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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st December 2015
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Parkway Mile Relay Wednesday 16th December - results
The traditional 4 x 1 mile relay on the Parkway cycle track was held in extraordinarily mild conditions for mid December - the temperature was about 14 degrees C. Some years it has been close to freezing. Thanks go to Harry Wild at the turnaround cone and to Paul Brandon and Ann Coffey on the start/finish line. Brian Forrester and Nick Edge were also there marshalling.
John Taylor (5:50) made a rare appearance and immediately stamped his authority on the first leg group and was the only one to return in under 6 minutes. Richard Ruffell (6:07) ran a storming second leg for the Bright Stars who were the eventual winners. Christine Munden (guest) ran the event for the first time and was the only female runner.
Grandfather and grandson, John and Joshua Coffey ran for a third year and age triumphed over youth for probably the last time.
The post event social gathering in the Washington Room was well attended and there were very generous supplies of mince pies and tasty sandwiches. Closer to a re-enactment of the feeding of the 5,000 than a celebration of the birth the saviour.
Heathrow Airport Loop Run (28th December)
Originally this was designed for BA staff based at Waterside to fit into a lunch break between Christmas and New Year and inspired by our occasional off-piste Wednesday lunchtime runs where one person will try and take people on an unusual route of sometimes unknown distance.
I designed this route to loop around the airport without following the Heathrow perimeter road and without following main roads such as A30 or A4. It begins in Accommodation Lane (behind the first public car park) adjacent to BA head offices at Waterside, Harmondsworth [position "E" on the map above] and proceeds anti-clockwise following trails across moorland and riverside down to Stanwell Moor village and then alongside reservoir and on minor roads to Stanwell village and then across the A30 and on to Bedfont before crossing the A30 again near Hatton Cross and following the A30 and crossing to the Eastern Perimeter Road and right on to Earhart Way. Just after the "toll booth" turn left and follow the River Crane up to the A4 [note that the map above doesn't show that bit correctly], turn left ,cross over the A4 and proceed back over the river and right into and through a small part of Cranford Park onto the ‘back roads’ Sipson Lane etc. etc. and back towards Harmondsworth village. Either continue through the village back to the start (about 12.5 miles) or turn right past the Five Bells through the Church yard to the back of the lake parallel with the M4 and follow the lake and turn right and quick left along raised walkway, turn right, cross bridge and keep left back to the road, turn left and up to the junction by Waterside and turn right back to the start (about 13.5 miles).
Maps: https://www.strava.com/routes/3667843 this route is the most accurate as the google maps version wouldn't allow me to switch from A30 to Eastern Perimeter Road directly and wouldn't follow paths through the park off Earhart Way. Google maps version [copy above] is here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zQ7b0OlNavLU.kqELsVlqowJE&usp=sharing
BE READY TO RUN AT 12 on the dot on the Tuesday 29th December. This is not a race just a group of friends going for a training run with a difference.
If possible let me know if you intend to run, my number is 07882 655864 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Let me know your pace and if necessary we'll have a faster and a slower group.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th December 2015
On the second to last Saturday of 2015 Richard Ruffell (20:48) continued his late flourish to the year with his 98th run, his 48th park (Long Eaton near Nottingham) and took the club total on to 218. Ed: So we can speculate whether Richard is aiming for a 50th venue on his 100th run and if so where and when it will be - perhaps as early as this Saturday.
parkrun Saturdays now seem to last about 40 hours. Earlier Roderick Hoffman (26:44) had been running at Cornwall Park in Auckland (8 a.m. start) when it was still Friday evening at Greenwich. Also in that field was David Gall who any WARR goer of recent times will have met on the wrong end of his camera lens. Only a little later Daniela Mayerova was running at Torrens parkrun in Adelaide. Many hours later, well into Saturday afternoon in the UK) 21 runners (including several first timers) turned up at Crissy Field in San Francisco. The results don't arrive for many hours after the run meaning that the "days" full results can only be processed on Sunday morning.
Crissy Fields event is nearing its first anniversary and the turnout this week was fairly typical. Give it time, Pymmes in north London struggled in its early days but now gets over 30 on a regular basis.
At Black Park, where the attendance was 466, Joe Nolan (25:07) moved closer to his 250 shirt with his 246th run. Other members there were Eddie Giles (26:11), Tony Barnwell (32:35) and Janet Smith (35:20). There was a close to record breaking field of 381 at Gunnersbury including Steve Newell (31:14) and Alan Anderson (31:56) and a huge number dressed in Santa Claus suits which made running in the abnormally mild conditions rather uncomfortable.
Kimberley Turner (24:47) established a female club course record at Bognor Regis.
Next week's review will include the runs on both Friday (Christmas Day) and Saturday (Boxing Day).
A merry Christmas to all parkrun fans.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
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