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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd July 2017


  • Wednesday 5th July, Rosenheim T&F, Kingston (see below)
  • Thursday 6th July, Dream Mile, Harmondsworth* (see below)
  • Wednesday 12th July, Vets League, Perivale
  • Thursday 20th July, BA Staff Fun Run, Harmondsworth Moor* (see below)

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.

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Chairman's Ramble

At the AGM last Wednesday I was elected as the new chairman for this club. Having been acting chair for the previous six months, and with no other candidates, that may appear to be change only on paper.  However I can say that it is an honour and a privilege to be chairman of the British Airways Athletics Club.  Since the club's formation in 1981 only four other people have held the post of chairman.  Dave Blackett was the club's original chairman and held the post for the first few years.  Brian first became chair in about 1985 and has held the post thereafter apart from two spells in the '90s covering five years when John Williams was chair and one year when Chris Stockwell was chair.

One thing I'll find challenging is making it clear when I'm writing in this weekly digest as to which hat I'm wearing - the Chairman's hat when I'll try to represent the club as a whole, the Communications Secretary hat where my contribution will be as an editor (sometime enhancing the words of others, sometimes silently correcting, sometimes providing an alternative viewpoint) or as a club member (putting across a personal view).

But the club and this digest isn't for me or about me, it should be for you and about you.  Please make my job easier by contributing to this digest - either to the editor with news of achievements or future plans, or to the chairman with ideas on how to make the club bigger and better, or as a club member simply with an interesting or humorous story to share.

So over to you...

Roderick Hoffman (Chairman BAAC)

Ed: I'll butt in at this point to say that next week's digest may be a challenge to produce and distribute on time.  I'll be spending the weekend and next week on a canal boat without guaranteed access to the Internet but I will aim to get something out by the end of Tuesday.

BA Staff Fun Run - Thursday 20th July

Cancer Research UK logoWe are getting nearer to the date of this year's BA Staff Fun Run at Harmondsworth Moor.  I need more volunteers to commit themselves for 16:30 onwards on that day (or as soon after that time as possible).  We are determined to make the event as big as it can be despite having had the corporate support removed this year. It is also available for friends, family and colleagues to enter as an event - raising funds for Cancer Research UK. 

Volunteers to me at: Roderick Hoffman {}

Enter via:


Little Legs run (under 12s) from 16:30, 5k/10k from 17:30, presentations (so also end of duties) from 19:00.

And this year's courses are the same as last years...

Fun Run course 2017

Grand Prix Track&Field at Uxbridge 26th June results

Simon Turton showed a fine return to track competition on Monday night, with a win in the 1500m Grand Prix event. Roderick and Steve chased Simon around the Uxbridge track to no avail.  The action then switched to the infield, with Steve shouldering the lighter weight and the spoils in the Shot Putt event.

The next Grand Prix will be on July 31st.  Come and test yourself in the 800m and discus!


26/06/2017 1500m   Shot Putt  
Simon Turton V50 1st 06:02 2nd 4.80m (6kg)
Roderick Hoffman V55 2nd 07:22 - -
Steve Hillier V60 3rd 07:51 1st 8.19m (5kg)

Steve Hillier (

Rosenheim Update - reminder of Kingsmeadow event THIS Wednesday.

On the 21st June we took part on a scorching evening in the third of this seasonís Rosenheim fixtures at St. Maryís in Twickenham. This time we had a more Ďexperiencedí team with no one under 50 years old.  We could only field a menís team and welcomed John Lennon for his first event. No one fancied jumping high so we didnít participate in the steeplechase or the pole vault but I think we took part in all the other events (oops, except for the 3000m, it was way too hot!!).

Thanks to:

  •  Steve Hillier (Long Jump,100m,Shot and Relay),
  • Alan Anderson (200m, Relay),
  • Tony Barnwell (Relay and non-scorer in the Shot and Javelin),
  • and John Lennon (1500m,Relay and non-scoring Javelin and 100m)
  • for joining me (Neil) (400m, 800m, Javelin)
  • and to Steve Newell for helping the judges.

Results are at:
Next event is on Wednesday 5th July (2 days time!!) at Kingsmeadow in Kingston. I wonít be there but Steve Hillier should be. If possible, please let both of us know if you might turn up.  The running order is:

6.45 Pole Vault W & M
6.45 Discus W
7.00 100m Hurdles W
7.00 110m Hurdles M
7.10 800m W & M
7.15 Hammer M
7.20 100m W & M
7.30 Shot W
7.40 400m W & M
7.45 Triple Jump W & M
7.50 1500m W & M
8.00 200m W & M
8.15 Shot M
8.15 3000m W & M
8.35 4 x 200m Relay W & M

Steve Hillier {}

Neil Frediani {}

July Dream Mile this Thursday starting at 12:45

The event will start at 12:45 by the Newport Road Junction ==>Ö.Route( then heads back towards Waterside on the bath road, stopping just before the Thistle hotel.
Either meet at the start or outside the gym at 12:25 for a gentle jog to the start. Itís a self-timed event, just remember your watch.

Afterwards please email me with your time so that I can add it to the all-time results sheet.

Any questions then please ask me by email.

Neil Frediani {}

Club AGM at Wraysbury "Silver Wing" Sailing Base on Wednesday 28th June - Results

The important results will follow once Steve Hillier has had time to write up the minutes (but in short Roderick Hoffman took over as Chairman and Tricia McCabe joined the committee "Without Portfolio".  The full committee list is on the website {}).

But prior to the meeting Steve Newell organised a one mile race which consisted of five laps around the sailing base.  The results were...

Gary Rushmer 00:06:08
Simon Turton 00:06:24
Steve Taylor 00:07:21
Trish McCabe 00:08:08
Roderick Hoffman 00:08:19
Steve Hillier 00:08:55
Alan Anderson 00:10:13
Steve Newell 00:10:26

Thanks to Paul Brandon for saying "Go", manning the stop watch and recording the results.  Please note that Paul has a new email address now: Paul Brandon {} - his previous Amadeus address will no longer get to him.

Surrey League Ladies Cross Country, 2017-18 Season

The dates and venues for this coming season are below. Please note there are some changes from this year to start times depending on how many races are run on the day at the same venue.

When there are 4 races on the day, the Division 1 will start at 11.30am and Division 2 at 1.30pm. When there are 3 races on the day, both Division 1 & 2 start at 11.30am.

  • 14/10/17.   Reigate Priory (4)
  • 11/11/17.   Nonsuch Park (3)
  • 13/01/18.   Richmond Park (3)
  • 10/02/18.   Wimbledon Common (4)

The last 2 matches may swap. I will keep you informed of any changes and remind you of start times of ach match nearer the time. For now, please out these dates in diaries ☺ .

Clara Halket (Ladies Captain) 

Ride London 2017

It's just four weeks to our last big contracted marshalling event of the summer.  Thank you for your commitment to the London Marathon,  Vitality 10K, and Great City Race.  Last but not least comes Ride London 2017, a re-run of the Olympic race, on Sunday 30th July.  Our role is to manage a pedestrian crossing and sweep at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, an amazingly iconic spot.  In return, we are provided with lunch, T shirts, caps, and for a lucky few, flags and whistles!

If you can spare the day, please drop me a line.

Thank you,

Steve Hillier {} 

Club parkrun results for Saturday 1st July

1st July family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Richard Ruffell 20:28 Aylesbury course pb, club record 75%
Chris Evans 23:26 Bedfont Lakes run #168 64%
Ian Cockram 24:50 Bedfont Lakes run #395 59%
Scott Davison 26:11 Bedfont Lakes run #210 55%
Caroline Cockram 27:29 Bedfont Lakes run #275 60%
Trish McCabe 27:55 Bedfont Lakes run #190 55%
David Duggan 29:01 Bedfont Lakes run #206 54%
John Lennon 29:50 Bedfont Lakes run #257 52%
Paul Westbrook 32:39 Bedfont Lakes run #18, MV75 (oldest runner) 58%
Joe Nolan 29:23 Black Park run #282 56%
Tony Barnwell 33:40 Black Park run #142, 50th at Black Park 56%
Duncan Wright 18:58 Burnley run #5, parkrun pb 82%
Andrew Jordan 20:48 Bushy Park run #135, 122nd at Bushy 71%
Ian Cunningham 21:26 Bushy Park run #291, 247th at Bushy 71%
Benita Scaife 30:03 Bushy Park first run at Bushy Park 66%
John Scaife 30:04 Bushy Park first run at Bushy Park 55%
Alan Anderson 31:00 Bushy Park run #464, 209th at Bushy 71%
Steve Newell 35:33 Bushy Park run #270, 3rd at Bushy 52%
Ben Chaytow 22:13 Crane Park run #169, 146th at Crane 61%
Jonathan Cox 22:55 Crane Park run #316 68%
Kerstin Luksch 21:32 Gunnersbury F-3, run #227 70%
Oliver Mathai 24:58 Gunnersbury run #42, 19th at Gunnersbury 66%
Piers Keenleyside 27:53 Gunnersbury run #168 58%
Roderick Hoffman 29:27 Hadleigh run #159, park #199 53%
Alice Banks 28:16 Henley on Thames inaugural at Henley 68%
Petra Otto 31:41 March parkrun pb 64%
Steve Taylor 24:31 Northala Fields run #66, 38th at Northala 62%
Chris Kelly 19:54 Reading run #342 75%
Denis Foxley 26:44 Rickmansworth 1st run at Rickmansworth 65%
Joan Foxley 37:21 Rickmansworth 1st run at Rickmansworth 58%
Paul Watt 21:34 Rushmoor run #48 69%
Julie Barclay 21:47 Rushmoor run #99 81%
Kevin Holland 31:37 Woking run #79, 40th at Woking 55%
Bob Bannister volunteer Bedfont Lakes finish tokens
Anne Bannister volunteer Bedfont Lakes mamarshal
Sreeram Sethuraman volunteer Upton Court finish tokens

To maintain continuity let me start with an update on the progress of GAP Connaghs Quay Nomads in the 2017/18 Europa League (football) competition.  On Thursday they scored a 1-0 home leg victory over HJK, their opponents from Finland in front of almost 500 spectators.  The return leg is in Helsinki this week.  HJK are currently top of the premier division in Finland having lost only once in 16 matches.  Nomadsí manager, Andy Morrison, is open about his tactics and has said he intends to grab an early away goal to ensure progress to the next round which will involve a trip to either Moldova or Macedonia.  Maybe a match v. Arsenal is just a few weeks away.  Iíll keep you posted.

Over 80s at Bushy parkrun July 2017There were good conditions at Bushy Park for the rally of 80-and-over parkrunners.  The following finished and had remembered their barcodes:

  • Tom Everitt 28:29, 77.76%;
  • Ronald Denney 30:53, 69.78%;
  • Joe Cleverley 30:47, 76.34%;                 
  • Alan Anderson 31:00, 71.45%;
  • Richard Pitcairn-Knowles 31:24, 74.84%;                                               
  • John Butcher(VM85) 32:17, 75.27% (age category record);
  • Eric Shirley Snr(VM85)33:14, 82%;
  • Maurice Francis 33:18, 63.11%;
  • Albert Yee(VM85) 36:13, 67.10%;
  • Wally Garrod 38:12, 56.41%;                
  • David Jordan 43:20, 51.12%;
  • Francis Lee 43:51, 53.59%;
  • Madge Bradsell (VW85) 46:13, 66.75%;
  • George Frogley 49:36, 44.66%;
  • John Hanscombe 51:17, 42.02% (run #538).

Julie Barclay (21:47, 80.95%) was in good form at Rushmoor as was Richard Ruffell (20:28) as he lowered the club record at Aylesbury. Chris Kelly (19:54) dipped under the 20-minute mark at Reading yet again.  Petra Otto has broadcast via facebook her pb at March.  Ecstatic.  Two former members running well were Duncan Wright (18:52,81.72%) at Burnley (parkrun pb) and Paul Westbrook (32:39).  Paul is now MV75 and marshals far more than he runs these days.

Alice Banks (28:16) along with 174 others was attracted to the inaugural run of the long-awaited Henley-on-Thames parkrun.  The course is hilly, narrow, unsuitable for buggies, I imagine that means wheelchairs as well, and dogs are banned.  The nearest toilet is a full km from the start/finish and parking may well not be free.  BA park #342.  Ed: 174 isn't that many for an inaugural run so many non-locals headed the advice to stay away. Those near-locals who did attend were made welcome, especially since Maidenhead was cancelled last weekend, but one wonders how the narrow course will cope week by week with the potential numbers Henley could attract?

Looking more for somewhere where he hadnít run before more than an even hillier challenge, Roderick Hoffman (29:27) went to Hadleigh in Essex where the course uses elements of the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike trail.  The final climb to the finish line is particularly cruel.  BA park #343.  Roderick is now on 199 different parkruns and plans to meet up with the most single-minded parkrun tourist to date, Gregory Bailey, for his 200th at Beckenham Place (London Borough of Lewisham) on 22nd July. Gregory is currently on 197 parkruns with no repeats.  The last eleven weeks have seen him at Bestwood Village (25:01), Catterick (22:45), week off(!), Harcourt Hill (34:16), Pomfrey Hill (25:00), Rushmere (25:44), Boston (27:31), Lancaster (25:15), Bexley (22:23), parkrun de Montsouris (21:35), Redcar (21:46).  Gregory runs for Wakefield District Harriers and is in the MV50-54 age category.  Unless there is some sort of pact I fancy Gregory will reach 200 a couple of minutes ahead of Roderick.  We could all go along and watch the fun.  Travel advice available from Steve Newell - he was there some weeks ago.  No bike required.

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats

There are currently 999 active parkruns in the parkrun computer.  Some others have ceased over the years and are no longer listed - obviously Little Stoke, but also others including early parkruns in Iceland, Zimbabwe and even Afghanistan. Some of those listed are yet to start (including several within range of West London) but it is only a matter of weeks before there will be 1,000 parkruns active.  Members of this club have attended about 1 in 3 of those active parkruns (plus Little Stoke). Country by country we've run 62% of those in the UK, 56% of French parkruns, 50% of Singapore parkruns and 1 in 3 of those in the USA.  We've yet to run any in Sweden and by the time we do, we can expect Norway to have been added to the countries offering parkruns.

The 999 parkruns are all shown on the Club Google Map - green trees if not yet done, red trees if done.  Click on a parkrun for more details.

Active parkruns  Done by BAAC pct
Australia 230 22 9.57%
Canada 9 1 11.11%
Denmark 7 1 14.29%
France 9 5 55.56%
Ireland 64 5 7.81%
Italy 5 1 20.00%
New Zealand 17 3 17.65%
Poland 44 4 9.09%
Russia 27 2 7.41%
Singapore 2 1 50.00%
South Africa 108 4 3.70%
Sweden 2 0 0.00%
UK 463 287 61.99%
USA 12 4 33.33%
Grand Total 999 340 34.03%

If you want to promote a special parkrun then let Steve or I know...

There is my 200 tourist parkrun at Beckenham Place on 22nd July and the August 5th Black Park Pacer Day (BA Run-of-the-Month for August).

Roderick Hoffman

Black Park pacer day report (1 July 2017) 

567 runners (includes 28 pacers) .......126 new PBs !

This month most pacers had large clusters of runners 'hanging on' to them, and during the last half k they were all given a big shove on there way to a huge percentage of new PB's, again showing how successful the pacer squad are.  One of our regular 24min pacers decided this month to be paced to try and break 22mins for the first time ever ...and was catapulted to a great new PB of 21m33s and is over the moon with that.

I'm very pleased and proud that the next pacer day at Black Park on 5 August has been made a BAAC 'run of the month' event.  Let's see how many members can make it that day to see both how effective the pacing squad are and also what a 'spectacle' the day is ....and hopefully be helped to improve their performances.  If any members would actually like to join the squad that day let me know a.s.a.p., as I'll probably pair you with an experienced member and also provide training notes.

In the following weeks I shall be promoting the day more to hopefully get a record number of you along, which will surely help promote the club as well.

Joe Nolan {}

Tom's Diary

On Wed. 28th Paul Watt and Julie Barclay nipped down to run the Portsmouth  Lakeside 5k, a series of 5 during the summer months and both came away pleased with their times, both being better than their previous visit.  Paul  21.34, Julie 22.00.  This is a two-lap off-road course,   mostly on gravel paths, and the results were on the web by 10pm.

On Saturday I did see Neil at the Runnymede Runners Windsor relays though he was not running.  I spent 3 hours on the deer gate where the runners enter the park. The gate must be attended continuously or RR lose their venue.

Tom Rowley

Running Shorts

  • British Athletics' trivia question (thanks Steve Newell) - who's shoes were worn when the current British Ladies one mile record was set?

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