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BA Athletics Club News Digest 2nd October 2017


  • Wednesday 2nd October, Wednesday club night from Cranford Community College from 18:00* (see below)
  • Thursday 5th October, Dream Mile, Bath Road at 12:45*
  • Saturday 7th October, World Airline Road Race 5k/10k, Singapore*
  • Saturday 14th October, Ladies and Men's Surrey League Cross Country League first matches (see last week's digest for details)

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]

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October Digests

I'm on my travels over the next month so future digests may be late and/or abridged.  Please send me content to include, it makes my job easier, and try to submit by the end of Sunday (I'm in Singapore and Australia so my Monday evening will be your Monday morning).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Club-night at Cranford Community College - This Wednesday

This Wednesday we are trying out the facilities at Cranford Community College and how they could be used for weekly or monthly events. We should arrive anytime from 17:30.  Park in the college car park - using the entrance opposite Crane Lodge Road (Heston Venue).  Wait there for others to arrive and then pass through the reception office - then turn left and then right to find the changing rooms. These have showers for after the run.  Please make an effort to make it and have a look around whilst you are there.  The run will be followed by a Committee Meeting in the venue and all are welcome to attend this - there is no catering so please bring your own soft drinks and sandwiches. 

Roderick Hoffman obo the committee (I'm already away, Steve Hillier should take charge)

Hayes & Harlington Run Wednesday 27th September report

Last Wednesday a small group of us met up with Hayes and Harlington Runners to run "at their place".  Trish and I joined them for their run, Steve Newell and Alan Anderson also visited to check out the facilities at their meeting venue - Hayes Community Centre. It was a pity that there weren't more of us, but two of us going down with colds didn't help.

Last Wednesday was an evening where it was great to have changing rooms, showers and a bar available at the end of the evening's run - it had started to rain as we arrived at the centre, and became very heavy throughout our run.  Hayes and Harlington Runners had a good turn out that evening - over a dozen runners as well as some non-runners.  The main difference from the BA club is that on this evening they had more women than men.  We ran their winter time-trial circuit which is two laps from the club house, each laps has no road crossings though some driveways, narrow pavements and two railway bridges.  The loop is just over 2k in length and they add an extra straight to bring the two lap distance up to 5k for their winter monthly time-trial.  They were reminding themselves of that circuit - they run the time-trial each month on the first Wednesday of the month so from this Wednesday.

The facilities used by the runners at the Community Centre included off-street car parking, a hired room for leaving bags and valuables in (locked during the run), loos, two low-pressure showers and a nice bar area.  To use these facilities you have to be a member of the club and a member of the Community Centre but neither seemed overly expensive.

Talking in the bar afterwards it is obvious that there could be opportunities for the two clubs to combine forces for some events - for instance interest was expressed in the Green Belt Relay where BAAC has struggled recently to get the last one or two team members.  Another example could be Surrey League cross country matches where BAAC rarely have a full ladies team. I'll be sending Hayes and Harlington a list of interesting fixtures and the two clubs will talk some more. 

Roderick Hoffman (

British Airways Athletics Club Annual Quiz Announcement for Wednesday 8th November at the Five Bells, Harmondsworth

We have agreed to run the annual quiz again this year and have booked the function room at the Five Bells pub in Harmondsworth for this. The event will be catered - jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings.  We'll also arrange a run in the area beforehand, though note that no showers or formal changing rooms will be available.

This is a team quiz with team sizes from 4 to 6 and individuals can be grouped into teams on the night.  We've invited the pub to provide a team, so I'm hoping that our best quizzers can make the evening to stop the pub team making off with the prize - even if it is only a chocolate bar. Non-members are welcome though we would expect there to be at least one club member in each team (other than the pub team).

As usual the quiz will be run by Steve and Linda Hillier, and will be raising funds for charity.  We will be recommending a minimum donation of £5 each (remember, you are getting fed!).

Steve would appreciate an early indication of numbers so if you think you'll make it, or if you are a regular but you think you won't, please let Steve know.

Roderick Hoffman obo Steve Hillier {}

ASCA Cross Country in Dublin on Saturday 18th November - all welcome

ASCA Cross Country now finalized!

All in the ALSAA Sports Complex [alongside Dublin Airport].

Friday 17th Nov - 20:00 Captains' meeting. For those not involved in that meeting, our facilities include a big bar, snooker, pool and darts, 10 lane ten pin bowling and a restaurant [I'm glad I'm not captain for this one!].

Saturday 18th:

  • 11:00 Ladies Race - 3 miles (5k) [not 3k as previously reported],
  • 11:30 Men's Race - 5 miles (8.33k),
  • 12:00 onwards - snack,
  • 14:00 Awards Presentation,
  • 16:00 Lunch.

The package price is €50 pp, payable at the Captains' meeting.

Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport...

The rates are €109 single, €119 twin/double & €149 triple room per night, all include full Irish breakfast.

Below are the steps for booking the rooms in the 4 star hotel beside the terminal building and 8 minutes walk from the competition venue.

  • Go to homepage
  • Click on Promotional code (top right of page) and enter Promotional code ASCA2017 and press go.
  • Click on dates required and complete booking.
  • An automatic booking reference will be generated when completed.

There is a very good bus or taxi service into the city (10k) from your hotel or ALSAA.

Although ASCA is an inter-airline event our Irish hosts will welcome non-airline runners in the races "We are in favour of this idea and will simply issue a different range of race numbers to those 'guest' runners who will run in the same race and we will publish two sets of results.  So please invite your friends from your running club to the race, same fee, and let's have a big party!".  So, this is perhaps a good opportunity to pop over to Dublin for the weekend and run with friends.  Non-airline staff can ask BA staff for discounted "Hotline" tickets to Dublin for leisure travel.  Return flights for a weekend stay will probably cost around £135 (providing you are flexible as to which flights you go on).  If you wanted a day trip then prices could be as low as £73 - leaving Heathrow at 06:25 and returning from Dublin at 17:40.  If you are interested in these then decide quickly since they may not be available nearer the date.

I don't do cross country runs so although I'll be doing this one I won't be racing it - and therefore I plan on going around one of the local parkruns beforehand - there are three to chose from just 5k away, Dublin parkruns start at 09:30 so time will be tight for the ladies.  Serious airline club runners should not consider this option!

For more details, or to express interest, contact any of:

Neil Frediani, Clara Halket, Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 30th September

30th September family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Scott Davison 24:44 Bedfont Lakes run #220, 189th at Bedfont 58%
Tony Barnwell 34:56 Black Park 51st run at Black Park 54%
Roderick Hoffman 32:10 Bracknell run #270, 2nd at Bracknell 49%
John Coffey 26:16 Bushy Park Bushy Park run #700 72%
Jonathan Cox 22:54 Cannon Hill run #325, 5th at Cannon Hill 68%
Ben Chaytow 22:21 Crane Park run #176, 151st at Crane 62%
Steve Newell 37:04 East Grinstead BA park #366 50%
Richard Ruffell 22:06 Gadebridge course pb, club record 70%
James Glover 23:13 Guildford 17th run at Guildford 65%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning
Kerstin Luksch 22:06 Gunnersbury run #233 68%
Oliver Mathai 24:26 Gunnersbury run #47, 24th at Gunnersbury 67%
Alan Anderson 33:10 Gunnersbury run #476, 250th at Gunnersbury 67%
Piers Keenleyside 29:03 Gunnersbury run #178 55%
Denis Foxley 26:49 Harrow run #83 64%
Joan Foxley 36:57 Harrow run #73 58%
Sarah Gordon 33:52 Heartwood park #88, club record (F) 57%
Anne Bannister 26:15 Jersey 1st run on Jersey 73%
Caroline Cockram 24:58 Jersey 11st run on Jersey, club rec (F) 66%
Bob Bannister 25:03 Jersey 1st run on Jersey 65%
Ian Cockram 23:46 Jersey 1st run on Jersey, club rec 62%
Trish McCabe 27:15 Jersey run #202, 3rd on Jersey 56%
David Duggan 28:31 Jersey 1st run on Jersey 55%
John Lennon 29:19 Jersey 1st run on Jersey 53%
Maureen McCabe volunteer Jersey barcode scanning
Alice Banks 31:10 Maidenhead run #97, 53rd at Maidenhead 62%
John Scaife volunteer Maidenhead barcode scanning
Petra Otto 42:37 March run #27, 24th at March 48%
Colin Russell 26:02 Oak Hill run #42, 41st at Oak Hill 53%
Chris Kelly 21:08 Reading run #352 71%
Steve Waite 28:09 Riddlesdown run #12 (all at Riddlesdown) 61%
Paul Watt 20:36 Rushmoor best age grade % 73%
Eddie Giles 27:07 Salisbury run #89, 13th at Salisbury 64%
Janet Smith 33:04 Upton Court course pb 52%
Jill Holland 41:23 Woking run #2, pb (by over 3 minutes) 48%
Kevin Holland 41:24 Woking run #85, 44th at Woking 42%

Part 1 - Win a bottle of beer

Bushy parkrun at 13This week we witnessed the 700th edition of the Bushy Parkrun (or Time Trial as it was originally badged) and next week will be the 13th anniversary of the inaugural run on 2nd October 2004,  Attendances at the anniversary run have invariably been higher than average for that particular year and have grown over time from 13 in 2004 through 155 in 2005, 378 in 2006, 544 in 2007, 507 in 2008, 806 in 2009, 687 in 2010, 804 in 2011, 994 in 2012, 1,011 in 2013, 1,705 in 2014 (tenth anniversary), 1,185 in 2015, to 1,212 in 2016.  Of course these days there are over a thousand other parkruns to choose from and you don’t need to return to the shrine to feel involved on International parkrun day – you can go along to run or volunteer at your “home” run.  However the prize on offer this week is a bottle of Fuller’s beer of your choice for the guess nearest to the actual number of finishers at Bushy Park on Saturday 7th October 2017, as shown in the results on the parkrun website.  Entries to Steve Newell by midnight on Friday 6th.  The prize will be presented at the Hillier Club Quiz at the Five Bells Harmondsworth on 8th November.

Part 2

A group of our members who call Bedfont Lakes home made a visit to Jersey for the Marathon Weekend and took in the Saturday morning parkrun.  Nearly all of them were running in Jersey for the first time. Ian Cockram (23:46) improved on the course record posted in August by Tim Bellars (24:18).  Caroline Cockram (24:58) knocked a couple of minutes off the ladies record previously held by Trish McCabe. Maureen McCabe volunteered as a barcode scanner, a popular choice by our volunteers this week and also chosen by Alastair Heslop at Guildford and John Scaife at Maidenhead.

Elsewhere the week was notable for the number of different parkruns where just one of our members was participating.  Richard Ruffell (22:06) achieved a pb at Gadebridge and improved the club record there.  Paul Watt (20:36) had his best run at Rushmoor for almost a year and scored his best ever age group score there (72.73%) while Janet Smith (33:04) ran her best time at Upton Court.  James Glover (23:13, 64.54%) missed a pb by 11 seconds at Guildford but achieved his best ever age group score at a parkrun.

Sarah Gordon (33:52) set a ladies club course record at Heartwood Forest (not far from St Albans/Hatfield).  The first runner to cross the line was female, Victoria Pritchard (17:43).  The first man was also home in under 18 minutes. This parkrun has been going for nine weeks now and numbers seem to be steady at around 130-150.  Numbers at Ellenbrook Fields have dropped off a little but St Albans (barely 5k from Heartwood Forest) doesn’t seem to have been affected.

Steve Newell (37:04) was the only one to venture to a newish run this week visiting East Grinstead near enough Gatwick for aircraft to be spotted from time to time.  The course includes all the features familiar to our cross-country team – grass, mud, hills, woodland paths - and will probably be easier in weeks when there hasn’t been an inch of rain during the preceding few days.

Alan Anderson (33:10) ran at Gunnersbury for the 250th time and with 476 runs now under his belt is well on course to earn his turquoise “500” vest before his 83rd birthday next year.

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats

parkrun 13th birthday

Bracknell parkrun and parkrun Birthday

On parkrun's 13th birthday next Saturday I'll be in Singapore, fit and in my running kit, just 10k away from a parkrun I've not done before (West Coast parkrun), a parkrun which is on, but I won't attend because the WARR 5k race is at exactly the same time. I've been involved with WARR for 35 years so parkrun is a relative youngster, and as team captain I can't not be there for the 5k, so I've sent a birthday card to parkrun instead.  For those who can make a parkrun next weekend - have a good run and enjoy the cake.

Jane and Simon LightOn Saturday I ran at Bracknell parkrun for the second time, though they have adjusted the course since I first ran it. This was a slow run, and so a PW for me, but I was saving myself (see below). I also got a volunteer credit for writing the run report which, when published, will appear here:

Most parkruns in the Heathrow area have participants who are linked to the airline or running club.  At Bracknell this includes Jane and Simon Light (Marshal and Run Director on this run).  25 years ago Jane worked with me at BA, and at the time both were on the periphery of the running club including helping on the London Marathon.

Roderick Hoffman

More Half and Full Marathon Results (it must be the season)

Event Pos Runner Category Time
Basingstoke Half 90 Chris Kelly MV50-59 01:37:40
Cheltenham's Half 459 Piers Keenleyside MV60 01:43:17
Royal Kingston Half 866 Roderick Hoffman MV50-59 02:16:37
Jersey Full Marathon 395 Jasvir Singh Modaher M60 05:49:10

The Jersey Marathon also included a relay event and the Bedfont crowd completed this with various teams including (perhaps):

  • Team "Mixed Spice" (entered by Guilaine Sheward) finishing in 3:58:39,
  • Team "Spiced as Newts" (entered by John Lennon), finishing in 3:59:39 (so a good team effort to beat the four hours),
  • Team "Sporty Spice" (entered by Katia Kerekesova) finishing in 4:01:31,
  • Team "Old Spice" (entered by Bob Bannister) finishing in 4:07:11.

And some reports this week...

After some dubious weather forecasts, a relatively pleasant morning was enjoyed yesterday for the Basingstoke Half Marathon. It’s a pricey, but well catered event. Plenty of coffee/tea/Mars bars, water stations, bag drop assistants, portaloos and lots of good support from the locals and around, as the course climbs steadily up into the countryside South West of Basingstoke, then undulates up and around the villages, before an enjoyable (if you’ve held a bit back) last 4 miles back into town. I was holding myself back, after a rough week, so did enjoy it more than I’d expected to.  

1:37:40 on the chip – so hopefully I’ll be able to continue normal training this week.

Chris Kelly

I ran another half marathon today at Cheltenham. It started and finished at the racecourse - in fact the last 2 miles was running round the course. Rained quite a bit for the first half of the race but mild enough to be OK in a vest. I finished in 1:42:38 and was 4th of 35 in the M60 age group. About 1 minute quicker than last weeks effort at the Ealing Half. 

Piers Keenleyside

I had entered the Royal Kingston Half because I needed to incorporate a half into my training around now and this one was a combination of flatter and cheaper to enter than the other halves around this time.  And flat it certainly was - with my Garmin recording a total elevation gain of just 34 meters over the 21k - and much of that was probably on the two bridges over the Thames.  Not enough loos at the start - perhaps you get what you pay for - but a good crowd, medal and shirt.  The weather had been forecast to be heavy rain throughout but this improved to "light rain" and then "some showers" and although I felt a few drops on the day that could of been my imagination.  Whilst technically a PW Half Marathon time for me my target of between 2:15 and 2:20 was achieved with 2:16:37.

Roderick Hoffman

Orienteering - Fulham Street-O 19th Sept 2017 Result

Three club runners took part in the first Street-O event of the 2017/18 season.

Overall Pos. Women Pos. Name M / W Score Time Time Penalty Grand Total
1 --- M 600 00:57:37 0 600
11 1 --- W 480 00:58:29 0 480
37 Simon Turton M 330 00:59:17 0 330
51 Roderick Hoffman M 360 01:04:46 96 264
63 20 Christine Munden W 170 00:54:22 0 170
73 26 --- W 60 00:35:00 0 60

As you can see I pushed myself for time and lost out to Simon on time penalties - well, I was determined to cover the ground and reach the far end of the Fulham Palace parkrun course to pick up the 50 point control there. This was Christine's first such event and she can be expected to do better next time - especially if she brings a watch.

The next event in the series is at Tufnell Park on Tuesday 10th October. More details here:

Roderick Hoffman

Other Events

Dear all,

I am the race organiser for the 36th renewal of the Tadworth 10 race which is held at Epsom Downs Racecourse and takes place on Sunday 7th January 2018 at 1130hrs.

Race HQ is based in the Duchess Stand at the racecourse and features excellent facilities such as secure baggage area, hot food and drink concessions, plentiful toilets, live photos on big screens, free parking, pop up sports store, post race massage and much more.
We would like to invite your members to join us at our race. There is a fab new bespoke medal for all finishers and you will all be sure to have a warm welcome from our super friendly HQ team and on course marshalls.

With Epsom Downs racecourse situated less than 15 minutes from the junctions 8 and 9 and 20 minutes from J10 of the M25, we are within an easy 45-60 minute drive for clubs who are that bit further out.

Entries at :-

Steve Burke - Tadworth 10, 2018 race organiser

Ed - I don't have fixed rules on when to include unsolicited race detail submissions - though if anyone wants to plug a favorite event it would be put to the front of the Other Events listings (provided it doesn't clash with a club event).

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