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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th March 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

This Week's Events

Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to Some events will have "Prompts" set up in Facebook. These allow the posting of a single image and some text and make it easy to flip through everyone's entries.

Monthly Mile (submit before Monday 14th March):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can somebody else's formal event or even one mile within a longer run. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year.

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by late Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Key Events Reminder

Last week's Special Digest covered three events the club is hosting in the next few months and included actions we want you to take:

  • The Cross Country in Tom's name on Sunday 20th March - have you told Steve Hillier to expect you as a runner or helper?
  • The Speedbird Ladies race on Wednesday 11th May - have you told Simon Turton that you are available?
  • The Concorde One Hour Race on Sunday 5th June - have you entered, and have you found out your other club's record for one hour (I want to know so that I can include it in some targeted publicity) - let me know Roderick Hoffman.

Roderick Hoffman

Next Week's Digest, and next week's events

Editor: Expect next week's digest to be late, or early and with gaps, or both. I'm due to depart on Monday evening from an airport in a different timezone so I may have to juggle the print time for the digest (and rely on free airport WiFi!). I've timed my departure to make sure that I'll be back for next week's Wednesday lunchtime's NOW event at Syon Park. If the digest is late then please note these details for that event...

NOW Syon Park

The next midday midweek run/jog/walk for "Non Office Workers" will be based on Syon Park, Brentford on Wednesday 16th March.

The vehicle entrance to the park is from Park Road to the south.  There is a large free car park and a garden centre which has toilets and a cafe. The historic Syon House is currently closed for the winter but people who like what they see can revisit over the summer (for an entry fee). The post code is TW8 8JF and what/three/words is "fend.trips.dare".

Those attending should aim to meet at the garden centre entrance at 12 noon. Two routes are on offer:

i) for those looking for a run of about 10km...

Run back to the entrance at Park Road and then along to the left past the "London Apprentice" pub, along riverside paths through Old Isleworth into St Margarets and then to Richmond Weir/Lock.  Cross the Thames via the footbridge and then follow the Thames Path past Old Deer Park, Royal Mid Surrey Golf Course and Kew Gardens to Kew Bridge.

Cross Kew Bridge and turn left to gain access to the footpath along the Middlesex side of the Thames towards Brentford Dock and the junction of the Grand Union Canal.  The route avoids most of Brentford High Street and the return to Syon Park is via a pedestrian/cycle only route.

ii) for those wanting a shorter and more urban route at a slower pace, even just walking, we will head in the opposite direction, cross the canal at Brentford Lock, and make our way through the area between the A315 and A4 past Griffin Park, home to Brentford FC for one hundred years, until this season, and along near junction 2 of M4 to the new Brentford Community Stadium in Lionel Road (South) the new home for Brentford FC and also for London Irish RFC, both teams currently in the premier league of their respective sports.  On towards Kew Bridge we can return to Syon Park using the same route as the 10 km runners (see above).  Numerous short cuts will be available for those on the "walking route".

There will be an opportunity to visit the cafe from about 1 p.m.

Steve Newell

Let Steve or Roderick know to expect you so that we can look out for you and wait at the start.

WARR Reminder

Although the event itself isn't yet open for reservation there will be a WARR run this year (subject to the uncontrollables) at Waikiki in Hawaii with events from October 13th to race day on 16th. The race headquarters hotel is the Queen Kapiolani and I've booked and I know of some others who have done so also. The hotel link with the WARR discount and special conditions (including 14-day prior to arrival cancel policy) is Queen Kapiolani Booking Link.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 17 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Roderick Hoffman Running 17.5km Canal and River Brent circuit Thur 02:07:22 More like a steeplechase at times. This is my 100th record of a weekend or weekly activity since the start of reporting of these in the digest of 23rd March 2020.
Andy Rayner Running 3Miles Sat 00:46:30 Very cold! Also same distance on Wed in 46:35 and on Mon fast 2mile walk Maidenhead Town to Cox Green in 40 mins.
Barry Walters Running 13km Lightwater Sun am 01:24:11 Another run through country lanes in the direction of Chobham. After 41 minutes I turned for home finding this effort hard work. Conditions were windy and cool.
Ben Cooper Running 5km BAMC Tue pm 00:24:46 I've been a bit lazy lately, bad weather is an easy excuse. 5k from BAMC is the only run this week.
Clara Halket Walking 16.62km Surrey Wed 02:47:53 Rainy day workouts, walked back after dropping car off for service. Walk/jog to garage to pick car up after service. Total 16km logged.
Harjit Jhooti  Race Half-M Surrey Half Marathon Sun 02:30:28 My previous half was Hampton Court in March 2019
Julie Barclay Running 13.2miles West Ham and the Orient Sun/Mon 02:04:00 Two runs / see below
Paul Watt Running 13.2miles West Ham and the Orient Sun/Mon 02:04:00 Two runs / see below
Melanie Miller parkrun 5km Chasewater Sat am Just Chasewater parkrun for me today. Most enjoyable and certainly most popular according to others…lol…and the Italian job to finish don’t get me started on those cakes…to die for
Michael Ball Various This weeks activity 4x12 miles bike rides 10x5 burpee pressups 30. 40. 50 mtres x4. 1 min between runs 4 min between sets
Mike Dennison Running 10miles Bushy Park and riverside Sun 01:20:00 After the Ealing Mile on Friday, Bushy parkrun on Saturday, and Run Directing at Hanworth Junior parkrun on Sunday morning, a rather pleasant loop…
Neil Frediani Running 15.5miles County Durham Sun 04:00:00 15.5 hilly miles in what was billed as a half marathon. Almost doubled my longest run in the last 6 months(8 days before). Totally unfit but I completed it.
Petra Otto Gym Sessions Just the gym this week. Unfortunately, I’m currently in a lot of pain in my sacroiliac joint, and now also in my knees. I will have to contemplate some rest days this coming week.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 29miles Hannington Hike Sun 06:59:00 A 27 mile off-road event across some very muddy terrain in Northamptonshire (continued below).
Steve Hillier Walking 6 miles Grange Sun Walking the promenade at Grange, over sands, and nearby.
Steve Newell Swim 1600m Indoor pool Fri 00:51:45
Trish McCabe  Race  Half-M Surrey Half Marathon Sun 02:15:20 Spotted in the results

Week achievements

Roderick Hoffman

Piers goes into more details about his event:

"I took a few wrong turns and ended up covering nearer 29 miles. So much mud and water on the trails it was difficult to make fast progress without slipping over! Organised by the Long Distance Walking Association (LDWA) so plenty to eat and drink at the three checkpoints - village halls where there was tea and coffee together with plates full of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits."

parkrun Results for Saturday 5th March 2022

32 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 583 12 0:22:29 71.31% first lady finisher for 30th time at Bedfont
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 583 36 0:25:14 55.75%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 583 55 0:27:41 53.28%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 87 244 0:38:50 47.98% run #105, first parkrun since December 2021
Michael Dennison Bushy Park 866 41 0:19:51 83.71% sub 20' at Bushy for six consecutive years
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 866 58 0:20:27 72.70%
Melanie Miller Chasewater 55 176 0:37:28 47.06% 55 - fibonacci sequence number, needs 21 and 34
Alice BANKS Clevedon Salthouse Fields 53 121 0:26:36 77.38% park #52, New parkrun for BA #629
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 445 42 0:25:05 56.54%
Barry WALTERS Frimley Lodge 559 175 0:28:46 58.86%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 420 Funnel Manager at Guildford / 246th volunteer credit
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 286 Timekeeper at Harrow (fast runners only…then the phone ran out!)
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 286 Run Director at Harrow
Paul WATT Harrow Lodge 392 8 0:22:58 68.07% Richard Ruffell retains the men's and grade record
Julie BARCLAY Harrow Lodge 392 31 0:26:49 69.36% BA ladies record - chasing the first finisher which was a dog (on a soon to be barred canicross lead).
John COFFEY Hazelwood 128 83 0:46:27 45.25% run #390, 101st at Hazelwood
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 128 84 0:47:28 41.43% latest winter course variant - 4 laps plus a bit
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 147 41 0:24:07 62.13% 18th run at Houghton Hall
Roderick HOFFMAN Kingdom 78 72 0:31:03 52.12% New parkrun for BA #630 / This was my 6th 'King' parkrun and I also have 3 'Queens' and 4 "Ace" parkruns and have a fifth one planned for next Saturday!
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 255 245 0:33:45 60.99%
Paul TIMMS Marlborough Common 98 14 0:24:32 64.27% PB   PB by 91s. Improves BA men's record but Alice still holds the grade record.
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 365 33 0:23:11 72.32% run #413, 18th at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 365 225 0:48:43 51.69% first parkrun since mid-January
Anne Anderson Osterley 365 224 0:48:43 59.15%
Benita SCAIFE Oxford 453 253 0:37:49 55.27% Finishing a parkrun without knowing which parkrun it was! (see below)
John SCAIFE Oxford 453 255 0:37:51 45.57%
Ben Kelly Reading 542 23 0:22:09 58.24%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 542 113 0:28:53 53.66%
David DUGGAN Rendlesham Forest 2 104 0:33:46 48.32% run #393, park #100, New parkrun for BA #631
Ian CUNNINGHAM Riddlesdown 507 14 0:26:12 60.69% Ian's first run at Riddlesdown, park #54
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Stratford-upon-Avon 237 161 0:28:03 59.24%
Alan FRIAR Woodley 419 240 0:31:25 62.60% Getting faster - 95th run at Woodley

The weather was a little more benign in some areas this weekend and across UK the attendance at 5km parkruns exceeded 120,000 for the second consecutive week against the figure just short of 80,000 after Storm Eustice.  Nevertheless it pays to keep an eye on the ‘parkrun UK cancellations’ website as parkrunday approaches and even on Saturday morning itself and be as nimble as possible.  John and Benita Scaife (“37:49”) travelled to Horspath (near and to the East of Oxford) in expectation and arrived in good time only to find it wasn’t happening.  They quickly navigated the five miles to “Oxford” parkrun (aka Cutteslowe Park, in North Oxford) arriving in time for a breathless chase after the tailwalker and eventually find sanctuary towards the rear of the main pack.  Never Give Up! [more below]

Maria Jovani (22:29) stayed at home and was first female home at Bedfont Lakes for a remarkable 30th time.

As trailed last week, David Duggan (33:46) homed in on his 100th different park and visited Rendlesham Forest near Woodbridge in Suffolk, which only held its inaugural the week before.  Astonishingly, David had never run a #2 before so his Wilson Index has leapt from 1 to 16.  Up and Running!  And what did Caroline Cockram do in response?  She went to California Country Park and strolled round with Joanne Sinton-Hewitt in about 55 minutes (hubby and parkrun founder Paul Sinton Hewitt was also there for the first time and came 15th in 21:43. He is now on 487 runs by the way so should get his blue 500 vest over the summer.  Ian Cockram was about a minute further back.

Alice Banks (26:36) headed for Clevedon Salthouse Fields in Somerset to break new ground while Roderick Hoffman (31:03) added Kingdom parkrun in Kent to his and the club's ever growing collection.

Ian Cunningham (26:12) visited Riddlesdown straddling the fringes of London and Surrey for the first time. Many members have been there once and never been back.  Melanie Miller (37:28) is chiselling away at her Fibonacci sequence and nailed #89 this week at Chasewater, park #58 for her.  There may an opportunity for “233” at Canons Park (Harrow) in July.  Keep an eye on it!

Steve Newell

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John Scaife writes in Facebook:

The Scaifes had a Keystone Cops moment this morning. We arrived early at the car park of Horspath parkrun and all was quiet. At 8.30 all was still quiet and we began to suspect that something was amiss. A local confirmed that “they’re usually ‘ere by now”. As the time ticked round to 8.40 we re-checked the Horspath web page and scrolled down to see “not running on 5th March”. We asked our local friend whether he knew which would be the quickest other parkrun to get to and he said he thought there was one in Cutteslowe park.

We jumped back in the car, Benita fired up Google maps and we set off at high speed thinking that it was odd that Cutteslowe parkrun wasn’t listed on Horspath’s page as a nearby parkrun. Maybe it was new?

We parked up, paid for the parking then ran to the start, reaching it at 9.06 with the tail walker already out of sight and us still not sure which parkrun we were doing.

Benita, suffering with a cold did heroically to get round the 3-lapper in a cold north easterly wind in an official 37:49. In all the confusion neither of us started our stopwatches but we probably did 32 and some change. Only afterwards did we find out that we had just run Oxford parkrun.

To paraphrase Sir Alex Ferguson - parkrun, bloody hell.

Since the recent inaugural run of "University Parks parkrun" in Oxford last month, "Oxford" parkrun has become the third nearest parkrun to Oxford (Harcourt Hill also being nearer to the centre, Horspath is a little further away). People don't like parkruns being renamed...but there comes a point where a name becomes more misleading than helpful.

Roderick Hoffman

Football Runs - West Ham & Leyton Orient

Julie and I decided that this past weekend was the best time to continue with our quest of running from Trafalgar Square to all of the football grounds within a London borough belonging to clubs in the top four English divisions during this current season. The season’s-end is approaching rapidly and with weekends filling up we are running out of time. Temperatures are starting to rise so now is the time. It is four months since our last run which was to Q.P.R. in West London and this weekend we tried a totally new direction of North-East with a double-header of West Ham on Saturday - yes I reluctantly agreed to include clubs with rented accommodation - followed by Leyton Orient on Monday.

Some careful planning was required and it was agreed that as our destinations were a long way from us, the parkrun would prudently be our ‘Londone FENDY’ (furthest event) and therefore Harrow Lodge was chosen. We also confirmed that West Ham were not playing at home as I once heard that they have had a sizeable crowd before. A hotel was booked for the Saturday and Sunday nights and the admin was complete.
After the wet and muddy parkrun, we drove to Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium where we had planned to leave the car but the last-minute closures of the both the Central line and the DLR required a rapid rethink: the car was therefore parked in Westfield shopping centre adjacent to West Ham and the hotel. I thought it prudent to write this before paying the exit fee for fear of my language suddenly taking a nose-dive!

Sunday morning on the Jubilee line to Waterloo and we braved the elements by wearing our running shirts and shorts. Tube trains are quite warm once inside yet it did not stop the looks of amazement and ridicule from the coffee cup huggers wrapped up in umpteen layers who obviously thought that we were completely mad. We connected onto the Northern Line and alighted at Charing Cross for the short walk to Trafalgar Square. The 6.2 mile run through deserted streets took us along the Strand, Fleet Street and up to Hackney Road. We passed Old Smithfields Market, the Columbia flower-market and through Victoria Park before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in 58 minutes. Thank goodness for the Pret coffee shop as a rapid caffeine-fix and rapid thaw were definitely required.

Monday morning and back on the Jubilee Line to Charing Cross for a run to Leyton Orient. Slightly less breezy but far busier as expected and special attention needed to avoid the swarms of bicycles that attacked from all directions. The route was almost the same as yesterday: we ran along the other side of Victoria Park and then past Hackney Marsh to the Breyer Group Stadium. The seven miles took 1:06 followed by a short walk to Leyton Station for the one stop train ride to Stratford for a coffee and hot shower.

A really successful weekend that included three good runs but we are off now to face the cost of two days parking at Westfields.

Football runs photo

Paul and Julie

Middlesex Masters Cross Country

The Middlesex Masters Cross Country is on Sunday 27th March from 11:00 at Trent Park (Cockfosters). Distances are 6.4km or 9.6km. Those eligible to enter (by birth or residence) may do so for £8 by visiting: Herts and Middx Vets Cross Country, 27/03/2022 where there is a prospectus available with further details. The closing date for entries is on the 18th March.

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