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BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th September 2019


  • Wednesday 18th September - Equinox 5k (at Bedford Lakes) followed by Social (at the Bedfont Club) (see below),
  • Thursday 26th Sept - Replacement 100k club run at Savill Gardens (see below),
  • Saturday 28th Sept - Club Featured parkrun at Upton Court hosted by Barry Walters

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 29th July.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 12 August 2019) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

2019 Equinox courseWednesday 18th September (after 6 p.m.) -  Equinox 5km at Bedfont Lakes

A pursuit race over a new two lap course starting and finishing at The Motte by the Bedfont Road carpark (the opposite end from the parkrun start). A new feature this year will be a 2.5km option for those wanting a shorter run (or arriving late!). The course is 100% off-road and traffic free. The course will be marked with arrows and is shown on the club map and on this extract.  It consists of two laps similar to, but not identical, to the laps of the parkrun course. It is to be run anti-clockwise which should enable some Bedfont parkrun regulars to unwind a little.

Sunset is at 19:09 and the carpark closes at 19:30.

Please arrive by 18:15 ready to run. You can either drive straight there or park at the Bedfont Club and warm-up from there though please allow enough time since it is about 2.5k. Also note that the changing rooms won't be open until after the run. Then we'll return to the Bedfont Club to shower and change and for a social which will have food provided.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Thursday 26th September - Club 100k run - Windsor Great Park

Sadly, the ongoing industrial dispute between BA management and the mainline pilots has led to BA withdrawing its blessing for us to hold the planned 100km relay event at Waterside. This was due to be held the day before the next strike is due. We could have continued without BA's blessing but since this wouldn't achieve the objective of being a celebration between staff old and new of BA's 100-year history we have decided to cancel the relay.

However, since many of us have put the day aside, we will have an alternative 100k running event. Those of us who are available will meet at or near the Savill Gardens at 12:00 on Thursday 26th September and between us we'll hope to cover 100km around Windsor Great Park before retiring to a local cafe or pub. Hopefully we'll get 15 to 20 of us taking part this so it'll only take an hour to clock up the 100k.

The exact details will be confirmed in next week's digest - the carpark at Savill Gardens is a pay carpark so we may instead meet at the free carpark at Bishopsgate instead.

Please advise me whether you are on for this and what distance you would be prepared to run (e.g. between 4k to 15k). Either email me or fill in the Poll on Facebook: .

Roderick Hoffman

Wednesday 11th NOW at Runnymede

Runneymede NOW runners8 of us gathered at noon on 11th September for the latest NoW run. It was time for a revision of long forgotten history, around the site of the signing of the Magna Carta. We started along the river past the statue of our current queen, Runnymede pleasure gardens and Bell Weir lock before cutting across to the bottom of Coopers Hill where everyone agreed to take a hard detour up the hill to visit the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial. This was followed by a descent of some awkward woodland steps and quick visits to three of the four memorials which are within easy reach of the National Trust car park and more importantly refreshments, with Steve Newell and Joe Nolan. Total distance 4.8miles. Hats off to Denis, the oldest of our runners (apart from his brand-new knee!) who was the only one of us to run all the way up the hill.

Neil Frediani

2019 WARR WinnersWARR Reports and Results

We've just arrived back from a very successful World Airline Road Race in Amsterdam hosted by KLM. There were 35 members of the extended BA team and between us we ran 52 races and 360k! The full results have not been published in a format that allows analysis, but I can say that there were up to 1,098 finishers in the 10k and up to 1,359 in the 5k. Many entrants ran both races. The entrants were estimated at 1,000 WARR runners and an additional 1,400 KLM employees running in their KLM Centennial Run.

The racecourse was around the Amsterdam Forest which is a delightful wooded area between Schiphol and Amsterdam. The track was mainly good tarmac, mostly flat and single loops for each of the 5k and 10k races. There is a canal between the Race HQ / finish area at the KLM headquarters and the Amsterdam Forest and this was bridged for the occasion with a pontoon bridge. Everything ran smoothly...well, everyone in the extended BA team made it to the start in time and didn't report getting lost, other than Clara and Trish who in the evening nearly went to a Rave instead of the Awards Event.

Everyone appears to have got back to the UK; using trains, boats, coaches and BA City Flyer to get around the BA pilots' strike.


Name Team 10k 5k Comment
Allison Clark BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:27:02 Not on my list!
Charlotte Habgood Centennial Run 00:37:41
Christine Munden Centennial Run 01:10:04 00:34:01 Achieved the JW challenge*
Clara Halket BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:59:11
Ellen Kenworthy Centennial Run 00:42:02
Finbarr Cotter Centennial Run 00:29:47
Gareth Snook BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:51:03 00:25:38
George Jones BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:42:36 00:20:42 Achieved the JW challenge*
Ian Cunningham BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:46:55 00:23:01 Achieved the JW challenge*
Janet Cunningham Centennial Run 01:00:52 00:31:51
Janice Jones BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:29:48
John Taylor BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:19:43
Julie Barclay BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:44:15 10k W50-59 1st
Marion Taylor Centennial Run 00:31:30
Marion Woodhouse AIR FRANCE (AF) 00:31:34
Martin Habgood Centennial Run 00:36:56
Megan Kenworthy BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:42:03
Michelle Garratt BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:52:34 00:26:51
Paola Howard Centennial Run 00:55:52 00:29:21
Paul Knechtl BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:37:51 00:18:49 5k M40-49 1st or 2nd / 10k M40-49 1st or 2nd / Achieved the JW challenge*
Paul Watt BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:22:11
Phil Howard Centennial Run 00:45:33 00:25:52
Piers Keenleyside BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:51:44 00:26:09
Roderick Hoffman BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 01:03:08 00:34:23
Sarah Gordon Centennial Run 01:07:59 00:37:09 Achieved the JW challenge*
Stephen Taylor BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:55:34 00:27:46 Achieved the JW challenge* (just)
Steve Newell BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:40:45
Sue Newell Centennial Run 00:50:04
Tim Bellars BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) 00:45:01 00:22:21 Achieved the JW challenge*
Trish McCabe Centennial Run 00:57:38 00:30:26
Vera Simms Centennial Run 00:58:16
Richard Rivadeneira Centennial Run 00:45:02 00:28:02
Naemah Morris Centennial Run 00:55:49 00:28:04
Rita Cotter Centennial Run 00:34:13
Nancy Pinchen Centennial Run 00:25:38

* JW Challenge - finishing the WARR 5k in less than half the time taken on the 10k.

I've indicated "1st or 2nd" for both of Paul Knechtl results because the placings are yet to be published and in both races it isn't clear whether an age category runner in each race will be counted ahead of Paul.

Roderick Hoffman

Ladies Surrey League Cross Country 2019/2020

The fixtures will be held at the following venues on the following dates and times:

  • 12th October: Priory Park, Reigate, 11.00 Snr Div 1, 12.00 U15/U17, 12.30 U13, 1.30 Snr Div 2 (senior race is 6k)
  • 9th November: Mitcham Common, 11:00 Snr Div 2, 12.00 U15/U17, 12.30 U13, 1.30 Snr Div 1 (senior race is 6k)
  • 11th January: Wimbledon Common, times as per race 1 but senior race is 8k
  • 8th February: Richmond Park, times as per race 2 but senior race is 8k

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

The team size is five to score and we failed to make that for most of the races last year, so no matter your speed there is a good chance that you can enhance the club's result. You need to be a paid up member of BAAC to take part.

Clara Halket

December Run-of-the Month - Perivale 5 mile road race - Sunday 1st December

This event, traditionally popular with club members named Steve, is now open for entry at: .  Our old friend Philip York is managing the entries again this year though as he now lives in Dorset he won't be as involved on the day. The BA Clock is also expected to be in attendance.

Four out of five replied to the Facebook Poll to have the Perivale Five as Run-of-the-Month for December. There has only been one suggestion and vote for the ROM for November (Marlow Half) and no one has suggested anything for January. It would be nice to have a bit more club participation! ROM Poll:

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 14th September 2019

Member 14th Sept. 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Sarah GORDON Babbs Mill 119 00:33:37 58.55% BA Park #525, park #111
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Babbs Mill 94 00:29:35 53.75% BA Park #525, park #282
TRUE Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 7 00:19:56 64.80% M-6, run #47, 34th at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE Paul Davis Bedfont Lakes 91 00:29:15 46.32% pacing Teresa
#N/A Eddie KETTERICK Bedfont Lakes 179 00:43:31 37.50% PB   run #2, pb by 2:36
TRUE Paul TIMMS Betty’s Bay 6 00:24:21 63.66% BA Park #524
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 492 00:34:00 48.87% run #336, 302nd at Black Park
TRUE Maarten Stenham Brooklands 76 00:24:48 55.85% pacing Jakob
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 166 00:21:40 72.15% run #393
TRUE Oliver MATHAI Bushy Park 406 00:24:34 68.25% fastest of 10 most recent parkruns
TRUE Scott DAVISON Crane Park 57 00:25:10 57.68% run #317, 41st at Crane Park
TRUE Christine Harriet MUNDEN Dishley, Loughborough 270 00:33:11 49.92% run #18, 1st at Dishley, park #6
TRUE Maria Jovani Feltham 2 00:20:51 74.90% F-1, club record, run #283, 1st at Feltham
TRUE Caroline Cockram Feltham 15 00:27:15 61.53% run #371, 2nd at Feltham YOI
TRUE Ian Cockram Feltham 10 00:26:07 57.37% run #493, 2nd at Feltham YOI
TRUE David DUGGAN Feltham 19 00:28:40 55.47% PB   run #326, 2nd at Feltham YOI, venue pb
TRUE David Williams Fulham Palace 154 00:23:52 58.03% PB   run #132, 7th at Fulham Palace, parkrun pb
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 211 00:25:21 64.37% run #246, 165th at Gunnersbury
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Gunnersbury 627 00:52:11 45.03% run #568, 302nd at Gunnersbury
TRUE Dave Dixon Hackney Marshes 7 00:17:51 86.09% M-7, first run at Hackney Marshes this year
TRUE Mike Dennison Hanworth 3 00:19:44 82.01% PB   M-3, course pb (by 4 seconds)
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 232 00:36:30 61.00% run #150, best age-grade score since 2016
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 83 00:28:17 69.53% fastest of 10 most recent parkruns
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Hazelwood 99 00:29:53 54.60%
TRUE Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 130 00:39:07 48.44% run #370, 6th at Hazelwood
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Kingston 35 00:20:57 86.40% run #173, 1st at Kingston, park #31
TRUE Paul WATT Kingston 52 00:21:49 69.82% run #117, 1st at Kingston, park #26
TRUE Janice Jones Kingston 227 00:29:16 59.51% run #58, 1st at Kingston, park #16
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 245 00:32:26 62.49%
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 246 00:32:27 51.67%
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 96 00:38:52 54.59% run #101, 20th at Manor Field
TRUE Barry WALTERS Mole Valley 40 00:22:45 72.38% PB   2nd run at Mole Valley, pb by 100 seconds
TRUE Tim Bellars Nautical 1 00:21:39 69.82% run #13, park #13, BA park #526
TRUE James Shoulder Osterley 5 00:19:21 66.67% PB   M-4, course pb (by 20 secs), club record
TRUE Simon Turton Prospect 30 00:22:57 65.87% run #6, park #6, only parkrun of 2019 ?
TRUE Murray HOGGE Reading 84 00:21:45 72.49%
TRUE Frankie HOGGE Reading 83 00:21:44 68.10% PB   pb by 37 seconds
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Reading 615 00:55:56 27.23% pw by 5 minutes
TRUE Eddie GILES Salisbury 148 00:25:34 68.97% 3rd best of 46 runs at Salisbury
TRUE Keith Johnson St Albans 118 00:25:09 58.18% 2nd best run at St Albans
TRUE Adrian Haines Tilgate 7 00:18:36 80.56% M-7 run #52, 33rd at Tilgate, best parkrun this year
TRUE Richard RUFFELL Tring 15 00:22:07 71.29% 13th run at Tring, best age-grade%
TRUE Micheal BALL Woking 131 00:26:15 59.56% run #159, 144th at Woking
TRUE Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 533 00:48:02 40.94% 89th run at Wycombe Rye

Volunteers include...[remember, we can only guarantee to include your volunteer efforts if you email us about them]

14th September 2019 parkrun Role
        None reported

It was another record-breaking week with more members running on a single Saturday than ever before.

Moreover, people were running quickly as well.  This may have been thanks to the early autumn anticyclone sitting over southern England providing cool calm conditions and more molecules of oxygen per lungful than average.  Four of our runners exceeded age-grade scores of 80% with Dave Dixon (17:51, 86.09%) recording only our second* sub-18minute run of the year so far.  That puts him 5th out of a staggering 335 in the VM55-59 category at Hackney Marshes which is admittedly one of the fastest parkrun courses in the world.  * Paul Knechtl ran 17:49 at Brooklands in April.

Julie Barclay (20:57, 86.4%) visited Kingston parkrun for the first time.  That time places her 5th out 280 in VW55-59 group there.  It is one of the parkruns where Maria Jovani holds our all genders club record (19:39).  Mike Dennison (19:44, 82%) improved his pb at Hanworth by 4 seconds.  He has a comfortable lead at the top of VM60 table there although our club record is still held (just) by a younger runner – James Shoulder with 19:42. Adrian Haines (18:36, 80.56%) recorded his best parkrun time so far this year at Tilgate.

Oliver Mathai (24:34 at Bushy) and John Coffey (28:17 at Hazelwood) both produced the best runs of their most recent ten, so something to be satisfied about.  Eddie Giles (25:34) had his 3rd best ever run at Salisbury where he is closing in on a half century.

Murray and Frankie Hogg (21:44,pb) along with Chris Kelly were part of a record attendance of 622 at Reading to celebrate the 500th run there.  For those wanting to attend a 500th, Kingston is due in two weeks’ time.

Simon Turton (22:57) ran at Prospect (near Reading), his first parkrun of 2019 and was within seconds of equaling Barry Walters’ club record of 22:49.  Simon has now run six parkruns and six different venues and in I’d like to say six years but it has taken seven!

There was even some time for global tourism with Paul Timms (24:21) breaking new ground at Betty’s Bay near Cape Town, and just a week after WARR Tim Bellars (21:19) made it 13 runs and 13 different parks at Nautical parkrun on Lake Ontario. Roderick Hoffman (29:35) and Sarah Gordon (33:37) went to Birmingham (West Midlands) to run at Babbs Mill which started less than two months ago. The total has moved up to 526.

Lord Coe was reportedly at Gunnersbury parkrun and finished in just over 24 minutes.  He was unable to produce a barcode and thus doesn’t appear in the results.  If the man in charge of world athletics can’t get away with it, what chance have the rest of us got? (!).  Boris Johnson, please take note – rules are there to be obeyed.

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Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

The Five Rivers Challenge - 15th Sept

My excuse for finishing behind {the unknown runner at Gunnersbury parkrun who finished in just over 24 minutes} is that I was saving myself for the marathon I did today - the Five Rivers Challenge starting at Ware in Hertfordshire. The rivers involved are the Lee, Ash, Beane, Mimram and Rib. There were 3 choices of distance 10K, 1/2 marathon and full {and guess which one Piers was doing} with 3 different loops starting and finishing from the race HQ to make up the distances. Loop 1 was 10K, loop 2 11K and loop 3 21K. Very nice route with probably over 90% on trails across lovely Hertfordshire countryside. Fantastic weather though perhaps a little too hot for the last hour I was running. Although billed as a self-navigating course with route instructions provided by the organisers there were quite a few arrows pointing the way for us. Most of the trip hazards (tree routes etc.) had been sprayed with yellow paint which also helped show we were on the right route.

Despite the arrows though I still managed to get myself a bit lost in Hertford town centre and lost 5 or 10 minutes getting back on track. Finished in 5:11:20.

Piers Keenleyside

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