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BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th March 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

Results for Next Week

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 March):

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

BA Cross Country Championships Sunday 12th March Details

Everyone is welcome, to run, marshal or simply support.

  • Race start time: 10:30
  • Location:  Minet Country Park, Springfield Road, Hayes, UB4 0LP, near Goals.
  • Car parking available (but no other facilities).
  • Undulating path, grass and trail course.
  • Distance: Ladies 6km, Men 8km

As is traditional, the BAAC Cross Country trophy will be awarded to the winners of the men's and ladies races.

If possible, please let me know in advance if you plan to run.

Thanks, >Steve Hillier

London Marathon ... 2024!

"It's that time of year again. With just two months to go until London comes alive for the 2023 TCS London Marathon, we're delighted to confirm the 2024 TCS London Marathon Ballot will open the day before on Saturday 22 April 2023. So if you want to join tens of thousands of participants on the streets of the capital in 2024, mark the date in your diary."

The club should get a number of guaranteed entries for next year's event BUT these days we do only get a small number. We do expect applicants for these places to have tried to enter through the regular ballet as above.

Vitality 10K 2023 and Ride London 2023 

Our club supports the London Marathon organisation in marshalling five events during the year.  Thank you to the huge number of you who have volunteered to help out at the London Marathon next month.  Simon Turton is close to assembling for a full squad for that event.  We now need to prepare for the May events. 

On Monday 1st May, we return to action in London to marshal the Vitality 10K, a flat, mass 10K in the heart of London.  We have received huge support from you in the past, so please could you put your hands up to volunteer again for this popular event. 

Please contact: Clara at 

On Sunday 28th May the focus moves east, as we set up our marshalling point near to the Tower of London for Ride London 2023.  This spectacular cycling event moved last year from Surrey to Essex, with the finish transferring from Westminster to Tower Bridge.  As ever, we have the honour of managing the final crossing in the race. 

Your contact is:  Steve at 

Both days are hectic, but fun and rewarding, and gives you the best possible view of the races. 

If demand is sufficient, we will lay on coach transport from the Bedfont area to the race. 

Please could you think about offering your time for these events, and contact us as soon as possible, so that we can put together our marshalling teams. 


Clara  &  Steve

Recent Activity Achievements

18 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 Cycling Cox Green Wed am 00:32:13 Wed 1st March - two laps of Cox Green on bike in 32m 13s. Sunday 5th March 3.5mile cycle in 18m 35s.
Barry Walters Running 13km Bracknell Sun am 01:17:59 Ran a steady effort over Swinley forest in cold conditions.  After a short break did 30 minutes of burn (intensive cardio workout) and 55 minutes in the spa (relaxation) at Village Fitness centre.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles To Marlow via Cookham Dean Common Thur 00:45:56 We ran from home to Marlow on Thu via Cookham Dean Common (photo) and Bisham Woods. 4 miles 45:56.
John Scaife Running 4miles To Marlow via Cookham Dean Common Thur 00:45:56 As Benita
Clara Halket Running 78km+ Goggins 4x4x48 Challenge Weekend My 5th Goggins Challenge 4x4x48 this morning, 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. This time round, I'm doing walk/jog so hopefully the right leg bears up to the test. The 2am one was most challenging as it was dark, cold and a little wet!  Day 2 completed around 3am this morning and by 4am, I was having a glass of champagne and watching a movie on Netflix to relax
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Hazelwood Sat am 00:21:46 I wasn’t sure I’d have much to write home about this week, and then this happened! New overall parkrun PB of 21:46 at Hazelwood, 9th position, 1st female… and then cake!
Jain Reid Running 20km Fulham to Kew Bridge Sun pm 02:10:03 Fulham to Kew Bridge circular river run.
James Edwards Running 87km Goggins 4x4x48 Challenge Weekend 08:43:00 Completed the Goggins 4x4x48 challenge, running 4miles every 4hrs for 48hrs. Clocked over 80km this weekend over 12 runs, started Friday evening. No injuries, lots of food and no sleep
Janet Smith Throwing Horspath, Oxford Sat A long, cold day in Oxford today.  A bit of parkrun tourism and then the British Masters Winter Throws Champs.  I threw Hammer, Discus and Weight throw and was very happy to win all 3 in the W55 category.
Julie Barclay Running 7Miles Cardiff Sun am 01:00:00 Lovely early morning run along the River Taff Trail through Bute Park and past Cardiff Castle, Principality Stadium and Sophia Gardens cricket ground.
Paul Watt Running 7Miles Cardiff Sun am 01:00:00 With Julie.
Melanie Miller Walking 9.05km Kingdom, Sevenoaks Sat lunch 02:18:55 Nice amble to the Tulip Tearooms via Chiddingstone Castle mainly off roads and back [with Harjit]
Michael Ball Hill Sprints Back to hill sprints this week 2x100 2x120 4min between runs
Piers Keenleyside Running Half-M Berkhamsted Half Sun am 01:58:09 Only 2c at the start and 4c when I finished. About 8 minutes quicker than when I last did this in 2019. Over 800ft of elevation which played havoc with my mile splits with some below 8 m/m and others above 10 m/m.
Roderick Hoffman Running 10km San Antonio River Walk Fri am 01:15:30 Delightful run from one end of the tourist city walk to the other including a lap of the central loop.
Stephen Taylor Running 16miles Thames river Sat 02:57:00 Finally starting to stretch out the miles for narration training (sic). A run along the river to Hammersmith bridge and most of the way back. [obviously practicing for narrating how well his London Marathon went]
Steve Hillier Cycling 22km Hillingdon Trail 01:40:00 Some of the return loop was new to me, including a section signposted as the Hillingdon trail diversion. This was a pretty but muddy, rutted path under low hanging branches, leading on to a narrow path which clung to the side of the canal opposite the tow path. Good exercise, not designed for speed!
Tim Bellars Running 8miles North Downs Sun 01:22:00 8 mile cross country run along the foot of the North Downs. Up and down track at a nice steady pace. Chilly but enjoyable.


Achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 4th March

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Roderick HOFFMAN Bear Creek Greenbelt 112 27 0:29:47 54.78% Texas. Only his 3rd run this year. park #349,  BA parkrun #710.
Joe NOLAN Black Park 649 237 0:29:27 58.01% tenth run at Black Park THIS YEAR, 3rd one sub 29:30
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 337 80 0:26:54 63.51% best post Covid run at Bracknell
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 920 132 0:21:12 70.68%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 920 479 0:26:12 61.20% run #497
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Chipping Norton School 89 63 0:29:07 57.58%
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 185 21 0:23:25 67.90% run #92, 44th at Cirencester
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 495 20 0:23:34 60.61%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 464 Barcode Scanning at Guildford
David DUGGAN Hanworth 124 43 0:33:00 49.90%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 337 204 0:37:55 48.40% "Yesterday I 'parkwalked' at Harrow.  I didn’t want to run as I have been suffering from a cold, so I thought a power walk would be a good alternative.  I walked it in 37:55 and it was more exhausting that running! I have aches in places that I didn’t know I had muscles."
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 337 208 0:38:46 61.44%
Emma Moreton Hazelwood 178 9 0:21:46 71.21% 1st lady finisher. 61 second course PB. Best parkrun time ever.
Janet SMITH Horspath 77 102 0:35:47 51.98% first run at Horspath as a warm-up to a throwing event, run #147, park #56
Melanie Miller Kingdom 127 67 0:54:29 32.79% first run at Kingdom (Kent), run #131,  park #105
Harjit Jhooti Kingdom 127 70 0:56:49 31.45% first run at Kingdom, run #186, park #71
Maria JOVANI Kingston 599 47 0:22:15 72.81% 1st lady finisher
Paul WATT Llanishen Park 38 6 0:20:13 77.99% Cardiff.  run #228, park #126, BA parkrun #709
Julie BARCLAY Llanishen Park 38 20 0:22:10 85.11% 2nd lady finisher.  Run #280, park #130
Steve NEWELL Mole Valley 195 249 0:49:45 40.37% 2 mins better than last time.  Bought a bottle of Pinot Noir!
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 413 86 0:25:36 66.15% 5th run at Osterley this year
Trish MCCABE Osterley 413 90 0:25:51 62.02% PB - Another 24 second off last week's PB time.
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 413 138 0:28:52 56.06% Osterley becoming a fortnightly habit.
Anne Bannister Osterley 413 144 0:29:17 71.37% "me too" - 5th run at Osterley this year.
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 413 225 0:46:43 55.98% 8th run at Osterley this year. Fastest time since 2021.
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 249 75 0:29:25 57.56%
Ben Kelly Reading 586 39 0:22:54 56.33%
Murray Hogge Reading 586 46 0:23:20 69.93%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 586 197 0:36:33 42.77% 398th run at Reading
Jain REID Richmond Park 745 337 0:54:53 33.43%
Alice BANKS Seaton 257 169 0:27:50 75.09% Improves own BA age grade record.
Mike DENNISON Stockley Country 8 12 0:20:37 81.33% With 494 parkruns was only the joint 9th highest as Stockley Country!
Fiona Bishop Woking 356 85 0:24:21 82.00%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 356 140 0:26:47 65.84%
Benita SCAIFE Wycombe Rye 475 231 0:31:23 67.60% 12th run at Wycombe, 2nd favourite after Maidenhead
John SCAIFE Wycombe Rye 475 232 0:31:24 55.52%

parkrun review Saturday 4th March 2023

One result from Exmouth slipped through the net last week.  Ray Hampton (35:35), stationed at Manchester in his working days, has made occasional appearances at WARR and parkruns over the years and almost ten years after his debut at Woodbank (Stockport) parkrun, completed his 25th run and qualifies for a commemorative vest.  Congratulations to him.  Ray’s PB was set at Wythenshawe with 26:46. The club record there is held by Chris Kelly (550 runs) with 20:26.  The legendary Ron Hill (Marathon PB 2:09:28 in 1970) ran 17 parkruns at Woodbank, the last (35:31) was in 2016 towards the end of his astonishing streak of running every day for over 52 years!

Where are they now?  I stumbled on an unexpected result last week.  Former members and Bedfont Lakes pioneers Paul and Gill Westbrook seem to have settled in well in “Happy Valley”.  Gill has just notched up her 50th run at Centre Vale while Paul (now a VM80) is a regular marshal.

Llanishen parkrunThis week now.  Paul Watt (20:13) and Julie Barclay (22:10) travelled to Cardiff to run at the 38th edition of Llanishen which filled a gap in both of their records counting towards their Wilson Indices. Julie’s times puts her top of her age group there with an astonishing gap of one and a half minutes ahead of the next woman and a list of 100 other slower runners.  That was one new parkrun for them and the club this week.  The other came later in the day as Roderick Hoffman (29:47) had nipped over to Texas to run at the Bear Creek Greenbelt parkrun in the DFW area not far from Grapevine, the venue for WARR in 2011.  The club total moves up to 710 different parkruns.

Emma Moreton (21:46) also had an excellent run at Hazelwood where the going has been far better than usual this winter following a long spell without any serious rain.  That time, her best parkrun 5km to date, places her 5th out of 276 in her age group there.   Maria Jovani (22:15) was the first lady to cross the line at Kingston.  Trish McCabe (25:51) lowered her PB by an emphatic 24 seconds at Osterley on her 43rd run there.

Mike Dennison (20:37) (run #494) was the latest member to visit the “new” parkrun at Stockley Country Park on a day when it proved to be a popular destination for many seasoned campaigners, attracting an attendance of 249 – the biggest since the somewhat crowded inaugural in January.  Eight runners entitled to wear the hard-earned blue “500” vest finished (Steven Ramek (19:21) from Chessington was earning the right on that run) including former member Ian Cockram (26:05) and parkrun “personality” Danny Norman (35:32) on his 780th run and 402nd different parkrun.

Steve Newell

Danny Norman has written the Stockley Country event report this week. A total of 32 "500 club" members have now run at Stockley Country over the first 8 runs. Next Saturday it is a Hoffman Club meet-up, so another bunch of strangers meeting for the first time!

And talking of 500 club membership...

"In lieu of a club featured parkrun for March I am happy to invite all BAAC members to join me to celebrate my 500th parkrun on March 25th at Bushy (where else!). There will be cake and fizz. Cheers, Ian Cunningham"

Ian will become the third current club member to reach 500, following Alan Anderson and Chris Kelly. More will quickly follow.

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