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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd July 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

BAAC AGM on Wednesday

This year's AGM will take place on Wednesday 5th July from 8pm at the Bedfont Club (Bedfont Football & Social Club, Hatton Road. TW14 9QT).  This important meeting will affect every member of the club, so please make every effort to attend.  Your input and your views are important to us.

Agenda for Wednesday

Last year's AGM minutes

Food will be available from 7.45pm, so if you plan to come, it would helpful if you let me know to arrange appropriate catering.

>>> Steve Hillier

June Mile Results

A little late, but here are the pre-AGM "Parkway Mile" results from June 1990:
1 Martin Quirk 4:34
2 Malcolm Field 4:38
3 Barry Walters 4:40
4 John Taylor 4:44
5 Graham Taylor 4:46
12 Dennis Foxley 5:07
13 John Williams 5:09
27 Steve Newell 6:03
29 Alastair Heslop 6:05
32 Dennis Foxley (again) 6:16
33 Roderick Hoffman 6:33
38 Steve Hillier 7:01
39 Joan Foxley 7:38
Apart from the top two, I've only included members who we have a chance of seeing on Wednesday at this year's AGM, albeit we are unlikely to see some of them running in the mile...certainly not at those speeds.

And the results from June 2023:

2023 Club Mile resultsEight participants including one who also ran in 1990 - albeit over two minutes faster then. Emma reports that her track time of 6:22 is another all-time PB for her. Adrian's second time of the month, at the Dave Clarke mile, was his fastest for six years. Elsewhere, indeed at the Arethusa Mile in Bushy Park, albeit different weeks, Ian Haylock managed to just edge Mike Dennison for the first time for over a year. 

Pre-AGM 2023 Mile

This week we have the AGM and as a warm-up we'll have our traditional pre-AGM mile event. This year we'll make our way to the Feltham Track.  Some may choose to change at the Bedfont Club from 17:45 or just meet in the carpark there and either drive over or jog over from 18:00 (2.2km). Others will meet us at the track. Feltham Running Track, Shakespeare Avenue, Feltham (TW14 9HX). Park in Shakespeare Avenue or nearby Helen Avenue. 

There will be a walking race from 6.15 p.m. (slow, medium or fast walking permitted) and a running race at 6.30 p.m. (or as soon as the last walker has finished, if later).

Please plan on joining us.

Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell

The mile start line may be hard to find on Wednesday on the worn-out Feltham track.  If in doubt, ensure that you are behind it, we wouldn't want to have anyone unfortunately run out because they were the wrong side of the line.

Track & Field 2023 – rounding the final bend

We reported on June 19th’s Vets League fixture at Battersea track last week.  We now have the full results, and they confirm some wins for BAAC and some special performances.  Alongside Ian Haylock’s strong 1500m run, Sean O’Keeffe and Fiona Bishop both achieved victories in their favoured events.  Subject to ratification, Fiona has broken two of her own W60 club records, while Sean narrowly missed two M60 records.

Vet’s League Track & Field, Battersea 19th June 2023

Event Competition Our Participant Class Achievement Place Note
100m M60 Steve Hillier M65 20.4 5th
400m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 94.2 1st Club Record
1500m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 6:50.2 2nd Club Record
1500m M50 Ian Haylock M50 5:33.1 5th
2000m Walk W60 Fiona Bishop W60 13:11.1 1st
Discus (1kg) M60 Sean O’Keeffe M60 28.39 1st
High Jump M60 Sean O’Keeffe M60 1.30 1st
Javelin (600g) M60 Steve Hillier M65 17.45 5th

Our final two matches are shown below.  I hope we can get out a big team out for both.  Please let me know if you are available.

  •  Vets League, Perivale, Wednesday July 12th
  •  Rosenheim League, St Mary's Twickenham, Wednesday July 19th.

>>> Steve Hillier 

NOW Runnymede - running groupNOW run Runnymede

Twelve BAAC members met at Runnymede on Thursday for a NOW run, of whom ten opted to run and two to walk. The route headed initially east following the Thames through the Pleasure Grounds (1st picture) and on towards Egham, before heading south across the meadows (2nd picture) and up Cooper's Hill. There were opportunities to miss out some or all of the climbing, but all ten runners made it to the top and were rewarded with sweeping views of Heathrow Airport, Wembley Stadium and even The Shard from the beautiful Air Forces Memorial, on a clear and warm day that defied the previous day's gloomy forecasts. On the descent stops were made at Writ in Water (3rd picture), the Magna Carta memorial and The Jurors before finishing at the National Trust tearoom for lunch where we re-grouped with the 2 walkers, who completed a loop of the Runnymede meadows in the warm sunshine.

John Scaife

Proposals for future NOW events are invited - the requirements are a free lunchtime in the club calendar, a willing host and a carpark near a cafe and near a running route or area. Enter the details into the calendar in the 'Calendar' "Other Externals/Colleague Run" and/or submit them for inclusion in the digest.

Calendar: Club online diary

Digest: >>> Digest Input

Recent Activity Achievements

15 members' achievements were communicated to me. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Walking Cox Green Sat Three reports please. Mon 26 June, fast walk Maidenhead to Cox Green in 40 minutes. Saturday 1st July cycle Cox Green for 21m 32s and XC fast walk 66minutes.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Chilterns 01:06:39 We did a Chilterns hill run from Little Marlow to High Wycombe via Deangarden Wood…
John Scaife Running 4miles Chilterns 01:06:39 ...Not far as the crow flies but a serious workout. Walked back the same way after coffee.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:22:14 Bedfont Lakes PB - 1st female and 9th overall (22:14)
Julie Barclay Running 7miles Isle of Wight Sun 01:00:00 Promenade run from Sandown to Shanklin and back and on to Yaverland and back. 5x100m included.
Paul Watt Running 7miles Isle of Wight Sun 01:00:00 With Julie.
Melanie Miller Walking 13.13km Thorney Island Sun pm 02:44:52 A lovely walk round a very windy Thorney Island full of ships and a church. Flat but multi-terrain including going through a hive of brambles and a few sand dunes.
Michael Ball Duathlon Byfleet / Runnymede Thur This week's activity I cycled from Byfleet to Runnymead, then ran the NOW up to the war memorial, and then cycled back. 10 miles each way and about 5k run.
Michael O'Hagan Ultra-run 50km Serpent Trail 50km Race Sat 07:15:00 First Ultra Marathon. Excellent venue and marshalling. Gently undulating and varied terrain course with ideal running temperature. There were only six stiles on the whole course, all in the last 3 miles - my knees really enjoyed them !!
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 00:42:27 2x very tough circuits, 1x ‘Shredded’ class, plus fastest ever ‘parkwalk’ at March Parkrun in 42:27 mins. Also, 50th volunteering.
Roderick Hoffman mixed Run/Walk 13.5miles Basingstoke Canal Wed/Fri 03:15:00 Completed the last stretch of the Basingstoke Canal, from Brookwood to Fleet. Total Canalathon mileage was 392miles over 365days.
Simon Turton Orienteering 9.75km Tilehurst, Reading Sat am 00:58:22 Urban training run. Had done the short course on New Year’s Day with my daughter so long course this time. There were some long legs and I don’t recall it being this hilly but got round despite 100m of climb. Grade 2 listed Norcot water tower in the background.
Stephen Taylor Running To, round and from Northala Fields. Sat am Another parkrun sandwich to Northala and back, the third in a row and a better parkrun time this week (27:34).
Steve Hillier Running 3.8km Roxbourne Park Sun 00:27:47 Friday: Cycling for 8miles in 1 hour to/from Ruislip (windy).  Sunday: Running 3.8km in 27:47 in Roxbourne Park.
Steve Newell Swim 1mile Tidal Thames (Hammersmith) Mon 00:40:00 From and to Hammersmith including circumnavigation of Chiswick Eyot. Water temp 21 deg C.

But only 5 with pictures...

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 1st July

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Mike DENNISON Ashbourne Recreation Ground 59 6 0:20:36 81.39% run #510, park #69, BA new event #741
David Cowell Bedfont Lakes 648 1 0:19:16 73.62% first finisher on first run at Bedfont Lakes
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 648 9 0:22:14 69.72% First female and another course PB. A further 2 second improvement. Recent improvements by 6 seconds, then 4 seconds, now 2 seconds.
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 648 55 0:26:52 55.77%
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 648 57 0:27:13 62.22%
Trish MCCABE Bedfont Lakes 648 63 0:27:37 58.06%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 648 100 0:33:26 62.51%
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 648 104 0:34:51 47.25% run #467, 234th at Bedfont Lakes
Fiona Bishop Billericay 246 65 0:25:44 78.76% BA first lady and best Age Grade (from Roderick)
Joe NOLAN Black Park 666 Volunteer Coordinator credit at Black Park - Pacer week and run "666" - 881 finishers, 2nd largest ever and 2nd biggest in the UK after Bushy.
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 151 291 0:35:45 53.01% 31st run at Brooklands
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 937 287 0:23:36 63.49% 363rd run at Bushy
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 937 459 0:25:40 62.47% 407th run at Bushy
Steve NEWELL Bushy Park 937 1370 0:49:40 41.34% P-Index up to 9,  i.e. 9 runs at nine different parkrun venues.
Murray Hogge California Country 154 75 0:27:00 60.43% run #345, 12th at California Country
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 512 23 0:22:56 70.64% run #408, 76th at Crane Park
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 512 28 0:23:43 60.22% run #338, 281st at Crane Park
Oliver MATHAI Gunnersbury 529 219 0:26:47 65.09% 49th run at Gunnersbury but first since October 2021
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 529 236 0:27:17 62.06% run #335, 209th at Gunnersbury
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 354 128 0:29:41 62.77% has been 99th, 100th, 101st and 102nd at Harrow in recent weeks
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 354 215 0:38:15 62.27% 225th run at Harrow
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 153 99 0:28:06 74.38% run #230, 55th at Higginson Marlow
Petra OTTO March 305 90 0:42:27 52.45% Another fastest parkrun walk.
Paul WATT Medina I.O.W. 552 18 0:21:37 72.94% run #250, park #148. Abroad again. BA fastest male (from Ian Cockram) and best age grade (from Julie!).
Julie BARCLAY Medina I.O.W. 552 98 0:26:34 72.02% 2nd parkrun on IOW, and at two different locations on the island.
Vera Simms Medina I.O.W. 552 159 0:30:11 65.21% run #75
Olivia Mathilda JONES Medina I.O.W. 552 171 0:30:52 48.49% [non-member] 25th run
Janice JONES Medina I.O.W. 552 217 0:33:53 54.16% run #80
John SCAIFE Newbury 520 194 0:28:29 61.21% PB by two minutes from his October 2015 run there.
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 400 121 0:27:34 58.16% Northala reaches #400
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 430 239 0:45:05 60.44% run #664, best parkrun time for almost two years
Sarah GORDON Pocket 190 196 0:39:54 52.38% BA first lady. 1st run at Pocket Park, St Neots, park #141
Jain REID Richmond Park 762 292 0:32:49 55.92% run #136, 127th at Richmond
Melanie Miller Southsea 440 406 0:39:37 45.10% Back from Italy.
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 25 Run Director at Stockley Country
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 476 94 0:29:22 58.17% P-Index is 7
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 373 168 0:28:25 62.87% 103rd run at Woking
Maarten STENHAM Wolford Wood 19 22 0:25:50 55.29% BA fastest male and best age grade (from Piers).
Jakob STENHAM Wolford Wood 19 23 0:25:55 57.36% first junior finisher at Woolford this week
Ray HAMPTON Woodbank 644 137 0:34:15 59.95% first run at Woodbank for seven years
Benita SCAIFE Yarborough Leisure Centre 19 129 0:31:52 67.63% Securing a 'Y' before John. Park #102, BA new event #742.

Bushy Park parkrun 80s and overparkrun Review 1st July 2023

The weekend started with a five-minute discussion on BBC Radio 4 (at about 7.45 am) urging us all to indulge in parkrun every Saturday.  It was triggered by the “80 and over” annual parkrun at Bushy scheduled for 9 a.m. Many will have missed it having already set off to get to the parkrun of their choice (or never listen to Radio 4!).  It may still be possible to ‘catch-up’ online by accessing “BBC Sounds”.

The parkrun at Bushy attracted an above average attendance of 1453 including over 80 “80 and overs”.  For the nonagenarians Olga Rosenbaum (barcode 8.5 million) made a first timer appearance and established the VW90 record with 77:09 (age-grade 59.28).  For the VM90 men, Derek Wright (50:21) missed the VM record by about half a minute.  He ran 46:45 (75.54%) at Richmond only four weeks ago.  Former BA member Bob Winning (VM85) finished in 49:01.  Paul and relatives at the Isle of WhiteAlan Anderson (45:05) elected not to cycle over to Bushy and ran at Osterley as usual, in his best time for a couple of years.  His regular 30-40 mile midweek bike rides are beginning to be rewarded.

Two more parkruns were added to the club collection this week.  Mike Dennison (20:36) visited Ashbourne Recreation Ground (Derbyshire) and went straight to the top of VM65 ranking there, a minute clear of the next athlete.  Benita Scaife (31:52) was one of many “first timers” chasing a rare “Y” at Yarborough Leisure Centre parkrun (Lincoln).

Paul Watt (21:37) visited the Isle of Wight with his relatives to run his 250th parkrun and now owns a new olive-green shirt. In the photo, taken after the run; Vera, Julie, Olivia (who ran her 25th), Paul and Jan.

The biggest group meeting up was at Bedfont Lakes with David Cowell (19:16) coming in first on his visit and Emma Moreton (22:14) shaving another two seconds off her pb there.

Steve Newell

Double first in the results at Bedfont LakesMatters Arising

parkrun may be a social run but getting a 'double first' always looks good in the club results, as at Bedfont Lakes this week. This is an extract from the official parkrun consolidated club report for this club (Consolidated club (, club:251 British Airways AC) ). This shows all finishers who have recorded "British Airways AC" as one of their 'Groups' in the 'My Links' section of, even if not as their 'Primary' group. Steve and I don't rely on this report, because not all members have recorded the group "British Airways AC", and also some people who have recorded the group aren't actually members (there are no controls). However, we do use the report to check for completeness for our main process so it does help if you do record your groups correctly. I'm a member of four groups (five are allowed) - "British Airways AC" (primary group), "Hoffman Club", "UK parkrun tourists" and "parkrun World tourists". To enter or update your groups: signin (


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Roderick Hoffman

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