BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th March 2015
Thursday 2nd April - Magic Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45
Wednesday 8th April Watersplash 10k Heston Venue sports-ground for 6pm start
followed by social with food
Monday 13th April Track & Field Grand Prix Hillingdon Track Uxbridge (1000m
+ Triple Jump)
New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome
at all of these events. The full diary of club featured
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European Silver Medalist
Racing in the European Masters Indoor Championship in the appropriately named
town of Torun in Poland, Adrian Haines achieved second place in the 800 metres
AND with a new personal best of 2:01.03. A PB at the age of 47 years and
339 days it perhaps wasn't surprising that Adrian was immediately asked to
provide samples A and B for a drugs test. Nothing untoward was found.
obo Adrian Haines
Ed: ...and to think that some days I struggle to run 400m in
Club parkrun results for Saturday 28th March 2015
||Family & Friends
||run #150, park #107, BAcourse PB time
||started at the back!, BAcourse PB grade
||saving himself for 20 miler tomorrow!
||run #357, age cat record
||200th run at Black Park
||run #95, course pb
||run #233 & barcode scanner
There was an excellent turnout of members at the new Maidenhead parkrun and
the fact that we had left our mob visit to the second week was very much
appreciated by the team there who had had a bigger crowd at their inaugural than
they really wanted. Pictured below: In addition to Alice Banks (added at
the end), Roderick Hoffman, Monica
Alonso, Tony Barnwell, Steve Newell, Alan Anderson, Neil Frediani and Janet
Smith there was encouragement from Benita and John Scaife, marshalling out on
the main loop.
Monica Alonso used the run at Maidenhead to chalk up her
"50" so she can expect an invitation to apply for a red t-shirt in the near
future. For Alan Anderson who doesn't venture away from Gunnersbury very
often it was an opportunity to set a V75-79 record. With time running out
before he moves up a division he will probably never return to defend it. It
will be open for younger men like Brian Bennett to have a go. Gunnersbury
parkrun was able to go ahead without Alan but it perhaps demonstrates his
concern that they might have problems that he got himself up a whole hour early
on Saturday morning. Still, he was well rehearsed for the clock change the
rest of us had the next day.
Roderick proved the fastest club runner on the day on what was his 150th
total parkrun and Tony Barnwell was also running his 75th. Alice would probably
have challenged Roderick had she not been sitting at home at ten to nine
thinking that the start was at 9:30. Sprinting from the car park she did cross
the start line moments after the off but then had to navigate to overtake
exactly 100 runners on the course in order to finish 74th. She did set the club
best grade result and did treat the rest of us to coffee and doughnuts
afterwards - and Roderick, Neil, Alan and Steve will probably record slower runs
next Saturday as a consequence.
The course is 98% flat but the other 2% includes a gradient
rarely experienced in a parkrun and everyone should give it a try. For
drivers there is a large free car park and it is easy to get to from junction
8/9 of the M4.
few miles away, Joe Nolan ran his 200th (out of 215) parkrun at Black Park.
He has to make the most of his season ticket for the car park there which is far
from free! Chris Kelly dashed round Reading and not for the first time
then grabbed a barcode scanner and put in a volunteer shift as well.
Sreeram Sethuraman ventured away from Upton Court to visit Bognor Regis parkrun.
That takes the BA score up to 158 different parkruns.
We currently have
three runners homing in on their centuries. Ben Chaytow who usually runs
at Crane Park is on 98, Tony Hird who always runs at Gunpowder Park (by Enfield
Lock) is on 94 and Piers Keenleyside who is also homing in on his 100 marathons
is on 95. He'll probably enjoy a double ton-up weekend in the middle of
At Frimley Lodge (Barry Walters' home parkrun) there was a record
turnout of 548 (without Barry joining in) and celebration as Darren Wood ran his
500th parkrun and was presented with the first ever turquoise "500" T-shirt.
He's hardly missed a week since his first time trial at Bushy Park (run #2, 9th
October 2004). He ran 255 times at Bushy before moving to Frimley Lodge
where he has now run 211 times. He's toured a bit and has one first place
to his name - at Hanley. His time on Saturday was 25 seconds faster than
he did his first ever run and with a PB of 17:58 (at Bushy) and age still under 35
he could easily reach 1,000 runs before his 50th birthday!
Updated club parkrun stats:
Steve Newell (mainly - plus Roderick Hoffman
for most of the less flattering stories)
Next w/e (4 April) is the first Saturday of month parkrun pacer day at Black
Park again, now with a "19" added, to cover every minute from 19 to 33 minutes.
parkrun - A Celebration
If you run and you own a coffee table then you might like to consider getting
yourself a copy of "parkrun - A Celebration". This is a collection
of inspirational parkrun photographs and stories put together by a combination
of professional enthusiasts and enthusiastic professionals. It is a great book
to have on the coffee table to flick through at an idle moment but be warned
that if you do so on a wet and measurable morning, instead of setting off for
your training run, then you will end up feeling guilty - particularly with
photographs of others running in extreme weather such as the one on page 95.
120 pages, 32x24.5cm. It costs £19.99 with free postage and with proceeds
going towards setting up new parkruns. Available from wiggle
Running Vests and Shirts Sale
We have some old stock that we are looking to give away at bargain prices!
We also have a full range of regular club kit available:
|Ladies Vest – From Viga, Print both sides
||Sizes 14 & 16
||£12.00 NOW £5.00
|Unisex cotton short sleeved T-shirts, Print both sides
||Sizes M, L & XL
||£4.50 NOW £2.00
|Unisex cotton long sleeved T-shirts, Print both sides
||Sizes M, L & XL
||£5.50 NOW £2.50
|Unisex cotton short sleeved WARR 2006 T-shirt, Print both sides
||Size L Only
|Unisex cotton short sleeved WARR 2008 T-shirt, Print both sides
||Size L & XL
|A small number of club branded tracksuits remaining
||Medium to large sizes
||Jackets are now £18.50 and trousers £8.50
|Ladies Vest – New style, Print both sides
||Sizes S, M & L
|Ladies Technical T-shirts, Print front ONLY
||Sizes S, M
|Mens Vest, Print both sides
||Sizes M, L, XL & XXL
|Mens Technical T-shirts, Print front ONLY
||Sizes S, M, L & XL
|Hi-vis running bibs, No Printing
||One size fits all
attachment for photographs of each item.
For all your kit enquires please contact Paul Knechtl -
Traditional Club Running Route
At the end of October Benita and I decided to do a daytime run from
the Concorde Centre (sorry I mean Imperial College sports ground) and I
suggested that we try to complete the old summer Wednesday evening route
along the canal and through Osterley Park. To my surprise the route can
still be completed pretty much as of old. The boardwalk leading up to
Windmill Lane has been rerouted and the path that comes up behind Heston
church has a slight detour to accommodate a fenced-in football pitch,
but apart from that the route remains intact and recognisable. Must be
at least 15 years since I last did it. It probably helped that it was an
extraordinarily lovely autumn afternoon.
I've held this item back until the clock change since we can now do this
run on a Wednesday evening. You follow the canal towards Brentford
before leaving off on the right at the bottom lock of the Hanwell
flight. I try to do this run at least once in late April or May
since the section with the boardwalk is through a small nature reserve
which is renowned for spring bluebells.
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