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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th September 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]

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 September 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

Editorial - News, what news?

Perhaps I shouldn't have wished for news last week - not all news is good.

Roderick Hoffman

WARR Results # (+ the Club Featured parkrun)

Name Division Race # 10K Chip Time 5k Chip Time parkrun Comment
WATT, Paul M5059 233 00:19:51 00:21:32 5k 6th M50-59 1st
HOWARD, Phil M6069 177 00:48:08 00:24:12 00:24:41 M60-69 10k 5th, 5k 2nd
BARCLAY, Julie F6069 234 00:48:08 00:25:41 00:25:42 F60-69 10k 1st, 5k 1st
COOPER, Ben M3039 94 00:49:58 00:25:22
BELLARS, Tim M5059 296 00:52:46 00:25:19 00:26:30 5k M50-59 9th
TAYLOR, Stephen M6069 322 00:57:05 00:28:16 M60-69 10k 8th, 5k 8th
TAYLOR, Marion F5059 323 00:32:23 F50-59 5k 8th
COTTER, Finbarr M6069 258 00:39:03
COTTER, Rita F6069 257 00:39:03
SCAIFE, John M6069 83 01:01:28 00:35:17
HOFFMAN, Roderick M6069 34 01:01:43 00:40:54 00:31:01  
HOWARD, Paola F6069 176 01:02:01 00:31:46 00:32:52 F60-69 10k 9th, 5k 8th
SCAIFE, BENITA       00:35:16 Did not start (unwell)
GARRATT, Michelle         Did not arrive (injured)

217 finishers in the 10k and 293 in the 5k.

Both Tim Bellars and Stephen Taylor ran the 10k and then the 5k and managed a faster pace in the 5k.

Between us we were, or at least should have been, given four Division awards - Paul for 5k 1st, Phil for 5k 2nd and Julie a double first. As ever the results presentations didn't go as smoothly as they could have done. One problem was that due to the organiser's mistake Julie was placed in the younger Division F5059. However, that didn't make much difference during the 10k presentations since she had outrun all of the ladies in that Division as well as her own.

The conditions were good - cool but sunny and with little wind. The course was mostly flat and alongside the river with no road crossings (though there was the occasional abandoned hire bike).

The awards were given out over the morning but there was an evening do involving a trip around Calgary Zoo followed by a meal - with additional funding from WestJet.

Did the BA runners take the WARR races seriously enough? Eight of us did the Nose Hill parkrun on the Saturday and some of those eight took it more seriously than as an acclimatization warm-up run. However, without exception, we still managed to run the 10k at a faster pace than the parkrun the previous day. And, except for me taking photographs from the back of the WARR 5k, we also ran the 5k faster than the parkrun - albeit by 1 second in Julie's case.

As well as the eight of us running Nose Hill parkrun as a Club Featured parkrun, 22 of the WARRiors from other airlines joined in as well, and provided a couple of marshals. Nose Hill almost had an attendance record - the 129 finishers had only been beaten once, with 131 finishers at their recent seven-year anniversary run. The conditions were sunny at 08:30 but by 09:00 it had totally misted over and it got colder throughout the run. However, all appeared to have enjoyed the event and the warm-up drinks at the "Friend's" Cafe afterwards. And at least six of the thirty total made it back into central Calgary for the 12:00 Team Captain's meeting. I found the time (somehow) to write the parkrun run report: news | Nose Hill parkrun

Next Year's WARR has already been pencilled in for Sunday 6th October 2024 in Auckland, New Zealand. The host Chair is David Gall who is well aware of our need (some of us, anyway) to fit in an international parkrun as well and Western Springs parkrun is lined up for the Saturday.

Alamo Contender

Someone put in a strong bid to win the Alamo trophy at this year's WARR (given for the most extreme achievement over the event week - and usually a negative achievement).  A very experienced BA parkrunner finished the Nose Hill parkrun, walked up the finish funnel and collected their finish token. Then, having recovered their breath during which they took a photograph of the token, they went to chat to the Token Sorter, Julie Barclay. After a short chat the finish token was handed over to be sorted into the rest. Only a few minutes later did it occur to the individual that they hadn't actually had their token scanned! Fortunately, because the position was known (from the photograph), the token was able to be retrieved and taken to the scanners for scanning! Now, I wonder who the experienced parkrunner was?

Roderick Hoffman

Harry Wild

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that Harry Wild passed away last week.  He was a long serving member, a kind and popular man, and an amazingly good runner throughout his long career starting in the 1950's.  Harry held fourteen club records that we are aware of, and probably more, that he was too modest to draw our attention to.  Most special of all, he was the crucial marshal who made the Parkway Mile a success for many years.

Harry's daughter Lesley has been coordinating details of his funeral.  If you would like to attend, please text Lesley on 07534 969862.  Here are the details:

Harry's family would like to invite you to the funeral service, which will take place at Breakspear Crematorium, Wednesday 11th October at 12.45. 

The reception held afterwards at Hillingdon Athletic Club, which you are warmly invited to. 

We would like to request any condolences be in the form of donations to Shelter which was so dear to Harry's heart.

It will no doubt be an emotional day, but we would like to ask everyone to come with a smile as Harry would have wanted.

Steve Hillier

Recent Activity Achievements

14 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Local 6, no 7, reports please. Sun 17 Sept & Mon & Tue estate fast walks in 10m 18s, 11m 40s and 10m 32s. Wed 20Sept XC in 36.50s. Thurs 21 Sep fast walk Estate and Park in 29m 59s. Fri fast walk Estate in 10m 28s and Sat XC in 63m 3s.
Elise Lawrenson  Race 10km Vitality 10k Sun 00:49:22 Course PB and season best for me, though there were issues including the suggestion that they added an extra 250m onto the course from previous years. It was always a favourite run for me, but this year seems to have been a bit chaotic in numerous ways.
Emma Moreton Running 19miles Runnymede & Windsor 19 mile training run around Runnymede & Windsor for Beachy Head marathon
Jain Reid  Race Marathon Berlin Marathon Sun 04:37:29 It was better than I expected given less than ideal build up but I really struggled. I will be following Kipchogi's advice tomorrow [see also below]
Julie Barclay Running 5km Vancouver Tue 00:35:00 We took the transit train from Vancouver City to Burnaby in East Vancouver to run a Freedom-run of the Central parkrun Burnaby course…
Paul Watt Running 5km Vancouver Tue 00:35:00 ...A beautiful course taking us through forest, around a small lake and all on hard and even path. The 5k was followed by 6x80m fast strides. We managed to get back to Vancouver within the 90minute limit of our transit tickets!
Mike Dennison  Race 10km Vitality 10k Sun 00:41:04 There were some issues with some people not getting their numbers/chips in time, delaying the official results due to the number of new chips. Luckily I got mine OK, so didn't have any issues - it was quite warm, though. I think my finish time is 41:04.
Petra Otto Various Nordic Skier, 1,000m on rower, 1/2 hour stepping on cross trainer to max HR, and weights. Plus a very, very painful 100th March parkwalk today in 59:59mins.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Ealing Half Marathon Sun 01:50:06 I ran this for the 8th time. Was hoping for 1:45 but could only manage 1:50:06. On the plus side I was the 1st MV60-69 Ealing Eagles runner in a field of 16. Overall in the age category I was 13th of 98.
Harjit Jhooti  Race Half-M Ealing Half Marathon Sun I did the Ealing Half and bumped into Piers Keenleyside
Roderick Hoffman Running 10km Delta, Vancouver Thur 01:08:44 What was notable about this acclimatization run was that I ran all the way to the 49th parallel and briefly crossed over into the USA. There was no one there to arrest me.
Simon Turton Orienteering 9.21km Mole Valley Winter Series Street-O in Little Bookham 00:55:05 Avoided the rain and had a reasonable run but got back early, so a bit conservative. Still, my longest run for a while.
Steve Hillier Cycling 18km Northolt and Grand Union Canal Sun 01:17:00 Meandering through Northolt and alongside the Grand Union Canal. This followed a few days yomping through the Yorkshire Dales in monsoon conditions.
Steve Newell Walking 2km Nanortalik, Greenland Untimed.  Sunny afternoon but air temp about 40 deg F. Wondering if any other club member has been to Greenland? No parkrun here yet, part of the Danish Empire. Ed: Not Greenland, but Anne Hurn was marooned for several days in Gander, Newfoundland following 9/11.

No pictures because I'm without my picture editor. There are plenty on Facebook and more from WARR to be added.

With reference to Simon's Street-O, note that the SLOW Street-O series has its first event on 10th October in Acton which may be convenient for some of us - though Sadly I'll be unable to attend. See: Acton Street-O Tuesday 10 October 2023 – South London Orienteers (

Berlin Marathon Results (Women)

  • 1st Assefa, Tigst (ETH) 02:11:53 (World Best Time)
  • 9th Purdue, Charlotte (GBR) 02:22:17
  • 8448th Reid, Jain (GBR) 04:37:29 (British Airways AC)

You've got to be in it to win it...or to even finish in 8448th place. As it happens Tigst and Charlotte could have done a two marathon relay and finished ahead of Jain - but they weren't in a relay, they were in the same race.

parkrun Results for Saturday 23rd September

36 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Paul WATT Nose Hill # 285 6 0:21:32 73.22% New BA men's record (from Roderick)
Phil Howard Nose Hill # 285 14 0:24:41 65.56% [Non-member] 7th event, all different.
Julie BARCLAY Nose Hill # 285 26 0:25:42 74.45% First BA lady and Age Grade record from Roderick
Tim BELLARS Nose Hill # 285 31 0:26:30 58.99% First parkrun for almost four years.
Roderick HOFFMAN Nose Hill # 285 69 0:31:01 53.09% Best Age Grade at Nose Hill in three runs.
Paola Howard Nose Hill # 285 84 0:32:52 58.22% [Non-member] 7th event, all different.
Benita SCAIFE Nose Hill # 285 94 0:35:16 61.11%
John SCAIFE Nose Hill # 285 95 0:35:17 49.41%
Paul TIMMS Bishan 173 21 0:23:48 67.37% New BA park - #764
Joe NOLAN Black Park 678 155 0:27:42 62.27% Fastest parkrun for six years.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 602 186 0:39:35 52.80%
Harjit Jhooti Broadwater 105 182 0:37:17 47.92%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 949 553 0:27:12 59.50%
Scott DAVISON Bushy Park 949 558 0:27:13 55.05%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 949 1236 0:48:54 48.70%
David Cowell Colwick 559 3 0:19:14 73.74% PB by 7 seconds. Improves own BA records
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 524 10 0:22:16 64.67%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 488 Token Sorting at Guildford
Frankie HOGGE Hackney Marshes 619 67 0:21:36 68.52%
David DUGGAN Hanworth 153 59 0:33:48 48.72%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 366 151 0:30:25 61.26%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 366 229 0:37:34 63.40% One second slower than her best time this year.
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 165 90 0:28:03 75.64%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Maidenhead 374 100 0:27:33 61.46%
Petra OTTO March 316 121 0:59:59 37.73% Genuine 59:59 result.
Melanie Miller Mole Valley 223 245 1:04:35 28.03% Tail Walker at Mole Valley
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 551 195 0:25:43 63.64%
Mike DENNISON Osterley 442 8 0:20:08 83.28%
Maria JOVANI Osterley 442 22 0:22:08 73.19%
Trish MCCABE Osterley 442 83 0:26:29 60.54%
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 442 90 0:27:03 63.15%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 442 239 0:46:06 59.11%
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 442 241 0:47:23 34.44%
Christopher T KELLY Pavilion Gardens 41 40 0:23:28 67.19% New BA park - #763
Ben Kelly Pavilion Gardens 41 53 0:23:51 54.16%
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 590 91 0:33:30 55.62%

I flag Petra's 59:59 as 'genuine' because typically if something goes wrong with the timings within a parkrun event then all finishers are given the finish time of "59:59". This dates back to before when walking at parkrun became common - for some people today 59:59 would represent a PB.

parkrun Review 23rd September 2023

Steve Newell is still on a boat so no parkrun review this week.


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Roderick Hoffman

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