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BA Athletics Club News Digest 10th January 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - now 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 17th January):

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. NB: I've already got Ealing Mile times for Mike Dennison and Maria Jovani.

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

Cross-Country Runs on Saturday

The ladies are on Mitcham Common with a gun time of 12:45. Contact Amanda Coombs to coordinate travel there.

The men are at Richmond Park, gun time 3pm. Contact Paul Knechtl for details.

Both team captains would appreciate additional runners and also spectators.

40th Anniversary Clothing - reminder

Please let me have your orders soon - I do need to place a reorder so I need to find out what final demand is likely to be. I don't expect to submit a third order.

The sweatshirts come in small, medium, large and extra large and are £18 each (each club member is able to have one at £10). The technical tee shirts come in a men's fit from small to extra-large and in a ladies fit from small to large and are £13 each (each club member is able to have one at £7). There may be delivery costs also, but if we can arrange free delivery then we will.

  Let me know how many tee shirts of what size and fit you are interested in and how many of each size for the sweatshirts. Also let me know where you are geographically. Payment will be via electronic transfer to the club's account the details of which I will send you.

> Roderick Hoffman

Digest Distribution Survey

Having heard of some non-deliveries I did a quick survey last week on the Facebook group. The results were:

Facebook claims that the poll was shown to 66 members of the group:

  • 27 of those gave no response (41%) - disappointingly high.
  • 39 did respond and of them:
  • 36 said they always get a copy (>92%) - I'm very pleased (and slightly surprised) that this is as high as it is,
  • 3 reported issues last week or most weeks including two with "" addresses.

If you are having to read this online because you haven't been emailed a copy, please let me know - and perhaps suggest a non-corporate address for me to mail the digest to (instead of, or in addition to, your corporate address).

PS As it happens the website has been down all evening so the email version may be the only one to go out on time!

Roderick Hoffman

Track on Field December Results

December track on field results graphs

Just the two results for December (and mine was only because I allowed an extra week). Steve beat me by 1second on the 400m but revenge came quickly since I had the 1second advantage in the 100m. We ought to be running at the same time on the same course.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 16 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walks 4miles XC Wed 01:15:23 Fast walk - couldn't jog til back on last quarter mile on road due extreme muddy conditions. Also 2.5mile cycle on Monday in 0:15:45.
Barry Walters Running 9km Lightwater Sun am 00:59:52 Did an easy run to just beyond the Windlesham Fields of Remembrance and back home feeling ok. Conditions were cool and dry with hardly any wind.
Ben Cooper Running 5km Vale of Glamorgan Wed 00:23:43 First 5km of 2022.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Sonning to Reading Bridge and beyond Sun 00:49:57 We ran along the Thames Path from Sonning to Reading bridge then into town, finishing at Reading station. c. 4 miles 49:57.  There was an event taking place on the same stretch, and who should we see coming towards us but BA’s very own Jasvir…
John Scaife Running 4miles Sonning to Reading Bridge and beyond Sun 00:49:57 ...This was a Saturn Racing “Winter Season” event which of as many 5km laps as you choose to do in a 7 hour limit, starting and finishing at Wokingham Waterside Centre (the start point for Reading parkrun).
Clara Halket Walking 6.57km Sun am 01:18:49 A frosty morning walk after a night shift at the hospital
Julie Barclay Running 9km Ash Sun 00:50:00 Increasing distance after injury.
Michael Ball Sprints This weeks activity 8xsub 30 sec 150 mtres 90 seconds between runs also daily 5x20 v sits plus 3min plank and stretching
Mike Dennison Running 22km Bushy park and Home park (Hampton Court) Thur am 01:50:00 Lovely blue skies, but rather cold and I had to dodge the icy puddles. Longest run for quite a while.
Paul Watt Running 11miles Ash to Wood Street Village Sun 01:31:00 Distance increase for my first HM next month
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 00:47:30 What a week! 3x exercise class, 3x gym, and a very muddy March Parkrun earlier, in 47:30 mins., knocking over a minute off my Nordic Walking time. Rest on Sunday!!!
Piers Keenleyside Running 16.5miles Up the Thames to Kew Bridge and Teddington Lock and back Sun 02:47:00 Had wanted to do 10 min. miles but was a little off with avg. 10:08.  My total mileage for the week has been 66 - but not enough to top the Ealing Eagles Strava group so I may sneak out for another 5.5 miles before midnight!
Roderick Hoffman Running 11km Southall Fri am 01:17:00 Jog to Southall Park, then a freedom run of the "to be" parkrun (so three times round the pictured globe), then jogged home.
Stephen Taylor Running 8.16miles LSR with the Hanwell crew Sat am 01:28:06 My longest run for a while, see how my knee holds up this week and maybe add some cross-training during the week before taking on any more miles next weekend.
Steve Hillier Running 3.8km Roxbourne Park Sun am 0:25:39 Cold, sunny, really pleasant for running.
Steve Newell Walking 5km Moored off Funchal, Madaira Sat am 00:53:08 11 laps of Deck 3 (Promenade Deck) in 53:08. 3.5 laps per statute mile so 11 laps is a 5k. No jogging allowed.  Moored in Funchal, Madaira so following Portuguese rules including wearing a mask when walking outside, so 5km with a mask on!

Week achievements

parkrun Results for Saturday 8th January 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes Marshal at Bedfont Lakes
Maria Jovani Bedfont Lakes 12 00:22:40 70.74% [There was an issue with the results at Bedfont Lakes but Maria's result is said to be accurate]
Bob Bannister Black Park 68 00:23:48 70.45% PB   PB by 30seconds. 4th PB in 10 runs at Black Park.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 224 00:34:13 59.23%
Harjit Jhooti Bury Field 106 00:32:43 53.90% New BA park #613
Melanie Miller Bury Field 145 00:42:25 41.57% Slowed by also taking photographs for the event
Di Smith Bushy Park Marshal at Bushy
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 753 00:31:39 50.24% All the 4s - 444th parkrun.
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 59 00:21:13 70.07%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 21 00:22:58 61.76%
Alastair Heslop Guildford Timekeeper at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 200 00:27:57 59.45%
Mike Dennison Hanworth 1 00:20:29 80.39% First finisher - becoming a habit at Hanworth!
Scott DAVISON Hanworth 14 00:26:05 56.55%
Denis Foxley Harrow 98 00:29:07 62.11%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 148 00:42:37 54.95% "awful result from a dire Harrow, wet, cold, windy....Maybe better next week...!"
John COFFEY Hazelwood 54 00:37:12 55.20%
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 54 00:28:46 71.55%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 56 00:27:45 53.57%
Benita Scaife Maidenhead Finish Tokens at Maidenhead
John Scaife Maidenhead Timekeeper at Maidenhead
Petra OTTO March 104 00:47:30 46.11% 125th parkrun
David DUGGAN Margate 101 00:32:51 49.26% 7th BA runner at Margate
Janice Jones Mole Valley 118 00:33:12 53.82%
Julie BARCLAY Mole Valley 67 00:29:04 63.99%
Paul WATT Mole Valley 35 00:26:05 59.42%
Amanda WALLS Oaklands 64 00:42:14 43.45%   [non-member] 100th run, "Bailey" (100 in 100) and more - see below.
Roderick HOFFMAN Oaklands 36 00:28:42 56.39% "Not true - I actually finished one place lower with 29:26. Reported to ED." New BA park #612
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 228 00:57:44 43.62% Assisting Anne
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 227 00:57:43 49.93% (Assisted)
Barry WALTERS Osterley 128 00:30:06 56.26%
Trish MCCABE Osterley 121 00:29:38 53.09%
Christopher T KELLY Reading Barcode Scanning at Reading (so slipping his 500th run by a week, to the 22nd)
Murray HOGGE Reading 13 00:21:54 73.90%
Marion J TAYLOR Southall 191 00:38:44 48.02% [non-member] New nearest parkrun for the Taylors
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 93 00:25:59 67.03%
Kay Trinder Woking 59 00:24:39 73.43%

This week's guest reporter is Paul Watt:

Two weeks after Christmas and one week after last year, parkrun returned to a more normal routine. No dashing off afterwards to finish the Christmas shopping, to get the dinner underway or just to rush home in order to recover from the night before. Venues are now back up to numbers, with the rare exceptions, and unlike the past two weeks, there is a far greater choice of where to run. Parkrun in Wales however, is still suspended due to the COVID restrictions regarding outdoor gatherings. Now it is back to what I like on a Saturday - a post run volunteer role followed by a relaxing coffee whilst chatting with both locals and fellow tourists.

No matter where you were running on Saturday morning, I am sure that it was wet, muddy, wet, muddy and so on! For me it was the wettest, muddiest parkrun that I have ever run/slid: one yard forward and then another yard slipping back down the hill at Mole Valley. I know first-hand of six who nose-dived into the mud, including our very own Julie who’s score for ‘artistic impression’ was her more impressive result of the morning. Another runner, Andrew, exhibited the parkrun spirit by stopping and helping her back to her feet. Obviously, I would have done the same had I seen the incident, as for me, it has never been about my time. Most importantly though, there were no injuries and I hope that everybody completed their run unscathed. For the greater good though, and Tom always said that Winter hills and mud would make you stronger for a faster Summer season - he was seldom wrong.

No matter the weather or the course, there still has to be a winner [Ed: "first finisher"] and therefore congratulations go to Mike Dennison for being #1 at Hanworth in 20:29. A course he obviously likes as it was win ["first finish"] number 4 of his eleven runs there. Bob Bannister was our only member to record a PB with a time of 23:48 on his tenth visit to Black Park.

The much travelled Roderick Hoffman ran BAAC park #612 at Oaklands parkrun, Birmingham in an honest 29:26. The ‘latest run’ accolade did not last long as Harjit Jhooti crossed the line 3:17 later at Bury Field in Newport Pagnall for event #613. Like London buses, two arrived together with Melanie Miller finishing shortly after Harjit.

Not a week for speed but rather a week of endeavour, power and perseverance and well done to everybody.

Two new UK parkruns started on Saturday but thanks to my plane spotting history I realised that something was not quite right. Akrotiri parkrun, although shown as a UK run, is actually at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Closer to home is the new Southall parkrun which temporarily suspends all LonDone awards. No BAAC members were among the 211 who attended but we will be there when a Wilson Index gap needs filling.

This Saturday there are two venues in the South-East that are not hosting events: Malling is undergoing construction work on the paths and the cafe and Prospect is hosting the Hampshire XC championships (does that really take precedent over parkrun?!?!).

Wherever you may be this Saturday, have a safe and enjoyable morning.

Paul Watt

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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

parkrun Tourists are mad

My nearest parkrun, as the crow flies, is now Southall so I had every reason to attend the inaugural on Saturday. But I didn't, in part because I've attended more than my share of inaugurals and I was concerned about the potential for crowds at Southall, but also because I wanted to be at Oaklands in Birmingham for the second attempt to run there by Amanda Walls, a member of the "Hoffman Club" (those who have copied my achievement of fifty different parkruns in their first fifty parkruns). This would be her 100th parkrun, at her 100th parkrun venue (thus trumping my "Hoffman" with a "Bailey"), completing her parkrun alphabet and ensuring that her parkrun record currently reads down as "ONE HUNDRED". Now that took some planning - so when the snow storm at the end of November caused the run to be cancelled she was committed to have to sit-out (or volunteer-out) all of December's parkruns waiting for the next opportunity to travel to Oaklands. She is now free to consider future challenges!

Amanda becomes the 30th person to achieve the "Bailey" - finishing ten minutes after the 29th who was running at Jersey Farm on the same day. Gregory Bailey himself went on to run 251 different parkruns before repeating. The current XinX leader is Iwona Kwidzynska who on Saturday ran her 195th different parkrun in 195 at Southall - so I could of met her had I run at my new home.

Roderick Hoffman

Of the 80 parkrunners who had been "LonDone" before Southall started our club had only one, and that is Steve Newell who is on his cruise for a further week. Therefore we are also in need of a club parkrun report for next weekend if anyone were to offer, or Paul were to offer again. By my calculations there are now five parkrunners who are LonDone, having run at Southall on Saturday.

Alf Shrubb Memorial Open 5 mile XC race - 12th Feb 2022

I am contacting you all regarding South London Harriers open 5-mile cross-country race, the Alf Shrubb Memorial Race to be held on Saturday 12th February 2022 over Farthing Downs / Happy Valley in Coulsdon, Surrey. If any of your members would like to take part in this race then they would be most welcome.

This race also includes the SLH 5-mile CC Championship for the Gibb Cup.

The race starts at 2:30 p.m. and is a single lap course over challenging terrain with prizes offered (subject to entries) for first 3 men and women and first vets (MV40, MV50, MV60, MV70, LV35, LV45, LV55), mixed team of 4 (any combination but must be mixed), and for best Alf Shrubb look-a-like.

There are secure changing and showering facilities available in our clubhouse and free tea and cake for all finishers, as well as a very reasonably priced bar that will be open after prize-giving has concluded.

I would be very grateful if you could let your members know about this race and please find attached an entry form. Entry details are shown on the form but entry and payment on the day is also fine as long as enough time is allowed beforehand to collect numbers and get to the race start.

For further details, please see our website -

Online entries are also available here - On line entries

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Best regards, Steve Vincent (Race Secretary)

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