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BA Athletics Club News Digest 13th February 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

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.

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

Editorial - Attendance Request

Are you coming to the Club Featured parkrun at Stockley Country next Saturday? So far I only know that Steve Newell and Ian Cunningham, will be there. Details were in last week's digest or check the website page: course | Stockley Country parkrun. You are welcome as a runner, as a volunteer ( or simply as a spectator. I'd like to know the numbers so that I know how much cake to bring!

If you can't make next Saturday you might like to consider the following Saturday - the 25th (or as well). That day we'll have the Mayor of Hillingdon and some press visiting to make it an official launch event.

> Roderick Hoffman 

NOW Event at Alice Holt Forest - Report

A good number of us made the trip to Alice Holt Forest for the club's latest NOW event, and mostly car sharing to spread the cost of the carpark as well as helping the environment. Julie and Paul had previously checked out the park 5k course which we followed - or at least 4.5km of it! There were no complaints about the cafe, and despite the month we enjoyed an outside table.

Alice Holt NOW

More NOW events will be set up after Easter.

Men's and Ladies Cross Country at Morden Park - Results and Reports #

Ladies Report

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ... ... ... ... 29:53:00
43 43 1330 Emma Moreton (11th V40) V40 BAW BAW 34:41:00
69 69 1332 Tanya Snook (10th V50) V50 BAW BAW 37:07:00
112 112 1326 Julie Barclay V55 BAW BAW 40:00:00
201 201 1328 Amanda Coombs V55 BAW BAW 48:20:00
237 237 ... ... ... ... 70:55:00

A fine end to the season saw four ladies on the start line of the undulating 2.5-lap 8K course, mostly on wide open grassland. There was mud, but far less than in January, and there were no technical sections. We finished the race in 25th place out of 45 teams, then were treated to Monica’s fabulous bread pudding, brought along in her absence by Helen Smith who came to support the men’s and ladies’ teams – great to see you Helen!

Overall season’s standings placed us 29th out of 53 teams, with no injuries or incidents to report. In two of the matches (the first and fourth) we were disappointingly one runner short of a full ‘A’ team of 5; one more runner could have seen us jump a few places. There is also a ‘B’ team competition, and I am encouraging all ladies to come along – the more the merrier! Cross-country is famous for its team spirit and its post-run cakes.

The 2023/24 season starts in October and I will publish dates when they are finalised. Come and join us!

Amanda Coombs

Cross Country Team Photos

Men's Report

On a warm and much drier day in Morden the Men took part in the last Surrey League Cross Country match of the season. It's been challenging trying to get a team together and this fixture was no exception! 6 hardened competitors did take part and the team managed to finish in a credible 10th place on the day. Adam again led the team home in a 4th place overall finish.

There was also some much needed support from Helen (and thanks Monica for the bread pudding), Janet and Ian (one day he may actually take part again). It was also great to catch up with ladies before their event.

Paul Knechtl

[Editor: The picture shows Helen handing out the bread pudding. I was also sent a picture including Graham, but without the pudding.]

Overall, across the four matches, we appear to have finished in 11th place out of the 14 teams. Paul Knechtl ends the season as the leading V50 (and 5th overall) and Mark Taylor as the 3rd V60.

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ...  ... ... ... 27:45:00
4 4 704 Adam Moquet (4th overall) V35 BAW BAW 28:52:00
6 6 707 Paul Knechtl (1st V50) V50 BAW BAW 29:19:00
59 58 700 John Taylor V55 BAW BAW 34:08:00
68 64 705 Mark Taylor (4th V60) V60 BAW BAW 34:58:00
127 101 711 Daniel Wareham ? BAW BAW 41:42:00
153 116 701 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 59:20:00

BAAC Championships

This isn't the end of the cross country season - we will be holding the BAAC Cross Country on Sunday 12th March at a new location for us - Minet Country Park in Hayes, which is the open space next to the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. More details nearer the time but in the meantime please put this in your diary whatever your cross-country capability.

Monthly Mile Results

February Mile Results

Four results this month including from Emma whose previous submissions in 2020 and 2021 had averaged around the 7minute mark.

Recent Activity Achievements

21 club members and friends' achievements are listed below (plus others I could have included from the NOW event and the cross country matches). Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Biathlon Cox Green (Bike and Walk) 01:02:00 Wed 8 Feb. 2 M bike ride=18m. 50s and fast walk park plus Cox Green= 43m 47s.
Barry Walters Running 8km Bracknell Tue am 00:57:29 Home to Swinley Forest for a 2.5k warm-up. Then did 16x1 minute with 30secs recovery and 2.5k warm-down home.  In the evening did 35 minutes in the gym and one hour of body conditioning at my local leisure centre. 
Ben Cooper Running 2.99km Pontprennau Sun am 00:21:12 My near 10 year old son has been addicted to fitness lately, confident he could run a half marathon already so we agreed to run circular routes around our house to finish when he ran out of puff... well he started complaints at 2.5k but I tricked him into pushing on for another half
Benita Scaife mixed Run/Walk 12miles Thames Path, Bray We ran a section of the Thames Path from Bray to Windsor. Had coffee then walked back. 6 miles each way. Time not recorded.
John Scaife mixed Run/Walk 12miles Thames Path, Bray As Benita.
Chris Kelly Running 6.6miles Chorlton, Manchester Sun 01:17:09 Achilles troubles.
Clara Halket Walking 6.15km Local Tue am 00:59:42 Foggy and cold morning walk in the neighbourhood.
David Duggan parkrun 5km Brauhaus Africa Sat am 00:41:14 Brauhaus Africa parkrun in South Africa, west of Johannesburg. The course is at a brewery/restaurant, so great post-run facilities. My slow time - I’ll put it down to altitude, jet lag & thick mud due to thunderstorms on Friday.
Emma Moreton  Race 7.5km Morden Park Cross Country Sat 00:34:44 Cross Country at Morden Park with delicious banana bread after! My fastest pace XC to date.
Harjit Jhooti parkrun 5km Wimbledon parkrun Sat am
Ian Cunningham  Race 10km Valentines 10k, Chessington Sun am 00:49:11 121st. 67.88%. An 8am start on a February morning was a test for some of us, but good running conditions (almost) made up for it!
Jacqui Haines Running 1mile Sat 00:08:20 Not too much going on this week after a very bad headache all week. Too many hurdles with this running but managed a mile on Saturday 8.20 and on Sunday 9 mins. Really hope that I can pick up the pace next week and report a fabulous time next Sunday
Jain Reid Running 7.09km Thames path Hammersmith Sat am 00:45:03 Not much for me this week. Managed a 45 min Sunday along the riverside. Looking forward to Seville marathon next weekend
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Dinton Pastures Sat am Local parkrunning today followed by a golf match ⛳
Keith Johnson  Race Half-M Dorney Half Marathon Sat 01:41:33 Finished in 61st overall out of 193 finishers.
Michael Ball Running Barcelona Thur This week's activity run walk jog from hotel to Barcelona FC stadium
Mike Dennison  Race 10km Valentines 10k, Chessington Sun am 00:40:30 A new course PB, finishing in 40:31, 36th of 227 runners, and first in my age group (VM60-69), and also my best age grade ever, I think - 85.4%. Conditions were really good, no rain, and very little wind, but the hills were still there!
Piers Keenleyside  Race 10km Harrow Hill Race Sun am 00:55:51 See below
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 7.43km Highgate Street-O Tue pm 00:58:56 I judged this very well - starting up hill so that I could study the map whilst climbing slowly but also arranging a relatively flat finish (I avoided the steep climb from the tube station as the clock ticked over the hour!). On the night finished 27th of 96.
Stephen Taylor Running 9.1miles Northala parkrun sandwich Sat am After abandoning the return run last weekend I did the full parkrun sandwich this weekend, 3 miles there, 3.1 miles round (in 31:28) and 3 miles back.
Steve Hillier Running 5.8km Georgia & South Carolina 00:42:53  I got my running shoes on for the first time in weeks. 5.8k around Shipyard in Hilton Head in 42:53. Mostly flat, always cool, windy and wet. The alligators were chilly and stayed at home today, but the ibises (ibii?) kept me company.
Trish McCabe  Race 10km Valentines 10k, Chessington Sun am 00:57:46 192nd. 65.87%


Week achievements

Tim didn't make a submission but I took his photo from Facebook. I didn't report it as an achievement because his horse was doing all the work.

Roderick Hoffman

10k Harrow Hill Race Results

Piers Keenleyside and I ran in this year's Harrow Hill Race. With a six mile warm-up, and ahead of his six mile cool-down, Piers still managed the course with its 160m of ascent in 55:51. From a standing start it took me 63:08.

Harrow Hill Km timesThe reason I like to do this race each year is shown in the graph. Most races one does you set off at the pace you hope that you can maintain and you either succeed, perhaps even throwing in a fast km towards the end, or it doesn't go so well and you tail off and get slower. An example of this is the black line on the graph - my Km times at the Nepal 10k run on the relatively flat Northala Fields. At the end of such a run you will be exhausted because you have been running flat out throughout. All of the other lines in the graph are from the Harrow Hill Race. There are steep uphill sections, there are flat sections, there are undulating sections, there are down slopes. Throughout the distance your pace will be changing and therefore the way that you are using the muscles in your legs and body will be changing. The consequence of this at the end is that you will not be as tired as you would have expected from the course because of the changing styles of your running at the different paces - including, in my case, the walking up the steeper bits. Everyone copes differently with ups and downs so you'll also discover that you are being passing and then re-passing other runners throughout the course.

Other observations from the lines in the graph - I was very fit in 2014 (finishing in 57:20), in 2020 because of a flood on a public road they had to divert the course and throw in an extra half climb of the hill in the 7th km, they did alter the course from 2022 making the first km slower but getting you up the hill sooner so that the second km became faster.
Roderick Hoffman

Piers Keenleyside adds:

"I finished in 55:51 and placed 132/225. I also ran to the start from my house in South Ealing and ran home afterwards. It was 6 miles each way so with the 10K I ended up doing over 18 miles. Elevation gain for the race was just over 500 feet - but according to Strava I managed to top that on my run to the start from Ealing going up Castlebar Hill, Horsenden Hill and finally Harrow Hill. Now tapering for the Seville Marathon next Sunday."

parkrun Results for Saturday 11th February

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Benita SCAIFE Banbury 356 163 0:33:32 63.27% First BA lady at Banbury
John SCAIFE Banbury 356 164 0:33:32 51.44% 1st run at Banbury, park #103
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 628 46 0:27:03 62.60% run #448, 332nd at Bedfont
Joe NOLAN Black Park 646 241 0:30:32 55.95% 7th run at Black Park in 2023
David DUGGAN Brauhaus Afrika 23 20 0:41:14 39.94% run #446, park #118, South Africa. BA event #704.
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 917 183 0:22:23 66.94% run #353, 344th at Bushy
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 917 851 0:31:36 50.74% run #494
Diana Smith Bushy Park 917 1186 0:57:05 41.02% run #29, all at Bushy.  P-index is 1, Wilson Index is zero
Steve NEWELL Catford 179 189 0:41:57 47.87% 4th run at Catford.  Wilson Index advances to 184
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 492 20 0:23:17 61.35% run #324, 270th at Crane Park
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 492 58 0:27:04 54.93% run #404, 77th at Crane Park
Murray Hogge Dinton Pastures 173 13 0:20:56 77.95% 8th run at Dinton Pastures, PB by 24 seconds
Janet SMITH Dinton Pastures 173 236 0:37:00 50.27% run #145, 5th at Dinton Pastures
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 37 101 0:27:04 63.12% 10th run at Edenbrook, P-Index is 6, Wilson Index is 4
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 461 Run Director at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 509 229 0:27:18 61.42% 201st run at Gunnersbury, P-Index is 6
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 334 Timekeeper at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 334 Finish Tokens at Harrow
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 139 73 0:27:51 75.04% 49th run at Higginson, Marlow
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 381 153 0:31:25 50.61% run #146, 97th at Northala Fields
Trish MCCABE Osterley 410 118 0:27:17 58.77% 40th run at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 410 261 0:53:36 48.79% 101st run at Osterley
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 246 105 0:33:06 51.16% run #292, 19th at Prudhoe Riverside
Fiona Bishop Pymmes 544 27 0:24:19 82.11% 7th run at Pymmes and fastest since 2018 (and much higher grade). Improves BA records.
Mike DENNISON Richmond Park 742 25 0:20:24 81.45% run #491
David Cowell Stockley Country 5 Funnel Manager at Stockley Country [on his way into Heathrow to operate a flight to Germany]
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 5 Run Director at Stockley Country
Maria JOVANI Tilgate 493 78 0:23:53 67.83% 1st run at Tilgate, park #61, BA ladies record (from Julie).
Christopher T KELLY University Parks 52 409 0:39:45 39.33% Reading still too soggy.
Paul WATT Wimbledon Common 777 31 0:20:15 77.20% BA best age grade at Wimbledon Common (from Adam Moquet) but Adam keeps the fastest male time. Park #123
Julie BARCLAY Wimbledon Common 777 227 0:24:57 75.62% BA best ladies time at Wimbledon Common (from Anne Bannister). Park #127
Harjit Jhooti Wimbledon Common 777 884 0:36:38 48.77% 2nd run at Wimbledon
Melanie Miller Wimbledon Common 777 949 0:40:53 43.70% 949th finisher (but well ahead of many others). Before today our lowest position at Wimbledon was 383rd. Park #102

parkrun review Saturday 11th February 2023

Well, you were warned.  parkrun these days is all about numbers but other forces besides must have been at work to draw an attendance two or three times bigger than in recent weeks to Wimbledon Common [1073 finishers].  The septuple “Nelson” event number 777 has been cited as the trigger.  If you missed this one then Banstead Woods has just celebrated 750 runs and Richmond Park is only 8 weeks further back but the start is very narrow so ….. public warning number two.  We were represented by Paul Watt (20:15), Julie Barclay (24:57), Harjit Jhooti (36:38) and Melanie Miller (40:53).

Overall our numbers were down a little on the previous week but there were cross country fixtures later in the day (reports above). The notable performance this week came from Fiona Bishop (24:19, 82.11%) at Pymmes in North London, her fastest parkrun in over four years.

The new local parkrun at Stockley Country Park is showing signs of maturity and all members are invited to run there or help out next Saturday (18th February).  If you are unable to run at the moment, volunteers will be made most welcome. Let us make it a memorable club occasion.  It will be event #6, neither a prime nor a Fibonacci number but don’t let that put you off!

David Duggan (41:14) was our long-distance tourist this week at Brauhaus Afrika to the north and west of Johannesburg.  His score edges up to 118 and the club total moves on to 704.

Steve Newell

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Letters to the Editor

The Middlesex Masters Cross Country Championships 2023 are being held on Sunday 26th March 2023 at Cassiobury Park, Watford. Eligibility is by birth, residence or previous participation. For details including how to register: Herts and Middx Vets Cross Country Championships, 26/03/2023

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