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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th April 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Note the change on 20th April to a lunchtime NOW event, previously a Bedfont Club run evening.

This Week's Events

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 before Monday 18th April):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can 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 late Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Club Featured parkrun on Saturday at Guildford

Whatever your fitness join us on Saturday at Guildford parkrun. Alastair Heslop will be doing his 250 volunteering occasion at Guildford (251st in total) and will be tailwalker so, even if you can only limp round, there is guaranteed to be a club "runner" behind you. This could be the opportunity for some colleagues to come out of retirement and do a parkrun!  For details of how to get there, and where to park if you drive, see course | Guildford parkrun. If you need a lift let me know. > Roderick Hoffman.

Bargain of the Year!

Don't forget to renew your membership (or join for the first time). Details last week or ask:

Chris (Treasurer) - Chris Kelly

Alan (Membership) -

Final Handicap of the Series, 30th March, Results #

Run 6 30th March target start half way finish Time 1st half 2nd half Faster Slower Position
Benita Scaife 00:52:00 01:52:00 01:26:00 01:00:15 00:51:45 00:26:00 00:25:45 00:00:15 1
John Scaife 00:52:00 01:52:00 01:26:13 01:00:17 00:51:43 00:25:47 00:25:56 00:00:17 2
Paul Watt 00:32:45 01:32:45 01:16:36 01:00:27 00:32:18 00:16:09 00:16:09 00:00:27 3
Maarten Stenham 00:38:15 01:38:15 01:20:05 01:01:05 00:37:10 00:18:10 00:19:00 00:01:05 4
Roderick Hoffman 00:47:00 01:47:00 01:22:00 00:57:13 00:49:47 00:25:00 00:24:47 00:02:47 5

Nearest to the target was Benita, furthest from the bull was Roderick. Was that a tactical ploy for next year's handicap or a consequence of having had C19 since the previous run? Paul was most average - third out of five and with exactly even splits.

"What do those results mean for the overall handicap series?", you ask. Steve Newell will provide the answer once he has his land legs back.

Thanks to Julie Barclay and Stephen Taylor for manning the clock and recording the times, enabling me to run.

Roderick Hoffman

Club Awards 2021 (part 2)

Continued from last week's digest.

Awards Photos 4

Mike Dennison becomes the first club member to ever retain the Most Improved Athlete Award! For two years of sustained improvement. He had a brilliant year in 2021.  He picked up PBs over one mile, in parkrun, over ten miles, the half marathon and the marathon (sub 3:30).  His best run was surely achieving an 85% age grade PB in the Richmond 10K.

The Tom Rowley Participation Trophy is given to the club member who organises and participates most in key club activities. In 2021, two club members stood out.  Without them, we would not have enjoyed the 5 mile Handicap, the Solstice Miles, Track on Fields, NOW events, Street sign exploration, the Equinox 5K, and many more.   It was a close run race, deciding who would win the new award.  In the end, our two dedicated members could not be separated hence Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell will share the award.

The 2020/21 Five Mile Handicap Trophy was awarded to Amanda Coombs. The event had been interrupted by roadworks in Feltham necessitating the introduction of the two-lap circuit and the Covid-19 restrictions resulting in the postponements of two events and delays to two others. However, Amanda was able to simply make an appearance in the fourth and final run of the series to get a token single point but still finish well ahead of the second-place finisher. 

Awards Photos 3

The Female Athlete of the Year was Julie Barclay. Julie had an excellent Track & Field season, and was consistently the best age-graded runner of all the clubs competing, not just BAAC.  She was our best runner over all distances from 800m to 3000m, and supported the team by running against V35 sprinters to pick up valuable points.  She has broken ten club records in recent times.   She produced an exceptional time of 21:31 at the Dorney Lake 5K in March, an 83% age grade.  She went on to be her age group winner in all four of the Dinton Pastures races. In Cross Country, our winner has not only been regularly our fastest lady runner in the Surrey League, but she also came top in the MABAC league. Most importantly, she has been an important social member of the club, organising a NOW run and being ever present at club social runs.

The Male Athlete of the Year was Paul Watt. Paul has had his best ever running year, picking up PBs in ten events from 200m to 10K.  He added to his trophy collection with a 400 metres bronze at the Surrey and Sussex Masters.   He became a guest roving parkrun reporter for the Digest, substituting for Steve Newell while he was away.  A great year of parkrun tourism included running a 19:18 PB at Dulwich, his first run exceeding an 80% age grading.  His commitment to the club teams and social events made him a clear choice for this trophy.

The Veterans Trophy was presented to Jas Modaher. Jas has been a great servant to this club over many years.  He is a serial marathon runner, and in 2021 he completed many half marathons across the length and breadth of the UK, proudly wearing his BA vest.  He has become the poster boy for many running events. For us he has helped stage our Concorde races, providing catering for the participants.  He is always there to marshal for us, and it is difficult to persuade him to take rest breaks.  He usually leads the sweep at the challenging Ride London events.  He has encouraged his family to run and marshal with us, and we thank them for their hard work at many club events. 

More details and previous trophy winners are listed on the baRUNNER News Trophies page.

Photos by Paul Brandon (request originals from either Paul or Roderick), words mostly by Steve Hillier.

Roderick Hoffman

March Track-on-Field resultsTrack-on-Field Result - March

With the forthcoming Track-and-Field season in mind, Steve Hillier returned to recording a Track-on-Field result last month. The winter layoff, including C19, doesn't appear to have done him much harm - yes, perhaps the edge has been taken off from his 200m speed, but it looks like that left him with more breath than usual for the 100m.

1500m    8:45
 800m      4:23
 400m      1:53
 200m      0:44
100m      0:22

I'm happy to publish results for an April Track-on-Field if any are submitted - by the end of the month record and submit your times for a 1500, an 800, a 400, a 200 and a 100 all within the same session.

Roderick Hoffman

2022 Participation Trophy Competition

Steve Newell and I may be sharing the Tom Rowley Trophy this year but we would like someone else to be challenging for it next year. The winner is determined by involvement in club featured events. These are marked in the diary with a "#" and include Cross-Country League matches, Track & Field Competitions, Club Featured parkruns, chosen Run-of-the-Months and many in-house events. In most events participants score 1 point if they simply run, 2 points if they marshal or help in other ways without running and 4 points if they are the prime organiser of an in-house event.

Last year's competition featured 43 events and a total of 747 points were awarded to 217 different club members, friends and associates. 61 members and friends scored points in two or more events (i.e. discounting those who only helped by marshalling the London Marathon). Steve Hillier contributed to 28 different events, just ahead of myself with 26 and third most was Julie Barclay with 19. In points me and Steve Newell scored 37 points at the top with Steve Hillier third with 35 points. It was close for fourth with Stephen Taylor on 20 points and Chris Kelly and Julie Barclay on 19points.

A total of 14 club members scored ten or more points - all those listed above plus Paul Watt, Amanda Coombs, Denis Foxley, Benita Scaife, Mike Dennison, Jain Reid, Simon Turton and John Scaife. 14 is more than the previous year's nine members but fewer than 2019's 24 members.

The 2022 competition is already well on the way with 11 events having been held and 44 people having been awarded points! No one has yet reached ten points.

Roderick Hoffman

Marshalling help needed! #

London Marathon Events are gearing up for several events this summer and autumn, and we have our own Concorde One Hour Race planned for June 5th.

If you are free, please could you put your name forward to marshal at one or more of these events:

Monday 2nd May:  The Vitality London 10K.  We need a team of thirty marshals for this annual event.  Please contact Clara Halket if you able to help:  > Clara Halket (aol)

Sunday 29th May:  Ride London Essex.  BAAC will be managing the final stage of this course as it approaches Tower Bridge.  This will be the first year that the event has followed this course, after a decade of races into the Surrey Hills.  Steve Hillier is the person to contact if you can assist:  > Steve Hillier (msn)

We hope to provide transport from the Heathrow area to London for both these events.

Sunday 5th June:  Concorde One Hour race.  The famous Concorde event will move from the streets of Harlington to Minet Park track in Hayes.  Marshals are needed to make this BAAC event a success.  Please contact Roderick Hoffman if you can help:  > Roderick Hoffman

Thank you!

Steve Hillier

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 20 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sat 00:52:40 Good conditions resulting in a PB. Also 2.2miles on Tuesday in 13:30.
Barry Walters Running 13km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:13:11 Felt good during this run through the forest and the open heathland on an undulating route with a loop back. Much better effort compared to last week. Conditions were pleasant in the sunshine but freezing in the shade.
Benita Scaife Running 3miles Flakwell Heath park Thur 00:31:58 John had felt a pull in my right calf after the previous evening’s 5 mile handicap so this route gave him the option of running, walking or getting back in a warm car at any point depending on how the calf felt…
John Scaife Running 3miles Flakwell Heath park Thur 00:31:58 ...In the event the leg felt fine and we both ran the full 8 laps of the little park. We were hit by a blizzard about 4 laps in, having arrived in bright sunshine.
Chris Kelly Running 6.1miles Mendips, Somerset Sat am John Kelly's ~swansong UK run - I wasn't able to do the "Full English" due to my Manchester Marathon commitment on Sunday, but was great to meet him, and other heroic runners for at least one "summit"!
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am parkrun #286
Jacqui Musselwhite Cycling 41.02km Parcoul-Chenaud, France Tue am 02:40:00 12 days in sunny France with running and cycling. This week I enjoyed exploring on the bike and up and down hills near my brother's place. Hardly a car in sight!
Julie Barclay Walking 5km Sidcup Fri 00:50:00 A nice walk following the Foots Cray Meadows published summer parkrun route. Started in sun and finished in snow
Keith Johnson Running 10miles Houghton Hall area Sat am 01:23:00 This included the Houghton Hall parkrun. Also Sunday I did an 8km run in 41m 20s.
Melanie Miller Walking 22.22km Salcey Forest / Stoke Bruerne Sat am Had a great walk after Salcey Forest parkrun playing-the-field wot seemed like ploughing thru endless fields. In one of them this herd of sheep were more than a little frisky/inquisitive…lol. Returned home completely cream crackered
Michael Ball Mixed Cycling and sprinting 12miles 12 mile bike ride and 10x100 metres with 1 min recovery between runs.
Mike Dennison Running 10miles Bushy Park and Thames Path Sun am 01:17:00 After Run Directing at Hanworth junior parkrun. Mostly in Bushy Park and by the Thames between Kingston and Hampton Court. Beautiful weather for running, nice and sunny, but also cool and not much wind!
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Durham Sat am 00:33:18 After 2 week's inactivity due to back and hip pain I decided to go to Durham parkrun with a plan to walk 1 mile, run 1 and walk the next. The plan went out of the window straight away and I ran most of it. Ice cold at the start and lovely sunny and warm 30mins later.
Paul Watt Running 12km Rushmoor Sun 00:54:15 Run home along the Basingstoke Canal after funnel managing at Queens Parade junior parkrun
Petra Otto Gym Gym Sat Unfortunately, it was far too cold for me to tailwalk at my local parkrun this morning, which I had to cancel last night...
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Manchester Marathon Sun am 03:57:58 I ran the Manchester Marathon today and managed to go sub-4 for the first time in several years! Finished in 3:57:58 which could get me an MV65 place in the 2023 London Marathon. My fastest marathon for 4 1/2 years - since November 2017 when I did 3:57:29 at the Nice to Cannes.
Roderick Hoffman Running 11.3km Lake Farm Loop Mon 01:21:42 Getting the milage back up (I try to average over 20miles per week).
Simon Turton Cycling 14km Berkshire countryside Sat 01:10:00 Still not running due to a foot injury but had a nice leisurely (but cold) cycle with the girls around the Berkshire countryside near home on Saturday.
Stephen Taylor Running 14miles Canal / Brent River loop Sat am 02:29:13 A cut back week with just a 14 miler this weekend. Taking in the canal on a bright sunny but cold Saturday morning.
Steve Hillier Running 2miles Rayners Lane Sat 00:21:20 Also three miles walking in Newton Farm Parks with Linda.

Week Achievements

Other race results:

Piers reports two other club finishers in the Manchester Marathon - Chris Kelly in 4:27:17 and Jasvir Singh in 5:40:31.

Trish McCabe finished the London Landmarks Half Marathon in 2:22:40. I guess we may have had other runners also but the results don't include club name.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 2nd April 2022

26 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 587 36 0:25:26 60.48% 4th lady
Jakob STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 587 57 0:28:34 53.56% And on Sunday ran his 200th Junior parkrun at Hanworth juniors
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 587 63 0:29:02 48.45%
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 292 94 0:27:54 60.69%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 870 75 0:20:27 72.70% 1 second off a groundhog day and matches the time from three runs ago. [NB, Ian has six Bushy groundhogs in his record]
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 870 384 0:26:11 60.73% Slow run? I wonder if that is because he had to carry the dog round?
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 449 24 0:24:01 59.06%
Benita SCAIFE Didcot 279 143 0:31:49 65.69% BA Ladies' record, park #87
John SCAIFE Didcot 279 144 0:31:50 54.19% park #86, Didn't see the Didcot cooling towers (already dismantled)
Neil FREDIANI Durham 450 216 0:33:41 49.78% John Taylor's records unchallenged, park #65.
Maria JOVANI Eastbourne 473 24 0:21:23 74.98% 2nd lady. Takes BA Ladies' record from Julie but not the age grade record, park #56.
Paul WATT Foots Cray Meadows 115 2 0:21:25 73.00% 2nd finisher. BA men's and grade record from Roderick.
Julie BARCLAY Foots Cray Meadows 115 40 1:01:09 30.42% Sets BA Ladies' record.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 424 Run Director at Guildford (250th volunteer occasion).
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 464 306 0:31:43 52.86%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 290 93 0:28:58 63.35%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 290 145 0:41:12 56.84%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 132 73 0:34:38 60.68%
Paul PRESCOTT Homewood 217 5 0:21:32 60.22%
David DUGGAN Knockbracken Reservoir 37 62 0:31:11 52.32% BA park #636
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 369 54 0:25:31 65.71%
Anne Bannister Osterley 369 95 0:28:35 72.01%
Trish MCCABE Osterley 369 109 0:29:10 54.46%
Roderick HOFFMAN Potternewton 99 43 0:32:27 49.87% Said to be Leeds' hilliest. Or that's my excuse. BA park #637
Ben Kelly Reading 546 143 0:40:00 32.25% Slow time?
Melanie Miller Salcey Forest 54 85 0:39:15 44.93% first run at Salcey Forest, park #62
Harjit Jhooti Salcey Forest 54 95 1:04:37 27.29% Tail Walker at Salcey Forest, park #42
Sarah GORDON Watermead Country Park 27 158 0:32:01 64.29% PB   6min 24s improvement, fastest since the restart and faster than her brother. Was chasing the 32min pacer.
Michael Dennison Winchester 382 19 0:19:52 83.64%
Jacqui Musselwhite Woking 309 68 0:25:03 69.53%

As previously trailed, Alastair Heslop, a stalwart of the club and committee over the last few decades, reached the milestone of 250 volunteer credits, most of them at Guildford and the vast majority of them fulfilling a role that precluded running, walking or jogging round the course.  This week he was run director for the 18th time, his specialty has been time keeping – 80 Saturday mornings in all weathers.  Last week he walked/jogged round free of responsibilities and to complete the celebrations he will be tailwalker this coming week and some of us will be keeping him company or lining the funnel at the end.  Guildford parkrun is a two lapper held in Stoke Park with parking across the road at the Spectrum Centre, both close to an A3 junction.

There are other members who have collected even more volunteer credits over the years but the records show that the efforts are often combined with a run as well as a supporting role, and/or at Junior parkrun.

Many of our members were on the tourist trail again this week including Melanie Miller (39:15) and Harjit Jhooti (tailwalker, 1:04:37) at the single lap course at Salcey Forest a few miles further up the M1 beyond Newport Pagnell; Neil Frediani (33:41) continued to explore his new hinterland at Durham; Paul Watt (21:25) and Julie Barclay (1:01:09, report writer and tailwalker’s companion) at Foots Cray Meadows; Maria Jovani (21:23) at Eastbourne.

Two new parkruns were added to the club collection this week.  David Duggan (31:11) went to Knockbracken Reservoir to the south of Belfast and enjoyed the flattish three laps course while Roderick Hoffman (32:27) chose the hilliest available parkrun in Leeds.  The club total moves up to 637 and Roderick’s personal tally to 323 – he is still just inside the top 25 in the world but competition is fierce.

It was confirmed absolutely and finally this week that the popular and testing Tring parkrun which never restarted after the Covid-19 interruption won’t be doing so – ever.  The long-promised replacement at nearby Amersham appears to be nearing take-off.  Watch this space.

Steve Newell

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Forthcoming Events

We have been notified of the following events. The first one requires a volunteer to be a club captain - reply to me if you are prepared to be the club captain or even if you are not but you would like to be involved.

Hello BA runners,

I hope you are all enjoying running in the warm weather.

This email is a heads up to mark the date for the return of the competitive but fun Runnymede Runners Windsor Great Park Relay on the 2nd of July which you have participated in previous years.

Tto summarise, the relay team is made up of 6 people who each runs a 3.7 mile route through Windsor Great Park, before handing the baton to the next team member.

Each team can only have a maximum of 3 senior males plus must have at least one female and one male included in the team, the cost is £60 per affiliated team or £72 for non affiliated with all profits going to the Woking and Sam Beare Hospice who looked after one of our members who sadly passed away last year.

There are prizes for the 3 fastest teams, including the Paul Whitcombe trophy for the winners and medals for the second and third teams, with extra prizes for the fastest individual lap for male and female athletes.

Parking is free and will be close to the start line, just off the A332, (Sheet Street Road) the wardens have also promised to cut the grass especially for the event.

There will be toilets provided and there is plenty of open space for a picnic, there will also be a cake stall, so why not bring the family to support you and your team, the weather is normally fantastic on the day. For the smaller ones there will be a kids race (probably about 4-500 meters) with medals.

The course route will be posted on the website when we open the entries, we are currently applying for a race licence to cover the event and as such we will have full support from St Johns Ambulance, and plenty of marshals will be on the course, although we would advise you to bring your own water supplies as we expect to have limited availability at the finish.

Best Regards, Runnymede Runners

Let me know if you are interested in being in this event, including if you are prepared to be team captain > Roderick Hoffman

I am writing to let you know that entries are now open for the Horsham 10K to be held on 22 May 2022.  We look forward to welcoming as many of your members as possible and I would be grateful if you could share this information with them. Runners can enter via the Horsham Joggers website:-
or direct through Sports Systems.

Thank you.


Geoff Parker (Race Director)

Dorking & Mole Valley AC is very pleased to announce that the 2022 Dorking Ten and Cockerel 10K races will take place on Sunday June 12th. This is one week later than normal but it seems that the Queen has something going on on our regular date of the first Sunday in June [Ed: So do we!]. This year we are happy that we can go back to the traditional mass start for the two events.

The long-established Dorking Ten is a ten-mile road race and forms part of the Surrey Road Race Championship whilst the shorter 10K race is an ideal step-up for parkrunners as well as competitive runners over that distance. There will also be a children’s race with entries on the day.

Please note that our web address has changed and entries are available at:

Many thanks


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