The logo of the baRUNNER website. HOME NEWS DIARY

baRUNNER - a website for the British Airways Athletics Club

The logo of the baRUNNER website.

BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st February 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

This Week's Events

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.

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by late Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Five Mile Winter Handicap - This Wednesday at the Bedfont Club # All Welcome

Five mile road circuit. All are welcome even if you haven't run yet this season (or are only able to do one lap of the course, 2.5 miles).

Runs should be timed to finish at 7pm. Informal social in the club afterwards.

Roderick Hoffman obo Steve Newell

Our men's team after Lloyd Park cross country runFourth and final Surrey League Cross Country Matches, Saturday 19th February #

The picture by Chris Kelly shows the "Post Lloyd Park XC analysis session in Coombe Lodge. We were 10th on the day - and provisionally overall, despite logistics issues preventing some of us getting to Croydon on time for the start (guilty) or at all! Conditions underfoot were loose, but at least the wind was behind us going up the hill!"

The men's individual results are shown below. We had nine finishers so with ten to a team our 10th finisher was given 122 points. In the team competition we finished tenth of 13 teams, 16 points behind the ninth team hence had we had a tenth runner they would have had to finish alongside Ben for us to have moved up a place.

Across the whole season the team also finished in 10th place (out of 14 teams) and whilst we were well down on the 9th place team, we were only 3.5 points ahead of the 11th placed team - hence we would have lost that place had Graham, for instance, not turned up on Saturday.

In the age rankings Mark Taylor has been provisionally marked as finished 3rd across the season in the v60 category.

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 SEN 00:29:48
22 22 918 Adam Moquet V35 BAW BAW 00:33:55
42 42 912 Paul Knechtl V50 BAW BAW 00:35:44
54 53 950 Paul Prescott SEN BAW BAW 00:36:34
82 70 906 John Taylor V55 BAW BAW 00:39:29
96 82 916 Colin Haylock V50 BAW BAW 00:40:36
97 83 905 Mark Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:40:39
132 104 915 Ben Kelly SEN BAW BAW 00:47:18
138 108 900 Chris Kelly V55 BAW BAW 00:49:04
145 112 904 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:54:09
146 113 V45 00:56:37

The ladies race at Effingham Common was cancelled, it is not yet known if it will be rescheduled.

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 15 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Cox Green Interesting? week. Mon 14 Feb: Untimed Circa fast 3M walk around Cox Green / Wed and Thurs 16 and 17 Feb: 2.2 mile cycles - 18m 26s and 18m 40s.
Barry Walters Running 11km Lightwater Sun am 01:11:47 A steady effort through Windlesham village and beyond. Halfway was reached in 35 minutes and I was slower on the return. Conditions were mild and windy.
Ben Cooper Running 8.93km Caerdydd Thur 00:47:26 Out whilst it's only "pretty windy" ahead of the potentially deadly forecast tomorrow
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km Menai (Sydney) Sat am The 300th running of Menai parkrun, our first since 2017 and the first time that we have repeated an Australian parkrun. A refreshing 20C after a few days of low 30s…
John Scaife parkrun 5km Menai (Sydney) Sat am ...Our son’s house is so close to the start that when we got back, the mug of tea I had made when we got up, and from which I had only taken a few sips, was still drinkably warm.
Julie Barclay Running reps Ash Common Thur 00:20:00 5x 400m muddy hills loop & 5x 200m steps loop
Michael Ball Hill Sprints Woking This weeks activity 3x4 20 second hill sprints.
Paul Watt  Race Half-M Hampton Court Sun 01:36:48 First ever HM and sorry that I have waited so long to run one. Very windy along the Thames but very enjoyable.
Petra Otto Gym Sessions Unfortunately, it was too cold for me to do a Parkrun. So the usual gym, but also speed-walking on the treadmill, with a 15% incline at 6km/hour.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Seville Marathon Sun 04:14:20 Best effort this week. Pleased to get sub 4:15 for first time in 3 years or so. Now on 181 all time marathons. Aiming to get to 194 by the end of this year.
Roderick Hoffman parkrun 5km Woodgate Valley Sat am 00:29:18 Pleased and surprised to get within about a minute of last week's flat tarmac run given 20m net uphill with that climb being in the last km and with 500m being on soft ground (pictured).
Simon Turton Walking 3miles Cookham Dean Sun 01:30:00 Unable to run due to a foot injury so went for a NT suggested walk from Cookham Dean, inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s childhood (‘Wind in the Willows’). Very muddy, wet and a bit windy but good fun to do.
Stephen Taylor Running 16.16miles Teddington and back Sat am 02:55:33 Along the canal, through Syon park and along the Thames towards Teddington and back. We had encountered three fallen trees before getting to Syon park so we avoided the far side of the river due to the possibility of there being a tree down and blocking the path.
Steve Hillier Running 5.2km Roxbourne Park 00:37:04 Also 2hrs of tree-clearing and 9km of cycling in 35mins.
Steve Newell Swim 1600m Outdoor pool (heated) Wed am 00:52:00 Much faster than last week.

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 19th February 2022

21 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Maarten STENHAM Anacostia 128 6 0:22:17 63.13% Visiting Washington in the USA. Takes BA male and age grade record from David Duggan. Report - see below.
Jakob STENHAM Anacostia 128 7 0:24:49 61.65% [non-member] Highest ever position in a 5k parkrun
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 418 Timekeeper at Guildford
Paul WATT Harrow 284 11 0:20:14 76.61% 1st run at Harrow, run #173, park #71
Julie BARCLAY Harrow 284 50 0:24:22 76.33% 1st run at Harrow, run #225, park 75, age category record
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 284 112 0:29:07 62.11% 152nd run at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 284 179 0:38:22 61.03% 200th run, 176th at Harrow
Michael Dennison Hazelwood 126 22 0:21:43 75.83% run #440, 5th at Hazelwood
Trish MCCABE Hazelwood 126 204 0:30:49 51.54% Storm refuge - record attendance at Hazelwood, nearly double the previous best.
John COFFEY Hazelwood 126 274 0:36:33 57.50% 100th run at Hazelwood
Maria JOVANI Homewood 211 34 0:24:51 64.52% BA ladies record
Benita SCAIFE Menai 300 95 0:34:37 60.38% Australian repeat!
John SCAIFE Menai 300 96 0:34:38 49.81% Whilst his coffee cooled!
Barry WALTERS Sandhurst Memorial 39 137 0:28:44 58.93% 2nd run but 5 seconds slower
Harjit Jhooti Southall 7 113 0:30:02 58.71% [plus pre-event set-up]
Melanie Miller Southall 7 148 0:36:40 48.09% PB   43second improvement [having checked the course earlier]
Adrian HAINES Tilgate 441 16 0:19:43 77.26% And last week (missed) in 0:20:35
David DUGGAN Upton Court 405 140 0:33:12 49.15% run #391, 2nd at Upton Court
Roderick HOFFMAN Woodgate Valley Country Park 27 60 0:29:19 55.20% run #416, park #319, BA park #628
Steve NEWELL Wormwood Scrubs 482 113 0:43:22 45.35% special Eunice course, no trees, just mud!
Alice BANKS Wycombe Rye 422 160 0:27:10 75.77% 7th run and best ever age grade at Wycombe

In UK, the weekend was dominated by the weather (storm “Eunice”) with extremely strong winds damaging trees and buildings and at one stage the government advising the public to stay at home in many parts of the country.  Some landowners closed parkrun venues well in advance, others only when the seriousness manifested itself but the impact was that over 100 parkruns were cancelled mostly by Friday evening but some on Saturday morning itself. For Bushy Park this was a once in a generation occurrence – a weather cancellation had never happened before.  Attendances were well down overall although several parkruns which survived attracted well above average, even record numbers.  Across the UK there were on 462 parkruns and 79,394 runners whereas a week earlier we had 707 parkruns and 128,047 runners.  Ferocious winds were reported on the Isle of Wight so it was slightly surprising that the two busiest runs in the country were at Southampton (735) and Poole (724).  Both of these parkruns have attracted over 1000 runners in pre-Covid times.

The Thames Valley area was particularly badly hit with all the runs in Reading and many in West and South London cancelled [see map and link below] so even with cross country fixtures providing a counter attraction, attention was focused on parkruns still operating and Hazelwood (Sunbury on Thames) with its wide-open spaces, large carpark, acres of Rugby pitches and lack of trees became a target for many. There was a record attendance of 315 against a previous figure of 178 set on 14th March 2020 (#100) which had turned out to be the last run for quite a while.  Our runners included John Coffey (36:33) who has now run 100 times at Hazelwood to go along with the 242 at Bushy in earlier years.

Our fastest runner this week was Adrian Haines (19:43) at Tilgate, the 34th occasion when he has finished inside 20 minutes there and showing that the 20:35 last week was a once in a lifetime aberration.  Paul Watt (20:14) running at Harrow for the first time (park #71) wasn’t far away.

For the ladies, the standout performance this week was achieved by Julie Barclay (24:22, 76.33%) who set a new age group record at Harrow where many find the three laps with hills energy sapping.  Running her close was Alice Banks (27.10, 75.77%) who returned to Wycombe for the first time since the lockdown and achieved her best age grade score over the course.

Roderick Hoffman (29:19) kept nimble and added a new park to his collection visiting Woodgate Valley Country Park in Birmingham.  Not his first choice but they all count.  Club total up to 628.

In Australia Benita and John Scaife (34:38) created their own “downunder” history by going back to a parkrun they had been to before. Menai parkrun (SW Sydney) was celebrating the 300th incarnation.  Many time zones behind Maarten Stenham (22:17, club record) and his son Jakob(24:49) were at Anacostia parkrun in Washington DC.

Bedfont/Crane/Hanworth refugee David Duggan (33:11) returned to Upton Court five years after his first visit.  The cancellation at Black Park drove more runners (214) than the recent average (150) to Upton Court but many must have stayed in bed and watched the curling!

Steve Newell

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

The Stenhams finish Anacostia parkrunThe family went to IAD (Washington) this half term for some cultural inspiration via the museums, and of course a new (to us) parkrun course!
Washington DC is very well served for parkruns, we had Fletcher's Cove, Roosevelt Island and Anacostia parkruns to choose from. We opted for Anacostia as it was on the bus route outside our hotel.

Thankfully this proved a good choice - it was flat, but sparsely attended (just 29 athletes this Saturday). The organisers are very friendly and it seems a popular destination for Brits abroad in DC.

The run was great for 2.5kms with a nice tail wind, but not so nice when the course turns 180 degrees and then you have a not so nice head wind!

However, Jakob and I managed 6th and 7th positions for BA - though it won't be long before he's well ahead of me.

See you soon

Maarten Stenham


Saturday's parkrun Cancellations:(click on map extract to load worldwide cancellations map)

Saturday's parkrun cancellations

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the editor - a race with aircraft links...

An item you may wish to consider for the events list:

The Duxford Dash is taking place on Sunday 13th March and comprises a 5K and 10K race around the historic airfield (plus a family run). The entry cost for the race also includes entry to the Imperial War Museum Duxford (Cambridgeshire) which comprises a wide range of military and civil aircraft from the earliest days of flight to today.

See Duxford Dash | 5k and 10k Running Race | Imperial War Museums ( for details and entry.


Michael O'Hagan

Roderick Hoffman

Next Digest - Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send them to the editor, Roderick Hoffman, at

Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please.

Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml. Club website:



Full Index