BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th June 2017
Wednesday 28th June - Pre AGM mile and Club AGM - At the
"Silver Wing" Sailing Club at Wraysbury*
Wednesday 5th July Rosenheim T&F Kingston
Thursday 6th July Dream Mile Harmondsworth*
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:
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Vets League Track & Field, Battersea, 19th June
During the hottest June week for forty years, BAAC managed to field two
separate T&F teams in two league competitions, with great performances on both
While the seniors headed for Rosenheim, the "juniors" competed in the Vets
league at Battersea. Julie Barclay starred in the 400m and 1500m, while Paul
Watt and Ian Haylock also tackled the 1500m.
||6th (M35 race)
Their fine performances mean that it is all to play for in our final Vets
League match at Perivale on Wednesday 12th July. This will be a local match, on
our normal training night. It would be great to see a strong BA presence
covering all events and age groups. Let me know if you need more details.
Steve Hillier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tom Rowley adds...
"Also in the same 400m/1500m races as Julie was a cabin crew staff
member named Boo Smith, W50, who runs for Hillingdon, maybe flying
friends of Clara and Monica. Julie did recognise her having seen
each other in their particular BA jobs (Dispatcher/cabin crew). In
the 400m Boo Smith was 4th in 87.9 and in the 1500m she came 5th in
Paul Watt trying the shorter distance of 1500m for the very first
time, his second track race since school days admitted his legs felt
like jelly on the start line and adrenalin buzzing never had a amazing
feeling like it before but after the first lap settled down to a pace he
could handle and enjoyed the experience and will attempt another 1500m.
He was quite pleased to finish 6th in 5.42.3."
Bridges Relay 21st June Results
On a balmy Summer’s night, 8 intrepid BA runners made their way out of their
respective lairs to attend the annual Bridges Relay in London. A long standing
fixture for the Club, the race is made up of 4 x 2.3 mile legs in a ‘P’ shape
crisscrossing the Thames from Westminster Bridge. We had two teams: Dave Dixon,
Matthew Stratful, Dave Bird and Ian Haylock (team A), Roderick Hoffman, Lesley
Chamberlin, Janet Smith and myself (team B).
I think that everyone performed to their current maximum ability. It was
certainly warm and a few reported being rather dry in the mouth, which for some
of us was replenished at a local hostelry later. Many thanks to all for
participating and favourable comments were also made to the organisers (Stock
Exchange) for successfully administering a complicated change-over and timing
each of the 583 runners individually!
||Civil Service A
||Ravens Ladies A
||British Airways A
||British Airways A
||British Airways A
||British Airways A
||British Airways B
||British Airways B
||British Airways B
||British Airways B
British Airways A team (#48), 50th of 121 teams with a time of
British Airways B team (#49), 121st with a time of 1:23:47.9.
In the photo, left to right: Matthew Stratful, Simon Ashford, Dave
Bird, Dave Dixon, Lesley Chamberlin, Janet Smith, Roderick Hoffman, Ian
Ed: The results show good fast/slow team selection
by Simon - though perhaps we should work at getting friend-of-the-club
Steve Norris to change his allegiance!
Club AGM at Wraysbury "Silver Wing" Sailing Base on Wednesday 28th June
Can I remind you of this year's AGM, to be held at the BA Sailing Club,
Wraysbury, on June 28th. Please make all efforts to attend this important
Last Year's minutes:
www.barunner.org.uk/attachments/BAAC AGM2016 minutes.doc
- Venue open from 17:00,
- runners to arrive from 17:30,
- Use the Sailing Base changing rooms to prepare for the pre-AGM event,
- 18:00 Pre-AGM event - we normally have a mile run before the AGM and
Steve has been round with the measuring wheel and is confident that we can
carry on as normal,
- 19:00 Use the changing rooms (with showers) to get ready for the AGM,
- 19:00 Pay bar opens - alcoholic drinks £2,
- 19:45 Club provided M&S Sandwiches plus,
- 20:15 Club AGM - reports from the year by the existing committee,
- 21:00 Election of the new committee - followed by an open forum,
- 22:00 Close
Where is the Sailing Base?
map opposite shows the Club location on the B 376 Staines Rd.,
- 1 mile from Junction 13 on the M25 (The A30 intersection),
- The Club is 4 miles from Terminal 5,
- 5 miles from Hatton Cross station and
- 1.3 miles from Wraysbury station.
- Postcode TW19 5AG
- OS. Map Ref. 011.731 Lat. N 51º26.83', Long. W 00º32.82'.
Lookout for the entrance - pictured below.
Roderick will be driving there and back via Heston, leaving the Concorde Club at
16:45, so if you want a lift get in touch.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 24th June
||family & friends
||first parkrun on a small island
||first parkrun on any size landmass
||best this year
||49th run at Braunstone
||first run at Gunnersbury
||3rd run on Jersey
||run #65, 37th at Northala
||first run at Reigate
||first run at Rickmansworth (club F rec)
||first parkrun in Wales
||first run at Woodley in 2017
||run #141, 67th at Wycombe
||plus three other Chaytows
It was a little cooler this weekend and on the one hand we saw quite a few
staying at home and volunteering in various roles while others travelled further
than usual to make a first appearance at somewhere new.
At Maidenhead Benita and John Scaife were both on the finish line with
stopwatches while at Harrow Denis Foxley was timekeeping and waiting for his
wife Joan to appear as tailrunner and come in after the third lap. No
fewer than four members of the Chaytow family volunteered at Crane Park,
Alastair Heslop was barcode scanning at Guildford this week while Ian Cockram
fulfilled a familiar role of race director at Bedfont Lakes. Tom Rowley
was helping at Woking but we are wondering whether he is actually going to go
round a 5km course himself next week.
Alice Banks (25:40) visited Rickmansworth for the first time and set a club
female record. She is 3rd in her age group list at Rickmansworth which is
headed by former member Sharon Kazzemzadeh who has run 23:06 and now runs for
Watford Joggers. Janice Jones (28:07) ran at Reigate Priory for the first
time – the venue has not proved very popular with LHR based runners and the
female club record is held by Linda Dodsworth (27:12) when on tour from BA
Newcastle. Jeremy Short (22:38) ran at Gunnersbury for the first time.
Roderick Hoffman (28:43) travelled to Ireland to run at Bere Island parkrun
off the coast of County Cork (see below).
Steve Newell (41:10) visited Wepre parkrun at Connahs Quay in Flintshire.
The race director boasted that it was the second hardest run in the UK.
Luckily it was dry because there were plenty of ups and downs and tree roots
everywhere. The finish is at a rather higher altitude than the start which
is down on the only patch of level ground deep in the valley! Look out for
the football scores later in the week. A football ground close by is home
to Gap Connahs Quay (aka Connahs Quay Nomads) who were runners up in the Welsh
Premier Division in the season just ended. They have qualified for a very
very early round of the Europa League and play at home against HJK (Helsinki) on
Thursday (i.e. 29th JUNE). Football has become like parkrun, it is always in
Updated club parkrun stats
Adventure at Bere Island
I often say "Every parkrun the same, every parkrun is different" but
it is worth saying that some parkruns are more different than others and
Bere Island is one of those. Geographically the parkrun is the
second westernmost parkrun in Europe but its distinction is that it is
run on an island off the west coast of Ireland, that can only be reached
by boat - well, you might be able to swim across, but I wouldn't
recommend it, or doing the parkrun straight after. The island is
only five miles long and these days has a population of around 170 (it
had once been home to around 2,000 farmers and fishermen but numbers
have been in decline throughout the last two centuries). On
Saturday the parkrun had 51 runners and 15 volunteers. The vast
majority of those were island residents so obviously a huge proportion
of the island's population, over a quarter, is involved in the parkrun
each and every week.
a tourist, to get to the run, you need to get to the harbour at
Castletownbere, just under a two hour drive from Cork (or arrive by
coach the previous day). The ferry leaves at nine o'clock and last
Saturday this held one car, one lorry and fourteen foot passengers - and
I quickly spotted that most of the foot passengers were wearing running
shoes. Conversation quickly established that twelve of the
fourteen were there for the parkrun. The ferry docks at the wrong
end of the island but that is no problem because one of the passengers
turns out to be a bus driver with the bus waiting next to the dock.
All of us climbed in and it took us the winding and undulating road to
the parkrun start. Others had already gathered there but the
parkrun team didn't spring into action until the bus arrived - it was
obvious that the parkrun would wait for the bus from the ferry before it
would start. We were given sufficient time to get ready, and there
is a clubhouse at the start with changing rooms, loos and showers for
after the run, and after the usual briefing the run started at around
quarter to ten which I suspect is typical for this parkrun (Irish
parkruns are scheduled to start at 09:30).
The course is at the eastern end of the island and uses the open
roads that lead round that side of the island. I say "open roads" but
this is a one way circular road and is effectively closed to traffic for
the duration of the run. The course is very scenic - though that
aspect of Bere Island parkrun might depend upon the weather of the day!
What doesn't vary by the weather is the gradient and the odd thing about
this course is that each of the first four km is uphill! It isn't
until you are into the last km that you get the long downhill stretch.
Although the steepness is never extreme it does make this parkrun quite
a challenge. For most of the way it is impossible to go wrong - the road
is painted with big arrows pointing you the right way to go - though
towards the end there is a "left/left/right" to get you through the
"town" centre of Rerrin and for me the course arrow at the first
T-junction had twisted by 90 degrees so that it couldn't be seen and the
runner ahead of me was out of sight. Fortunately I guessed right - by
which I mean left.
At the end of the parkrun you are handed a fruit drink and then you
are able to walk back into Rerrin where one of the three shop fronts
turns out to harbour a café serving parkrun breakfast - and the serving
staff look suspiciously like one or two of the runners you had just been
running round the parkrun with. You have just enough time to get
your breakfast ordered, served and eaten before the bus driver rounds
you up to take you back to the ferry for the eleven fifteen return
boat (although you could choose to dally on the island and take a later
This is a parkrun not to be missed. Unless that is you miss the
ferry, in which case you need to quickly double back to Glengarriff
parkrun a few miles nearer Cork, or swim.
If you want to promote a special parkrun then let Steve or I know...
There is the older runners event at Bushy on 1st July (younger runners also
welcome), my 200
tourist parkrun at Beckenham Place on
22nd July and the club committee has decided to make the August 5th Black Park
Pacer Day the Run-of-the-Month for August.
Just to let you know that I managed to complete the 10 km of the above event.
All races i.e. the half-marathon, 10 km and 5 km races experienced much cooler
weather than of late, but had to endure torrential rain instead!!! I wasn't
overjoyed with my 1:08:29 which is still a far cry from my usual 57/58 minutes I
used to run until I broke that darn fibula two years ago. The event though was,
again, extremely well organised, just like last year when I tried out their
half-marathon at the time. Almost the whole course runs through the beautiful
English Garden, which is a really lovely experience. Next year will be the
event's 40th anniversary - a good reason to return and do it all again.
- I visited David Barnard on Thursday of last week. He
has had Dynamic Hip Screw Surgery to reinforce his hip where it fractured
during our run in May. He is already moving around the house and is
looking forward to getting back to hill walking and then perhaps running.
For more details (of the operation) see
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-kfVeXwNpt (Roderick Hoffman)
- Imperial College are hosting a sports day at the Concorde Club on
Tuesday 4th July. The Club will have to be closed to
all BA Clubs members on that day. Alison Hartigan, BA Clubs Limited,
Concorde Club Trustee.
- This year's Frieth Hilly challenging 5k and 10k races will be on Sunday
15th October - see
Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to the editor,
Roderick Hoffman, at