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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th April 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

We will be doing an informal run from 18:00 prior to tomorrow's club committee meeting (that all members are welcome to sit in on). You could try out the route of the Northumberland 10k (see below).

Note that the Vitality 10k will not be on its usual 1st Bank Holiday in May date (just ahead of someone's crowning) but has been moved to Sunday 24th September (clashing with WARR).

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.

Monthly Mile (submit by end of Sunday 16th April):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be somebody else's formal event or even one mile within a longer run. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year:

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

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

Editorial - Happy New (club financial) Year!

Please remember that this year's BA Athletics Club subs are/were due on 1st April - especially for those who want/need to affiliate with UK Athletics through us. There will be delays if you don't pay THIS WEEK and you'll waste the time of the volunteers who run this club. But also thank you to all those who have already paid and/or taken the opportunity to set-up or modify their Standing Orders!

Our annual subs remain at £9 for yet another year. The year runs from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.

The UK Athletics Affiliation in now £17 for the same period - so £26 to cover both club subs and affiliation.

 Please contact Chris directly if you need reminding of the club's bank details:

>Chris Kelly (Club Treasurer)

Northumberland 10km - Wednesday 12th April 2022 #

The Northumberland 10km, probably the only in house 10km based on the Bedfont Club, returns to the club calendar on Wednesday 12th April after the Covid Interruption.  The successor to the Watersplash 10km at Cranford has traditionally been held in the Spring, 11 days before the London Marathon.

Northumberland 10k RouteThe course is over two laps Ė starting and finishing close to the junction of Cains Lane and Hatton Road (approx. 300m from the club gates).

The event is held on a pursuit basis so runners should be choosing a start time to bring them to the finish at about 7.15 pm.

The course follows Hatton Road down to St Maryís Church at Bedfont Green where runners turn left and follow Staines Road (A315) as far as the Faggs Road junction.

A left turn takes the runners over a bridge over the Duke of Northumberlandís River.  Another left turn leaving the pavement (well before the entrance to Tesco) takes the runners onto a woodland trail heading into the setting sun parallel to the river. There is one turn to the left, then continue until the junction with the footpath between the allotments and the school grounds.  A final turn to the right and the final quarter mile straight back towards Hatton Road. Turn left and repeat for a second lap.

Those who want to run or walk a single lap may do so but this is essentially a 10km evening.

Those intending to run are invited to contact Steve Newell in advance with an estimated time.

No food is being organised at Bedfont FC so a visit to the Duke of Wellington across the road is suggested.
Steve Newell

Five Mile Handicap - 29th March Results and Final Table

Seven runners lined up for the sixth and final run of the 2022/23 5 mile handicap series.  The final table placings hung in the balance to the very last minute, literally, as 7 p.m. came and went and the leading contenders were still battling against each other and the pouring rain in Hatton Road as they headed back to the Bedfont Football Club.  Amanda Coombs bravely started while clearly suffering from a visit to her dentist earlier in the day and after missing the right turn at Kingston Avenue (coned off for road works) decided to call it a day after one lap.  Benita and John Scaife (50:19) recorded their best times of the series. Julie Barclay (42:18) was below her best but better than she expected on the night.  Maarten Stenham (43:58) put in another regular performance. The ever present Stephen Taylor (43:49) was a contender to the last but unable at the end to run quite as quickly as earlier in the series which left Paul Watt (33:41) as the winner having been the fastest and the most consistent over the series as a whole with a best time of 33:14.

9th March 2023. Conditions: pouring rain

2nd half
5M time v. target:
v. target:
points ranking
rank clock
Benita Scaife 1:51:00 25:18 25:01 50:19 00:41 19.5 00:41 2= 1:25:42 1:00:41
John Scaife 1:51:00 25:00 25:19 50:19 00:41 19.5 00:41 2= 1:26:00 1:00:41
Amanda Coombs 1:49:50 26:50 49:50 1 DNF 1:23:00 n/a
Julie Barclay 1:45:00 21:13 21:05 42:18 02:42 14 02:42 6 1:23:47 1:02:42
Stephen Taylor 1:43:00 21:44 22:05 43:49 00:49 16 01:38 4 1:21:16 59:11
Maarten Stenham 1:43:00 21:44 22:14 43:58 00:58 15 01:56 5 1:21:16 59:02
Paul Watt 1:33:30 16:34 17:07 33:41 00:11 25 00:22 1 1:16:56 59:49

Winter 5 mile handicap points table after all 6 runs

  Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar best four total best time runs
Paul Watt 25 21 0 25 0 25 96 33:19 4
Stephen Taylor 18 25 25 (15) (15) 16 84 42:21 6
Maarten Stenham 14 0 18 18 25 (15) 75 38:59 5
Julie Barclay 21 15 0 21 0 14 71 38:00 4
Roderick Hoffman 16 16 0 16 21 0 69 49:55 4
Benita Scaife 0 13.5 0 0 17 19.5 50.0 50:19 3
John Scaife 0 13.5 0 0 17 19.5 50.0 50:19 3
Steve Hillier 0 0 21 0 14 0 35 1:01:15 2
Amanda Coombs 13 18 0 0 0 1 32 47:16 3
Jacob Stenham 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 46:05 1
Chris Kelly 0 0 0 0 13 0 13 47:20 1

Steve Newell

Green Belt Relay Records update

One last thing on the 2022 event (and possibly of interest for those of you roped in for this year) - the untimely issuance of the updated BA Results & Records! After years of non-appearance, the Female side of the records has at last been established. Some of which go all the way back to 2005... some of them are still up for grabs..!

As is customary, when the length of the Stage changes, as often does happen, the new runner gets to set a new record (it's the only way some of us can manage it..) so the long-held records are the most stable, or have not been run since, by someone of that gender -  debatable, but let's see. 

The headlines for last year were the slew of Female Records set by Frankie (stages 3 and 21), Maria (9 and 15), Josie (2), Kerry (14) and Vicky (19), in addition to Frankie's two Stage wins, and the GBR Stage Records for Frankie and Maria, with proud dad Murray also sneaking a new BA Record (partly thanks to the new stage 22 finish at Bushy)

Chris Kelly

Recent Activity Achievements

The following covers two weeks - ending March 27th (M) and April 3rd (A). One definitely gets the impression that we are in marathon season. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race 400m World Masters M Sun 00:58.12 World Masters M55 400m heats 58.12. 2nd 3rd fastest overall.
Andy Rayner Various Local M Three reports please. Sun 19Mar: 3.5mile cycle in 17:35 plus fast walk 10:40 (at 06:00). Wed 22Mar: 14:00 fast walk. Sat 25Mar: 3.5mile cycle in 18:30.
Barry Walters Running 13km Swinley Forest, Bracknell M Sun am 01:16:49 In sunny cool conditions. Out and back effort with an undulating route loop included.  Then did one hour of body pump with light weights and 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre. 
Ian Cunningham parkrun 5km Bushy Park M Sat am 00:24:30 An achievement 14 years in the making! Lovely to see so many BA runners joining me to celebrate my 500th parkrun. The milestone page now advertises a 1000 runs goal Ö just 500 more to go!
Jain Reid Running 27.28km Thames path M Sun pm 03:10:15 Another marathon training run for me on the riverside. I delayed until after the rain but forgot about the boat race so had to dodge a few people and Morris dancers on the way round.
Mike Dennison  Race Half-M Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon M Sun 01:33:36 Conditions not good: drizzle throughout and the towpath was very puddly and muddy (even more so on the 2nd lap with 4000+ runners!), and the final mile in Home Park was also muddy and slippery, but I actually really enjoyed it, and managed a course PB of 1:33:36, and first in my V65 age group.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon M Sun 01:52:31 Had hoped for sub 1:50 but conditions underfoot were too damp! Only half the course was tarmac, the rest on muddy tracks full of big puddles. The last 2 miles were especially slippery and I nearly came a cropper several times. 7th (of 30) in the MV65 age group - well beaten by Mike!
Roderick Hoffman Running 8.39km Bedfont M Wed pm 00:58:57 Before the Awards Evening, with a lap of the Feltham track where I passed Chris Kelly twice going the opposite way! I did visit Bedfont Lakes but as I got there they were about to lock the gates so it was just a token loop.
Simon Turton Orienteering 11.3km British Long Distance Orienteering Championships, Newbury M Sat 01:34:51 Injury thus lack of training meant I concentrated on getting around and a combination of good compass work & pacing meant an almost error free run . Placed 31/65 in my age group, which Iím more than chuffed with. Weather was windy but stayed dry.
Steve Waite Orienteering Brasted Chart, near Seven Oaks M Thur eve 01:00:00 Night Orienteering. Kent Night Club round 20. 17th from 22. Thatís it for Night Orienteering this season, back to parkruns.
Adrian Haines  Race 800m World Masters, Poland A Sun 00:02:08 World Masters 800m Final. M55. 2 seconds outside World record in 2:08 and came 6th (first Brit).
Andy Rayner Various Cox Green A Two reports - Thurs 30Mar: Cycle 3.5miles Cox Green in 18minutes. Sat 1April brisk walk for 10:50.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Marlow via Cookham Dean Common and Bisham Woods A Sun 00:50:00 Photo taken on permitted path through Copas farm which was quite firm, but further on the woods were a mudbath.
John Scaife Running 4miles Marlow via Cookham Dean Common and Bisham Woods A Sun 00:50:00 As Benita
Chris Kelly  Race Marathon Paris Marathon A Sun 04:39:36 With my son Ben, his first. We all enjoyed the first half, but as usual the second half was more challenging. Impressive route through the city, and the two parks, hillier than expected at the end. The race was well organised (compared to the bib pick up!).
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Southsea A Sat am 00:22:16 Whilst on the Isle of Wight I decided that it would be more interesting to take the hovercraft back to the mainland and do Southsea parkrun (instead of Medina (IoW) which Iíve done previously). Letter ďSĒ achieved!
Jacqui Haines Running 13km Toruń parkrun and city. A Sat am I was in Poland watching the Masters Athletics and managed some training in the park and the parkrun and the 8k run back to Toruń - in time to watch the 1500 finals which were superb.
Jain Reid mixed Run/Walk 30.25km Thames path A Sun pm 03:23:00 Another long run:walk ahead of Manchester and London. Nice to have a bit of ☀️ at the end. 30.25k in 3:23
Janet Smith Running 5.5miles Barbados A I was in Barbados for 10 days so went out run / walking to explore the local area. Longest one was 5.5 miles. Hard work in the heat, even in the early morning
Piers Keenleyside  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k A Fri lunch 00:24:51 Braved the rain for once and managed to do my fastest 5K in over 3 1/2 years at the Serpentine LFOTM today (31st March) with a time of around 24:51. Still waiting for official results.
Piers Keenleyside (again)  Race Half-M Reading Half Marathon A Sun am 01:46:10 Best effort for w/e 2 April was the Reading Half Marathon done in an official time of 1:46:10. Great to finish in the Royal's football stadium!
Roderick Hoffman Running 5km River Nile, Luxor, Egypt A Fri pm 00:36:25 Recovering from a bad cold, but nothing worse, managed to finish the month with a 5k "canal" run. Photo shows that I managed to get my steps in, most days whilst away.
Stephen Taylor Running 20.25miles Thames to Fulham and back A Sat 03:42:49 Three weeks out from London I did my last big long run. 20 miles, out along the Thames to the Fulham ground and back.
Steve Hillier Running 3.8km Roxbourne Park A Also 15mile cycle to Hayes and back, including a loop on the path around the outside of the Minet cycle track. A very competitive junior cycle race was underway. Return via a muddy and in places flooded canal towpath.
Tim Bellars  Race Marathon Brighton Marathon A Sun 04:04:09 Brighton Marathon. Lovely day for running. Enjoyed the day. 4:04:09. Just canít get under 4 hrs at the mo.



Weeks Achievement Photos 

 Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 25th March and 1st April

28 and 24 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing. Volunteer only efforts have been left out this time but I will be producing a club volunteer update report soon.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment for runs on 25th March
Mike DENNISON Bedfont Lakes 634 9 0:22:50 73.43%
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 634 87 0:36:17 44.65%
Paul KNECHTL Bushy Park 923 16 0:18:19 81.16% 28th parkrun. Fastest since Dec 2019. Only 61 seconds slower than his/our club record at Bushy set in July 2017.
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 923 144 0:21:55 68.37%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 923 300 0:24:30 65.44% 500th parkrun, 393rd at Bushy.
Barry WALTERS Bushy Park 923 610 0:28:27 60.05%
Jeremy SHORT Bushy Park 923 724 0:30:15 53.50% 2nd run at Bushy.
Benita SCAIFE Bushy Park 923 836 0:32:05 66.13%
John SCAIFE Bushy Park 923 837 0:32:08 54.25%
Kevin HOLLAND Bushy Park 923 1007 0:36:51 51.42%
Christopher T KELLY Bushy Park 923 1023 0:38:06 41.03% First run at Bushy, our 64th club member to have run there.
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 498 58 0:27:09 54.76%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 515 210 0:26:45 63.30%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 340 224 0:40:36 58.66% First run "since the virus hit!"
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 201 32 0:24:20 62.12%
Harjit Jhooti Lancing Beach Green 147 90 0:37:24 47.77% BA Ladies record (Ian Cunningham holding the Grade and Men's record)
Melanie Miller Lancing Beach Green 147 92 0:39:18 45.46%
Paul WATT Leazes 103 11 0:20:36 76.54% BA Men's and Grade record from Neil)
Julie BARCLAY Leazes 103 71 0:27:28 68.69% BA Ladies record
David Cowell Nidda 194 4 0:18:40 75.98% BA Men's record from David Duggan and Grade record from Roderick.
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 416 88 0:26:07 64.84%
Trish MCCABE Osterley 416 89 0:26:10 61.27%
Anne Bannister Osterley 416 160 0:30:52 67.71%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 416 240 0:51:03 51.22%
Jain REID Richmond Park 748 245 0:29:35 62.03%
David DUGGAN Stockley Country 11 56 0:36:23 45.26%
Fiona Bishop Woking 359 96 0:25:30 78.30%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 359 167 0:28:02 62.90%

parkrun Review 25th March 2023

Ian Cunningham (24:30) duly completed his 500th parkrun at Bushy Park supported by Janet Cunningham (32:32) and no dog!  Paul Knechtl (18:19) notched up his 28th parkrun.  Other club members included Ian Haylock (21:55), Barry Walters (28:27), Jeremy Short (30:15), Benita Scaife (32:05), John Scaife (32:08), Kevin Holland (36:51) and Chris Kelly (38:06). Former member David Tyas (21:23) was also running, his 678th parkrun.

Plans for Alan Anderson to cycle to Bushy for his 650th run (i.e. 500+100+50) were abandoned because of the forecast near gale force winds but he ran at his new home run at Osterley nevertheless to keep a good distance ahead of the rest of us.  There are now 468 members of the ď500Ē club.

Steve Newell

PS I didnít fancy cycling into a headwind from Chiswick to Hampton Court either and set off by car in what should have been good time.  I didnít know about the road between Teddington and Hampton Wick being closed for road works and followed the diversion via Teddington, passing the gate (Teddington end of Chestnut Avenue) into Bushy Park on the way (at about 08:25).  In hindsight I should have headed for the Pheasantry carpark at that point but I carried on to reach the usual Diana carpark only to find it already full and with traffic being what it was I was unable to get back (round the outside of the park) to the Pheasantry car park in time so in the end I got back to Diana car park at about 9.30, found a space and joined the Prosecco party!  The first time I have ever set off to do a parkrun and failed to start and finish.

Additional Stats - Club parkrun Popularity:

parkrun Members Runs Comment
Bedfont Lakes 55 1589 Most popular in total runs
Bushy Park 64 1552 Most popular by runners, and catching up on runs
Gunnersbury 42 839  
Reading 22 773  
Black Park 38 579  
Crane Park 39 520  
Osterley 47 415  
...various... ... ...  
Stockley Country 24 29 New local parkrun
Queen Elizabeth 13 13 Most popular run without any repeat runs

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment for runs on 1st April
Joe NOLAN Black Park 653 286 0:34:09 50.02% 1st April Pacing? Target 50% age grade!
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 924 92 0:21:20 70.23%
Steve NEWELL Catford 186 129 0:49:12 40.82% 5th run at Catford.
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 499 43 0:25:00 57.13%
Harjit Jhooti Foots Cray Meadows 163 42 0:38:32 46.37% first run at Foots Cray Meadows, park #75
Melanie Miller Foots Cray Meadows 163 44 0:42:38 41.91% first run at Foots Cray Meadows, park #109
Paul WATT Gladstone 496 14 0:21:37 72.94% first run at Gladstone, park #130
Julie BARCLAY Gladstone 496 202 0:46:57 40.18% first run at Gladstone, park #134
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 516 147 0:25:41 65.93%
Trish MCCABE Gunpowder 521 79 0:27:10 59.02% first run at Gunpowder, park #118, yes #118
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 341 210 0:38:36 61.70%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 341 211 0:38:37 48.25%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 202 36 0:23:54 63.25%
David DUGGAN Leakin Park 231 19 0:34:30 47.73% first run at Leakin Park, park #123. BA run #715.
Scott DAVISON Osterley 417 87 0:26:35 55.92%
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 417 156 0:29:58 54.00%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 417 272 0:53:29 48.89%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 252 67 0:32:25 52.24%
Jain REID Richmond Park 749 178 0:29:05 63.09%
Emma Moreton Southsea 427 33 0:22:16 69.61% first run at Southsea, park #22, 2nd lady, just 5 seconds outside Julie's club ladies' record.
Mike DENNISON Stockley Country 12 3 0:21:53 76.62% 3rd finisher.
Maria JOVANI Stockley Country 12 10 0:24:39 65.72% BA Ladies' record. First lady finisher.
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Toruń 342 76 0:27:15 64.71% first run at Torun (Central Poland). BA run #714.
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 463 63 0:30:53 55.32%

parkrun Review 1st April 2023 (brief)

Paul and Julie were planning to go to Finsbury Park but it was one of dozens to get called off because we had so much rain last week.  Luckily they were alert enough to divert to Gladstone Park Ė they were planning to use the tube to get to Finsbury Park so there may be a story there!
It was very muddy at Catford.  I definitely went in the wrong pair of shoes. Ian Cunningham had a week off.

Steve Newell

With April Fool's Day falling on a parkrun day there were quite a few rogue announcements given out by Run Directors. I've reviewed a few of them and perhaps the best were:

  • Albert Park in Melbourne announcing that a limited parkrun was being permitted...but runners would need to be able to complete the lap in 1 minute 17 seconds to keep ahead of the F1 cars doing practice laps of the course ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix. Walkers would not be permitted.
  • Weymouth parkrun announced that as a parkrun HQ trial they would be allowing all finishers to scan in their own position tag using the usual app - though with the additional step of adding the unique code "SLOOFLIRPA".

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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