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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd November 2015
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BA Clubs Communications meeting and survey
BA Clubs [the parent organisation for the BA Athletics Club] held a members' Communications Meeting last week which a number of us were able to attend. Chris Byron spoke openly, with both optimism but also realism, for the future of the club. So for instance the optimism includes that the club is in a much sounder financial state than it was a few years ago but the realism is that the expected improvement of the site by Imperial Collage isn't planned nor expected in the near future.
The slides he spoke to are available on the Internet: http://www.baclubs.com/sites/default/files/contentimages/Trustees%20Communication%20Nov%2015%20v2.pptx
Chris recognises that the club has to get much better at communication and that will include the BA Clubs website being re-designed and modernised. It would be helpful to get feedback and comments on what you would like to see on the new website. You are therefore invited to complete a short survey and have the chance to win a pair of BA return tickets to New York! Please click on this link to complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/baclubs The closing date is 18 December.
Reminder:5 Mile Handicap Wednesday 25th November
It is time for the second of this year's series - and it doesn't matter if like me you missed the first because only your best five of six performances count. Be ready for six o'clock though start times will vary so that we all finish at around the same time, about seven o'clock. Please run without checking your watch or timing/tracking device. And not only is there a social in the club house afterwards BUT the diary says that there is free food!
Club parkrun results for Saturday 21st November 2015
The weather continued to make November Saturday mornings rather unpleasant in the London area with freezing temperatures adding to the wet conditions. The best run on the radar this week was by Caroline Yarnell (23:03, 77.57%) enjoying some early summer sunshine in Sydney.
Richard (20:25) and Natalie Ruffell (21:32) were at Fulham Palace. That was a course pb for Richard. Julie Barclay (22:53) at Frimley and Sharon Kassemzadeh (24:32) at Cassiobury also had good runs.
At Upton Court, Barry Walters (20:49, 77.02%) came 7th out of 72 and is now third in the all time MV60 list there. Eddie Giles is 13th. Numbers at Upton Court were quite low in the first year but it now has a healthy following. Maybe the large free car park helps. [Ed: also parkrun tourists frequent it as the only "U" in the list!]
At Aldenham Country Park near Elstree there is a pleasant course but they are struggling to attract runners and the £4.50 car parking fee has been mentioned as a drawback. parkrun proudly boasts that it encourages persistence. Paul Fielding has run at more different UK parkruns than anyone else, like twice as many as Roderick Hoffman if you can imagine that. This week he turned up at Aldenham to run at his 255th UK venue and with a time of 24:55 came in before all of the other nine runners for the first time in his parkrun career. Every dog has his day, as they say. He hadn't previously finished in the top five at any of his 282 parkruns runs.
Roderick Hoffman (29:14) was at Hatfield Forest for his 131st event where the conditions were rather difficult. That moves the club total on to 209. Another parkrun tourist Gregory Bailey was there as well and made it 114 different runs with no repeats which continues to set the record. Both were out touristed by Rosemary Egbe running her 151st different event.
Alan Anderson (32:39) battled against the weather on his bike to reach Gunnersbury and then cycled round the course planting arrows and km marks. It was nearly all too much for him and he was spotted walking at times towards the end of the run. One of his worst ever times.
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
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