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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th July 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

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 by 8pm Sunday 17th July):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can be 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

AGM This Week - Reminder

BAAC will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Bedfont Club next week, on Wednesday 6th July at 20:00.  Please make all efforts to attend – we will hear reports on the club’s successes in 2021/2, elect a new committee, and discuss subscriptions for future years and any other burning issues. The bar will be open and the club will be providing food - sandwiches this time.

See you there!

Steve Hillier (Hon Sec BAAC)

AGM Mile Event - this Wednesday at the Bedfont Club #

Maintaining a decades long tradition the AGM on Wednesday 6th July 2022 will be preceded by a locally based one mile time trial.


The start will be on the opposite side of Hatton Road to the Bedfont Football Club at the junction of Wellington Road. Runners will head
South Eastwards, facing any traffic, and should keep to the footpath, crossing the Cains Lane junction (take care) and continuing to the next junction (Orchard Avenue).

Turn right into Orchard Avenue which curves round to the right and then cross to the other side of the road when it is safe to do so.  At the end of Orchard Avenue turn left into Cains Lane and very soon turn right onto the footpath up the A30, running now (NE) towards Hatton Cross.  The path is narrow but separated from the roadway by a broad grass verge.  Although not a designated cycle route it is known to be used occasionally by cyclists so runners should keep a look out for other path users.  The course continues along the A30 until a path through an open grassed area on the right meets the route.  Runners turn right and head along Myrtle Avenue and the finish which is marked by a red pillar box in the pavement at the junction with Hatton Road.  Runners must take care not to run onto the road after finishing.

To avoid overcrowding on the narrow paths, runners will be started at 10 second intervals.

The first runners will be started at 6.20 p.m.

At any stage overtaking runners are responsible for ensuring that passing is completed safely and with respect for the slower athlete.

Runners wishing to run together (max 2) can request a joint starting slot.

Any members wishing to help should contact Steve Newell.

> Steve Newell

Track & Field 2022 – results week 3 – Vets at Battersea #

Our third Vets match saw fewer BA members competing, as we were hit by injuries and work commitments.  Nevertheless, we enjoyed a successful evening at Battersea, cheered on by Julie Barclay.

Fiona Bishop tackled two events at the opposite end of the track spectrum, with a 100m sprint and 2000m walk.  She won the latter event, and was the quickest lady on the night in any age group.  We had two men running in the 1500m.  Paul Watt took on the V50s, while Ian Haylock stepped up from his age group to compete with the V35s.  Both ran strong times.

Subject to ratification, both of Fiona’s runs appear to be new club records, while Paul missed out on improving his own record by half a second.

Vets League Track & Field, Battersea 27th June 2022

Event BAAC Act.Group Time/Distance Position Note
100m Fiona Bishop W60 21.6 4th W60 CR
2000m walk Fiona Bishop W60 12:48.0 1st Woman CR
1500m Ian Haylock M55 5:35.6 5th M35A
1500m Paul Watt M55 5:14.5 4th M50
Discus Steve Hillier M65 20.32 5th M60 1 kg
Javelin Steve Hillier M65 21.08 4th M60 600g

Next fixtures:

  • Vets League, Perivale, Wednesday 13th July,
  • Rosenheim League, Walton, Wednesday 13th July.

Our final matches of the summer take place on July 13th.  Unfortunately the Rosenheim and Vets Leagues clash that day.  Please let me know which event(s) you would like to take part in, and at which venue.

The Vets League features the following events: 200m, 800m, 3000m, Hammer, Javelin, High Jump, Long Jump and 4 x 100m.

The Rosenheim League will feature: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, Steeplechase, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Shot, Hammer and
4 x 200m.

> Steve Hillier

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 16 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Track Kingston Mon pm I was destined for the World Championships in Tampere but there was a complication with my COVID status. So, unable to get to Battersea in time I nipped down to Kingston from Heathrow for a 400 blow out (60seconds) and a 1500. Plus the Tempere parkrun on Saturday.
Alice Banks  Race 10km Harrogate 10k Sun am 00:57:40 [found on Facebook] A few sneaky little hills in the Harrogate 10k, but some amazing views along the way.
Barry Walters Running 6km Swinley Forest Sun am 00:40:20 Ran a steady effort over Swinley forest picking up the pace on the second half and followed this with a one hour workout in the gym today.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Home to Marlow 00:47:16 Our activity was a run from home to Marlow via Cookham Dean Common and Bisham Woods…
John Scaife Running 4miles Home to Marlow 00:47:16 ...Coffee in Higginson Park then walked back.
Chris Kelly mixed walk-run 7.5miles Dunsden Sun 01:19:39
Clara Halket Running 9.08km Washington D.C. 01:10:56 [found on Facebook] Morning run in Washington DC. Slow and steady with fellow down-route runner along the local railway track. I veered off to the side trails as the track is all blacktop. Managed 9km, better than no km
David Duggan parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:35:02 Bedfont Lakes' 600th parkrun & the debut for my new milestone T shirt
Jacqui Haines Injured! Masters World Champs Having a fantastic time at the Masters World Champs in Tampere, Finland despite the fact that I’m injured! Managed 500m of my 800m and ‘pop’ went something in my right foot. Adrian has managed to get me a scooter so at least I can get to the bus stop and to the local lake to swim. So not much running but a lot of spectating and swimming.
Keith Johnson Duathlon JLL Property Triathlon Fri 01:19:52 At Dorney Lake, Windsor. Sprint distance - 5km run, 21.2km bike, 2.5km run. 44th of 286 finishers, 4th of 20 in age category.
Neil Frediani Running 8.29miles Northumberland Wed pm 01:47:05 With a 10k due on Wednesday a second run this week and more than 5k. Discovered more of the hills, fields and woodland of my new locality. Some walking was required [300metre ascent]
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am Gym work, plus I *jogged very slowly* at parkrun (March) for the very first time in ages. That was my 140th parkrun.
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Shepton Mallet Sat am 00:34:06 My 300th parkrun. Been a bit ill for the last couple of days so took it very easy - so set a very easy to beat BA record.
Roderick Hoffman Running 6.96miles Canalathlon Sun Grand Union Canal towpaths and Brent River path adding to my July Canalathlon total - see below.
Stephen Taylor Running 17miles Ealing, Wembley, Ruislip, Southall Sat am 02:55:34 This week's long run and I'm only on week three of my marathon training plan.
Steve Hillier Running 7.1km Harrow and Hillingdon Parks Sun 00:47:51 I started in the cool, finished in hot sun, so it looks like I need to run faster to stay cool.

Week Achievements

Ed: If I had had more time I would have edited in a huge crowd cheering Jacqui on - but we do have the AGM on Wednesday.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 2nd July 2022

37 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing. If [*] appears in the comment then please ensure that you have paid your subs and let me know.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
John SCAIFE Church Mead 13 58 0:31:37 54.56% BA fastest (and first) male, park #91
Denis FOXLEY Church Mead 13 62 0:32:28 56.52% [*] run #188, park #13
Roderick HOFFMAN Church Mead 13 66 0:33:26 48.40% run #429, park #330 -5th new park in 5 weeks
Benita SCAIFE Church Mead 13 86 0:38:03 55.76% park #83
Joan FOXLEY Church Mead 13 90 0:39:38 59.08% [Non-member]
Camila GELBER Church Mead 13 102 0:45:00 36.37% [Non-member] Friend of Melanie & Harjit
Steve NEWELL Church Mead 13 106 0:51:05 39.31% run #424, park #121
Michael Dennison Bedfont Lakes 600 5 0:20:27 81.26% run #458, 17th at Bedfont Lakes
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 600 16 0:22:40 70.74% F2
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 600 69 0:28:23 59.07% run #426, 326th at Bedfont Lakes
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 600 89 0:29:27 69.89% run #256, 189th at Bedfont Lakes
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 600 125 0:32:23 47.50% Bedfont Lakes run #600
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 600 143 0:35:02 46.57% run #410, 231st at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 613 227 0:29:14 58.44% first Saturday of the month - pacer day coordinator
Alastair HESLOP Broadwater 40 Timekeeper at Broadwater (Guildford cancelled)
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 883 101 0:20:38 72.05%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 883 1108 0:58:07 27.36% run #466, slowest ever recorded at Bushy
Paul WATT Canons Park 233 8 0:20:15 77.20% BA men's and grade record, park #90
Julie BARCLAY Canons Park 233 57 0:27:13 69.32% BA Ladies record, park #94
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 462 24 0:23:19 60.83% 18 consecutive Crane Park runs this year.
Alice BANKS Fountains Abbey 350 194 0:29:26 69.93% BA grade record from Steve Dodsworth, park #57
Barry WALTERS Gadebridge 301 76 0:29:11 58.02% First run at Gadebridge, park#54
Anne Anderson Gunnersbury 477 487 0:52:46 54.61% [Non-member]
Alan ANDERSON Gunnersbury 477 488 0:52:47 49.54% Osterley cancelled this and future weeks
John COFFEY Hazelwood 144 103 0:37:21 56.27% [*]
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 164 27 0:24:06 62.17% run #86, 32nd at Houghton Hall
Petra OTTO March 258 94 0:44:46 48.92%
Melanie Miller Marine Parade 20 72 0:40:00 44.08% [*] first run at Marine Parade, will be new to BA if Melanie renews
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 217 103 0:51:36 32.49% Tail walker at Prudhoe Riverside
Murray Hogge Reading 556 16 0:20:54 77.43%
Ben Kelly Reading 556 45 0:22:56 56.25%
Jain REID Richmond Park 708 206 0:30:00 60.33% 98th parkrun (and has been at Richmond every week for 13 weeks)
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Shepton Mallet 189 79 0:34:06 49.17% 300th parkrun / New BA park #652
Adrian HAINES Tampere 162 12 0:21:36 71.14% [*] first run at Tampere, will be new to BA if Adrian renews
Trish MCCABE Wanstead Flats 521 115 0:28:54 54.96% Was mobbed by the Sinton-Hewitts / First BA Lady
Sarah GORDON Watermead Country Park 40 179 0:31:40 65.00% PB by 21 seconds / Improves own BA ladies and grade record
Harjit Jhooti York 417 363 0:30:55 57.04% [*] Alphabet challenge success

Church Mead Club Featured parkrun photoThe club featured parkrun at Church Mead (Old Amersham) attracted six members and friends who took on what is definitely one of the toughest parkrun tests in the greater Heathrow catchment area {see below}.  It was run #13 which attracted many visitors with over 50% of the runners being Church Mead first timers

Many other regulars were attracted to Bedfont Lakes for the 600th edition there.

Piers Keenleyside (34:06) celebrated his 300th run with his and our first visit to Shepton Mallet.

The cancellation at Osterley parkrun, which will continue for at least two more weeks while major filming continues, didn’t deter Alan Anderson (52:47) from giving wheelchair assistance over the much more undulating course at Gunnersbury where he remains a legend.  Next week even Gunnersbury is cancelled to make way for a festival so life isn’t getting any easier.

Jain Reid (30:00) finished in exactly half an hour at Richmond for the second time this summer.  She is now on 98 runs – 92 of them have been at Richmond Park.

Harjit Jhooti (30:55) chose the right weekend to reach York by train and nailed the last letter(“Y”) she needed to complete the alphabet challenge.  Anyone trying this little simple game finds some letters on their doorstep and other miles away.  Harjit has a surplus of “B’s” in her collection of 157 scanned barcode completed parkruns but her letters with just one economical parkrun are Albert (Melbourne), Dinton Pastures, Eastleigh, Fulham Palace, Ifield Mill Pond, Jersey Farm, Kingston, Llyn Lech Owain, Queen Elizabeth, Tonbridge, Valentines, York and Zuiderpark.

Paul Watt (20:15) and Julie Barclay (27:13) visited Canons Park and set new club records.  Fibonacci badge aspirants were attracted to run #233.  Paul and Julie are due at Clapham Common next week where Julie will write the official parkrun run report whereas Paul has offered to stand in and write the club parkrun report for the digest.

Trish with Paul Sinton-HewettTrish McCabe (28:54) was the first female club member to run at Wanstead Flats and was caught on camera posing with parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt.  Trish now needs just 10 more parks to achieve “Londone” including others North of the Thames and East of the Lee Navigation such as Harrow Lodge (Hornchurch), Walthamstow and Raphael (Romford).

The gradual integration of integration of club membership, bank accounts and parkrun will make life easier for archivists in the future and remove mystery and uncertainty.  But right now in early July we have the perfect storm situation.  Renewing members are given a maximum of three months grace (starting 1 April) to pay the annual club membership so that has now expired.  This week we would have added two new parkruns to our list but …. you can fill in the rest.  A cash payment ahead of voting at the upcoming AGM might just solve this little problem amicably.  Details withheld to protect the innocent.

Steve Newell

Is Church Mead the hilliest parkrun?

I've done 330 different parkrun venues and for most of them I've used Garmin watches to record the elevation climbed over the 5k distance. For Church Mead my watch recorded 129metres. GPS recording can be inaccurate - and this can be shown by the fact that for the same run the "descent" was recorded as 136metres although the start and finish are alongside the same body of water. But, how does the ascent of at least 129metres compare with other parkruns I've done? The only similar recording I've got has been for Lullingstone (129m). Other high recordings are Queen's Glasgow (126m, but on tarmac throughout) and Lyme Park (124m). Others are significantly less - Wendover Woods (105), Queen Elizabeth (101), Tring and Ashton Court (100). I haven't run the new Durlston Country Park parkrun nor the longer established Whinlatter parkrun - I expect them both to have greater ascent than Church Mead...but perhaps not by much. [My research has found figures of 140m, 193m and 199m for Whinlatter, and 199m and 209m for Durlston CP].

Roderick parkrun barcodeDon't Forget your Barcode...but in case you do...

I've continued to investigate whether it is possible to have a parkrun barcode lookup function for club members. It isn't that straightforward since the barcodes work by displaying a code based on your "A" number using a character font that has to be installed on the device this is done on, or embedded in some code on that device. I've come up with something which might work. If you go to the barunner home page (e.g. you would ask another finisher, who has a connected smart phone, to load "") then click on the "Member barcodes" option in the table and then click on your name and it will load your barcode which can then be scanned by the parkrun scanners to record your parkrun result.

It would be useful if someone could test this and say how feasible/usable they think it would be - before I generate and load everyone's barcodes (I've done about twenty so far). Test and let me know.

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

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

Roderick next to the Grand Union CanalCanalathon

Help keep me off the streets...I usually just run for myself or to get a fancy medal or parkrun achievement but over the month of July I will be doing a high mileage to raise funds for the Canal and Rivers Trust, who maintain much of the paths I (and we) run on. My target is to do at least 52.4 different towpaths and riverbank miles over the month. Please consider sponsoring me to encourage me to do additional mileage: If you are unable to use the online sponsorship options then please email me to arrange an alternative. You can also help by inviting me to join you on your stretch of canal or riverbank - either for a run or a walk.

Thank you to those who have already picked up on this on Facebook and sponsored me already.

> Roderick Hoffman

5k Training Plan, following long injury break

Hi everyone,

As some of you may know, I have been suffering with injuries and fitness since November last year and although I had a few weeks where I could run, it was short-lived and almost never without pain. It has been a slow recovery process but now I am ready to move on and start some serious training. I attempted some tried and tested training sessions but floundered a little, especially as some sessions were the same as Tom’s and had not been tried since the sad loss of Tom last July. This injury is not new to me and I thought I knew how to deal with it!!

Clearly not! It was not until May that I finally conceded and enlisted the help of a physio; although very expensive I have eventually turned a corner and apparently it is about doing the right exercises and not just a lot of random exercises that I have read about on Youtube!

I finally managed to run a full parkrun on 7th May and have been building up the distance slowly and what I have been very surprised, and disappointed about, is how slowly fitness and speed return!

Well……3 weeks ago I started following a 5k training program. I found it on Youtube and it is by a young lady named Philly Bowden, a very good elite runner. The program is for someone who wants to improve their 5k time, so not for a novice runner. The plan is over 8 weeks and is easy to follow as you don’t need anything other than a watch; not a Garmin or other such gadgets that I don’t possess but just a watch! It emphasises rest and strength but the really hard bit is that you run 5 days out of 7.

I am now at the end of week 3. I have run every session but not always in the correct order as Saturdays are always supposed to be rest days….and that cannot be. I am definitely feeling stronger and my general running feels easier. What has yet to return is speed, but as I said, it is an 8 week plan and patience is also put to the test.

I have entered a race on 8th August which falls at the end of the program and am hoping that the hard work pays off. I am not expecting a PB but would like to see an improvement in my 5k times.

If anyone would like a copy of this plan then let me know, alternatively you will find it on Youtube by searching ‘Philly Bowden 5k pb training plan’. Let me know if you embark on this plan as it may be interesting to compare notes.

> Julie Barclay

Letters to the Editor

Races to enter:

We have just launched our charities first ever live running event. The Tommy 10K is due to take place on 16th October at Eridge Park Estate, Tunbridge Wells. There’s an option to choose from 5K or 10K and entries are online: . All chip timed with categories and prizes of course. Eridge Park is one of the oldest deer parks and is usually closed to the public, so it’s a really special opportunity to see the grounds.

Rachel Park

Senior Community Fundraising Manager

RBLI - Royal British Legion Industries

The entry fee is £25 but there is a £5 discount code available - ask me > Roderick


Just a reminder that entries are still open for this weeks coming Run Surrey Dunsfold Superfast on Sunday 10th July, Run Nations superfast series covers locations in Thruxton and Dunsfold, this upcoming one is using the Dunsfold airfield, which has been previously used as the base for the TV show Top Gear, for a scene in James Bond and before this an old RAF base, this super flat and superfast route is designed for runners of all abilities to enjoy, whether its your first competitive run or you wish to attempt a PB, the Dunsfold superfast has what you are looking for.

There will be a medal for each participant and a voucher reward for the winners to use on your run nation account for any race in the future, please circulate this amongst all your club members and affiliates and provide them with an opportunity to break a personal record.

5k, 10k and Half Marathon options

Also see this link for another one of our Run Nation superfast events in Thruxton: Thruxton Superfast

Kind Regards

Brandon Forbes



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