exercise meet from 19:30 in the function rooms of the Five
Bells for our annual awards evening. Hot food will be provided to all
members and visitors. The awards evening will be hosted by club president John
Williams and Club Secretary Steve Hillier and will feature the presentation of a
dozen or so trophies to worthy individuals.
Wednesday 7th March - regular club run at Cranford Community College from
18:00 followed by club committee meeting.
Wednesday 14th March - the club has been invited for a trial at Bedfont
Football Club in Hatton Road. Meet in the car park at 17:30 for a 18:00
run - we should be able to map out a variety of routes of different distances.
We'll meet in the Bedfont Football Club bar afterwards and compare notes on the
location and facilities. Please try to make this evening since a favorable
response could lead to a new venue decision for June onwards.
Wednesday 21st March - a second opportunity for a club NOW run from 12:00 at
a venue to be decided. Last Wednesday Steve Newell, Denis Foxley and I had a
pleasant run around Rickmansworth Aquadrome - though we discovered that the cafe
there was TOO popular on a gray day during school's half term. On 21st March we
could meet at Rickmansworth again OR any club member is welcome to propose to
"host" us at their local park or running venue. Get in touch with Steve
Newell or myself.
Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell
Club parkrun results for Saturday 17th February 2018
|17th Feb 2018
||family & friends
||You Yangs (VIC)
||BA park #387
||run #436, park #223
||BA park #388, park #221
||course pb, club record(F)
||run 66th, 11th at Frimley
||run #15, 2018 sb
||1st run since October 2017
||run #6, 1st at Ricky, club record
||run #9, 1st at Ricky
||run #9, 1st at Ricky
||run #167, 1st of 2018
||run #271, 234th at Bushy
||run #346, 54th at Crane
||run #303, club record (F)
||run #241, 21st at Crane
||run #266, 1st at Cranleigh
||run #95, 81st at Harrow
||run #183, 23rd at Leicester V
||run #121, 57th at Maidenhead
||run #41, 36th at March
||run #371, 293rd at Reading
||run #96, 20th at Salisbury
||run #159, 75th at Wycombe
David Duggan’s result from You Yangs (27:43) in the Geelong area west of
Melbourne was the first over the wire this week (before midnight Friday in GMT).
That was the fastest of his recent four Saturdays tour of Australia. Look
for him at the finish at Bedfont next week handing out the tokens!
Roderick Hoffman (31:27) was our first runner to try the newish parkrun at
Letchworth in Hertfordshire. It seems to be quite a tough one.
Anderson (35:30) was at Gunnersbury to push his parkrun score up to 496 so he is
now just four weeks from the turquoise “500” shirt. This year St Patrick’s
Day (17th March) is on a Saturday and there will be plenty of emerald green
T-shirts being worn at Gunnersbury. David Tyas is still two behind and
could get there at Bushy at Easter.
Julie Barclay (22:01) recorded a pb at Frimley Lodge and that is the new
female club course record. She was first in her age category this week and
is now 10th out 562 in her age category at Frimley (all time list).
Dave Dixon (17:41) had his best run so far this year at Hackney Marshes.
The Taylor brothers made a first family group appearance at Rickmansworth and
Mark Taylor (20:20) established a new club course record.
Joe Nolan (31:23) ran for the first time since last October and made his
first ever visit to Woodley. Meanwhile back at Black Park, Barbara Allen
(30:45) turned up again for run number 501! It seems to be that the more
parkruns you have done, the more likely you are to run again next week.
Whereas some people run once and never again, once you have done 500 you are
almost certain to just keep on running (probability > 90%)*.
Updated parkrun stats -
club parkrun stats
* Figures from 10th Feb...
- Less than 50 parkruns - 5.7% probability of running
- 50 to 99 runs - 36.2% probability
- 100 to 249 runs - 52.1% probability
- 250 to 499 runs - 72.9% probability
- 500+ runs - 100% probability (15 out of 15)
Wokingham Half Marathon, 18th Feb '18
Excellent running conditions for this morning's Wokingham Half - almost too
warm (not quite). I'm trying to get some consistency into my training, so my
realistic target of 1:33:30 was not too far off where I ended up - although as
Natalie said as she went past me about a mile in, I did start off a bit too
quick.... Anyway, my second consecutive weekend of being "Ruffelled" was
otherwise fine. Graham looked okay as he came through but I had to get to
Sainsbury's on the way home... My colleague Mark pulled a PB out of the bag at
his second Half - and looks like there could be more in the tank.
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||Vet Men 50-59
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Regards, Chris Kelly
4 Weekends, 4 Races
I have been quite busy the last 4 weeks with 4 races. The first was
the Ashridge Duathlon Standard Distance Race 1, which is a 10k run, 28
mile bike and 5k run. With an 8.30 start in January you can imagine it
is pretty cold to be cycling, but as a local event it is used as a good
early season "warm up". Finished in 2 hrs 46mins 39 sec, which was well
down on times from last year, but they were in April, so conditions very
different. The following week was the Watford Half, another local race I
tend to do most years. A hilly half with plenty of ups and downs to keep
it interesting! Finished in 1 hr 35 mins, which matches the times I was
running 7 or 8 years ago, when I was doing a lot more running, so pretty
happy with that. Then last week it was a shorter race, just 5 very
muddy, hilly miles around Lloyd Park in the Surrey XC, helping the BA
team to a good overall result. Finally this week it was race 2 in the
Ashridge series, so everything the same as 3 weeks before, but perhaps a
little colder! Improved my time by 6 minutes to finish in just over 2
hrs 40 mins, so happy with that, especially as the roads were quite
slippy in several places so care was needed when rounding any corners.
No more races now for me for a few weeks, but off to a tri training camp
week in Portugal in a couple of weeks time, oh what fun it is to be
Harrow Hill Race 11th February 2018 Results
As well as Petra and Piers reported last week note that Steven Norris came 8th
and first M40 in a time of 00:39:12. Also note that Christine Munden was amongst
the course marshals.
Running the Tube
Matt Foden reports on an interesting running exercise/event. A group have set up
"London Tube Run" which each month chooses a tube line and attempts to run from
one end of it to the other - presumably visiting stations on the way. The next
such run is on Sunday March 11th and will cover the 17-miles of the Bakerloo
line starting at Harrow & Wealdstone station. The event is a distance challenge
rather than a race.
Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or want more details.
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor,
Roderick Hoffman, at