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BA Athletics Club News Digest 10th October 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 by end of Sunday 23rd October):

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


Those of us not at the World Airline Road race next weekend may have the opportunity to represent us closer to home in the first of this year's Cross Country races. These are team events and the team member who finishes lowest will score more points for the team than if they hadn't been there, and hence contribute positively to the team's final result. Paul and Amanda will have reached out to likely suspects but, if they haven't contacted you and you fancy a go, please get in touch. Spectators are also welcome at these events to cheer on our runners.

I ran today 10km up and down next to the Adobe Creek that gave its name to the company behind Photoshop. But since I don't have Photoshop on my laptop I won't be including many pictures over the next three issues - though I was able to prepare a couple in advance for this issue.

Roderick Hoffman

CROSS COUNTRY NEWS Including Saturday's fixture for Men and Ladies

Surrey Cross Country League 2022/23 Fixtures:

  • Saturday 15th October
  • Saturday 12th November
  • Saturday 14th January
  • Saturday 11th February

New for this season, our men’s and ladies’ teams will be running at the same venue. Match 1, this Saturday 15th October, is at Reigate Priory Park at the following times:

  • Men (division 4) Noon – 5 miles
  • Ladies (division 2) 2pm – 3.75 miles

All members very welcome!

Amanda Coombs and Paul Knecthl

London Marathon 2022 More Results, Photographs and Reports

I've added Keith Johnson and Olivier Mathai to this list.

Place (Overall) Place (Gender) Place (Category) Name Runner Number Category Event Race Status Halfway Time
13274 9915 1143 Johnson, Keith (GBR) 4797 50-54 Mass Finished 01:49:44 04:01:37
22548 15474 166 Mathai, Oliver (GBR) 16702 65-69 Mass Finished 02:03:10 04:39:57
5978 3007 37 Otto, Petra (GER) V8133 70-74 Virtual Finished 20k in 04:59:44 12:28:16
16901 4771 107 Martin [Lash], Christine (GBR) 45699 60-64 Mass Finished 02:06:59 04:17:21
8511 6706 168 Dennison, Mike (GBR) 2404 60-64 Mass Finished 01:43:48 03:43:56
4477 2437 243 Kelly, Christopher (GBR) V6310 55-59 Virtual Finished 25k in 02:34:33 07:40:10
36742 22370 314 Modaher, Jasvir (GBR) 10140 65-69 Mass Finished 02:42:37 06:01:44
9589 2158 398 Moreton, Emma (GBR) 34045 40-44 Mass Finished 01:46:45 03:48:36
25470 8391 485 Reid, Jain (GBR) 46089 55-59 Mass Finished 02:14:19 04:51:55
14626 3891 653 Jovani, Maria (ESP) 42187 45-49 Mass Finished 01:53:23 04:07:52
19884 13944 886 Taylor, Stephen (GBR) 3219 55-59 Mass Finished 02:09:53 04:28:54
30063 10620 1161 Jhooti, Harjit (GBR) 21147 50-54 Mass Finished 02:29:57 05:14:15
18716 13248 1564 Leung, Chi (GBR) 34184 50-54 Mass Finished 02:03:10 04:24:30


And thanks to Melanie Miller, Mike Thorn and Joe Nolan I've got photographs of three of our Marathon crossing teams.

London Marathon Crossing Teams

Simon Turton writes:

On behalf of the BA Athletics Club, I’d like to thank you for your support on Sunday at the marathon. The weather defied the forecasts of rain, the crowds returned and you all contributed to ensuring runners and spectators enjoyed the spectacle that is the iconic London Marathon.

It wasn’t all plain sailing and to be honest, I think London Marathon Events (LME) set themselves a very hard task of delivering six LME events (Vitality 10km, Ride London, Big Half, City Race, Swim Serpentine (subsequently cancelled due to the Queen’s funeral) and the Marathon in the space of just 153 days. Coupled with this there’s been changes of staff at LME (including the Course Director) that’s meant having to go over processes and procedures that have been established in previous years. So, despite the best laid plans, there were problems with the kit (sorry about there being no caps) and lunch-packs but hopefully you all got something. Feedback is being compiled so be assured, negatives and positives from the day will be discussed with LME.

As hopefully you’re aware, pre-event I act in the role of coordinating the 120+ volunteers for the x5 ‘Disley’ crossings we manage but on the day I’m a sector manager on the Victoria Embankment, ably supported by Alan Friar. I therefore don’t get the opportunity of seeing first-hand how things are going in Parliament Square and Birdcage Walk but I have been assured by Melanie Holman and Steve Hillier that together with the crossing team leaders, you supported, you cheered, you helped and hopefully enjoyed your day. I was also made aware that Colin Bloomfield took a bit of a tumble at Birdcage 1, which required treatment and he’s now recovering; we wish him a speedy recovery and thank you to Graham Taylor for stepping in to lead the team.

You’ve no-doubt heard that a 36year old runner passed away on the Embankment after getting into difficulties. Obviously a tragic loss but thankfully rare at the marathon and our thoughts are with his family. The reason for mentioning this is because Alan and I were involved and what I take away with me is the tremendous teamwork between the emergency services and the volunteers; it’s not the outcome anyone wanted but he had the best support. There were other runners in distress on the course (including at your crossings) and it’s heartening to know that that level of support was being repeated around the course… that’s why I volunteer.

The marathon returns to its traditional date of 23 April in 2023; St George’s Day. I’m going to strike while the iron’s hot and say if you’re interested in helping again, you can let me know now.

Thanks again for your help and support, we really couldn’t do it without your help.


Simon Turton

Ed: And let us not forget to thank Simon for setting all of this up and being active on the day and in the preparation days.


Maria writes:

Maria and Mike TCS London Marathon 2022 done and dusted in 4:07:52. It was a very enjoyable day in the office. Every runner should run a marathon for fun. I highly recommend it, specially when the race is the London Marathon. I know there are many other marathons but the buzz you get from the crowds in London is electric. I had so much support from friends and family. Having them in strategic points kept me going and made the miles go “faster”. I also spotted many more friendly faces encouraging along the way, I even stopped for chats and selfies, definitely the right approach when you aren’t going for a fast time.

Last week I didn’t know I could even be at the start line. Finishing the race in one piece was a victory for me. I’ve had knee issues for the last few weeks and parkrun has been my only training. I guess that having GFA sorted for 2023 also helped yesterday’s mindset so I could run relaxed and enjoy (and drink).

For the 1st time I was in the Red start and now I can say that Blue start stands as my favourite. Tower Hill was again one of the highlights (I didn’t cry this time) and obviously the Prosecco stop. One of the golden rules on a marathon is “don’t try anything new on the day”, but how could I resist a glass of Prosecco at km 25?

The weather forecast was much better than predicted specially for spectators and volunteers. It got a tad warm for runners towards the end so maybe a bit of drizzle would have been nice and refreshing. 

A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this amazing race possible. It was very nice to see so many of you in the last stages of the race when the energy is running low.

Maria Jovani

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

18 club members and friends achievements listed below.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race Two relays I missed last week, but two successes in two weeks. On Saturday the Sussex Cross Country Relays(4K x 4)Team Gold M50 and previous Saturday Team Gold M55 at Aldershot Southern Road Relays(6k x 4).
Andy Rayner Various [for last week] Three reports please: Tues 27 Sept- cycle 3.5 M=17m 2s; Thurs 29 Sept 4 M XC fast walk =57m 28s: Sat 1 Oct- cycle 3.5 M=18m 10s.
Andy Rayner Various   [for this week]     Wed 5 Oct- 1.5M quick walk (no time): Fri 7 Oct 3,5M XC fast walk (no time) plus 'dog trot' park to home .5M (11m 6s).
Barry Walters Running 8km Bracknell Tue am 00:58:37 Ran an easy 2.5k warm-up over the forest to the start of my reps. Did 8x2mins with one minute recovery before running 2.5k back as my warm-down. In the evening did a one-hour pilates session (lots of stretching) at Bracknell Leisure Centre.
Ben Cooper Running 12.75km Cardiff Fri 01:10:00 Long training run in Cardiff
Chris Kelly  Race Marathon Munich Sun 03:43:40 Was hopelessly unable to consume anywhere near enough of the provided supplies of apples, bananas, cake, protein bars, bretzen, weissbier (alcoholic or not). Tried to make amends after at the Hofbrauhaus! Nice trying
Clara Halket Running 33km Local Sat 03:51:19 There is magic in misery' ... A slow plod along the roads with a lap round the country park
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:23:44 Not a bad post-London parkrun. Proud of my splits (not the actual splits, cos you know, hamstrings…) - 4:39 / 4:42 / 4:44 / 4:44 / 4:33
Jacqui Haines Gym Workouts and Yoga I’m still not running but I am enjoying workouts at the gym and yoga. I refuse to run in pain so waiting for that day!
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Itchen Valley Country Park Sat am Not a bad time considering how twisty and turney is was, not to mention the tree roots I now have just 4 letters to get my Alphabet, and I'm 1 new parkrun off a half cowel ‍♀️
Julie Barclay Running 8km Hampstead Heath Mon 00:45:00 Staying in Belsize Park after the marathon we had an early morning run exploring the Heath - not a Freedom Run of the parkrun course.
Michael Ball Sprints This week's activity 100mtrs 10 seconds rest 50 mtrs 1min rest x3 then 4 min rest x3
Paul Watt Running 8km Hampstead Heath Mon 00:45:00 Staying in Belsize Park after the marathon we had an early morning run exploring the Heath - not a Freedom Run of the parkrun course.
Petra Otto Gym Weights Only one gym session with heavy weights, as still recovering from the marathon. Have asked surgery for an x-ray on my groin.
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Pegwell Bay (near Ramsgate) Sat am 00:25:37 Put in a bit of effort for once and ran my fastest parkrun since 2019. Must be one of the flattest courses in the country which helped me get the time, also not too crowded. [also Thursday LSD run of 15.34 miles in 2:39:17]
Roderick Hoffman Running 5km "Ross Barkley" Tue 00:26:08 13 sprints which between them totalled 5km. The time sprinting was 26:08, although this was over an elapsed time of almost 45minutes.
Steve Hillier Running 7.2km Slough, including Salt Hill Park and Chalvey 01:01:00 A jog through Slough, including salt hill park and chalvey.
Trish McCabe  Race  Half-M Royal Parks Sun unknown Royal Parks Half Marathon done and dusted. Amazing atmosphere through the city streets taking in the iconic sights of London and Royal Parks. I really enjoyed the day. My training and pacing today was bang on the time I was hoping for. We were blessed with the weather.


No pictures this week for the reasons stated above. Andy's emails went astray last week but he has assured me that he also made it to the Cutty Sark last week...though not whilst he was running the marathon, he had got the Clipper boat from Westminster.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 8th October 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 550 211 0:35:09 58.56% Missed last Saturday 1st October - late published result
Melanie Miller Tidworth 14 91 0:39:08 45.66% Missed last Saturday 1st October - late published result. First BA lady at Tidworth.
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 612 18 0:23:44 65.31%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bracknell 319 153 0:33:14 48.24% run #474, park #59
Alastair HESLOP Broadwater Marshal at Broadwater (Guildford planned cancellation)
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 897 81 0:20:33 72.34%
John COFFEY Bushy Park 897 881 0:34:47 60.42%
Roderick HOFFMAN Byxbee 93 46 0:29:18 55.69% BA event #681.  park #339
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 474 53 0:26:48 53.30%
Mike DENNISON Gunnersbury 490 16 0:19:34 84.92% PB by 30 seconds on 3rd run at Gunnersbury. New BA Age Grade record. Run #471
Maria JOVANI Gunnersbury 490 94 0:23:21 68.67%
David DUGGAN Hanworth 105 44 0:34:57 46.69%
Benita SCAIFE Harcourt Hill 332 103 0:31:41 66.96% First BA lady to run at Harcourt Hill, park #87.
John SCAIFE Harcourt Hill 332 104 0:31:41 54.45% First run at Harcourt Hill, park #96
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 317 106 0:28:59 63.31%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 317 207 0:55:04 42.52% Tailwalker at Harrow
Scott DAVISON Hazelwood 158 97 0:36:46 40.44% run #389, 4th at Hazelwood
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 158 109 0:47:54 41.93% Wilson Index up to 162
Trish MCCABE Hoblingwell 208 31 0:29:07 54.55% One to go? Fastest BA lady (from Caroline Cockram)
Janet SMITH Itchen Valley Country 65 74 0:35:16 52.74% park #49, First "I", Itchen Valley is proving popular with the club these days.
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 285 248 0:32:34 63.20%
Harjit Jhooti Maidenhead 324 320 1:05:40 26.85% parkwalker at Maidenhead [having recovered from the London Marathon AND a midweek bout of Covid19]
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 392 83 0:26:31 63.86%
Anne Bannister Osterley 392 157 0:31:17 65.80%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Pegwell Bay 419 46 0:25:37 65.45% park #57, 4th BA runner at Pegwell Bay but fastest BA male and best age grade.
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 231 54 0:31:46 52.78%
Ben Kelly Reading 570 52 0:22:41 56.87%
Jain REID Richmond Park 722 168 0:28:45 62.96% Fastest parkrun since March 2020
John TAYLOR The Wammy 166 11 0:21:13 73.68% knocks nearly 20 minutes off the BA record and best Age Grade. Park #15
Paul WATT Tooting Common 273 27 0:20:02 78.04% First run at Tooting Common, park #104. Fastest BA male.
Julie BARCLAY Tooting Common 273 111 0:23:07 81.61% First run at Tooting Common, park #108. Best BA age grade.
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 438 68 0:27:40 61.75%
Christopher T KELLY Westpark 123 154 0:36:43 42.58% 4th BA runner at Westpark (Munich). Slowest and lowest grade - not really trying! (but it isn't a race).
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 66 Barcode Scanning at Wollaton Hall

parkrun Review Saturday 8th October 2022

Congratulations to Trish McCabe (F4, 29:07) who ran at Hoblingwell after earning a volunteer credit for helping with the event setup.  The parkrun in the Far East of South London (beyond the Chiselhurst Caves) started in the summer of 2017 and has averaged only 71 runners a week since then.  This week there only 65 finishers so if you don’t like crowded mega-parkruns this could be one for you to try.  Much of the course is on grass and there are a few hills.  Trish is on a tourist streak of 25 different parkruns with no repeats starting back on 9th April at Charlton and getting tantalisingly close to a “Londone” badge for completing the 59 5km parkruns in the London boroughs.  An inaugural for a new one at this stage would be “character building” ! [Ed: I'm no longer confident that that could be possible before Christmas]

Two others chasing the Londone challenge - with a bit further to go but doing it is style at the popular Tooting Common parkrun this week, were Paul Watt (20:02, 78.04%) and Julie Barclay (23.07,81.61%) both first in their age groups form a field of 582 finishers and indeed both top of their genders when judged on %grade rather than time.  Tooting Common was one of the parkruns with several “parkwalker” volunteers this week, in fact three of them as well as a tailwalker.  A glitch with token distribution (shuffled) resulted in the last thirty finishers all being given a time of 55 minutes.  It could have been worse – Julie’s son Lewis ran there once and no-one was given a time. Many of us will have horror stories from the early days when “things went wrong”.

Mike Dennison (19:34) ran a pb at Gunnersbury on his third visit.  With the “Festival” season over the parkrun course has reverted to the well established one on the website.  The first km is mainly down a gentle slope and the last km is coming back up.  Mike is placed 9th out 462 in the all time (nearly 11 years) list for his age group (MV60-64).

Roderick Hoffman (29:18) stopped off in the San Francisco area on his way to WARR (next week) and ran at Byxbee parkrun in Palo Alto. That takes his collection to 339 parkruns and the club total to 681.  Byxbee parkrun started in the fall of 2019 and had a typical turnout of 50-60 before the Covid19 interruption.  Numbers have been building steadily since the restart and this week’s attendance of 93 was the best since the inaugural (130).  It was run number #93 as well so that could be a new game for somebody!

Barry Walters (27:40) ran at Upton Court for the 24th time.  It has proved to be his favourite parkrun over the years.  His P-Index is 6 – that is to say he has run at least six times at six different parkruns. 

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - parkrun Country Pyramid

All challenges are unofficial, apart from the 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 run/volunteers clubs. So one parkrunner's invention is as good as another parkrunner's application supported achievement. By running another parkrun in the US I've now run...

  • 10 (and more) different UK parkruns,
  • 9 (and more) Australian parkruns,
  • 8 US parkruns,
  • 7 German parkruns (thanks to last Monday's special),
  • 6 Irish parkruns,
  • 5 French parkruns,
  • 4 Polish parkruns,
  • 3 Canadian parkruns,
  • 2 New Zealand parkruns
  • and 1 Norwegian parkrun (and 1 or 2 in several other parkrun countries).

I'm not claiming that this achievement is the greatest but for a parkrun statistician it is neat.

Matters Arising - Consecutive different parkruns

All I can say is don't go for the record. I achieved 52 different parkruns as my first 52 but that was a long time ago now. The record for consecutively different parkruns, ignoring repeats from earlier, is in the region of 575! Paul FREYNE hasn't repeated a parkrun since 18th December 2010 and he runs almost every week.

Roderick Hoffman

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Club Secretary,

The SEAA are trying to find some more marshals for the SEAA cross country relays.  Would you see if any of your club members would be interested in helping on the day?

The event details are:-

  • Venue: Wormwood Scrubs
  • Date: Saturday, 22 October
  • First race: 11.00am
  • Final race should finish c.4.00pm

Marshals will be needed from 10.15am, meeting at the TVH Clubhouse at the Linford Christie Stadium

Any volunteers can contact Malcolm French on

Many thanks,

John Falvey

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