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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd October 2016


  • Wednesday 5th October "Equinox" 5k plus social with food - Heston Venue from 18:00* (see below)
  • Thursday 6th October Dram Mile Bath Road 12:45*
  • Saturday 15th October - First Cross Country events of the season - Ladies Nonsuch* at 12:00, men Wimbledon at 14:00.

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: [long Google-map hyperlink you would not copy]

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Equinox 5km 5th October 2016

Please note prompt start required to ensure all runners finish before dark.  The first runner will start at 6 p.m. from the junction of Church Road and Cranford High Street, across the road from the club entrance. The course is shown in this MS Word document and is on the club map - in brown.

Volunteers most welcome (marshals, timekeeper, start/finish line duties).  Please contact Steve Newell if you are available.  Helpers receive points for the club annual points trophy just like runners.

Food in the club house afterwards supplied by Imperial College kitchen - we've ordered 20 meat buffets, 5 veg buffets, 5 fruit platters and some salad.  As usual this is complementary to members and also to non-members who tell us in advance to expect them.  Non-members who don't tell us in advance are also welcome on the day, but we reserve the right to make a modest charge.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Results of the 6th and final Grand Prix of the season Monday 26th September 2016

  • 100m:-     Steve Hillier  17.0
  • Hammer Throw:-   Steve Hillier MV60  (5kg)  25.30m

Just Steve that completed the final GP of the season.  This time of the year it was getting dark at 7pm and had trouble reading the tape for the measurement of the Hammer.

Thank you to all that came out and supported the Track & Field this year, we will see what happens next year.

Regards :-

Eddie Giles

WARR 2016 - Early Results

Some times and results have come out from WARR but there are many errors in these.  I've reported the more significant timing errors to the organisers.  I will announce the awards our team members should have got once I've had some feedback on these corrections (since other teams may also be issuing corrections).

FirstName Surname Gender Airline 5k place 5k chip time 10k place 10k chip time Comment
Stephen Strange Male NA 1 00:17:16 2 00:35:17 5k time wrong in WARR site (should be 17:16 as reported here)
Paul Knechtl Male BA 5 00:18:13 5 00:36:16  
Luke Bellars Male NA 26 00:20:33 26 00:40:27  
Paul Watt Male BA 35 00:21:09      
Julie Barclay Female BA 68 00:22:45 50 00:43:43  
Deborah Helsdon Female BA 77 00:23:04 72 00:45:52  
Gareth Snook Male BA 80 00:23:13 52 00:43:58 Great time in the 10k - considering I don't think he ran it.
Neil Frediani Male BA 87 00:23:24 119 00:50:06  
Lissa Pritchard Female BA 103 00:24:04 93 00:48:00  
Simon Ashford Male BA 106 00:24:16 113 00:49:24  
tim bellars Male BA 121 00:24:55 76 00:46:02  
Monica Alonso Female BA 239 00:29:01   00:54:21  
helen smith Female BA 304 00:31:25 248 01:00:56  
Sue Newell Female NA 603 00:48:18     Was perhaps 3 seconds slower - finishing alongside Steve
STEVE NEWELL Male BA 604 00:48:21 323 01:11:58  
Dave Bird Male BA 647 00:52:25 73 00:45:52 5k time looks wrong - perhaps it should be 25:25 or 22:25?
Tom Rowley Male BA 681 00:54:23     5k 3s slower
John Coffey Male BA 682 00:54:24     5k 3s slower
Billy Parker-Brown Male BA     16 00:38:23  
Ian Cunningham Male BA 755 ! 23:13:41 ! 63 00:45:00 (44:52) 5k time wrong and missing from WARR site - should be about 23:26
Clara Halket Female BA     188 00:56:14  
Benita Scaife Female BA     205 00:57:23  
John Scaife Male BA     206 00:57:26  
Roderick Hoffman Male BA   missing   missing 5k and 10k times missing from results - should be about 29:29 and 55:09 respectively.

There are two sets of photographs on my Facebook Page:

Roderick Hoffman

Surrey League Ladies Cross Country - Match 1 at Non Such Park on Saturday, 15 October 2016

Hi Ladies,

Hope you are all well and ready for the cross country season! There are 4 matches this season:

1) 15Oct16 at Nonsuch Park (* on club map),

 2) 03Dec16 at Mitcham,

 3) 14Jan17 at Ham Lands,

 4) 11Feb17 at Coulsdon

Race numbers will be issued at the first match, and you will use the same number for the whole season, so please take care not to lose yours. If you are not able to make the first match, you'll get your number when you turn up for your first one.

Our first match is on Saturday, 15 October 2016 at Non Such Park. Race starts at 1200hrs so be there at least 30 minutes earlier to get your race bib and do some warm up.  Attached is the match details from the host club. We need 5 runners to make a full team so please try your best to come to this and as many matches as you can.  If we have more than 5 runners on the day, then we'll have a A Team and a B Team. If possible let me know if you are available to run and I could look out for you, or just turn up anyway if you feel like running on the day.

For those who have not attended one of our cross country races before, I'll be there with my blue picnic table so look out for the blue table :D
Email me if you have any queries. I look forward to seeing you all at one or all of the season's matches.

Ladies Captain Clara Halket (

P.S. Our hosts, Epsom & Ewell will be holding their annual Epsom 10M road race on 13 November this year. If you are interested in running this race please check out their website for entry details.

Club parkrun results for Saturday 1st October

1st October family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Dave Dixon 17:25 Hackney Marshes parkrun agegroup% best 86%
Adrian Haines 18:55 Tilgate 1st UK run since Boxing Day 15 77%
Paul Watt 21:23 Rushmoor run #27 70%
Julie Barclay 22:07 Rushmoor run #82 79%
Richard Ruffell 22:13 Barclay Park 1st run at Barclay, club record 69%
Ben Chaytow 22:16 Crane Park run #146 61%
Scott Davison 22:18 Bedfont Lakes run #180 64%
Jonathan Cox 22:28 Crane Park run #285 68%
Colin Russell 22:45 Oak Hill run #28 60%
Steve Dodsworth 22:46 Harrogate run #85, course pb 66%
Piers Keenleyside 22:49 Evesham 1st run at Evesham, club rec 70%
Ian Cunningham 23:17 Bushy Park run #258, 221st at Bushy 65%
Christopher Chamberlain 23:46 Cardiff run #65, 60th at Cardiff 55%
Neil Frediani 23:56 Newcastle 1st run at Newcastle 66%
Denis Foxley 24:34 Harrow run #50 70%
Ian Cockram 24:37 Bedfont Lakes run #363 59%
Steve Taylor 25:11 Northala Fields run #47, 21st at Northala 60%
Alice Banks 26:28 Maidenhead run #66 72%
Trish McCabe 26:38 Bedfont Lakes course pb 57%
Linda Dodsworth 26:46 Harrogate run #80 59%
Roderick Hoffman 27:31 Basildon park #169, BApark #288 56%
Monica Alonso 27:33 Bushy Park run #67, 4th at Bushy 60%
David Duggan 27:38 Bedfont Lakes run #166 56%
Tony Barnwell 31:55 Wycombe Rye run #119 58%
Alan Anderson 32:10 Gunnersbury run #427 67%
Steve Newell 32:49 Gunnersbury 33' pacer, volunteer #23 55%
Janet Smith 34:02 Black Park run #54 50%
Sarah Gordon 35:25 Osterley 1st run at Osterley 53%
Sreeram Sethuraman 36:42 Upton Court pacing daughter to pb 36%
Caroline Cockram 38:52 Bedfont Lakes run #242 42%
Joan Foxley 39:03 Harrow coaching junior to pb 54%
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury lead bike

parkruns everywhere were celebrating the 12th anniversary this week of the original Bushy Park Timetrial when 13 runners and four volunteers attended that first event.   The movement has now spread to a dozen countries and something in excess of 100,000 humans run every week and approaching 2,000,000 have run at least once.  Dogs (on a lead) completions are not recorded systematically.  {Roderick adds: You may have caught sight of a local MP or Councillor joining in the celebration and with many also running.  I had a chat with the MP for South Basildon who also joined the family for the photocall (pictured below "r", and I'm "u") and other parkrunners reported MPs or councillors at at least 22 other parkruns.}

Basildon parkrun Oct 2016 promotion photograph

Two of our fast guys were in action this week.  Dave Dixon (17:25, 86.03%) was at Hackney Marshes for the second time this year and that is some kind of record in itself.  Adrian Haines (18:55) who has run a couple of times in France this year made his first UK appearance at Tilgate.

Piers Keenleyside (22:49) was back from his Berlin Marathon exploits and set a new club record at Evesham.

Denis Foxley (24:34) was in good form at Harrow for his 50th parkrun.  That is his best time this year.  Trish McCabe (26:38) achieved a pb at Bedfont Lakes with her 122nd run there.  Never give up hope!  Or give up trying.

Several runners returning from WARR in Chicago were back in parkrun action.  Neil Frediani (23:56) travelled to Newcastle for the first time.  Barry Walters club course record of 20:50 remains intact.  Roderick Hoffman (27:31) added another run to his and the club's UK collection at Basildon.

Richard Ruffell (22:13) tried the far-from-easy Barclay Park in Hertfordshire and set a new club record.  His personal tally has moved on to 55 parks. Natalie Ruffell did not accompany him on this occasion remains on 49 runs.  Let's hope she doesn't keep us waiting as long Gary Rushmer did in completing the half century.

The parkrun stats spreadsheet will be moving to a new 21st century home in the near future.  If an ".xlsx" format is going to give anyone a problem please make the editor aware [Ed: ...and the editor, whilst looking forward to the updated format, will recommend an excel format converter for them].

Updated parkrun stats:

Steve Newell

A Run not a Race

This week I've ordered the parkrun results table on finish time.  This is to show how close some of us were to each other, albeit each set was at different parks - four runners between 22:07 and 22:18, three between 22:45 and 22:49 and three between 27:31 and 27:38.  We can speculate as to how we would have finished had we all been at the same parkrun. parkrun isn't a race, it is a run, but that doesn't mean that individuals can't race against others if that enables them to achieve a better time. Tactical racing, for instance where you deliberately run directly behind someone because you know you can out sprint them, and then do, isn't in the spirit of parkrun.

Roderick Hoffman

PS A new parkrun is starting up at Homewood (Chertsey) on 15th October  Anyone who lives near enough to call Homewood Home is welcome to attend the inaugural event.  Tourists are also welcome but might like to consider supporting the event after its inaugural run - or join the Cockrams by being volunteers at the first run!

Perivale 5 Road Race - 10:00am Sunday 4th December 2016

the Club "Run of the Month" for December.

I have taken over this year as race director of the Perivale 5 - I was talking to my friends John Camprubi and Piers Keenleyside over the weekend. I know BA have supported the race in the past, and I didn't want anyone to miss out, as places are going fast. Online entries are via

Best regards

Phil York

Move it Memphis 4 mile - Tuesday 29th September

As if WARR and the Runway run were not enough! This evening Julie and I ran in the 'Move it Memphis 4 mile'. What a lovely course: two miles along the bank of the Mississippi and back. There were 323 runners and we did well....Julie finished 11th and third lady overall in 27:51 and I finished 15th with the first Grandmaster award in 28:38.

It was a very well organised race with chip timing technology. It cost 30USD to enter and it included a finisher medal, two water stations, mileage markers, roads were closed and marshalled by Police, a food pack at the end, a shirt, a goodie-bag and many prizes.....first three gender finishers and the three best in all age groups. We are so glad that we entered. The race started at 18:30, the timings were published immediately after we had finished and the awards ceremony was completed by 20:00....fantastic.

Paul Watt

Ed: Do I detect some hidden comments about the WARR event in there? If so then they are sadly justified!

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