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BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th February 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 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 12th February):

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

NOW Event at Alice Holt Forest - Wednesday from 12:00

Reminder - we have a non-office workers event on Wednesday. This one is a bit further out but in a delightful forest area which has a parkrun though we'll be running a different circuit. If you tell us to expect you, then we'll know to wait for you before starting. If you want to share a car let us know your preferred starting point. For instance I'll be driving from Yeading via Hayes and Bedfont. Either reply using the prompt that follows or sign-up using the diary entry.

> Roderick Hoffman

Location: Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Hampshire GU10 4LS

Target Meeting Time: 12:00

Men's and Ladies Cross Country at Morden Park on Saturday #

Then on Saturday we have the Men's and Ladies Cross Country matches at Morden Park (12:00 and 14:00 respectively). If you haven't already, then let the Men's or Ladies captains know that you are coming.

Getting there - The venue is Morden Park SM4 5HE

Do not go to Morden Hall Park, which is a different venue 2 miles away.

Morden Park is about 1 mile south of Morden town centre next to the A24.

By car - Access is from the A24, London Road, just north of Merton College. Follow the signs to Morden Leisure Centre. Use the large car park on the right after the leisure centre. There is a small charge for parking before 13.00 hrs on Saturdays after which it is free. 

By Public Transport - Morden Park is a short walk from Morden Tube station – the end of the Northern Line.Bus 93 from Putney to North Cheam stops by the park on the A24 and other bus routes border the park.

Thameslink trains stop at Morden South very close to the park.

Recent Activity Achievements

22 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
Andy Rayner Walking Cox Green and park Sun 29th 00:41:28 Sun 29 Jan: Fast walk Cox Green and park for 41m 28s. Also Wed 1 Feb: Cycle Cox Green for 20m 42s & Sun 5 Feb: Fast walk to park for 20m 42s. No mileages.
Barry Walters Running 7km Bracknell Mon am 00:43:38 Ran from home over to Swinley Forest at a steady pace doing an out and back effort. In the evening did 35 minutes in the gym and one hour of body combat (no one was hurt) at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Running 3miles Lower Shiplake to Henley-on-Thames Sun 00:29:34 We ran from Lower Shiplake to Henley-on-Thames along the Thames Path on Sunday. 3 miles 29:34.
John Scaife Running 3miles Lower Shiplake to Henley-on-Thames Sun 00:29:34 As Benita
Clara Halket Walking 7.77km Mon 01:17:55 Brisk walk prior to learning all there is to know about the A350.
Emma Moreton Running 60.32km Weekly total Week 06:06:00 Somehow… running 60km!
Harjit Jhooti Walking 5.69km Table Mountain Wed am 01:47:00 I climbed Table Mountain [758m elevation gain] and took the cable car down.
Jacqui Haines Running 1 Mile Daily I’ve been getting back into the running…finally. I’m doing a mile each day for pancreatic cancer and it’s proving quite challenging along with running to and from the gym. I know it’s not far but I’m challenging myself to get faster and faster. Who knows what I might achieve by the end of the month!
Jain Reid  Race 10km Cancer Research UK Winter 10k Sun 00:55:10 Cancer Research UK Winter 10k - I rarely run 10k events but for some reason keep coming back to this one. Dancing penguins and drums I think
James Edwards Running 20.2km Vale coastal path from Llantwit Major through to Bridgend Tue 02:29:00 20km along coastal path again, early start with head torches, wind, drizzle & thick fog in places.
Julie Barclay Running 9km Rushmoor and Basingstoke Canal Thur 00:50:00 2.5km along canal, 2x1k and 2x500m reps with a 2.5km return.
Melanie Miller Walking 14km Pen Y Fan (Brecon) Sun 29th 03:52:08 In vortex winds but spectacular views if you ‘missed’ the white out. Coming down we met a bunch of cows who crossed our path being ‘summoned’ by their farmer…now I know the meaning Till the Cows Come Home…lol (620m elevation gain).
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Woking Sat am 00:26:29 This week's activity parkrun, time getting better less slippery underfoot this week. [Ed: Also better because I remembered to include it in the parkrun list this week]
Neil Frediani Running 6.03miles Prudoe Sat am 01:10:43 After 5 parkruns away from home this year I ran to and from my home run this weekend. 6 miles completed with parkrun in the middle in 32:04.
Paul Watt Running 12km Rushmoor and Basingstoke Canal Thur 01:10:00 2.5km along canal, 4x1k reps with a 5.5km return.
Piers Keenleyside Running 10miles Ealing Sun am 01:31:52 With a bunch of Eagles. Groin felt OK so hopefully I did nothing serious last week in Marrakech. Photo is of us having coffee afterwards.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 14.5km Eastcote/Pinner Tue 01:45:45 Street-O practice visiting all 26 postboxes in a 3km by 2km map. Postboxes are good because they are conveniently spaced, and there is a mapping tool with a database attached. If anyone wants me to generate a map for them, just send me a postcode.
Stephen Taylor Running 6.2miles Ealing / Northala Fields Sat am A parkrun half sandwich for me, I ran to Northala Fields, 3.1 miles, ran the parkrun, 3.1 miles and abandoned the return run feeling a bit too knackered. Maybe another day.
Steve Hillier Various Georgia & South Carolina Climbing 178 steps to the top of Tybee Island's lighthouse. Also walking 6.6km around Shipyard Park, Hilton Head in 1hr 29min. We were advised not to feed any alligators we met. So far we've just encountered raccoons, turtles and deer.
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 2000m Virgin Active balcony Mon 00:09:07 Not indoor, I was out on the balcony in the sunshine today at Virgin Active.
Steve Waite Orienteering Lullingstone Country Park Thur eve 01:00:00 Night Orienteering, Lullingstone Country Park, 60 min score event, Kent Night Cup Week 14, Difficult course on a hilly golf course and parkland. [Ed: I can believe - I've run the parkrun, one of the hilliest in the SE]
Tim Bellars  Race Marathon Murcia Marathon, Spain Sun am 04:02:30 Pleased to be running 4hr marathons again after my disaster in Lanzarote 8 weeks ago. Prefect flat track in lovely warm weather. Last 5k was tough.


Week achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 4th February

45 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 627 27 0:23:04 67.20%
Jakob STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 627 56 0:26:17 56.56%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 645 219 0:29:16 58.37%  
John TAYLOR Bognor Regis 369 18 0:21:29 72.77% Team Taylor outing to Bogner Regis.  Run #49, 3rd at Bognor
Mark TAYLOR Bognor Regis 369 26 0:22:00 74.85% run #19
Graham TAYLOR Bognor Regis 369 172 0:30:59 53.15% run #24
Paul WATT Bracknell 333 8 0:20:56 74.68% first run at Bracknell, triple "Nelson"
Julie BARCLAY Bracknell 333 54 0:24:44 76.28% Fastest BA Lady (but Barry retains the Men's and Grade records)
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 570 316 0:37:23 55.91%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 916 268 0:23:36 63.49%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 916 777 0:29:12 54.91%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 491 22 0:23:15 61.43%
Steve NEWELL Dartford Heath 173 64 0:48:45 41.20% 3rd run at Dartford Heath, no one else from the club has been there.
Murray Hogge Dinton Pastures 172 19 0:21:56 74.39% Reading still too soggy.
Ben Kelly Dinton Pastures 172 50 0:24:28 52.72%
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 172 55 0:24:53 62.83%
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 36 89 0:26:46 63.82% 9th run at Edenbrook, P-Index is 6
Janet SMITH Frogmary Green Farm 49 168 0:38:44 48.02% run #144, park #55, New BA parkrun #703
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 459 Finish Tokens at Guildford
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 333 143 0:30:43 59.74% Only a few runners extra at Harrow's 333rd parkrun.
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 333 216 0:43:40 54.54%
Scott DAVISON Hazelwood 174 40 0:27:51 53.38% run #403, 6th at Hazelwood
Melanie Miller Hoblingwell 227 48 0:40:56 43.65% 8th club member to hobble well.
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 194 34 0:24:12 62.47% run #109, 51st at Houghton Hall
David Cowell Jersey 326 5 0:18:47 75.51% Fastest BA Man. Closing in on the alphabet - needs A, Q , V, Y and Z.
Harjit Jhooti Jubilee 89 44 0:34:58 51.10%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Maidenhead 341 104 0:26:48 62.56%
Fiona Bishop Nonsuch 519 189 0:24:10 82.62% 74second PB. BA Grade record.
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 380 181 0:31:52 49.90%
Trish MCCABE Osterley 409 108 0:27:32 58.23% 8th run at Osterley in last 12 weeks, her new favourite ?
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 409 129 0:28:29 56.82% best parkrun time for almost three years
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 409 250 0:49:30 52.83% 100th run at Osterley. Unique achievement of 3ton/2tons/1ton.
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 245 107 0:32:04 52.81% 18th run at Prudhoe Riverside
Jain REID Richmond Park 741 281 0:31:40 57.95%  
Eddie GILES Salisbury 328 135 0:28:36 65.15% run #165, first parkrun of 2023
Bob BANNISTER Sandhurst Memorial 85 42 0:26:59 62.75%
Anne Bannister Sandhurst Memorial 85 77 0:32:33 64.21%
Mike DENNISON Southall 55 7 0:20:06 82.67% Largest field at Southall since last July #55 (yes, a Fibonacci number)
Maria JOVANI Southall 55 14 0:22:28 72.11% PB by 12 seconds from last February. Improves own BA record.
Benita SCAIFE Southall 55 60 0:31:22 67.64% park #93
John SCAIFE Southall 55 61 0:31:22 54.99% park #102
David DUGGAN Southall 55 69 0:33:07 49.72%
Alice BANKS Stockley Country 4 77 0:29:45 70.25% run #220, first at Stockley, park #62
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 4 Timekeeper at Stockley Country
Micheal BALL Woking 352 116 0:26:29 61.11% run #189, 167th at Woking, P-Index is 3

parkrun review Saturday 4th February 2023

The spring-like weather brought parkrunning members out in record numbers this week as hibernation habits were temporarily cast aside.  A seasonal visit by a Beast from the East in the coming weeks cannot be ruled out.

John, Mark and Graham Taylor have been great supporters of the club over the last 40 years but didn’t get attracted to the Bushy Park time-trial in the early days.  Their occasional weekend skirmishes to a parkrun have now begun to add up with John (21:29 at Bognor) now only one away from his red 50 vest and the family total creeping up to towards 100. [The photo left shows the Taylors with Linda and Bob Winnings, who have now moved from Wales to Bognor. Linda (VW75) 37:45, Bob (VM85) 50:40]

Bognor and Southall parkrun photos

[Photo right is the accidental BA meet-up at Southall. And yes, the new parkrun signs are smaller (but more manageable) than the old]

One of the early pioneers at Bushy was Alan Anderson who cycled from Osterley week after week when it was the only parkrun in existence.  He ran there over 200 times before a much nearer parkrun started at Gunnersbury Park in 2011, he switched allegiance and soon became the mainstay of the course set up volunteer team planting arrows and km markers round the course every week for the next few years.  He went on to run 300 times there, celebrating his “500” on a very wintry March day in 2018.  Later, in a carer role, he pushed his wife, Ann, round in a wheelchair and switched to Osterley Park, much nearer to home and a much flatter course as well.  Alan is now on his own and has stuck to Osterley and volunteers at the junior parkrun there on Sundays as well.  This Saturday he reached 100 5km runs at Osterley to add to his 300 at Gunnersbury and 200 at Bushy.  This is acknowledged as a world parkrun record and with the proliferation of other challenges and the wide choice now when it comes to selecting a parkrun each week it seems unlikely to be matched anytime soon.

There was great news for alphabeteers this week with the inaugural of Yarborough Leisure Centre parkrun in Lincoln.  The only other “Y” in the UK at the moment is York, about 50 extra miles by road from London.  Both parkruns are served by bus routes from the main railway station in their city.  You can expect a good attendance (e.g. 400 to 500) at whichever run you choose.  The course at York is also used for Horseracing so be wary of race meetings, The Yarborough one for cycle racing.

Our fastest runner this week was David Cowell (18:47, 75.51%) in Jersey.  The best age grade scores were achieved by Mike Dennison (20:06, 82:67%) at Southall and Fiona Bishop (24:10, 82.62%) at Nonsuch.

Just one new parkrun for the club to report this week.  Janet Smith (38:44) visited Frogmary Green Farm near Yeovil which started 11 months ago.  There are still a few hidden gems out there.

Steve Newell

With reference to Yarborough; Eileen Jones has written a second parkrun book (see below for a copy of her first book) and sent it to the printers last week. She apologises in Facebook that the text includes, "Only one parkrun beginning with 'Y'", more than once. Fittingly "p is for parkrun" is due to be published on 1st April.

Wimbledon Common parkrun is scheduled to have its run #777 next Saturday. My advice is only go there if you like crowds on narrow, muddy courses and either get there very early indeed, or arrive there on public transport.

If you want a fast course then Dulwich is one to consider, but don't expect a high finish place - one runner last Saturday finished in 103rd place!

Next Club Featured parkrun - Stockley Country on 18th February

Club attendance at the regular Stockley Country parkrun. Please arrive early to allow time for a team photograph.

See the course page for details of how to get there: course | Stockley Country parkrun .

If the weather is good I'll provide sufficient cake for all club members and friends who have told me that they will be attending. And/or if the weather is poor we may go to Poppins cafe in West Drayton afterwards for a hot beverage or more (4 Fairfield Road, UB7 8EX).

email > Roderick to let me know to expect you and if you want to request or offer a car seat share. 

Volunteers needed:

On the day I'm setting the course and acting as Run Director. Steve Newell is the Tail Walker. The parkrun is struggling to get enough volunteers, particularly for the non-running roles, so if you are happy to volunteer, or if you are able to bring someone or encourage someone local to West Drayton, Harlington or Hayes to volunteer, please do so. That includes offers to be a photographer on the day and/or to write the run report (currently reserved by me). See the volunteer roster here. Contact the team to volunteer here.

Roderick Hoffman

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

Runnymede Runners Relays 2023 - 15th July 2023

We used to regularly enter a team into this event, but in recent years we haven't been able to muster a team captain...although that hasn't stopped individuals taking part for other teams. Please let the committee know if you are prepared to organise a team for this year's event. We can make it a featured event and probably subsidise the entry.

Dear Running Club,

The date for this year's Runnymede Relays is on Saturday the 15th of July 2023, a slightly later date than usual, but still with a midday start time. Entries will open at the end of March, but please save the date.

As a reminder the team consists of 6 members, must be mixed gender, and a maximum of 3 senior male runners. Each team member runs a loop of approx. 3.7 miles through the grounds of Windsor Great Park before handing over to their team mate.

For more info please see  RR Summer Relays 2023/

Cost per affiliated team £60 (£10 each), unaffiliated £72 (£12 each):

  • Free Parking
  • Toilets close to the start
  • Free children's race with medals for participants
  • Plenty of space for a picnic, so families are more than welcome
  • Cakes, coffee, ice cream and snacks available to purchase
  • All profits go to local charities

Hope to see you and your team(s)

Best Regards

Runnymede Runners

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