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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th December 2018


  • Wednesday 19th December Mile Relay / Christmas Social at the Bedfont Club 18:00 / 19:30 *# see below
  • Thursday 27th December - annual round Heathrow run from 12:00 in Moor Lane (see below) *
  • Thursday 3rd January 2019 - Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45 *

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. Last updated: 10th December.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 10th December) / # 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

Five Mile Handicap round 3 - 12th December 2018 - Results

The December leg of the winter five mile handicap was held on a clear chilly evening at Bedfont and we welcomed two former members who migrated to California several years ago to continue their running in balmier conditions.  Paula Howard (47:06) adapted to the conditions well and navigated an unfamiliar course very successfully.  Phil Howard clutched a map in his fist all the way round but didn't refer to if often enough and gave himself some extra distance to cover.  He accepted his mistake with a good natured shrug of the shoulders as his pursuers passed him while he was out of sight.  Roderick Hoffman (48:54) continued his recent resurgence and is now nearer to his form of last winter. 

The next run is scheduled for Wednesday 30th January 2019.

runner target actual diff f(diff) posn points new target
Poala Howard (guest) 47:00 47:06 +0:06 0:12 n/a 0
Alan Friar 54:30 54:49 +0:19 0:38 1 25 00:55:00
Maarten Stenham 36:30 37:00 +0:30 1:00 2 21 00:37:00
Chris Kelly 37:00 35:50 -1:10 1:10 3 18 00:36:00
Steve Hillier 53:30 51:35 -1:55 1:55 4 16 00:51:30
Roderick Hoffman 52:00 48:54 -3:06 3:06 5 15 00:49:00
Phil Howard (guest) 38:00 45:55 +7:55 15:50 n/a 0

Maarten Stenham is the early leader after three events with one first, one second and one third place.

Steve Newell

Christmas Club Do - Wednesday 19th December at the Bedfont Club - please respond

Currently I'm expecting the following:

Barry Walters, Clara Halket, Colin Bloomfield, Colin Haylock, Dave Barnard, Neil Frediani, Janet Smith, Paul Brandon, Piers Keenleyside, Roderick Hoffman, Simon Turton and Steve Newell. 

If you are coming but not listed please let me know before I order the food on Tuesday evening. Also let me know of any partners coming!

From 18:00 there will be the traditional Club Christmas Mile Relay.  Please let Steve Newell know what your estimated time will be over a mile distance so that he can plan equal teams.

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From 19:30 we will have our Club Christmas Do in the Sports Bar of the Bedfont & Feltham Football and Social Club.  This will feature:

  • Food provided by the club - this has to be brought in so anticipate Christmas themed pizzas and plenty of mince pies,
  • A Secret Santa (optional - please bring a simply wrapped family audience present of value about 5 and if you put one in then you can pull one out),
  • Presentation of gifts for the first three best performances at the Five Mile Handicap,
  • A sale of unwanted club kit - including items discovered at the back of Brian's garage,
  • Cash Bar - discounted for those members that have joined the Bedfont Club, though good value for others also.

Please, please, please tell us to expect you at the event.  We want to ensure that we order enough food. Also if you are a regular, but you are unable to make the do this year, please let us know also.

>>>Roderick Hoffman {}

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Training for the London Marathon

The following club members and friends have received places in next year's London Marathon through a combination of their own applications and club places. There are also some colleagues on the reserve list should any of those with club places have to drop out.  Please let us know if you have a place but aren't listed below:

  • Amanda Trafford
  • Charlotte Bernath
  • Cheryl Ogle
  • Chris Kelly
  • Colin Haylock
  • Danijela Spasojevic
  • Diane Ross
  • Gary Lindeman
  • Gary Rushmer
  • Graham Taylor
  • Harpreet Virk
  • Helen Clifton
  • Ian Cunningham
  • Jagjit Singh
  • Jain Reid
  • James Glover
  • Jasvir Modaher
  • Jessica Grimshaw
  • Matt Foden
  • Melanie Wilcock
  • Michael O'Hagan
  • Paul Neat
  • Steve Taylor
  • Tracey Mills
  • Vikki Foster

For those listed, expect Steve Hillier to put you in touch with each other so that you can share plans, experiences and training. 

Club parkrun results for Saturday 15th December 2018

15th Decemberparkrunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Maarten Stenham 26:15 Brooklands 1st run at Brooklands, with son (junior) 52%
Paul Davis 31:41 Brooklands 1st run at Brooklands, with daughter (junior) 31%
Kelly Davis 43:39 Brooklands 1st run at Brooklands 47%
Piers Keenleyside 26:43 Sedgefield 1st run at Sedgefield, BApark #459 61%
Paul Timms 26:03 Marlborough Common run#1 at Marlborough, park #6, BApark#458 59%
Chris Kelly 21:12 Reading 320th run at Reading 71%
Alan Anderson 38:03 Gunnersbury 299th run at Gunnersbury, Santa Run 60%
Ian Cunningham 22:05 Bushy Park 287th run at Bushy 70%
Bob Bannister 25:12 Bedfont Lakes 282nd at Bedfont Lakes 65%
Ian Cockram 23:31 Bedfont Lakes 276th run at Bedfont Lakes 63%
Scott Davison 27:36 Bedfont Lakes 230th run at Bedfont Lakes 52%
Chris Evans 23:12 Bedfont Lakes 215th run at Bedfont Lakes 65%
Caroline Cockram 27:22 Bedfont Lakes 196th run at Bedfont Lakes 61%
David Duggan 27:52 Bedfont Lakes 192nd run at Bedfont Lakes 57%
Ben Chaytow 21:39 Crane Park 185th run at Crane Park 64%
Anne Bannister 29:26 Bedfont Lakes 150th run at Bedfont Lakes 66%
Neil Frediani 29:05 Bedfont Lakes 137th run at Bedfont Lakes 56%
Steve Newell 41:13 Gunnersbury 136th run at Gunnersbury, Santa Run 45%
Joan Foxley 40:42 Harrow coaching run, a little bit faster 54%
Kay Trinder 21:05 Woking F-4, 88th run at Woking 83%
Alan Friar 32:12 Woodley 80th run at Woodley 58%
Jonathan Cox 27:17 Crane Park 76th run at Crane Park 57%
Steve Taylor 25:46 Northala Fields 72nd run at Northala 60%
John Scaife 27:10 Maidenhead 71st run at Maidenhead 61%
Sarah Gordon 33:09 Braunstone 64th run at Braunstone 59%
Monica Alonso 32:50 Guildford 62nd run at Guildford 52%
Jacqui Musselwhite 23:30 Woking 59th run at Woking 71%
Jain Reid 39:11 Richmond Park 37th run at Richmond Park 44%
Grant Strydom 27:41 Bushy Park 3rd run of year, all at Bushy, best 55%
Trish McCabe 27:45 Crane Park 32nd run at Crane Park 55%
John Coffey 29:03 Hazelwood 32nd run at Hazelwood 66%
Alice Banks 26:39 Higginson, Marlow 5th run at Marlow, course pb, club record 73%
Petra Otto 50:26 Manor Field Whittlesey 5th run at Whittlsey, escort to a pb (WV70) 41%
Marion Woodhouse 33:32 Rickmansworth 5th run at Rickmansworth 53%
Michael Ball 24:43 Brooklands 3rd run at Brooklands 63%
John Lennon 38:05 Guildford 2nd run at Guildford, year after 1st 41%
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford run director
Maria Jovani volunteer Bedfont Lakes run director

The newish run at Brooklands is continuing to attract new runners and this week Michael Ball (24:43) went back for a third run.  Maarten Stenham (26:15) ran with his son, while Paul Davis (31:41) and Kelly Davis (43:39) were there with their daughter.  Eighteen members have now run at Brooklands at least once and the early indications are that the course should prove to be enjoyable throughout the winter months ahead. Paul Timms (26:03) visited Marlborough Common parkrun which has now been going for ten weeks and this looks like being labelled as slow but pretty or perhaps pretty but slow!  Piers Keenleyside (26:43) was at Sedgefield where some of our current members have run in the distant past.  He persuaded several other extended family members to join him and failed with others.  The club total of parkruns worldwide creeps on to 459.

Alice Banks (26:39) lowered the club record at Higginson Park, Marlow.  There will be a club featured parkrun at Marlow on 19th January with Alice Banks as run director. "Run Director" appears to becoming the most popular role amongst club colleagues with three this week!

The outstanding performance of the week was achieved by Kay Trinder, 4th lady home at Woking (21:05, 82.61%).

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Club Tourists

I updated the club map last week to show on it all of the parkruns that club members have run at and those that they haven't. If you click on a parkrun then further details will be shown including a hyperlink to the relevant parkrun page. The nearest run to Heathrow that no club member has run at is currently "Jersey Farm" near St Albans.  Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] .

Roderick Hoffman

KLM Championships (Beach Race) 15th December 2018 Results

KLM Beach Race 10k StartThis is the race where we do not pay an entrance fee and entry includes lifts from and back to Schiphol, an entry gift and a free draw with everyone getting a prize.  Why there were only three BA runners there I don't understand - accessibility can't have been the issue since the three of us had each flown in directly from Heathrow, Gatwick and Cardiff.

The picture shows the line-up for the start of the 10k.  Note that only three competitors dared to run with bare legs and two of them were Brits! (my legs were covered). The conditions were cold and with quite a strong east wind. Twice we had to run up from the beach through the gap shown in the picture and that is where we really felt the wind in our faces. The rest of the course was a relative breeze (he lied).

6k, 73 finishers. Finishers included:

  • 1st Roberto Hofman (no relation) KLM 0:29:48
  • 43rd Segaran Ghana (having just flown in from the equator) Singapore Airlines 0:43:40
  • 71st Ralph Behrens Lufthansa 1:02:13

10k, 37 finishers including:

  •  1st Marcel van den Berg KLM 0:43:02
  • 11th Tim Bellars BA 0:50:36
  • 15th Gareth Snook BA 0:52:40
  • 34th Roderick Hoffman BA 1:06:05

Roderick Hoffman

Clubs Discount for Hampton Court / Kingston Races

The club has been provided with discount codes for 3 off each of the following races:

 The Quickilsver Hampton Court Half Marathon on Sunday 17th February 2019.

The original Hampton Court Marathon will be celebrating its 6th year. Ideal first half marathon of the year or as part of a spring marathon schedule.

Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday on Sunday 31st March 2019.

This race offers the choice of either 8 or 16 miles, following the route of the old Kingston Breakfast run which many runners will remember. The 16 has always been very popular with marathon runners as one of very few longer distance races.

Before you enter either of these two please contact Chris Kelly or Roderick Hoffman for the discount codes to be entered during the entry process.

Orienteering Result for West Hampstead on December 11th.

The previous two runs had been flat but this was a hilly one so I was glad I'd got my fitness back. Over the five miles run I climbed 128m and that was without visiting the Heath itself. My Garmin also tells me that in the 59:35 I took for the event my moving time was only 53:11. Much of the six minutes stationary was frustratingly spent waiting to cross the Finchley Road (four times in all).

Simon scored 370 points finishing in 27th place (of 55) and I scored 290 points in 44th place. The event had a low attendance consequently we scored well for the overall standings - Simon and I are 19th and 18th respectively - though I'm only ahead of Simon because I've run at four events to his three. With the best five to count Simon will overtake me in two runs' time.

Next month, on Tuesday 8th January, Street-O comes to Ealing. See for details.

Roderick Hoffman

Running shorts...

  • Dear Ed, having been out of commission the last week I instead took to my arduous up and down muddy six and a quarter course at Cookham (incl. Winter Hill), but on a fast hike! Accomplished in 2Hours 56mins. Andy Rayner

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