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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th April 2015
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London Marathon Results and Thanks
Wow, what a day! On behalf of the London Marathon organisers and the BA Athletics Club, I'd like to say a big thank you for your support at the 35th staging of this epic run. As you can see from the attached press release, there was a record number of finishers and records tumbled across the various races but it wasn't all about the elites, there were the thousands upon thousands of runners raising millions for charity and I, like you, was proud to be part of the team of several thousand volunteers that made the day such a great success. Everyone played their part but I'd specifically like to thank, on your behalf; Stuart, Natalie, Barry, Eddie and Paul for team leading the 5 crossing points.
If you've got the helping bug then BAAC also support the following races and are always on the look out for volunteers. There's usually at least a T-shirt on offer and the distances being a lot shorter means it's not a big time commitment:
BUPA 10000 - B/H Mon 25th May - contact email@example.com
Standard Chartered Great City Race (5km evening race) - Thur 9th July - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Prudential Ride London - Sat 1st Aug (FreeCycle) - Sun 2nd Aug (100 mile) - contact email@example.com
If you'd like to help at next year's London Marathon (Sun 24th Apr 2016) then please drop me an e-mail in Jan 2016. Co-ordinating 150 marshals whilst trying to balance family and work commitments is quite challenging so I prefer to start with a clean sheet each year.
And finally, as you've marshalled you have the opportunity to apply for a BAAC guaranteed entry BUT you must first apply through the official ballot, which opens on Mon 4th May (be quick though, the limit was reached in about 8hrs last year!) and IF you're rejected you can apply to firstname.lastname@example.org for a guaranteed place.
Thanks again and enjoy the rest, you earned it!
VMLM BAAC coordinator
Results - with apologies for errors and omissions
[names are clickable and should take you to 5k splits]
By the end of this week I'll be submitting a results article to the BA Up-to-Speed magazine for May . They won't publish what I send them unless it has some interesting and revealing one liners of the experiences of the runners and helpers so please send me what you can - money raised? people met? thoughts of next year's? One liners please...
Roderick Hoffman email@example.com (and tell me of errors and omissions)
WARR World Airline Road Race 2015 Open for Entry
This year's WARR is being held in Dubai with 10k/5k race day being FRIDAY 23rd October 2015. Information is somewhat vague at the moment but if you are keen to get yourself committed then the following link leads to registration - you will have to log into active.com or create a new account to do so. Note that for me I had to run this link in a browser other than Internet Explorer. Let me know how you get on though please note that at the moment I've got no additional information other than I believe the intent is to include all of the usual elements. No hotel information available.
If you don't know what the World Airline Road Race is then I have to advise you to hold on until better information is published - but flag the date.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 18th April 2015
The weekend was of course dominated by the London Marathon and attendances were short of the peaks reached the week before. Chris Kelly 22:39 at Reading) and Piers Keenleyside (tail runner, 43:54 at Gunnersbury) had gentle outings ahead of the effort on Sunday but the other 26.2 fans stayed away. Bushy Park didn't attract even 1000 runners, partly because the normally loyal John Coffey defected and ran at Guildford (for the first time) instead and found Alastair Heslop was on stopwatch duty this week. Monica Alonso put in a rare appearance at Bushy to try out the new course and introduced the young Daniel Alonso into the parkrun fold and bearing in mind the instruction for under 11's to run with an adult they finished together in 31:57.
Alice Banks came close to equaling her club record at Maidenhead with 25:34. John and Benita Scaife were on marshalling duty there. At Woking, Julie Barclay was pacing a Woking club colleague under the watchful eye of Tom Rowley.
BA runners appeared at two previously unvisited parkruns this week. Roderick Hoffman (26:25 at Cranleigh) and Steve Newell (32:35 at Orpington) took the club total on to 162. Both courses include significant off-road and uphill elements! Just as Steve Newell gets close to completing his tour of London Borough parkruns, two new ones have been announced. Raphael Park in Romford (LB Havering, 2 May) and Harrow Recreation Ground (LB Harrow, 9 May) are being added to the list. There is talk (but not much more than that) of a parkrun on Tooting Common starting sometime. All year round post run swimming opportunities in Tooting Bec Lido (solar heated), woolly hats allowed on frosty mornings!
Updated club parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
I couldn't avoid the Marathon over the weekend - running at Cranleigh I chatted afterwards in the cafe with the day's Run Director Chris Finill. On Sunday he ran the London Marathon for the 35th time - one of only twelve people to have run the event every year (assuming that they all finished - Chris did in 2:52:39).
2014/15 5Mile Handicap Series Final Results and Winners
Now where did I put the sheet with the final results on them?...OK - I'm withholding the results until we've had an opportunity to present the award to the winner.
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