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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th February 2019


  • Wednesday 20th February - Lunchtime NOW run at Northala Fields from 12:00 * {no evening meet up}
  • Wednesday 27th February - Five Mile Handicap # and Club Awards evening at The Bedfont Club (details below) *
  • Saturday 2nd March - Ladies Surrey League final match at Lloyd Park, Croydon from 11:00 #

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 11th February.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 5th February) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Surrey Cross-Country Results - Ladies #

Ladies Cross Country TeamMatch 3 – Richmond Park, Kingston, Saturday, 9th February 2019

Match 3 of the ladies XC completed and 3 of us turned up together to run. It was great to have 2 newcomers Kelly Davis and Natalia Prescott join us for their first XC run {pictured - and for the key to who is who please see the table below}. 

The race start and finish was about 100m from the entrance to Isabella Plantation. It was a scenic course through the centre of Richmond Park. The route comprised of mainly parkland and some wooded trails. 

A tough and challenging 2 lap course, not too muddy but on the second lap we had a strong wind blowing in our faces. The middle of the course had lots of tree roots and low hanging tree branches so care had to be taken. I witnessed several ladies trip up and fall over. The last half a mile on each lap had a steady incline, this made it difficult to finish strongly. It was good to see Tom Rowley & Steve Newell on both laps and receive their encouragement as we ran past. 

Finishing order of runners:

Pos# Num Name Age Club Time
1 1309 ~~~ ~~~ V35 FOT FOT 32:40:00
21 1866 Kay Trinder V50 WOK WOK 37:25:00
142 1020 Natalia Prescott SEN BAW BAW 47:18:00
184 1010 Trish Mccabe V40 BAW BAW 53:17:00
220 1019 Kelly Davis V35 BAW BAW 61:33:00
227 1158 ~~~ ~~~ V50 DPR DPR 73:15:00

We are currently standing in position 43 out of 44 teams. Your club needs you ladies! With only one match remaining let’s hope we can get a good turnout for our final match on 2nd March at Lloyd Park, Croydon and try and move up a position rather than down thus preventing us finishing last. 

Trish McCabe

Surrey Cross-Country Results - Men #

Mark Taylor at the Surrey League CC matchWe had a great performance today at muddy Lloyd Park ending in 8th place, winning our 3 way rivalry with Barnes and Holland Sports. In fact we were not far off 7th today and end the season in 9th place having overtaken Barnes. Paul Prescott made an impressive debut being our 2nd runner home after the ever dependable Paul Knechtl. Richard Ruffell and Steve Hillier deserve a special mention having raced all 4 matches this year. Thank you to all runners new and old. Looking forward to introducing a few more new runners next year.

Neil Frediani

Neil's pictures of Mark Taylor reveals both sides of the Cross Country.

Pos# Points Num Name Age Club Time
1 1 1002 ~~~ ~~~ SEN HOR HOR 29:53:00
16 16 320 Paul Knechtl V45 BAW BAW 32:28:00
53 53 321 Paul Prescott SEN BAW BAW 36:27:00
56 56 305 Richard Ruffell V55 BAW BAW 36:38:00
78 77 309 Mark Taylor V55 BAW BAW 38:33:00
88 82 310 Maarten Stenham V40 BAW BAW 39:17:00
89 83 327 Tim Bellars V50 BAW BAW 39:21:00
99 89 303 Simon Turton V50 BAW BAW 40:39:00
101 90 325 Matthew Stratful V40 BAW BAW 40:42:00
110 93 349 Chris Kelly V50 BAW BAW 41:26:00
138 103 323 Mark Murphy V50 BAW BAW 49:36:00
140 35 330 Steve Hillier V60 BAW BAW 56:51:00
142 37 1430 ~~~ ~~~ V50 SUR SUR 72:00:00

Surrey League Results GraphThe table shows the results of all four matches this season. We, BAW, were reasonably consistent following a slightly slow start in Match 1.

Awards Evening - Wednesday 27th February

Club awardsThe Oscars this year are on Sunday 24th but three days later, on Wednesday 27th, we have our own theatre event in the British Airways AC Awards evening.  A dozen awards are handed out to those members who have achieved the most over the 2018 year.  Please arrange to be there - don't be the person who wins two awards whilst he's off skiing in the States (like me last year!).

The Awards Evening will be held at The Bedfont Club ( Timing are:

  • 18:00 February Five Mile Handicap (runs to finish for 19:00) #,
  • 19:30 Food provided by the committee for members and guests, cash bar,
  • 20:00 Awards followed by social,
  • 22:30 End

Please let us know to expect you, so that we can order the right amount and variety of food.  Either reply to me Roderick Hoffman or to the Facebook event at: . If you are a regular, but don't expect to be able to make it, please also let us know so that we don't cater for you.

February Dream Mile results

Jeremy Short 00:06:32
Matthew Stratful 00:06:52
Ian Cunningham 00:07:07
Simon Ashford 00:07:48
Roderick Hoffman 00:08:57

February's dream mile saw five runners forcing their way down the Bath Road against a very strong headwind. This is shown in the results...but not for Jeremy Short who perhaps was running behind a bus?  Simon hasn't run regularly recently but also managed an average result against the wind.

.Feb2019 Dream Mile results

Roderick Hoffman

Concorde and Speedbird Races this year

The Speedbird Ladies race will be held this year on Wednesday 8th May with the usual course around Harmondsworth Moor.

The club committee has decided not to host a Concorde Five event this year.  After being Event Director for the last six years I had announced my intention to stand down. No one had indicated that they would be prepared to become the Event Director AND as an event we have struggled to get enough marshals each year AND the club has now moved away from the Heston/Cranford area. We have not made a decision for a Concorde event in 2020. We may revive the current event, we may launch another event in a different location or we may continue to let the event rest.  Thank you to those who have supported this event over many years particularly Jas Modaher and Tejinder Modaher and their team of helpers.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th February 2019

9th FebRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Maria Jovani 20:48 Richmond Park F-1, 6th consecutive pb at Richmond, club rec(F) 75%
Barry Walters 22:48 Kingston run #65, 1st at Kingston, park #32 72%
David Duggan 29:20 Carisbrooke(Adelaide) 1st run at Carisbrooke, BA park #469, park #58 54%
Grant Strydom 30:40 Bellville (Capetown) run #36, 1st at Bellville, 254th/1312 park #2 49%
Janet Smith 46:51 Prospect Park run #98, 1st at Prospect Park, park #33 38%
Alice Banks 28:26 Higginson, Marlow run #134, 6th at Marlow 69%
Anne Bannister 32:07 Bedfont Lakes run #189, 154th at Bedfont Lakes 61%
Bob Bannister 26:38 Bedfont Lakes run #347, 287th at Bedfont Lakes 61%
Chris Evans 24:57 Bedfont Lakes run #227, 220th art Bedfont Lakes 61%
Scott Davison 24:18 Bedfont Lakes run #289, 236th at Bedfont Lakes 59%
Ian Cockram 26:38 Bedfont Lakes run #468, 281st at Bedfont Lakes 56%
John Lennon 34:27 Bedfont Lakes run #286, 241st at Bedfont Lakes 46%
Joe Nolan 34:20 Black Park run #316, 286th at Black Park 48%
Ian Cunningham 23:07 Bushy Park run #366, 297th at Bushy, 218th/1317 67%
Roderick Hoffman 29:52 Bushy, Dublin run #355, park #261 53%
Jonathan Cox 27:41 Crane Park run #378, 83rd at Crane Park 57%
Zoe Ostley 48:34 Crane Park run #221, 25th at Crane Park 37%
Oliver Mathai 26:13 Gunnersbury run #57, 33rd at Gunnersbury 64%
Piers Keenleyside 28:06 Gunnersbury run #222, 148th at Gunnersbury 58%
Joan Foxley 53:59 Harrow tailwalker, run #131, 110th at Harrow 41%
John Coffey 31:33 Hazelwood run #317, 38th at Hazelwood 62%
Petra Otto 34:15 March run #77, 56th at March 61%
Trish McCabe 28:15 Osterley run #273, 13th at Osterley, park #2, 55%
Chris Kelly 26:41 Reading run #420, 326th at Reading 57%
Steve Newell 39:16 Richmond Park Richmond parkrun#600 47%
Emmanuel Brousse 23:38 Southend run #54, 36th at Southend 60%
Alan Friar 31:08 Woodley run #270, 87th at Woodley 60%
Caroline Cockram volunteer Bedfont Lakes run director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford run director - cancelled !!!
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director*

* STOP PRESS - Prior to a (hopefully) successful knee operation on the Monday.

The temperature had risen over the week but so had the strength of the wind so some parkruns were cancelled again.  With cross-country fixtures for both men and women round the country along with new year resolutions becoming a long-forgotten memory, UK attendances were below the record numbers seen a few weeks ago.

Maria Jovani (20:48) returned to Richmond Park for a second attempt to run the 600th installment and finished as the leading female and also achieved the rare feat of a sixth consecutive pb over a course barely changed over the last eleven plus years. So Maria takes over the female club record at Richmond where Barry Walters holds the club record with 19:15.   Nearer the back of the pack Steve Newell (39:16) needed more than a minute just to reach the start line as the starting pen now seems narrower and longer than ever!

Our fastest man this week was Barry Walters (22:48) who made his first visit to Kingston parkrun where the men’s club record is still held by Gary Rushmer (20:19). The outright club record stands to Maria Jovani with 20:49.

David Duggan (29:20) continued his trip to Australia moving westwards towards Adelaide and running at Carisbrooke.  Grant Strydom (30:40) who in the past has only run intermittently at Bushy Park (UK) visited Bellville in Greater Cape Town.  In terms of numbers Bellville attracts a similar field (1300) to Bushy but while he was in 254th place at Bellville that time would have placed him 878th back home.  The club parkruns total moved up to 470.

Roderick Hoffman (29:52) made his first visit to the other Bushy Park, the one in Dublin, to retain his place in the top20 of parkrun tourists.  Ian Cunningham retains the club record with 23:01.  Dublin Bushy is currently attracting a mere 200-300 runners each week.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats


UK Tourists complain that they are discouraged from attending inaugural runs due to the risk of the new park getting swamped. In truth it is only UK inaugurals that have this problem so all those tourists need to do is go abroad.  There was an inaugural in Rec Plex North in West Florida, USA, and they had a massive (by US standards) inaugural with 226 finishers.  Just six, yes six, of those 226 had previously run a parkrun! They would have welcomed a few more tourists to explain to the new runners at what point they needed to show their barcodes.  Only 38 of the 220 new runners didn't have barcodes - which is a good ratio.  There were two inaugurals in the UK at the weekend, both in Scotland, and at Meadowmill (near Edinburgh) 53 of the 68 new runners didn't have barcodes. That inaugural attracted 172 (my forecast for the host team was 179).  The other Scottish inaugural was at Crathes Castle, near Aberdeen, and that attracted 238 against my forecast of 113 but I suspect that they promoted the parkrun to make a bigger splash. If anyone is desperate to run a UK inaugural I am able to drop hints about a couple of events in Wales that are due to launch over the next few weeks - with low inaugural forecasts of around 60 and 70.


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Date Event Venue
23–24 Feb England U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships Sheffield
9–10 Mar England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships Sheffield
25–26 May England Senior & U20 Combined Events Championships Bedford
22–23 Jun England Athletics U23 & U20 Championships Bedford
27–28 Jul England Senior & UKCAU Championships Manchester
3–4 Aug England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships Manchester
14 Aug Manchester International Manchester
31 Aug–1 Sep England U17 & U15 Championships Bedford

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