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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th June 2018


  • Thursday 7th June Dream Mile Bath Road 12:45
  • Sunday 17th June Concorde Five Mile Road Race 11:00 Cranford Community College #
  • Monday 18th June T&F Vets League Battersea 18:30 #

We are still meeting at Cranford Community Centre most Wednesdays for an informal run from 18:00, including June 6th. From July we will be meeting at the Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club.

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: [Clickable link to Google Maps]   /  # Club Points event

Not for you, no longer interested?  remove me please. / Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml

Facebook: (formal "BARunner" page),  BA Runner Facebook Group (ask to join)

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Brian Forrester

I have some very sad news.  Our long-time friend and Chairman, Brian Forrester, died peacefully on Sunday evening in the sensitive care of Charlotte House, Isleworth.

Brian's funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th June at 3.00pm in the Chapel at:

  • Slough Crematorium, 
  • Stoke Road,
  • Slough,
  • Berkshire.
  • SL2 5AX

All those who knew Brian are encouraged to attend.

The service will be followed by a gathering of friends at the Five Bells, High St, Harmondsworth, West Drayton, UB7 0AQ.  We have asked for a light buffet to be served from 5.00 pm.  If you think you are likely to attend the buffet please let me know - thanks, Steve Hillier {}. Also let Steve know if you need a lift to and from Slough or the Five Bells.

Brian, through BA Athletics Club, was a keen supporter of the White Lodge Centre, Registered Charity Number 286238.

Should you wish to remember Brian, and in lieu of flowers, there will be a collection box available as you leave the chapel and at the reception.  You are also able to give online on the charity website:

Steve Hillier (Club Secretary)

We would also like to put together a slideshow (PowerPoint) of pictures for Brian's funeral - covering all the years we have known him. Could you submit any electronic copies of pictures to Paul Brandon {} OR notify him if you only have paper copies [note that a smartphone photograph (without flash) of a paper photograph will probably provide sufficient resolution for inclusion].

We would like club members to share any short anecdotes of their times with Brian.  Please submit these to me at so that they can be published at a later date for all to share.

Roderick Hoffman (Chairman)

London Vitality 10K Thanks #

On Bank Holiday Monday 28June, a group of us ventured out to the London Vitality 10K. As in previous years, we have been asked to look after the two Disley Crossings at The Strand and Birdcage Walk. This year we were not able to park at the former Concorde Club, however Accommodation Lane carparks and pickup worked out well. 

Personally I thought the Volunteer Check-in was better organised than last year. We were given everything we need to set up the crossings. The only item missing was bottles of water that Team Birdcage forgot to collect! 

Our crossings were expertly handled by experienced volunteers and it all went smoothly. At Birdcage we encountered the usual few disgruntled souls who objected to having roads closed and causing inconvenience to local residents. A couple of young fellows waiting to cross the road were making disparaging comments about some of the runners as they went by. I nearly smacked them on their heads! 

It was a very warm day, we thoroughly enjoyed the time there and I was sure some of us caught a tan.

I would like to say a Big "Thank You" to all the volunteers for their continued support and sacrificing their Bank Holiday to come and help out at the event. For the record, some have already put their names down for next year!

Clara Halket

Rosenheim Meeting Two 30th May 2018 #

On a lovely evening six of us plus super-fan Tom Rowley gathered at the devilishly difficult to get to Epsom and well track. I used my phones satnav mostly to find the fastest route there but stupidly followed it down a tiny lane almost onto the track itself!! A long reverse with a sore neck followed and then I turned down the road which I thought I should have gone down in the first place. Doh!

Steve Hillier threw hammer and shot, Neil Frediani ran 400m and 800m, Paul Watt ran 1500m and 3000m, Jacqui Musselwhite ran 100m, 400m and 800m, Julie Barclay ran 1500m and 3000m and Kay Trinder making her debut ran 3000m. Julie and Paul had arrived straight from work and just in time for the 1500m. The adrenalin from the painful journey there paid off for Julie who was first lady home in the 1500m. Other results are below:

Event Place Competitor Team Time
800m 5 Jacqui Musselwhite BA 2:48.9
100m 4 Jacqui Musselwhite BA 15.6
400m 4 Jacqui Musselwhite BA 1:16.4
1500m 1 Julie Barclay BA 5:53.1
3000m 2 Kay Trinder BA 12:27.8
3000m n/a Julie Barclay (non-scorer) BA 12:50.4
Event Place Competitor Team Distance/Time
Hammer 5 Steve Hillier B 23.70
Shot 5 Steve Hillier B 6.74
800m 5 Neil Frediani B 3:05.8
400m 5 Neil Frediani B 1:22.4
1500m 4 Paul Watt B 5:37.2
3000m 5 Paul Watt B 12:55.9

The ladies are going well sitting in equal 3rd, one match point off second.

On a personal note I ran 400m and 800m and came in a distant last in both on very tired legs but got applauded home and found that I got pbs in both. You can only run against the clock when some of the runners are less than 1/3rd of your age.

Neil Frediani

# Club Points Update

The points from the two events above have been added into the Club Points table and Steve Hillier becomes the 8th club member to achieve 10points. Graham Taylor has improved his place to be in joint third with Joe Nolan and there are now a total of 59 people having been awarded points in two or more events.

There are two events in the same week in July where we have marshalling opportunities so it would be good to see a rush of volunteers for one or both:

Standard Chartered Great City Race 2018 - Tuesday 17th July #

Following hot on the heels of both the VM London Marathon and the Vitality London 10000 comes the STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (5km) (, on TUESDAY 17th JULY. We’ll again be running two Disley Shuttles at 3.5 km and 4.5 km as well as continuing to provide course support around the Bank of England (2.5 km).

I need 25 helpers across the 3 points. It’s a great evening and being only a 5km is all done and dusted by 20:15!

Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30. We’ll meet outside MOORGATE tube at 18:15. They'll be a T-shirt or jacket (not sure which yet) for everyone, a contribution towards travel expenses (£12) and some post-race refreshments in a local hostelry (and the Club gets a good donation to help keep membership costs down).

If you can help please supply the following:

  • Preferred clothing size
  • Mobile phone number
  • e-mail contact
  • ICE phone number (In Case of Emergency)

Thanks in advance for your continued support.


Simon Turton {}

BA Fun Run - Thursday 19th July #

Once again, the British Airways Athletics Club is organising the runs within the BA Fun Run event in aid of Cancer Research UK (a "Race for Life" branded for "BA"). For this I'll need around twenty marshals. The marshals will get a sandwich and a drink or two - and the satisfaction of helping with a great fundraising event on Harmondsworth Moor and raising the profile of the club within British Airways.

Please let me know that you'll be able to help: Roderick Hoffman {}

To avoid over-commitment please note that there is also a Rosenheim Track&Field event on the Wednesday between these two events, also a points event! Or alternately write the week off to supporting the BAAC and watch yourself raise in the points table!

Club parkrun results for Saturday 2nd June 2018

2nd June 2018 family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Kay Trinder 21:21 Woking 100th parkrun 80%
Oliver Mathai 25:36 Gunnersbury run #50, 27th at Gunnersbury 65%
Alan Anderson 34:57 Gunnersbury run #511 65%
Barry Walters 24:26 Mole Valley club course record 67%
Roderick Hoffman 31:51 Mole Valley park #231 49%
Richard Ruffell 21:00 Fell Foot park #76, club course record 74%
Maria Jovani 23:12 Roma Pineto run #230, Bapark #412 67%
Steve Newell 37:19 Sth Woodham Ferrers park #99, Bapark #413 50%
Katherine Stather (Henville) 21:41 Torbay Velopark former member / first parkrun since 2011 71%
Alice Banks 25:23 Maidenhead age grade improvement 76%
Anne Bannister 35:38 Bedfont Lakes 140th run at Bedfont 54%
Bob Bannister 25:43 Bedfont Lakes 262nd run at Bedfont 63%
Ben Chaytow 21:44 Crane Park run #195, 166th at Crane 63%
Caroline Cockram 25:17 Bedfont Lakes run #316 66%
Ian Cockram 25:17 Bedfont Lakes run #434 58%
John Coffey 27:26 Hazelwood 11th run at Hazelwood 70%
Ian Cunningham 21:25 Bushy Park run #330, 274th at Bushy 72%
Scott Davison 25:29 Bedfont Lakes run #254 57%
David Duggan 29:16 Bedfont Lakes run #255 54%
Chris Evans 23:17 Bedfont Lakes run #203 64%
Joan Foxley 38:55 Harrow run #99, 88th at Harrow 56%
Neil Frediani 24:55 Hazelwood 1st run at Hazelwood 65%
Sarah Gordon 32:41 Braunstone best at Braunstone in 2018 59%
Kevin Holland 39:45 Woking run #96 44%
Chris Kelly 21:21 Reading run #384, 302nd at Reading 70%
John Lennon 30:14 Homewood 2nd run at Homewood 52%
Trish McCabe 26:29 Crane Park age grade improvement 28%
Tracey Mills 32:44 Bedfont Lakes run #20, all at Bedfont Lakes 52%
Joe Nolan 37:00 Black Park 37' pacer mentor 45%
Zoe Ostley 36:06 Homewood run #208, 3rd at Homewood 50%
Benita Scaife 31:31 Maidenhead run #113 64%
John Scaife 31:31 Maidenhead run #132 53%
Steve Taylor 25:13 Northala Fields run #91 61%
Steve Waite 29:12 Riddlesdown run #17, all at Riddlesdown 59%
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking marshal
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director

This week we congratulate Kay Trinder (21:21) on her 100th run, this latest one at Woking.  Kay ran her first parkrun, or maybe it was called a time-trial, back in 2008 so it has taken ten years to reach her century.  Oliver Mathai (25:36 at Gunnersbury) finally reached the finish line for the 50th time exactly eleven years after his first outing Bushy Park (22:50) on 2nd June 2007 when the attendance was 394.  Alan Anderson (34:57 at Gunnersbury) didn’t appear at a parkrun until 7th July 2007 when he ran at Bushy Park (24:07).  Alan has recently celebrated his 500th parkrun!

Barry Walters has had a long hibernation, so it was good to see him appear at Mole Valley (24:26) (Denbies Vineyard) and clip a full minute off the club course record previously set by Ian Cunningham.  The event is now 12 weeks old, is attracting a field of around 300 runners weekly and proving to be challenging course.  The sub 17 club is still awaiting its first member.

Our fastest runner of the day was Richard Ruffell (21:00) who set a new club record at Fell Foot (Lake District).  That takes Richard onto 76 different parkruns.  Our ground-breaking tourists were Maria Jovani (23:12) who travelled to Italy to run at Roma Pineto and Steve Newell (37:19) who sought out a newish parkrun at South Woodham Ferrers where the course is by a tidal creek in Essex.  Steve needs one more for his century of different runs (worldwide).

Former member Katherine Stather (nee Henville) (21:41 at Torbay Velopark), who has given motherhood priority over sport rather more than Serena Williams, reappeared at a parkrun after an interval of seven years.  Her 18:52 at Bushy Park still stands as the female club record for a parkrun.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats


First some corrections and additions from my report last week:

  • I missed Paul Timms who got a pb at Cirencester,
  • And Joan Foxley who had run at Harrow (her 98th run, she is now on 99),
  • Jeremy Short was not the first member to run at Sheringham - John Scaife had beaten him to it, and holds a faster time, though the faster time might only be because Jeremy had difficulty finding the parkrun and so started a while after everyone else.

Mole Valley parkrunMole Valley parkrun

The next Club Featured parkrun will be Mole Valley parkrun on Saturday 23rd June.  I will be away that day, still in England but about 440k away from Mole Valley, so I checked it out last Saturday - meeting Barry Walters on the day.

Some of you will know the venue from Cross Country runs but will most probably know it as "Denbies" from the vineyard that the run is around. Those who know it will also know that it is neither flat nor easy but it should be easier on 23rd June than in the winter months because the ground will be firm. The parkrun course is single lap and with very few "other park users" to get in your way.

There is an expanded carpark specially for the parkrun, toilets and other facilities are open at 08:30 and the cafe serves hot drinks and Full English Breakfasts after the run - not cheap but you do get a parkrun discount.  And you can purchase some English Wine as you leave, should you so wish.

See also:

Roderick Hoffman

BA Clubs Private Policy Statement

Yes, BA Clubs is not immune to the need to inform you of what it does with your personal details.  The updated policy can be read from the BA Clubs website:

The Athletics Club will also probably need to update its policies again but, hopefully, the deluge of updates has peaked!

Roderick Hoffman (Chairman/Communications)

Running Shorts

  • Still jogging my xc route (32.19) yesterday. Plus cycling. My brother-in-law lives in Bedfont and I lived there 'til I was 21 so know it well. His grandson plays footie there, also; and I played for Feltham F.C. ('just up the road') in my heyday and ran many times around Bedfont Rec.(as we called it). Andy Rayner.

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