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BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th July 2016


  • Tuesday 5th July - Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Waterside from 12:30 - see below
  • Wednesday 6th July - Rosenheim Track&Field St Marys, Twickenham from 18:45
  • Thursday 7th July - Dream Mile - Bath Road from 12:45*

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 (updated early June).

*Club Event Map:

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Thanks to Simon, Steve, Linda and Paul for passing on content for this week's digest.  Steve is away for the next two weeks so I really need you to send me something to include.  Quality and content is unlikely to be an issue!

The Editor

Subs reminder

The new membership year started on 1st April 2016 but a significant number of existing members have yet to renew their membership - please save us the effort of individually chasing you.  This year you can pay by either cash or cheque, or directly via Standing Order, or electronic banking. BA Clubs have stopped doing Direct Debits for us, so if you had one of those setup for Athletics, they should not be deducted this year. You can confirm this by also cancelling the Direct Debit yourself, from online banking, or at your branch.

One thing that will remain the same this year is the basic BAAC Subs amount, of £9.  For those who affiliate to England Athletics, the EA registration fee will be £13 for 2016/2017 (see Club Affiliation - England Athletics for details).

Therefore fees this year will be £9 or £22. Please pay promptly, to speed up the onward payment of your EA affiliation.

  • Cash or cheques can be handed or sent direct to the Treasurer, Chris Kelly, 260 London Rd, Reading, RG6 1AJ, or via another Committee Member.
  • Fees can be paid direct by Electronic Banking - or yearly Standing Order - to our “British Airways Athletics Club” Account - Account number 10096647 - Sort code 600260. If you can make a reference like your Name & Subs/Affiliation, that should help and please email Chris and Alan to inform them that you have paid your subs directly.


Chris Kelly (, Club Treasurer

Alan Friar (, Membership Secretary

If in doubt as to whether you have paid or not please check with Chris or Alan. 

Standard Chartered Great City Race 2016

Thank you to those that have volunteered to help at this year’s Great City Race a week on Thursday, I’ve got 17 volunteers but could ideally do with 25 (thank you to John & Benita, Jas & TJ, Roderick, Jagit, Dave Duggan, Mike Thorn, Patricia McCabe, Christine, John L, Steve H, Eddie & Lesley, Dave R and Chris). To re-cap:  

STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (, THURSDAY 14th JULY. Having supported this race for many years we've been asked to set up two Disley Shuttles at 3.5 km and 4.5 km as well as continuing to support around the Bank of England (2.5 km). The crossing's won't be anywhere near as big or busy as London and will not be operating much beyond 30 mins, so I'm envisaging 25 helpers will suffice across the 3 points. I'll team lead one point with Steve Hillier and Roderick kindly offering to assist with TL duties on the other two points.

Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30. As the shuttles will be new this year I'd still like to meet at 18:00 but meeting outside MOORGATE tube rather than the Bank this year. They'll be a T-shirt for everyone, a contribution towards travel expenses (circa. £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 drop me your preferred T-shirt size and mobile phone number. Thanks in advance for your continued support.  


Simon Turton

Club parkrun results for Saturday 2nd July 2016

2nd July family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Julie Barclay 21:38 Rushmoor run #76, course pb 81%
Tony Barnwell 34:16 Wycombe Rye run #111, 49th at Wycombe 54%
Ben Chaytow 26:01 Crane Park 115th run at Crane Park 52%
Jonathan Cox 21:59 Bushy Park run #277 70%
Ian Cunningham volunteer Bushy Park funnel manager
Scott Davison 22:38 Bedfont Lakes 148th at Bedfont Lakes 62%
David Duggan 28:07 Bedfont Lakes 105th run at Bedfont 55%
Joan Foxley 37:24 Harrow run #34 57%
Alan Friar 26:44 Reading run #203 67%
Sarah Gordon 37:25 Killerton 1st run at Killerton 50%
Roderick Hoffman 26:56 Bicester 1st run at Bicester 57%
Kevin Holland 30:11 Poole run #54 57%
Piers Keenleyside 25:10 Gunnersbury run #135 63%
Chris Kelly 20:32 Reading run #295 72%
John Lennon 27:39 Bushy Park 2nd run at Bushy, pb 56%
Kerstin Luksch 21:04 Gunnersbury F-2, leads female points table 71%
Oliver Mathai 24:18 Gunnersbury run #36, 13th at Gunnersbury 67%
Trish McCabe 27:41 Crane Park 13th run at Crane Park, pb 55%
Steve Newell 34:38 Wormwood Scubs grass too long and course longer also 52%
Benita Scaife 30:30 Harrow first run at Harrow 64%
John Scaife 30:31 Harrow first run at Harrow 53%
Sreeram Sethuraman 26:03 Upton Court run #83 51%
Paul Watt 21:29 Rushmoor run #19, parkrun pb 69%

Our numbers were down slightly on previous weeks but there were still some eye-catching performances.

Topping and tailing the table this week - joy for Paul Watt (21:29) who is developing a real feel for the course at Rushmoor. An all time parkrun pb and club course record for him.  Julie Barclay (21:38, 80.51%) was not far behind and that was the best time she has recorded at Rushmoor.  Her age category record set a few weeks ago has however been bettered recently and she is now chasing a time of 20:25.

Thirteen might be unlucky for some but Trish McCabe (27:41) set a new course pb at Crane Park on her 13th visit there.  A Bushy Park pb for John Lennon (27:39) on just his second visit to the parkrun shrine.

Steve Newell (34:38) visited Wormwood Scrubs for the first time in three years and found the course had been extended since the club featured parkrun in 2013.  We did think it was a bit short at the time.  The grass has been allowed to grow as well so altogether it is now a sterner challenge.

With Maidenhead cancelled this week Benita (30:30) and John (30:31) visited Harrow for the first time.  They have now run at 27 and 30 different parks respectively.  Our keen tourists were out and about again with Sarah Gordon (37:25) visiting Killerton near Exeter.  Roderick Hoffman (26:56) visited Bicester which only started this summer and reports that the railway station is nearer to the start than the car park!  

Planning ahead a few weeks Ian Cunningham (a volunteer yesterday) is planning to complete his 250th parkun at Bushy Park on Saturday 30th July.  John Hanscomb, a rival of Alan Anderson in the MV80-84 age group, is expected to run his 500th that day.  It is an opportunity for us all to gather at Bushy Park wearing our club vests and make a bit of a splash.

After 21 consecutive Saturdays I'm taking a two week break from parkrun and getting away from it all (including probably any internet connection).  Digest editor Roderick Hoffman will keep an eye on those listed as British Airways AC in parkrun results and so others should send any news to him direct.

Steve Newell (

Updated parkrun stats:

Steve Newell

I was there...

My other "I was there" parkrun moment was that I was at the inaugural run at Little Stoke parkrun back on 3rd November 2012.  That is the same parkrun that there has been all the fuss over recently about charging parkrunners to use the park.  Also there that day was Paul Sinton-Hewitt - that is one of six times that we have run the same parkrun on the same date so it's sure to come up during Tuesday's meeting.

Are you able to say "I was there" for a particular parkrun achievement or event? Or for any other running related achievement or event?  Write in and say.

Roderick (

Eccup 10 Mile Race

No parkrun for Steve and I this weekend. Instead we did the Eccup 10 mile race, a very 'undulating' course on closed country roads and around Eccup reservoir. The furthest we've ever run, it's part of stepping up to half marathon distance in time for the Great North Run in September. Steve pulled a muscle at 5 miles but carried on to finish in 1:26:20. Linda, without any pulled muscles, managed 1:38:14.

Linda Dodsworth

Parallel London- Sign up today and spread the word!


Hopefully you have heard all about Parallel London, taking place at the Olympic Park on 4 September?

Exactly 4 years on from the 2012 Paralympics this will be the world’s first fully inclusive fun run and we would love it if you would help us spread the word among your colleagues and contacts. We want as many people as possible to join us in celebrating diversity by taking part, volunteering or simply coming along to cheer and enjoy the free family festival taking place alongside the event.

Participate, volunteer or simply cheer - 4 September 2016 / Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park / 10k, 5k, 1k, 100m

Parallel London is your chance to be part of sporting history at the Olympic Park four years on from London 2012.

We want to encourage all our friends and colleagues to join what will be the world’s first fully inclusive fun run/wheelchair ride. Open to all ages and abilities, participants can run, walk or wheel – anything goes. There are four distances to choose from and family, child and adult tickets are available.

Free family festival

This national celebration of diversity will also be hosting a huge free family festival. There’ll be all kinds attractions, entertainment and workshops for participants and spectators of all ages, from the fun and quirky to the ground-breaking and life-changing.

Sign up at . If you’d like to volunteer, head to

If you are a Twitter or Facebook user, we would love you to spread the word even further or follow us in our quest to make sport accessible for all. @parallellondon

Thank for any help in sharing, we really appreciate your support and if you require anything further please get in touch.

Best wishes,

Charlotte Billinge

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