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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th June 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 (updated early June).
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Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Waterside on Tuesday 5th July from 12:30 - last call
I'm keen for members who are not British Airways staff to also come to this event if they want to and are able to. I will however have to arrange visitor passes for them so I need to know in advance. Please reply to me now and also advise me if you'd like to stay afterwards to include a visit to the BA heritage museum from 14:00 to 15:00. Those I've got listed as needing visitor passes are: Alan Anderson, Alice Banks, Benita Scaife, Chris Kelly, Fred Ashford and John Scaife.
3rd Vets Track&Field at Battersea Monday 20th June 2016
Ian Haylock MV45:
Next week - Track&Field Grand Prix on Monday and then Rosenheim in Twickenham on Wednesday.
With the O'Hare Airport Run on the Sunday don't forget to add your team as "British Airways" - at the moment the BA team consists of me, Paul Watt and Julie Barclay and there is plenty of space for more.
Roderick Hoffman : any issues or questions with either event - let me know.
Club parkrun results for Saturday 25th June 2016
Some of the readership will have been celebrating midsummer, some will have felt the boost of supporting a winning side in a European football tournament [Ed: DON'T mention the Euros] and some maybe were just wishing they had bothered to vote in the referendum. Anyway, whatever, parkrun jogs steadily on to provide us with a bit of stability.
Our runner nearest to Europe this week was Gary Rushmer (20:22) at Sittingbourne in Kent. He was our first member to try out the course there in Milton Creek Country Park where parkruns only started at the end of February. That time puts Gary 3rd out of the 29 runners in his age group who have tried it so far. We have now been recorded in the results at 268 different parkruns worldwide.
Barry Walters (21:11) was doing a parkrun for the first time since St George's Day running at Upton Court. That time puts him 3rd out 54 runners in his newish age category there.
Paul Watt (22:12) and Julie Barclay (22:19) set new club records at Riddlesdown while Steve(23:01) and Linda (26:05) Dodsworth set pbs and club records at Harrogate.
Ray Hampton (29:23) ran his first parkrun for 17 months at Woodbank (Stockport). Marathon legend Ron Hill still runs there occasionally and has recorded a best time of 31:52 so far this year.
Roderick Hoffman (27:10) is edging towards being labelled a "Londone" parkrunner with a run at Greenwich. Neil Frediani still holds the club record there with 27:01. That takes Roderick's score up to 158 different parkrun venues worldwide which puts him in 23rd place in the global rankings. Bromley and Bexley are the two outstanding within the London area.
Ed: Meanwhile Richard Ruffell set a new club record at Hatfield Forest. It was reported that there was a stampede of cows crossing the course before the finishing funnel which perhaps accounts for Richard's faster time.
John Lennon (27:37) and Trish McCabe ran at Black Park for the first time, Piers Keenleyside (25:26) ran at Gunnersbury for 100th time.
Anyone planning to run at Maidenhead next week should think again. The parkrun has been cancelled! The same goes for Guildford where Stoke Park has been taken over by a steam rally.
Updated parkrun stats: www.barunner.org.uk/results/ba_parkrun_park_totals.xls
Hannah Walker's 15:55 at St Albans on 27th July 2013 has been reinstated as the parkrun women's fastest running performance. This will be because Lizzie Williams' time at Dulwich last week has been flagged as a women's wheelchair time (and record). For Hannah's performance I'm able to say "I was there" which is why I keep an eye on that record. Why are records important? Surely parkrun is a run not a race? A good question to ask Paul Sinton-Hewitt on 5th July.
Are you able to say "I was there" for a particular parkrun achievement or event? Or for any other running related achievement or event? Write in and say.
It is traditional for parkrun enthusiasts to run more than one parkrun on the weekend immediately after or closest to midsummers day. I decided to go with the date/time related theme and drove over to Greenwich to do my first parkrun there - my 158th different venue. Greenwich parkrun is in Avery Hill Park which is well to the east within the borough, so about five km from the meridian that shares the Greenwich name. More appropriately the parkrun is four minutes east of the Meridian. After a quick second breakfast I then drove to Beckton parkrun which lies 3 minutes east (and a few miles north, and across the river). Following my freedom run at Beckton I then drove another few miles north to do another freedom run at Wanstead Flats, just one minute west of the Meridian. And after that where else could I go other than Gunpowder, another few miles north and this time on the meridian itself (the start is in the Western hemisphere and the finish is in the East). So one timed parkrun and three freedom runs as I made my way from Greenwich to the Meridian.
Other Performances and Results
I'm sure that club runners were busy all over the place but as nothing else has been submitted perhaps the efforts and results weren't worth reporting.
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