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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th December 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 end of Sunday 11th December):

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

Situations Vacant - Club Featured parkrun Scheduler

John Scaife has been organising the Club Featured parkruns for the last 18 months or so and thinks that the time is right for someone new to take on the task. The minimum that the scheduler has to do is to choose a Saturday each month that doesn't clash with the cross-country fixtures and choose a parkrun that they think might appeal to club members. Optionally the scheduler can attend the parkrun themselves, post details for each event in advance in the digest and arrange a photo and a report of each one undertaken. In return they have the excuse to revisit their choice of local parkruns.

Please volunteer!

> Roderick Hoffman

Christmas Do Details - Wednesday 21st December at the Bedfont Club

There will be a mile event prior to our annual Christmas Party. From 18:00 we'll meet in the carpark and Steve Newell will organise us into teams and remind us of the one mile course. We would expect to finish the event for 19:00 and changing rooms with showers should be available.

From 19:00 we'll meet in the function room. This will be an informal gathering which will feature:

  • A pay bar with members of the Bedfont Club able to get a modest discount,
  • Food provided by the club [this is subject to discussion and decision at this week's Committee Meeting - there is an alternative suggestion that we could ask attendees to bring a dish each],
  • Mince Pies provided by some of the committee members,
  • A Secret Santa with participants asked to buy and wrap a present worth about £5. Each participant can then draw a present from Santa's sack.

Roderick Hoffman obo the club committee

Perivale Five Results #

Pos Race No Name Time Net Time Category Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos Club Age Grade % Pace
1 - - 00:25:18 00:25:16 - 1 Male 1 - 83.26 5:03 min/m
29 - - 00:30:56 00:30:53 - 1 Female 1 - 80.25 6:11 min/m
51 63 Mike DENNISON 00:32:41 00:32:38 M60+ 5 Male 48 Shaef Shifters 82.33 6:32 min/m
85 184 Emma MORETON 00:35:58 00:35:51 W35 5 Female 11 Shepperton Running Group 69.48 7:11 min/m
133 139 Piers KEENLEYSIDE 00:41:46 00:41:37 M60+ 15 Male 106 Ealing Eagles RC 65.03 8:21 min/m
143 261 Stephen TAYLOR 00:43:29 00:43:22 M50 29 Male 113 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 59.11 8:41 min/m
185 114 Roderick HOFFMAN 00:49:03 00:48:53 M60+ 26 Male 131 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 53.85 9:48 min/m
239 - - 01:12:03 01:11:45 - - - - - 36.53 14:24 min/m

Perivale Five BA RunnersFive BA runners on a cold December morning for the annual Perivale Five. The parakeets in the park laughed at us as we ran past, as they usually do.

Roderick Hoffman

Club Points # Update

There are due to be four final points club scoring events of the year - all marked with a "#" in the diary. I've updated the points table with events to date including the Perivale Five and two additional colleagues have reached the ten point target thereby beating the Christmas rush. Thank you and well done to Julie Barclay and Mike Dennison.

There are now 18 of us that have achieved ten points over the year and there are another ten on either 8 or 9 points so there could indeed be a Christmas rush this year. Towards the top Steve Newell has been catching up with me and Steve Hillier to make it a three horse race at the top and our third Steve, Taylor, is now narrowly ahead of the Scaifes and Chris Kelly for fourth place. I've listed 213 people having helped or run for the club and 85 of those have done so more than once.

NOW Syon Park 30th November 2022 - Report

Syon Park NOW runners and walkers

There were six runners, two walkers and two late comers for the Syon Park NOW event last Wednesday. The runners followed the Capital Ring signs to Richmond Lock 2.5k away at which point we split into pairs, the Scaifes returned directly, Barry and Roderick did a lap of the Old Deer Park before returning and Julie and Paul ran on the Thames Path for a couple of km before getting back to the garden centre at about the same time as the others. The walkers, Steve and Alan, also made it to Richmond Lock and back. Melanie and John misjudged the traffic and arrived too late to run or walk but in good time for the cafe visit.

Suggestions for future NOW events welcome please - we need a bit of green near a carpark and a cafe and, a host to recommend a running route and a walking route for up to an hour's exercise.

> Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

19 club members and friends' achievements are listed below. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Sprints Curacautín, Chile Flying with the condor on a 10 x 400m session Curacautín, Chile
Andy Rayner Walking XC Fri 00:38:18 Three reports, please, Tuesday 29 Nov: 1.5M fast walk in 10m 9s / Wed 30 Nov: 3.5M cycle in 19m 33s / Fri 2 Dec: fast walk XC in 38m 18s.
Barry Walters Running 8km Bracknell Mon am 00:47:10 Ran a steady effort over the forest in the morning and turned around after 25 minutes. Conditions were a bit damp but not too cold. In the evening did a one-hour gym session at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Running 4.5miles Bisham Woods Fri 00:55:41 Our activity on Fri was a run from home to Marlow through Bisham woods which were still pretty muddy despite the recent dry spell. Walked back after coffee.
John Scaife Running 4.5miles Bisham Woods Fri 00:55:41 As Benita
Chris Kelly parkrun 5km Church Mead Sat am 00:33:07 See below
Clara Halket Running 7.62km Wattisham, Guernsey and Gatwick Mon am 01:04:45 Running the lengths of 31 runways over December.
Emma Moreton  Race 5miles Perivale Five Sun am PB, taking over 90 seconds off my 2019 time. Also got a sub-22min 5k (PB) according to Strava!
Jain Reid  Race Marathon Valencia Marathon Sun am 04:34:30 PB by 8:45, off Valencia 3 years ago. That was my last marathon before Covid-19 and my back injury. I followed a 5:1 (mins) run:walk strategy to try and keep injury free until I get stronger.
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Lee-on-the-Solent Sat am 00:33:25 Getting my 'L' at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. Luckily there was no wind so ended up running 33.25. My fastest parkrun since September 2017 ‍♀️.
Julie Barclay Running 11km Normandy (not France) Sun 01:03:00 Slow run during a taper-down week before a 10k race next Sunday
Paul Watt Running 11km Normandy (not France) Sun 01:03:00 As Julie
Michael Ball Hill Sprints 2x4 80metres
Piers Keenleyside  Race 5miles Perivale Five Sun am 00:41:37 Could have been under 41 if I had not doubled back to pick up a pair of gloves that I dropped.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 19.23km East Ealing / West Acton Tue pm 02:30:21 Ran between all 52 postboxes in the area, returning to my car just as the 3pm no-parking rule came into effect. Also managed to run every day throughout November.
Sarah Gordon Fun Run Leicestershire somewhere Sun am The picture is proof. No other details provided.
Stephen Taylor  Race 10km Osterley Park 10k Sat am 00:53:24 A cool morning with a bit of an easterly breeze, a mix of path and trail but not too muddy. A lovely setting and well organised with plenty of marshals. On to the Perivale 5 mile tomorrow (see above and below).
Steve Hillier Running 5km Harrow Sun am 00:35:35 A riverside run.
Tim Bellars  Race Marathon Lanzarote Marathon 04:29:24 Nice out and back on a more or less flat coastal track. Nice warm conditions but heavy rain on the last 10k. My slowest marathon but I put it down to recovering from a heavy cold! And bumped into Jas.

Week Achivements

Roderick Hoffman

Kelly's Heros...

Chris Kelly reports:

My parkrun this week was a "Future" Wilson #35 in Amersham, Church Mead, which I knew a little of from GBR Stage #5 and wasn't disappointed. I know a number of club members have already "enjoyed" it - including Alice Banks - who was back for another go! And she held me off even with the downhill finish. Fortunately, I was not the only Kelly represented, as my daughter Becca came with me and was a bit quicker (27:34).

Meanwhile in South Manchester my Dad picked up his 250th Volunteer credit.

Stephen's Consistency

"Perivale 5 today, finished in 43:25, my pace was 8:34/mile, the same as yesterday's Osterley 10k to the second and also the same as last week's 5-mile handicap. If you're only allowed one achievement of the week then mine is 8:34."

parkrun Results for Saturday 3rd December 2022

27 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Ben CHAYTOW Aldenham 317 14 0:24:26 58.46% run #315
Paul WATT Arrow Valley 472 16 0:20:11 77.46% plus barcode scanning (v). BA fastest male. First run in Worcestershire. Park #111
Julie BARCLAY Arrow Valley 472 43 0:22:43 83.05% plus event clear-up (v). BA first female and best grade, park #115.
Mike DENNISON Bedfont Lakes 620 7 0:21:12 78.38% Barcode Scanning at Bedfont Lakes
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 620 110 0:53:58 38.14% parkwalker at Bedfont Lakes
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 620 111 0:53:58 31.38% parkwalker at Bedfont Lakes
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 620 Finish Tokens at Bedfont Lakes
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 620 Marshal at Bedfont Lakes
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 559 211 0:35:50 57.44% run #314
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 905 700 0:30:58 51.78% has also been 100th, 200th ,300th and 400th at Bushy previously
Alice BANKS Church Mead 35 58 0:32:51 63.62% 2nd run - with the experience to finish ahead of Chris. First of 13 club runners to try a second run.
Christopher T KELLY Church Mead 35 60 0:33:07 47.21% First run at Church Mead, park #71, Wilson Index still 19 but "35" now plugged
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 173 27 0:23:48 66.81% run #85, 40th at Cirencester, P-Index is 4, Wilson Index is 2
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 452 Barcode Scanning at Guildford
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 325 102 0:29:21 62.52% P-Index is 3, Wilson Index is 3
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 325 176 0:38:37 60.64% 31st run at Harrow this year
Steve NEWELL Leavesden Country 7 89 0:48:34 41.35% park #124, 13th/14 in Hertfordshire
Alan ANDERSON Leavesden Country 7 90 0:48:35 53.83% park #18, 1st parkrun in Hertfordshire
Janet SMITH Lee-on-the-Solent 324 260 0:33:25 55.66% "L", now needs just "K", "V" and "Z"
Roderick HOFFMAN Lordship Recreation Ground 7 122 0:29:16 55.75% 450th parkrun, LonREdone
Melanie Miller Old Deer Park 555 215 0:39:16 45.50% 1st run at Old Deer Park, park #91, event #555 (see below)
Harjit Jhooti Old Deer Park 555 216 0:39:17 45.48% 2nd run at Old Deer Park
Trish MCCABE Osterley 400 116 0:27:10 58.47% run #390, 32nd at Osterley
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 400 273 0:46:54 34.51% run #130, 36th at Osterley
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 239 54 0:32:06 52.23% 16th run at Prudhoe Riverside
Ben Kelly Reading 578 24 0:23:03 55.97% 50th run at Reading
Barry WALTERS Rushmoor 342 154 0:27:38 61.82% 4th run at Rushmoor, P-Index stays at 6
David DUGGAN Southall 48 39 0:33:25 48.83% 8th run at Southall
Keith Johnson St Albans 503 69 0:23:51 62.82% First St Albans run for over a year - 36second PB
Benita SCAIFE Witney 158 111 0:34:26 61.62% 1st run at Witney, park #90. BA first female and best grade.
John SCAIFE Witney 158 112 0:34:26 50.10% 1st run at Witney, park #99
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 343 95 0:25:39 68.75% 93rd run at Woking

parkrun review Saturday 3rd December 2022

This week our members visited two newish parkruns within the M25 ring which started on the same day back in October and have now reached run number #7.  Inaugural overwhelm anxiety is often mentioned in connection with new parkruns but I wonder if local apathy is more of a problem in the long run especially in areas where the next nearest parkrun may only be 5km away as the crow flies. Of course some locations are so attractive they will always attract a steady stream of visitors but that may put an unbearable load on a small band of volunteers but parkruns do occasionally get cancelled because of volunteer shortages.

Steve Newell (48:34) and Alan Anderson (48:35) visited Leavesden Country parkrun at Abbots Langley in the enclave of Hertfordshire hemmed in between the London boundary and the M25.  The start/finish, free car park and excellent café are all within 100m of each other.  At this time of year the gently undulating three lap course is a little muddy on the extensive grassy stretches and the woodland paths are partly covered in fallen leaves.   The inaugural on 22nd October attracted a potentially awkward 312 and numbers have fallen steadily as the weeks have gone by.   This week there were fewer than a hundred, over half of those being first timers.  A pleasing number of the minority returnees achieved pbs.  The long established and challenging South Oxhey, five miles away attracts 50 or so runners each week, the much flatter Aldenham more like 100 now that the carparking charges have been made more affordable.  Ben Chaytow (24:36) was there this week as a first timer.  Several of us have been there but only once or twice.

Meanwhile over at Lordship Recreation in the more thickly populated London Borough of Haringey (spellings vary!), which started on the same day with a mere 257, numbers have held up rather better.  A peak of 290 attended on week 3 as “Londone” aspirants got to hear about it and the average after seven weeks is still over 200.  Roderick Hoffman(29:16) was there to regain his Londone badge and reach the 450 parkrun landmark, 90% of the way to the “500”.  This week there were 104 first timers in a field of 184, so it may be too early to draw conclusions.  Years ago (about 10) the nearby Pymmes parkrun struggled for ever to attract even a couple of dozen finishers but now seems to be averaging about a 100 with first timers only making up 15%.

Ian Cunningham (30:58) was at Bushy for the 380th time and finished in 700th place.  Previously he has also finished in 100th, 200th, 300th and 400th.  Can anyone match that – let the editor know.

Chris Kelly (33:07) visited the seriously undulating Church Mead (Amersham).  His first run there, in their 35th week.  He is quietly putting together an impressive Wilson Index challenge but he needs to nail a “19” to move forward.

Benita and John Scaife (both 34:26) visited Witney for the first time. John needs to find just one more new parkrun to join the Cowell Club (100 different parkruns).

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - Nelson 555 and other run numbers and finish positions

Melanie and Harjit were at Old Deer Park for event 555. This event number (5x111) attracted 260 participants - exactly twice the number at the previous week's event 554. Their highest attendance has been event 123 which was a special featured event in April 2013.  Saturday's event had the third highest number of attendees in the event's history also behind the 296 attendees at the New Year's Day double in 2020.

Melanie has now run at events 111, 222, 555 and 888. However, Ian Cunningham has taken part in Nelson events 333, 444, 555, 666, 777 and 888 (mostly at Bushy Park). But neither a 111 nor a 222 (though I note that Janet Cunningham does have a 111 to her name). On finish positions non-member Janet has also finished in 100th, 300th, 700th, 900th and 1300th - and obviously the positions she shares with Ian have been on different occasions. The next nearest club colleague to Ian is perhaps Steve Newell himself having finished 100th, 200th, 500th and 600th. Alan Anderson has scored "180" three times, more than anyone else.

Roderick Hoffman

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

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

Harry Wild on his 90th birthdayLetters to the Editor

We've had an update from Harry's daughter, Lesley.  He is well.

The family recently held a party to celebrate his 90th birthday.  Photo attached.

They may come to our Christmas event.

Steve Hillier 

Dear Ed,

On my morning run today, my usual route offers a crossroad where I can finish at 5 miles or go further for 6 miles. Feeling fairly good, I opted for the longer route of the two. On this route, about 2km further, I found a nice crisp fiver on the floor!

The moral of the story - go a bit further, you'll be rewarded in some way...


Maarten Stenham 

And from our Treasurer...

I'd also like to remind/let Affiliated Members know in advance/again - that the England Athletics Registration for 2023-24 [effective 1 April 2023] individual registration fee is increasing by £1, from £16 to £17.  This is a heads up in advance to explain why we will be asking Affiliated Members to increase their yearly subs [due 1st April 2023] to £9+£17 = £26 next year...Standing Orders can be changed now, to be correct then!

Chris Kelly (Club Treasurer)

Club Charity Calendar

We don't do a charity calendar. But if we did then this would be one of the months...taken in December but not chilly, yes Chile.

Adrian in Chile

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