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BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th January 2024

Events Calendar - online here

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] [parkrun run by club members updated January 2024]

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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 January Mile performance by the end of the month for publication in the first February digests):

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:

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

Your Athletic Achievement of the Week (or use the prompt in the BAAC Facebook group):

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

Help needed - February 24th

If anyone is at a loose end on Saturday the 24th February please volunteer to help out with a non-running role at Stockley Country. I'm Run Director that day and other members of the core team will be absent. We want to put on a good show on the 24th because Hayes and Harlington Runners will be completing their latest community Couch to 5k programme hence there will be a number of extra novice runners that day. We are also expecting the Mayor of Hillingdon to join us (and I don't know how handy he is with a stopwatch).

> Roderick Hoffman

Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k

Serpentine 5k photos

Pos  Name  Time  Cat  Club  Graded 
1 15:37
90 Mike Dennison 19:36 V65 SHAEF Shifters 85.00%
168 Julie Barclay 22:24 FV60 British Airways 82.80%
187 Piers Keenleyside 23:56 V65 Ealing Eagles 70.20%
212 Oliver Mathai 26:56 V70 British Airways 64.90%
221 Roderick Hoffman 28:15 V60 Unattached 58.00%
237 41:18

Great conditions for running, cold but sunny. There was a breeze which was strong on occasion but didn't slow us down much. The course was the two lap course that they often use. This features an uphill out from the start but therefore a downhill back into the finish which led to some fast times.

As well as the finishers above, Paul Watt cheered us on and, due to train problems, John and Benita Scaife arrived too late to take part but were able to take the running photographs above and several of us went to the cafe afterwards.

Mike was first V65 and Julie was 2nd FV60.

The next "Last Friday of the Month" is Friday 23rd February.

Roderick Hoffman

Future Events

As the diary shows next week is busy with a Street-O Orienteering event at Kingsbury Circus, Kenton on Tuesday and then the "January" Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club on Wednesday. Then on Saturday we have the final Surrey League Cross Country matches at Lloyd Park.

Further ahead John Scaife has added a NOW event for Tuesday 7th May at Oakwells Park in Maidenhead. "The route will start and finish at the (free) car park off Ockwells Road and adjacent to the cafe. The post-code is SL6 3AA and what3words friend.radar.remain. It is 2 minutes drive from M4 junction 8/9.   The running route will be approx. 5km but the layout of the park allows for a shorter circuit for walkers if wanted."

Recent Activity Achievements

15 members' achievements were communicated to me before this week's publication time.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Wednesday fast walk in the estate in 9m 41s. / Thursday fast walk in the estate in 10m. / Friday Cliveden fast walk Hotel etc 1Hr. / Saturday fast walk in the estate in 10m 18s. / Sunday cycle Cox Green/Ockwells in 19m 38s.
Barry Walters Various Sat No run today, but did a 50 minute boot camp .workout which included squats, mountain climbs  and press ups. Followed this with a 30 minute sprint cycle routine.
Benita Scaife Running 3.5miles East River Park, New York Wed Another run in New York before we headed for home. This time it’s East River Park, still icy in places and well below zero…
John Scaife Running 3.5miles East River Park, New York Wed ...Refuge was then sought in Ninth Street Espresso for a hot drink and an almond croissant the size of a baby’s head. Bliss.
Christine Munden  Race 8km Cross Country Sat 00:54:11 Pleased with the result as I am recovering from a strain - following too much jumping during my HIIT classes.
Emma Moreton  Race 10km Friends of Polesden 10k Friends of Polesden 10k {informal run, 4th Sunday every month} - course PB and there were 4 men at the finish so I’ll assume 5th place and 1st female (82 runners in total)!
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M Crystal Palace Half Marathon Sun 02:45:30 Hilly and multi-laps. Found it bit boring but at least no rain - sunny with light winds. Watford Half next Sunday, but no multi-laps.
Julie Barclay  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k Fri lunch 00:22:24 Pleased with this run as finished second in my age-category. A well organised event and am looking forward to doing it again.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k Fri lunch 00:23:56 Best achievement of the week was running my fastest 5K since August 2017, nearly six and a half years ago!
Roderick Hoffman  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k Fri lunch 00:28:15 Review above, faster than I expected to finish this race.
Kevin Holland parkrun 5km Brooklands Sat am Knocked a few minutes off last week's time so making progress - and first in my age category! (I know, I was the only one in the 75+ category!).
Petra Otto Gym Local After having picked up, and carried, two 20kg feed bags a couple of weeks ago, I was grounded with very painful lumbago, which had left me unable to completely straighten up for days. Now back in the gym again, 3x per week, and waiting for a scan of my hamstring. Things can only get better!!!
Simon Turton Orienteering 7.48km Hook, Hampshire Wed eve 00:45:49 Evening Street-O. Getting back into my running and what better way than a bit of orienteering. Picked a night between the high winds and rain. Pleased with my navigation and improving level of fitness (weekly spin class is helping to build stamina).
Stephen Taylor Running 10.2miles Greenford, Southall and Northolt Sat am 01:45:54 A shorter long run this weekend, only just making it to the start in time for the Northala Fields parkrun.
Steve Hillier Running 4.4miles West Harrow Park Mon 00:49:09 Main efforts this weekend was a run with a big loop through the mud of West Harrow Park, preparing for the Lloyd Park XC to come.  Also, a 15 mile cycle loop through Ickenham in 1 hr 38min.

Week Achievement photos.

parkrun Results for Saturday 27th January 2024

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
David John BIRD Bedfont Lakes 677 21 0:22:32 70.56%
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 677 41 0:25:44 66.39%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 677 57 0:26:56 57.98%
Trish MCCABE Bedfont Lakes 677 73 0:28:07 57.62%
John TAYLOR Brockenhurst 463 34 0:22:24 70.39% 18 seconds behind Paul Watt's BA male record.
Marion WOODHOUSE Brockenhurst 463 161 0:41:28 46.14% [Former member] 48th parkrun, first for 4 years.
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 179 498 0:40:32 47.57% "First in my age category! ( I know, I was the only one in the 75+ category!)"
Melanie Miller Burgess 503 678 0:38:21 47.20%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 969 117 0:20:31 73.68%
Colin HAYLOCK Bushy Park 969 212 0:22:12 68.62%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 969 635 0:26:59 59.98%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 969 1381 0:46:40 51.04% 55th Bushy Park parkrun (has never done a parkrun anywhere else). PB by nearly a minute.
David DUGGAN Bushy Park 969 Barcode Scanning at Bushy Park. Sitting on 499 parkruns.
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 229 42 0:24:14 66.16%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 543 16 0:21:51 65.90%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 543 60 0:25:52 57.93%
Frankie HOGGE Dinton Pastures 223 32 0:22:50 64.82%
Ben Kelly Dinton Pastures 223 42 0:23:40 54.58%
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 223 58 0:24:28 64.44%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 504 Timekeeper at Guildford
Julie BARCLAY Gunpowder 565 54 0:22:28 85.16% BA fastest lady and best age grade (from Fiona)
Paul WATT Gunpowder 565 56 0:22:30 70.07% Finishing with Julie.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 384 192 0:32:37 57.13%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 384 245 0:38:15 63.40%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 244 28 0:24:00 63.47%
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 350 423 0:37:40 56.33%
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 394 357 0:35:37 60.51%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 394 358 0:35:38 48.92%
David Cowell Mansfield 506 4 0:19:15 74.20% 4M. 1st run at Mansfield. New BA parkrun #798.
Maria JOVANI Newbury 551 41 0:21:17 76.90% BA Fastest Lady (from Alice)
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 430 202 0:31:15 51.31%
Mike DENNISON Osterley 461 13 0:20:13 82.93%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Osterley 461 61 0:24:12 69.97%
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 461 348 0:43:37 37.41%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 461 356 0:45:24 60.02%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 295 124 0:33:09 51.08%
Oliver MATHAI Southall 103 31 0:27:58 63.05% PB by 4 seconds on 2nd run at Southall.
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 54 Finish Tokens at Stockley Country

parkrun Review Saturday 27th January 2024 

Steve is still away ("We are staying in a rather isolated cliff top hotel and the sun is shining and the pool a comfortable temperature.") and no one volunteered to write this week's parkrun report.

Dave Duggan stays on 499 parkruns finished, but is hoping to do his 500th in the USA, hence isn't expecting any of us to join him.

Roderick Hoffman

parkruns in Essex – part 2 (of 2)

The northern parkruns in Essex are divided into two rows each served by long established arteries of the road network. To access the top row you just need to drive up the M11 to Bishops Stortford and turn off at junction 8 and then head eastwards along the A120.

The first parkrun on the left is at Great Dunmow. This is a two lap trail run which can get very muddy during wet weather.  Parts of the course follow the River Chelmer and which is crossed via footbridges.  Heavenly post run refreshments are served at the Angel and Harp.
Six or seven miles further East along the A120 brings you to Great Notley Parkrun.  This is another two lapper which can get muddy in the winter.  Predominantly flat but with a significant hill to be climbed once, providing a lovely view of the surrounding countryside from the top.  The tailwalkers get to buy a coffee at the Wooden Spoon café.

The next one along the A120 after bypassing Braintree and merging with A12 is Colchester Castle.  The two lap course is not flat but is on tarmac all the way!  The river meandering through the town is the Colne.  The Castle Park includes a cricket pitch which has been used for Essex county matches over the years and also a putting course by the café used by parkrunners on Saturdays.

Barely a mile away and also close to the city centre in Colchester is Highwoods parkrun.  This event depends on the local Tesco Extra for carparking (free for 3 hours!), toilets and a cafe (Harris & Hoole).

Byrhtnoth StatueBack on the road, the A120 continues beyond Colchester for another 15 miles or so to the East and North towards the ferry port Harwich and Harwich parkrun.  The start and finish are near the Dovercourt Cliff Park bandstand and most of the run is a clockwise out-and-back along the promenade right by the North Sea.  On parkrundays when there is a midmorning high tide and an easterly gale the course is modified to include two shorter loops.

There are still five more parkruns in Essex to mention.  These are spaced out in a band across the middle of the country starting with Harlow which is near (and to the West of) junction 7 of the M11 motorway.  The course is over two larger laps in Harlow Town Park and with an out-and-back section of a cycle way plus a shorter loop to take you to the finish. Hill wise, not flat but nothing too severe to negotiate.

Close to the geographic centre of Essex is Chelmsford, Chelmsford Central parkrun starts and finishes in the Central Park near to another Essex Country Cricket Ground.  The run includes a loop round Admirals Park and Tower Gardens accessed via a path alongside the River Can.  Mostly on tarmac, just 20% grass.

The A414 from Harlow meets the A12 (from jct 28 of M25) just outside Chelmsford.  The A414 continues eastwards towards the coast and the tidal waters of the Blackwater are encountered at Maldon and Heybridge Basin. The river Chelmer (remember him way back at Great Dunmow) finally reaches the sea and merges with the Blackwater.  The Maldon Prom parkrun is over two laps in the recreational area of the town which includes a marine lake, a splash park and a statue of Byrhtnoth, an Anglo-Saxon leader who was killed while fighting at the battle of Maldon in 991 AD which was won by the Vikings.  Generally a good flat surface all the way round.

Two more to go.  Mersea Island can be reached by road, but only one road (The Strood) and that road can be covered in water at high tide to a depth greater than it is wise to attempt to drive through so check the tide-tables before planning to be there at 9 a.m. on a Saturday. It is possible to take a train to Colchester and then catch a local bus. The Mersea Island parkrun is over on the East of the Island, two fairly flat laps, mostly on grass with views over the Thames Estuary to the South.  The parkrun is not usually crowded but occasionally attracts one hundred runners in the holiday season.

Great Notley parkrun EagleLastly, a little further along the coast we have the Clacton Seafront parkrun which attracts up to 200 runners each week.  The course includes stretches along the upper and lower promenades so some modest inclines are encountered.  Three laps, right by the beach.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - North Essex parkruns

Of the ten North Essex parkruns no club member has yet run at Highwoods parkrun. All the rest have been run at albeit four of them just by one club member - myself for Chelmsford Central and Great Dunmow, and David Duggan at Clacton Seafront and Harwich. Two club members have run at each of Maldon Prom and Mersea Island, three at Great Notley, four at Colchester Castle and the most, five, at Jarlow. No club member has run at the same North Essex parkrun twice or more. I've run at six of the ten, Harjit at three of them, Richard Ruffell and David Duggan two each. Another six members have run at one parkrun. The author of the above, Steve Newell, has yet to run at any of them...I wonder where he gets his information from? I remember Great Notley parkrun well - Steve mentions mud which I didn't notice but when I did it there was one stretch through the sand of a sandpit! And the hill he mentions has a statue of an enormous eagle on it - and in those days newcomers to the parkrun were expected to tap the base of the statue to obtain permission to finish the course.


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Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor

"Great stuff Harjit in BOK Land; loved it down there but with caution? And as ever Jas on a role!" Andy Rayner.

Middlesex Indoor track and field championships - 16th and 17th March 2024 - Lee Valley Athletic Centre

Dear colleague,

Details are available and entries are now open at the link below - we would appreciate you spreading this amongst your club members:


Major Carr

Middlesex Athletics

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