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BA Athletics Club News Digest 1st July 2019


  • Wednesday 3rd July - T&F Rosenheim 4 at Kingsmeadow, Kingston from 18:45 (see below) #
  • Thursday 4th July - Dream Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45
  • Saturday 6th July - Hanworth parkrun club volunteer take-over from 08:30 or earlier (see below) #

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year including this Wednesday - but numbers will be low so let me know to expect you.

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: 4th April.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 24th June) / # 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

Sad News - Brian Bennett

On Saturday we lost long-term member and friend Brian Bennett. Many joiners over the last ten years may not have had an opportunity to meet Brian though he may well have cheered you on - for instances at the Staines 10k each year. As well as his wonderful personality he will be remembered for his contribution to the club - and as evidence I'll point out the frequency with which Brian's name appears in the club records: . A short long extract:

TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65)        
100m Brian Bennett 14.8 Grand Prix Eton Sep-08
200m Brian Bennett 33.5 Grand Prix Eton May-07
400m Brian Bennett 73.9 Grand Prix Eton Aug-07
800m Brian Bennett 2:54.1 Grand Prix Eton Jul-07
1500m Brian Bennett 5:48.0 Grand Prix Eton Jun-07
Long Jump Brian Bennett 3.77 Grand Prix Eton Aug-08
Shot Brian Bennett 5.46m Grand Prix Eton May-07
Hammer Brian Bennett 14.12m Grand Prix Eton Jul-07
ROAD - MEN (MV65)        
10k Brian Bennett 44:02 Yately 10K Yateley Jun-07
10 Mile Brian Bennett 1:14:27 Cabbage Patch Teddington Oct-07
1/2 Marathon Brian Bennett 1:40:18 Fleet 1/2 Fleet Apr-08

Now, we don't have a record record for recording records so it may be that some of those records have been broken since, or will be shortly - but Brian would be delighted if he can continue to contribute to the club by getting people to exceed his marks [re records: Paul Brandon].

Please let me know if you would like details of the funeral arrangements.

Roderick Hoffman

Club Survey - results part two

24 survey respondees said that they are likely to attend the AGM (or at least have food provided for them) and 7 said that they may attend. Also 13 said that they would be running the mile beforehand with another 7 possibles (and we can expect others who didn't respond to the survey). Steve Newell is busy investigating a specific venue for a measured mile.

Only 9 said they would be going to this year's WARR event...which is interesting since we now have 32 signed up for it.

10 would be interested in more Track&Field, 13 in attending Run-of-the-Months and 16 our Club In-house Events. It would be good to get those numbers at the events we are already operating, though in truth the Run-of-the-Months haven't been well promoted recently.

We have a proposed 100k relay at Waterside in September. 19 of the 43 respondees said that they will see if they can be free and 14 expressed more interest than that. Expect us to cover this idea at the AGM and to publicise it thereafter.

Who would be interested in helping run the club? 21 responded that you are OK marshalling but unable to help in other ways. 6 said you could help informally and 5 would be interested in a formal role. I hope that only five members of the current committee responded!

Next week - your ideas on what the club should do more of (or less of) and how to attract new members.

Roderick Hoffman

Vet League BA TeamVets Track & Field – In the shadow of Battersea Power Station #

Our third Veteran’s League match took place on June 24th in leafy Battersea Park.  Thankfully, conditions were much drier than in the previous event at Hillingdon, and our small team had several successes, with a win and three second places on the night.

Most of us tackled the short sprint, with Jacqui once again taking gold.  Michael continued his good run of form in the sprints this summer, while Julie and Paul led the team in big fields in the 1500m.  On the grassy bit in the middle of the track, Steve just missed out on a discus PB.

As ever, we were encouraged by Tom Rowley and Harry Wild, who were coaching, photographing, recording, timekeeping and generally keeping our spirits up.

Just three more Wednesday Track & Field league opportunities left this summer, starting with Rosenheim at Kingston on July 3rd, then Vets at Perivale on July 10th.  You would be very welcome to come and join us at any of these events.

Pictured: The jubilant five; Steve, Michael, Julie, Paul and Jacqui.

Event Event Cat. Club Team Member Ind. Cat. Time / Distance Position
100m W35A Julie Barclay W55 16.7 5th
100m W50 Jacqui Musselwhite W50 15.6 1st
100m M50 Michael Ball M55 15.7 4th
100m M60 Steve Hillier M65 18.2 6th
400m W35 Julie Barclay W55 77.7 5th
400m W50 Jacqui Musselwhite W50 73.4 2nd
400m M50 Michael Ball M55 83.1 5th
1500m W35A Jacqui Musselwhite W50 06:04.4 5th
1500m W50 Julie Barclay W55 05:50.8 2nd
1500m M50 Paul Watt M50 05:44.7 4th
Discus M60 Steve Hillier M65 25.12 2nd

Steve Hillier

Rosenheim Track and Field Meeting on Wednesday (3rd July) #

The 4th of this season’s 5 Rosenheim league mtgs takes place on Wednesday at Kingsmeadow in Kingston. It would be great to see some newcomers. I can give a lift from the airport/Staines/Ashford area. Please contact me if you think you might come or want more information.
Events this week are:

6.45 Pole Vault W & M
6.45 Discus W
7.00 100m Hurdles W
7.00 110m Hurdles M
7.10 800m W & M
7.15 Hammer M
7.20 100m W & M
7.30 Shot W
7.40 400m W & M
7.45 Triple Jump W & M
7.50 1500m W & M
8.00 200m W & M
8.00 Shot M
8.15 3000m W & M
8.35 4 x 200m Relay W & M

Neil Frediani

Club parkrun results for Saturday 29th June 2019

Member 29th June 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB? ↓ Comment
TRUE David Duggan McAllister 4 00:28:07 56.55% Indiana, USA - Event 6, 20 finishers. Park #66, age Cat record.
TRUE Paul WATT Brooklands 50 00:23:31 64.78% PB   31 second improvement on Nov run
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Brooklands 27 00:21:44 83.28% PB   32 second improvement on Nov run
TRUE Kay Trinder Brooklands 13 00:20:22 85.52% F-2, run #126, 6th at Brooklands
#N/A Paul SINTON-HEWITT Brooklands 8 00:20:05 78.51% PB   Paul SH is still getting faster!
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 100 00:45:29 45.95%
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Mura di Lucca 22 00:30:55 52.78% Park #49, "Walls of Lucca parkrun is one turn anticlockwise over the city walls"
TRUE Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 90 00:40:27 46.85% run #361, 4th at Hazelwood
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 59 00:30:17 64.94% run #334, 54th at Hazelwood
TRUE Paul TIMMS Cirencester 59 00:25:58 59.69%
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 122 00:30:38 57.56%
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 101 00:26:25 63.47%
TRUE Sarah GORDON Daventry 229 00:34:21 57.30%
TRUE Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 132 00:28:00 55.36%
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Osterley 133 00:29:27 53.54% Fourth run at Osterley and over three different courses!
Checking James Glover Guildford 66 00:22:59 66.28% PB   3 second improvement
TRUE Scott DAVISON Crane Park 43 00:25:05 57.87%
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 512 00:54:28 29.96% Tail Walker
TRUE Mike Dennison Bedfont Lakes 11 00:21:58 73.67% 22 minute pacer and token sorter
TRUE Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 93 00:30:24 53.67%
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes 47 00:26:01 57.59% 26 minute pacer and carpark marshal
TRUE Caroline Cockram Bedfont Lakes 80 00:29:34 56.71%
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 304 00:30:26 54.60%
TRUE Jain Reid Richmond Park 354 00:35:59 48.40% run #50, 48th at Richmond
TRUE Ben Chaytow Bushy Park 184 00:21:30 64.42% run #384, 308th at Bushy
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 391 00:24:08 64.23% run #236, 19th at Bushy, best age grade%
TRUE Oliver MATHAI Bushy Park 501 00:25:27 65.88% run #65, 26th at Bushy

Other volunteers include...

29th June 2019 parkrun Volunteer role
Alastair Heslop Guildford Number Checker
Maddie Heslop Guildford Run Director
Maria Jovani Bedfont Lakes Run Director
Zoe Ostley Bedfont Lakes Timekeeper
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes Marshal

Looking ahead to next week some of our local parkruns have been cancelled because the courses are being used for other activities - Guildford - Model Engineering Society Gala; Maidenhead – Boys and Girls football; Prospect – Berkshire Motor Show; Woking – Party in the Park.  Every week now there are several parkruns cancelled across the UK so it is worth checking which includes a list of ones known about up to three weeks ahead.  Last Saturday’s run at Rushmoor was cancelled at short notice when formal permission for an alternative course failed to come through in time.  A Geoffrey Boycott moment – stuck on 249 for another week!

The weather in the southeast of England was hot this Saturday and many people were a minute or two slower than usual but there were exceptions.  Kay Trinder (20:22) had a good run at Brooklands where Julie Barclay (21:44) and Paul Watt (23:31) both ran half a minute faster than last time out over the same course.

Jain Reid (35:59 at Richmond) finally recorded her 50th run to qualify for her red vest with an unprecedented third run in the month of June.  Jain has a parkrun record going back to 2013 and also has a volunteer record of 70 shifts over a wide variety of tasks. {Ed: if you haven't met Jain then look out for her at Hanworth - she is the timekeeper}.

There were two new foreign parkruns logged this week with Neil Frediani (30:55) running around the walls of Mura di Lucca near Pisa and David Duggan (28:07) claiming an age category record at McAllister Park in Lafayette, Indiana.  Lafayette proudly boasts launching the first airmail service as early as 1859 when 123 letters were taken downwind by balloon to Crawfordsville, about 30 miles away in 6 or 7 hours.  A commemorative centenary airmail stamp (7c) was issued in 1959.  The ancient Greeks had highly trained runners to do this kind of thing.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

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

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Hanworth on Saturday #

Hanworth parkrun courseOur volunteer takeover is this coming Saturday. The roster is near enough full but you are welcome to turn-up to be an extra marshal (but please register for parkrun, and let me know in advance, since parkrun need to know for their insurance) OR to hand out cake and chat about the club (memo to self - don't forget the cake) OR to run the parkrun - there will be quite a few club members present so it will be an opportunity to meet many of us. If you are a volunteer please be there at the latest by 08:30 so that Maria (RD) and I (Volunteer Coordinator) don't need to panic. We will be parking around 07:30 at the carpark off the Hounslow Road - near the eastern most point of the course. Why so early? So that we can run round on a course check!  Either meet us near that carpark at 7:30 and join us or just after eight and help us carry or later at the finish area where we'll be planting our stuff for the event.

Roderick Hoffman

STOP PRESS - Extra parkrun

Not being one to miss up an extra opportunity David Duggan has run a parkrun TODAY, Monday 1st July, at River Oaks in Toronto, Canada. Whereas in the UK we have an extra parkrun opportunity on December 26th, Canada has their extra parkrun opportunity on Canada Day, which is today, 1st July. David was one of 66 runners who took part and finished 36th in 29:04. However, please note that David has not achieved the club record at River Oaks - Zara Thorn ran there in June of last year in a faster time (though a lower age grade).

Thames Swimming Opportunity - Monday 26th August

The Great River Swim in the tidal Thames at Chiswick has attracted several members in the past.  The race has been suspended since 2015 but could be about to be revived.

It is hoped to stage the race in the morning on the August Bank Holiday (Monday 26th August).  Distances on offer will be 1km and 1 mile (more or less concurrently - you have to choose one or the other).

Wetsuits optional.

If you might be interested then contact Steve Newell

PS And for those interested in triathlon Steve recommends getting on the circulation list for former member John Levison's "weekly" newsletter:

Latest Issue: TRI247 Newsletter 26June2019


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