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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th January 2020


  • Tuesday 28th January - Round-the-Block at Cranford/Heston at 12:30 # (CIE) TOMORROW (or TODAY if you are reading this tomorrow)
  • Wednesday 5th February - Coaching session at Bedfont Club from 18:00
  • Thursday 6th February - Inaugural Parkland Mile on Harmondsworth Moor from 12:45 # (CIE)

Our next Bedfont Club meeting will be on February 5th (Coaching Session) and 26th (Five Mile Handicap). All members are welcome.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 8th January.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 8th January 2020) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office", ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Five Mile Handicap January 2020 result #

The Wednesday winter five mile handicap restarted after a break since mid-December with round 4 of the current series.  Ten runners (including two walkers) participated with Steve Newell and David Duggan looking after the timekeeping.

The Helen Avenue variation introduced for the last run was used again and we will continue with this route now until the final run at the end of March.

Ranking points are awarded in similar way to Formula 1 motor racing.  The aim to improve gradually or at least not deteriorate too disastrously.
Conditions were relatively good for late January with no frost and only a very light wind. Gary Rushmer (34:46) recorded the best time of the winter so far.  Steve Taylor (42:15) showed the benefit of several week’s steady marathon training.

New member Harjit Jhooti walked round the Harry Wild adopted route (approx. 2 ¼ miles) with Melanie Miller in 44 minutes.  The route is Hatton Road – New Road – Staines Road to Bedfont Green, Hatton Road back to the club.

Running results
Name, time, new target, ranking points scored
Roderick Hoffman, 50:04, 50:00, 25. 
Chris Kelly 36:10, 36:00, 21.     
Simon Turton 38:37, 38:30, 17.  
Gary Rushmer 34:46, 35:00, 17.         
Steve Hillier 53:39, 53:30, 15. 
Trish McCabe 46:00, 46:00, 14. 
Maarten Stenham 38:18, 37:30, 13.  
Steve Taylor 42:45, 42:45, 12.
A full league table and target times for all runners who have participated since the competition started in October will be in the Digest immediately before the next run which will be on Wednesday 26th February 2020.

Steve Newell

Surrey Ladies Cross Country League - Match 4, 8th February 2020 #

Hi Ladies,

The last match of the season is on Saturday, 8th Feb at Richmond Park. Our division, Division 2, will be starting at 11.00am and is approximately 8.3km.

I am working that day so will not be at the match. If you or you know of anyone who is running for us for the first time, please let me know so I can add them to the list and assign a bib number. 

I hope many of you will be able to make it. We have good attendance this season, so hopeful we will finish in a good position in the team standing.

Map and details

Clara Halket

BAAC Cross Country Championships - Sunday 23rd Feb 10.30 Start #

Hi all,

On Sunday 23rd February we are going to hold our annual BAAC Cross Country race in Cranford Park, the start time of this event is 10.30 for the Ladies & Men`s races which is next to the small car park in Cranford Park alongside the church. 

The car park is accessed from the M4/Parkway roundabout. (Sat Nav TW5 9RZ)

The course is flat and run on a mixture of grass and wooded paths, the course is often soft but rarely muddy.

It consists of a lap of 1.5 miles and the men`s event is judged over three laps and the women over two (with the option of a third for the keen ladies).

The leading male & female club runner are jointly awarded the club`s cross country trophy.

If there`s anybody who can be there but not able to run that would be great, as we need Marshals there to help with the marshalling, and finish line duties.

Please make yourself available and preferably email me (Gary) to say that you are coming - we would prefer all "able bodied" members to be able to run rather than be pressganged into marshalling on the day. There is also an event on Facebook that can be used to indicate your attendance:

PLEASE, PLEASE pass the massage onto other runners, including friends and runners from other clubs, who may want to join us on the day - email me with names (runners and marshal please).

There is no entrance fee...but also no prizes.

 Many thanks, Gary Rushmer.

World Airline Road Races Hawaii, courses announced

WARR Hawaii 10k Course

PS Don't worry - Diamond Head is well extinct.

October 23rd-25th

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun review Saturday 25th January 2020

  Member parkrun Place Time Grade PB Comment
TRUE Adrian Haines Atholl 1 00:20:30 73.09% M-1, Alt 5000ft, park #12, BA park #564
TRUE Maria Jovani Bedfont Lakes 34 00:22:55 68.65% 23 minute Pacer and token sorting
TRUE Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 173 00:30:28 65.54%
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes 50 00:23:43 63.18% 300th run at Bedfont Lakes + Barcode Scanning
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bedfont Lakes 98 00:26:14 59.59% 60% pacer (joke)
TRUE David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 177 00:30:59 51.32% run #350 plus multiple volunteering roles
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Bedfont Lakes 200 00:32:42 49.90% 50% pacer (joke), run #248
TRUE Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 146 00:28:32 48.54% first parkrun this year
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 455 00:31:16 53.14%
TRUE Kay Trinder Brooklands 11 00:21:52 80.64% 1st lady & top graded
TRUE Andrew William Jordon Bushy Park 231 00:22:23 68.06% Fastest since July 2017
TRUE Zoe OSTLEY Bushy Park 1310 00:35:52 51.16%
TRUE Murray HOGGE California Country 23 00:22:38 70.25%
TRUE Frankie HOGGE California Country 22 00:22:37 65.44%
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 20 00:21:34 64.76%
TRUE Scott DAVISON Crane Park 62 00:24:02 60.40% 50th run at Crane Park
TRUE Alice BANKS Frimley Lodge 238 00:28:07 71.01% 2020 challenge - first point
TRUE Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Fulham Palace 148 00:23:14 73.03% 1st run at Fulham Palace, park #13
TRUE Harjit Jhooti Fulham Palace 532 00:30:36 56.15% 1st run as club member
TRUE David Williams Fulham Palace 282 00:25:47 53.72%
TRUE James Glover Guildford 123 00:25:09 60.57%
TRUE John Lennon Guildford 431 00:35:57 43.86%
TRUE Alastair Heslop Guildford Finish Tokens
TRUE Steve NEWELL Gunnersbury 717 00:58:41 32.29% Tail walker
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 313 00:48:10 46.99%
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow Run Director
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 67 00:32:19 60.86%
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Henley-on-Thames 82 00:40:45 37.38%
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 37 00:41:13 51.48%
TRUE Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 258 00:29:52 51.90%
TRUE Mike Dennison Old Deer Park 8 00:20:42 78.18% M-8
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 419 00:50:33 53.97%   (assisted)
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 420 00:50:34 46.47%
TRUE Jain Reid Richmond Park 226 00:27:13 64.79% PB   3rd PB in a row - a further 6s improvement
TRUE Trish MCCABE Roundshaw Downs 109 00:29:56 52.17%
TRUE James Shoulder Rushmoor 144 00:25:33 50.49% 2020 challenge - first point, 1st run at Rushmoor
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Sandhurst Memorial 118 00:30:35 51.99% 298th different
TRUE Caroline Cockram Southwark 338 00:27:57 59.99% Takes Trish's BA ladies' record by 7s, park #88
TRUE Alan FRIAR Woodley 384 00:34:19 55.22%
TRUE Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 581 00:45:31 43.21% run #198, 94th at Wycombe Rye
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Zandvlei 11 00:22:31 80.38% F-1, "Z", club rec (F), park #43
TRUE Paul WATT Zandvlei 8 00:22:17 68.36% M-8, "Z", club rec (time), park #38

We have now reached the end of January as far as parkrun is concerned and some people* have already clocked up six runs and with a leap day to come there will be five Saturdays in February.

* Ian Cockram, Ian Cunningham, Mike Dennison, David Duggan, Roderick Hoffman, Maria Jovani, Chris Kelly, and Jacqui Musselwhite.

We've started the year off spectacularly with members visiting ten parkruns we had never been to before and with Adrian Haines (20:30) adding Atholl in Johannesburg this week we have added 15 in just one month (the total is now 564).  In the early days of parkrun it took us six years to log our first fifteen!  How times have changed.

Our newest member Harjit Jhooti (30:36) ran at Fulham Palace. Like some others, she is in training for the London Marathon in April.  A former member who might be tempted back after a spell working overseas is Chris Dawson (23:52) who was spotted running at Gunnersbury this week.

Two runners scored their first points in the 2020 challenge (the parkrun event number has to be a multiple of 20 and volunteers qualify as well as runners) – James Shoulder (25:33 at Rushmoor #280) and Alice Banks (28:07 at Frimley Lodge #520).   Mike Dennison, Maria Jovani and David Duggan were all at Gladstone #400 a couple of weeks ago.  Old Deer Park, Black Park, Osterley, Hanworth, Brooklands and many more offer scoring opportunities in February.  Remember there is a Fullers Brewery tour on offer for the first runner/volunteer into double figures.

Steve Newell

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats (updated to 4th Jan)

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

Drat, foiled again

For the second time in modern history, a carefully planned trip to the Southern Hemisphere to be a ‘first’ was blindsided by somebody else. Scott of the Antarctic was beaten by 35 days to the South Pole but this time Julie and I were beaten by Neil ‘Amundsen’ Frediani to the Zandvlei Parkrun by a mere seven days. First British Airways runners ever, a new club run and a "Z" to add to the alphabet but beaten by one week....who would have thought! Seriously, just a coincidence and hope you enjoyed your trip to Cape Town as much as we have Neil.

As far as the course is concerned, it is not the easiest. If you like a mix of path, gravel, grass, sand, molehills and wind then it is for you. The only things in our favour were the overcast conditions and it being a flat course which is contrary to some of the other courses in the area.

Anyway back to London soon with just two more letters to do.....perhaps Neil knows where we will be next.

Paul and Julie

After a quick correction to the club database (your Alice Holt runs had somehow been missed) I can confirm that the two letters that you are missing are "U" and "Y". Of these the "Y" is the more difficult one and be aware that there is a rumour that "York" parkrun may be renamed "Knavesmire" in the near future. This would be one of the next in a series of renamings - for instance "Peterborough" parkrun changed its name in December to "Ferry Meadows".

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun Volunteering 2019 Analysis

Our parkrun reports include volunteer efforts on a hit and miss basis. If we know of a volunteer effort by a club member we'll include it but if we don't know then we don't. This is because the weekly reports from the parkrun website do not highlight volunteer efforts.  However there is a parkrun report that lists total volunteer efforts by role and year. I'll gone through all the parkrun club members and produce a report of all your volunteer efforts.  Roles include all credits given including multiple credits for the same day and also for Junior parkrun as well as for 5k parkruns. Historic roles for recent joiners are included.

Firstly looking at the whole of 2019 David Duggan has most volunteer credits with 145 just ahead of Mike Dennison on 144. BUT in January Mike readdressed the balance with 15 credits to David's 14! Please note though that parkrun is a run not a race.

Ian Cockram is a distant, but nevertheless creditable third with 61 credits followed by Zoe Ostley with 53 and Maria Jovani with 49. I've identified 45 club members who have volunteered over 2019 but there may be others including some with uncredited efforts. Between us over 2019 we achieved 752 credits. Each week Bedfont Lakes has about 25 slots for volunteers and 135 runners so they need about 0.185 volunteers per run.  Over 2019 as a group we've recorded 1670 runs so we are achieving 0.45 credits per run and our efforts have enabled 30 parkruns over the year - not bad for a club with only about 100 members.

There are two roles that club members have performed in previous years but not in 2019 - "Backup Timer" that has been phased out (doubling up on "Timer" instead) and "Lead Bike". However there were five roles that we carried out in 2019 that were not carried out in 2018. "Car Park Marshal" (22 times) is a new role as is "Event Day Course Check" (37 times). "VI Guide" (3 times) is a recently introduced role that our members took on for the first time in 2019 and "Communications Person" (7 times) and "Number Checker" (5 times) are roles we just happened not to have carried out in 2018.

The most common role undertaken was "Volunteer Co-ordinator" (90 times) followed by "Run Director" (73 times, including by ten different club members) and "Results Processor", "Timekeeper" and "Marshal" all exceeded 50 times.

Year 2019
Role  ↓ Count of parkrunner Sum of Number of Times  ↓
Volunteer Co-ordinator 5 90
Run Director 10 73
Results Processor 8 58
Marshal 26 55
Timekeeper 17 55
Pre-event Setup 9 41
Barcode Scanning 16 39
Event Day Course Check 6 37
Tail Walker 12 36
Token Sorting 14 34
Finish Tokens 16 28
First Timers Briefing 7 23
Car Park Marshal 6 22
Run Report Writer 3 22
Funnel Manager 10 21
Post-event Close Down 10 21
Warm Up Leader (junior events only) 6 19
Equipment Storage and Delivery 3 18
Other 6 17
Pacer (5k only) 7 17
Finish Token Support 6 8
Communications Person 1 7
Number Checker 2 5
Photographer 2 3
VI Guide 2 3
Grand Total 45 752

Roderick Hoffman

Harrow Hill 10k Sunday 16th Feb 2020 from 10:30

This event, popular with the likes of me, is open for booking at:

It is not flat and there are two contrasting approaches to the event:-

  • Run like hell and try to be King/Queen of the Hill (first to the top provided they also finish the full distance),
  • OR walk up the hills and have an enjoyable run, downhill all the way.

Roderick Hoffman

Marathon Update aka Where's Piers been this week

Marrakech Marathon runnersI ran the Marrakech Marathon on Sunday for the 7th time. I posted my slowest time there by over 40 minutes due to my continuing injury.  I didn't enjoy the course much this year. They have changed it a lot and is now all on wide busy roads with some lanes blocked to traffic for the runners. In previous years I remember running through the Palmerie and by olive groves on shady lanes. I did a reasonable first half in a shade over 2 hours but as the second half progressed the groin strain and knee problems slowed me down and I finished in 4:42:50. Currently planning not to run any marathons in 2021 in an attempt to recover from my injuries - already got 10+ marathons booked this year and I don't want to forfeit my entry fees/flights/hotels etc!  

Piers Keenleyside

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