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BA Athletics Club News Digest 13th May 2024

Events Calendar - online here

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] [parkrun run by club members updated April 2024]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

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.

Your Athletic Achievement of the Week (or use the prompt in the BAAC Facebook group):

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Green Belt Relay...shout out for an additional runner!

Next weekend is the Green Belt Relay. Fifty plus teams of eleven runners and support staff will be running 11 stages on each of Saturday and Sunday to complete a 220 mile circumnavigation of London.

Over the weekend the BA team has gone from being a healthy eleven with a reserve on standby to being one short of a full set. Two of our team have dropped out so we are now at risk of being unable to complete the team finish (and thus any individual performances may count for nothing). So anyone who is able to help out please let us know ASAP - contact > Chris and tell him what you are able to do. Ideally we'd find someone able to run eight to ten miles on each of the days of the weekend and able to stay over the far side of London on the Saturday night. But even if you can only offer to run on one of the days this might help us (a team member could do a double run on the other day so that our team of eleven has still run all twenty-two stages).

If you are unable to help, but willing to cheer us on and experience the event as a spectator then the following locations and times may be of interest:

Stage Location Postcode Arrive Start Notes
Start 1 Hampton Court KT8 9AS 08:00:00 08:30:00 See Vicky on her way
2 Staines TW18 4BU / 3AS 09:12:00 09:42:00 Duncan's start
3 Boveney Church SL4 6QQ 10:07:00 10:37:00 Team captain Chris off
4 Little Marlow SL7 3RJ 11:10:00 11:40:00
M Hughenden HP14 4PE 12:25:00 13:30:00 Marshalling - can you help?
5 Great Kingshill HP15 6DR 12:23:00 12:53:00
6 Chipperfield WD4 9BS 13:38:00 14:08:00 See Roderick go, then lunch at the Two Brewers
7 St.Albans AL1 1HR 14:26:00 14:56:00
8 Letty Green SG14 2NL 15:33:00 16:03:00
9 Dobbs Weir EN11 0AY 16:32:00 17:02:00
M Stewardstone Road E4 7DF 17:25:00 18:15:00 Marshalling - can you help?
10 High Beach IG10 4AE 17:32:00 18:02:00
11 Toot Hill CM5 9SE 18:18:00 18:48:00
End 11 CM4 0RN 19:38:00 Finish only from 19:38
12 Blackmore CM4 0RN 07:30:00 08:00:00
13 Thorndon Park CM13 3RZ 08:34:00 09:04:00
14 Cranham RM14 3LT 09:11:00 09:41:00
End 14 RM16 5UL 10:32:00 Finish only from 10:30
15 Stone Lodge Bowls DA2 6PD 10:10:00 10:40:00
16 Lullingstone Park DA4 0JF 11:04:00 11:34:00
M Dunton Green TN14 6HD 11:50:00 12:30:00 Marshalling - can you help?
17 Tatsfield TN16 2AH 12:24:00 12:54:00
18 Merstham RH1 3BA 13:23:00 13:53:00
19 Burford Bridge RH5 6BX 14:19:00 14:49:00 Admire PK finishing down Box Hill
20 West Hanger GU5 9TE 15:13:00 15:43:00
21 Ripley GU23 6BG 15:47:00 16:17:00
22 Walton Bridge TW17 8LY 16:40:00 17:10:00 First and last - its Vicky again
Finish Bushy Sports Centre TW11 0EL 17:49:00 Finish from 17:49 then celebrate the event

At most of the stage start locations 50+ runners will be set off at the start time indicated. Then the previous stage runners will start finishing, usually a short distance away across a major road (so that those roads don't have to be crossed by those running). Most locations are near pubs or cafes. If you are not in the team, try to park some distance away and walk to the start/finish locations to save the convenient parking spots for team members and officials. More location details: Details.htm

> Chris

Track and Field – season underway - First League matches

By the time you read these notes, our team members will be on their way home from our first league match of the season.  The Vets league match was held at Battersea Park this evening.  Full results will feature in next week’s Digest.

Our next match will take place next week:  Wednesday 22nd May, at Kingston track.  This will be the first Rosenheim meeting of the season.  Please let me know if you are able to take part…everyone is welcome.  Here are the details:

  • 6.45   2000m Steeplechase Men / High Jump / Javelin
  • 6.55   800m
  • 7.05   100m
  • 7.20   1500m Steeplechase Women
  • 7.30   400m
  • 7.45   1500m / Shot / Long Jump
  • 8:05   200m
  • 8.20   3000m
  • 8.30   4*200metres

Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre (KT1 3PB) is a mile from Kingston.  Norbiton station is a fifteen minute walk from the track. We return to Vets League action at Hillingdon on Monday 3rd June.

Steve Hillier

Maidenhead NOW

NOW Maidenhead photos Nine of us met last week, as shown in this composite photograph. We gathered in the Scaife's street before setting off for a six km run (led by John) or a 4km walk (led by Benita). We ran through woods and scenic farmland, and yes, we could see Windsor Castle. Afterwards Benita and John treated us to homemade quiche from their oven.

The next NOW event is scheduled for Tuesday 18th June and will be based in Northala Fields and use the cafe there. The course to be followed will incorporate the canal and at least one climb to see the view of London!

Following that there may be an event on Horsell Common in August or September.  In the meantime proposals are welcome for July or August.

Recent Activity Achievements

19 entries this week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Various Tues Cliveden Estate Fast Walk in 36m 34s / Wed, Thur & Sat Cycle Ockwells/Cox Green in 17m 39s,  18m 39s & 21m 1s.
Barry Walters Running 8km Heathfield nr Uckfield (East Sussex) Tue 00:45:00 Ran along the Cuckoo Trail (an old railway line) with Duncan and was going really well until the turnround point. I then realised I had been running slightly downhill for 4k and now had to run back uphill! In the evening did a body conditioning class followed by an RPM workout at my local leisure centre.  
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km Oldham Sat am We were in Greater Manchester and did Oldham parkrun. Alexandra Park on a sunny spring morning with the Rhododendrons in full flower was quite lovely…
John Scaife parkrun 5km Oldham Sat am ...Three hilly laps on good paths. Free parking. Toilets near the start. Nice cafe by the lake.
David Cowell parkrun 5km Southall Sat am 00:34:53 11th anniversary parkrun for me at Southall along with 700th volunteering with the Event Day Course Check. Time was 34:53
Emma Moreton  Race 10k Staines 10k Sun am 00:46:50 Staines 10k 46:50… very hot! 9th female
Harjit Jhooti  Race 10k Staines 10k Sun am 01:08:23
Scott Davison  Race 10k Staines 10k Sun am 01:00:05
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Henley-on-Thames Lst Wk From last week - photo shows Janet in her May the Force be with you costume.
Julie Barclay parkrun x2 Sweden Thur & Sat See below
Paul Watt parkrun x2 Sweden Thur & Sat See below
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am Two gym sessions, plus a most enjoyable tailwalking at March Parkrun. My hamstring has begun to noticeably improve, after 8 months!!!
Piers Keenleyside  Race 10km Ealing Eagles 10k Trail Race Sat am 00:55:02 Held in Brent River Park in Hanwell. The start was at 10:30 and I'd done Southall parkrun earlier so my legs were not that fresh. My target time was 55 minutes and I finished in 55:02.
Roderick Hoffman Running 13.33km Mole Valley Wed & Thur 01:45:20 Practice of my Sunday GBR stage - Burford Bridge. Photo includes looking down at Denbies Vineyard (aka Mole Valley parkrun). Bad news for me - Next week's "cutoff" time is 92minutes! Must run faster.
Sean Moore  Race Half-M Bracknell Half Sun 01:39:00 Quite please considering it was quite warm and I have a cracked rib, due to an e-bike collision on Friday afternoon that required a hospital visit!
Simon Turton Orienteering 8km Basingstoke Mon 00:45:35 You’ll recall that before the current good weather, it was rather a wet bank holiday, so not much else to do other than go for a Street-O round Basingstoke. Fairly easy navigation but made one error when I was the wrong side of a fence, necessitating a 200m detour .
Steve Hillier Cycling 25km Rayners Lane to Northolt Midweek 01:47:00 Rayners Lane to Uxbridge, then along the Grand Union Canal to West Drayton, Bull's Bridge and Northolt.  Surprisingly crowded for a weekday, and quite warm.  This was followed by a 4km walk, as a slow puncture took its toll on my back tyre.
Tim Bellars Running 7.7miles North Downs 01:15:00 7.7 miles cross-country at the base of the North Downs (usual training area). Hot and not particularly fast 1:15. Edinburgh marathon in two weeks!
Trish McCabe parkrun x2 Oslo, Norway Thur & Sat Norway double parkrun for me.

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

Paul and Julie at Swedish parkrunsSwedish Double "V"

You may have seen last year's special parkrun event at Växjö that attracted 727 runners - a Swedish and Nordic record that they are very proud of - and the jury was out as to how many would be there this year. We decided to go to Vaxjo and Vallaskogen in Linköping for two parkruns in three days. Vaxjo was much quieter this year with 61 running the event and it seemed that the team were slightly disappointed with the low attendance but then parkrun HQ will be far happier. The first parkrun is a single lap around a lake whilst Vallaskogen is through lovely green forest and most of it on our own as the field of 36 soon spread out. Two completely different courses but both equally lovely.

Paul & Julie

parkrun Results for Saturday 11th May 2024

40 Saturday activities recorded below plus 3 from last Thursday. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Trish MCCABE Ekebergsletta [Norway] 80 95 0:27:29 58.94% Thursday 9th May Norway special. 6th different country.
Paul WATT Växjösjön [Sweden] 170 6 0:20:29 77.62% Thursday 9th May Sweden special. M6. New BA parkrun #806.
Julie BARCLAY Växjösjön [Sweden] 170 16 0:23:07 82.77% Thursday 9th May Sweden special F2.
Janice JONES Banstead Woods 816 107 0:30:40 59.84% First parkrun since July
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 691 93 0:33:38 63.08%
David John BIRD Bedfont Lakes 691 104 0:37:08 42.82%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 691 Timekeeper at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 712 249 0:29:27 59.20%
Alastair HESLOP Broadwater Number Checker at Broadwater (286 finishers was just three short of their record attendance)
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 191 391 0:37:59 50.77%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 984 87 0:20:17 74.53%
Ben CHAYTOW Bushy Park 984 158 0:21:28 67.08%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 984 333 0:24:00 67.43%
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 242 45 0:23:28 68.32%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 558 33 0:25:48 58.07%
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 238 379 1:03:15 24.93%
Melanie Miller Etna [Italy] 199 28 0:48:56 36.99% Hot off the press - new BA parkrun #808. Started over 5 minutes behind the leaders.
Mike DENNISON Hanworth 182 6 0:20:49 81.35% M6
Maria JOVANI Hanworth 182 10 0:22:18 73.39% F1
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 399 Run Director at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 399 Finish Token Support at Harrow
Roderick HOFFMAN Henlow Bridge Lakes 131 87 0:30:24 54.17% 488th parkrun (see below)
Duncan Wright Horsham 440 16 0:20:15 81.32% [non-member] 15th parkrun, Including Uckfield run last week.
Barry WALTERS Horsham 440 258 0:28:40 60.17% Fastest parkrun for a year.
Diana Smith Lowestoft 375 366 0:47:58 49.65% Go east, or west. 3rd BA runner to visit the most easterly parkrun in the UK, with "west" in its name.
Petra OTTO March 344 127 0:56:46 39.87%
Benita SCAIFE Oldham 635 165 0:35:49 61.14% First BA lady at Oldham and age grade record (from Neil)
John SCAIFE Oldham 635 166 0:35:50 49.21%
Elise LAWRENSON Orpington 537 63 0:25:54 63.19% Fastest BA lady (from Julie)
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 476 412 0:44:41 60.98% three seconds faster than last week
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 310 124 0:36:44 46.51%
Ben Kelly Reading 627 36 0:23:35 54.84%
Jain REID Richmond Park 809 264 0:28:17 65.76%
Stephen Waite Riddlesdown 625 120 0:35:37 52.32% 50th parkrun, the first was in April 2017.
Eddie GILES Salisbury 389 182 0:28:37 66.22% two weeks in a row for the second month running
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Southall 118 57 0:27:20 62.50% first ever run at Southall parkrun
David DUGGAN Southall 118 105 0:34:53 47.63% seventh run at Southall this year
Fiona Bishop Tooting Common 355 247 0:26:46 75.72% 99th different event
Trish MCCABE Tøyen [Norway] 226 106 0:27:23 59.16% 140th different event. New BA ladies record (from Janet) and Age Grade (from Roderick).
Paul WATT Vallaskogen [Sweden] 176 4 0:21:01 75.65% M4. New BA parkrun #807. 197th different event across 12 countries.
Julie BARCLAY Vallaskogen [Sweden] 176 8 0:23:36 81.07% F2. Now with an abundance of "v"s. 199th different event across 12 countries.
Jacqueline Haines Woking 416 156 0:28:20 63.06%
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 138 Timekeeper at Wollaton Hall

parkrun Review Saturday 11th May 2024

Roderick's parkrunsSteve was still at sea over the weekend (now back on solid land) so only a few notes here...

Three club members made it to Scandinavia last Thursday for their special day parkrun this year, and stayed for the weekend. Melanie also made it to Sicily to run at Etna parkrun - though admits to having misjudged the journey to the parkrun and had to start five minutes late.

Well done to Steve Waite for completing his 50th parkrun and now qualifying to purchase a "50" parkrun shirt. In my club parkrun database Steve Waite is now the 86th individual to be shown as having completed 50 parkruns. But this isn't a very meaningful number since I only collect data for club members and for most but not all I've also loaded their pre-membership results.  But some have been missed and those who fail to renew don't have their additional parkruns included. I can say with more confidence that 68 individuals have run at least 50 parkruns whilst a club member (including some who have now left the club). Leading the way of course is Alan Anderson, now on 711 parkruns. Chris Kelly is next with 610 then Ian Cunningham with 549 (to which he can add four done prior to membership). Steve Newell is on 508 and I'm on 488. Members including David Duggan, Bob Bannister and Mike Dennison are above 500 total but not as club members. I'll probably be the next club member to reach 500 (total or as a club member). Because I'm volunteering at Stockley Country two weeks a month my 500 is still about six months off - and is likely to coincide with the WARR period in October, indeed I may engineer for it to be on the WARR Saturday. At the moment we are planned to run Western Springs parkrun is Auckland that day, 5th October, but we may switch to a new parkrun that started on Saturday - Ōrākei Bay parkrun (so potentially a new starting letter in the alphabet). We'll need to see how that parkrun settles down - there were 615 runners at the inaugural, a new New Zealand record.

I've now done 375 different parkruns and as the Voronoi map shows - whilst I don't need to travel all of the way to New Zealand to find a parkrun I haven't does help!

Finally another (potentially) interesting graph. This shows the parkrun results of all members for each year shown as cumulative totals. So in the early years we had only a few fast runners doing parkrun but you can see the gradual shift as more slower runners joined in (and the previously fast runners got slower!). The +30minute parkrun was still uncommon until 2015 (despite parkrun marketeering suggesting that people have been walking at parkrun for twenty years). Even this year 80% of our performances have been faster than 39 minutes (and a bigger proportion if we discounted our roles as tail-walkers). Personally I'm delighted that some people, including club members, are able to get around the parkrun courses in slower times and as part of the volunteer teams I'm happy to support them doing so. But the heritage of the event was as a time-trial and I expect it to always remain primarily a run.

Club members times cumulative per year


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Roderick Hoffman

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