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BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th September 2021 [issued early, Saturday 4th September]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Events Calendar - online here


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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.

Solo Mile (submit before Monday 20th September):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. 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 Start Time Duration/Time Comment

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

Rosenheim Track & Field - Walton Wednesday 1st September Results

We finished our Rosenheim season unusually late this year, with lockdown having delayed the start of the season.  The “open” style of the meetings encouraged competition for all, and we were treated to some great performances throughout the summer.

September can be warm, but this particular evening wasn’t, with a chilly wind cooling throwers and runners alike.  Michael and Jacqui posted some good times in their shorter events, having to contend with a brisk wind blowing into their faces straight down the finishing straight.  Paul Watt’s evening was sadly interrupted by an injury during the 800m, and wisely he dropped out after one lap.

Organised throwing competitions have been hard to find this summer, so around twenty men and women of all age groups crowded into both discus and shot events.  With the early nightfall and a limited number of judges available, we were limited to just three throws each in both events, the top four overall qualifying for a further three throws.  After three throws, Steve’s 5th position in the discus, and Janet’s 5th in the shot, limited their evening’s exercise, but Janet’s good form in the discus ensured an extra set of three throws.  Janet went on to (subject to ratification) break club records in both events!

In the final event of the evening, Julie had a time plan for the 3000m, which she meticulously stuck to in the gathering gloom.  While not quite equalling her own club record, she posted a good time, tracking and eventually running away from King Crimson’s drummer in the closing stages.  Her 86.69% age graded score was the best by any track athlete in any event on the night.

The team were cheered on by Amanda and Mike Coombs as well as Michael B’s son Kenny.

 I’ll continue to research opportunities for winter track & field training, in preparation for a full summer’s competition in 2022.  Thank you to everyone who has competed and supported us during this difficult summer.

Rosenheim League Track & Field Walton 1st September 2021
Event   Age group Time/Distance Position
100m Michael Ball M55 16.4 2nd M55
Jacqui Musselwhite W50 16.3 1st Vet
400m Michael Ball M55 84.9 2nd Vet
800m Jacqui Musselwhite W50 02:58.8 1st Vet
3000m Julie Barclay W55 12:35.4 1st Vet
Discus 0.75kg Janet Smith W55 27.69 1st Vet CR
1kg Steve Hillier M65 24.24 1st M60
Shot 3kg Janet Smith W55 8.44 2nd Vet CR
5kg Steve Hillier M65 7.06 1st M65

Steve Hillier

Club AGM / Awards Evening Minutes

The formal minutes of the AGM, including the treasurer's and membership secretary's reports, and a summary of the awards presented, is now available on line: AGM Minutes

Steve Hillier

Club Participation Competition

The "Round-the-Block trophy", sitting on my mantelpiece at the moment, is looking its age having first been presented in 1984, to Laurence Heath. It is awarded each year on the basis of participation at club events. The process for the last few years has been to award points for each contribution at the four or five events each month considered more important to the club - with four points for organising an internal event, two points for marshalling or one point for running. There has been some very polite competition in recent years - "No, after you".  But this year we can expect the competition to heat up and perhaps might have some elbows flying towards the end of the year. That is because this year's winner will have their name as the first name on a brand new shiny trophy. Or perhaps as the second name on the trophy under that of "Tom Rowley" after whom the trophy will be named.

I've just added up where we are this year and there have been 22 qualifying events and 324 points have been awarded to 82 different members and friends. Seven of us have already scored the ten points deserving of recognition - in the current order of myself, Roderick Hoffman, by a single point ahead of Steve Hillier, then Steve Newell, Chris Kelly and Stephen Taylor tied, Paul Watt and then Julie Barclay.

However there are still around 22 qualifying events to come so there is still all to be played for. We don't yet have organisers for the Club In-house Events for October, November or December so that's 12 points up for grabs straight away! We are also open to suggestions for November and December external "Run-of-the-Months". Most of the qualifying events are marked with an "*" in the club diary.

Ed: I wrote the above early on Wednesday…Steve Hillier will now have drawn level with me due to that day's Rosenheim Track & Field match.

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC 40 Branded Clothing

There has been some feedback on the wording to be used for the 40th Anniversary logo.  We are celebrating the founding of the British Airways Athletics Club so we should use that wording, or an abbreviation. But that still leaves plenty of scope:

  • British Airways Athletics Club (in full),
  • British Airways Athletics,
  • British Airways AC,
  • BA Athletics Club,
  • BA Athletics,
  • BAAC

Similarly we could include "40", "forty" or even "XXXX".

Please submit your thoughts (or even suggested logos).

Roderick Hoffman

Activity Achievements for the week 30th August to 4th September 2021

12 activities recorded by the Saturday deadline - including those who ranked their parkrun as their best activity of the week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Intervals 1.62km Running camp, Parcoul, Dordogne, France Thur 00:04:21 100>400<100. This was after falling off my bike coming down a hill and it had just rained for the first time in a month. A bit cut and bruised but alright.
Amanda Coombs Swim 1mile Oasis, Shaftsbury Avenue, London 00:30:00 In London for a couple of days, so managed a swim this morning in the Oasis; central London’s only heated outdoor swimming pool.
Benita Scaife Walking 10km Cookham and back Fri In some very welcome sunshine. Coffee in the garden at Costa.
Di Smith parkrun 5km Bushy Park Sat am 00:53:57 My first ever parkrun, or parkwalk in my case. Hoped to finish in under an hour -  I seem to have achieved that!
Emma Moreton Running 10miles Thames path Sat 01:21:00 10 miles while my daughter had a 90 min gym class - felt like a time trial
John Scaife Walking 10km Cookham and back Fri In some very welcome sunshine. Coffee in the garden at Costa. Still rationing my running but will do a parkrun tomorrow.
Melanie Miller Walking 11.88km Woolacombe to Saunton Tue 02:57:00 Lovely varied hike across Woolacombe Bay (part of the parkrun route) and then up onto the headland dropping down into Croyde across the bay up and over across another path and into Saunton Sands.
Mike Dennison Running 37.1km Richmond Bushy loop 03:06:44 Another long run in the marathon training plan. This one seemed much harder than last weeks 32k, but I did get it done, although I did have a couple of stops on the way. One more of these long ones to do before starting the taper!
Neil Frediani Running 15.01miles County Durham Mon 02:57:30 A 15mile struggle on a flattish! course, only 950' of elevation. In the mist and drizzle.
Piers Keenleyside Running 7.3miles Cajarc, France Fri 01:25:44 Have now run this route 6 times in a row here in France by the river Lot. Over 1000 ft of elevation across the 7.4 miles with some very rocky trails making it more difficult.
Roderick Hoffman Running 17.5km GU Canal / Brent River loop Thu 02:09:00 Then snoozed all afternoon…like the swans.
Steve Newell Walking 1mile Fullers Brewary Circuit Wed 00:14:37 First time under 15 mins.
Week achievements

When I checked with Di that it really was her at Bushy she replied "I was persuaded by Jane Davidson, (who you may remember from BAAC in the late 80s, before she joined Amadeus, and who now lives in Teddington), to reawaken my parkrun id and give it a go. I set that id up more than a decade ago, so somewhere it must still say 'British Airways' I guess, as it's obviously shown up on your list!". Taking ten years to do one's first parkrun is not an overall record, but could well be a BAAC one.

 Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 4th September 2021

41 runners and volunteers below - get in touch if your result is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Janice Jones Banstead Woods 128 00:29:21 60.87%
Eddie KETTERICK Bedfont Lakes 145 00:45:39 36.40% 10th parkrun (but too old to earn a shirt)
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes Timekeeper at Bedfont Lakes
Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 13 00:22:36 62.24%
Paul KNECHTL Burnham and Highbridge 7 00:18:32 79.59% 25th parkrun (now earning the right to buy a parkrun achievement shirt). Club record time and grade.
Andrew William Jordan Bushy Park 224 00:23:24 65.67%
Di Smith Bushy Park 1260 00:53:57 42.66% First recorded parkrun (see above)
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 564 00:27:35 57.64%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Chichester 42 00:23:13 75.02%
Joe NOLAN Crane Park 86 00:29:49 56.79%
Anne Bannister Dinton Pastures 68 00:27:01 75.02%
Bob Bannister Dinton Pastures 28 00:23:32 71.25%
Roderick HOFFMAN Dunstable Downs 85 00:30:47 52.57% On the downs...and the ups.
David Williams Fulham Palace 193 00:27:42 50.78%
Alastair Heslop Guildford Run Director at Guildford
Denis Foxley Harrow 106 00:28:17 63.94%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 182 00:36:10 63.64% Almost matched Denis' age grade
John COFFEY Hazelwood 88 00:32:39 62.89%
Melanie Miller Itchen Valley Country 136 00:37:29 47.04%
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 309 00:35:25 57.22%
Scott DAVISON Maidenhead 102 00:25:46 57.24%
Harjit Jhooti Nonsuch 497 00:33:12 52.46%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 261 00:44:51 56.15% Assisting Anne
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 260 00:44:51 64.25%   (Assisted)
Alan FRIAR Reading 233 00:32:17 59.73%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 283 00:37:20 41.52% Pacing Sarah to PB
Frankie HOGGE Reading 20 00:20:43 71.44%
Murray HOGGE Reading 21 00:20:43 77.39%
Jain Reid Richmond Park Finish Tokens at Richmond
Trish MCCABE Rushmoor 222 00:27:35 57.04%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 157 00:26:55 67.18%
Julie BARCLAY Storeys Field 72 00:21:51 85.13%
Paul WATT Storeys Field 50 00:20:27 75.79% New BA park
Benita Scaife Swaffham 61 00:31:35 66.17% New BA park (#586)
John Scaife Swaffham 62 00:31:36 54.06%
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 22 00:23:19 67.62%
David DUGGAN The Leas 62 00:32:44 49.44%
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 116 00:31:31 53.20%
Steve NEWELL Wendover Woods 137 00:48:58 40.16%
Maria Jovani Winchester 56 00:22:29 70.64%
Mike Dennison Winchester 13 00:19:21 85.10% PB   PB by 40seconds. Best ever time and age grade!

Benita (31:35) and John Scaife (31:36) added to their (and the club's) collection of Norfolk parkruns at Swaffham.  It has been going since the summer of 2018.

Meanwhile, Paul Watt (20:27) and Julie Barclay (21:55, 85.13%) also broke new ground at Storeys Field (run #6) in Cambridge which only started at the end of July.  Julie has gone straight to the top of the VW55 age group there (46 ladies). The original Cambridge parkrun, which has been run 516 times (first run in January 2010), is still waiting for permission to restart post Covid19.  There are still quite a few others round the country in the same boat.  

Mike Dennison (19:21, 85.10%) was in splendid form at Winchester where he achieved his best ever parkrun time in over 400 finishes over various courses.  That was only good enough to rise to 2nd spot in the MV60 age group there.  Phil Manly (Stragglers) has done 19:03). 

Steve Newell

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

Triathlon Update

The next Kona Ironman race which should have been next month (October) has been rescheduled to February 2022 because of Covid19 infections in Hawaii.  Alistair Brownlee has qualified to be on the start line and has had surgery on the ankle injury which kept him out of the Olympics. Recovery is going well and Alistair has entered a 750km bike race over a mountainous course in southern Spain to gauge his fitness!  The undulating course includes 15,000m of climbs and last year was won by an Australian pro-cyclist in 43 and a half hours (including 19 minutes of pit stops !)

Steve Newell

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