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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th December 2016


  • Wednesday 14th December - Winter 5 mile handicap from 18:00 at Heston Venue* (see below)
  • Wednesday 21st December - Parkway Mile followed by the Club's  35th Anniversary Event* (see below)
  • Thursday 29th December - Round Heathrow Airport Xmas Run from 12:00* (details next week)

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.

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Some weeks are quiet with very little running activity to report on and then some are very busy.  We've just had one of those busy weeks.  On Wednesday Paul Brandon ran the second of the season's five mile handicap runs and there was a reasonable turnout both there and in the Queen's Head afterwards.  Then on Thursday lunchtime Paul Knechtl organised the December Dream Mile run and again there was a reasonable turnout and the finishers enjoyed the annual treat of mulled wine, mince pies and home-baked biscuits.  Friday provided some of us with a recovery day before parkrun day, with 31 members running or volunteering at 14 different parkrun venues, and Saturday was also the day of the Ladies Surrey League Match 2 where we had three (or more) ladies taking part under Tom Rowley's watchful eye. Then on Sunday we had the December Run-of-the-Month, the ever popular Perivale Five, with eight members running and Joe Nolan and Steve Newell also attending to cheer us on.  I'm also aware from Facebook that members ran in various other events on Sunday also.  It feels very healthy to have so many members involved in so many different events.

Roderick Hoffman

November Winter Handicap Results

On a (very) cold Wednesday evening 11 hardy souls took to the streets of Cranford for the second winter handicap 5 mile run of the season. However it must have only been cold for the timekeepers as most of the runners finished well inside their handicap times with 7 of the 11 finishing more than 1 minute faster than their handicap. They must have been in a hurry for a hot shower and a visit to the Queen's Head for refueling.

30-Nov-16 Handicap run time Time gap from handicap Rank this month Points this month Total points Next Start time
Tony Barnwell 00:30 54:30 00:30 11 25 36 54:30
Alan Friar 01:20 45:40 01:20 7 18 33 45:30
Roderick Hoffman 00:59 44:01 00:59 9 20 42 44:00
Piers Keenleyside 01:21 35:09 01:21 6 17 34 35:00
Chris Kelly 01:47 37:13 01:47 2 13 23 37:00
Trish McCabe 00:52 44:08 00:52 10 22 47 44:00
Gary Rushmer 01:16 32:14 01:16 8 19 38 32:00
Simon Turton 01:44 34:46 01:44 3 14 27 35:00
Barry Walters 02:07 34:23 02:07 1 12 25 34:30
Harry Wild 01:24 38:06 01:24 4 15 33 38:00
John Scaife 58:37 39:23 01:23 5 16 16 39:30

With two runs complete Trish is in the lead with Roderick not far behind, and five more having more than 30 points. Donít forget the December handicap is on the 14th (not the last Wednesday of the month), to fit around the traditional Parkway mile and of course Christmas and New Year.

Paul Brandon

Surrey Ladies Cross Country Match 2 - Saturday 3rd December - Mitcham Common - Results

The 2nd match took place on a very cold and windy day at Mitcham Common. Due to many runners getting caught up in heavy traffic, the race was pushed back 15 minutes and started at 12:15pm with 194 participants towing the line.

We had been expecting six to seven runners but for various health and injury reasons, only Alice, Monica and Helen made it to the start line. The course was two laps of a 3km loop, the ground soft in places but not muddy. Our team was led in by Alice Banks in 32:23 minutes. Helen Smith stormed past Monica on the 2nd lap to claim the 2nd spot in 35:34 minutes followed shortly by Monica Alonso in 36:07 minutes. We are currently 19th out of 39 teams, a decent result after two matches. Thanks to Neil and Molly for coming to support us once again {and Tom, pictured guarding the after run refreshments}.

Tom at Ladies Cross Country

The picnic afterwards was lovely despite the cold. We had plenty of food and drinks and we needed more people to come help us finish these off, so we look forward to seeing more runners and supporters at the next match.  This is scheduled for Saturday 14 January 2017, at Lloyd Park at 12:00pm.


In the initial results two faster women are recorded as having also run for the BA Team.  We are busy investigating who there were, and if unattached, sign them up.  Our worry though is that they may have been trying to infiltrate the team to get hold of Monica's top secret banana bread recipe.  If anyone asks don't reveal that the recipe is: 

6oz self raising flour, 2 eggs, 5-6 very ripe bananas, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup raisins, mix all together and put in oven for 30-40mins.

Neil Frediani adds: "Arriving late but was fortunate to see the finish of the race from a distance. It looked like the under 17s race was taking place in the middle of the Seniors but I thought it was just my eyes making me think that people were younger than they are. On the way to the car I was talking to a guy who told me that the winner was indeed 15 years old and 4th place was under 17. Glad to know my eyes arenít so bad. It was a great finish with the first 5 runners within 14 seconds of each other, a good mixture of juniors, seniors and a vet. I think we need a youth policy. Having said that our ladies ran well with Helen looking particularly lively with her finishing sprint."

December Dream Mile Results

Previous Best Time Recent time 01-Dec-16 Difference Best Time
Dave Bird 00:05:52 00:06:53 00:06:30 -23 seconds 00:05:52
Chris Kelly 00:05:42 00:06:24 00:06:09 -15 seconds 00:05:42
Neil Frediani 00:06:34 00:06:54 00:06:50 -04 seconds 00:06:34
Matthew Stratful 00:05:43 00:05:57 00:06:11 +11 seconds 00:05:43
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:08 00:07:46 00:07:52 +06 seconds 00:07:08
Ian Cunningham 00:05:52 00:06:20 00:06:22 +10 seconds 00:05:52
Vaneeta Cro 00:11:38 00:12:14 00:12:40 +26 seconds 00:11:38
Jeremy Short 00:05:36 00:06:41 00:07:52 +71 seconds 00:05:36

The January Dream Mile will be held on Thursday January 5th.

Paul Knechtl

Perivale Five Run-of-the-Month Results

POS Race # Time First Name Last Name Club Loc AG AG%
1 320 25:26:00          
17 275 29:41:00 Stephen Norris Thames Valley Harriers M40 80.86%
80 225 34:56:00 Kerstin Luksch Ealing Eagles W35 70.19%
89 417 35:47:00 Piers Keenleyside Ealing Eagles M50 73.48%
144 121 38:41:00 Neil Frediani British Airways M50 67.98%
209 237 43:36:00 Trish Mccabe British Airways W35 57.02%
220 172 44:11:00 Roderick Hoffman British Airways M50 58.01%
256 252 47:34:00 Jasvir Singh Modaher British Airways M50 55.28%
272 170 49:05:00 Steve Hillier British Airways M60 55.00%
325 247 70:53:00          

Photos from Steve Newell - the start (Stephen Norris, 275, well positioned) and Jasvir approaching the finish line.

Perivale Five Photos

Winter Solstice Parkway Mile Relay 2016 followed by Club's 35th Anniversary event - 21st December

Celebrate the longest night of the year by running half a mile alongside the A312 towards Hayes and then back again. In accordance with tradition Harry Wild will be the turnaround point.

Meet at the pavilion at 6 p.m. before heading for the start at the Field of Hope (A312/M4 junction) via Church Road.

Entries (name and estimate of time to run the mile) to Steve Newell by midnight on 20th December. Steve will choose teams of four to provide for as close a race as possible. Please let Steve know if you want to enter as a family team (one runner can run twice if necessary).  This might be the last time that ladies can participate in the Brian Forrester challenge - to win a bottle of Champagne by running the mile in under six minutes.

Steve Newell

The Mile will be followed by the club's 35th Anniversary event.

Thank you to those of you who have let me know that you'll be attending and also to those of you who have sent apologies. Everyone else - please remember to notify us that you intend to make it to our anniversary event - by email, Facebook, Semaphore etc.  We need to know for the catering.

Roderick Hoffman

Club Running Vests and Shirts

For some events, including the Cross Country and Track&Field leagues, when you are running for the club it is necessary to wear club colours.  Even if you don't take part in such events you might like to have a club vest to wear.  Paul Knechtl currently holds stocks of club kit so contact him if you need something. The following is an old list so availability and/or prices may have changed:

Ladies Vest Ė New style, Print both sides Sizes S, M & L £12.00
Ladies Technical T-shirts, Print front ONLY Sizes S, M £8.00
Men's Vest, Print both sides Sizes M, L, XL & XXL £12.00
Men's Technical T-shirts, Print front ONLY Sizes S, M, L & XL £8.00
Hi-vis running bibs, No Printing One size fits all £10.00
Also see this attachment for photographs of each item.  We may have some old stock left to give away at bargain prices!

Ladies Vest Ė From Viga, Print both sides Sizes 14 & 16 £12.00 NOW £5.00
Unisex cotton short sleeved T-shirts, Print both sides Sizes M, L & XL £4.50 NOW £2.00
Unisex cotton long sleeved T-shirts, Print both sides Sizes M, L & XL £5.50 NOW £2.50
Unisex cotton short sleeved WARR 2006 T-shirt, Print both sides Size L Only NOW £3.00
Unisex cotton short sleeved WARR 2008 T-shirt, Print both sides Size L & XL NOW £3.00
A small number of club branded tracksuits remaining Medium to large sizes Jackets are now £18.50 and trousers £8.50
For all your kit enquires please contact Paul Knechtl -

Club parkrun results for Saturday 3rd December

3rd December family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Duncan Wright 19:22 Gunnersbury M-6, run #4 80%
Barry Walters 20:18 Gunnersbury run #50 80%
Paul Watt 20:38 Rushmoor run #33, 22nd at Rushmoor 72%
Kerstin Luksch 21:00 Gunnersbury F-1, 202nd run at Gunnersbury 71%
Chris Kelly 21:28 Reading run #313, 248th at Reading 69%
Ian Cunningham 21:35 Bushy Park run #265 71%
Steve Dodsworth 22:15 Newcastle run #94, park #21 68%
Andrew Jordan 24:09 Bushy Park run #121, 110th at  Bushy 61%
Piers Keenleyside 24:31 Gunnersbury run #151, 109th at Gunnersbury 65%
Emily Warburton-Brown 26:15 Peckham Rye run #20, 18th at Peckham 56%
Caroline Cockram 26:22 Bushy Park run #248, 22nd at Bushy 61%
Ian Cockram 26:23 Bushy Park run #369, 62nd at Bushy 55%
Linda Dodsworth 26:44 Newcastle run #89, park #21 59%
Trish McCabe 27:01 Bedfont Lakes run #160 56%
John Coffey 27:14 Homewood Park run #219, 7th at Homewood 68%
Chris Evans 27:27 Bedfont Lakes run #148 54%
Alan Friar 27:39 Reading run #216, 149th at Reading 65%
David Duggan 28:32 Rushmoor run #175, 1st at Rushmoor 54%
Roderick Hoffman 28:34 Melton Mowbray club course record, park #176 54%
Benita Scaife 30:46 Maidenhead run #55, 23rd at Maidenhead 63%
John Scaife 30:47 Maidenhead run #65, 23rd at Maidenhead 53%
Kevin Holland 30:53 Woking run #65, 33rd at Woking 56%
Alan Anderson 35:14 Gunnersbury run #435 61%
Steve Newell 35:52 Gunnersbury run #244 50%
Sarah Gordon 37:47 Melton Mowbray run #131, 4th at Melton Mowbray 50%
Sreeram Sethuraman 38:09 Upton Court run #96, 88th at Upton Court 35%
John Lennon 40:01 Bedfont Lakes run #230 38%
Neil Frediani volunteer Bedfont Lakes pre-event set up
Monica Alonso volunteer Homewood Park
Joe Nolan volunteer Black Park pacing team manager
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director
Joan Foxley volunteer Harrow barcode scanner monitor

Saturday morning dawned a little milder than previous days in some places and with little wind conditions were good at many courses.
Women's cross country league fixtures deprived us of some runners this week and Sunday's Perivale '5' was also a distraction for some.
The best performances were at Gunnersbury where former member Duncan Wright (19:22, 80%) who is now living in exile in France was running at a parkrun for only the fourth time.  Barry Walters (20:18, 79.72%) was not far behind.  Those were the best age graded performances of the day at Gunnersbury.  Perhaps more importantly Barry completed his 50 parkruns.  Chris Kelly who ran a dog assisted 18:35 at Gunnersbury some years ago retains the club course record.  Alan Anderson was back in action after missing a week with a nasty dose of antibiotics. 

One of several parkruns where Barry Walters does hold the club record (20:50) is Newcastle (on Tyne).  Steve (22:15) and Linda Dodsworth (26:44) ran there for the first time.  Others venturing to fresh parks (for them) were Roderick Hoffman (28:34) at Melton Mowbray and David Duggan (28:32) at Rushmoor.

At Bushy Park, Caroline Cockram (26:22) and Ian Cockram (26:23) who have volunteered on multiple occasions over the years at Bedfont Lakes and other venues were having a relaxing jog.  Caroline is now on 248 and could be the next to win a "persistence " vest unless Natalie Ruffell who has been stuck on 49 since 24th September suddenly wakes up and surprises us all..

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats (modern .xlsx file)

Black Park parkrun Pacer Squad 2 year anniversary 

Pacer Day at Black Park last Saturday was even more successful than usual with 20% of runners achieving PBs.

Running Shorts

"Event to Honour Jagjit Singh our Marathon Man - 27th November


Dear Friend,

It is with great pleasure that invite you to an event to honour Mr Jagjit Singh.

Jagjit is a local councilor and community member in my constituency. He runs marathons to raise much nneded funds for charities.

He has run 230 full marathons, raising in excess of £18,000 for charity.

His next challenge is to complete 7 marathons, in 7 days, within all 7 continents. Jagjit is the first Sikh in the world to do so.

I do hope that you can join us to honour Jagjit and acknowledge the work he does for Charity.

Best wishes,

John McDonnell MP

Member of Parliament for Hayes & Hartington"

Jagjit at House of Commons

Retired runners lunch

Tuesday 13th December at "One over the Ait", Kew Bridge  1 p.m.

A la Carte Fullers pub menu.

Good public transport options and free parking also possible.

Apply to Steve Newell asap.

December Street-O

The next Street-O event is on Tuesday 13th December with registration from 18:15 to 19:30.

Join us at the fourth of this year's Street Orienteering Races. This time we're moving towards the City of London, via St Paul's Cathedral.

As always you have one hour to race, run or walk as far as you can and get maximum points from the clues dotted around the pub (Inn of Court, 18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE). But don't be late back or your score will quickly evaporate! After your run, join us in the pub for a pint and a chat.

For more details, see:

Roderick Hoffman

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