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BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th November 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] [parkrun run by club members updated 4th October 2023]

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.

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

Monthly Mile for October

October Mile results

Perivale Five # Club Points

The Perivale Five is a five mile road race held on Sunday 3rd December from the Perivale Athletics track starting at 10:00. It has been a club run-of-the-month for December for several years. More details and to enter see

This year they anticipate being short of marshals. If you'd like to support the event in that way instead please contact them and let me know and I'll allocate you club points as appropriate. >

On the subject of the club points and participation please note that the points year is from January to December. It rewards members for support and attendance in club and club supported events. This year will be the last time that I manage the process so we need someone else to step forward to organise it, which may include changing how it works. Please contact me or another committee member. 

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

12 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Mon 30th Oct. cycle in Ockwells in 12m 12s; Tues 31 Oct. XC in 75m (muddy); Sat 4th Nov. fast walk in Ockwells Park in 34m 15s.
Barry Walters mixed walk-run Various Combined effort of walking and jogging over the forest including 5x3 minutes running at an easy pace. Followed this up with a one hour light weights session of squats, rows, bicep curls, lunges and chest presses. Plus 45 minutes cycling (sprinting and hill work) at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Virginia Water Fri 00:46:13 We got lucky with the weather in an otherwise wet week. Benita pictured with a friend from Maidenhead AC and her dog Max.
John Scaife Running 4miles Virginia Water Fri 00:46:13 As Benita
Harjit Jhooti Running Felixstowe Promenade Today Age is just a number.  On my birthday morning I just had to do a beach run followed by champagne breakfast
Keith Johnson  Race Half-M Hertfordshire Half Marathon Sun 01:41:52 Nearly 2 minutes faster than last year. That placed me overall 220th place out of 1406 finishers.
Petra Otto Exercises 5km Concept Ski-ergo Sat 00:35:48 Feeling absolutely great tonight! Went onto the Concept Ski-ergo on its maximum setting (10), and did exactly 5,000 metres on it, in 35:48 mins. Absolutely knackering on arms and stomach having gone flat out. 25 mins weights afterwards.
Piers Keenleyside Running 22miles Ealing Thames loop 04:11:00 A training run from Ealing down to Kew Bridge and then along the Thames to Hampton Court and back via Bushy Park, Twickenham and Syon Park. Rather slow. Aiming to do at least one 20 miler a week for the next 3 or 4 weeks leading up to the Valencia Marathon on 3rd December.
Roderick Hoffman  Race 10km Nepal 10k (Northala Fields) Sun am 01:02:03 As RD on Saturday I had told people to run straight through any puddles. That meant I had to do that yesterday and there were many such puddles. But pleased with my time, better than I was expecting.
Sarah Gordon  Race 2x5miles Tunnel Vision Night & Dawn (Market Harborough) Thur/Fri My Strava says I ran a really fast mile, by that stage of wetness I just wanted to get to the finish and go home! The bling was worth it. One for the wet night 5 mile and another for the same route at dawn the next morning.
Simon Turton Running 5km Bracknell Forest Sun pm 00:31:00 It was just before dusk, so able to run along a few of the cycle tracks as the mountain bikers had gone home. Always a pleasure running in this gorgeous forest .
Steve Hillier Cycling 25km Hillingdon, Ealing Today 01:55:00 Grand Union Canal towards Park Royal, returning via the A40 cycle track.  I'd planned a ride along the GUC towards Hayes, but that would be staring straight into the setting sun, not a good plan at a busy time of day with bikes and e-bikes heading towards me.  The London bound trip was pretty...lots of water birds on the canal near Horsenden Hill.

Week Achievement photos 

parkrun Results for Saturday 4th November

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment / TUE Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 665 12 0:23:38 66.08% F3, 271st run at Bedfont Lakes, novel steep uphill finish
Steve NEWELL Bedfont Lakes 665 86 1:00:29 33.95% tailwalker (v)
Joe NOLAN Black Park 684 192 0:30:03 57.40% 394th run at Black Park, pacer week
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 607 268 0:40:36 51.48% 126th run at Braunstone
Ben Kelly California Country 172 34 0:24:16 53.23% Reading waterlogged!
Christopher T KELLY California Country 172 42 0:24:48 63.58% 30second PB on 16th run (though many with Sarah).
Alice BANKS Chevin Forest 112 109 0:32:51 64.59% run #241, first at Chevin Forest (Otley, Yorks), park #66
Mike DENNISON Crane Park 530 7 0:20:40 81.13% 42nd run at Crane Park, P-Index is 8
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 530 14 0:21:57 73.80% 80th run at Crane Park, P-Index is 8
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 530 23 0:22:51 63.02% 292nd run at Crane Park, P-Index is 3
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 530 58 0:26:38 56.26% 93rd run at Crane Park, P-Index is 6
Neil FREDIANI Denton Dene 20 55 0:27:37 61.32% first run at Denton Dene (NCL). New BA parkrun. #778.  Wilson Index is 8
Trish MCCABE Edwin Carolan Community 89 8 0:27:17 58.77% first run at Edwin Carolan Community (Co. Cavan). Park #132. New BA parkrun #780 (9:30 start, hence later than Neil and Harjit).
David Cowell Forest Rec 451 4 0:20:01 70.86% 2nd run at Forest Rec, PB by over 6 minutes from Feb2020. BA best male time from Richard Ruffell (Richard retains best Grade)
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 545 259 0:29:12 57.99% run #350
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 372 122 0:31:54 58.41% 196th run at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 372 166 0:39:00 61.07% 235th run at Harrow, P-Index is 4
Fiona Bishop Horsham 412 72 0:26:17 77.11% first run at Horsham, park #82
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 380 224 0:35:06 61.40% 134th run at Maidenhead
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 380 225 0:35:09 49.60% 135th run at Maidenhead
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 557 135 0:27:17 59.99% run #242, 203rd at Nonsuch
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 448 86 0:26:58 63.35% run #482, 50th at Osterley
Anne Bannister Osterley 448 166 0:34:13 61.08% run #300 (200 of them at Bedfont Lakes)
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 448 207 0:48:00 56.77% run #682, 130th at Osterley
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 596 39 0:34:13 54.46% run #47, all at Riddlesdown
Harjit Jhooti Sizewell 202 60 0:39:34 45.16% First run at Sizewell (Suffolk), park #104. New BA parkrun #779. "40mph winds"
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 42 Run Director at Stockley Country
Paul WATT Thames Path, Woolwich 27 6 0:19:57 79.03% First run at Woolwich, park #167. 11s outside Mike's record.  Wilson Index moves up to 36
Julie BARCLAY Thames Path, Woolwich 27 19 0:22:38 84.54% First run at Woolwich, park #170. 0.14% below Maria's Age Grade record.  Wilson Index up 46
David DUGGAN Thames Path, Woolwich 27 101 0:33:02 49.85% First run at Woolwich, park #134.Wilson Index remains on 16
Melanie Miller Victoria Dock 184 123 0:39:46 45.52% First run at Victoria Dock, new course variation in operation. Park #141

parkrun Review 4th November 2023

The weather (strong winds and lots of rain) along with bonfire night preparations caused many cancellations this weekend but that didn’t stop us finding three more parkruns to visit for the first time.  Last week’s new parkrun at Hay-on-Wye was one of the cancellations and along the same river the Ross-on-Wye parkrun got cancelled as well.  Along the Thames, Marlow and Reading were far too wet for running this week.  No new UK parkruns started this week.

Neil Frediani (27:37) visited Denton Dene in Newcastle.  The parkrun there had a fairly quiet inaugural in June followed by a huge turnout for week 2 and now attracts about 100 runners each week.  Harjit Jhooti (39:34) visited Sizewell in Suffolk which has been going since the summer of 2018 without a visit from any of us. They get 100 there as well on a good day.   It starts in a sand dune and ends on the beach so good preparation for the KLM run next month. Trish McCabe(27:17) was at the Edwin Carolan Community in County Cavan, a county once part of the ancient province of Ulster now included in the Republic. Edwin Carolan was an heroic figure in the Gaelic Athletic community in the last century and family members are still involved.

You could be forgiven for imagining that the newish Thames Towpath parkrun at Woolwich would be free of any worries about flooding with the Thames Barrier team on alert at all times.  However, the run is actually downstream of the barrier.  Woolwich is on the Elizabeth Line which can be part of the experience.  The spiral climb to the half way point is not to be missed!  Paul Watt (19:57), Julie Barclay (22:38) and David Duggan (33:02) all volunteered for shore duties as well as running.

The majority of USA parkruns are putting on extra events at Thanksgiving so there will be opportunities to run on Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th November.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - Bedfont Lakes

Important - because some parkrun tourists see "666" as a significant number the Bedfont Lakes team are concerned that numbers may be high next Saturday. You might like to consider going elsewhere or, if you want to be at Bedfont Lakes, then find a way to get to it that doesn't involve driving.

Bedfont Lakes parkrun started on 9th May 2009, the 15th parkrun in the world, and should reach its 666th event on Saturday. Neil Frediani ran the inaugural. On its first 665 parkruns BAAC has had a member as a finisher at 529, or just about 80%. If you included events with members present as volunteers then the number would probably be even higher. The most club finishers there was on 16th November 2019 with 14 and there have been six other occasions with ten or more. In total 57 different club members have finished a total of 1,645 times. Our fastest male runner has been Gary Rushmer with 18:42 on 13th March 2010 and our fastest female runner and best age grade is by Kay Trinder of 3rd August 2019 with 20:31 and 84.89%. For the number of club member finishes only Runnymede Runners and Shepperton Running Group have had more.

Bushy Park has held 955 events and we've been present at 757 of them - by 66 club members with 1624 finishes. The highest number of club finishers was 13 on 30th of July 2016.

Gunnersbury has had 545 events and we've had finishers at 431 of them - by 42 club members with 853 finishes. The highest number of club finishers was 15 on 17th March 2018.

Reading has had club finishers on 510 occasions, Black Park on 442. Individuals make a big difference outside the top ten - Braunstone is in 18th place with 98 (93 by Sarah Gordon) and March is in 21st place with 88 (86 by Petra Otto).

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

Coaching Notes – Garmin Watch Data

Joe's VO2 Max recordingI recently purchased a Garmin pod sensor that connects to my Garmin running watch, which provides useful extra data – early days with it yet but impressed so far,

Garmin Connect (data analysis app) certainly gives you useful info on SPM (steps per minute, which should be around/average 180), stride length, max speeds, and even VO2 measurements (**see later) which are good to compare one run to another and enabling thoughts of how to improve), and the pod sensor adds in more such as vertical oscillations (should be kept to a minimum), time of feet contact with ground, and also weight loading on feet left on right (which is recommended as 1% max). I did a session at Eton track last week, first time there since the BA nights about 12 years ago and found a bias of 5% more loading to the left as a result of lean into the left hand curves. I remember ‘old Tom’ talking to me about the additional strain on the left and be wary of injury that could result.

Early days with it but hoping to share more running dynamics data soon on this – watch this space. **Before signing off for now though, after suffering fractured ribs after a tumble about a year ago I had restricted breathing for a long while which suddenly seemed to clear about 6 weeks ago resulting in my best parkrun time in 6 years – I was really feeling alive that day (and since !). I am attaching my Garmin VO2 readings for that day, which show me at a ‘superior level’ of 46 plus the additional note below it – this is to hopefully impress the girls within the club …if I am allowed to say that !

Cheers for now, Joe Nolan

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