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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th October 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 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


This week we have three club featured events - the first five-mile handicap of the year on Wednesday, the club featured parkrun at Old Deer Park on Saturday and then the Milocarian XC at RMA Sandhurst a few hours later. Probably not impossible for club members to do all three.

I've had no submissions for the mile this month - but it has been a busy month for everything else so we perhaps all needed a rest instead.

Roderick Hoffman

Milocarian XC at RMA Sandhurst

  • Teams start to arrive 1230 hrs to 1300 hrs;
  • Team Briefing at Churchill Hall Car Park at 1345 hrs;
  • Race Start 1430 hrs.
  • The Match will be run over an undulating course of some 5.5 miles.
  • Teams (six runners to count) are to compete for the Terry Lewin Trophy.
  • The Milocarian Ladies Trophy (4 runners to count) will be awarded to the Winning Ladies Team.
  • Individual medals will be awarded to the male and female podium winners.
  • Showers and Changing facilities will be available.
  • Refreshments will be available before the prize giving.

My assumption is that all BAAC members will be welcome and teams can be formed on the day.

Club Points Update

The London Marathon and last weekend's WARR and Surrey League matches added many points to the club points table. We've had four new additions to the 10pointers with Amanda Coombs, Graham Taylor, Maarten Stenham and Alan Friar now getting our thanks for their contribution over the year. They join the 12 individuals previously credited. There are another eleven listed with 8 or 9 points so expect many more credits towards the end of the calendar year. In total 213 individuals have contributed to the club so far this year and 81 of those more than once. At the top it is going to be a tough fight for the Tom Rowley trophy with myself and Steve Hillier currently tied in first place and Steve Newell just behind. Chris Kelly leads the group fighting for fourth place.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

Only 11 club members and friends achievements are listed below - though the early publication time may have caught others out.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Sprints 4.77km Dordogne, France Wed pm 00:15:34 It’s been a good week. 66 km of base training with various runs around the Dordogne and Charente. Last week I had my first running camp with 7 Brighton Phoenix women, so this week was a recovery week, apart from this session, which was eyeballs out
Barry Walters Running 9km Bracknell Sun am 00:58:00 Ran an easy out and back run through the forest on a new course. After a 45 minutes break did a one-hour gym session (half cardio and half strengthening) and followed this with 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Cycling 10.86km Cardiff Sun pm 01:19:08 Cycling with my 9y/o, he took a lot of prising away from digital devices but he enjoyed it once we were out on the lanes in the sunshine.
Emma Moreton  Race Half-M Beachy Head Half Sun 02:02:00 Beachy Head Half in 2:02 on Sunday. Last few miles were very wet, with thunder and lightning too!
Janet Smith Throwing 40.58m Hull Last week Last weekend but didn't get a chance to post. It was the 70th Anniversary of the Hammer Circle Reunion. 100 mad people who love the Hammer get together each year for competitions, coaching and a dinner with a guest speaker - this year John Trower, Steve Backley's coach. I threw well on Saturday, 40.58m which put me back at number 1 in the W55 UK rankings. Ended the year ranked 1st in 3 events
Julie Barclay Running 5miles Diamond Head, Waikiki, Hawaii Mon 02:00:00 A 2.5 mile run to Diamond Head Country Park with an hour climb, hike and look around the volcanic crater with stunning views across the island of Oahu…
Paul Watt Running 5miles Diamond Head, Waikiki, Hawaii Tue 02:00:00 ...followed by a 2.5 mile run back to the hotel.
Melanie Miller Walking 14.01km Stiffkey to Cley next the Sea Sun 03:03:56 Lovely coastal walk from Stiffkey to Cley next the Sea via Morston Quay & Blakeney Point on a dismal rainy day but beautiful walk all the same.
Michael Ball Turbo Cycling Something new this week, indoor cycling sprints: 10 second sprint 50 second rest 20 second sprint 40 second rest 30 second sprint 30 second rest 40 second sprint 20 second rest 50 second sprint 10 second rest then back down again.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon Sun am 01:52:46 Slower than my recent marathons at the halfway point! Got absolutely soaked - heavy rain all the way round.
Roderick Hoffman parkrun 5km Warrandyte River Reserve Sat am 00:31:40 A slow time, but at least I was able to outsprint the guy who had overtaken me with 100m to go. Only 33 runners but several of them knew what a parkrun "Hoffman" was.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 22nd October 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 614 31 0:26:10 61.27%
Vera Simms Bedgebury Pinetum 268 71 0:30:36 63.40% First BA lady at Bedgebury, run #70, park #29
Joe NOLAN Black Park 629 312 0:34:19 49.78% Groundhog Day on his 400th parkrun.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 553 213 0:33:01 62.34%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 899 414 0:25:08 63.79%
Monica ALONSO Bushy Park 899 796 0:29:28 60.63% run #90, 2nd of 2022
Diana Smith Bushy Park 899 1205 0:50:36 46.28%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 476 51 0:26:50 55.40%
Janet SMITH Dinton Pastures 155 187 0:35:20 52.64% run #70, P-Index up to 4
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 26 129 0:27:16 62.65% 18second PB on 7th run at Edenbrook
Alastair HESLOP Guildford Timekeeper at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 492 165 0:25:36 65.49% Fastest at Gunnersbury (or anywhere) since 2019
David DUGGAN Harcourt Hill 334 73 0:35:25 46.07% first run at Harcourt Hill, park #113
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 319 179 0:38:43 60.48%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 319 180 0:39:18 46.69% Actually finished 1s behind Joan in 39:19 vs 39:18.
Melanie Miller Holkham 247 144 0:53:27 33.43% parkwalker volunteer role
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 180 29 0:23:56 62.60%
Harjit Jhooti Leavesden Country 1 244 0:34:46 50.72% First UK Inaugural - but needs a "2" and a "3" to progress her Wilson Index. Club's 684th parkrun.
Trish MCCABE Lordship Recreation Ground 1 144 0:27:06 58.61% Retains Londone status by attending London inaugural (first inaugural for seven years). Club's 683rd parkrun.
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 326 188 0:32:18 65.69%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 326 189 0:32:18 53.41%
Steve NEWELL Mole Valley 175 204 0:51:56 38.67% Lovely morning for it, a bit slippery in places.
Mike DENNISON Old Deer Park 549 9 0:21:04 78.88% Run #473, 8th at Old Deer Park, P-Index remains 7, lower age grade than his own ODP club record.
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 394 91 0:27:25 61.76%
Paul WATT Perrigo 110 5 0:20:44 75.40% Club's 685th parkrun.
Julie BARCLAY Perrigo 110 14 0:23:15 81.15%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 233 76 0:34:28 48.65% run #280, 13th at Prudhoe Riverside
Jain REID Richmond Park 724 216 0:30:24 59.54%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 223 28 0:21:13 73.68% Same time as previous parkrun - but different event
Eddie GILES Salisbury 315 146 0:27:22 67.05% 14th run at Salisbury this year
Roderick HOFFMAN Warrandyte River Reserve 30 22 0:31:40 51.53% 22nd finisher on 22nd. 17th Australian parkrun (13th in Victoria). Club's 682nd parkrun.
John COFFEY Woking 338 234 0:46:29 45.21%
David Cowell Wollaton Hall Timekeeper at Wollaton Hall
Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 457 305 0:52:35 39.97%

parkrun Review Saturday 22nd October 2022

After a few weeks without any new parkruns at all in UK we had two this weekend within the M25, one inside London in Harringey borough and one just over the border in already parkrun rich Hertsfordshire. We had runners at both inaugurals.  Trish McCabe (27:06) wasn’t going to give-up her hard won “Londone” title after just one week and made her way to Lordship Recreation parkrun, a flat three-lapper with a hopefully manageable attendance of 242.  It is likely to be popular with those in North London who are less keen on the hilly courses.  It is walkable from Turnpike Lake station (Piccadilly Line, when operating).  Harjit Jhooti (34:46) spotted a new one starting up at Leavesden Country Park not far from both the M25 and M1 near Watford [Ed: I've described the location as just beyond the Harry Potter Studio].  That takes her parks total to 59 and her Wilson Index quest is up and running at last. Those two new parkruns for the club were only half the story.  Roderick Hoffman (31:40) had started the day off with an 8 a.m. run at WARRandyte River Reserve along the Yarra river to the north and east of Melbourne, his thirteenth parkrun in Victoria.  At the end of day news came through from Washington State where Paul Watt (20:44) and Julie Barclay (23:15) had been at Perrigo Community Park at Redmond, east of Seattle.  Paul followed his speedy run with a barcode scanning shift while Julie had a bit more time to reflect and write a parkrun report – look out for it.  The club parks total has moved up to 685 – don’t bet against us reaching 700 by year end.

Two course pb’s spotted in the results this week.  Barry Walters (27:16) clipped 18 secs off his previous best at Edenbrook Country and Janet Smith (35:20) bettered her 2019 times at Dinton Pastures by 26 seconds.  Her p-index is up to four – she has run at four parkruns at least four times.

At Bedfont Lakes it was pacer day where Maria Jovani (26:10) was running for the 149th time and encouraging those around her to maintain 26-minute pace.  Black Park pace guru Joe Nolan (34:19) was off duty but on his 400th parkrun (356th at Black Park) he celebrated with a Groundhog Day run (exactly the some time and at the same venue as his previous run).  The next Black Park pacer day will be 5th November.

Life at Fulham Palace has not quite returned to normal.  parkrunners can now enjoy a better running surface generally but construction work at the football ground next door continues to have an impact.  Attendances are back to an average of 400 each week with the first man home usually under 17 minutes.

David Duggan (35:25) ran at Harcourt Hill (near an Oxford Brooks campus to the south of Oxford) for the first time.  His 113th park.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - new club parkruns

Note that when in the digest we report new events run by club members we accord them based on a rough estimation of the UTC time of the finish time. So this week I got the 682nd parkrun since my 8am Australia parkrun was well before anyone else's. Harjit got the 683rd since she ran faster than Melanie walked at their new parkruns in the UK and then Paul, rather than Julie, was credited with the 685th in their run in the Americas. Perigo parkrun started 19hours after Warrandyte parkrun. The database doesn't know about timezones and differing start times so on the "EventFirstRun" tab it lists parkruns first run on the same day in an arbitrary order.

Finish Positions

I note that Paul Watt finished in fifth place on Saturday. That was his fifth fifth place finish within the last twelve months, and all at different parkruns. Paul has finished in all positions from 2nd to 13th but never first.

Also badly in need of a first-place finish are Barry Walters, Ben Chaytow, Maarten Stenham, Murray Hogge, Chris Kelly and former member Richard Ruffell. It is harder for girls, but Maria Jovani has finished everywhere from 2nd to 46th but also needs that allusive first place finish. Jeremy Short has finished in 1st to 10th place but needs an 11th. Gary Rushmer and Mike Dennison have finished in every position from 1st to 16th. Those needing the first place finish need to choose carefully where they run - I for instance have a first place finish to my name with a 32:50 finish! Or change your name and ability to that of Adrian Haines who has twelve first place finishes to his name - of the club's 30 in total (Adrian's "problem" being that he has never finished 8th or rarely lower than 9th).

But parkrun isn't a race, is it?

Roderick Hoffman

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