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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th May 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

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.

Monthly Mile (running late this month - please submit by end of Sunday 21st May):

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

Green Belt Relay BA team members at the finishGreen Belt Relay 2023 - British Airways Relay Team - 23rd place of 51.

After losing three of our strongest competitors in a tumultuous last ten days, we found three excellent replacements, and all team members, including the now three debutantes, gave their all to ensure a top half finish for a team with a distinctly "above average" age of 57.

The BA Stage Results here, and fuller details next week.

Chris Kelly (Team Captain)

Every second counted - as a team we ran for 105,761 seconds and had we taken one second more we would have been one place lower in 24th!

NB: The "Difficulty" shown in the table below is very subjective. Whilst Steve Taylor will fully agree that Stage 16 deserves its "10" status, Stage 20, in theory a "1", is actually a six mile continuous downhill sprint, its toughness is shown by Mark in the picture below.

Stage Start Miles Difficulty Runner RunCat Time Position CatPos Pace
1 Hampton Court Palace 12.7 6 Knechtl, Paul V50 Men 01:19:31 9 1 06:16
2 Staines 9.42 3 Taylor, Mark V50 Men 01:11:02 22 3 07:32
3 Boveney Church 11.2 5 Caballero, Alex Senior Men 01:24:28 21 8 07:32
4 Little Marlow 11.5 10 Hogge, Murray V50 Men 01:40:39 27 5 08:45
5 Great Kingshill 13.5 10 Kelly, Chris V50 Men 02:00:38 37 5 08:56
6 Chipperfield 8.5 3 Hoffman, Roderick V50 Men 01:30:32 51 11 10:39
7 St.Albans 11.6 7 Johnson, Keith V50 Men 01:27:31 20 4 07:33
8 Letty Green 10.7 4 Dixon, Dave V50 Men 01:09:32 7 3 06:30
9 Dobbs Weir 10.2 7 Taylor, Steve V50 Men 01:36:58 42 8 09:30
10 High Beach 9 6 Dennison, Mike V50 Men 01:15:19 23 4 08:22
11 Toot Hill 7.5 3 Bird, Dave V50 Men 00:55:46 9 2 07:26
12 Blackmore 10.75 6 Dixon, Dave V50 Men 01:13:26 7 2 06:50
13 Thorndon Park 6.6 2 Hoffman, Roderick V50 Men 01:09:17 47 11 10:30
14 Cranham 8.5 4 Johnson, Keith V50 Men 01:09:14 16 3 08:09
15 Stone Lodge Indoor Bowls 9.4 6 Bird, Dave V50 Men 01:14:50 18 3 07:58
16 Lullingstone Park 13.1 10 Taylor, Steve V50 Men 02:21:32 50 6 10:48
17 Tatsfield 10.5 7 Dennison, Mike V50 Men 01:30:22 37 5 08:36
18 Merstham 9.6 9 Kelly, Chris V50 Men 01:41:12 43 6 10:33
19 Burford Bridge 8.4 7 Knechtl, Paul V50 Men 00:58:05 4 1 06:55
20 West Hanger 6 1 Taylor, Mark V50 Men 00:41:43 13 3 06:57
21 Ripley 8.4 2 Caballero, Alex Senior Men 01:01:52 15 8 07:22
22 Walton Bridge 6.42 1 Hogge, Murray V50 Men 00:49:12 11 2 07:40

Mark, at the end of the GBR leg.

2023 Concorde One Hour on 4th June and Speedbird Ladies on Wednesday 21st June

With just weeks to go we've so far received 14 registrations for the Concorde event and 13 for Speedbird Ladies. Please do what you can do to promote these club events. 

We will need volunteers on the day, particularly for the Concorde event.

>> Roderick Hoffman

Ride London, Sunday 28th May

We are now less than two weeks away from this event.  BAAC have managed the final crossing on this cycle race ever since its inception, following on from the 2012 London Olympics.  This year we will cover the same location as in 2022, close to the Tower of London.  We have a number of volunteers, but we still need more to make the crossing viable.  Are you available on the 28th to help?

This activity is co-ordinated by London Marathon Events, who will provide kit, food and transport from Bedfont if required.  It also supports our provision of London Marathon Events places.

If you can assist, please contact me ASAP.  

Thank you!

>> Steve Hillier

Standard Chartered Great City Race - 18th July - Marshals needed

The STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (5km) ( returns on TUESDAY 18th JULY. I need 21 volunteers to man a box crossing at Finsbury Square and course marshal in sector 2 (all within a stones throw of the start / finish). Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30 and we’ll meet at the HAC from 17:00 for kit pick up (T-shirt & jacket for everyone). Hopefully they’ll be a drinks voucher each to use for post race refreshments in the HAC grounds.

Thanks in advance for your continued support.


>> Simon Turton

2023 Track and Field – Week One

As you read this, our team will be heading home from Battersea after the first Veterans' match of the season.

There is still time to sign up for our first Roseheim fixture, to be held at Kingston, on Wednesday evening (17th May).  If you are tempted to tackle a sprint, middle distance run, or field event, please could you let me know ASAP?  Everyone, or whatever standard or level of experience, is welcome.

Full results next week!

>> Steve Hillier

NOW Run Eton 10th May

NOW group at EtonWe had a good run and walk around Eton last Wednesday. The run was about five and a half kilometers in length and the paths were mainly dry underfoot. As we settled into the pub it started to tip down with rain so we were all pleased that we'd paid for an extra hour's car parking.


At the Eton NOW Julie expressed interest in a run at Runnymede, and as we have done this before the route planning is straightforward.

The NOW events are traditionally on Wednesdays but Benita and I now have a regular commitment for a series of early Wednesday afternoons so I am proposing Thursday 29th June. This does not clash with anything in the BARunner diary and so I have added it on that date, but at present we could also do either of the next two Thursdays (6 or 13 Jul) if 29th doesn’t suit.

"Plotaroute" says the route is 6km but as you know there is a significant climb (optional) up Cooper’s Hill for those who want to visit the Air Forces Memorial, and I would also plan to stop briefly at the Writ in Water memorial, the Magna Carta memorial and/or JFK, and Jurys (the 12 metal seats) so we would probably take at least an hour before finishing at the NT tea room.

John Scaife

Recent Activity Achievements

22 members communicated their achievements to me or found on Facebook (plus two missed from last week). Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Julie Barclay Running 6.5km Oslo Wed 00:37:00 (Submitted last week but missed) Early morning run through sun-soaked Oslo...
Paul Watt Running 6.5km Oslo Wed 00:37:00 …We passed the Cathedral, Castle, Palace and Opera House.
Andy Rayner mixed Run/Walk XC Fri 01:09:14 Tues 9 May, muddy XC in 1:10:20. Wed 10 May, 0:18:5 fast cycle. Fri 12 May, muddy XC in 1:09:14.
Barry Walters Running 7km Salisbury Wed 00:46:58 Ran a steady effort with Duncan and Richard around a 3.5k circuit on grass and tarmac passing the front of Salisbury Cathedral twice as I went on to complete 2 circuits. Conditions were dry and warm.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Virginia Water Thur 00:48:59 We did a lap of Virginia Water lake retracing the route of the recent NOW run there. As we were leaving we met Joe Nolan who had just arrived to do the same…
John Scaife Running 4miles Virginia Water Thur 00:48:59 ...Plenty of Rhododendrons already out, and they should be at their peak in the next 1-2 weeks.
Clara Halket mixed Run/Walk 4.63km The Heath Fri 00:51:07 Another short daily workout on the heath before the mundane but satisfying task tidying up the gardens for another productive summer/autumn.
David Cowell  Race Half-M Gothenburg Sat pm 01:25:27 Didn’t expect such hot weather - almost had to drop out due to heat exhaustion! A great course - hilly and twisty so not one for a pb but a fantastic atmosphere all the way round. Thoroughly recommended. Several flights a day from Heathrow.
David Duggan Volunteering Salt Hill junior parkrun Sun am An arbitrary parkrun achievement - my 100th different volunteering venue. 24 have been junior parkruns, doing a run report at 50 and a variety of roles at the other 26.
Emma Moreton  Race 10km Staines 10k Sun am 00:44:06 All-time 10k PB 44:06, 3rd place (senior women) prize, women’s team prize (SRG)! (And some flying feet). Fifth female overall.
Jain Reid Running 35miles Richmond Park Sat 04:00:22 Another training run. This time with a few hills in Richmond Park and a car full of goodies between each of the three laps.
James Edwards Running 15.9km Brecon Tue 02:06:00 16km trail around Brecon waterfalls again….3km of which was in the dark pushing further in the mines we found last time.
Janet Smith  Race 5x1km Windlesham Pairs Relays Thur My muddiest and hardest race ever   5 x 1km laps, alternately with your partner. My partner was fast so I didn't get much rest. He got loads as I was slow!!
Joe Nolan  Race 5miles Marlow 5Miles Sun 00:48:17 Back on the road after a few months' health & fitness issues. Also Thursday 11 May - training trot around Virginia Water lake, 7k/48mins, taking a stop at the punch bowl rhododendrons, marvellous to see John & Benita who had just finished their lap.
Julie Barclay  Race 10km Great Bristol 10k Sun 00:49:49 Set a target of 50:00 and pleased to have achieved it. First 10k since last year due to calf injury and on my way back.
Paul Watt  Race 10km Great Bristol 10k Sun 00:42:33 Bristol 10k - quite pleased to have got round after a tough parkrun yesterday. Plantar Fasciitis held off until 8k and then not badly enough to make me stop.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 00:44:50 3x gym with very heavy weights, plus a new parkwalk PB today in March for this year at 44:50 mins. Finally getting back on track again.
Piers Keenleyside Running 5.5km NOW run, Eton Wed 00:38:06 My recurring groin strain meant I missed the Vets A.C. 5 miles on Tuesday evening and a Run Through half marathon on Saturday morning. That leaves the NOW as my best exercise achievement.
Roderick Hoffman Volunteering Stockley Country Sat am Pre-GBR involvement was timekeeper at Stockley Country and timed Paul Sinton-Hewett across the finish line.
Steve Hillier Cycling 18.3km Ruislip, Ickenham and Northolt. Sun 01:20:00 I looped around Ruislip and Ickenham, returning via the A40 and Northolt.  A break for plane spotting yielded the arrival of an executive jet.  The passengers were unfamiliar, but the luggage was very smart.
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 5000m Virgin Active Balcony 00:23:58 Quicker than last week by 13s.
Tim Bellars  Race Marathon "Rib Burrow" Leeds Marathon Sun 04:14:25 Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon. 4:14:25. Tough, brutal climb at mile 17 for 3 miles. Up and down all the way. Great support. Narrowly beat Rob Burrow!
Trish McCabe parkrun 5km Thames Path, Woolwich Sat am 00:26:09 Thames Path, Woolwich Parkrun and taking on their ‘Curly Wurly’ (climb of the mount). Lon-done title reclaimed.
Vera Simms  Race 10km Great Bristol 10k Sun 01:01:00  

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 13th May

33 activities are recorded below (and one from the previous week). Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 641 18 0:22:30 68.89% Volunteer credit at Bedfont Lakes
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 641 42 0:25:11 67.24%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 641 54 0:27:39 53.77%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 641 82 0:32:21 64.61%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 659 263 0:30:53 55.86%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 930 71 0:20:21 73.63% run #365, parkrunner since 12th November 2005, 5th finish in 20:21
Mike DENNISON Bushy Park 930 145 0:21:47 76.97% run #503, parkrunner since 19th March 2011, also 21:47 in 2012
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 930 216 0:22:43 71.31% run #401, parkrunner since 9th March 2013
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 930 524 0:26:24 60.73% run #505, parkrunner since 16th May 2009
Diana Smith Bushy Park 930 1254 0:52:38 44.49% [see note below]
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 505 20 0:23:11 61.61%
Paul WATT Eastville 207 32 0:21:03 74.90% park #137, (David C retains fastest BA male and Fiona the best BA grade)
Julie BARCLAY Eastville 207 128 0:24:53 75.82% Fastest BA Lady. Park #141
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 474 Volunteer credit at Guildford
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 347 218 0:37:41 63.20%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 347 Run Director at Harrow
Alan ANDERSON Henley-on-Thames 227 51 0:53:55 48.50% run #657, first run at Henley, parkrunner since 7th July 2007
Steve NEWELL Henley-on-Thames 227 52 0:53:58 38.05% 64th parkrun venue visited at least twice
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 148 103 0:32:37 64.08% 52nd run at Higginson, Marlow
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 355 207 0:33:24 64.52%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 355 208 0:33:25 52.17%
Petra OTTO March 299 92 0:44:50 49.67% run #149, best for a year
Harjit Jhooti Mersea Island 258 74 0:33:45 52.94% 197th parkrun. Park #82, New BA park #727.
Melanie Miller Mersea Island 258 92 0:40:08 44.52% Third Island in a row, following Guernsey and Jersey. Park #114
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 423 105 0:26:46 65.13% 1:39 PB from last month. Run #81, parkrunner since 2nd June 2007
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 571 116 0:34:58 52.48%
David Cowell Skatås 195 4 0:23:52 59.43% Best BA male (from Roderick) and best BA Grade (from Sarah)
David DUGGAN Southall 68 48 0:33:39 48.94% parkrunner since 11th May 2013
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 18 Timekeeper at Stockley Country, prior to GBR duties.
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 132 22 0:24:09 65.84%
Trish MCCABE Thames Path, Woolwich 2 188 0:26:09 61.31% Re-establishing her LonDone status. Park #121, New BA park #726.
Sarah GORDON Watermeadows 146 86 0:40:11 52.01% First BA lady at Watermeadows. Park #139
Adrian HAINES Worthing 278 3 0:18:19 84.62% only 3rd, tough at the top!
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 47 180 0:30:02 56.88% [Late result from last week]

parkrun Review 13th May 2023

Harjit Jhooti (33:45) and Melanie Miller (40:08) visited Mersea Island for the first time.  Harjit is writing the report, Melanie took some official snaps and John Wright marshalled.

Emma Moreton was dishing out finish tokens at Bedfont Lakes.

David Cowell (23:52) went to Skatas (Gothenburg) for the 1st time and came 4th at a parkrun for the fourth time in seven weeks.
Joe Nolan (30:53) completed Black Park parkrun for the 376th time.  Ian Haylock (20:21) completed Bushy parkrun for the 356th time.  Ian Cunningham (26:24) was at Bushy for the 401st time.

Trish McCabe (26:09) found a way to get to Woolwich to retain her “LonDone” status.  Too impatient to wait until run #6 and do her Wilson Index a power of good. She was one of 437 finishers there in week 2. There are now 62 5k parkruns in London. A ’you tube’ video is worth watching to get a feel for the course.  I was the third in the whole wide world to watch it!

David Duggan (33:39) was at Southall for the 11th time. He also volunteered to carry out an event day course check. His P-Index remains on 6.  The attendance this week was a fairly typical 76.  Over at Stockley Country parkrun the attendance was 79 including a first visit from parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt (22:54).

Alan Anderson (53:55) and Steve Newell (53:58) took on the hills, mud and other hazards at Henley-on-Thames parkrun before heading over to Little Marlow to spectate at the end of leg3/start of leg4 of the Green Belt Relay (reported elsewhere).  They had been spurred on at Henley having been told by the run director that it was run #227, a prime number no less.  Research afterwards showed that Alan has also run the 227th parkrun at both Bushy and Gunnersbury.  A hat trick of sorts.

Paul Watt (21:03) and Julie Barclay (24:53) travelled to Bristol to run at Eastville parkrun #207 (not a prime number!)  (3x69)

Steve Newell

Other matters

Di Smith reports: "I finally reappeared at Bushy Parkrun today, after a broken wrist and two cataract ops! (Re the broken wrist, at least I'll now be able to see what I'm tripping over next time, although I hope there won't be a next time!)

Not a brilliant time today, but you have to start somewhere, though my official time was 3 minutes faster than was showing on my watch! Anyway, that was my 30th run/walk, so I'm nearly on a par with my 31 volunteering efforts. Onwards and upwards!"

Mike's run at Bushy was despite having a tough Green Belt Relay leg later that day. His explanation to the Team Captain was that he had a date! ...there won't be another parkrun on 13th May for many years and Mike has an intention to tick off all 366 dates, he has currently run parkruns on 325 different dates so he has 41 to go.

parkrun news of a former member and former GBR coleague, Barry Walters reports "Duncan Wright advised me of two recent parkruns he did while visiting the UK; Burnley on 29th April, 14th overall in 20:45 and Hyndburn on 6th May, 23rd overall in 25:35. He was accompanied by his dogs Roya and Stanley."

Kingston parkrun is due to have its 610th event on Saturday (a Fibonacci number). They have advised that if they have more than 500 runners at the start then they will have to cancel the event (license issues, driven by safety). So my advice to you is that if you don't have a good reason to be visiting Kingston parkrun on Saturday then you should refrain from doing so.


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Roderick Hoffman

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