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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th August 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Results for Next Week

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.

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

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

Equinox 5km 2023

One of the oldest fixtures in the club calendar returns next month and earlier than the name suggests.

To avoid a clash with WARR and other holiday plans the race this year will be held at Bedfont Lakes on Wednesday 6th September.
The course will be the same as for the last two years.  Two anticlockwise laps like the new parkrun course but with significant differences.
It is planned to place arrows at the significant corners.  Please study the map!

The start and finish will be by The Motte, close by the Bedfont Road carpark and Bedfont Road bus stop (H26 from Hatton Cross and Feltham stations).

The earlier date (later sunset) will allow a more relaxed start schedule and there will be staggered starts designed to bring everyone to the finish just before 7 p.m.

There will be a social gathering at Bedfont FC afterwards with some food provided from club funds.  Changing and showers available before and after the run.  There are no toilets at the Bedfont Road carpark.

Steve Newell

Winter 5 Mile Handicap Series 2023/24

The five mile handicap returns to Bedfont for another season at the end of October with runs (or walks) every month through to the finale at the end of March 2024.

Schedule 2023:

  • Wednesday 25th October  (BST),
  • Wednesday 22nd November (GMT),
  • Wednesday  13th December (GMT)

Sandwiches (or other food) will be provided by the club (at approx. 7.30 p.m.) after the handicap runs in October, November and December. If you attend three events or more over the year, please ensure that you are a member of either BA Clubs or the Bedfont Club itself.

Schedule 2024 (provisional). These are all GMT:

  • Wednesday 31st January,
  • Wednesday 28th February,
  • Wednesday 27th March. 

NB Easter Sunday is 1st April  (clocks go forward).

The course for runners will be two laps of the now established clockwise 2.5 mile loop starting and finishing at the Bedfont FC carpark while those wishing to walk can opt for a single lap. The changing rooms and hot showers will generally be available as the footballers tend to play their midweek fixtures on Tuesdays. A ladies changing room (small) has been refurbished over the summer. Runners should be mindful that they are running in the dark for the most part and wear a light coloured/fluorescent top.  A lightweight head torch is another accessory favoured by some.  The pavements and paths are lit throughout.

The event each month will be in the form of a pursuit race with the expectation of everyone finishing at about 7 p.m.  Where possible split times after one lap will be recorded so that runners can gauge afterwards how well they are judging the pace they are trying to achieve.  Historically it has been traditional for runners not to refer to a watch during the run but devices may be worn to aid post-run analysis.

Initial target times for individuals are negotiable and will be based on achievements in previous years or recent parkrun times.  Target times will be adjusted after each monthly run.

Points are awarded according on how close to 7pm (on the timekeeper’s clock) the runners reach the finish. Minutes and seconds ahead of target are used without adjustment while those behind target are doubled. Steady improvement over the season is rewarded.  The scoring system is similar to that used in formula one motor racing but with only the best four scoring runs of the possible maximum of six being counted in the end of season reckoning.

Points awarded for position:

1st 25pts;  2nd 21pts;  3rd 18pts;  4th 16pts;  5th 15 pts,  6th 14 pts,  7th 13pts, etc.  All finishers receive a minimum of one point!

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the series to the first three places.

Steve Newell

BAAC Standards

The standards that this club aims to live by have been added to a page on our website: baRUNNER Standards page

The three files added so far are:

BAAC Club Constitution

The Club is for the public benefit of current and former employees of British Airways and their relatives, friends and associates.

Constitution confirmed 5th April 2023: BAAC Constitution April 5th 2023.doc

BAAC Club Privacy Notice

British Airways Athletics Club are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

Privacy Notice confirmed July 2023: BAAC Club Privacy Notice 2023 final.doc

BAAC Club Inclusion Policy

British Airways Athletics Club embraces diversity and difference and is committed to providing opportunities that are safe, inclusive, accessible, and equitable. We want our club to be equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or social/economic status.

Club Inclusion Policy confirmed July 2023: BAAC Club Inclusion Policy 2023 final.doc

More documents will be added as the club committee and club members write, review and approve them.

>>>Steve Hillier (Club Secretary)

Recent Activity Achievements

JUST SEVEN members' achievements were communicated to me. Was it too wet last week? This is your digest and your opportunity to spread the news that you are still putting one foot in front of the other.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Wed: XC 70m 12s (muddy) / Fri: Cycle Cox Green and Ockwells for 19m 18s / Sun: Walk in the estate and park for 33m 25s in torrential rain.
Chris Kelly Running 10miles Dunsden 01:42:42 This week's workout - LSD - 10miles (double figures) in 1:42:42 with 300ft up Dunsden... calf holding up...!
Emma Moreton Walking Disney, Florida Walking around Disney, averaging 21k steps a day, maxing out at 30k steps on one particular day, totalling about 70 miles of walking in one week…and it’s very hot!
Jain Reid Running 25km Thames Putney / Chiswick 02:47:55 25k river loop Sunday between Putney and Kew bridges. Beautiful day for it after Saturday's rain.
Julie Barclay  Race 5miles Wimbledon Tue 00:42:01 Cross country from Wimbledon RFC and through the woods. Run is part of the MABAC League.
Paul Watt Running 6.5km Ash Tue 00:33:00 Run through streets of Ash followed by 4x100m faster reps.
Roderick Hoffman Running 12.29km Cranford Park and back Wed 01:29:23 From Yeading to Cranford Park to see how the rebuilding work is getting on, and back by canal. The builders are off the site, though the fitting of the promised café is yet to be started.

Week Achievement photos

St. Dunstans Subway, between Roseville Road and Cranford Park, has been brightened and redecorated as part of the work. The theme of the decorations was "Things that Fly". The cutout is the bit that I insisted they include, though the artists have been minimalist.

parkrun Results for Saturday 5th August

33 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 653 69 0:35:03 46.98% run #472, 235th at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 671 190 0:28:50 59.83% run #430, volunteer coordinator for pacer day (20+ pacers!)
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 596 169 0:36:51 56.72%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 942 97 0:20:52 71.81%
Frankie HOGGE California Country 159 5 0:19:54 74.37% F1, 18second PB. Improves own BA ladies record. First time below 20mins this year.
Ben CHAYTOW Clapham Common 187 128 0:22:58 62.19% run #342, first ever at Clapham Common, park #31
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 517 17 0:22:51 70.90% F3
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 517 65 0:27:55 53.67%
Paul WATT Grove Fields 90 10 0:22:21 70.54% BA men's record (from Roderick), park #153
Julie BARCLAY Grove Fields 90 21 0:25:03 76.38% BA ladies record and grade record (both from Benita), park #156 .
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 337 Finish Tokens at Guildford
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 359 101 0:30:34 60.96%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 359 131 0:38:28 61.92%
Mike DENNISON Itchen Valley Country 109 7 0:22:02 76.10% First run at Itchen Valley, no records this week! Park #71
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 544 132 0:25:46 62.87% new member, run #233, 195th at Nonsuch (21st this year alone)
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Osterley 435 95 0:26:02 65.04%
Benita SCAIFE Osterley 435 190 0:31:35 68.23%
John SCAIFE Osterley 435 191 0:31:36 55.17%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 435 271 0:44:54 60.69%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 270 68 0:29:57 56.54% most recent dozen runs have been at Prudhoe Riverside
Fiona Bishop Pymmes 569 29 0:24:39 82.22% F4, sixth run in a row at Pymmes over 80%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 602 27 0:23:05 68.30%
Jain REID Richmond Park 767 177 0:29:34 62.06%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 263 45 0:22:07 71.29% run #55, 30th at Rickmansworth
Trish MCCABE Rickmansworth 263 150 0:27:17 58.77% 48second PB
Stephen K TAYLOR Southall 78 49 0:29:08 55.03% 2nd run at Southall
Steve NEWELL Stockley Country 30 56 0:56:30 36.34% parkwalker on third visit to Stockley Country
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 30 Run Director at Stockley Country
Melanie Miller Trentham Gardens 72 224 0:38:48 46.05% First BA lady at Trentham Gardens, John Wright funnel manager.
Ray HAMPTON Whitehaven 191 60 0:33:32 62.67% first parkrun as MV80, first run at Whitehaven, new BA park - #750.
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 378 161 0:27:38 64.66%
Bob BANNISTER York 468 162 0:24:47 68.93% first run at York, run #470, park #42
Anne Bannister York 468 524 0:52:07 40.10% first run at York, run #291, park #38

parkrun Review 5th August 2023

Ray Hampton's parkrunsEvery dog has his day, or so they say, and last Saturday Ray Hampton (33:32) earned his moment in the sun when he visited Whitehaven parkrun and brought the club up to 750 different parkrun venues.  Ray is not a prolific parkrunner and typically appears in our report only three or four times a year.  This was his 29th run in a parkrun career stretching back ten years. What was special about this run was that it was his first parkrun as an octogenarian. He is now 2nd (of 3) in his age-group at Whitehaven (Cumbria) which has been going for five years and attracts an average of 67 runners a week.  Ray was not the oldest present on Saturday - he beat the slower of his rivals (a local who is there almost every week).

Frankie Hogg (19:54) was our fastest and probably youngest parkrunner this week and she was first lady across the line at California Country Park.  That puts her 7th out 169 in her age-group there. This was her 98th run and her parkrun pb (19:30) was achieved at Reading in the summer of 2022.

Fiona Bishop (24:39) achieved an 80%+ age grade score at Pymmes in North London for the sixth time in a row.

The long-suspended parkrun at Cranleigh (Surrey) is gearing up for a restart on the first Saturday in September.  Good progress has been made on the park redevelopment and there will be a new 2 lap course and carparking arrangements have been changed as well.  It may be best to give the team there a couple of weeks to bed in and after that they will be eager to welcome tourists.  The last parkrun round the old course was back in January 2022 and it was never too busy – fewer than 100 runners most weeks.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising

Ray Hampton may not be a prolific parkrunner but he gets around - he has been our first club parkrunner at Bramhall Park, Wythenshawe, Delamere, Lyme Park, Cheadle Hulme, Penrose, Burnham and Highbridge, Heartlands, Street, Conwy, Sale Water, Alexandra, Nant y Pandy, Alderley Park, Forfar Loch, Barnstaple and now Whitehaven. 17 in all, of his 29 total runs at 20 different parkrun venues. The map shows where Ray has run parkruns - the green shaded areas [this map is from the Chrome "Running Challenges" browser extension].

Roderick Hoffman

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor

Photos of me

I've received two photographs of myself this week, one from ten years ago and one from 38 years ago. But this digest isn't supposed to be about me, so I'll withhold publishing them until I have other contributions to dilute them with.

>>>Roderick / Editor

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