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BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th April 2018


  • Wednesday 18th April - Pre-London Marathon briefing - Wraysbury Lake club house - details below*
  • Sunday 22nd April - London Marathon #
  • NOW Lunchtime Run Harmondsworth (park in Moor Lane, meet in the main carpark, for Speedbird Ladies course from 12:15) / then the Five Bells from 13:15 *

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. {updated 8th April 2018}

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]   /  # Club Points event

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Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Watersplash 10Km, Wednesday 11th April #

The Watersplash runs were held this year on a dry cool dull calm evening. Chris Kelly (10km) had jogged 5 miles to reach the start while Alan Anderson had cycled from Ealing to Vauxhall via Paddington and Hyde Park as a way of keeping fit.  Christine Munden encountered travel difficulties in Heston and started late, later took a wrong turning but still managed not be last out on the course.

Watersplash 10k/5k Participant 10k Time 5k Time Club Points #
Graham Taylor 50:15 1
Chris Kelly 51:37 1
Steve Taylor 55:59 1
Roderick Hoffman 1:05:04 1
Steve Hillier 31:22 1
John Scaife 32:05 1
Benita Scaife 32:05 1
Christine Munden 32:15 1
Alan Anderson 38:44 1
Harry Wild Willing marshal 2
Steve Newell Run organiser and timekeeper 4

Changing rooms and showers were available at Cranford Community Centre.

The Queen's Head was extra busy with a 70th birthday party but most of the runners enjoyed an hour there afterwards.

Steve Newell

New Membership Year - Subscriptions due

As you know, its April, and the BA AC Subs for 2018 Membership are now due.

If you have setup a standing order for the yearly payment, please check the date and amount.  This year our Subs remain constant at £9, but the Affiliation to UK Athletics has increased again to £15. If you affiliate, your payment should now total £24.

Please let us know by email that you have paid, as we will not see the monthly Bank Statement (till the 5th) to know to pay your affiliation. Thanks.

  •  BAAC: 10096647
  •  SortCode: 60-02-60


Chris Kelly (Club Treasurer)

Alan Friar (Membership Secretary)

Vets Fixture List & club Grand Prix events

Hi folks,

Just a heads up of a venue change in the Vets T&F League on June 4th.  A condemned cage means that the event moves from Hillingdon to Perivale. This is a club participation points scoring event #.

Before that, don't forget we have the first BAAC Grand Prix event: 

     Monday 30th April, 1800, Uxbridge, 1000m and Triple Jump.


The first Rosenheim event:

     Weds 2nd May, 1845, Walton's new track, full details from Neil. This is also a points event #.


Steve Hillier

London Marathon Marshaling briefing

On Wednesday 18th April there will be a briefing session for our marathon marshaling teams. This will be held at the Wraysbury "Silver Wing" Sailing Base (TW19 5AG) from 19:00.  There are changing rooms and showers there so you may also choose to go for a run from there from 18:00 (don't arrive earlier - the site may not be open until 18:00).  Marshals don't have to be at the briefing session but it is useful if you know someone who will be there so that they can pick up any kit for you as well as pass on critical messages.

Note that this isn't a formal social - no food or drink available unless you bring it yourself.

Wrasbury Sailing Base locationSailing Base entrance

Above - map showing how to get to the sailing base and a picture of the entrance.

Roderick Hoffman obo Simon Turton/Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 14th April 2018

14th April 2018 family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Steve Newell 37:41 Clapham Common LonDone status restored 49%
David Duggan 28:29 Clapham Common run #249*, park #45 55%
Neil Frediani 30:35 Parke(Bovey Tracey) 1st Parke parkrun, park #36 53%
Roderick Hoffman 29:31 Eden Project 1st run at Eden, BA park #403 53%
Maria Jovani 21:17 Clapham Common run #223, 1st at Clap Comm 73%
Piers Keenleyside 27:00 Jamaica Pond(BOS) in Boston for Marathon 60%
Joe Nolan 31:50 Hazelwood 1st run at Hazelwood, park #20 52%
John Coffey 28:03 Hazelwood course pb, age cat rec 69%
Sarah Gordon 35:24 Coventry first run at Coventry for 5 years 55%
Paul Timms 23:07 Crissy Field (SFO) 3rd run in SFO 66%
Alan Anderson 46:06 Gunnersbury run #504 48%
Alice Banks 26:39 Maidenhead and token sorting 73%
Anne Bannister 32:11 Bedfont Lakes run #167, 137th at Bedfont 60%
Bob Bannister 31:40 Bedfont Lakes run #307, 258th at Bedfont 51%
Julie Barclay 23:12 Rushmoor run #123, 36th at Rushmoor 76%
Tony Barnwell 37:22 Rickmansworth run #164, 13th at Ricky 50%
Ben Chaytow 22:10 Crane Park run #189, 2018 sb 62%
Caroline Cockram 30:49 Bedfont Lakes run #310 54%
Ian Cockram 31:21 Bedfont Lakes run #429 47%
Jonathan Cox 23:14 Crane Park run #353, 59th at Crane 67%
Ian Cunningham 21:02 Bushy Park run #324, 2018 sb 73%
Scott Davison 23:20 Bedfont Lakes run #248 61%
Joan Foxley 37:55 Rickmansworth run #94, 8th at Ricky 58%
Kevin Holland 36:18 Woking run #94 49%
Chris Kelly 25:18 Reading run #378, 297th at Reading 59%
Trish McCabe 27:21 Crane Park run #232, 28th at Crane 56%
Zoe Ostley 1:03:01 Bedfont Lakes tail walker 29%
Petra Otto 52:15 March run #45, 40th at March 39%
Steve Taylor 25:54 Northala Fields run #84, 53rd at Northala 59%
Paul Watt 23:53 Rushmoor run #71, 43rd at Rushmoor 63%

The weather was an improvement over previous weeks but many courses need to dry out a bit more before mud and puddles cease to be a feature.  Requests for runners not to trample on the daffodils are just a passing seasonal feature of the weekly briefings from race directors.
Tourism was a feature again this week as Steve Newell (37:41) made his debut at Clapham Common to rejoin the London Club.  He is now one of 15 parkrunners to have a complete collection of the 51 parkruns in the London boroughs.  At least one more new parkrun is expected soon in SE London.  Roderick Hoffman (29:31) travelled west and visited the Eden Project in Cornwall for the first time.  Others trying out new courses included David Duggan (28:29) at Clapham Common, Neil Frediani (30:35) at Parke and Joe Nolan(31:50) at Hazelwood.

John Coffey (28:03) obviously listened to Tom Rowley and improved his age category record at Hazelwood.  We can expect a few more seconds to be shaved off if we get a spell of dry weather.

There were two runs to mention in USA.  In San Francisco Paul Timms (23:07) ran at Crissy Field for the third time.  The parkrun there has now been going for over three years and attendances are regularly exceeding 100.  Back East, Piers Keenleyside appeared as promised at Jamaica Pond in Boston where the parkrun was only in its third week but attracted nearly 200 runners a day before the very well-established marathon.  Sadly, Piers has tendered his resignation so that one won’t count towards the club total.  We wish him well, he has certainly brightened up our lives over the last few years. {Ed: And Piers is still more than welcome to write-in with his latest exploits - as are all members and former members}

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

* David Duggan has his 250th parkrun this coming Saturday and it'll be at Bedfont Lakes. With the warm dry weather due this week the puddles should have gone and left a good running surface for those wanting a 5k loosen-up for a longer run on Sunday.  Alternately there are still some spaces on the volunteer roster. Cake is guaranteed and there are strong rumours of stronger refreshments.

parkrun Extra

Eden Project

If you are in Cornwall on a Saturday this year make sure that you make it to the Eden Project parkrun - you really do get all of the above thrown in for free with your free parkrun!

Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon Runners to look out for

If you are not running or actively marshaling then you might like to look to see how our London Marathon runners are doing.  The following is the list of most of our runners - there may be a few more. There is a mobile phone app for monitoring runners progress - see:

London Marathon Runner Runner Number
Anne Bannister 54780
Ayee Tavares 54783
Bob Bannister 54779
Chris Kelly
Colin Haylock
Dan Searle 54789
Graham Taylor 54770
Jagjit Singh 54774
Jas Modaher 54776
Joanne Whitfield 54788
Lesley Chamberlin 54781
Lissa Pritchard 54782
Luke Herbert 21516
Mel Hammond 54786
Paul Davis 54785
Piers Keenleyside
Sarah  Baggs 54784
Scott Davison 54773
Trish McCabe 54772
Zoe Ostley 54787

Please let me know of any corrections or additions to this list - I'll provide the updated list to the Facebook group.

Roderick Hoffman {}

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