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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th September 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 5pm Monday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

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


Towards the end of next week I'll be heading off round the world for the World Airline Road Race in Hawaii, via San Francisco and Australia. Next week's digest should have a normal production, and include any London Marathon reports sent to me by 5pm on the Monday, but the following three will be subject to time-zone differences, hotel Wi-Fi issues and conflicting activities. Expect therefore some disruption and try to get all submissions to me on the Sunday rather than the Monday. All submissions are welcome - but particularly those I can post without any rewrites. The three digests may be light on pictures.

Also note that Steve Newell is on a cruise from this week so may not be able to do much of a parkrun report next week or the week after. Offers to cover would be welcome. parkrun turns 18 years old on Sunday so there ought to be plenty to talk about.

Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon "Briefing" Wednesday 28th September - Bedfont Club

Good fortune to all those running next Sunday and don't forget to tell us how you found it.

For volunteers, on Wednesday there is no kit to hand out and no need for a formal briefing. However, Simon Turton will have course passes for volunteers which can be collected from him. The advantage of having these before Sunday is that they can be used to provide free travel on TFL buses and trains to get to your points on Sunday. So, if you need to reduce your travel costs on Sunday morning, get yourself or a representative to the Bedfont Club for 19:30 to 20:00. The bar will be open if you want to drag out your pass collection!

All are welcome to come earlier and do an ad hoc run with us. The changing rooms will be open from 17:45 - men to use the football team changing rooms, ladies to use the referees' facilities. Let me know to expect you and what distance / speed you want to do and we'll try to match you up or organise an event on the fly.

There will be a club committee meeting from 20:00 - and all members are welcome to sit in if they wish.

>Roderick Hoffman

Equinox 5km – Wednesday 21st September 2022 #

The coming of winter is hardly something to celebrate but this wandering fixture has been in the club calendar for several decades and has always been held on one of the last Wednesday evenings when finishing in daylight is still possible.  The annual World Airline Road Races (WARR) and former chairman Brian Forrester’s birthday trumped the best astronomically based claim in some years.  In 2023 it will probably be held on Wednesday 27th September and we will have to aim to finish a few minutes earlier.

Equinox 5k Runners

This year we had 13 runners gathering at The Motte in Bedfont Lakes Country Park and starting in small groups with the expectation of finishing the two-lap anticlockwise course at 6.45 p.m.  Although the course had been used before it was a fresh experience for several members and navigation proved a challenge in the absence of any marshals and very few signs [Ed: and not just for the newer members].  Nobody got irretrievably lost but some put in a few extra meters after opting for the wrong stony footpath.

Equinox Course right and wrongsThe majority of runners gathered at the Bedfont Football Club afterwards and enjoyed a variety curry dished supplied by the Duke of Wellington across the road and pizzas.


  • Paul Watt 21:08
  • Chris Kelly 22:20
  • Maarten Stenham 24:08
  • Julie Barclay 25:39
  • Stephen Taylor   26:05
  • Graham Taylor   29:53
  • Denis Foxley   31:01
  • Amanda Coombs   31:04
  • Roderick Hoffman   31:32
  • Jeremy Short   33:54
  • Steve Hillier  37:16
  • Harjit Jhooti   40:20
  • Melanie Miller 40:20

Timekeepers: John Wright, Steve Newell

Steve Newell

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 24 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week. It's wonderful that we had a runner in the same race in which Eluid Kipchoge set a new men's marathon record - well done Shelly, no one can take that away from you.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Cycling 3.5miles Wed 00:15:05 Also Thurs 22 Sept- XC 4 M fast walk, no time.
Barry Walters Running 9km Bracknell Tue am 01:01:37 Easy 3k warm-up in the forest followed by 8x 2mins strides with 1 min recovery, then 3k warm-down. In the evening did a one-hour body conditioning session at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Running 8.17km Cardiff Fri am 00:44:37 Nice easy midweek run from home in Cardiff
Benita Scaife Walking 10km South Sydney Mon A walk between the south Sydney districts of Oatley and Como…
John Scaife Walking 10km South Sydney Mon ...Photo shows Benita at Webster’s lookout overlooking the Georges River as it flows past Oatley Park.
Christine Lash  Race 10km Surf City 10k (California) 00:53:45 Surf City 10K. 2nd place in age group (60-64).  And still fit for London next Sunday!
Clara Halket Mixed walk/run 10.46km Surrey "Alpine Test Track" Wed 01:27:17 A short easy workout to ease the leg muscles. Swelling mostly subsided, a bit tight but not uncomfortable.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:28:51 Paced 29 mins at Bedfont Lakes (28:51 official time). I’m also now the pacer co-ordinator and get to wash the vests
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Ealing Half Marathon Sun am 01:46:06 I was trying for sub 1:45 but the hills at Greenford Avenue slowed me too much and I lost contact with the 1:45 pacers. Still, good to beat last Sunday's time at Marcq-en-Baroeul by 2 seconds on a much hillier course - 456ft elevation vs 277! 9th of 81 V60-69 men. 3rd of 12 Ealing Eagles V60-69 men.
Stephen Taylor  Race Half-M Ealing Half Marathon Sun am 02:09:57 With London next week my plan was to take it easy and walk up the hills as my training plan only had a 10-mile run this weekend. I walked the hills but maybe didn't take it that easy as I ended up quicker than last year. I'll find out next week whether it was a good idea or not. Ealing is a fantastic HM, a bit hilly but lots of support around the course and enough jelly babies to fill Lidl.
Harjit Jhooti  Race Half-M Ealing Half Marathon Sun am I tail ran the Ealing Half
Jain Reid Running 20.03km Chiswick to Putney and back x2 Sun lunch 02:11:00 Practicing 5:1 run:walk strategy for London with 2 laps of my local river run (Chiswick to Putney)
James Edwards  Race 10km Llantwit Major 10km Trail Run 00:54:32 Route passing through coastal cliff top farmland, gravel paths and woodland.
Janet Smith Running 5.05miles Fuerteventura, Spain Mon 01:01:08 Early morning Run along the beach. [Ed: At last status update Janet has achieved 66 miles of her September 60 mile target]
Julie Barclay Running 8miles Farnborough to Farnham Sun 01:22:00 Along the Blackwater River Valley Trail to the scourge of the Blackwater River at Rowhill in Farnham. Highlight being the two enormous grey cranes that flew alongside us for a few seconds.
Paul Watt Running 8miles Farnborough to Farnham Sun 01:22:00 As Julie. Photo from the Itchen Valley Country parkrun.
Keith Johnson Running 11.32km Minehead "Today" 00:57:10 Plus Minehead parkrun on the Saturday
Mike Dennison Running 24km Bushy and Home parks plus Thames Path Mon am 02:01:42 Last medium long run before London marathon, run on Monday morning. I'd had a stiff back on Sunday, and it was hard setting off, but loosened up ok in the first 15 minutes or so, and after that was fine!
Neil Frediani Running 5.5miles Cornwall A slow early run last week from our holiday accommodation to the Cornish coast path hills.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 4x circuit training, and tailwalker at March Parkrun.
Roderick Hoffman Running 15.67km Richmond Bridge to Fulham Railway Bridge Fri lunch 02:01:43 Continuing my Thames Path run - I've now recently run from Limehouse Basin to Ray Mill Island near Taplow.
Shelly Garratt  Race Marathon Berlin Sun 04:36:24 Loving my medal and my poncho after running Berlin Marathon today. Ticked off number 3 of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors and feeling exhausted but thrilled ❤️.
Simon Turton Orienteering 9.91km Yateley Street-O Sat 00:59:10 Nice clear and bright morning to run around the undulating streets and parkland. Longest run in absolutely ages and this combined with regular gym sessions will hopefully start to build my stamina back.
Steve Hillier Cycling 10miles Circuit via Ickenham Weekend 01:05:00 Plus a three mile walk in Black Park, meeting up with the newly arrived (?) Herd of Sussex cows.

Ealing Half photos

Week Achievement photos

I've also had one "Track-on-Field" submission for this month. I'll report on this and any others next Monday.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 24th September 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Ray HAMPTON Alderley Park 13 154 0:34:20 59.81% run #24, park #17, New BA park - #679
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 610 23 0:24:00 59.10% Could have been a 24 minute pacer
Jakob STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 610 51 0:26:24 57.95%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 610 80 0:28:51 53.73% 29minute pacer
Harjit Jhooti Bedfont Lakes 610 157 0:42:49 41.18% Fibonacci! [but still lacks 55, 89, 144 and 233]
Joe NOLAN Black Park 625 345 0:34:30 49.52% P-Index is 4, 91 volunteer credits
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 116 204 0:36:00 51.76% 16th run at Brooklands, P-Index is 4
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 895 1024 0:42:23 37.83% run #473, 373rd at Bushy, P-Index is 4
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Chipping Norton School 67 42 0:27:44 60.46% PB by 36 seconds (6th run). Improves own BA records.
Steve NEWELL Clapham Common 145 600 0:47:23 42.38% 9th run at Clapham Common, Wilson Index now 157
David DUGGAN Hanworth 103 38 0:33:52 48.18% Wilson Index remains 16, P-Index is 6
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 315 Timekeeper at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 315 Barcode Scanning at Harrow
Vera Simms Hastings 315 118 0:27:00 71.85% PB by 38 seconds
John COFFEY Hazelwood 156 94 0:36:09 58.14%
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 121 80 0:28:30 73.33%
Roderick HOFFMAN Ifield Mill Pond 83 43 0:29:42 54.94% Grabbing a second 'I' - aye aye.
Paul WATT Itchen Valley Country 63 9 0:21:47 71.77% Also grabbing a second 'I' - aye aye. Fastest BA male.
Julie BARCLAY Itchen Valley Country 63 32 0:25:45 73.27% Fastest BA female and best age grade.
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 283 244 0:33:10 62.06% 32nd run at Leicester Victoria
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 322 221 0:32:54 64.49% Back in the UK
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 322 222 0:32:56 52.38%
Petra OTTO March 269 81 1:04:01 34.78% Tail Walker at March
Murray Hogge Mile End 482 59 0:22:23 72.30% 7th run at Mile End, P-Index is 4
Frankie HOGGE Mile End 482 60 0:22:23 66.12% 9th run at Mile End, P-Index is 4
Keith Johnson Minehead 243 8 0:22:18 67.19% PB by 31seconds (4th run, each faster than the ones before). 8th overall, 1st in Age Category.
Trish MCCABE Orpington 452 69 0:28:01 56.69% Ever closer to being Londone. Not a BA record - Linda Dodsworth had run there in '16 slightly faster.
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 390 70 0:25:29 66.45% run #431, 24th at Osterley, P-Index is 5
Anne Bannister Osterley 390 149 0:29:57 68.73% run #263, 21st at Osterley, P-Index is 4
Ben Kelly Reading 568 42 0:23:16 55.44%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 568 43 0:23:17 67.14% Who was pacing who?
Mike DENNISON Richmond Park 720 12 0:19:54 83.50% PB by 23 seconds. Improves own BA Age Grade record. Still well outside Barry Walters' BA male record.
Maria JOVANI Richmond Park 720 65 0:23:13 69.06%
Jain REID Richmond Park 720 211 0:30:09 60.03%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 219 23 0:20:36 75.89% 8th run at Rickmansworth this year
James Mathews Rickmansworth 219 50 0:22:31 57.29% [non-member] A rare non-PB, only his second in eight runs.
Graham TAYLOR Rickmansworth 219 176 0:27:34 59.19% run #23, 4th at Rickmansworth
Eddie GILES Salisbury 311 135 0:27:27 66.85% first parkrun for seven weeks
Barry WALTERS Sandhurst Memorial 67 63 0:28:25 60.12% PB by 10 seconds, P-Index is 5
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 64 Timekeeper at Wollaton Hall
Melanie Miller Zuiderpark 47 67 0:37:59 47.04% Also volunteer "Loopverslag" at Zuiderpark (Run Report Writer; and John Wright was Timekeeper).

parkrun Review Saturday 24th September 2022

For those who are still a bit mystified by the P-Index it is simply one (of many) measures of a parkrunner’s tourism behaviour. It appears that a typical member of our group has a P-index of 4. This simply means that the runner has run at least four times at 4 different parkruns.  To reach a P-index of 5 will need a fifth run at all four plus adding a fifth parkrun and amassing five runs there as well.  Having a P-Index of 1 or 10 doesn’t make you a good or a bad person.  When  Roderick Hoffman had run at 50 parkruns once each, his p-Index was 1.  When Alan Anderson and others had run 100 times at Bushy Park and nowhere else, their P-Index was 1. The main thing is to get out there on a Saturday and get some fresh air in your lungs.  That air may be cooler in the weeks ahead so be prepared.

Steve Newell seems to be in the lead when it comes to the Wilson Index (unless anyone else can come up with a better score).  He had made a start prior to the Covid19 pandemic so has been at it for a quite a while.  He committed to a target of 150 at the start of the year and reached it this week. The game is simply one of collecting the “run numbers” by running at chosen parkruns week by week assembling an unbroken sequence starting at “1”.  All parkruns from Bushy Park #1 on 2nd October 2004 onwards have a run number, often mentioned by the run director during the pre-run briefing.  A man by the name of Dave Wilson is responsible.  Your Wilson Index is now very easy check as it is one of the features of the 5k app – but you probably knew that already.  In the early days all parkrunners were encouraged to attend inaugural parkruns to get them off the ground.  The presence of experienced parkrunners who understood about barcodes, etc. was seen as beneficial.  But numbers became such that it could all become a nightmare for an inexperienced team, for instance when barcodes ran out or the funnel was far too short. So nowadays, new runs are often underpublicized in an attempt to keep the numbers down to a manageable number for the first week especially.  My personal view is that everyone should be encouraged to attend one inaugural in their parkrun careers.  Ideally it should be fairly local and one where you could easily volunteer from time to time. Finding out when one is due is another matter.  They are often a well kept secret and there is a perception that parkrun HQ moves at snail’s pace and only allows a very limited number worldwide each week.

Cooler conditions at this time of year often bring out better performances. There were several course PBs achieved this week.  For Keith Johnson (22:18) at Minehead it was his best parkrun result ever anywhere.  Piers Keenleyside (27:44) ran quicker at Chipping Norton School than on his five previous visits, Vera Simms (27:00) on her fourth visit to Hastings.  Mike Dennison (19:54) went “sub 20” for the first time at Richmond Park #720 on his fifth visit. That time puts him 13th out 726 is his age group at one of the oldest parkruns.  Barry Walters (28:25) shaved another 10 seconds of his previous best at Sandhurst Memorial on his sixth visit.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - Wilson Index [from the table in the club parkrun database]

Steve Newell 157

Roderick Hoffman 59 [9 gaps on the way to 100, 27 gaps on the way to 150]

Julie Barclay 26 [10 gaps on the way to 50]

Chris Kelly 19 [missing just #20 and #35 on the way to 50]

[note: Not all members' full records are loaded]


Melanie Miller becomes the sixth club member to complete parkruns starting with each of 25 letters of the alphabet (there are still no "X" parkuns). Previous alphabetees are Roderick Hoffman, David Duggan, Julie Barclay, Paul Watt and Harjit Jhooti. Trish McCabe and Maria Jovani are both close to completion, each just needing the "Y" and "Z" parkruns. There are no "Z" parkruns in the UK, colleagues have had to run in Poland and South Africa as well as The Netherlands (there are also candidate parkruns in Germany and Australia). Since the closure of Yeovil Montacute the only UK "Y" is York and there are no others in Europe (Japan has two and Australia 7). "i" used to be a difficult letter to get but fortunately in my early days of parkrunning I ran at Ipswich as part of a New Year's Day double. The only other "i" had been Inverness, now closed but not before Jain Read had run it (and for the alphabet challenge, closed parkruns continue to count, though renamed parkruns don't, except privately). Nowadays there are five "i" parkruns in England and last Saturday I went to the nearest of three that were showing up on my nearest not yet done parkrun list - so I ran at Ifield Mill Pond rather than Itchen Valley where Paul and Julie were running or Irchester Country where only Sarah Gordon has run for us. There is also Isobel Trail where Richard Ruffle ran for us whilst he was still a member.

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> Roderick Hoffman

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