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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th September 2016
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: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event Diary.shtml.
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WARR 2016 - Early Results
Pictured - The BA Team (other than Billy and Steve S).
As usual the results from WARR will be issued in at least two stages - firstly, below, the awards the team members were presented with on the awards evening shortly after the run, with some potential errors including my recorded. The actual awards that team members should have been awarded will be issued in a later digest once the individual and overall results have been issued and digested.
So these were the awards that team members were presented with at the awards evening following the races:
Fuller report - next week (provided any team member submits something!)
O'Hare Airport Race September 2016
No rest for some of us - up before 06:00 the morning after the WARR Awards Party and heading for O'Hare airport but not to catch a flight home but to run instead on a currently unused new runway (new - but with ample tire marks showing that aircraft have already been landing on it). The start area was adjacent to the cargo village and the otherwise well organised event was only geared up for locals arriving in their own cars. The team overcame that challenge by squeezing the five of us into a hailed taxi and navigating the Chicago local taxi driver round his own airport using Google Maps navigator on my smartphone.
The photo below shows that it was early morning, we were on the tarmac of a live airport and that United had left an aircraft or two on the tarmac for us to run around. Also we were not alone - there were 3,000 runners for our event and more for a kids race later on.
The return trip back to our hotels was via a 1k walk (we weren't arrested) to the settlement near to the cargo village which had a train station. We discovered that the trains on a Sunday were every two hours...but there was a bakery nearby selling coffee and cakes at much lower prices than we'd seen in the centre of Chicago so we were content - or we would have been had the local bees not also taken a fancy to our Danish pastries.
As for the race, the course was - not surprisingly - firm, flat and straight and so, with little wind on the day, very fast. The first man finished the 5k in just 14:56 and the first lady in 19:10. Of the five of us Paul was particularly pleased with his 5k time - a 5k pb. Julie was ninth lady overall (of 1,663) and 2nd in her age category - not bad for her third race in 25 hours.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 24th September
First claim club attendees (mainly)...
Several of our "runners" featured as tailend marshals this week with Alastair Heslop having the easiest job and recording a rare 5km finish in over an hour at Guildford. The others involved were Ian Cockram (53:27) at Bedfont, Linda Dodsworth (55:24) at Sunderland and Joan Foxley (49:47) at Harrow.
Richard Ruffell ran at Ellenbrook Fields for the first time and lowered the club record there to 21:21. That makes 54 different parks for Richard.
Sarah Gordon (38:05) ran at Sherwood Pines for the first time. It is one of the slower courses in the UK. That takes the club total on to 287 parks and Sarah's score to 70.
Trish McCabe (27:00) achieved a course pb at Jersey and lowered the club female course record there.
Natalie Ruffell (21:08) was at Fulham Palace and Denis Foxley(25:34) at his usual run at Harrow. They are both just one run away from their red 50 shirts.
Former members Paul and Gill Westbrook were at Bedfont Lakes. Paul was a volunteer while Gill ran round for the 50th time in 29:07.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
parkrun attendance was lower than usual due to WARR and other events and the parkrun results reporting is below par due to Steve Newell and myself being amongst those away at WARR - Steve has sent me the updated stats but I need to check out of the Hotel shortly so although I've updated them on the website I haven't updated the table above. However club members and associates managed to provide four tail runners last Saturday - probably an unusual record for the club. Although the WARR times have not yet been published I would like to say that two of those tail runner times were slower than the time of regular Woking marshal Tom Rowley who, at the tender age of 89, ran the 5k at WARR.
Frieth Hilly 10k/5k - Sunday 16th October
The Run of the Month in October is the Cabbage Patch 10 miler but for anyone who can't manage that distance you might like to consider the Frieth Hilly race on the same day - but note that the Frieth Hilly race should not be seen as an easy option!
Berlin Marathon - Sunday 25th September
I did my first Berlin Marathon on Sunday well worth the trip despite missing out on WARR and the best half marathon in town - Ealing. I've had 5 days of great weather over here with sunshine every day and temperatures in the low 20s - it was just starting to get a bit too hot to run as I finished on Sunday.
We started at 9:15 - I found the first 10K a little difficult because I was constantly running up against slower runners and having to find a way round them in the packed field was difficult and broke my rhythm. As usual I ran much faster in the first half doing around 7:30 minute miles and reached the halfway point in 1:38. It was downhill from there but managed to keep under 8 mins/mile until mile 20. I thought at that stage I might manage 3:25 but in the final miles I couldn't stop myself slowing. I can usually speed up a little for the last mile but not yesterday, mile 26 was done in 9:20 - my worst split of the day and the only one over 9 minutes. My final time was 3:27:21 - fastest marathon time this year and marathon #115.
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