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BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th October 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] [parkrun run by club members updated 4th October 2023]

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 (please submit your October Mile performance by the end of the month):

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: [no need to submit if your best mile is one of the Arethusa miles, I'll check the tables].

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

Events Update

A couple of new events posted in the last week:

The Nepal Run (10km) at Northala Fields on the 5th November. Santosh wanted it promoted at Stockley Country parkrun, so he ran there from Northala (6 to 8km), promoted the event, ran the parkrun and was first finisher, then ran back to Northala Fields to join his friends in the parkrun cafe. It must be something in the Nepalese curries, or a consequence of altitude. Event Info - Nepal Run. Winners get free entry into the Annapurna Marathon 2024 in Nepal.

And talking of altitude - this one is at sea level. KLM Road Runners Club Championship on 16th December (10k run or 6k run or 4k walk, optional Dutch parkrun beforehand). All BAAC members are welcome at this, and the run/walk is free, let me know if you enter so that I can coordinate arrangements > Roderick Hoffman.

Dear airline colleagues,

You are hereby invited for the KLM Road Runners 2023 club championships.
The location of the beach/dune run is Langevelderslag +/- 20 km south west of Schiphol airport. The race distances are 6km and 10km. The start of our event is this year on a different time.

  • 12:50 4km (only walking)
  • 13:00 6km
  • 13:10 10km

Directly after the start, the race goes north following a winding footpath. After a few kilometers and a challenging climb over the dunes and the race returns to the finish following the sandy beach. The 6km runners finish at the beach centre; the 10km runners will run an additional smaller loop.

There are awards for male seniors and masters, female seniors and masters on both distances and every finisher will receive a special KLM Road Runners souvenir.

The award ceremony starts at 15:00.

If you want to join us for our run on the beach and dunes than please sign up via KLMRRI Clubkampioenschappen 2023

Participating in the race for invited airline runners and family is FREE!!

After the Race we continue a small snack and some drinks and also this is free for our international runners.

We will arrange transport from and to Schiphol Airport.

You can forward this message to your colleagues within your company

Met vriendelijke groeten / kind regards,

Frank Jegers

KLM Road Runners

Further ahead, the 2024 Green Belt Relay has also been added for the 18th and 19th May. For this we need a team of 11 runners plus logistics supports and back-ups to run a 220 mile relay around the green bits outside London. We are usually one or two runners short so perhaps this is your opportunity to step up to the starting line to run two legs over the two days and have a great time. For details contact > Chris Kelly.

Your favourite event not listed in the diary? Provided it doesn't clash with a club event (such as the Cross Countries) put it in there, or let me know the details.

Next Week

The Winter Wednesday Handicap returns to Bedfont on 25th October.

The format involves running 5 miles (2 laps) from the Bedfont FC car park aiming to finish at 7 p.m.

Please email > Steve Newell on if you are planning to come along.

The scoring system rewards modest improvement over the winter the most generously.

Steve Newell [and please note the new email address for future use for Steve - he is no longer using the blueyonder address.

Surrey League Cross Country Match 1 Epsom Downs Results

Ladies (Division 3) #

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1         25:08
10 10 562 Emma Moreton V40 BAW BAW 28:57
100 100 561 Amanda Coombs V55 BAW BAW 39:05
120 120 563 Monica Alonso V55 BAW BAW 43:07
141 141         52:15

Ladies Team at the Surrey League Cross CountryA cold crisp start to the first match of the season at Epsom Downs, hosted by 26.2RRC / Epsom & Ewell Harriers. The 2-lap course totalling 6K around the racecourse, consisted of a long uphill into the woods and a nice downhill finish to each lap. The sun came out making for perfect running weather, then shortly after we had finished the rain came down!

Thank you to Emma and Monica for turning out and running consistently, and well done to Emma for achieving 2nd in age group in Division 3, and 10th overall.

With 5 to score per team, only having 3 runners was disappointing and it would be good to see a bigger turnout for the rest of the season. We are currently in 21st place out of 26 teams [Ed: But that does mean that we are ahead of five other teams!]. The next match is on 11th November at 2.30pm in Oxted.

Amanda Coombs

Surrey League Cross Country Mens TeamMen (Div 4) #

On a balmy day in October, we turned up to see the ladies race in glorious sunshine. As it neared the men's start time, the clouds overhead became very dark and unleashed a lovely shower for everyone to get wet. 20 minutes later and we were back to sunshine and warmth.

As for the event, we had a full team - yes 10 runners - for the first time in a long while. Adam, lead the way home, finishing in 5th, while Adrian (our world champion) made a return and finished 17th after a long track season. We had new runner Tom and long timers Colin & Denis also having good runs and making up the numbers. The usual ever-presents were also there.

Thanks to Monica for the bread pudding and we look forward to the next event in a few weeks' time.

Paul Knechtl

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1         29:02:00
5 5 547 Adam Moquet V35 BAW BAW 30:51:00
14 14 548 Paul Knechtl V50 BAW BAW 32:04:00
16 16 546 Adrian Haines (2C) V55 BAW BAW 32:18:00
65 60 550 Mark Taylor V60 BAW BAW 38:18:00
75 67 556 Tom Smith SEN BAW BAW 39:04:00
87 76 554 Colin Haylock V50 BAW BAW 40:07:00
90 78 553 Ben Kelly SEN BAW BAW 40:33:00
96 83 552 Chris Kelly V55 BAW BAW 40:50:00
142 106 557 Denis Foxley V70 BAW BAW 52:07:00
149 108 551 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 56:36:00
150 109         64:20:00

Team result (10 to score) - 5th of 14

Club Points Update

The cross-countries, the recent WARR event and two Club Featured parkruns means that there has been a flurry of activity in the club points table. Congratulations to Amanda Coombs, Mark Taylor and both John and Benita Scaife who have achieved the ten point position, so there are now 13 of us. It remains tight at the top with me now edging Steve Hillier and with Steve Newell a few points behind. At the moment I expect there to be another ten points scoring events this calendar year, but more may be added if someone proposed a Club Featured parkrun or a November Run-of-the-Month.

The ten are three 5-Mile Handicaps, 2 Surrey League matches (one ladies, one men), the Milocarian Cross-country event, the Perivale Five, the KLM Beach Run, our Xmas Mile event and the Round Heathrow Run between Christmas and New Year.

Please see how many of these you can participate in. Although this is dressed up as a bit of fun it is important to the club that we have groups at featured events. This may encourage others to enquire and join the club, and also provides a confidence boost to the other club participants and the club's officials.

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC AGM Minutes

The club held its Annual General Meeting in July.  We reviewed another successful year, and we saw a significant change to our committee for 2023/4.  Please take a moment to read these minutes, with apologies for their late publication. AGM2023 minutes.docx

Steve Hillier

 Recent Activity Achievements

10 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Emma Moreton  Race 6km Surrey League Cross Country Sat 00:28:57 First XC of the season at Epsom. 3rd in age group (V40). Thanks to the supporters, and Amanda for organising
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M Luton
Janet Smith  Race 10miles Great South Race Sun 01:59:00 Finishing the Great South Run was a big achievement especially as I did it in just under 2hrs‍♀️
Julie Barclay  Race 10miles Great South Race Sun 01:20:06 We are both very pleased with our performances at a very busy and competitive event…
Paul Watt  Race 10miles Great South Race Sun 01:08:25 This was a focus race for us and we both achieved our targets after a tough training program and a strict diet!
Michael Ball Sprints x3 Back in training. Tue 6x30 mtrs 20 sec between runs then 5 min rest repeat 3 times. Thurs 30 sec fast 30 sec slow for 15 min then 10 min break and repeat. Sun 4k run.
Neil Frediani  Race 14km Ullswater, Lake District 01:48:00 Up and down, on ankle breaking terrain. 1:48 and just in the top half of the field. Furthest run since February! Had to catch a boat to the start.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 10miles Cabbage Patch 10 Sun 01:20:34 A bit faster than of late and managed 1:20:34 - my best 10 mile result since running the Harlow 10 in 2017 (1:18:07). As usual finishers got a long sleeved technical t-shirt and a medal (now in wood).
Roderick Hoffman Running 17.01km To, around and home from Stockley Country Park Thur 02:04:20 To, around and home from Stockley Country parkrun course as a pre-weekend check prior to Saturday's RD role (photo). I'm not claiming to have been first finisher since I only did one lap.
Stephen Taylor Running 11miles To, round and from Northala Fields parkrun Sat am A parkrun sandwich, 3 miles + Northalla fields in 27:41 + 5 miles home again.

Week achievement photos

parkrun Results for Saturday 14th October

32 activities are recorded below for Saturday. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment / TUE Comment
Benita SCAIFE Basingstoke 750 271 0:33:11 64.94% first run at Basingstoke, park #108
John SCAIFE Basingstoke 750 272 0:33:13 52.48% first run at Basingstoke, park #116
David John BIRD Bedfont Lakes 662 12 0:22:41 70.10% 101st run at Bedfont Lakes
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 662 40 0:27:27 54.58% 283rd run at Bedfont Lakes
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 662 Marshal at Bedfont Lakes
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 662 Marshal at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 681 301 0:32:28 53.13% run #438, 391st at Black Park
Paul WATT Burgess 487 48 0:20:05 78.51% BA fastest male (from Richard R), park #164
Julie BARCLAY Burgess 487 139 0:23:13 82.41% BA fastest lady (from Caroline C) and best age grade, park #167
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 952 53 0:19:49 75.61% best age grade for four years
Diana Smith Bushy Park 952 1289 0:53:01 44.92% 43rd parkrun. Has still never finished with place number lower than event number.
Maria JOVANI Church Mead 79 7 0:23:25 69.18% F1. 1st run at Church Mead. Park #70. BA fastest lady (from Julie B, but also faster than Paul W) and best age grade (from Paul W)
Harjit Jhooti Colchester Castle 478 226 0:32:42 54.64% BA fastest lady (from Janet S)
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 527 38 0:24:55 57.79% run #350, 290th at Crane Park
Alastair HESLOP Cranleigh 322 Marshal at Cranleigh
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 369 Run Director at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 369 Barcode Scanning at Harrow
Fiona Bishop Harrow Lodge 472 47 0:26:31 76.43% BA fastest lady (from Julie) and best age grade (from Richard R).
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 230 46 0:23:45 63.65% run #121, 62nd at Houghton Hall
Christopher T KELLY Isabel Trail 158 33 0:23:16 67.77% first run at Isabel Trail (Stafford), park #81
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Jersey Farm 179 133 0:28:50 58.73% first run at Jersey Farm, park #69, already had a "J"
Melanie Miller Linford Wood 313 221 0:40:19 44.89% first run at Linford Wood (Milton Keynes), park #138 ( John Wright funnel manager)
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Littlehampton Prom 161 113 0:26:54 66.42% first run at Littlehampton Prom, run #145, park #20
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 415 124 0:27:41 57.92% 106th run at Northala Fields
Mike DENNISON Old Deer Park 602 5 0:20:46 80.74% tenth run at Old Deer Park, P-Index is 8
Trish MCCABE Osterley 445 77 0:26:22 60.81% one second quicker than last week
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 445 307 0:45:25 60.00% run #679, 127th at Osterley
Steve NEWELL Richmond Park 777 575 0:46:37 44.05% Richmond parkrun anniversary, "777" run.
David DUGGAN Stockley Country 39 51 0:35:18 46.65% Despite the timekeeper being AWOL when David crossed the line.
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 38 Run Director at Stockley Country
Ian CUNNINGHAM University Parks 87 181 0:25:15 64.09% first run at University Parks (Oxford), park #66
Janet Smith Winchester 456 366 0:35:42 52.85% first run at Winchester, park #66

parkrun Review 14th October 2023

This week saw the first round of the Surrey League Cross Country matches at Epsom Downs (reported elsewhere) and some members chose to avoid their usual Saturday morning parkrun ritual or put in a volunteer shift.  parkrun numbers are down but only by a small fraction.

Steve Newell (46:37) attended the 16th anniversary run at Richmond parkrun (3 years younger than Bushy), 14 years to the week since his first parkrun in 2009.  Bill Byrne (24:55) and Claire Byrne (29:37) were spotted at a very crowded start on a beautiful fresh sunny morning.

Paul Watt (20:05) and Julie Barclay (23:13) were at Burgess Park (Camberwell) which has a mostly flat course and set new club records.  They are closing in on the “Londone” completion now with just half a dozen parkruns to visit – including the totally flat Hackney Marshes which many find fast.  Dave Dixon once did it in 17:10.

Maria Jovani (23:25) was first lady across the line at Church Mead (Amersham) which is seriously hilly!

Not a single new parkrun to report this week – the first time for a while.

The fascination with the Fibonacci sequence may be faltering, following its removal from the 5k app challenges list. Yesterday Maidenhead parkrun was hosting event #377 but the attendance was actually lower than in recent weeks.

Where are they now ?

Former member Richard Ruffell, who still holds a few club parkrun records, has joined the Cowell Club. His 100th park was Bicester (23:57) on 7th October and he followed that up with a 5th place at Bury Field this week in 22:31. He has joined Shires Tri-ers.  Natalie Scott (nee Ruffell) also runs occasionally (for Clapham Chasers), her most recent parkrun was at Hartlepool (F3, 20:42) in June. [also see below]

Former member David Tyas, who rarely misses a week, has recently passed the 700 parkrun landmark - most of them at Bushy Park (PB 18:45).  He is part of a select group of fewer than 20 parkrunners who have logged 700 finishes but there are over 100 more now over the 600 mark with many of them running at least(!) once a week so we can expect steady growth in the coming months.   Alan Anderson is our senior member on 679 with Chris Kelly a further 100 runs behind on 579.  The 500 club is still quite select but is likely to reach 1000 members sometime in 2024.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising

Club members have run at 774 different parkruns and at 426 of those we have had runs from at least one man and one lady. Of these there are 56 cases where the ladies' time is faster than the men's time. Many of these are around the Sydney area (should try harder John?) but there are also a number of cases where, for instance, I've run and one of the faster women in the club has also run and easily beaten my time. But there are other cases where the competition has been much tougher. Maria's time at Church Mead on Saturday is the fastest by any club member, beating Paul Watt's men's record by 1 second. There have been 17 runs at Church Mead by 14 different club runners so I'm flagging that as an achievement. Others of note are:

  • California Country - run 59 times by 19 different club members and Frankie Hogge's record of 19:54 is 17 seconds faster than Murray, her dad, men's record.
  • Higginson, Marlow - run 95 times by 16 club members and Maria's time of 20:54 is well ahead of the men's best - Barry Walters with 23:43.
  • Nonsuch - run 52 times by 22 club runners, Maria's time of 20:36 is 33 seconds faster than Ian Cunningham's men's record.
  • Tring - run 25 times by 8 club members and Natalie Ruffell's record of 21:38 is 8 seconds faster than Richard, her dad, men's record. And since Tring parkrun no longer operates that is a record that is unlikely ever to be broken.

In both of the Daughter / Father cases quoted above, the best times were set on different dates - so no politeness involved.


Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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