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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th November 2018


  • Wednesday 21st November - Five Mile Handicap # followed by the annual Club Quiz - at the Bedfont Club at 18:00 and 19:30 respectively.
  • Saturday 1st December Club Featured parkrun at Fulham Palace at 09:00 #.
  • Sunday 2nd December - Run of the Month the Perivale Five #. See perivale_5 but note that this event is already sold-out. It may be possible to get a late entry as a club favour but you might have to offer to transport the club clock to or from the event to earn this!  

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: First week of October.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 2nd week of October) / # Club Points event.

Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please. / Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml.

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

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

On my travels again

I'm travelling again for the next two Mondays so can't guarantee to get digests out on time or with memory-hungry pictures. But you can help by sending me prepared copy by the end of Sunday each week.

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC Quiz:  THIS Wednesday 21st November 2018, Bedfont Club - PLEASE RESPOND

It’s time for our annual quiz, to be held this year at our new home, Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club, close to Hatton Cross.   It is on the east side of Hatton Road and the entrance to its large car park is opposite the Duke of Wellington pub. The postcode is TW14 9QT.

The quiz will start at 8pm, following our Five Mile handicap run (see below).  Food will be provided before or during the quiz.  Please contact Steve beforehand if you have specific dietary requirements.

As usual the quiz will be run by Steve and Linda Hillier, and will be raising funds for our White Lodge charity.  As last year, we will be recommending a minimum donation of £5 each (remember, you are getting fed!).  The team size will be between four and six – come as a team, or join up with some others on the night.  No-one will be left out.

Steve would appreciate an indication of numbers.

Steve Hillier {}

Winter Five-Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club - second run 21st November #

This Wednesday we have the November leg of the 5 mile Bedfont and Feltham five-mile handicap.

We plan to have the club clock ticking in the football club car park in Hatton Road with the first runners setting off at 6 p.m.

Everyone should be mindful of the cooler temperatures this week and also wear lighter colours or a Hi-Viz top.

On this occasion runners may wear a watch and be prepared to self time their run.  Ideally runners should set off with the expectation of finishing a couple of minutes either side of 7 p.m.

Nearest to their predicted time is likely to win a prize of a goblet or tankard.  Winners from the first three months will be given these at the Club Christmas event on 19th December or at an appropriate opportunity soon after that date.

Steve Newell

Concorde Five - help and advice needed -  PLEASE RESPOND (just one of you did last time this was printed)

For most of the life of the club we have organised an annual open "Concorde" race around the streets of Cranford and Harlington or Heston. This used to be a 10k race but in more recent years has been over a five mile distance.

The committee need to decide at the next Committee Meeting on Wednesday 5th December if, and if so how, we would have an event in 2019.

Your views on this are wanted - particularly if you are prepared to step forward into the Race Director's shoes because I have made it clear that I do not want to continue in that role next year. Without one or more volunteers to take on more responsibility it is difficult to see how we can have an event next year.  But this is perhaps a good time to suggest a different location for this road race, or even a different event altogether to take the club forward.

Some positives about the current event:

  • The course is registered and valid until 2022.
  • Use of the Cranford Community College as Race HQ works and is affordable.
  • The Concorde Brass medals may be expensive but they are very popular with those who run the event.
  • We've been supported in recent years by a big and growing team called "Sikh in the City".  They contacted me after last year's event and said how pleased they are that this event exists so close to where they are based (Southall) and how they would like to help it grow next year.
  • The previous year, 2017, the event had its recent maximum entry and 111 finishers thanks to being named as "Run-of-the-Month" by the large "London Frontrunners" team.

Roderick Hoffman {}

Gunnersbury NOW run Wednesday 14th November - Report

The "Non Office Workers" run at Gunnersbury Park was attended by seven members and supported by quiz-mistress and club chaplain Linda Hiller who recalled happy childhood memories of the park and the boating pond.  The group ran a lap of the current parkrun course in glorious midday sunshine, and also explored other paths around the mansions and Princess Amelia's bathhouse and grotto before retiring to the café to enjoy a light lunch.  The newly time-rich Hilliers and Steve Newell then visited the museum and several floors of the refurbished large mansion.  Steve Newell was on his way out when he met a class of schoolchildren on their way in.  The group included his seven year old grandson.  No doubt his exercise book/diary will have recorded : "This afternoon we visited the museum at Gunnersbury Park and I saw grandpa".  The stuff of legends.

Steve Newell

London Marathon 2019 applicants

We have a (long) list of applicants for BAAC places for next year's marathon.  I've just chased everyone to confirm continued interest, ahead of our draw for places which will take place early in December.  If you want a place in next April's run, please contact me before the end of November to confirm you want a place.

Steve Hillier

The geese are getting fat...

This year's Club Christmas event will be on Wednesday 19th December so please put this date aside in your diaries.  The venue will be the Bedfont Club, food will be provided (but we don't yet know what) and there will be the traditional mile event beforehand - though on a new course outside the Bedfont Club.

More details on a subsequent week.

Club parkrun results for Saturday 17th November 2018

17th Novemberparkrunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Maria Jovani 21:00 Woking F-1, run #249, 1st at Woking 74%
Ben Chaytow 21:56 Crane Park run #211, 182nd at Crane Park 63%
Julie Barclay 22:23 Frimley Lodge F-3, 29th run at Frimley Lodge 80%
Ian Cockram 22:38 Beckenham Place 1st at Beckenham Place, club record 66%
Bob Bannister 23:18 Bedfont Lakes run #334, 279th at Bedfont Lakes 70%
Chris Evans 23:22 Bedfont Lakes run #218, 211th at Bedfont Lakes 65%
Jacqui Musselwhite 23:31 Frimley Lodge 1st run at Frimley Lodge 71%
Chris Kelly 23:33 Mount Edgcumbe first parkrun in Cornwall, BApark #453 64%
Paul Watt 23:38 Frimley Lodge run #91, 21st Frimley Lodge 64%
James Glover 24:18 Guildford run #27, best so far in 2018 62%
Michael Ball 24:32 Brooklands inaugural, club record 63%
Paul Timms 24:46 Cirencester run #23, 13th at Cirencester 62%
Steve Taylor 24:56 Northala Fields run #104, 69th at Northala Fields 62%
Caroline Cockram 25:33 Beckenham Place 1st at Beckenham Place, club record (F) 65%
Piers Keenleyside 25:40 Osterley Park first run round the new course at Osterley 63%
Neil Frediani 26:16 Bedfont Lakes run #208, 136th at Bedfont Lakes 62%
Leslie Chamberlin 26:40 Bushy Park run #181, 54th at Bushy 72%
David Duggan 26:45 Bedfont Lakes run #278,190th at Bedfont Lakes 59%
John Coffey 26:58 Bushy Park run #305, 236th at Bushy Park 72%
Trish McCabe 27:04 Bedfont Lakes run #259, 158th at Bedfont Lakes 57%
Eddie Giles 27:59 Rutland Water 1st run at Rutland Water 63%
Roderick Hoffman 29:23 Mernda VIC park #251, BApark #452 54%
Denis Foxley 29:35 Harrow run #116, 98th at Harrow 59%
Benita Scaife 31:45 Maidenhead run #135, 69th at Maidenhead 63%
John Scaife 31:46 Maidenhead run #152, 69th at Maidenhead 52%
Monica Alonso 31:58 Bushy Park run #81, 5th at Bushy Park 53%
Sarah Gordon 32:45 Leicester Victoria run #210, 24th at Leicester Victoria 59%
Petra Otto 32:54 Manor Field Whittlesey run #66, 3rd at Whittlesey 64%
Janet Smith 34:40 Black Park run #93, 42nd at Black Park 51%
Steve Newell 35:33 Finsbury Park 2nd run at Finsbury Park 52%
Alan Anderson 37:38 Osterley Park run #533, 8th at Osterley 61%
Joan Foxley 40:41 Harrow run #120, 102nd at Harrow 55%
Alice Banks 42:23 Higginson Marlow tail walker and token sorter 46%
Kevin Holland 42:35 Woking run #100 41%
Paul Davis 44:13 Hazelwood running with daughter (JW10) 30%
Charlotte Habgood 48:10 Mernda VIC run #34, 1st at Mernda 46%
Zoe Ostley volunteer Bedfont Lakes run director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper

Our quickest runner this week was Maria Jovan (21:00, 74%) on her first ever visit to Woking parkrun.  Kay Trinder retains the female club female record there with 20:49. Also at Woking, Kevin Holland (42:35) spun out the minutes as he celebrated his 100th parkrun finish.
Other age grade scores over 70% were achieved by Julie Barclay (22:23) and Jacqui Musselwhite (23:31) at Frimley Lodge, Bob Bannister (23:18) at Bedfont Lakes and John Coffey (26:58) who returned to Bushy Park after spending spring, summer and autumn at Hazelwood and never quite went under 27 minutes.  His 27:08 at Hazelwood set on 23rd June is proving to be an enduring age category record.

Ian Cockram (22:38) and Caroline Cockram (25:33) went to Beckenham Place in SE London for the first time and set new club records.  The two lap course is very flat and mostly on grass.

Chris Kelly (23:33) ran a parkrun in Cornwall for the first time and made a pioneering visit on behalf of the club to Mount Edgcumbe.  One way to get there is on the 8-minute Cremyll ferry across the River Tamar from Plymouth.  It has been judged to be the fourth hilliest parkrun course in UK.   Roderick Hoffman (29:23) and his sister Charlotte Habgood paid a groundbreaking visit to Mernda in northern Melbourne.  Michael Ball (24:32) was first out of the blocks for us at the inaugural run at Brooklands where the course is partly on the runway used by freshly manufactured then VC10’s in the 1960’s.  The location may prove popular with several of our members.  That trio take the club total up to 454 different parkruns.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Mount Edgcumbe parkrun

In Plymouth this weekend visiting youngest daughter for wife's birthday, and snuck out first thing to catch the Cremyll Ferry across to Cornwall for the not to be underestimated Mount Edgcumbe parkrun (clue in the name). Met some real first timers at the briefing - I hope I didn't put them off with over enthusiasm, especially as it was contrasted so swiftly by the awesome climb up the Mount. After a tough couple of uphill miles, we were rewarded with a good view of the Tamar and Devonport (if a bit misty) from the top near the church, then it was mainly back down again, before a cheeky upturn to the finish in front of the house.

Something of a baptism of fire for the first timers, as Edgcumbe is in fact the fourth hilliest parkrun in the UK {top 4 pictured - from: parkrun Elevation Rankings UK}, but they seemed chipper enough. I can only say that my legs are still unusually sore, for after a parkrun.

But with the ferry ride, and the usual friendly parkrun folks, it's one I would recommend, for the experience.


Chris Kelly

For the potential interest of individuals...

The Guildford parkrun team are helping to start a parkrun at Hatchlands Park National Trust. Would you like to be part of this? You’d be making history, and getting a new event going so that loads more people can enjoy parkrun. We're going to need an Equipment Manager, a Volunteer Coordinator and a few Run Directors. You don’t need any particular experience, just an understanding of parkrun values and a willingness to get stuck in. There is an Event Director in post and our local parkrun Ambassador is helping too. We all started out as beginner organisers and there will be plenty of support to prepare you for a role in this new team.

If you live East of Guildford – Horsley, Effingham, Bookham, Leatherhead, Cobham, Dorking etc. - this will be a convenient new parkrun for you. Please share this message with your running friends and local running clubs and raise awareness. There will be runners out there who would love to get involved.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact me via . I look forward to hearing from you and getting another local parkrun going.

Linda Cairns Founder Guildford parkrun and Guildford junior parkrun

Teddington Street-O Result - "Should of gone to spec savers"

Last Tuesday had Christine Munden, Simon Turton and myself running around the streets around Teddington.  This included visiting one control in Bushy Park which was a water fountain away from the road. Why do I point that out? Well, you try finding a small concrete water fountain under trees in a pitch black field.  Better spectacles wouldn't have helped us there - though the use of head torches did.  However better eyesight would have helped both Simon and I particularly reading the names of house alarm manufacturers off from the alarms themselves high up on house walls - again in the pitch black. And as for Christine…well (and forgive me for telling the world this) the cat she spotted and tried to get to fuss over turned out to be an urban fox. It was puzzled, but ignored her approach before disappearing into the night.

The winner on the night managed to score 480 points from the 820 available. Of the three of us Simon did the best with 370 points (15th place), I scored 268 points (including my 2 time penalties for being five seconds late…mainly because I forgot that the timing device I needed to use to stop the clock hadn't been put safely into my pocket but was still attached to my finger) (55th place) and Christine 170 points (73rd place from 82 participants).

In the series table I am currently leading Simon (157 points to Simon's 134 with Christine on 101).  This is due to me having competed at all three of the series events so far but over the series only the best five scores count so Simon can be expected to catch me up.

The fourth race of the 2018-19 season of evening street orienteering races around London will be held in West Hampstead, north-west London on Tuesday 11th December. A great opportunity to visit a new part of London you might not have been to!

Roderick Hoffman

Running shorts...

  • Quick correction - the date for the next Surrey League Cross-Country matches (men and women) is Saturday 12th January.
  • Dear Ed. First jog since 1914-1918 Battlefield Tour: =37.14. Having been in the trenches as it were the conditions of mud, etc. for me were incidental. However, very pleasing! Andy Rayner.

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