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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th July 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

This Week's and Future Solo 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.

Track-on-Field (by 5pm on Saturday 31st July, to be reported on in the following digest): [sorry - I've no time to organise a joint run somewhere...though anyone else could also have proposed such]

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by midnight on 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

Note that I'm now asking you to submit by the end of Sunday your best athletics achievement of the whole week, so Monday through Sunday. I will only report on one achievement per person per week and will only accept submissions via email or via the Facebook prompt. You may decide to repeat a result from an event that is likely to be covered in the digest anyway - but if that is your best of the week then why shouldn't you shout about it!

NOW Event at Denham Country Park from 12:00 on Wednesday 28th July

Meet in the car park at 12:00 - and if you tell us to expect you we'll wait for you if you are late. Currently we are expecting STu, RH, PiK, JB, PW, BW, SN, JB and AB.  Post code: UB9 5PG.

Roderick / Simon

Vets League - SCVAC League 2021: Event Points and match points

 Position MEN 7 June 21 June 7 July Total
1 Serpentine 7 8 8 23
    116 172 142 430
2 Hillingdon 8 7 5 20
    139 155 112 406
3 Herne Hill Harriers 6 6 7 19
    94 148 141 383
4 Metros 5 4 6 15
    88 103 118 309
5 Thames Valley Harrriers 4 5 4 13
    72 133 108 313
6 Ealing Southall & Middlesex 3 2 3 8
    49 29 46 124
7 British Airways 2 3 2 7
    37 38 25 100
8 Ealing Eagles 1 1 1 3
    8 12 23 43
Position WOMEN 10 June 24 June 7 July Total
1 Herne Hill Harriers 7 8 7 22
    126 167 148 441
2 Hillingdon 8 6 8 22
    131 144 151 426
3 Serpentine 6 7 6 19
    113 154 124 391
4 Ealing Southall & Middlesex 5 5 5 15
    97 64 115 276
5 British Airways 4 4 1 9
    47 44 22 113
6 Metros 3 1 4 8
    21 17 65 103
7 Ealing Eagles 2 2 3 7
    19 19 44 82
8 Thames Valley Harrriers 1 3 2 6
    13 40 39 92

A great effort by a small team!

Well done!  Let's hope we're back to four vets matches next summer.

Don't forget the remaining Rosenheim matches this summer, which will give some further opportunities for competition.


Steve Hillier

Standard Chartered Great City Race 2021

City Race helpersFollowing the success of the Vitality 10km on the 11 Jul at Hatfield Park (which BAAC didn’t support this year), the first mass participation event to be held on closed roads in London since the start of the pandemic was the Great City Race and BAAC supported with 15 marshals. John & Alice B had to pull out due to a family commitment and Roderick, Amanda & Jacqui needed to self-isolate but my daughter Charlotte, Steve H, Mike O, Jain, Jag, Jas, Neelam, TJ, Chris & Becca K, Benita & Michael S and Denis & Joan F ably supported on sector 2 and a box crossing in Finsbury Square, a stone’s throw from the finish.

Not surprisingly plans were pretty fluid right up to race day. Arriving in blistering temperatures at the eerily quiet HAC ground, the weather changed as race start approached, with rain helping to promote more conducive running conditions. The start had moved to the south of the HAC ground to facilitate x4 wave starts with all runners on their way by 19:50. It wasn’t long before the first runners were approaching the box crossing and the team swung (literally!) into action. Entries were down; 2,500 registered and just under 1,600 finishers and yes, the streets were quieter but those that did compete were rewarded with a safe and secure run thanks in no small part to our team of helpers. Through our efforts the Club will benefit to the tune of £200 and our long relationship with London Marathon Events continues.

Thank you to the helpers, even though there was no hospitality this year I hope the lunch bag and tech. tops made up in some part for it.

Steve Hillier is looking for volunteers for the Vitality Big Half on the 22 Aug so if you can help, please drop him an email on


London Marathon; 03 Oct 2021

With freedom day finally upon us, thoughts turn to the 2021 London Marathon, being held this year on Sunday 03 Oct. I’ve already started the ball rolling and have circa. 80 marshals but looking for a further 70, so if interested in helping, drop me a line

Simon Turton

Week Activity Achievements, 18th to 25th July 2021

19 activities recorded - but if you add in those who did a parkrun and didn't report it or anything the total would be above 50. Note our first Olympic performance below, and a report from somewhere in the North Sea!

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Ben Cooper Running 5km Cardiff Sun pm 00:25:15 First run for a couple of weeks, I've had a bad back.
Benita Scaife Running Thames towpath Thur am 00:35:00 Along the towpath in Henley from the bridge towards Shiplake and back to John who was sitting on a bench awaiting coffee and croissant!
Denis Foxley Cycling Unknown Pinner Sun am Unknown "Resting" his damaged knee and ankle.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes parkrun Sat am see below My 271st run and 286th volunteer stint
Harjit Jhooti parkrun 5km Hanworth Sat am see below I'm so glad to be back.
Ian Haylock  Race 1mile Bushy Park Wed 00:05:41 Arethusa Mile - all together now
Janet Smith Running 5km Tokyo Olympics Sat am 00:33:30 Tokyo parkrun is on but we cannot leave our Team GB 'bubble'. Not sure how many laps I ran of the mini track.  It was around 30 degrees and humid so was pleased with my effort.
Joan Foxley Running Pinner Sun am 00:50:00
John Scaife Volunteering Maidenhead parkrun Sat am
Julie Barclay Running 12miles Frimley Sun 01:58:00 Training run incorporating Ash Common, Basingstoke Canal and Blackwater Valley path
Kelly Davis Running 18km To, round and from Bedfont Lakes parkrun Sat am 02:19:00 I was extremely hot all that way round that and was glad for the little drizzle we had. Awesome to be back at parkrun and seeing so many smiling faces.  Long distances seem to be a little easier lately.
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Brooklands Sat am see below Good to be back.
Neil Frediani Running 9miles Up north somewhere Sun Training for the Manchester marathon
Paul Watt  Race 5km Cosham Wed 00:19:59 First of a three race series at Portsmouth Lakeside
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Selby Sat am see below With younger (and faster!) brother Miles (23:13) and Kathryn. I managed to get under 30 minutes! They say it is the flattest course in the country - based on an old airfield.
Roderick Hoffman Running 8.8km To/From Aylestone Junior parkrun Sun am 01:02:00 A jog out to and back from a marshalling (timekeeper) duty at the Leicester Junior parkrun. The first finisher, female, powered round the 2km in 7:21.
Simon Turton Orienteering 10.86km Wantage Street-O Fri 01:01:04 A bit warm. Annoyed I lost points due to a navigational error on my last control before the finish. The aircraft is a DH Venom gate guardian at the former RAF Grove airfield; it was one of the controls!
Stephen Taylor Running Half-M Wem-ber-ley Sat am 02:14:17 My weekend not so long run was to Wembley stadium to see if anyone was home.
Steve Newell Mixed Run/Walk 1Mile Somewhere in the North Sea! Wed pm 00:17:13 Four laps of Deck 6 (Promenade Deck). Somewhere north and east of Inverness.

Weekend Achievements 

 Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for weekend of Saturday 24th July 2021

For English based parkrunners, welcome back to parkrun and welcome back to the club's parkrun results table.

The people listed below are members, previous members and relatives of members. In future weeks we will probably consolidate our reporting to only report on current members, although that will be a guide, not a rule. We'll also catch up on other stats and facts such as new parkruns being visited by club members. If I've missed you off the list this week let me know - otherwise I'm likely to miss you off next week as well!

The sort order this week is the final column, "AG Change". This has been calculated from each runner's age grade this week compared to the age grade of the last run that they did before lockdown started.  So, for example, Chris KELLY was running with Sarah back in March 2020.  Thus on Saturday his run was very much faster. The improvements by Paul WATT, Sarah KELLY and Keith JOHNSON are more genuine improvements since they are also course PBs. Overall 18 of us can boast improved age grades and 24 worse ones.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment AG Change
Christopher T KELLY Reading 18 00:21:21 72.60% 180.46%
Natalie RUFFELL Bushy Park 97 00:20:58 70.67% 125.26%
Vira Simms Osterley 99 00:29:10 65.60% 119.62%
Janet Cunningham Bushy Park 778 00:31:45 59.42% 117.45%
Frankie HOGGE Stratford-upon-Avon 29 00:20:20 72.79% 110.91%
Paul WATT Osterley 4 00:20:03 77.31% PB   5th run at Osterley - PB by over 3 minutes 109.09%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 22 00:24:13 58.09% 108.36%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 76 00:30:36 54.30% parkrun #250 to earn the shirt after the big gap. 108.21%
Sarah KELLY Reading 226 00:38:48 50.73% PB   10th run at Reading, 1:43 improvement 107.68%
Roderick HOFFMAN Beacon 83 00:28:26 56.92% 107.58%
Murray HOGGE Stratford-upon-Avon 30 00:20:21 78.79% 106.46%
Keith Johnson St Albans 70 00:24:27 60.80% PB   5 second PB 104.36%
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 52 00:27:29 73.74% One Northern Ireland run not yet added. 104.15%
Chris Evans Bedfont Lakes 18 00:24:37 62.97% 103.13%
Trish MCCABE Bedfont Lakes 54 00:28:33 55.11% 101.57%
Kelly Davis Bedfont Lakes 117 00:38:31 39.29% 100.69%
Mike Dennison Hanworth 4 00:20:23 80.78% Best male age grade this week 100.34%
Kathryn Keenleyside Selby 185 00:41:05 49.33% 100.10%
Alastair Heslop Guildford Volunteer at Guildford n/a
Denis Foxley Harrow Volunteer at Harrow - Scanner (having fallen off his bike early in the week so unable to run) n/a
John Scaife Maidenhead       Volunteer at Maidenhead (still on the injured list) n/a
Benita Scaife Maidenhead       Volunteer at Maidenhead n/a
Julie BARCLAY Osterley 22 00:22:51 81.40% Top age grade this week 99.32%
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 1 00:20:35 63.00% First finisher (perhaps the only one to know the new route ;-) ) 98.68%
John COFFEY Brooklands 152 00:34:16 59.92% 98.17%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Selby 117 00:28:43 57.86% 97.64%
Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 24 00:25:37 64.87% 97.50%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 34 00:25:35 57.65% 97.30%
Harjit Jhooti Hanworth 51 00:32:25 53.73% 97.04%
Andrew William Jordon Walsall Arboretum 33 00:23:14 66.14% 95.45%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 124 00:29:49 60.65% 95.26%
Micheal BALL Brooklands 82 00:28:16 56.25% 95.19%
Maria Jovani Hanworth 12 00:22:58 69.16% 93.85%
Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 58 00:28:56 48.62% 93.84%
David Williams Fulham Palace 138 00:27:38 50.90% 93.53%
Melanie Miller Queen Elizabeth 60 00:38:45 44.95% Q 93.39%
Petra OTTO March 133 00:41:17 52.20% 93.33%
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 100 00:33:49 47.86% Two Northern Ireland runs not yet added. 92.88%
Adrian Haines Ifield Mill Pond 5 00:20:50 73.12% 91.50%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 168 00:59:00 42.68% (assisting Anne in a pushchair) 88.88%
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 167 00:59:00 48.84%   (assisted) 87.56%
Sarah GORDON Crosby 194 00:39:04 51.88% 86.65%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 777 00:31:42 49.74% A Boeing finish 84.68%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 125 00:48:30 47.46% Accompanying a lady with heart and migraine problems hence the slow time. 83.45%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 84 00:31:56 47.91% 271st run and 286th volunteer stint! 78.49%
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 86 00:34:25 48.72% 64.89%

Goole Bomb ExplodingAnd so onto next week - the same again or faster? Several of the parkruns that didn't operate last Saturday will be operating - Steve Newell reports "Kingston and Victoria Dock parkruns return this Saturday.  Victoria Dock then misses a week (7 Aug) because of the London Triathlon which uses the dock for the swim and the roads around Excel for the bike and run courses.". Also Woking, Rushmoor and Tooting Common are on. Sandhurst Memorial is not due back until 7th August and there is no news yet for California Country, nor Newbury.

But remember that the unexpected can happen - there were late cancellations last Saturday at Bedworth due to a film crew and at Goole due to the unexploded bomb - which you may have seen being exploded. Note that they are short of a lead bike for next week.

Roderick Hoffman

Hi all, well that got the 1st park run out of the way for 16 months, but was good to get back. Salisbury decided to change the course, to go reverse way round, with new start & finish. But when we turned up a tree had just fallen across the path way on the new course because of the storms in the night. So hurriedly the had to divert the course on narrow, windy pathways and 4 times round. Bit giddy by the end, anyway hopefully back to right course next week.

Eddie Giles

Triathlon Update

Richard Ruffell TriathlonOur male triathletes did well in Tokyo.  They will be joined by two of the women's team to and try to add to the medal tally in the mixed relay at the weekend.

Billed as the longest single day triathlon (longer than an Ironman), the inaugural "255" event is at Goodwood on 8th August with a 5km swim, 200km bike ride and 50km run. The swim will be in Westhampnett Lake (4 laps) with the bike and run using the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit (52 laps on the bike and 10 laps on the run).  The race is open to individuals and also relay teams of 2,3 or 4 with a lot of flexibility when it comes to how much each person does of each discipline (if any) provided all handovers are made at the end of a lap.  Cut off at 18 hours. Entry fees start at £360 but that does include free camping!

PS Steve Newell would like to apologise for any unexpected or over familiar emails appearing to come from him recently. His blueyonder email has fallen into the wrong hands and has now been suspended.

Steve Newell

Ed: I also come across this picture last week - though no information has been supplied as to who it is or what they have just achieved. But he does look familiar.

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