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BA Athletics Club News Digest 6th December 2021

Events Calendar - online here


Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy.

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 December):

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

There are opportunities to run at the Bedfont Club at each of the next three Wednesdays.  This week it is an ad hoc run from 6pm, next week the five mile handicap and the week after it'll be a mile race before the Christmas do.  There will also be the opportunity for members to buy the new 40th anniversary kit on each evening.

Perivale Five runnersPerivale Five (ROM) Results #

Three of us made it to the December Run-of-the-Month, the Perivale Five on Sunday. This was a well organised event and had Stephen Taylor as first BA finisher in 42:17.  I finished strongly in 47:54, having run a 50seconds negative split. Apparently that kept me ahead of Jasvir Singh Modaher who had had me in his sights throughout. He finished in 48:53. There were 324 finishers in all. We did look round for Piers (Ealing Eagles had a big presence) but Steve suggested that perhaps he was running a marathon somewhere (see below).

I was pleased with my time - I haven't run faster at this regular event, or the nearby Ickenham Five, since 2016.

Roderick Hoffman

PS: Looking at the photo made me realise that Steve should have hesitated a few seconds more before confirming his entry...and we should have lined up in numerical order for the photograph.

Steve also writes:

This morning was the Perivale 5 mile run. A flat two lap course finishing with a lap of the athletic track. It was a cold morning with a strong northerly wind but as most of the course is east west it didn't seem to affect me too much.

Stephen Taylor

Activity Achievements over the week 29th to 5th December 2021

16 club members and friends reported their week activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 3miles Tue 00:45:55
Barry Walters Running 8.5km Lightwater Hike Sun am 01:02:58 Ran over to Deepcut Military ranges in windy conditions and did a very hilly out and back run slightly further than last week. Felt ok throughout the run.
Ben Cooper Running 5km Cardiff Sat 00:24:35 Very windy 5k at CWL today
Benita Scaife Walking 10km To Cookham and back 02:00:00 Our weekday activity was a walk from home to Cookham (Costa) and back, cross country, in fine weather.
Emma Moreton Running 6km Mon (today) 00:30:44 Today I ran 6k after resting for 3 weeks. My knee is pretty much scabbed over so I gave it a whirl! (I did junior parkrun yesterday to test it too). Very happy
Jacqui Musselwhite parkrun 5km Woolacoombe Dunes parkrun Sat am 00:27:57 Woolacombe dunes parkrun is one not to be missed. Tough and includes the segment ‘ Dunes of Doom’. Just one lap but many ups and downs. Utterly exhausting!!!
John Scaife Walking 10km To Cookham and back 02:00:00 ...I have had a stubborn chest infection (non-Covid) which is now receding but I am still limiting my weekly running to parkruns.
Julie Barclay Exercises Ash Thu 01:00:00 Bridges and Bridges and more Bridges
Michael Ball Sprints This weeks best exercise 6x120 metres 4 min between runs and plyometrics
Neil Frediani Running 5miles 01:00:00 5miles, 500' elevation in 60mins in the dark and freezing rain.
Paul Watt Running 5miles Basingstoke Canal Thu 00:43:00 Scenic threshold run
Piers Keenleyside  Race marathon Goodwood Motor Circuit Marathon Sun 04:44:28 Freezing cold and windy - ran in 3 layers of running clothes!
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 10.76km West Drayton Tue 01:16:31 Another of my "postbox" runs. All known postboxes in the area visited. This included taking the path to the side of Harmondsworth Moor from which the photo was taken.
Sarah Gordon  Race   Broughton Astley Sun   Santa run
Simon Turton Running 14km Dinton Pastures Sat/Sun 01:23:00 One week to go before Hayley and I take on our 5km challenge at Dorney Lake. She’s running well but we are both suffering from colds. Weather was cool but dry. Roll on race day!
Stephen Taylor  Race 5miles Perivale Five Sun am 00:42:17 See above
Steve Hillier Running 3.5miles Local streets Sat 00:39:31 I returned to the three boroughs challenge today:  3.5 miles through the streets of Harrow, Hillingdon and Ealing.  The elevation gain was 70 ft.

Week achievement photosRoderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 4th December 2021

35 runs and volunteer efforts are listed below - get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Harjit Jhooti Bedfont Lakes 74 00:33:16 53.01%
Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 8 00:22:11 63.41% 200th parkrun
Joe NOLAN Black Park 206 00:31:21 54.01% 333rd run at Black Park
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 109 00:28:36 59.21%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone Marshal at Braunstone
John Lennon Broadwater 134 00:35:41 44.93% 10th run at Broadwater
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 461 00:27:31 57.78% 350th run at Bushy
Andrew William Jordan Bushy Park 192 00:23:24 65.67%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Chichester 100 00:31:22 52.98% 100th position for first time
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 27 00:25:14 62.48% 30th run at Cirencester
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 46 00:25:00 59.00%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 26 00:22:36 62.76%
Alastair Heslop Guildford Run Director at Guildford
David DUGGAN Hanworth 39 00:33:08 48.84%
Paul PRESCOTT Hanworth 1 00:20:52 62.14% First finisher
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 161 00:38:49 59.30%
Denis Foxley Harrow 92 00:28:38 63.15%
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 98 00:46:42 42.11% run #399, 98th for 5th time (new personal favourite number)
John COFFEY Hazelwood 80 00:35:45 57.44%
Trish MCCABE Hazelwood 49 00:29:42 52.97% 5th run at Hazelwood
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 19 00:23:20 63.71% PB   course PB by 4 seconds
Melanie Miller Jersey Farm 188 00:38:57 45.27% park #48, 9th club runner to claim a "J" at Jersey Farm
Janice Jones Lymington Woodside 55 00:31:16 57.14% first run at Lymington
Vera Simms Lymington Woodside 48 00:29:59 63.81% first run at Lymington
Julie BARCLAY Lymington Woodside 29 00:26:42 69.66% first run at Lymington
Paul WATT Lymington Woodside 8 00:22:13 69.77% first run at Lymington, club record (M, only)
John Scaife Maidenhead 171 00:33:56 50.34%
Benita Scaife Maidenhead 170 00:33:52 61.71% 200th parkrun
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 190 00:42:38 36.98% 91st run at Northala Fields
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 210 00:48:21 52.09% run #603, not stopping yet
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 209 00:48:21 59.60% 50th 'run'
Roderick HOFFMAN Osterley 110 00:28:25 56.95%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 158 00:37:33 41.28% run #494, 371st at Reading
Alice BANKS Severn Bridge 52 00:26:50 76.71% 50th tourist run, 3 counties, 2 countries. BA fastest female (from Sarah Gordon) and best grade (from Ben Chaytow)
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woolacombe Dunes 13 00:27:57 62.31% Slightly slower than her 2019 run but better age grade so new BA record
Frankie HOGGE Reading 16 00:22:45 65.05% Last week - Missed from last week's report
Murray HOGGE Reading 17 00:22:45 71.14% Last week - Missed from last week's report


Alice Banks (26:50) became the latest member to complete a 5k parkrun at 50 different parks after visiting the Severn Bridge.  Her time improves on the club record previously held by Sarah Gordon.  Melanie Miller (38:57) travelled to Hertfordshire to tackle the hills and mud at popular Jersey Farm (starts with a “J”, rare) and was lucky not to be caught up in a traffic jam on the North Circular after an accident near IKEA.  Nine members have now made that pilgrimage.

Nobody managed to break 20 minutes or 80% this week but Paul Prescott (20:52) was first across the line at Hanworth where the field included pond hopping David Duggan (33:08), former member Ian Cockram (23:37) and parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt (23:39).  Paul Prescott has also been first to finish on a couple of occasions at Bedfont Lakes in the past.

Maarten Stenham (22:11 at Bedfont Lakes ) and Benita Scaife (33:52 at Maidenhead) completed their 200th runs.  Ian Cunningham (27:31) chalked up his 350th finish at Bushy Park (438 altogether), Joe Nolan made it 333 runs at Black Park where the pacing squad has yet to recommence [January is a possibility].  The much travelled Piers Keenleyside (31:22 at Chichester) picked up finisher token “100” for the first time but had to part with it only one minute later.

Lymington parkrun runnersThe club’s presence over time at Lymington Woodside trebled in the space of a Saturday morning with Paul Watt, Julie Barclay, Vera Simms and Janice Jones making it there this week [pictured] but Maria Jovani’s run of 21:27 in 2018 is still the time for everyone to beat.

Steve Newell

Alice is, I believe, the 17th club member to run at 50 different parkruns whilst a member. Piers Keenleyside only recently achieved the same and the next member to achieve this may be Barry Walters currently sitting on 46 different parkruns. I'm the most travelled club member with 312 different parkruns to my stats. And the least travelled? Tony Hird was a member of the club until April 2015 and during his membership he ran 71 times at only one parkrun (he did like Gunpowder). I subsequently ran with him at Barclay but it was after he left. Alan Anderson could claim that he had run 181 times at the same parkrun (Bushy) as a club member before running somewhere else (we persuaded him to run at Bedfont Lakes on 25th June 2011 at the first ever Club Featured parkrun - which was also my very first parkrun).

Including runs before she joined the club Melanie has now run at parkruns starting with 23 letters of the alphabet. The letters she is missing are "Y" for "York" and "Z" for "Zuiderpark", after which she too will be able to buy a yellow "parkrun Alphabeteer" top! There is still no "X" parkrun. Four club members have achieved all 25 possible letters - myself, David Duggan, Paul Watt and Julie Barclay. Former member Ian Cockram, mentioned above, has still not run at a "Z" but has all the others.

Roderick Hoffman

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore (this is where I get most of my club stats from).

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Letters to the Editor

Keith Goldsworthy has contacted me to say that he is meeting some running club colleagues at the Rose and Crown in Thorpe this Friday 10th December from 19:45. I also heard this from Paul Knechtl so I assume that he will be there also. If anyone wants to join them for a drink they are welcome. If they want to eat he needs an idea of numbers to secure extra places. Let Keith know at or, if you have his number (ending 201), send him a text.

Steve Hillier also wrote in...

Hi chaps,

Not quite an athletics story , but it does have its links!

We're continuing to visit the 92 league clubs and many local non-league grounds.  At the weekend we fled north in the opposite direction to the storm and visited Manchester, in fact Salford City.  A cold, blustery game against Oldham Athletic saw the home team pick up the points, while Trevor Plow's former Premiership team is sliding out of the league.  A fully fledged protest involving smoke bombs and flying objects showed the fans anger at the players, officials, management and owners.

On a much more peaceful note, we visited Chertsey last night for a cup game against Chalfont St Peter.  Good football, a pretty ground and cheerful supporters.  The crowd was small enough for us to say hello to almost everyone, and we bumped into one of their former youth players, one Malcolm Field.  He was dressed in the club jacket, and was up visiting his mum and his beloved team, who he visits for most games.  He says hello, praised the digest, and wished everyone at the club well.   After the game he leapt in his car and roared off back to the south coast.

Other encouraging news:  Tony Barnwell was to receive his last of six chemo treatments last Thursday.  He will have a scan in the coming weeks to see how he has progressed, and receive radiotherapy as necessary.  He hopes to be back with us soon.



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