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BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd July 2018


  • Wednesday 4th July - Rosenheim Track & Field, Kingsmeadow, Kingston from 18:45 #
    Also our first club evening at the Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club (see below) *
  • Thursday 5th July - July Dream Mile, Bath Road from 12:45 (see below) *
  • Wednesday 11th July - Vets League Track & Field, Perivale from 18:30 #

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml..

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] / # Club Points event

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Facebook: (formal club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal - ask to join)

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club - this and subsequent Wednesdays

Bedfont Club mapDon't be confused by the long title of the Bedfont Club - this is partly to reflect that club's history and main function, and partly to distinguish them from the "Bedfont Sports Club" which is next door to them on Hatton Road. To us we will refer to the club as "The Bedfont Club". See for details of the clubhouse opening hours. On Wednesdays the plan is that we will have exclusive use of the two changing rooms (men to use the "home" changing rooms, ladies to use the "away"). The club has ample parking and is convenient from Hatton Cross Tube and local buses. The club has a bar, subsidized for members, and for socials we will organise to use the second room and bring in food.  Note that food is not normally available from the bar.

So, from this Wednesday we'll be meeting here on a regular basis - i.e. all Wednesdays unless there is a priority event. As it happens we do have Track & Field events for the next three Wednesdays (see below) so our introduction at the Bedfont Club will be kept low key.  I will be there on each of the next two Wednesdays (4th and 11th) and will have on me maps of the local streets with an Orienteering event to enable you to familiarize yourself with the local streets.  I'll also have membership forms although you can make life easier by printing off one yourself and filling it in before you get there - . Note that members of BA Clubs will not have to pay for membership of the Bedfont Club. Others will have to pay a £10 joining fee and £10 for the first year's membership.  Contact me if you have any questions about this.

Roderick Hoffman

July Dream Mile - Thursday 5th July at 12:45

Come and join us for the monthly BA Dream Mile (a One Mile time trial) on Thursday 5th July. (Don’t forget the suntan lotion!!)

The event will start at 12:45 by the Newport Road Junction-->….Route( then heads back towards Waterside on the Bath road, stopping just before the Thistle hotel.

Either meet at the start or outside the WTS gym at 12:25 for a gentle jog to the start. It’s a self-timed event. email me afterwards with your time for the records. NEWCOMERS of all standards welcome. It is a 1.5mile jog to the start and 0.5 mile back from the finish if you are based at Waterside.

This event is held on the first Thursday of each month.

Ian Cunningham (in Neil's absence)

Second Track&Field Grand Prix, 25th June 2018

Our second Track & Field Grand Prix took place on Monday 25th June at Uxbridge Track.  Work commitments and injuries kept the attendance down to just two of us.  It was the start of the June heat wave, with waves of hot air bouncing back off the walls of the stands, and just a little shade to be gained in the finishing straight from the stadium roof.

Tony Barnwell and Steve Hillier set off in their own personal battles with the stop watch, and it’s fair to say they both probably lost.  Even the boot camp joggers chose to stick to static exercises, loud music and lots of shouting, so we couldn’t claim any obstructions on the track.

This was followed by the less arduous, but more complex plate spinning competition, sometimes known as discus.  Over six throws Tony gradually improved, ending just short of Harry’s age group record, while Steve came close to a season’s best.

Uxbridge track, 25/6/18 800m Discus throw (1 kg)
Steve Hillier V60 03:54 23.16m
Tony Barnwell V75 05:52 13.00m

The busy, but short, inter-club season is coming to a climax over the next three Wednesdays.  The final two Rosenheims will be held at Kingston on July 4th, then the finale at Walton on July 18th.  This will be the club Run of the Month.  On the intervening Wednesday, July 11th, the final Veterans League event will take place at Perivale track.  Please let me know if you are able to attend. 

Our Grand Prix competition at Uxbridge track is far from over.  The next date for your diary is Monday 23rd July.  The fast and furious 400m race will be followed by a Hammer competition.  Come and join the fun!

Steve Hillier

ASCA Cross-Country - 1st Sep 2018

Program Details:

  • ASCA Copenhagen 01 Sep 2018
  • 2018 08 31 20:00 Captains Meeting Cabin Metro Hotel Lobby
  • 2018 09 01 09:00 Depart from Hotel
  • 2018 09 01 09:30 Start the race
  • 2018 09 01 12:00 Return To the Hotel
  • 2018 09 01 14:00 Dinner party Royal Golf Club

There is an accommodation offer at Cabinn Metro for 624Kr single or 816Kr double (or less if you skip breakfast). This is valid to 15th July. Let me know if you need more details.

Note that since it won't be possible for me to combine the nearby Amager Fælled parkrun (start time 09:00) with this cross-country (start time 09:30) I probably won't be attending.  However please let me know if you do expect to attend.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 30th June 2018

Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Maria Jovani 21:47 Bedfont Lakes run #233, 115th at Bedfont 71%
Ian Cunningham 21:47 Bushy Park run #334, 276th at Bushy 71%
Jonathan Cox 29:42 Crane Park run #360, 65th at Crane 53%
Scott Davison 23:08 Crane Park run #258, 24th at Crane 62%
Caroline Cockram 25:36 Firenze run #319, 2nd at Firenze 65%
Ian Cockram 23:50 Firenze run #438, course pb, improves club rec 62%
Monica Alonso 33:48 Guildford run #77, first parkrun of the year 50%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning
Helen Smith 34:49 Guildford run #39, first at Guildford this year 57%
Alan Anderson 36:11 Gunnersbury run #515, 282nd at Gunnersbury 63%
Steve Newell 36:50 Gunnersbury run #317, 128th at Gunnersbury 51%
Bridget Ruffell 31:04 Gunnersbury run #13, 1st at Gunnersbury 59%
Richard Ruffell 21:08 Gunnersbury 1st run at Gunnersbury, park  #77 73%
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director
Joan Foxley volunteer Harrow finish tokens
Lesley Chamberlin 26:15 Hazelwood 3rd run at Hazelwood, course pb 72%
Chris Kelly 21:52 Henley-on-Thames course pb, club record 69%
John Scaife 25:33 Maidenhead run #136, 65th at Maidenhead 65%
Bob Bannister 26:39 Mole Valley run #318, 1st run at Mole Valley, park #28 61%
David Duggan 30:35 Mole Valley 1st run at Mole Valley 52%
Trish McCabe 29:29 Mole Valley run #242, course pb, improves club rec(F) 52%
Zoe Ostley 54:47 Mole Valley 1st stroll at Mole Valley, tailwalker 33%
Steve Taylor 25:57 Northala Fields run #95, 60th at Northala 59%
Tony Barnwell 39:07 Rickmansworth run #170, 17th at Rickmansworth 49%
Steve Waite 27:52 Riddlesdown run #20, all at Riddlesdown 62%
Sarah Gordon 35:23 Rising Sun 1st run at Rising Sun, park #98, club rec(F) 55%
Roderick Hoffman 29:07 Rising Sun 1st run at Rising Sun, park #234 54%
Julie Barclay 22:11 Southsea run #132, 1st at Southsea 81%
Paul Watt 21:53 Southsea run #80, 1st at Southsea, club record 69%
Kay Trinder 20:53 Woking run #102, 83rd at Woking, club rec(F) 82%
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking marshal
Alan Friar 30:11 Woodley run #251, 78th at Woodley 61%

Firstly, a quick catch-up with some late results from last week.  New member Jain Reid (30:07) had her first run since joining us, at Richmond Park.  Former members Linda (27:35) and Steve Dodsworth 41:25) were on tour and visited the inaugural Newborough Forest parkrun on Anglesey.

Since last week (Carlisle parkrun) Roderick Hoffman and Sarah Gordon have walked along the 73 mile length of Hadrian’s Wall to the North  Sea (Rising Sun parkrun).  The walk seemed to do some good as Sarah (35:23) was 19 seconds quicker at Rising Sun and Roderick (29:07) sliced 41 seconds off his time.

Paul Watt (21:53) and Julie Barclay (22:11) went to the coast for a flat course with a cooling sea breeze and both set new club records on the first visit to Southsea Esplanade.  Kay Trinder (20:53) improved her female club record at Woking, one of several parkruns that have been cancelled next week because of other happenings in the park.  Others include Gunnersbury, Guildford, Maidenhead and Rushmoor.  With Reading unavailable this week Chris Kelly (21:52) moved over to Henley and lowered his club record there.

Richard Ruffell (21:08) visited the parkrun at Gunnersbury for the first time and upped his tally of different parkruns to 77.  His time was the best there by a member so far this year and he claimed he was towing his dog rather than the other way round.

We have reached the end of the first half of 2018 already and Alan Anderson and David Duggan lead the way with 27 runs so far this year followed by Trish McCabe on 26 with Chris Kelly and Scott Davison both on 25.

Next week will see the second annual octogenarians parkrun rally at Bushy Park.  The usual rules apply - #DFYB.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Running Shorts

  • No one with anything to report this week - is it too hot or have you been watching the football?

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