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BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th November 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 title.

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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


It is sad to report that the much-loved Anne Anderson passed away recently. Several colleagues will be attending her funeral tomorrow, Tuesday. There will be a short item in next week's digest for her.

Roderick Hoffman obo the whole club

Surrey League Cross Country Match 2 results #


Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ... ... V35 ... 00:32:29
4 4 704 Adam Moquet V35 BAW BAW 00:33:21
26 26 707 Paul Knechtl V50 BAW BAW 00:36:11
136 113 709 Ronald Clark ? BAW BAW 00:47:30
165 130 706 Steve Hillier V65 BAW BAW 01:08:52

Although we only had 4 of the 10 scoring runners, we still finished 13th of 14 teams - the 14th team having six runners but no one as fast as Adam (4th overall) nor Paul (4th V50).


Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ... ... U20 ... 00:22:31
137 137 1326 Julie Barclay V55 BAW BAW 00:32:18
188 188 1328 Amanda Coombs V55 BAW BAW 00:35:31
195 195 1331 Vera Simms V60 BAW BAW 00:36:03
216 216 1325 Monica Alonso V55 BAW BAW 00:37:53
225 225 1329 Jan Jones V55 BAW BAW 00:39:09
237 237 1333 Jo Wells V60 BAW BAW 00:41:15
256 256 ... ... ... ... 01:06:57

Ladies Cross Country TeamMatch 2, Oxshott Woods, hosted by Elmbridge Road Runners. A narrow start for the 256 runners meant that it took us a while to get into our strides, but once the field had thinned out we were treated to an excellent cross-country course, fairly dry with plenty of ups and downs, wooded trails and tree roots, almost entirely through the woods under the shade of trees (very welcome, considering the November heat!). It was great to welcome back Jo Wells after many years, and to enjoy Monica’s tea and bread pudding after the race. We placed 39th out of 51 teams. The next match is on 14th January, scheduled for 1pm; venue to be confirmed soon. New and former runners always welcome!

Amanda Coombs / Paul Knechtl

Green Belt Relay 13th / 14th May 2023 #

The 25th Green Belt Relay is planned for the weekend of 13/14 May next year, and we need to decide if we have enough runners for a team. So if anyone is interested in a weekend of running, marshalling, cheering, driving, eating, drinking, and prize-givings (even some takings!) please let me know ASAP.  The organisers are also interested in hearing from clubs if we have people interested in helping organise the race – course markers, marshals and timekeepers - they provide transport, accommodation and dinner paid for and they say that it’s even more fun than running! I say - only if we have enough runners - but seriously, it's all good fun.

> Chris Kelly

November Mile Results

November club mile resultsThree of us ran miles in November - but no results worth boasting about. Perhaps you can do better next month. Next report on Monday 12th December.

Recent Activity Achievements

16 club members and friends achievements are listed below. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Walking 2miles Thur 00:20:00 Wed 10 Nov: 1.5 mile fast walk in 9m 56s; Thurs 10 No: 2M fast walk in 20m: Sat 12 Nov: good pace walk around perimeter of the local park in 29m 18s.
Barry Walters Running 7km Bracknell Sun am 00:49:09 Ran a steady out and back run on tarmac from home. Conditions were very wet and I turned round after 25 minutes and completed the slightly harder second half quicker. Followed this with a one-hour gym workout and 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Running 4.37km BAMC Sat lunch 00:22:12 Second run after 4 week injury period. 5 minute warm-up jog, timed mile (see above), 2 minute walking recovery and a jog back to base.
Benita Scaife Running 5.6km Dinton Pastures Country Park Mon am 00:39:46 Our activity was running two laps of Black Swan lake at Dinton Pastures Country Park near Wokingham on Monday morning. 5.6 km, 39:46.
John Scaife Running 5.6km Dinton Pastures Country Park Mon am 00:39:46 As Benita. Too foggy for a photo.
Clara Halket Walking 5km Sun am 00:53:32 A short walk after a 12-hour night shift in ED in morning fog, 5km in under an hour {in Flip-flops}. Couple hours nap, now much refreshed
Emma Moreton Running 1000km 2022 Hitting 1,000 Km for 2022 despite injury at beginning of the year!
Jain Reid Running 21.71km Tatton Park Fri am 02:35:00 Trying a new route whilst in Manchester, taking in Tatton Park. Got lost a few times but strangely for Manchester, no rain so a lovely run.
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Eden Project Sat am 0:34:05 I was in Cornwall last week so chose the Eden Project parkrun to complete my half-Cowell. You start at the top by the carpark and then come down past the biospheres. There are 3 laps but not going back to the top. I liked the down running and could go quite fast so this helped me to a good time (for me!) even though I walked uphill You also get free entry to the park which is a bonus. Definitely one to add to your list if in the area ‍♀️
Julie Barclay Running 7km Ash Mon 00:44:00 2k to hill session - 10x300m - and 2k home
Paul Watt Running 7km Ash Mon 00:44:00 As Julie
Mike Dennison  Race 10km Leatherhead Fire Station 10k Sun am 00:44:51 First time at this fairly low key event. Just over 140 runners, on a circular route starting and finishing at the fire station. The only issue was that the first 4k were almost all uphill, though that did mean the rest was mostly downhill or level! It was quite warm running too, but I finished in 44:51 and 17th place overall, which I was pleased with! The picture shows the starter doing the run briefing.
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Prudhoe Riverside Sat am 00:29:08 Back to my August parkrun times, with a 29:08, despite still aching a lot from Wednesday night's hill sprints training session.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Battersea Park Half Marathon Sat 01:49:05 Flat, dry and mild so perfect running conditions. Was hoping to beat my recent best time of 1:46:06 (Sept. Ealing Half). Alas, I was unable to get up to speed (no pacers) and after 8.75 laps of the park I finished in 1:49:05, placed 329th of 670 finishers, but 1st men's V65!
Roderick Hoffman  Race 10km Nepal 10k (Northala Fields) Sun 01:02:23 Pleased to record a race time six minutes faster than I had ran the WARR 10k race in Waikiki…though it demonstrates how poorly I run in hot and hilly conditions. See also below.
Stephen Taylor parkrun 5km Osterley Sat am 00:26:05 Parkrun at Osterley and meet up with Alan Anderson. Plus a bit of a jog to and from. 26:05 so a few seconds quicker than last week.

Week achievement photos Chip Timing Issues

I've only run two Chip Timed races in the UK this year - The Harrow Hill Race in February and the Nepal Run last weekend. In both the chip-timing failed to record my time! I don't believe in coincidences - it must be something about the way I glide the final stretch. Or perhaps my Garmin's bluetooth communications with my smartphone interferes with the timing chip.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 12th November 2022

33 activities are recorded this week - the highest number since February 2020. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Denis FOXLEY Aldenham 314 36 0:30:51 59.48% First run at Aldenham (see below)
Joan FOXLEY Aldenham 314 63 0:40:18 58.11% First run at Aldenham
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 617 32 0:25:38 66.06%
Barry WALTERS Broadwater 59 111 0:30:12 56.57% 2nd run at Broadwater, P-index remains 6
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 902 80 0:20:45 71.65% 350th parkrun, 241st at Bushy
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 902 672 0:29:11 54.94% 479th parkrun, 378th at Bushy
John COFFEY Bushy Park 902 1016 0:38:28 54.64% 420th parkrun, 247th at Bushy
Diana Smith Bushy Park 902 1108 0:48:59 47.81% 23rd parkrun, all at Bushy
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 170 27 0:23:34 67.47%
David Cowell Colwick 513 5 0:19:21 72.70% PB by 18seconds.
Alice BANKS Cranbrook Country Park 59 40 0:26:03 80.23% run #209, park #60, New BA event #689
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 479 23 0:23:53 59.80%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 479 58 0:26:59 55.10%
Janet SMITH Eden Project 160 166 0:34:05 54.57% first run at Eden Project, park #50
David DUGGAN Hanworth 110 40 0:33:33 48.63%
Mike DENNISON Hazelwood 163 7 0:21:34 77.05% 8th run at Hazelwood, P-Index up to 8
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 163 107 0:57:41 34.82% tailwalker (v)
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 183 28 0:23:18 64.31% 2second PB (on 44th run at Houghton). 99th parkrun.
Adrian HAINES Ifield Mill Pond 90 1 0:19:11 80.10% 1st finisher
Melanie Miller Markshall Estate 51 198 0:39:27 45.29% Coggeshall, Colchester.  park #88
Harjit Jhooti Markshall Estate 51 199 0:39:28 45.27% park #61
Murray Hogge Mile End 489 36 0:20:33 79.40% run #328, 8th at Mile End
Frankie HOGGE Mile End 489 69 0:22:28 65.88% run #86, 12th at Mile End
Paul WATT Orpington 459 18 0:22:43 68.82% BA fastest male
Julie BARCLAY Orpington 459 65 0:26:58 69.96% BA fastest female and best age grade
Maria JOVANI Osterley 397 46 0:23:38 67.84%
Stephen K TAYLOR Osterley 397 93 0:26:05 60.96% In the middle of a long run from and back to Ealing.
Benita SCAIFE Osterley 397 168 0:30:53 68.70%
John SCAIFE Osterley 397 169 0:30:54 55.83%
Kathryn Keenleyside Osterley 397 268 0:48:33 43.05% [Non-member]
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 397 272 0:50:01 52.28% run #631, 92nd at Osterley
Roderick HOFFMAN Osterley 397 274 0:50:08 30.96% Slowest ever parkrun - in "parkwalker" bib.
Trish MCCABE Oxford 489 109 0:26:43 59.45% First run at Oxford, park #111
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 236 69 0:29:08 57.55%
Ben Kelly Reading 575 93 0:26:14 49.17%
Christopher T KELLY University Parks 38 95 0:23:44 65.87% PB by 3 minutes
Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 460 344 0:49:29 42.47% best time at Wycombe Rye this year (8th run)

parkrun Review Saturday 12th November 2022

Alice Banks (26:03, 80.23%) is in the limelight this week with an 80+% age grade, her 60th different parkrun and notching the 689th for the club at Cranbrook Country Park in Devon (w3w///snuggle.spinners.shack) which has been up and running for just over a year.  Exeter Airport is within earshot and the A30 from Hounslow is even closer.  A rail station boasting of trains on the line from Waterloo is a one minute walk from the start – what have we all been waiting for?

Adrian Haines (19:11, 80.10%) sped round the Ifield Mill Pond course to be first finisher there for the third time. There were also eye-catching runs from David Cowell (19:21, pb) at Colwick (Nottingham), Ian Haylock (20:45) completing his 350th parkrun at Bushy, Keith Johnson (23:18, pb) on his 99th parkrun at Houghton Hall (Herts) [will he earn his black "100" shirt next Saturday?], Murray Hogge (22:33, 79.4%) on his 8th run at Mile End and Chris Kelly (23:45) who improved on his previous best time at University Parks by three minutes.

Mike Dennison (21:34) ran at Hazelwood for the 8th time which took his P-Index to 8; meaning he has run at least 8 times at eight different parkruns – the others being Bushy (293), Crane Park (37), Bedfont Lakes (18), Hanworth (13), Osterley (11), Kingston (10) and Old Deer Park (8).  The going is getting a bit soft at Hazelwood and a shorter firmer lap run more times could be introduced soon.  The excellent club house and vast free car park will remain attractive.

Paul Watt (22:43) and Julie Barclay (26:58), who harbour “Londone” aspirations but who also have a long way to go, made a trip to the far east and set club records at Orpington.

Runner and thrower Janet Smith (34:05) reached her half-ton of parks at Eden Project.

Steve Newell

Alan at Osterley parkrunMatters Arising - Osterley

Obviously the reason that several of us turned up at Osterley was due to the news of Anne Anderson. This was Alan's 92nd run at Osterley (to be added to his 308 at Gunnersbury, 211 at Bushy and 20 at other events) and at 66 of those he had pushed Anne around the course in her wheelchair (and seven times elsewhere). It was an emotional occasion since lots of people at Osterley knew Alan and Anne, and expressed their feelings. Arlene Gallagher was also there and engineered to start late so that she would overtake Alan on the run. Since she was pushing a double buggy she could have asked Alan to take over! I curbed my competitive spirit by taking on the "parkwalker" bib and walking the whole way and finishing just behind Alan who had rallied for a final run (pictured).

Numbers at parkrun

parkrun had its eight millionth registration last week, and amongst the newly registered parkrunners was Joe Wicks, who was one of 708 finishers at Camperdown (doubling their previous record). Joe Wicks had been an "Unknown" finisher at Maidenhead the previous week.

Roderick Hoffman

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Why did Denis and Joan venture to Aldenham? Joan explains...

"Needed to get Den to 199 somewhere other than Harrow so we can do his 200th and my Harrow 200th at the end of the month.
Advertised as trail, but with a hefty chunk of concrete/tarmac at the start of each lap. And some of the trail paths were a tad to close to the busy road for my taste."

Joan Foxley

Old Deer Park on 3rd December

Melanie Miller reports that she'll be celebrating her 10th parkrun anniversary at Old Deer Park on Dec 3rd. For those knowing the jargon Old Deer Park happens to be Melanie's "Nendy" and will be having event "Nelson" number 555, so the more the merrier!

Club Featured parkrun Next Saturday - Gladstone #

The next club featured parkrun on 19th November is at Gladstone Park in Dollis Hill, north west London. This is a two lap course on good paths and there is a significant climb on each lap, rewarded with views over Wembley Stadium and, on days when there is good visibility, the City of London in the distance.

The start/finish area is in the south east corner of the park on Kendal Road NW10 1JH, where there is free parking on Saturdays. There is also a Gladstone Park car park on Dollis Hill Lane in the opposite i.e. north west corner of the park which is also free but which would entail a 15 minute walk/jog to get to the start. Nearest tube station is Dollis Hill on the Jubilee line which is about 500 metres from the start area.

Post-event coffee is available at the Stables Cafe on the north east side of the park which is 10 minutes walk from the parkrun finish. Google Maps still shows the Pavilion Cafe adjacent to the start but this is defunct, and the toilets in the pavilion are not usually accessible on Saturday mornings. There is a public toilet next to the Stables Cafe.

John Scaife

London Bridge Street-O

This was the second in this year's "SLOW" Street-O series after last month's opener at Kew. The start pub was just south of London Bridge station. Fortunately one was able to undertake the run without having to find one's way through the station itself - though there were several areas of the map where local building works did add a complication to the navigation required. For those who don't know you are given the map at the start of a one-hour timed period. Your objective is to visit as many of the numbered controls on the map as you can, in any order, and prove that you have been there by writing down the answer to a clue - for instance clue 11 was "How many Green Metal Bike Stores?". For the last couple of years the series has been simpler, using a smartphone APP to determine from GPS that you had visited each location, but this year they have reverted to the "write down your answer" method.

London Bridge Street-O mapI'm not a fast runner, I can only cover 7km to 9km in the hour, but I score well because I can plan a good route. On the map the course I ran is shown in blue, starting and finishing at the triangle marking the pub and going anti-clockwise. You can see that I quickly made my way to the NW corner in which there was a high scoring "40" control and a "50" control. I then found my way back to the pub via a different route. That makes it sound easy - navigation on the ground (in the dark and watching out for traffic) is much harder - and for instance the roads just to the left of control 26 is the notorious Elephant and Castle roundabout. I got back to the pub with 3 minutes to spare, but I didn't risk trying for the extra control 20 because I feared getting lost trying to cross the station concourse. In retrospect I should have anticipated that I was ahead of time and taken in controls 43 and 24 instead of 13 and 14. That would have given me forty extra points. As it was I finished with 420 points and no time penalties and in 34th place of 96 runners. I was the highest M60...though there was an M70 with 530 points.

The next event in the series is on Tuesday 6th December in Ealing from the Wheatsheaf Pub in Haven Lane near Ealing Broadway. Let me know if you are interested in giving this a go and I'll tell you how to enter (all are welcome, the cost is £ whatever you spend in the pub afterwards).

Roderick Hoffman

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