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BA Athletics Club News Digest 10th April 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

We are currently trying to fix a date at Harmondsworth with British Airways for the Speedbird Ladies Race. If they agree promptly to the proposed 10th May date then that will take precedence over the proposed Eton NOW event which will be moved to a subsequent Wednesday.

I've added Run Gatwick to the calendar for 21st May. I'd be happy to make this a club featured event if anyone is entering it. See: ENTER RUN GATWICK for details.

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.

Monthly Mile (submit by end of Sunday 16th April):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be 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 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

Concorde One-Hour Race - Sunday 4th June #

This year's Concorde Race is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday 4th June. Please do what you can to promote this club event.

The Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in Hayes is a closed road course with a circuit of just under one mile. It has been reserved exclusively for runners and walkers on the afternoon of Sunday 4th June. Between 2pm and 3pm we will record each participants' lap times and we will have prizes for those achieving the furthest distance. Entries include:

  • A closed traffic-free road circuit – also great for spectators and with no headphone restrictions,
  • Km markers up to 10k,
  • Covered changing facilities and toilets,
  • First aid cover,
  • On course water and refreshments at the end,
  • Distinctive but sustainable UK made medal,
  • Charity donation (min £1 per runner) to Dreamflight,
  • Individual prizes,
  • Open for all those aged 16 or over,

Entry is £15 +booking fee (with £2 discount for English Athletics affiliated entrants). Entry is via Eventrac: Concorde One Hour Race 2023 - Eventrac

Details and a link to the FAQ of this event> baRUNNER Concorde Road Race


Please spread the word:

Please enter the event yourself, or let us know that you (and/or friends and family members), will be able to help on the day.

>> Roderick Hoffman

Northumberland 10km - Wednesday 12th April 2022 # Reminder

The Northumberland 10km returns to the club calendar on Wednesday 12th April. Northumberland 10k RouteThe course is two laps – starting and finishing close to the junction of Cains Lane and Hatton Road (approx. 300m from the club gates).

The course follows Hatton Road down to St Mary’s Church at Bedfont Green where runners turn left and follow Staines Road (A315) as far as the Faggs Road junction. A left turn takes the runners over the Duke of Northumberland’s River.  Another left turn (well before the entrance to Tesco) takes the runners onto a woodland trail heading into the setting sun parallel to the river. There is one turn to the left, then continue until the junction with the footpath between the allotments and the school grounds, turn right and the final quarter mile straight back towards Hatton Road. Turn left and repeat for a second lap, finishing here.

The event is held on a pursuit basis so runners should be choosing a start time to bring them to the finish at about 7.15 pm.

Those who want to run or walk a single lap may do so.

Those intending to run are invited to contact Steve Newell in advance with an estimated time.

No food is being organised at Bedfont FC, so a visit to the Duke of Wellington across the road is suggested.
Steve Newell

Track is Back- Summer 2023!

A new season of Track & Field is almost upon us.  We can offer competition for all standards, whether you are a beginner, a star sprinter, a field athlete, or a veteran.  Please come along and enjoy something from the T&F menu.

The season commences with an in-house competition at Feltham track, on Wednesday 3rd May at 6pm.  For full participation you need to run five events: 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m, with an opportunity for a breather between each.  This will be a season warm-up, and a chance to show your consistency, or your prowess at a favoured distance. 

We compete in the Southern Veterans League, a chance for everyone from 35 to 95 to compete against their peers in age graded events.  These events are all located in the West London area.  These are really fun evenings, so please make an effort to join us.

We also compete in the Rosenheim League, a friendly T&F competition spread around tracks south of Heathrow.  Again, all standards are welcome, and you will find someone to compete with, whether you plan to run 100 metres, 3000m, or try a field event.  There’s always a place available in our legendary relay squads!  Who knows, we may repeat last year’s feat of reaching the Rosenheim final?

Non-competitors are always welcome to attend.  We need to supply track and field assistants (pit raking, implement collection etc.).  Or, if you simply want to come along and support the team, we will be very pleased to see you.

Here are the planned dates (all "#"):

  • Wed 3rd May, 6pm: In-house “Track on Field” competition, Feltham track:  1500m/800m/400m/200m/100m
  • Mon 15th May:  Veteran’s League, Battersea
  • Wed 17th May:  Rosenheim League, Kingston
  • Mon 5th June:  Veteran’s League, Uxbridge
  • Wed 14th June:  Rosenheim League, Epsom
  • Mon 19th June:  Veteran’s League, Battersea
  • Mon 12th July:  Veteran’s League, Perivale
  • Wed 19th July:  Rosenheim League, St Mary’s, Twickenham
  • Wed 16th August: Rosenheim League Final, Kingston

>> Steve Hillier

London Marathon Volunteers

If Simon Turton has you down as a volunteer for this year's London Marathon on 23rd April then you should have had an email from him in the last few days. If you haven't, then get in touch. The email provides copies of:

  • Final details
  • Route marshal handbook
  • Volunteer location by crossing point

 Please read the attached information as it should answer any questions you may have. Then download a copy of your volunteer QR code from ‘Rosterfy’ to aid check-in on the day; the "Final details" document tells you how to do this.

The organisers will be sharing a digital pass ahead of the race weekend with all volunteers registered on ‘Rosterfy’. This will permit free travel on bus, tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and Elizabeth line services between 04:30 - 18:30 on 23rd April.

All kit is only available for pick-up on the day.

There’s an informal get together at the Bedfont club from 18:30 on Wed. 19th April, but they’ll be no briefing or any kit to give out, just an opportunity to have a chat. Our annual quiz is that same evening, from 19:30, and you are welcome to stay for that but try to let us know in advance since we are providing catering.

I hope you’re looking forward to the day and thank you again for your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you!


>> Simon Turton (BAAC)

London Vitality 10km

This year’s event is now scheduled to be held on Sunday, 24th September, not on 1st May as was usually the case.  For those of you who have indicated to me that you can volunteer for this event, I am aware that some of you will now not be available because of WARR in Calgary in September. 

I will post another volunteer request nearer the time and if you are able help then, it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Clara Halket

Recent Activity Achievements

19 members communicated their achievements. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walk XC Tue 01:09:05 Two XC (very muddy). Tues 4 Apr- 69m 5s: Fri 7 Apr-47m 34s. I would say jog but conditions kept me to fast walks.
Barry Walters Running 11km Bracknell Tue am 01:13:45 3.5k warm-up to my starting point then did 2 sets of 6 short hills with a jog back recovery and 2 minutes between sets. Ran 3.5k afterwards for warm-down. In the evening did one hour of body condition at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km Southall Sat am 00:31:43 Our 2nd run at Southall parkrun. We repeated our routine from last time viz. parked at Osterley NT carpark, ran the c. 2 miles to Southall, did the parkrun then ran back to Osterley (although the Dennisons had given us a lift back last time)…
John Scaife parkrun 5km Southall Sat am 00:31:43 ...Then coffee in the Stables Cafe. The Southall crew handed out Cadbury’s cream eggs and bottles of water to all finishers.
Chris Kelly parkrun 5km Stockley Country Sat am Saw fellow Readinger Alan Tower in the carpark, Kerry Eastwood and Jas (posterboy) Modaher at the start, RD Roderick at the intro, and ex GBR man John Shaw en route. Plus cakes and lots of chatting afterwards. Nice park and route! Well done chaps.
Clara Halket Walking 10.52km Sun 01:48:57 Following medical advice - Sunny Easter Sunday walk in the park.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:22:20 Course PB at Bedfont Lakes parkrun 22.20 (previous best set almost 4 years ago to the day!)
Jacqui Haines Intervals 6x300m Wed An interval session last night in Woking Park with my running group Tommy Torture. We still reminisce about our Tom Rowley in his absence but feel that he is with us. His markers are still there and we used the 300 markers last night with 10x300. I did 6. I’m NOT giving up on returning to track to do 400 and 800’s.
Janet Smith  Race 5miles Beaconsfield 5 Mile Trail Mon am Positives from today's race: • I started the race ‍♀️ / • I didn't fall over  / • I didn't  get injured / • I finished the race / • I met up with friends I hadn't seen for ages / • And I ENJOYED myself!!! . It was so wet and muddy.  A big shout out to the Marshalls who were out in force supporting us all whilst they were soaking wet from the rain ☔️
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race 10miles Maidenhead Easter 10 Fri am 01:52:24 Spotted by John Scaife (and admitted to on Saturday). "Marshalling at the 6.5 mile point, and the indestructible Jasvir appeared looking comfortable in the sunny and cool conditions. Well done Jas!"
Julie Barclay Exercises Sports Hall 00:45:00 Still recovering from calf issues and only some jog/walk parkruns recently. Attending Pliates and Spinning sessions to maintain fitness.
Keith Johnson Duathlon Dorney Duathlon Sat 02:28:05 Just a short one…Dorney Duathlon. Standard distance - 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run.
Michael Ball Sprints Wed This week's activity 200m, 2 min rest 100m, 10 min rest, then repeat
Paul Watt  Race 10km St. Albans 10k Fri 00:42:20 I had pulled out of Eastleigh 10k last month due to injury but decided to attempt this one. Really pleased to have come through with a decent time and relatively unscathed.
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Newark Sat am 00:27:31 Just done Newark parkrun in around 27:31.
Roderick Hoffman Running 9.39km Putney Sun 01:07:00 This was supposed to be a "postbox" orienteering run as a warm-up to Tuesday's Street-O in the area. But I left the prepared map at home, so just had a random run. Though I did find 8 postboxes.
Stephen Taylor Running Half-M Grand Union Canal Sat 02:14:58 Mostly along the canal. One thing I've see regularly along the canal is people fishing but with the murky waters I've always wondered if they ever catch anything. Today answered that. This chap caught this one as I ran past.
Steve Hillier Running 2.8km Rayners Lane Sat 00:19:48 Also on Sunday 24.5km cycle ride exploring the HS2 route through Northolt and West Ruislip.  The work on the portals of the tunnel is well under way.  Time 1:43.  Involved several footpaths which are now quagmires, and hauling my bike over a couple of stiles.
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 2000m Virgin Active Balcony Mon am 00:09:24 2000m (C2 rowing machine) - on the Virgin Active balcony in the rain!



Week Achievement photos  Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 8th April

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment for runs on 25th March
Sarah GORDON Beacon Hill Country Park 6 234 0:44:31 46.95% run #326, park #137, New BA parkrun - #718
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 636 14 0:22:20 69.40% 260th run at Bedfont Lakes - 6 second PB from 6th April 2019.
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 636 39 0:25:44 65.80% run #453, 12th this year
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 636 66 0:31:06 67.20%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 654 245 0:29:59 57.53% Perhaps this week Joe was 30 minute pacer?
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 139 279 0:37:00 51.22%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 925 154 0:21:13 70.62%
Frankie HOGGE California Country 142 53 0:25:06 58.96%
Murray Hogge California Country 142 102 0:29:13 55.85%
Trish MCCABE Crane Park 500 87 0:26:59 59.42% Crane Park run #500
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 500 89 0:27:10 54.72%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 500 178 0:34:07 41.87%
David Cowell Durham 500 8 0:18:27 76.87% 6 second PB. 6th run at Durham, only once has David not had a PB there. Also Durham's 500th.
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 43 134 0:27:31 62.08%
Paul WATT Ganger Farm 21 19 0:21:47 72.38% First MA male and new Age Grade record.
Julie BARCLAY Ganger Farm 21 209 0:33:36 56.15% New BA Ladies' record (from Melanie)
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 468 Run Director at Guildford
Alan ANDERSON Gunnersbury 517 428 0:46:49 55.86%
Steve NEWELL Gunnersbury 517 429 0:46:50 43.84%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 342 200 0:38:18 62.18%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 342 Run Director at Harrow
Melanie Miller Henstridge Airfield 151 117 0:42:07 42.42% run #136, park #110, New BA parkrun - #717
Harjit Jhooti Henstridge Airfield 151 118 0:42:08 42.41% run #191, park #76
David DUGGAN Little Sugar Creek Greenway 38 13 0:33:12 49.60% run #454, park #124, 19th different parkrun in USA, New BA parkrun - #719
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Newark 442 72 0:27:32 61.50% run # 326, park #61, New BA parkrun - #716
Mike DENNISON Old Deer Park 575 5 0:21:28 78.11% 499th parkrun
Maria JOVANI Old Deer Park 575 24 0:25:20 63.95%
Jain REID Richmond Park 750 206 0:28:38 64.09%
Oliver MATHAI Southall 64 36 0:28:02 62.19% First run for 18 months.
Benita SCAIFE Southall 64 46 0:31:43 66.89% second run at Southall
John SCAIFE Southall 64 47 0:31:44 54.94% second run at Southall
Kerry Eastwood Stockley Country 13 99 0:36:59 41.60% [Non-member]
Christopher T KELLY Stockley Country 13 109 0:39:38 39.44% first run at Stockey, park #75, (with Sarah)
Sarah Kelly Stockley Country 13 108 0:39:38 51.14% [Non-member]
Jasvir Singh-Modaher Stockley Country 13 Marshal at Stockley Country
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 13 Run Director at Stockley Country
Fiona Bishop Westmill 230 21 0:27:26 72.78%
Micheal BALL Woking 361 135 0:27:55 57.97% first parkrun since February

parkrun Review 8th April 2023

A significant milestone we missed last week was Joan Foxley reaching 250 total parkruns with her 214th run at Harrow.  Congratulations to her.  She has also been a volunteer 92 times including 27 as tailwalker which always helps to keep the scoreboard ticking over.  Her Wilson Index is “1” and looks likely to stay there for a while longer!

One of the longer standing local parkruns reached its 500th edition this week. Trish McCabe (25:59), Scott Davison (27:10) and Ben Chaytow (34:07) were all at Crane Park in a well over post-Covid average attendance of 227 with many of the Chaytow family listed among the volunteers.  Not far away just along the A316, Mike Dennison (21:28) and Maria Jovani (25:20) were running at Old Deer Park (#575) while Jain Reid (28:38) was up the hill at Richmond Park which was celebrating its 750th.  Mike Dennison needs just more finish to reach his personal “500”.  Ian Cunningham is still resting.  Much further north, David Cowell (18:27) went to Durham which was also celebrating its 500th.

It was also a weekend for tourism with several new parkruns added to the club collection. Piers Keenleyside (27:32) went to Newark, Melanie Miller (42:07) and Harjit Jhooti (47:08) were at Henstridge Airfield in Somerset and getting volunteer credits as well.  Sarah Gordon (44:31) was at Beacon Hill Country Park (Loughborough) and finally David Duggan (33:12) went to Little Sugar Creek Greenway parkrun in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was 13th of 17 finishers (some of whom including David volunteered to do something as well!)

There may be more parkrunning Fibonacci number collectors than we previously suspected or realised.  Stockley Country parkrun has seen the attendance peak for run #8 (4th March) and run #13 (last Saturday).  Run #21 will be the next test for this theory and is scheduled for 3rd June.   
Paul Watt 21:47) and Julie Barclay (33:36) were at Ganger Farm parkrun run #21 this week and set new club records.  Paul needed a #21 for his Wilson Index which is now up to 26.

Steve Newell

Fibonacci Attendees

During the brief on Saturday I asked people to raise their hand if the Fibonacci Series was a factor in their attendance of Stockley Country that day. At least ten hands went up, perhaps more. I've since looked at the parkrun records of the attendees and of the 79 first timers at Stockley Country 16 collected their first event "13" on Saturday and can now boast a Fibonacci sequence to at least 13. One completed to 377. Others may have been attending for the same reason, though with other gaps below 13 or having run at Stockley Country before.

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

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