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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th October 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Events marked "*" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

This week is quiet but the following week it gets busy...

  • The South London Winter Street-O series starts with a run in Kennington. We are all running that same evening, though note that the phone app will still be being used to record and process the results.
  • At the end of the week the men's and ladies Surrey League Cross Country series start. If you are interested then ladies please contact > Amanda Coombs and men, for this year please contact > Paul Knechtl who has replaced Gary Rushmer in this role. We would like our runners to be not only paid up BAAC members but also affiliated with England Athletics. Please check your membership status with our membership secretary > Alan Friar.

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 October):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. 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 Start Time Duration/Time Comment

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

Editorial - A Successful London Marathon

Over 40,000 runners pounded the streets of London yesterday and perhaps as many again in the virtual race.  The success of the event was due to the combined contribution of thousands of individuals, mostly volunteers, working together at their prescribed roles. A visitor from above would have thought that they had lifted a stone slab in the garden and observed an ant colony in operation.  The club provided 120 of these helpers and our specialty function were the Disley Crossings in the last couple of miles. There were first introduced back in about 1984 with four crossings, initially only run by BAAC teams. Yesterday, over the length of the course, there were at least twelve of them operating including three new crossings for which I provided consultancy - making a good day out for me crawling to and fro around East London like an ant with an agenda known only to itself.

Well done to all of the club participants; helpers and runners.

Roderick Hoffman

For those inspired to run (or run again) please note that the ballet for next year's London Marathon in October 2022 is open but only until this Friday. If the club get any places for next year's marathon we will allocate them taking into account various criteria including that you have applied and been rejected.

What do marshals do? You might recognise one of the contributors in this item: .

London Marathon Results

Completing the marathon is the achievement, the time taken less so. I've sorted the table on finish time so that you can see who you would have been near to at the finish had you started together.  I wonder how many of our runners saw our other runners during the run?  Obviously Frankie and Murray ran together. I noted at the 30km mark that Mike Dennison had almost the same time as the Hogges.

BA Team Runner Number Virtual? Official Time Comment
Mike Dennison 27524 03:27:09
Frankie Hogge 49930 03:31:20
Murray Hogge 49929 03:31:20
Maria Jovani 27002 03:38:05
Emma Moreton 49454 03:47:20
Fraser Cameron 50089 03:47:48
Steve Barrington 49518 03:54:27
Victoria Balandis 49795 04:04:57
Chris Rattenbury 49351 04:05:50
Tim Bellars 49712 04:17:07
Stephen Taylor 21941 04:17:22
Piers Keenleyside 49140 04:25:02
David Williams 49991 05:05:55
Sarah Freeman Smith 49650 05:28:57
Mark Murphy 49324 05:34:46
Jagjit Singh 49960 05:36:54
Trish McCabe 4784 virtual Ran with Faithe Cockroft who recorded 5:56:24
Kelly Davis 49232 06:26:24
Petra Otto 20336 virtual 11:21:11 Active time 7:52:56
Melanie Miller 19764 virtual Out of signal range. Time about 7:59:00

I'll include some photos next week, once Facebook is back up and running. Please let me know if other members or friends or distant relatives also ran, with their results.Plus any stories from the runners.

> Roderick Hoffman

Stop Press - Graham Taylor is first in with this...

"The first British male runner was Phillip Sesemann. He is Mark Taylor’s daughter Rhiannon’s cousin!!!" [see also: London Marathon 2021: Junior doctor Phil Sesemann first British male to finish - BBC Sport, though Rhiannon doesn't get a mention]

Jas at the Jersey MarathonOther Marathon Results

Proving that other marathons do exist, even on the weekend of the London Marathon, Jasvir Singh Modaher revisited Jersey for their marathon and finished in 5:12:58.

The photo is from his 2019 run and has been used to promote the race.

Track-on-Field Results

Three of us returned track-on-field results last month - in a single session recording times for all official race distances from 100m up to 1500m. I had a good run at Feltham before the marathon meeting last Wednesday and I proved fastest at the 1500m, 800m and 100m, Denis edged me in the 400m and Steve beat us both with his usual sprinting excellence over the 200m.

Track-on-Field will continue to be reported on each month for at least the rest of the year.

September Track-on-Field results

Roderick Hoffman

Activity Achievements (of those emailed in) for the week 27th September to 3rd October 2021

Facebook being broken on Monday evening means that I've been unable to retrieve the details and pictures for most club members. The five recorded here are those who used good old fashioned and reliable email. Next week's "Achievements" list may be a double issue.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Wed 00:52:04 Very muddy. Also 52:10 on Saturday.
Denis Foxley parkrun 5km Harrow Sat am 00:27:51 My fastest since 2017.
Julie Barclay  Race 10km Inverness Sun 00:47:19 Baxter’s River Ness 10k (see below).
Paul Watt  Race 10km Inverness Sun 00:40:44 Baxter’s River Ness 10k….(10k PB)
Roderick Hoffman Steps 21,420 London Marathon Volunteering Sun 07:00:00 To, from and between Canary Wharf, Greenwich and Canada Water including walking the 5km between the last two (trying not to embarrass runners by overtaking them)

Roderick Hoffman

River Ness 10kJulie and I had been due to marshal at the London Marathon but when our postponed 2020 Loch Ness 10k was rescheduled for 3rd October we decided to make the trip to Scotland.

A double-run weekend starting with the new Torvean parkrun. This is the relocated Inverness parkrun at what was a golf course. A new bridge over the adjacent Caledonian canal meant a revision to the course’s layout and the small patch of vacated land was developed with parkrun being a major contributor to the design of this two and a half lap circuit.

Sunday morning was the Baxter’s Loch Ness festival of running which also included a 5k and a marathon.

The weather forecast was for rain and wind but luckily we had blue skies and a stiff breeze. A beautiful all-road course through the countryside, along River Ness and along the closed roads of the town to the finish in Bught Park, the former parkrun venue.

A successful weekend for us and sorry to have missed our friends running in London.

Paul and Julie

parkrun results for Saturday 2nd October 2021

39 runners and volunteers listed below - get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Alice BANKS Bath Skyline 83 00:27:36 74.58% First run at Bath, park #47, BA ladies and grade record [and volunteer at Higginson Marlow last week]
Adrian Haines Bedfont Lakes 1 00:19:20 78.79% 1st finisher - by my reckoning BAAC has had four different first finishers at Bedfont Lakes, Gary Rushmer, James Shoulder (twice), Paul Prescott and now Adrian. Adrian has been first finisher at six different parkruns.
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 5 00:21:02 61.65%
Mike Dennison Bedfont Lakes 10 00:21:50 75.42% 10th finisher…but only 3rd BA!
Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 25 00:24:02 69.76%
Maria Jovani Bedfont Lakes 28 00:24:17 65.41% Run 321
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 50 00:25:57 56.84% Has now run all 13 years of Bedfont parkrun
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 53 00:26:05 77.70%
Trish MCCABE Bedfont Lakes 131 00:39:54 39.43% Just a marathon warm-up
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes Funnel Manager at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 180 00:29:40 57.08% We should have had pacers today
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 118 00:28:49 58.76%
Christopher T KELLY Broadwater 41 00:23:49 65.08% New BA parkrun (#591), 57th variety for Chris
John Lennon Broadwater 157 00:37:19 42.97% New BA parkrun (#591), park #37
Andrew William Jordan Bushy Park 241 00:23:20 65.86%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 560 00:27:35 57.64%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 23 00:23:21 60.74% Best time at Crane Park since the restart
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 174 00:46:31 42.28% Misjudged distance from car park - late starter!
Keith Johnson Dunstable Downs 21 00:25:15 58.88%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Frimley Lodge 54 00:23:40 73.59%
Alastair Heslop Guildford Time Keeper at Guildford
David DUGGAN Hanworth 45 00:32:15 50.18%
Denis Foxley Harrow 89 00:27:51 64.93% Getting faster week by week
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 189 00:36:34 62.94%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 82 00:32:31 63.15% Run #372, 84th at Hazelwood
Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 62 00:47:31 46.09%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Margate 91 00:30:21 54.75% First run at Margate, park #50
Melanie Miller Moors Valley Barcode Scanning at Moors Velley
Roderick HOFFMAN Northala Fields Funnel Manager at Northala Fields
Harjit Jhooti Osterley 175 00:30:51 56.46%
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 263 00:44:33 64.68%   (Assisted)
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 264 00:44:34 56.51% Assisting Anne
Alan FRIAR Reading 193 00:35:10 55.92%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 20 00:20:42 74.88% Fastest time since lockdown
Neil FREDIANI Riverside 216 00:29:52 55.64% First run at Riverside, Chester Le Street, park #60
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 17 00:23:24 67.38%
Paul WATT Torvean 21 00:21:13 73.06% Replacement parkrun for Inverness, but counts as a new BA park (but not an "I") (#592).
Julie BARCLAY Torvean 50 00:23:21 79.66% Replacement parkrun for Inverness, but counts as a new BA park (but not an "I") (#592).
Sarah GORDON Watermead Country Park Marshal at Watermead Country Park (not yet run by BAAC)

parkruns in UK are beginning to settle down to a new norm as we learn to live with what looks like being a long drawn-out tail of the Covid pandemic.  Cancellations for weather have been few and far between so far but we must anticipate gales, floods and snowdrifts in the months ahead as the climate becomes more extreme.  Some parkruns have yet to restart and it is becoming clear that quite a few will just be no more. Yeovil Montacute, Cuerden Valley and Catterick have recently been dropped from the parkrun map. The battle for Tring (cold logic vs environmental argument) continues and in the meantime the newly authorised one at Amersham has not yet started.  The original Cambridge parkrun appears lost to us but has been replaced by others close by.  At Inverness, the well established run in Bught Park has been wound up after 432 runs and alphabeteers need to look elsewhere for an “I”.  A replacement parkrun within Inverness has started at Torvean Park (about half a mile away) already but it is a new event (inaugural was on 21st August).  Paul Watt (21:13) and Julie Barclay (23:21) followed up their recent run in Edinburgh to add to their Scottish collection.  With Chris Kelly (23:49) and John Lennon (37:19) running at Broadwater in Surrey the club parks total has moved up to 592 (including the discontinued ones).  As Scottish runs start at 9.30, Broadwater is logged #591 and Torvean #592.

Steve Newell

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Tottenham, Emirates and Stamford Bridge

Last weekend Julie and I continued our series of football runs. We stayed in North London at Belsize Park from Saturday to Monday as we planned to run from Trafalgar Square to Tottenham on Sunday and then to The Emirates on Monday.

The weekend started with an early start on Saturday with Grovelands parkrun being our target….a scenic park with a challenging yet lovely run. We spent the afternoon on HMS Belfast and by exploring the river before an early rise the next morning.

Sunday began with a short Northern Line trip to Charing Cross and then a short walk to Trafalgar Square. We headed north along Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road to Camden Town. We turned right onto Camden Road which took us all the way to Seven Sisters, passing Finsbury Park on the way. Then the final mile along Tottenham High Road which is not far to go but the stadium did not seem to be getting closer! A photo opportunity followed by a cool down walk back to Seven Sisters station.

We spent a leisurely afternoon on Hampstead Heath and traced the parkrun course that we will need to run for our "Londone" badge. Roderick warned us of the hill at Grovelands but just a mere slope compared to Hampstead….can’t wait!

Paul and Julie at two football groundsAn earlier start on the Monday morning at 04:45. Free parking ceases at 09:00 and coupled with Monday rush hour, we wanted to be finished early.

The same train journey and we were running at 06:10, covering the 4.2 miles to the smaller stadium of North London by 06:55. In fact, we started so early that we could actually run as far as Euston along the road….streets were very quiet and it was great. Another photo opportunity at the ground: it was starting to get light and then a jog to Holloway Station just as the rain started to fall.

I thought the planning for this weekend was excellent by managing to avoid the London Marathon, but not so…..
I had forgotten the Anthony Joshua fight at Tottenham on Saturday night and the (not to be mentioned again) North London derby match on Sunday. And to top it all off, some roads en-route to Spurs were closed for the Hackney Half Marathon necessitating a reroute.

A busy but very satisfying weekend with all objectives met. Three grounds ticked off the list…..Chelsea next.

Wednesday morning and off to Stamford Bridge. Another early start, catching the Tube from Hatton Cross and we began running at 08:05. Much busier but still enough space for us to run on the pavement. An easy route of 3.7 miles taking us past Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch, Hyde Park and Harrods in 32 minutes. A stop for coffee and a cool down walk to Earls Court for the train back to Hatton Cross.

We always planned to run Crystal Palace and Tottenham first because of our allegiances but from my perspective, I never dreamt that Tottenham’s first three league defeats would be the first three other grounds that we run to…..I'm not really looking forward to Brentford and West Ham!

Paul and Julie

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