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BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd October 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

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.

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

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

Confirmation - First Cross Country of the season

We have finally got confirmed details for the 1st XC of the season.

Round 1 is for both our teams:

  • Date: Saturday 14th October
  • Venue: Epsom
  • Ladies: 13:00
  • Men: 14:30

For more details and/or to express interest in running or supporting:

Men: > Paul Knechtl

Ladies: > Amanda Coombs

PS The Milocarian Cross-Country was pencilled in for 28th October, but I don't know if it has been confirmed. Usually we have to commit to attendance in advance so contact Paul/Amanda to let them know your interest.

Monthly Mile Results - September

Just two results this month - Mike and Ian, both having run their best times of the month at the Arethusa Mile on 6th September. They both also ran on the last run of this year on 29th September when, apparently, a new course had to be derived at the last minute due to deer facing off on the regular course. There was also a strong headwind on the return half of the new course out-and-back mile. Ian's time was only 1second slower than his best of the month but Mike still beat him by 3 seconds. The next Arethusa Mile will be on Wednesday 1st May 2024. Hopefully the club will have a few mile entries from other events and runs over October.

Roderick Hoffman

Rickmansworth parkrun CFp 7th October 2023 #

This week we are having a club featured parkrun at Rickmansworth Aquadrome.

The venue at Frogmore Lane off Harefield Road is well served by both rail and road (M25, jct 17), nearest Post code is WD3 1NF.  There is a large free carpark approached via a humpback bridge (take care) which can get quite full and large puddles are a feature on wet days! If attending please assemble by 08:50 for a team photo and wear a club vest.

The picturesque parkrun course is over two flat clockwise laps with views of Bury Lake and Batchworth Lake and a woodland section by the River Colne.

There is a good café within yards of the finish,  Early finishers should get in the queue rather than wait for the tail-enders to finish!

Please let Steve Newell know if you are planning to come along.

> Steve Newell

Recent Activity Achievements

14 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race 800m European Masters Champs in Pescara, Italy 00:02:06 European Masters 800m Final, silver place with 2-06 having set the pace. Then got stranded in Rome due to full flights.
Andy Rayner Various Wed - fast walk to park v v in 30m 32s / Fri -cycle Cox Green in 23m 3s / Sun - fast walk half Cross Country in 35m 30s (dog trot last half mile).
Benita Scaife Running 5.6km Dinton Pastures Country Park 00:39:00 We ran two laps of Black Swan Lake at Dinton Pastures country park. 5.6km, 39 mins.
John Scaife Running 5.6km Dinton Pastures Country Park 00:39:00 As Benita.
Chris Kelly Running 10miles Dunsden Ten miler up Dunsden with son Ben and cycling Sarah, while new pup sleeping in
David Cowell Running 10M Corralejo, Fuerteventura  Fri am 01:30 Run/walk/scramble up Calderon Hondo from Corralejo. 
Emma Moreton Running 21miles Richmond Park 21 miles in and around Richmond Park - final long run for Beachy Head Marathon!
Janet Smith Throwing European Masters Champs in Pescara, Italy Week Really good for me as I came away with 2 Silvers in the hammer and weight throw and the bronze for the Weight Pentathlon (my first International medal for the WP, so very happy). I also threw lots of age PB' and SB's. PLUS Roma Pineto parkrun, my 160th, 6th country and 64th different location ‍♀️
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Marathon Jersey Marathon 06:05:22
Melanie Miller  Race 10km Breda (Netherlands) Sun 01:23:36 Despite the soring temperatures requiring plenty of water stations and sponge soaks. I did the 10k in the first wave. First race abroad and they really look after you here wot with a protein drink water and a platter of tomatoes cucumber carrots and green grapes to choose from and Albert Hejin one of the sponsors even gave us a small tub of chips with mayo…lovely…with yesterday's parkrun that's 15km in 2 days.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k Fri 00:24:25 Managed the same pace as my best this year, finishing in 24:25.
Roderick Hoffman parkrun 5km Millennium (Canada) "Freedom run" Wed 00:33:53 My Freedom parkrun around Millennium parkrun course - nothing special about my performance....just the stunning scenery with the Rockies with the autumn colours of the Canadian Fall.
Stephen Taylor Running 6.6miles Golden (British Columbia) Wed 01:10:44 I did a run in Golden following a partly marked 10k loop including the pictured stretch along the river. A bit hilly in places.
Steve Hillier Walking 8.1km Santa Fe, new Mexico Sun 01:48:00 Criss-crossing Santa Fe, New Mexico. No hail and thunder today, just sun and wind. I walked to the railroad terminus, then across town to climb up to the Cross of the Martyrs and Fort Marcy, altitude 7,100ft.

Simple pictures because I'm still without my picture editor. I'll let you guess which picture applies to which achievement.

parkrun Results for Saturday 30th September

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Harjit Jhooti Basingstoke 748 328 0:35:37 50.16% first run at Basingstoke, park #99
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 660 Barcode Scanning at Bedfont Lakes with the new improved dryer paths
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 603 198 0:37:30 55.73%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Brooklands 164 66 0:22:35 71.66% 3rd run at Brooklands, P-Index is 4
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 950 97 0:20:06 74.54%
Steve NEWELL Bushy Park 950 1416 0:49:13 41.72% 10th run at Bushy, cycled both ways due to rail strike
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 525 20 0:21:54 65.75% man in form - best age-grade score for four years
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 525 63 0:26:22 56.83%
Trish MCCABE Cranleigh 320 87 0:28:06 57.06% park #130.  Cranleigh parkrun, recently restarted, is proving popular with the last five events exceeding 200 runners versus the previous average of 80.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 489 Finish Tokens at Guildford
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 367 247 0:39:40 60.04% Ran with Denis until the finish straight.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 367 248 0:39:46 46.86% Hope there wasn't a finish line trip this time! [Ed: There wasn't, Denis was running with Joan for a change]
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 228 32 0:23:29 64.37%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE King George V Playing Field 136 24 0:26:55 62.91% run #346, park#'68, new BA park #767 (Cheltenham)
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 375 317 0:37:58 45.92% man edging ahead this week
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 375 327 0:39:36 54.42%
Christopher T KELLY Newbury 533 53 0:22:29 70.13% first run at Newbury, park #80
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 552 318 0:26:54 60.84% 200th run at Nonsuch
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 443 67 0:24:56 68.52% 48th run at Osterley
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 443 100 0:27:05 64.37% 9th run at Osterley
Anne Bannister Osterley 443 170 0:30:59 67.46% run #298, 40th at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 443 259 0:46:35 58.50% 126th run at Osterley
Ben Kelly Reading 610 47 0:22:44 56.82% Fibonacci challenge up and running but a long way to go!
Mike DENNISON Rheinpark 107 3 0:20:31 81.72% run #523, park #74, new BA park #765 (Cologne)
Maria JOVANI Rheinpark 107 7 0:21:41 74.71% F2, park #68
Jain REID Richmond Park 775 341 0:32:45 56.03% run #146, 136th at Richmond Park
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 591 115 0:32:46 56.87% run #46, all at Riddlesdown.  Best time since Covid19 interruption.
Roderick HOFFMAN Riverside, Kamloops 2 24 0:29:12 56.39% park #361, Still out in Canada. At event 2. New BA parkrun #768. (British Columbia)
Janet Smith Roma Pineto 217 42 0:36:56 50.36% First run at Roma Pineto, park #64, 3rd BA runner to sight the Vatican from their parkrun.
David DUGGAN Southall 86 52 0:32:54 50.05% 8th run at Southall in 2023
Paul WATT Wanstead Flats 587 25 0:20:50 75.68% Fastest BA male (from Richard Ruffell)
Julie BARCLAY Wanstead Flats 587 70 0:23:45 80.56% Fastest BA lady (from Trish) and Grade (from Richard Ruffell)
Melanie Miller Waterakkers 27 15 0:38:17 47.28% On the continent for Germany's special day this week. New BA park #766. (Teteringen, Netherlands)

parkrun Review 30th September 2023

Julie Barclay (23:45, 80.86%) produced an eye catching performance on her first visit to Wanstead Flats in North East London.  That run puts her top in her age group there by almost a whole minute.  That parkrun has been going since 2011 and Julie tops a list of 138 names.  Paul Watt (20:50) lowered the club men's record there (previously held by Richard Ruffell).

The list of parkruns visited by at least one member continues to grow at a spectacular rate and there now seems a possibility that as many as a hundred new venues may be added in just one year.  We ended 2022 with a total of just under 700.  After adding four more this week alone we are already up to 768 with another three months still to go.

Working through the time zones, Mike Dennison (20:31, 3rd man) and Maria Jovani (21:41, 2nd lady) were at Rheinpark (Cologne), West Germany.  They were followed by Melanie Miller (38:17) at Waterakkers (Teteringen, Netherlands).  Over to UK (into the last few weeks of BST) Piers Keenleyside (26:55) clocked in at King George V Playing Field (Cheltenham).  There are dozens, if not hundreds, of KGV fields in UK and the colonies so well done Cheltenham.  Then a gap of a few hours until Roderick Hoffman (29:12) ran at Riverside, Kamloops in British Columbia.

Where are they now?

Former member Caroline Yarnell was in UK during the summer and ran three times at Chester parkrun.  Since returning to Sydney she has appeared once at Curl Curl (23:36, 84.6%).  She is on 96 runs.  For her Summer is just round the corner.  From the same era, Mike Lawrence is also on 96, half of them at Gunnersbury (best time this year 22:28) while Bill Byrne (M3, 26:18) is up to 187 and was at Merrymeeting Dog parkrun, Maine, USA this week. Now back with Sheen Shufflers.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising

Following Petra's genuine 59:59 result last week I checked the club database and I see that two club members have also had 59:59 results:

  • Sarah Gordon at Nostell parkrun on 1st January 2018 where all 703 finishers were given the time of 59:59 (an example of why the New York double is no longer permitted),
  • and Richard Ruffell (when a member) on 26th October 2013 at St Albans where all 253 finishers were given the 59:59 result.

Those two are not the only missing results of club members. For example I ran Grovelands on 25th August 2012 and although results were published they only showed one "Unknown" finisher with no time. That was within my initial run of 50 different parkruns so I then had to avoid Grovelands parkrun until my run #52 just in case the missing results turned up.

Riverside, Kamloops has been my second "Riverside" parkrun. I've got seven more to do to complete the set - Prudhoe Riverside parkrun, Riverside parkrun, Rocks Riverside parkrun (au), Exeter Riverside parkrun, Woodbridge Riverside parkrun (au), Ury Riverside parkrun, Riverside Park parkrun (us), "Riverside parkrun, Grand Rapids" (us), "Riverside parkrun, Kamloops" (ca). I'm in no hurry. There are also three "Riverbanks" one "Riverfront" and one Riverway.

Roderick Hoffman


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