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BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd May 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.

Track-on-Field (by Sunday 8th May, to be reported on in the following digest) [but see below for shared "Track on Field" Thursday 5th May]:

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by late Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

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

Concorde One-Hour Race - Decision

We are going ahead with the race on Sunday 5th June, but we will limit it to just 50 entrants so that we can manage the results ourselves, without needing the expense of chip timing. Note that this isn't just recording 50 times as participants finish - we need to record every lap time of every runner including the first lap after the pack has only been running for 1km and therefore are not spread out. That is why we are limiting the field to 50. We've also taken out the team competition and reduced the price fund to reflect the number of entrants. The base price of the race has been cut from £25 to £15. All those who have already entered are being offered a £10 refund (or they may elect to donate that to Dreamflight).

So, the event is ON, and we will need helpers and runners. Please register early in case we sell out!

> Roderick Hoffman

Event entry and updated details: Concorde One Hour Race - Concorde 1hr (

Updated A4 poster: Concorde_Event/Concorde_5Jun2022_A4_2.pdf

Updated A5 handout: Concorde_Event/Concorde_5Jun2022_A5_2.pdf

Thursday 5th May Track-on-Field on Feltham Track

Don't forget our "Track-on-Field" event at the Feltham track on Thursday.  We will be tackling 5 runs: 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m & 100m, from 6pm.  Come and join the fun!

Thank you!

> Steve Hillier                

Vitality 10,000 Results and Pictures

Place Pl.AC Name Runner Number AC Club Finish
754 7 Dennison, Mike (GBR) 1884 Men 60-64 British Airways AC 00:40:18
880 24 Watt, Paul (GBR) 2086 Men 55-59 British Airways AC 00:41:06
165 20 Jovani, Maria (ESP) 3185 Women 45-49 SHAEF Shifters Running Club 00:43:30
1781 88 Cunningham, Ian (GBR) 3986 Men 55-59 British Airways AC 00:45:38
3078 31 Keenleyside, Piers (GBR) 5470 Men 65-69 Ealing Eagles Running Club 00:50:36
2654 332 McCabe, Trish (IRL) 9136 Women 45-49 British Airways AC 01:00:04
3283 1217 Bouffler, Jenny (GBR) 7084 Women 18-34 - (joining BAAC) 01:02:50
3297 222 Reid, Jain (GBR) 5742 Women 55-59 British Airways AC 01:02:53
5463 637 Miller, Melanie (GBR) 15297 Women 50-54 The Stragglers Running Club 01:16:25

Thank you to everyone who marshalled or ran in today's event. I've captured most of our results above and will add some photographs below.

Vitality 10000 photos

Hammersmith Street-O - Tuesday 10th May

The race pub for this event is the Black Lion, 2 South Black Lion Lane, W6 9TJ. Meet there to register and start your run (or your walk). You may leave belongings in the pub (at your risk). Although they say you need a smartphone you can do the event with an old fashioned pen, pencil or quill.

I'll be there, probably for 18:15 and to set off nearer 18:30. I'll certainly be having a drink in the pub afterwards, perhaps even some food.

From the organisers:

Entry fee is £2 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. You will get a specially produced street map showing the control points you need to find.

For the event, youíll need to bring running gear and your phone with MapRun6 app installed (or Garmin watch with MapRun6 Ė MapRunG link set up). If using the app on your phone, a watch might be useful to keep within the time limit (so that you donít have to keep checking your phone).

Like all our Street-Os, this a public race Ė all are welcome. You will need fill in the Google Form. Please aim to do this as early as possible (if possible a week before) so we can estimate the number of maps to print. Youíll just need to pay on the day.

Registration is between 18:15 and 19:15 Start Times can be anytime from 18:15 to 19:30 so finishing by about 20:30.

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the format of the event or any details.

> Roderick Hoffman

Cranford Park update

Building work is due to start on Monday 9th May on the new visitor facilities for Cranford Park. The building work will take over the access road and carpark that we normally use and is expected to last for at least twelve months. I'm sure that some parking will be available for the dog walkers and solo runners but we won't be able to organise any group runs there for a while.

"The remainder of the park (that is, most of it) will remain open, as will all pedestrian access points. The £3.47 million project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund, includes the restoration of the park's historic buildings, walls and courtyard, landscaping works and the introduction of new trails and visitor facilities. Among these are a cafe, toilets, children's playground and access to the 17th century vaulted brick cellars of former Cranford House."

Cranford Park was also our backup plan for the Speedbird Ladies race (which obviously won't be happening as scheduled for 11th May). An announcement on that is due shortly. 

WARR Update

I'm too busy this evening but when I get the chance I'll communicate with those I know who are going (around a dozen) to see if we want to book together for the proposed dinner event.

Let me know if you intend to go to WARR in Hawaii (or if you are considering doing so) but haven't yet booked.

 > Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 16 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements, I haven't included today's Vitality 10000 results covered above. Despite that some colleagues seemed to have sneaked in more than one report - I may have to address that next week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 3.75miles Thur 00:49:00 Also Sunday 1st May, fast walk Maidenhead Station to Cox Green 1.5 Miles untimed.
Barry Walters Running 13km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:15:20 A good effort around the Swinley Forest and heathland area this week. I felt strong throughout the run and was moving better.  Conditions were dry and mild.
Benita Scaife  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday Of The Month 5k (Hyde Park) Fri 00:29:27 "a storming 5k finishing well under 30mins" with John.
Emma Moreton Running 9km Sat 9k on Sat (training for Staines 10k). Ed: Sounds like you have just 1k to go.
Jain Reid parkrun 5km Richmond Sat am 00:32:02
John Scaife Running 4.5miles Marlow through Bisham woods Tue 00:52:29 The bluebells were magnificent. We hadnít done this route for a while and were surprised at how much evidence of storm damage from earlier in the year still obstructed the trails. With Benita.
Melanie Miller parkrun 5km Kralingse Bos Sat am 00:35:18 Dutch Adventure Part 2: The pic is the finish shute I wos right behind these two to finish 37th at event no 37 picking up my next Prime no 37 as well whoa how often do you do the triple Iím happy with that!
Melanie Miller Walking 8.51km Kralingse Bos Thur 02:09:00 A lovely walk round the lake to check the parkrun course 4 Saturday. Wos síposed to be a simple 5k loop but got disrupted and diverted as they were dismantling the marquees of the previous night's King's Day festivities.
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Woking Sat am 00:27:11
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 00:43:04 Chuffed to bits, as I too managed a new PB with my Nordic Walking at March parkrun. Iím over the moon with that. Rest of the week heavy weights at the gym again.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday Of The Month 5k (Hyde Park) Fri 00:24:53 Did my fastest 5K in 3 years after breaking 25 minutes at the Serpentine Last Friday Of The Month 5K in Hyde Park.
Roderick Hoffman Running 10km Wendover Woods parkrun course Fri 01:12:02 Masochistic Wendover Woods parkrun course followed by an about turn and then the same again in reverse. Times 35min / 37min.
Simon Turton Walking 13km White Waltham & Shottesbrooke Sat am 02:00:00 Foot still not 100% so avoiding running (MRI upcoming; possible Mortonís neuroma?). Timed it nicely to see the Worldís only 2 seater Hurricane being prepared for flight and later saw it flying. Lovely morning sunshine.
Stephen Taylor Running 18miles Thames to Hammersmith Bridge. 03:20:02 Another long run.
Steve Hillier Running 3.1km Titanic area of Belfast Weekend 00:21:09 My weekend run covered 3.1K of Belfast's Titanic district in 21:09. Dry, cool, great views of the city and river.
Tony Barnwell parkrun 5km Wycombe Rye Sat am 00:57:33 I have now recovered from my cancer illness. The time was very slow but at least I feel I am now making progress. Hope to do a few more in the near future. Be in touch and catch up on a club night soon.

Week achievements Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 30th April 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Paul WATT Alton Water 25 8 0:21:14 73.63% run #183, park #81, BA park #645, club rec time and grade
Julie BARCLAY Alton Water 25 23 0:25:24 73.23% run #253, prk #85, club rec (F)
Michael Dennison Bedfont Lakes 591 8 0:20:49 79.82%
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 591 24 0:23:49 67.32%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 604 359 0:32:24 52.73%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 528 277 0:44:17 46.48%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 874 91 0:20:50 71.36%
John COFFEY Bushy Park 874 877 0:34:04 61.69% 397th parkrun. Identical time to previous Bushy parkrun in February.
David DUGGAN Cannock Chase 199 163 0:32:32 50.15% run #401, park #105, 4th BA runner at CC
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 142 24 0:22:40 69.56% PB by 1:06 after 21 slower runs, going back to September 2018. Paul is the only BA runner who has run at Cirencester so improves his own BA record.
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 453 13 0:22:37 62.71%
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 130 188 0:47:07 42.62% 5th visit to Dinton Pastures
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 2 165 0:27:34 61.43% run #125, park #52, BA park #646
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 428 Barcode Scanning at Guildford
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 294 Run Director at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 294 Funnel Manager at Harrow
Melanie Miller Kralingse Bos (Rotterdam) 37 37 0:35:38 49.49% 2nd Dutch "K" in a row, BA park #644
Petra OTTO March 250 122 0:44:27 49.27% Not Tailwalker [and finishing well ahead of the tail, see above]
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 373 49 0:23:12 72.27%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Osterley 373 127 0:27:01 62.06%
Anne Bannister Osterley 373 183 0:30:27 67.60%
Christopher Chamberlain Penrose 300 30 23:41 56.02% [non-member] First run since Feb 2020.
Benita SCAIFE Prospect 127 103 0:31:21 67.68% First run at Prospect, park #79
John SCAIFE Prospect 127 104 0:31:21 55.02% Second run at Prospect
Harjit Jhooti Queen Elizabeth 402 128 0:37:47 46.67% run #152, park #46, alphabet challenge A to W complete. 12 BA runners have now run at Queen Elizabeth, though none more than once (I wonder why?)
Francesca Hogge Reading 550 17 0:20:17 72.97% 55th run at Reading, PB by 9 seconds.
Murray Hogge Reading 550 21 0:20:46 77.93%
Ben Kelly Reading 550 33 0:21:41 59.49%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 550 255 0:35:52 43.22%
Jain REID Richmond Park 699 296 0:32:35 55.55% Richmond will be celebrating run #700 next week
Trish MCCABE Sutcliffe 34 132 0:29:13 54.36% run #360, park #85, another step towards Londone
Micheal BALL Woking 313 131 0:27:11 58.98%
Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 432 382 0:57:33 35.68% First parkrun for two years, see above.


During an interview just before the start of the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield, Ronnie OíSullivan said he was spending more time in the gym and running less these days.  Whatever he considers the more beneficial he certainly appeared to maintain his skill and concentration throughout a challenging fortnight.  His parkrun pb is 18:08 at Hackney Marshes in July 2015 and he has run in his local XC leagues too.  He hasnít done a parkrun since the end of lockdown but his current regime seems to be working for him.  (Digest deadline situation Ė OíSullivan leading Judd Trump in the final by 14 frames to 11 Ė first to 18 wins. The Editor adds: I watched some of this yesterday, after a dozen shots by each player they agreed that it was boring and reset the frame; it isn't like the old days when at any moment the SAS could come storming in).

A bank holiday weekend can usually be relied on to promote a bit of tourism.  Melanie Miller (35:38) visited a parkrun in The Netherlands for the second week in a row, this time at Kralinse Bos which offers a flat course through a forest and lakeside area near Rotterdam.  Paul Watt (21:14) and Julie Barclay (25:24) went to Alton Water where the course is by rather than round quite a large reservoir near Ipswich.  Barry Walters (27:34) became the first member to visit Edenbrook Country Park (Fleet) which looks likely to be a popular addition to the parkruns in the area.  The run comes with a warning that the course is vulnerable to flooding in the rainy season, so an early visit is recommended!  Those three new parks take the club total to 646.

Elsewhere, Frankie Hogge (20:17) achieved a pb at Reading on her 55th run there and Paul Timms (22:40) improved on his previous best at Cirencester by 69 seconds after 21 unsuccessful attempts over the last three and a half years.

Steve Newell

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