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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th April 2015
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Speedbird Ladies 6th May and Concorde Five 14th June promotional poster and leaflets Reminder
We have produced a promotional poster for the Speedbird Ladies and Concorde Five Mile Road Race events. It would be great to have higher turnouts for these events so please print off a copy of the poster and place on a suitable noticeboard. Additionally we have printed off a large number of A5 leaflets with each event on either side. Please get these from me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and hand out at suitable opportunities - either to colleagues you know might be interested in either event or at other running events.
Track & Field Grand Prix Monday 13th April results
Monday 13th April welcomed the first T&F event of our summer season. Gary Rushmer, Tony Barnwell and Steve Hillier battled it out over two rarely competed events, the 1000m and Triple Jump. Gary took the honours in both competitions. Full results:
Donít miss our first Vets League match, at Battersea on Monday 11th May at Battersea.
Club decision making
Would you like to be more involved in Club decision making?
We are just two months away from this yearís AGM, when we will have the opportunity to elect a new committee. All posts are up for grabs - and we'd welcome the excitement of a contested election! Having said that though the current committee appears to be relatively stable so this year we would like to widen participation in the running of the club by introducing two further Committee Members without portfolio posts. These new positions would give the holders the opportunity to bring new ideas to the organisation of the club without having specific responsibilities [Ed: Can I apply for one of these please ;-)].
The full 2015/16 committee will consist of:
Chairman*, Deputy Chairman, Treasurer*, Secretary*, Menís Captain, Ladies Captains, Track & Field Captain, Membership Secretary, Communications Secretary, Statistics Secretary, Events Secretary and three Committee Members without portfolio.
Would you be interested in getting more involved? Let me know if you have any questions.
Steve Hillier email@example.com
* Note that Associate members cannot hold the three key club posts of Chairman, Treasurer or Secretary.
Runnymede Runners Windsor Relays on 4th July
We are considering entering a team or teams into the annual Runnymede Runners Windsor Relays on 4th July and designating this as our Run of the Month for July. Families and supporters are very welcome, the event is ideal for a picnic day out - in the past the club attending the event has usually resulted in an early July heat wave. A fun run will also be provided for under 12s.
Each team is to comprise six runners. This may include no more than 3 senior males (aged 16 to 39). No problem there then!! The remainder of the team may comprise juniors, ladies and veteran male runners. Each runner may only run one leg and for only one team. Runners may run in any order, names need only be declared on race day, The Long Legs (1, 3, 5) are approximately 5.25 miles and the short legs (2, 4, 6) approximately 2.75 miles The first leg starts at 12 noon. Entry fee is £42 per team Ė See more at: http://www.runnymederunners.com/index.php/events/item/4-relay-race
If you are interested in taking part then please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org . If we have too many runners then I am happy to co-ordinate the team and just enjoy the picnic.
London Marathon Approaching Fast
The Marathon is on Sunday and at the last count we had over 20 runners participating and over 120 planning to be helping on the day. Hopefully you all know who you are! The pre-London Marathon briefing meeting is this Thursday at the Heston Venue (Concorde Centre) from 19:00.
I'll be submitting a results article to the BA Up-to-Speed magazine for May as a follow-on to a running tips article that Marathon runner Jenny Reeves has got into the April issue. They won't publish what I send them unless it has some interesting and revealing one liners of the experiences of the runners and helpers so please send me what you can next week. Something for you to think about as you plod through Docklands!
Roderick Hoffman email@example.com
Club parkrun results for Saturday 18th April 2015
Some notable achievements this week. Ben Chaytow notched his 100th run (80% have been at Crane Park) and shouldn't have to wait too long before he receives his new vest. Alice Banks again helped with the pre-event set up at Maidenhead and then ran round in a new best time of 25:26 which is the best of the nine man and woman from the club family over the five weeks that parkrun has been going. Alice has run the Reading course in an even better time so expect some more action at this venue in the coming weeks when the marathon frenzy has died down.
There was some classic action at Woking where club members old, new and moved-on categories did battle at Woking. Tom Rowley (marshal) stood enchanted as a battle royal unfolded in the "almost 60" age group where Barry Walters (7th overall in 19:45) held off Mick Waine (19:49). Not far behind Julie Barclay consolidated her position as the best FV50 at Woking, chopping another minute off her pb (21:12). All three achieved 80% WAVA scores this week. Our newest member, Kevin Holland who has usually run at Poole in the past, was also at Woking this week and finished in under half an hour.
Many parkruns had large or even record attendances this week. There were well over 1,200 at Bushy Park with everyone including John Coffey and Ian Cunningham wanting to try out the new "fast" course which Hugh Jones has assured us is certainly not short. There are a few sharp corners and potentially more puddles but overall less of the run will be on grass in future. At the other end of the scale, Pymmes in north London which has averaged only 20 runners in its 4 years of existence saw a record of 67 this week. Steve Newell looked in on the not-so-well established South Oxhey and enjoyed a bit of cross country style open space along with the warm sunshine in the rolling Hertfordshire hills and was one of only 39 runners. The mud of earlier weeks had dried up but they are competing with nearby Cassiobury which offers relatively flat tarmac paths only two miles away in Watford. As with Richmond Park (average 211) and Old Deer Park (average 48) one will probably always be far bigger than the other.
Roderick Hoffman visited Spiceball Park in Banbury and moved the club total on to 160 different parks. It would have been 161 but Steve Newell was prevented from a visit to Riddlesdown by a cancelled train service. Riddlesdown is nowhere near South Oxhey but half a century of standby travel has created an acceptance of occasional disappointments, the benefits of having contingency plans and a willingness to switch destination at very short notice! No 07.29 Southwest train from Chiswick to Clapham so let's cycle a mile and try the 07.44 Overground to Willesden!
Alan Anderson had a rare week off and he missed the record turnout of 341 at Gunnersbury.
The start date for the Harrow Recreation Ground parkrun has now been announced as Saturday 9th May.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Interesting Reading - Consultation document for the future of Cranford Park
Wings for Life World Run
I'm running the Silverstone section of this event again this year. You may recall that all of the worldwide events start at the same time GMT and the event is neither over a fixed distance nor time - instead we have a headstart over a catcher car which sets off after us at a pre-determined pace. When it passes us we have to stop running and get the bus back to the start. That means that unlike in a marathon the weaker runners end up running only five to ten km (so may not even get off the track at Silverstone) whereas the fitter runners will be off and away over the hills for miles and miles before they are caught. Last year I managed 10.5 miles - my aim this year is to get to the bottom of the hill that I was caught at the top of. You can encourage me by adding some sponsorship money to my account. All money raised (including all of my £40 race entry) goes to research into spinal injuries and treatments. My sponsorship page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RoderickHoffman
PS There is probably still time to enter the event if you fancy being chased!
2014/15 5Mile Handicap Series Final Results and Winners
Sorry - out of space for this this week. Keep holding your breath until next week.
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