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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th February 2019


  • Thursday 7th February - Dream Mile on the Bath Road at 12:45 *
  • Saturday 9th February - Men's and Ladies' Surrey League Cross Countries at Lloyd (12:30) and Richmond Park (13:00) respectively #
  • Wednesday 20th February - Lunchtime NOW run at Northala Fields from 12:00 (see below) * {no evening meet up}
  • Wednesday 27th February - Five Mile Handicap # and Club Awards evening at The Bedfont Club (details next week) *.

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year.

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: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 10th December.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 10th December) / # 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

January Five Mile handicap results #

The January leg of the winter five mile handicap was held on a chilly calm evening starting and finishing at the Bedfont & Feltham Football Club.  Temperatures were close to freezing and some runners were deterred but some of those who ran found the conditions conducive to improved times. 

Gary Rushmer (35:23) ran for the first time this winter and achieved the best time recorded for the circuit from the football club.  Trish McCabe (47:00) ran her fastest and Roderick Hoffman (47:42) grabbed a pb by 1:18 to pick up the trophy in the bar afterwards.  Further trophies will also be raced for in February and March (limited to one trophy per runner over the winter).

January target actual diff determinant ranking this run forward next run
Steve Hillier 51:30 53:34 2:04 4:08 4 16 45 53:00
Roderick Hoffman 49:00 47:42 1:18 1:18 1 25 56 47:45
Trish McCabe(F) 48:30 47:00 1:30 1:30 2 21 52 47:00
Simon Turton 38:00 dnf dnf dnf 1 44 38:00
Maarten Stenham 37:00 40:07 3:07 6:14 5 15 79 37:00
Gary Rushmer 37:00 35:23 1:37 1:37 3 18 18 35:30
Harry Wild 2M walk completed

With four events completed Maarten Stenham heads the points table but there is a lot still to run for.  The next run will be on Wednesday 27th February starting from 6 p.m.

Steve Newell

Cross-countries this coming Saturday

It is a big day for the club this Saturday with the last of the four winter Cross-Country matches for the men and the third of the women's matches.

Note that the men's match is due to set-off at 12:30 NOT 14:00 as previously advertised. Neil Frediani (

The women's match is at Richmond Park. Clara can't be there as she is working that day but she is hopeful of a reasonable turnout - but there is plenty of space in the team for anyone new! If you can make it but can't run for whatever reason, the hosts would really appreciate volunteers to help out on the day. Please contact the hosts direct if you could help.  More details of the event.  Clara Halket (

NOW run at Northala Fields on 20th February from 12:00

There will be a NOW (Non-office workers) run on Wednesday 20th February 2019 instead of our usual club evening (though if anyone does want to use the showers at The Bedfont Club that evening please contact me to borrow the keys). Park at either of the two free car parks at Northala Fields (see club map) and meet at the cross-paths near the loos and cafe (i.e. where the parkrun meets up). Then the plan is...

  • Meet by 12:00,
  • Run on a variant of the parkrun course for 5k (with an easy opt out of the last km),
  • Drinks, food and chats at the Cafe (San Remo cafe),
  • Optional climb up the spiral mound and admire the views of London and Heathrow.

Let me know to expect you, or just turn up anyway:

Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon; Call for Volunteers

Some of you will already being getting the miles in for this year’s run on SUNDAY 28 APRIL and I’ve started to build the marshalling list with circa. 70 of the 150 I need already signed up to cover the 5 crossing points that BAAC supports.

Building on 2018, the London Marathon will be issuing PHOTO ACCREDITED course passes, which will require you to enter details on line and supply a photo. I will email the details in the coming weeks to those that sign up but for now, if you’d like to help can you please supply the following:

  • NAME
  • E-MAIL

Please send details to


Simon Turton 

Club parkrun results for Saturday 2nd February 2019

2nd FebRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Joe Nolan 34:42 Brooklands run #315, 1st at Brooklands 47%
Bob Bannister 25:41 Bushy Park run #346, 7th at Bushy 64%
Ian Cunningham 30:20 Bushy Park run #365, 296th at Bushy 51%
Anne Bannister 31:36 Bushy Park run #188, 5th at Bushy 62%
Darren Wood 22:19 Frimley Lodge run #706, 375th at Frimley Lodge 59%
Julie Barclay 26:15 Frimley Lodge run #152, 30th at Frimley 68%
Paul Watt 39:20 Frimley Lodge run #97, 22nd at Frimley 38%
Piers Keenleyside 27:54 Gunnersbury run #221, 147th at Gunnersbury 58%
Kathryn Keenleyside 57:28 Gunnersbury run #77, tailwalker 34%
Paul Davis 21:13 Hazelwood run #131, 10th at Hazelwood 64%
Maarten Stenham 22:50 Hazelwood run #158, 19th at Hazelwood 60%
John Coffey 30:54 Hazelwood run #316, 37th at Hazelwood 62%
Ian Cockram 28:01 Homewood run #467, 5th at Homewood 53%
Caroline Cockram 36:24 Homewood run #347, 7th at Homewood 46%
Mike Dennison 20:26 Old Deer Park run #353, 4th at Old Deer Park (course pb) 78%
Maria Jovani 21:29 Old Deer Park F-2, run #261, 21st at Old Deer Park 74%
Scott Davison 25:18 Old Deer Park run #288, 3rd at Old Deer Park 57%
Steve Newell 44:54 Old Deer Park started late (ex Richmond cancellation) 42%
Jeremy Short 21:47 Osterley Park run #109, 21st at Osterley 72%
Ben Chaytow 23:13 Osterley Park run #221, 1st at Osterley 60%
Richard Ruffell 21:04 Rushcliffe 1st run at Rushcliffe, park#85, BA park#467 74%
David Duggan 29:29 Shepparton 1st run at Shepparton, BA park #466 54%
Roderick Hoffman 30:54 Sutton Park 1st run at Sutton, park #260, BA Park#468 51%
Sarah Gordon 34:55 Sutton Park 1st run at Sutton, park #104, BA Park#468 56%
James Shoulder 25:29 Upton Court run #38, 4th at Upton Court 51%

A quite exceptionally disastrous weekend for parkrun with almost half of all UK parkruns cancelled because of ice or snow.  Whether the weather really was that bad or we have simply become more risk averse as a nation is a matter of opinion, but Richmond Park was planning to celebrate its 600th parkrun and for the first time in over 11 years was cancelled (at 08:50) because of “common sense”.  Some paths were undoubtedly slippery.  Many runners chose to jog gently round the course in the spring sunshine either in the regular anticlockwise direction or in reverse direction for a change and happily no accidents were reported. Steve Newell chose to cycle back down the hill and try his luck at Old Deer Park.  He was a few minutes late starting but appeared in the results.  Not many pairs of parkruns are as close.  All four parkruns in the Reading area (along with Black Park and many others) were cancelled leaving no easy options along untreated roads.

Sutton Coldfield Ice Cream VanOur pioneering tourists carried on around the world undeterred and Richard Ruffell (21:04) was our fastest runner of the day at Rushcliffe in Nottingham.  In an earlier time-zone David Duggan (29:29) was at Shepparton in Australia some 100 miles north of Melbourne.  For the first time Roderick Hoffman (30:54) and Sarah Gordon (34:55) visited Sutton Park in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield {Ed: appropriately named, the field was b****y freezing - though that didn't stop there being an ice-cream van parked on the course (pictured)}.  The club total moved on to 468 different parkruns.  If David Duggan gets in a “special” Chinese New Year run in Singapore on Wednesday, we will let you know next week.

One week ahead of the next round of cross-country fixtures there were promising times from Paul Davis (21:13 at Hazelwood) and Jeremy Short (21:47) at Osterley. 

Any hopes that anyone might have had about catching up Darren Wood (22:19) were dashed when he turned up at Frimley Lodge for his 706th parkrun having missed just one week.  I’m sure he had a good excuse.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats


2nd Feb parkrun cancellationsThere were roughly 260 UK parkruns cancelled on Saturday plus two out of three anticipated new events failed to have their first runs. That still meant that 350 UK events went ahead. The map shows where parkruns cancelled last weekend - this map was maintained manually on Friday evening and Saturday morning via the Facebook UK parkrun Tourist group but following this was no guarantee of success - the map still shows "Richmond" as on.

It is interesting looking at the pattern of cancellations - a huge band from north of Cardiff across to North London; with the Midlands OK and then another batch of cancellations around Liverpool and Manchester.  The event I attended at Sutton Park was never in danger of being cancelled but there were some ice patches and an ambulance had to be summoned for someone who had fallen on the course. She was on her feet by the time three ambulances arrived but was taken to hospital for an X-ray and the team haven't heard any more - including whether ice featured in the reason for her fall.

Some of the parkruns that were held had record attendances - including South Oxhey where on run #212 they finally exceeded the number of runners they had had on #1. Stephen Norris was first home in a field of 159 (he is a frequent first finisher there). The word "Field" is appropriate for South Oxhey, although "Sloping-mud" is sometimes a more accurate description of the course - but nearby Cassiobury ("fast, flat, tarmac paths") was off due to the treacherous conditions that also led to the cancellation of the Watford Half Marathon.  The briefing at South Oxhey warned about half melted snowmen on the course but over at Bradford the cancellation was said to be because there were Polar Bears on the course.

Roderick Hoffman

Ralphs parkrunsWho is leading in Germany?

With the launch of Rheinaue in Bonn last Saturday there are now 15 parkruns in Germany and there will shortly be two more.  The leader in the most events table for Germany is club friend Ralph Behrens of Lufthansa SV with 13 of the 15 run. Ralph has also done all eight of the existing Danish parkruns and one in Poland and one in Ireland. Ralph has now run at 23 different events at his first 24 runs (and he is cross with me for not telling him about "The Hoffman Club" before he had done his repeat). The picture is from the Chrome Running Challenges extension.


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