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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th September 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Results for Next Week

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.

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by Sunday evening) or use the Facebook group prompt:

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

Equinox 5km this Wednesday at Bedfont Lakes

  • This Wednesday 6th September,
  • Bedfont Lakes,
  • Start/Finish at the Motte - near Bedfont Road carpark,
  • Two lap anticlockwise course,
  • Wave start aiming for a 7pm finish,
  • Bedfont Club changing rooms open from or soon after 17:30 for those who need to change from work attire, and with showers after the run,
  • Free sandwiches at the Bedfont Football Club (Hatton Road) afterwards.

Please let Steve Newell if you plan to run (or walk, for a one lap strictly walking option of 2.5km)

Please let Steve Hillier know about sandwich filling allergies.

Big Half 2023

Big Half Helpers

The Big Half has been running since 2018, and it remains a popular Half Marathon, following the first half of the London Marathon route in reverse with a finish at Cutty Sark.  Each year, BAAC has provided a box crossing team at mile 13, just around the corner from the finish.  This year, led by Eddie Ketterick, 22 hardy souls dealt with big crowds of spectators and runners, to keep the event safe and flowing.

Over 16,000 took part in the race, Sir Mo Farah's last in London.  Many more tens of thousands lined the streets to watch.

We also had a least two runners taking part:  Maria Jovani came 23rd in her category, in 1:41, while Jain Reid finished 60th in her age group in 2:09.  Well done both.

The heat took its toll on runners yesterday, and several BA team members were busy helping St John Ambulance tending to distressed competitors, while the rest of the team kept the crossing flowing.

Thank you to everyone who took part.  That's the end of the season for BAAC as far as London Marathon Events marshalling is concerned, unless you are helping out at the 10K or Serpentine Swim as an individual.  See you at London Marathon 2024!

Steve Hillier

August Mile Results

Club Mile results for August

Seven sets of results for August. Mike managed to edge Ian this month but Ian perhaps needs to have a consistency award for getting the same time, 5:52, three weeks running at the Arethusa Mile. His last Wednesday in July time was 5:53. He could only manage 6:05 on the fourth Wednesday of August and no-showed on the fifth. 

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

15 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Cox Green Mon 28th August cycle around Cox Green in 20m 40s. Thursday 31st Aug fast walk circs Cox Green in 26m 20s.
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km North Wollongong Sat am We did North Wollongong parkrun. Navigational error en route meant we started c. 10 minutes late and recorded a all locations pw…
John Scaife parkrun 5km North Wollongong Sat am ...Out and back flat trail route running parallel to Fairy Meadow beach (pictured).
Chris Kelly Cycling 90.8miles Ridgeway 2 Days 18:25:00 Belated update from last week (Summer in UK) got lucky with the weather for two days to finish off the Ridgeway - started 2020 - 90.8 miles in 18.25 hours over two days, including gorgeous Beech woodlands, like this near Tring, and back along the Grand Union.
Emma Moreton Running 13.1miles To and From Homewood parkrun Sat am 13.1 mile run to and from Homewood parkrun… I have entered Beachy Head marathon which is about 7 weeks away! [Ed: I don't think that that is as flat!]
Harjit Jhooti parkrun 5km Millennium (Canada) Sat am In Canmore an hour and 15 minutes drive away from Calgary. It was their second event. The most scenic I have done - but don't forget your bear spray!
Jain Reid  Race Half-M The Big Half Sun am 02:09:00 It was a glorious day but hot for running. Thanks for all the BA volunteers at the end, it was great to see some smiley faces. I managed 2:09 but pleased with that in the heat.
James Edwards Running 14.7km Coed y Wenallt via Castell Coch. 01:49:00 14km loop trail run to Coed y Wenallt via Castell Coch (last week).
Janet Smith Throwing British Masters, Derby Sun Double British Masters champion in Derby, in hammer and discus. Back over 40m in the hammer for the first time this year .
Julie Barclay Running 10km Rushmoor Thur 01:00:00 Slow 3k warm-up from Ash Lock to Rushmoor. 4x1k fast reps with 2 minute recovery and slow 3k back to the car at Ash Lock…
Paul Watt Running 10km Rushmoor Thur 01:00:00 ...Reps were along the undulating pavement by the dual-carriageway along the far side of Rushmoor parkrun, for those who know the area. Delighted with the reps as all were within our targets.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km Wisbech Sat am 00:43:12 Can one get injured at a parkrun walking? Yup! Ended up in hospital later, with an extremely painful sciatic nerve, which had been grating over the ‘sitting bone’, I was told, caused by overstriding - I had chased a new PB, and had to settle with 43:12 mins, hobbling through the finish line… Other than that very good, tough workouts at the gym during the week.
Roderick Hoffman Running 17.62km Grand Union and Brent River loop Wed 02:11:32 Again the slowest I'd ever done this…but I still covered the mileage. Photo shows why I never want to permanently live on a boat.
Stephen Taylor Running 9miles Grand Union, West London 01:41:03 A loop around the canal in the warm sun, is this the warmest it's been all summer? 9 miles in 1:41:03.
Steve Hillier Cycling 21km Hillingdon and Harrow Mon 01:25:00 Around the parks and cycle tracks of Hillingdon and Harrow.

Week Achievement Photos

parkrun Results for Saturday 2nd September

40 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Stephen K TAYLOR Bedford 557 182 0:28:52 55.54% first run at Bedford, park #20
Joe NOLAN Black Park 675 227 0:29:17 58.91% pacer day at Black Park
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 946 94 0:20:53 71.75% run #378
Diana Smith Bushy Park 946 1350 0:48:46 48.84% run #39, now consistently under 50 minutes
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 209 44 0:23:20 68.71% 51st run at Cirencester, average has been 25:04
Ian CUNNINGHAM Clair 462 39 0:24:54 64.99% first run at Clair, park #65
Fiona Bishop Clair 462 62 0:26:43 75.86% First BA lady and club best age grade (from David Cowell), run #249
Mike DENNISON Crane Park 521 6 0:20:43 80.93% 40th run at Crane Park, average has been 20:57
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 521 33 0:24:00 67.50% 78th run at Crane Park, average has been 23:42
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 521 70 0:27:35 54.32% 91st run at Crane Park, average has been 25:12
Paul WATT Finsbury Park 601 46 0:21:23 73.73% first run at Finsbury Park, park #157, Wilson Index is 26
Julie BARCLAY Finsbury Park 601 139 0:24:36 77.78% No records this week - Frankie and Dave Dixon retain their club records. Park #160
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 485 Barcode Scanner at Guildford.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 363 157 0:30:28 61.16% The one that got away - tripped just before the finish so the wrong side of 30mins.
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 363 237 0:37:39 63.26% Enjoying the flatter run (after Church Mead last week)
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 162 89 0:28:07 75.46% 59th run at Higginson, Marlow
Steve NEWELL Hogmoor Inclosure 214 220 0:52:01 39.47% Annual autumnal trip to the sand dunes, same time as last week, elsewhere.  A Moorhog day.
Sarah GORDON Holbrooks 5 108 0:35:41 58.57% run #345, park #144, New BA parkrun, #756.  Wilson Index is 20
Emma Moreton Homewood 291 38 0:28:55 54.01% run #336, 18th at Homewood
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 224 38 0:23:44 63.69% run #119
Harjit Jhooti Millennium 2 19 0:34:22 51.99% run #211, park #95. New BA parkrun, #757 [another Boeing airliner]
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 548 166 0:24:27 66.94% Fastest time at Nonsuch this year.
Benita SCAIFE North Wollongong 241 249 0:41:37 51.78% Back in New South Wales. Park #104, New BA parkrun, #755.
John SCAIFE North Wollongong 241 250 0:41:45 41.76% park #112
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 439 55 0:24:52 68.70% 45th run at Osterley
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 439 105 0:27:28 63.47% 7th run at Osterley
Anne Bannister Osterley 439 138 0:29:26 71.01% 38th run at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 439 260 0:45:57 59.30% 122nd run at Osterley, average time is 46:34
Christopher T KELLY Reading 606 34 0:22:23 70.44% fastest Reading parkrun since last September.
Ben Kelly Reading 606 94 0:25:57 49.78% 68th run at Reading
Murray Hogge Reading 606 182 0:29:45 54.85% 310th run at Reading
Barry WALTERS Reading 606 185 0:29:55 57.10% 9th run at Reading, P-Index is 7
Trish MCCABE Reigate Priory 422 178 0:27:56 57.40% first run at Reigate Priory, park #128
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 587 152 0:33:13 56.10% run #44, all at Riddlesdown
David DUGGAN Southall 82 49 0:32:46 50.25% 15th run at Southall plus event day course check (v)
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 34 Run Director at Stockley Country.
Petra OTTO Wisbech 3 176 0:43:12 52.39% more crowded than last week, 15 secs slower (see above), Wilson Index is 5
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 382 173 0:28:06 63.58% 107th run at Woking
Melanie Miller Wolford Wood 28 49 0:44:40 40.52% First BA lady at Wolford Wood, park #131
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 109 Funnel Manager at Wollaton Hall

Scaifes Sydney parkrunsparkrun Review 2nd September 2023

The relentless urge to seek out un-run parkruns continued this week.  Benita Scaife (41:37) and John Scaife (41:45) were at North Wollongong, within sight and sound of the Pacific surf some miles to the south of Sydney in New South Wales.  Nearer to home Sarah Gordon (35:41) tried Holbrooks Park in Coventry which achieved a quiet inaugural last month with 30 runners but is now attracting about 150.  A few hours later Harjit Jhooti was in Millennium Park, Canmore, Alberta up in the hills to the west of Calgary having just its second run (not to be confused with Millennium Country Park with a Milton Keynes postcode).  That was it at club level.

Within UK, members trying out new parks included Stephen Taylor (28:52) at Bedford, Ian Cunningham (24:54) and Fiona Biship (26:43) at Clair parkrun (Haywards Heath), Paul Watt (21:23) and Julie Barclay (24:36) at Finsbury Park, Trish McCabe (27:56) at Reigate Priory and Melanie Miller(44:40) at Wolford Wood (Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire).

Steve Newell

Matters Arising...

John and Benita have now run at 21 Australian parkruns. Their "Running Achievements" map shows their coverage of Sydney and surrounds...but also how much they still have to do!

Apologies to Emma for missing her off the Home Runs table last week - I hadn't back-loaded her parkruns from before she joined. Let me know if anyone else is in that situation. Emma should have been sixth in last week's table, behind Ben Chaytow and ahead of Ian Cunningham (not that it is a race).

Club Member Total Runs Max Runs Max Venue Ratio Next max runs / venue Venues
Emma Moreton 336 270 Bedfont Lakes 80% Next commonest parkrun - Homewood, 18 times. 23

Roderick Hoffman

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Race report from Richard Ruffell who competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Lahti Finland last weekend.

Richard Ruffell Triathlon PhotoFirst all the stats to get those out the way, I was 55th out of 154 in my age group, 2720th out of 3322 overall. In the swim I was 88th, 76th in the bike and 34th in the run, which shows quite well my relative strengths and weaknesses across swim, bike and run. The swim was 2min per hundred meters, the bike was 20.1mph and the run 5.06 per km giving a 1.47.17 half, overall finished in 5hr 26min 58secs.

Quite happy with all of that as nearly top 3rd finish in my AG but now the humbling bits. First in my AG was 4.31.01, wow, I was beaten by the winner of the 70-74 AG, ouch, and would have been 4th in my AG if I was female. There are lot of very strong triathletes out there.

The whole experience is one to remember, Ironman know how to put on an event and go all out for their championships. With over 6000 athletes Lahti was transformed into one big athlete village, and they coped admirably. Come race day I was ready to go. After an early breakfast I wandered down to the swim start about an hour before my start time. The atmosphere was buzzing. My AG start time finally arrived and we started in lines of about 6 jumping in off a platform, you could dive if you wanted to but most opted for the safer approach and jumped. The rolling start meant quite a lot of space so no real bumping or barging going on and it was easy to settle into the swim. Things got a bit more interesting around the 3 turn buoys as everyone converged, but overall the swim was calm and went well.

The transitions are long, a long way from swim to collect your bike bag, long to the bike and then long to the mount line. At this time the weather was okay so I decided against any extra layers. Mistake. 10k into the bike it started raining, which just got heavier and heavier, by half way the roads were swimming as water ran across them, and I was cold, along with most others. Nothing could be done so it was just a case of "head down and keep going". It was a great course, apart from the weather, the roads are super smooth, which were a joy to ride on, the course was very rolling but no nasty bits. About 5k from the end of the bike the rain stopped, typical! After a very spicy little 10% hill into T2 it was off onto another even longer transition. 7 mins later I finally made it out the other side and off on to the run. The run course was quite challenging, 2 laps that start with a 2k drag up a hill, and the downs were in places quite steep. I managed a consistent pace, allowing for the hills, and was pleased to get to the last few km as my legs started to suggest it was time to stop. Finally over the same finish line where I had watched Taylor Knibb win the day before.

Overall quite an experience.

Richard Ruffell

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