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BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th September 2019


  • Thursday 3rd Oct - Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45.
  • Saturday 12th October - Surrey League Matches; Men at Richmond Park at 15:00, Ladies at Priory Park Reigate at 13:00 #
  • Wednesday 23rd October - Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club from 18:00 #

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year BUT NOT THIS WEEK due to absence.

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: 29th July.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 23rd Sept 2019) / # 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

# Thursday 26th September - Club 100k run - Windsor Great Park Report

On 25th August 1919 the world’s first scheduled international service took place when the single-engined De Havilland DH4A G-EAJC (Pilot: Lt. E H “Bill” Lawford) of Air Transport and Travel flew from Hounslow Heath, Middlesex to Paris carrying one passenger (a reporter from the Evening Standard), a consignment of leather, several brace of grouse and some jars of Devonshire cream. British Airways can trace itself back to that flight and company. The company had actually been founded on 5th October 1916 so 103 years ago this week. The fare became established at about £5 although the route and company struggled to be profitable due to the subsidies the French government paid to its airlines.  In comparison the first KLM flight took place on 17th May 2019, on a flight operated by Air Transport and Travel, although KLM had been founded in October 1919 and retains its original name to this day. Qantas was founded in November 1920.

De Havilland DH4A G-EAJC

100k TeamOn Thursday fourteen British Airways Athletics Club members and friends gathered at the Bishopsgate entrance to Windsor Great Park to run 100km in celebration of British Airway's 100+ year history.  Between us we completed 24 of the 5k laps so 120km in total. The route had been selected by Neil and proved to be very scenic passing Savill Gardens, the unmissable (apart from by Piers) Cumberland Obelisk, the Obelisk Pond and a display of vintage aircraft (on my glance anyway).

The conditions from 11:00 'til 14:00 were dry throughout - and it wasn't just myself that heard the torrential rain from my bed at 7am and was glad that the plans had changed from the 100k relay that would have been starting then!

After the run we all retired to the Fox and Hounds for a well deserved drink and lunch. We spent, in pounds, considerably more than we ran, in km!


Biplanes ?The 100k Team - from left to right: Roderick Hoffman, Steve Taylor, Piers Keenleyside, Simon Turton, Clara Halket, Neil Frediani, Christine Munden, Maartin Stenham, John Scaife, Steve Newell, Alice Banks, Denis Foxley, Benita Scaife and one passenger (not a reporter for the Evening Standard). John Banks took the photograph and also completed a lap.

Roderick Hoffman


Ladies Surrey League Cross Country 1st Match of the Season - Sat 12th October at 13.00 #

Ladies (and spectating Gents),

Below are details for the forthcoming ladies cross country Division 2 Match 1. I will be there and will collect the bib numbers from Ron and distribute when I see you. Weather permitting I'll have my blue picnic table!

If you are coming, please be there half hour before to get your bib and do some warm up.  I hope to see as many of you as possible.

If you know of anyone who wishes to run under our banner, please refer them to me and I'll add them to the list and allocate them bib numbers. If I have missed any regular runners here, please do forward this email to them and let me know so I can add then to the mailing list for the next matches.

Thank you. Clara {}

Hosts:        Reigate Priory AC

Date:          Saturday, 12th October 2019

Venue:       Priory Park, Reigate

Start Times:         Division 2 Senior Ladies (incl. U20 and Vets) - 13:00

Distance:             Senior Ladies (incl. U20 and Vets) - 3.75 miles

Course:               The race start/finish is adjacent to the tennis courts and approximately 200m from the park café. The courses will be the usual routes used for previous Surrey League and is comprised of mixed terrain of short grass and park/wooded trails.  The route will be marked with flags/signs/tape and there will be marshals at key junctions.  Recommended footwear will be fell shoes/spikes (or shoes with very good off-road grip). We will be sharing the park and runners are requested to respect fellow users and take care as appropriate.

Transport/Parking:  Priory Park is within a ten-minute walk of Reigate train station. Local car parks (all pay and display) within a ten-minute walk of Priory Park are located at Bell Street, Bancroft Road (multi-story), Upper West Street and at the Town Hall at Castlefield Road.

Changing/Toilets:  Please note there are no changing facilities within the park.  There are toilets within the park café (200m from the start) and at the far end of the Morrison’s supermarket car park (at the Bell Street junction).

Milocarian AC Home Match at RMA Sandhurst on Sat 26th Oct 2019 (BAAC Run-of-the-Month #)

BAAC have again been invited to run in the iconic Milocarian XC, taking place at Sandhurst on Sat 26th Oct 2019 (starting at 14:00). Other teams invited include Thames Hare & Hounds, Kingston & Poly AC, Datchet AC, Bank AC, Runnymede Runners AC & Sandhurst Joggers AC.

The Match will be run over an undulating course of 5.5 miles.

  • Teams (Six runners to count) will compete for the Terry Lewin's Trophy.
  • The Milocarian Ladies' Trophy (Four runners to count) will be awarded to the winning Ladies Team.
  • Individual Medals will be awarded to both Male and Female runners.

Showers and Changing Facilities will be available.

For Security reasons I need to collect the following information in advance:

  • Car reg number,
  • make/model,
  • colour,
  • Names of all attendees (runners and spectators) and which vehicle you’ll be travelling in,
  • 'Photo ID' will be required to enter RMAS Sandhurst (driving license or passport).

Timings are:

  • 12:30 teams start arriving,
  • 13:30 Team briefing,
  • 14:00 Race Start,
  • 15:00 Legendary post race tea!

Please send an email to with the requisite details if you’d like to compete. It would be great to get an open team and a ladies team this year.

Simon Turton

Club parkrun results for Saturday 28th September 2019

Member 28th Sept. 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Maria Jovani Bedfont Lakes 14 00:21:22 73.09% and barcode scanner
TRUE Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 9 00:20:34 62.80%
TRUE James Shoulder Bedfont Lakes 12 00:20:55 61.67% 21' pacer
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 335 00:31:30 52.75%
TRUE Sarah GORDON Braunstone 285 00:31:17 62.92% best time at Braunstone this year
TRUE Mike Dennison Crane Park 8 00:20:02 80.78% M-8, 6 secs away from course pb
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 78 00:26:02 53.65% run #245, 204th at Crane Park
TRUE Trish MCCABE Dulwich 277 00:28:29 54.42% same time as last week*, park #46
TRUE David DUGGAN Fairview 33 00:30:17 52.50% BA park #528, 1st run in Ireland, park #73
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Frimley Lodge 107 00:23:01 78.64% run #174, 33rd at Frimley
TRUE Paul WATT Frimley Lodge 85 00:22:32 67.60% run #118, 25th at Frimley
TRUE John Lennon Guildford 375 00:31:05 50.72% run #292, 6th at Guildford
TRUE Oliver MATHAI Gunnersbury 172 00:25:25 65.97%
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Gunnersbury 511 00:43:07 63.28% PB   wheelchair assisted, course pb
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Gunnersbury 510 00:43:07 54.50% run #570. 303rd at Gunnersbury
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 122 00:28:44 61.37% damp and windy, 2019 sb
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 203 00:37:03 60.10%
FALSE Janet Cunningham Hasenheide 403 00:29:21 62.52% Berlin marathon weekend
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Hasenheide 348 00:28:24 55.05% run #395, 1st at Hasenheide, park #45
TRUE Jain Reid Hasenheide 568 00:33:13 52.43% run #58, 1st outside England, park #4
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 89 00:29:29 66.70% 66th time at Hazelwood
TRUE Janice Jones Lanhydrock 84 00:32:02 54.37% run #59, 1st at Lanhydrock, park #17
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 235 00:32:19 62.71% 83rd run at Maidenhead
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 236 00:32:19 51.88% 87th run at Maidenhead
TRUE Murray HOGGE Reading 36 00:21:44 72.55% run #270
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Richmond Park 475 00:54:20 28.04% first time at Richmond Park, park #49
TRUE Barry WALTERS Upton Court 9 00:21:36 76.93% run #80, 11th at Upton Court
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Upton Court 61 00:27:13 59.95% run #248, first ever at Upton Court, park #43
TRUE Janet Smith Upton Court 128 00:34:00 51.86% run #109, 9th at Upton Court
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Upton Court 110 00:31:19 50.77% 4th run at Upton Court
TRUE Steve NEWELL Upton Court 176 00:59:13 32.00% tailwalker
#N/A Eddie KETTERICK Weedon Island Preserve 32 00:43:03 37.90% run #3, park #2, BA park #529
TRUE Micheal BALL Woking 118 00:25:49 60.56% run #161, 145th at Woking

Volunteers include...[remember, we can only guarantee to include your volunteer efforts if you email us about them]

28th September 2019 parkrun Role
Zoe Ostley volunteer Bedfont Lakes Run Director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Temple Newsam Funnel Manager

Upton Court parkrunThe club featured parkrun at Upton Court enjoyed fairly dry conditions underfoot, well mown grass and a moderate breeze.  The closure of the M4 between junctions 5 and 6 to allow the removal of an old bridge didn’t get the day off to a good start (Piers missed the photocall).  With more spending on infrastructure possibly included in the upcoming Queen’s Speech we may be in for more disruptions! Barry Walters (21:36) was our fastest on the day.  Piers Keenleyside (27:13) was running there for the first time and holding himself back a little ahead of the Ealing half marathon the following day.  He is now only two runs away from his “250” vest – watch this space but he may squeeze in another marathon first.

Hundreds of runners were in Berlin for the weekend of the annual marathon and swelled the numbers at Hasenheide parkrun from an average of 114 to a new record of 733.  Volunteer numbers had been stepped up threefold to cope. They had spent the previous evening preparing 500 one-off position barcodes.

David Duggan (30:17) ran at Fairview Park in Dublin which none of us had visited previously.  It was his first parkrun in Ireland.  Eddie Ketterick (43:03) who only started parkrunning at all at the beginning of the month has earned his international badge already with a run at Weedon Island Preserve on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Those take the club total up to 529 (includes discontinued ones).

Trish McCabe (28:39) made her first visit to Dulwich parkrun.  Her time matched the one she recorded at Crystal Palace the previous week to the second.  Indeed she has now run consecutively at four different parkruns and her times have varied by just 7 seconds.  Natalie Ruffell holds the club record at Dulwich (all genders) with 20:44. It is recognised as one of the faster ones in London.

Next Saturday is the fifteenth anniversary of the 1st Bushy Park Time Trial and will be known as International parkrun Day. Where will you be for it? participating at your home run?, at Bushy where it all started or somewhere further afield? Roderick for one has announced that he will be Globe trotting in Germany.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

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

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

* "Not Again!" parkrun Groundhog Day

A parkrun "Groundhog Day" is defined as experiencing the same time at the same parkrun on consecutive runs. 39 club members have experienced 83 groundhog days [including some when not a member]. See the parkrun database for the complete list.

Although Trish McCabe didn't get a Groundhog Day on Saturday (same time but different parkruns) she is our Groundhog Day expert with a total of 7, all at Bedfont Lakes. Her first, back in November 2013, was a double Groundhog - three consecutive runs of 28:23 (then her PB). She followed that up the following June with another Groundhog Day with the same time 28:23 so the same time at the same parkrun five times over 29 runs.

Our most recent addition was by John Coffey at Hazelwood on 24th August (28:55). John also leads the way by having had Groundhogs at three different parkruns (Bushy, 4 times, Homewood and now Hazelwood).

You might not think of Groundhogs as being fast but Dave Dixon would disagree having had a Groundhog of 17:24 at Hackney Marshes. Getting a slower Groundhog is perhaps more difficult but Sarah Gordon achieved one of 32:45 at Braunstone - Sarah's "parkrun club" is called "Squirrels" and yes, groundhogs are a member of the squirrel family. 

Many members haven't had a Groundhog Day and for myself in particular I never expect to get one because I never run the same parkrun on consecutive occasions.

Roderick Hoffman

Half Marathon Results

There were several half-marathons last weekend. Searching the results suggests that Ian was first and second:

Windsor Half-Marathon Brendan Lally British Airways AC {?} 02:30:24 If anyone knows Brendan then give him a membership form!
Ealing Half-Marathon Stephen Taylor British Airways AC 02:06:25 59:59 at halfway
Ealing Half-Marathon Piers Keenleyside Ealing Eagles 01:56:07 56:36 at halfway
Berlin Marathon Ian Cunningham British Airways AC 01:49:07 (at half way)
Berlin Marathon continued Ian Cunningham British Airways AC 01:48:34 negative split, 03:37:41 Marathon time

Cross-country Warm-up? Saturday 5th October

I am contacting you all regarding South London Harriers open 5 mile cross-country race, the Alf Shrubb Memorial Race to be held on Saturday 5th October over Farthing Downs / Happy Valley in Coulsdon, Surrey. If any of your members would like to take part in this race then they would be most welcome.

Alfred ShrubbThis race also includes the SLH 5 mile CC Championship for the Gibb Cup.

The race starts at 2:30 p.m. and is a single lap course over challenging terrain with prizes offered for first 3 men and women and first vets (MV40, MV50, MV60, MV70, LV35, LV45, LV55) and for best Alf Shrubb look-a-like {ED: you'll have to pin your ears out}.

There are secure changing and showering facilities available in our clubhouse and free tea and cake for all finishers, as well as a very reasonably priced bar that will be open after prize-giving has concluded.

I would be very grateful if you could let your members know about this race and please find attached an entry form. Entry details are shown on the form but entry and payment on the day is also fine as long as enough time is allowed beforehand to collect numbers and get to the race start.

For further details, please see our website -

Online entries are also available here - On line entries

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

If there are any queries please feel free to contact me,

Best regards, Steve Vincent (Race Secretary)

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