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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd February 2020


  • Wednesday 5th February - Coaching session at Bedfont Club from 18:00 (see below)
  • Thursday 6th February - Inaugural Parkland Mile on Harmondsworth Moor from 12:45 # (CIE)
  • Saturday 9th February - Men's (Lloyd park 12:00) and Ladies' (Richmond park 11:00) cross-country league matches #

Our next Bedfont Club meeting will be on February 5th (Coaching Session) and 26th (Five Mile Handicap). March club evenings will be 4th (Awards evening) and 25th (Handicap). All members are welcome.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 8th January.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 8th January 2020) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office", ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Round the Block, Tuesday 28th January 2020, 3.4 miles, result #

Round the Block finish 2020The traditional post-Christmas lunchtime run was held on the last Tuesday in January starting and finishing in Cranford High Street opposite the Cranford Community School. The race, originally based at the Concorde Centre (or was it even the Speedbird Club) was created as an interdepartmental team event almost 40 years ago by David Barnard who gallantly walked the course this year even after arriving later than planned due to traffic jams caused by road works in Southall.

The weather was fair with runners facing a strong chilly breeze in the final mile.  Regular runners were a little slower than last year.  Thanks to Roderick Hoffman for course build and clear up, Steve Newell and Paul Brandon for timekeeping.  After the run several of the group retired to the Queens Head for a pleasant lunch.


Jeremy Short 25:08
Steve Taylor 28:36
Neil Frediani 30:49
Roderick Hoffman 32:12
Harjit Jhooti (F) 34:18
Steve Hillier 34:32
Benita Scaife (F) 35:24
John Scaife 35:25
David Barnard 63:19
Steve Newell

This event was first held in 1981 (+/- a year) and once had around 200 participants. In 2012 it only had three participants and I managed a first finish! No mean feat - I had to outsprint Steve Newell and a pregnant lady. However for three of the last four years we have had nine participants and without a local base in the Cranford area the time has come to retire the event (unless someone new steps forward wanting to organise it for next year).

Roderick Hoffman

Interval Training for Distance Running - Bedfont Club Wednesday 5th from 18:00

We will be having an Interval training session with a series of high intensity workouts interspersed with recovery periods. The high-intensity periods are typically at or close to anaerobic exercise, while the recovery periods involve activity of lower intensity. Varying the intensity of effort exercises the heart muscle, providing a cardiovascular workout, improving aerobic capacity and permitting the person to exercise for longer and/or at more intense levels. This is particularly useful session for developing distance running capability.

  • Initially a 5min warm up jog and dynamic exercises,
  • The session will comprise running for 4mins at near full speed followed by a 2min recovery comprising 1min walk and 1min slow jog repeat this 4 times,
  • Warm down and stretch.

During the briefing we will discuss recovery techniques ‘whilst on the move’ and try these out during the repeat recovery times.

Discussion of the session afterwards in the comfort of the Bedfont Club, and to cover any other longer distance running factors.

Joe Nolan

The Bedfont Club changing rooms will be available from 17:45. The session is expected to finish by 19:15. The right hand bar room is available afterwards (there is no food provided, but we are welcome to bring in sandwiches). All members and friends are welcome at the training session - frequent visitors are expected to join BA Clubs or the Bedfont and Feltham Football and Social Club.

Reminder - The Inaugural Parkland Mile will be run on Thursday 6th February at 12:45 #

  • Start & finish near the main entrance to the Hawthorns,
  • Start - at the post on the rise to the left,
  • Run - one lap of Hawthorns clockwise,
  • Finish - 20 yards from the entrance,

This may be a self-timed event so please bring a watch / timing device.

For those based at Waterside meet outside the Gym @ 12:25 for 1 mile warm up to start.

Please do forward on to anyone else you think will be interested.

Ian Cunningham

Final Men's Surrey League match #

The final fixture of this season takes place on Saturday at 12 noon at Lloyd Park, Croydon. Details can be found at:

We are in 9th place, the same as we finished last season but are scoring much better. There are 2 catchable teams less than 103 points ahead of us and the following team is 300 behind.  Individually, Paul Knechtl is 5th best overall scorer as well as leading the over 40s with Ross Davies in 5th and Mike Dennison leads the over 60s with Barry Walters in 5th place.

So there is lots to play for and we can go for a beer and lunch afterwards at the Coombe Lodge as we did last year. Newcomers are always welcome. Please let me know if you plan to attend.

email: Neil Frediani

BAAC Awards Evening, March 4th - nominations needed

We hope that you will be able to attend our annual Awards evening at the beginning of March.  The judges are about to go into conclave to pick the BAAC stars of 2019.  This is your last chance to nominate a deserving candidate for:

  • Athlete of the Year,
  • Most Improved Athlete,
  • the Brian Forrester 10K Award,
  • or outstanding Veteran. 

All suggestions are welcome, including for yourself, but please make sure you get them to me by Wednesday morning (Feb 5th).


Steve Hillier

Marathon Training Update - collated from our London Marathon entrants

Sarah Freeman Smith "My training is coming along and I will be doing 12 miles early on Saturday hopefully finishing up with my 99th parkrun. Just want to squeeze in the 100th the week after, before the miles increase too much. There’s something very satisfying about running through the parkrun finish knowing that’s your long run done for the weekend!"

David Williams " for the training. I am in my 4th week now. I'm loving it! Quite surprising really. But haven't got to the 2hr + runs yet. So ask me again in a few weeks!"

Emma Moreton "My training is going to plan, touch wood, and I'm cross-training with hot yoga and Pilates! Hope everyone is enjoying their long runs"

Lisa Green "My training is going well. I did the Dorney Lakes half this weekend which was ok but glad it was over after 4 laps of the lake!!!
I'm running 3 times a week and trying to fit a cross-train session. So far its all going to plan."

Victoria Balandis "Training is going well here, up to 14 miles comfortably, I've been adding some tempo runs to my plan and swimming twice a week. I've had Asthma my whole life and find the speed work and swimming really helps my lung capacity. I have entered a couple of hilly half marathons and a 20 miles race 4 weeks before just to calm my race nerves! Hope everyone else is doing well."

Fraser Cameron is recovering from an unusually tough Christmas….
"Training is going well so far but has not been without its hiccups. Like many I didn’t do much / any running in the build up to Christmas and New Year, but for me this was enforced as I was quite ill. This led to me being hospitalised mid-Dec with viral meningitis and I spent a lot of time (especially after being discharged) off my feet, recovering.

Physically, I am still shaking off some left over joint pain from the illness and trying to build back the lost muscle, but I ran 13 miles last Sunday comfortably (thanks to some strength training the day before). Speedwise, I was roughly 40 secs off my average mile pace for the distance, so not too bad all things considering.  Suffice to say, I am now just enjoying training and looking forward to London immensely!"

Steve Hillier

parkrun review Saturday 1st February 2020

1Feb Member parkrun Place Time Grade PB Comment
TRUE James Shoulder Bedfont Lakes 2 00:19:06 67.54% PB   course pb by one second
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes run director
TRUE Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 32 00:24:09 60.11%
TRUE Paul Davis Bedfont Lakes 24 00:23:19 58.54%
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park pacing squad minder, over 100 pbs achieved
TRUE Christopher T KELLY California Country 190 00:39:32 38.53%
TRUE Paul TIMMS Cirencester 29 00:26:08 59.31%
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 24 00:21:28 65.06%
TRUE Mike Dennison Crystal Palace 22 00:20:17 79.79% club record
TRUE Trish MCCABE Finsbury Park 477 00:29:18 53.30% 1st run at Finsbury Park, club rec(F), park #62
TRUE David Williams Fulham Palace 251 00:24:56 55.55%
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 338 00:27:25 59.51%
TRUE Steve NEWELL Gunnersbury marshal
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 164 00:28:58 60.87%
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 292 00:38:57 58.11%
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 62 00:32:00 61.46%
TRUE Alice BANKS Maidenhead 154 00:27:19 73.09% run #161, 70th at Maidenhead
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 330 00:33:19 60.83% run #179, 91st at Maidenhead
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 332 00:33:21 50.27% run #206, 95th at Maidenhead
TRUE Petra OTTO March 111 00:35:19 60.08%
TRUE Murray HOGGE Mile End 79 00:21:42 73.27% PB   course pb by 2 minutes, club record
TRUE Frankie HOGGE Mile End 180 00:24:26 60.57%
TRUE Barry WALTERS Northala Fields 56 00:22:08 75.08% first run at Northala Fields, park #46
TRUE Caroline Cockram Old Deer Park 65 00:29:10 57.49%
TRUE Maria Jovani Osterley 14 00:20:21 77.31% run #304, 10th at Osterley
TRUE Bob Bannister Osterley 36 00:22:35 72.92% PB   course pb by 28 seconds
TRUE Anne Bannister Osterley 177 00:28:47 69.37%
n/a Ruth Cadbury Osterley 00:31:59 59.82% Local MP
TRUE David DUGGAN Osterley 224 00:30:23 52.77%
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 399 00:52:08 52.33%   assisted
TRUE Zoe OSTLEY Osterley 333 00:36:26 50.37% PB   2nd run at Osterley, course pb by four minutes
TRUE Maarten Stenham Osterley 152 00:28:05 49.32% pacing Jakob (JM10)
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 400 00:52:08 45.08% run #580, 46th at Osterley
TRUE Jain Reid Richmond Park 209 00:27:02 65.23% PB   course pb by 11 seconds, 4th PB in a row
TRUE Mark TAYLOR Rickmansworth 22 00:20:31 78.15% run #11, 2nd at Rickmansworth
TRUE John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 25 00:20:36 73.95% run #23, 9th at Rickmansworth
TRUE Graham TAYLOR Rickmansworth 243 00:27:45 57.78% run #16, 2nd at Rickmansworth
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Rushmoor 77 00:22:53 79.10% 50th run at Rushmoor
TRUE Paul WATT Rushmoor 57 00:22:02 69.14%
TRUE Sarah GORDON Salcey Forest 113 00:34:07 58.52% run#255, park #118, BA park #565
TRUE Harjit Jhooti Sandhurst Memorial 117 00:31:07 55.22%
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Sunny Hill 39 00:30:51 51.54% PB   course pb by 39 seconds
TRUE Keith Johnson The Leas 24 00:24:18 60.70% Isle of Sheppey
TRUE John Lennon Upton House 317 00:34:26 45.79% first run at Upton House, park #36
TRUE Micheal BALL Woking 181 00:28:29 55.35%
TRUE Alan FRIAR Woodley 386 00:33:26 56.68% Matches time from last April.
TRUE Benita Scaife St Albans 448 00:31:33 64.24% Late result from last week
TRUE John Scaife St Albans 449 00:31:33 53.14% Late result from last week

It may have been the morning after the night before for some but life goes on whether we are part of Europe (politically) or not and there was another large turnout by members this week.  The largest group were at Osterley where they were joined by local MP, Ruth Cadbury, a staunch remain supporter in a strong remain constituency.  parkrun exports will continue as before and indeed later this month there will be inaugurals on offer in The Netherlands – through trains now run from St Pancras.

Maria Jovani (20:21) was our quickest at Osterley but she was a little adrift of her female club record which she holds with 19:47. Bob Bannister (22:35) was 39 seconds better than his previous best effort at Osterley.  Zoe Ostley, on the other hand improved by four minutes!  Pbs were also achieved by James Shoulder (19:06) at Bedfont Lakes, Murray Hogge (21:42, club record) at Mile End, Jain Reid (27:02) at Richmond Park and Roderick Hoffman (30:51) at Sunny Hill (subject to VAR – it could be even better).

Mike Dennison visited Crystal Palace for the first time and improved the club record there down to 20:17. The course there uses good paths but is far from flat!  Julie Barclay (22:53) and Paul Watt (22:02) were back down to earth after pioneering alphabet chasing runs recently.  It was Julie’s 50th run at Rushmoor.  Attendances there of around 600 are now common.

Trish McCabe (28:53) set a club female record on her first visit to Finsbury Park, her 62nd different park.  Dave Dixon still holds the men’s record with 18:01.  Barry Walters (22:08) went to Northala Fields for the first time, his 46th different park.  Maria Jovani is the outright club record holder there with 19:44.

Joan at HarrowSarah Gordon was the only one to visit a new parkrun for the club this week.  She recorded 34:07 at Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire.  Park  #118 for her and 565 for the club collection.

Joe Nolan’s famous pacing squad were out in force at Black Park (1st Saturday of every month).  Over 100 PBs were recorded so that says it all.

The recent wet weather and high river levels are still affecting some parkrun courses and the Higginson Marlow and Reading courses were still too wet to run on this week.  Both have only operated normally on three Saturdays since the end of November (and no festive season special runs either).

Steve Newell

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats (updated to 4th Jan)

Full club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Pictured - Joan Foxley, dressed for Tail Walking, giving the first timers briefing at Harrow on January 25th.


I was due to walk/run the parkrun at the Eden Project Cornwall on Sat 25/1 but due to injury I had to pull out. As my wife and daughter where both running I volunteered with my granddaughter. We had a great morning but the girls did not like the hills on the two lap course.


Eddie Ketterick

Ed: This is a great parkrun for anyone visiting Cornwall since all participants; runners and spectators, are allowed to enter the Eden Project for the day for free! But as Eddie's girls reported - it is not flat! (although there is a net descent).

Marathon Update aka Where's Piers been this week

From Facebook - "My first marathon for 2020 in (very) sunny Murcia. Gun time 3:50:04 and chip time 3:49:10 which was pretty much on plan. Excellent course for PB potential and cheap food and beer make this an attractive option for future years. Oh and did I mention it was sunny and hot?"

Ian Cunningham (not Piers)

Janet and Adrian at Chichester 10kChichester 10k Results

Adrian Haines 0:37:41

Janet Smith 1:11:04

Pictured at the end - note that both were running for their first claim clubs.

Street-O Tuesday 11th Feb 2020 from 18:30

The next Street-O event is on Tuesday of next week starting at the Three Johns (N1 9PF) and running through the streets near the Angel Islington.  Details:

Roderick Hoffman

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