The logo of the baRUNNER website. HOME NEWS DIARY

baRUNNER - a website for the British Airways Athletics Club

The logo of the baRUNNER website.

BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th November 2019


  • Wednesday 6th November - informal run and club evening (see below) from 18:00
  • Thursday 7th November - Run-of-the-Month, Dream Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45 # (see below)
  • Saturday 9th November Men (Epsom Downs 15:00) and Ladies (Mitcham Common 11:00) Cross Country League matches # (see below)
  • Wednesday 13rd November - NOW run at Rickmansworth from 12:00

Our next Bedfont Club meeting will be on Wednesday 6th November for an informal run, then on the 20th for the Five-Mile Handicap and Quiz. All members are welcome.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 1st November.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 23rd Sept 2019) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

November Run-of-the-Month - Bath Road Dream Mile Thursday 7th November from 12:45 #

The event will start at 12:45 by the Newport Road Junction-->Ö.Route( then heads back towards Waterside on the Bath road, stopping just before the Thistle hotel.
Either meet at the start or outside the WTS gym at 12:25 for a gentle jog to the start. Itís a self-timed event. Email me afterwards with your time for the records. NEWCOMERS of all standards welcome. If you are based at Waterside it is a 1.5mile jog to the start and 0.5mile back from the finish.

This event is held on the first Thursday of each month.

Neil Frediani {}

Men's Surrey League Cross Country 2019/20 Div 4 Match 2 Details #

Hopefully we can have another good turnout for the second match of the season, newcomers are welcome (please let me
know in advance if you might come).

Details are as follows:

Start Fitness Menís Surrey Cross Country League Divisions 3 and 4 Match, Epsom Downs Saturday 9th November 2019, 3pm start


Start time: 3pm

Location: Start and Finish is adjacent to Epsom Racecourse at the Tattenham Corner end (nearest postcode KT18 5PP).


Course distance: Approximately 8km (5miles). There are two equal laps.

The course has long sections of steady incline and decline, plus a few sharp turns. The terrain is mainly grass and gravel but can also have soft sand and stones. It is suitable for spikes, but long spikes are not advised. Please keep alert for tree roots and other trip hazards.

Competitors must be considerate and watch out for other users of Epsom Downs, especially on the intersections where walkers, cyclists and horse riders frequently use these paths. Runners do not have the right of way.


Cars: Epsom Downs is just a few minutes from Epsom Town Centre on the B290 Epsom Downs Road or alternatively just off junction 9 of the M25. Tattenham Corner (KT18 5PP) is about half a mile past the entrance to the Grandstand with the racecourse on the right.

Public Transport: Tattenham Corner Station is approximately 1/3 mile walk to the start. Epsom Downs Station is approximately a 1 mile walk. Epsom Station (2.5 miles away) is connected by both South West Trains and Southern Trains. Metrobus operates a 460, 480 and 406F service which runs from Epsom Town Centre to Tattenham Corner Station.


There is free public parking at two car parks, either side of the B290 at Tattenham Corner but we recommend sharing as these are popular car parks for visitors to the Downs. Refreshments are available from the Tea Hut at Tattenham Corner (in one of the car parks).

Public toilets are located to the west of the Tea Hut. There are no changing facilities.

First Aid will be provided by Medical Despatch Event Services and available onsite. In the event of an injury out on the course runners should advise the nearest marshal. The nearest hospital with an A&E service is two miles away at Epsom Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom KT18 7EG.

Details can also be found at :

Any other info required or if you need help arranging a lift then call or email:

Neil Frediani {}  - 07882 655864

Surrey League Ladies XC Event 2 Mitcham Common, 9th November 2019 #

Hosts: Clapham Chasers and Herne Hill Harriers

Venue: Mitcham Common, Millhouse Ecology Centre Windmill Road, Mitcham CR4 1HT

Start times:

11am Senior D2

Travel & Parking

DIRECTIONS: The Eco Centre is located on Windmill Road, off the A236 (Croydon Road). There is a car park at the Eco Centre but THE NUMBER OF SPACES IS EXTREMLEY LIMITED. Please do not use the Harvester Pub Car Park next to the Eco Centre. There is also no street parking near the start.

Public Transport: Please use public transport where possible: By Rail/Tram The nearest station is Mitcham Junction. Mitcham Eastfields is also a short walk away. Trains leave Clapham Junction every half an hour for both Mitcham Junction and Mitcham Eastfields. The nearest tram stop is Beddington Lane. If walking from Mitcham Junction there is a footpath inside the common running parallel to Croydon Road. Once you arrive at the junction of Carshalton Rd and Croydon Rd, the footpath to Windmill Road is clearly signposted. Also be aware the walk from Beddington Lane Tram Stop is on a very narrow path next to a busy road. By Bus 264 (Croydon to Tooting), 118 (Brixton to Morden), 127 (Purley to Tooting), and the S1(Banstead to Mitcham) all stop within walking distance to the Common.

Course: Mitcham Common provides a wide variety of undulating terrain and underfoot conditions. Depending on the weather prior to the event, there may be some deep mud. Wearing spikes is advised but please be aware that there are 2 sections of stony paths where you cross a disused road. Courses will be fully marshalled on the day.

Facilities: Race HQ is at the Millhouse Ecology Centre Windmill Road. There are limited toilets at the Eco Centre but no changing facilities so you are therefore advised to come ready to race. Mitcham Common is a public space so all runners and spectators are asked to respect the rights of other users. Competitors are responsible for their own safety, before during and after the competition.

First Aid: Qualified first aiders will be in attendance should medical assistance be required. If hospital treatment is required, the nearest Accident and Emergency department is St George's Hospital Tooting.

Christine Mundan will be at the Ecology Centre at 10.15am on Saturday morning to distribute the numbers. Her telephone number is 07949 423405

Wednesday Evening Club Run and BA Clubs' "Mingle"

On Wednesday we were planning a "normal" club evening at the Bedfont Club (click through for details of where this is and how to get there) though knowing that over the dark winter evenings the "normal" will be the exception. The "normal" plan is to meet and get changed to set-off from 18:00 either singularly, in pairs or small groups and either run one of the round-the-block routes or use the lit off-road footpath/cyclepath for interval training. After changing, with a shower, meet in the bar for a chat and a drink.

But this Wednesday there is a complication because there is also a BA Clubs event on in the back bar from 18:00 to 20:00. Details of that event is in the box below:

BA Clubs members: You Are Invited!

It's safe to say that 2019 has been a challenging year for BA Clubs, but we have survived and we are ready to move forwards.

We have always committed to keeping members informed and we are announcing two "Member Mingles" to be held at our new Club facilities in Bedfont.

Dates are as follows:

  • 6 November         18.00 - 20.00
  • 20 November       18.00 - 20.00 {nb - this is the Athletics Club's Quiz evening, the Quiz will therefore start at 20:00}

We have planned two dates to ensure members have the maximum opportunity of attending.

The session will be very relaxed with no formal presentations, but you will have the chance to discuss recent events with senior management and to learn how BA Clubs are moving forwards into 2020.

Each member attending an event will be offered a free drink and snacks on arrival - all we ask is that you confirm your contact details when you arrive as this helps keep our database up to date.

To allow us to make sure we have the correct arrangements in place, please confirm your attendance by email to or by phone on 020 3691 3215 during normal business hours.

We thank you for your continued support over the past months and we look forward to welcoming you at Bedfont soon.


Alison Hartigan

General Manager  BA Clubs Ltd

So, after our run, BA Clubs members are welcome in the back bar and can get a drink on the club and attend the informal "Mingle". Any non-members who are running with us are welcome to get themselves a drink from the front bar and I would suggest, if it isn't too busy, that you then come into the back bar and use the occasion as an opportunity to find out what membership of BA Clubs could give you. There should be some members of other BA Clubs' sections there as well as the BA Clubs' management team.

Roderick Hoffman obo Athletics Club Committee

Club parkrun results for Saturday 2nd November 2019

Member 2nd Nov. parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 26 00:24:21 67.62%
TRUE Caroline Cockram Bedfont Lakes 51 00:26:25 63.47%
TRUE Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 16 00:22:46 60.83%
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes 31 00:24:41 60.70% Run #499 - he is on "Finish Tokens" next Saturday so we'll have to keep guessing.
TRUE Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 27 00:24:22 59.58%
TRUE Kay Trinder Brooklands 16 00:21:32 81.89%
TRUE Mike Dennison Bushy Park 41 00:20:07 80.45%
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Dean Castle Country Park 66 00:31:43 50.13% Club park #537 / Venue #286 / 8th in Scotland
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Fletcher Moss 38 00:23:59 63.52% First "run" since 3rd August / Club run #536
TRUE David DUGGAN Fontainebleau 6 00:29:25 54.05% Club park #535 / Venue #76 (first in France, 8th country)
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Gunnersbury 394 00:47:35 57.34% assisted (probably)
TRUE Paul Davis Hanworth 17 00:22:27 60.36%
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 98 00:28:53 61.05%
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 162 00:38:05 58.47%
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 106 00:33:30 60.50%
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 107 00:33:32 50.00% Average performance (50.00%)
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 43 00:34:26 61.62%
TRUE Maria Jovani Old Deer Park 56 00:29:44 52.52%
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Queen Elizabeth 9 00:25:21 71.40% First lady / Club record (L) from Janet Smith
#N/A Darren WOOD Queen Elizabeth 5 00:22:30 59.33% run 745 ! / Venue 42
TRUE Paul WATT Queen Elizabeth 17 00:26:22 57.77% First "Q", now up to 17 letters in the parkrun alphabet.
TRUE Tim Bellars Reigate Priory 72 00:30:19 49.86% First repeat after 14 venues / First run for Nancy
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Roundshaw Downs 27 00:24:49 63.00%
#N/A Erin JOHNSON Sittingbourne 132 00:40:34 41.00% First run, JW11-14
TRUE Keith Johnson Sittingbourne 133 00:40:35 36.06% 30th run
TRUE James Shoulder Southwark 9 00:19:47 65.21% Club record from Ian Cunningham
TRUE Janet Smith Telford 342 00:43:33 41.03% 40th event
TRUE Trish MCCABE Whitstable 111 00:29:54 51.84% Club record (L)

No volunteer efforts reported.

Several of us took shelter from the storm (and/or watched the Rugby) but those who didn't can feel thankful you weren't trying to cross the Bay of Biscay in a boat. Steve Newell should be back next week, if he has recovered his land legs. Personally I found the weather in Scotland to be much better - no rain and virtually no wind either.

I added Dean Castle Country Park (Kilmarnock) to our list following Chris Kelly adding Fletcher Moss (Manchester) and David Duggan adding Fontainebleau (France). David's is the headline for the club because that means we have now run all nine of the eight parkruns in France, our only country 100%. Perhaps that is more of a reflection on the growth, or lack of, of parkrun in France but we still had to run all of those parkruns (including the one that closed). For the record we have run 59.5% of the UK's parkruns, but there are more starting up all of the time, including next Saturday at Land's End (but don't all rush there to do the inaugural). Oddly the next highest country we've run in is Italy where we have run at 37.5% of the Italian parkruns. We have then run at 36.6% of the USA's parkruns. parkrun is continuing to expand in the USA with 41 events now and six of them had more than 90 participants last Saturday - including the 111 at the Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun which literally had a coach load of parkrun tourists delivered from New York (it was Marathon weekend).

Julie Barclay was first female finisher at the tough Queen Elizabeth parkrun - more on that below. Keith Johnson ran his slowest parkrun on his 30th but he was a winner because he ran with his daughter Erin on her first ever parkrun. Tim Bellars ran with Nancy, who some of us have met, on her first parkrun. That marks Tim's first repeat having run before at Reigate Priory consequently he is no longer a candidate for The Hoffman Club (for those whose first 50 parkruns are all at different venues). He shouldn't be too disappointed by that - with four new members over the last two weeks it isn't the exclusive club it once was.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - NOT updated

Full club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - UP TO DATE - Download and explore.

Roderick Hoffman

Alphabet Hunters

Our parkrun schedule (yes we have one) took us to Queen Elizabeth Park in Hampshire on Saturday.....I am surprised that we are here to tell the tale!

There were many parkrun cancellations last weekend due to a lack of marshals because of the rugby, firework displays and the awful weather....I said that 26th Oct. was the worst weather that we had ever parkrun in but that only lasted a was awful! We constantly checked the website for updates and it all looked positive but was perhaps a gamble as the nearby Portsmouth Lakeside and Alice Holt were both cancelled. QE2 only went ahead once the race director guaranteed to the park authorities that everybody would be out of the park by 10:30.

We were muddy, wet and cold before we started and so no pressure concerning times, just survival. This led to a very sociable and jovial atmosphere and with 30 of the 68 runners being tourists, there were many stories to be exchanged.

The wind got worse and the rain heavier as we ran and inevitably, taking no notice of the warnings concerning the terrain, my legs turned right on the second lap but my body didnít and over I went to a mix of gasps and giggles! Nevertheless I got up and had to complete the course. Julie of course, had steamed off into the distance and there was no catching her.

Despite the conditions and the fall, the usual feeling of satisfaction and anticipation of next Saturday set in.

We did meet and run behind world record holder Darren Wood who was running number 745 and he began at Bushy Park #2 back in October 2004. He is organising a new event in Fleet so keep an eye out for another nearby course.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay

Marathon Results

A madness descended upon me after last yearís Beachy Head marathon and I immediately entered it again. The hot summer meant that early training didnít get off the ground and October arrived with my longest run having been the #BA100 13.5 miles followed 10 days later by a 20miler and a week later by cross country league and a slow Cabbage Patch 10miler. Training done but not nearly enough, my target was 6hours, I reckon the nearly 4000í of climbing would cost me about an hour and a half.

Race day arrived with the prospect of gales and then heavy rain from 1pm and a very tempting rugby world cup semi-final to make me stay in bed. Luckily, headphones were allowed so I didnít miss hearing any of the game.

By 8 miles my hips were giving me trouble due to lack of training, by mile 15 my hamstring was cramping, the hills felt much bigger than last year due to the strength of the wind, I think. There is plenty of food and drink en route and the prospect of currant buns, sausage rolls and coffee at 17miles kept me going. Once consumed it was onto the last 9 miles and about a dozen hills including staircases. A number of times I thought that I would have to stop due to pain but somehow managed to keep going and before I knew it the last mile of downhill was in sight and I managed to keep going overtaking many on the steep downhill and sprinted through the finish.

It is a wonderfully scenic and mad event, one couple got married during the race, a man plays the bagpipes at the top of the first hill etc.  My time was a disappointing 6:18:54 but approx. 12 mins was spent in a queue to get through a kissing gate which was only part of the course due to flooding and many reckon the wind cost them another 10mins so I am claiming a sub 6 in my mind. Luckily the rain didnít arrive for me.

I thoroughly recommend this event if you want something beautiful and difficult. I still havenít seen the lighthouse after 3 trips including the 10k. Do you think I have entered for next year??    

Neil Frediani

Trish McCabe also finished in 06:49:29.

"Finished the Nice to Cannes Marathon in 4:41:32 - bad day at the office! Start delayed by about 35 minutes due to flooding on the course! Poured with rain most of time before start - eased off between 8 and 8:30 when we should have been running. Then 30 seconds before 8:35 start it started again - buckets - thunder and lightning. Was like that for first half hour. Kept the worst off me with a throw-away plastic poncho. Race then went to plan and I managed to get a minute or so ahead of the 4 hour pacer to reach halfway in 2 hours. However at 14 miles my right leg decided to give me problems. A painful knee - made my leg buckle a few times, groin strain issues and a bad hip pain. Three weeks to the next one so may take a week off to try and get over the niggles."

Stolen from Facebook - Piers Keenleyside

Running shorts

Next Digest - Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send them to the editor, Roderick Hoffman, at

Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please.

Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml.

Club website:



Full Index