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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th May 2015
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Green Belt Relay Report
Still the Box Hill cliff-hanger - try tuning in again next week; same time, same channel.
Results of the 2nd Grand Prix at Uxbridge track Monday 18th May 2015
A warm but very windy evening at Uxbridge running the 1500m won by Gary Snr. and the Shot Putt won by Steve. Nice to see all the Rushmer family out at the track including Gary (very Jnr.) running around the track and not stopping!! Looked nifty at the Long Jump as well.
Next GP of the season is the 800m & Long Jump (watch out for Gary Jnr.) on Monday 1st June 6pm at Uxbridge,
Hope to see you there.
Results of the 1st Rosenheim meet at Kingsmeadow , Wednesday 13th May 2015
A very still and warm evening at Kingsmeadow for the first of the Rosenheim track events.
We covered all of the events other than the Pole Vault & the 400m Hurdles (where were you?*). The last event of the night was the 4x200m Relay. Danny started off 1 of 4 teams (2 men’s & 2 ladies). Eddie was 2nd runner to take the baton from Danny, then someone shouted ‘Who’s in front?’ The reply was with disbelief ‘BA are in front!’ Danny had done an absolute stormer to be ahead by 10m to change over to Eddie. Eddie was overtaken at about 100m into the leg, then over to Neil, then the change to Tony on the glory leg home. On average we had done 36secs per runner . Not bad looking at our ages!!
Trotting back to collect my track top at the 200m point and talking to the 2nd leg runner from Kingston & Poly, who said that it was great to see BA out in force again, and we were his favourite team, (a Bruce moment there).
If you want to have more excitement in the next Rosenheim meet, we are at Walton, Wednesday 3rd June 6.45pm start.
Hope to see you there.
* All club members are welcome at these events - even if you haven't been on a track since school days - and you can choose, or at least influence, what event you do. Contact Eddie for details: mailto:EddieGiles@et-enterprises.com
British Airways Athletics Club AGM
Clear your diaries for an important evening at the Concorde Club. Wednesday 1st July sees the 2015 running of the Parkway Mile at 18:00, to be followed at 20:00 by the BA Athletics Club AGM. Join us to hear a review of our activities during 2014/15, and our plans for the following year. Come and give us your views on the future of the club. Everyone is welcome*.
A new committee will be elected at the AGM. Please would you send me your nominations for the following posts by Wednesday 17th June:
* Note that Associate Members cannot vote nor stand for the first three listed posts but apart from that your participation at the AGM and across the year is welcome.
Volunteers - now and future
Thank you to everyone who helped with today's BUPA 10,000. The club really benefits from our contributions to these events.
The next volunteering opportunity is for the Concorde Five Mile Road Race on the morning of Sunday 14th June. Please let me know if you are able to volunteer to help that morning - the event is in and around Heston and Harlington and is from 10:30 to 11:30 so you can plan what else to do that day (perhaps running in the Maidenhead Relay Marathon!). The more volunteers I get the better the event will go AND the more marshals we can release to run in the event and get a result for the club in our own race. So therefore let me know if you are prepared to marshal but would prefer to run. If you are already intending to run then consider recruiting family members to marshal and cheer you on on the way.
Roderick Hoffman email@example.com
Subsequent volunteering request will include:
Club parkrun results for Saturday 23rd May 2015
This was a weekend that went to plan at Gunnersbury where Alan Anderson not only became the first 80 year old runner to complete the parkrun there but he did so in style with his best time of the year (28:39) and eclipsing Derek Brion's 29:47 club mark at Bushy in 2007 by quite a margin. With Joe Nolan not available the pacing duties had fallen to Roderick Hoffman. Celebrations including a birthday cake at the finish line and also in the cafe later - though only after Alan had cycled back round the course collecting the markers that he had also diligently placed out before the run. The final drama demonstrated that Alan is a lot better at running than tying knots - his "80" helium balloon which was tethered to his bike as he set off to cycle back up the hill to Osterley broke loose and sailed upwards towards an A380 gliding overhead towards Heathrow. Mercifully the alert crew were able to take avoiding action and land safely. It is difficult to put Alan's achievement into context as so few local parkruns have any holders of MV80 records but the 28:02 run twice by Ray Dare over the flat course at Bushy in the summer of 2009 will doubtless be the target on Christmas Day!
The lead story for most weeks would surely have been the astounding victory by a full two minutes by Dave Dixon making his debut at a parkrun in the Republic of Ireland. His winning time at Castle Demense (to the west of Cork) was 18:37 and he now holds the MV50 record there. Dave had previously only run at Finsbury Park where his pb is 18:01. Dave's run at Castle Demense was one of two new parkruns visited by the club this weekend - the other was Forest Rec (in Nottingham) where one of our newest members, Matt Gardner based at Gatwick, ran a pb of 22:08. With the runs in Ireland not starting until 9.30 Forest Rec becomes park no 171 and Castle Demense 172.
Also on tour this weekend, Ben Chaytow improved the club's best time at Riddlesdown to 28:21. After patiently waiting ten years for a parkrun to start on his doorstep, Denis Foxley is now one of a handful of runners with a 100% appearance record at Harrow. He has now lowered the club record to 24:52.
Former member Claire Byrne was one of those at Gunnersbury and had something of her own to celebrate as she completed her 50th parkrun. Others likely to reach a significant milestone by midsummer include Sreeram Sethuraman, a regular at Upton Court and now on 47 runs and Tony Hird (Gunpowder) on 97. Chris Kelly could earn his 250 vest by the end of August and we'll warn you in good time about when to plan your trip over to Reading to join him on a victory lap!
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
"It's not a race it's a run" - nevertheless it is good to be the first person across the finish line - or to know the person who is first. Dave Dixon isn't the first family member to achieve a first finish - Jeremy Short has finished first at Osterley and Crane Park (twice), Gary Rushmer once at Bedfont, Adrian Haines five times at Tilgate and also at Brighton & Hove and Paul Knechtl once at the birthplace of parkrun Bushy. First gender finishing ladies include Julie Barclay at Bedfont, Natalie Ruffell at six different venues and Katherine Stather who is unbeaten at both of her parkruns at Bushy.
Crane Park CIE 20th May Report
On Wednesday evening the CIE for May was a relay around Crane Park used for the Saturday parkrun. On Alan Anderson’s 80th Birthday that day, in parkrun tradition, he cycled to the park, rode round a couple of times, ran the relay, cycled back home, with a chorus of Happy Birthday from all of us.
The relay started at the bench by the play area and after 1 complete lap handed over to the next runner and so on. One lap was measured at 1.84 miles or 2.96 K around the park.
Lead bike for Gary, Colin and Simon (but sadly not for Alan Friar) – Neil Frediani.
3 teams competed in the relay with Gary & Colin running 2 laps for their team.
Afterwards we went to the Admiral Nelson in Whitton High Street for some food and a pint, nice wind down to the evening.
This one is firmly on the calendar for next year.
Eddie Giles (Race organiser & time keeper)
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