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BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th June 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 before Monday 20th June):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. 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 late Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Concorde One-Hour Race - Sunday 5th June - Success

The event yesterday was successful. We had 29 participants and shortly after the end of the hour we were able to present to three category winners:

  • Jonathan Horan who covered 17.34km in the hour - running round the lap twelve times,
  • Clare Fowler covered 13.39km (10 laps),
  • Alan Hackett covered 6.965km (5 laps) in, and sometimes pushing, his wheelchair.

BAAC One Hour distance records were set by Mike Dennison (14.228km) and Benita Scaife (9,315km). Maarten Stenham achieved 12.111km and John Scaife 9.346km. John and Benita finished together...but John had been ahead at the penultimate lap finish hence has been calculated to have got further during the hour.

The kid's race had a first finisher of Jakob Stenham in 08:50, followed home by sister Francesca in 11:26.   We had eleven of us operating the event plus Jas and his catering team and Ken our Event "Adjudicator".  Thank you to all.

On the day we only had one first aider available, Paul Brandon, but his first aid duties were not called into action.  

Despite the forecast, the weather was kind to us without a single drop of rain during the event, it was overcast and cool and therefore good running weather albeit a bit cold for the marshals.

The manual lap time recording worked as did the results spreadsheet - 233 lap times were recorded and typed in, and it took very little effort afterwards to spot just four errors, all plus or minus one minute. The results including lap times are on the website: Event_Concorde.shtml.

I've requested feedback from the participants, to say what was done well but also what could be done differently. Volunteers are equally welcome to provide feedback  > Roderick Hoffman . Also please let me know if anyone took any photographs of the event - I only had time to take the one on the website.

Roderick Hoffman

Ride London Essex 2022

The final weekend of May saw the first staging of Ride London Essex.  BAAC have been marshalling the final pedestrian crossing of Ride London Surrey (and the 2012 Olympic race) for a decade.  With some residents of Surrey putting up enough fight to get the race relocated, the first Essex race came about.  Twenty-five thousand cyclists covered a 30-, 60- or 100-mile loop from Victoria Embankment to Tower Bridge.
Our location moved from Whitehall to Tower Hill, with stunning views (for some marshals) of the finish on Tower Bridge.

Paul Brandon managed the team on the day, ably supported by Phil Ingoe.  With little time to spare, we adapted the design offered by London Marathon Events, to come up with a box crossing on a 90-degree corner.  To cope with the speed of finishing bikes, a 150m tape, manned by hardy volunteers, switched the runners from side to side across the road.  An elaborate flag relay system, carried out by Graham and Harjit, kept Jas at the head of the tape in touch with the team leaders.

Ride London Photos

It was a long day, and we managed to keep most of the volunteers on the tape from freezing in the wind tunnel of East Smithfield, by switching them with the marshals dealing with the crowds on the crossing.  Most pedestrians were grateful for our efforts, but anyone who has marshalled a race will know that’s there’s always someone who wants to know why we’ve deliberately blocked the road/pavement/crossing specifically to spoil their day.  Our crossing team dealt with these individuals with their usual good grace.

Thank you to all 25 smiling marshals for your efforts.  We hope to see you again soon at our next marshalling duty!

Steve Hillier

Track and Field – June 2022

The second round of Summer’s T&F matches is only a week away.  Once again, we have two matches in a week, and you are very welcome to take part in either or both.  The more the merrier.  Here are the details: 

  • Mon 13th June:  Veteran’s League, Uxbridge (Hillingdon track)
  • Wed 15th June:  Rosenheim League, Epsom & Ewell

It would be extremely helpful if you can let me know during the next few days if you plan to compete, so that I can complete our team declaration.

Steve Hillier                

 Veteran's League:
Match Two Mon 13 June, Uxbridge  Veteran’s League
Host club: Hillingdon    
1830 Hammer M35   M50 M60  
1830 Shot W35   W50 W60  
1845 Triple Jump W35   W50    
1900 800m W35A W35B W50 W60  
1915 800m M35A M35B M50 M60  
1930 Triple Jump M35   M50 M60  
1930 200m W35A W35B W50 W60 W70
1940 200m M35A M35B M50 M60 M70
1945 Long Jump W35   W50 W60 W70
1945 Shot M35   M50 M60  
2000 Hammer W35   W50 W60  
2000 3000m W35A W35B W50 W60 W70
2015 Long Jump M35   M50 M60 M70
2020 3000m M35A M35B M50 M60 M70
2040 4x100m relay women          
2050 4x100m relay men          

Hillingdon track is close to the A40, in Gatting Way.  It is served by Uxbridge Metropolitan/Piccadilly line station.  Postcode is UB8 1ES.

Rosenheim League:
June 15th Ewell (E&E)
Time Events
6.45 400m Hurdles Pole Vault  
6.55 800m
7.05 100m
7.30 400m
7.45 1500m Shot
Triple Jump
8:05 200m
8.20 3000m
8.30 4*200m

Ewell track is at King Georges Recreation Ground, Poole Road, West Ewell, KT19 9RY.  Nearest station is West Ewell.

BAAC AGM Notification for 6th July

BAAC will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Bedfont Club on Wednesday 6th July.  Please add this to your diary and attend if at all possible.  We will discuss more details of our future plans, as well as reviewing and celebrating our successes of the past year.

The meeting will also see the election of a new committee for 2022/23.  As always, all committee positions are open for election.  If you would like to nominate someone to stand, or you would like to put yourself forward, please contact me before Monday 27th June.  The committee roles are:

  • Chairman*
  • Deputy Chairman
  • Hon Treasurer*
  • Hon Secretary*
  • Men's Captain
  • Ladies Captain
  • Track & Field Captain
  • Communications Secretary
  • Events Secretary
  • Membership Secretary*

* These posts must be filled by members who are also members of BA Clubs and, if contested, then only members of BA Clubs are allowed to vote.

Other positions may be filled by the committee by co-opting additional members.

We will also continue to elect Special Committee members, or Committee Members without portfolio, to provide important help with running the club.  

The Events Secretary and Track & Field Captain roles have been covered for some time in an "acting" capacity, with other committee members covering these roles.  Permanent applicants for these posts would be very welcome. Contact me for details of each role.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Steve Hillier

Hon Sec BAAC

Standard Chartered Great City Race - Tuesday 19th July - Marshals needed

The STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (5km) ( returns on TUESDAY 19th JULY. I need 19 volunteers to man the box crossing and course marshal in sector 2 (all within a stone's throw of the start / finish). Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30. We’ll meet outside MOORGATE tube at circa. 18:00 (and it’s on the new Elizabeth line, so a great excuse to check-out London’s latest rail-line and marvel at this great feat of civil engineering; or is it just me that gets excited!). There'll be a t-shirt & jacket for everyone; not sure on LM post-race hospitality this year but the committee have kindly agreed to put some money behind the bar in a local hostelry (OK, it’s coming out the donation LM make to the club for our efforts, but let’s not split hairs!).

Registration will be through ‘Rosterfy’ but don't worry if you're not familiar with this as for now I just need an email if you’re able to help.

It’s also worth highlighting that if you’re interested in running the marathon in the future, the Club’s number of guaranteed entries has been reduced, so to increase your chances, the more events you help at the better chance you have of securing a place.

Thanks in advance for your continued support.


Simon Turton

Recent Activity Achievements - on Top of the World!

I picked up on 17 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Colin Haylock Climbing 8,848.86m Mount Everest 16th May With Seven Summit Treks and expedition leader Arnold Coster.
Adrian Haines  Race 1mile Iffley Road mile, Oxford Sat 00:05:06 Hoping to go quicker from 2 weeks ago. My "go faster" shoes didn’t work and ended up 13 seconds slower in 5-06. It was windy and I did forget my socks
Barry Walters Running 10km Bracknell Sun am 01:02:30 Busy day. AM ran a steady 10k with a faster second half to Lilyhill Park and back. PM did a one hour gym session followed by a 30 minute outdoor swim.
Ben Cooper Gym BAMC Gym Sun lunch 00:30:00 Terrible weather outside so ~30 minute spin class via YouTube in the BAMC gym.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Sonning to Caversham Fri Our activity was a run from Sonning to Caversham along the Thames Path on Friday. Sonning was in full Jubilee mode…
John Scaife Running 4miles Sonning to Caversham Fri ...with a scarecrow trail and children’s treasure hunt. Here’s Boris the gardener. If the vote goes against him later today this could prove eerily prescient.
Bob Bannister  Race 1500m Kingston Sun 00:06:17 In the Surrey & Sussex Masters County Championships in Kingston my time was good enough to win the gold medal in the Surrey M65 category.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:24:28 Second female at Bedfont Lakes
Janet Smith Golf   British Sports Golf Championship End May   With Kriss Akabusi.
Julie Barclay Running 10km Basingstoke Canal Thur 01:00:00 Steady run to Rushmoor and back home.
Melanie Miller Walking 13.08km Babbacombe Fri 03:45:00 Beautiful but challenging 8.5mile cliff top rolling hilly hike that took us high and low and finally to the beach at Babbescombe where we were treated to seals basking in the sea.
Mike Dennison Running 10miles Guildford to Newlands Corner Thur am A nice run, with my daughter Zoe, organised at short notice for the bank holiday - some lovely views, although some of the hills brought back memories of the Green Belt Relay!
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Prudhoe Sat am 00:29:14 First run in 2 weeks, only the 3rd in 6 weeks and my fastest parkrun in 10months! Total miles in 6 weeks is 8. Someone remind me what the point is in training?
Paul Watt Running 12.5km Basingstoke Canal Thur 00:01:07 Steady tempo run with some Fartlek
Petra Otto Gym Only. I didn't feel like going to a parkrun.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Stockholm Marathon Sat 04:13:28 Sunny and warm (23c). Wimped out at 23 miles when the 4 hour pacers overtook me. Walked a lot of the next 3. Was going really well for the first 16 miles and even got ahead of the 3:45 pace group. Marathon #187 now done.
Roderick Hoffman Hill Work 4.45km Harmondsworth Moor Thur lunch 00:30:18 A well-timed run - the hill session I used to do regularly when at Waterside, timing the start of it so that I had to push myself to get it finished in time for the Royal Fly-past! Success.

Week Achievements

No blood this week - I did get complaints!

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 4th June 2022

Setting the record straight - there were (at least) two errors in last week's parkrun results section. Firstly, Alastair never takes a week off from parkrun, or so it would appear, when Guildford parkrun was cancelled last week he immediately signed up to volunteer at Broadwater parkrun down the road, where he was again on Saturday just. Secondly, I can confirm that Di Smith did rejoin the club during April so was incorrectly indicated with a "non-member" tag. Be aware though that from next week Steve and I will be flagging those of you who have been slow to renew this year with an indicator. Please correct us if we are wrong since the supply of information from the bank account can be slow. 

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 596 15 0:24:27 62.92%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 596 26 0:26:30 56.10%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 609 186 0:29:21 58.21% And Coordinator for Pacer Day.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 533 226 0:33:30 61.44%
Roderick HOFFMAN Broadwater 36 116 0:31:54 50.73% Maintaining 24th place in the International Tourist table (thanks to a "Hoffman" colleague being on his honeymoon). Tenth BA visiting runner, none have yet returned.
Alastair HESLOP Broadwater 36 Number checker at his "B" parkrun, Broadwater.
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 879 60 0:20:28 72.64%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 879 342 0:25:43 61.83% Had to return to Bushy Park - in 463 runs Ian has never run elsewhere than Bushy on more than three consecutive runs.
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 147 35 0:23:25 67.90%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 458 52 0:28:01 50.62% 300th parkrun. Paced by Megan Chaytow.
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 7 161 0:28:27 59.52%
David DUGGAN Flegg High 31 26 0:32:33 50.13% New club parkrun, #652.
Michael Dennison Hanworth 89 2 0:19:31 85.14% PB by 13 seconds. BA men's and grade record.
Joan FOXLEY Harrow [Non member] Finish Tokens at Harrow
Denis FOXLEY Harrow Run Director at Harrow
John COFFEY Hazelwood 141 73 0:35:11 59.73%
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 141 93 1:00:32 33.18% Tail walker at Hazelwood. Pleased that the penultimate parkrunner kept going, else would have had a 16minute sprint to catch the next!
Paul WATT Henlow Bridge Lakes 34 12 0:21:17 73.45% BA men's record from Simon Ashford.
Julie BARCLAY Henlow Bridge Lakes 34 31 0:24:35 75.66% BA ladies and grade record.
Alice BANKS Higginson 0:26:51  
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 307 174 0:33:08 64.03%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 307 175 0:33:09 52.04% 246th parkrun
Christopher T KELLY Marple 459 141 0:39:10 39.57%
Steve Taylor Northala Fields 347 71 0:25:38 62.03% First parkrun for three months following his marathon last week.
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 378 38 0:23:44 70.65%
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 378 146 0:31:45 50.97% [Ed: Looks like I've missed the opportunity to finish ahead of Jeremy]
Anne Bannister Osterley 378 159 0:32:58 62.44%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 378 223 0:51:05 51.19%
Anne Anderson Osterley 378 222 0:51:05 56.41%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 213 87 0:29:14 57.35% 82 second PB. Improves upon his own BA records.
Frankie HOGGE Reading 554 9 0:19:30 75.90% Impressive 47 PB improvement - now sub 20 at Reading and better than her 19:38 at Mile End. Improve her own BA Ladies record.
Murray Hogge Reading 554 16 0:20:22 79.46%
Ben Kelly Reading 554 59 0:24:04 53.60%
Jain REID Richmond Park 704 172 0:29:02 62.34% Another post-lockdown improvement.
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 203 22 0:20:44 75.40%
Melanie Miller Teignmouth "Promenade" 116 127 0:42:33 41.44% Late decision and result, after target Bolberry Down burnt off. BA club parkrun #653.
Paul PRESCOTT Upton Court 420 7 0:20:12 64.36% Running in sight of Windsor Castle. 35 second PB.
Trish MCCABE Valentines 522 81 0:28:12 56.32% BA ladies record
Jacqui Musselwhite Woking 318 83 0:25:01 70.49%
Harjit Jhooti Zuiderpark 32 62 0:30:42 57.44% "Zzzzzzzzz!". New club parkrun, #651.

Julie Barclay celebrated her birthday and the Platinum Jubilee at Henlow Bridge Lakes and now tops the age category there.

Trish McCabe is edging closer to becoming the first female member to achieve "Londone" with a run at Valentines in Ilford - 47 of 59 Londone.

There is a bit of a crisis at Clapham Common parkrun which attracts 700 runners some Saturdays.  It has only been able to operate for the last few weeks through borrowing a defibrillator from Fulham Palace parkrun (still suspended for the improvements to Bishops Park).  Then this week's run was called off due to a lack of volunteers [Ed: Their average attendance this year is 618...and they can't get enough volunteers. Well done to those of us at smaller parkruns who work so hard to get enough volunteers - especially David Duggan who is doing his 250th (and last?) Volunteer Coordinator stint for Bedfont Lakes parkrun this week].

Steve Newell (still with PC problems hence the short report this week)

Melanie adds: "Had to change plans as original parkrun wos cancelled [Bolberry Down, gorse fire] so went to Teignmouth 'Prominade' which utilised their B course rarely used (this wos one of those rarities) and as it turns out wos tougher than Woolacome…just a little..turns out 1/2 the course is uphill and half the course is downhill. Do this for 4 laps and you’ll certainly feel it. Transpires only 154m’s elevation the most I’ve ever done on a Parkrun"

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

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

French Training Opportunity

Hi guys and girls, I’m off to France again 15th June for 6days. Happy to do a running camp at my house if anyone is interested. At the moment I can get return tickets which includes luggage for £53 (using BA Hotline - everyone eligible). Alternately use your own staff travel. The only thing you’d need to think about is car hire, although it is possible to get the train. My bike is at the airport and I will either cycle or put bike on the train from Bordeaux Gare. Also a small contribution for running cost of the house. There is a parkrun 30 miles away and I can show you around the beautiful country roads. My Mobile is 07709978419 or Facebook friend me and message me for any information.

Adrian's Training Camp

Adrian Haines

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