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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th February 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

One of you pointed out that in last week's digest I had said that the awards would be held on 23rd February - that was an error, the 23rd March date is correct, as in the diary above.

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 14th February):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can 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

Club Featured parkrun - Saturday 12th February Southall parkrun

Southall parkrun reaches its 6th run on Saturday. It is my nearest parkrun and I'll be running it for the first time and I hope that some of you will be able to join me there. Only Barry and Melanie have run at it so far so for the rest of us it will be a new parkrun. And Barry and Melanie are welcome to see if they can get a PB! [but sorry Melanie, "6" is neither a Prime Number, nor a member of the Fibonacci series and you already have a "South" for your Compass, although on the other hand you are yet to run at a "6" so this event could help you with your Wilson Index - and apologies to everyone else for losing you for a moment].

See course | Southall parkrun for course and location details. Southall mainline station is nearby and the park is well served by buses. Parking is possible in the vicinity but you are advised to get there early - there are usually some spaces in Green Drive on the eastern side of the park, or if arriving later try Dormer's Wells Ln alongside the golf course. There are no toilets or other facilities in the park. If enough of us are there early we'll take a club photograph before the start, otherwise, and perhaps additionally, we'll take one at the finish. Early indications are that the weather will be cold but dry.

Although the parkrun site doesn't recommend a post run café we could perhaps explore the options in Southall - for example an "ABC café" is under 400m from the finish.

Roderick Hoffman

Wednesday 26th January Five Mile Handicap - league table

The league table has now been updated and Roderick Hoffman currently has a good lead from Julie Barclay and with the Scaifes and Steve Hillier not far behind. The series is judged on the best four results from the six runs and at the moment Roderick is the only participant who has completed four runs - hence there is plenty of scope for others to catch up.

The final two events are on the 23rd February and the 30th March.

Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell

Tom Rowley Cross Country, Sunday 20th March, 1030

Each year British Airways AC stages a cross country in the flat, sometimes muddy, Cranford Park, close to Heathrow.  An important part of the race has always been Tom Rowley:  Always first in the park to mark the course, then cheering the runners, before setting off to collect in his arrows.  If you were lucky, you would get a polo mint or a joke from Tom.  In 2022, we are naming the race in his honour, and we would like to encourage a good BAAC turnout. Woking AC and Milocarians AC have also been invited to take part.

There will be no fee to enter, but no medals or trophies to win other than the first BAAC male and female finishers will share the club's Cross Country trophy for 2022 (to be presented in 2023).

The course includes open grassland and a wooded section, and will be well marked and marshalled.  Each lap is just over 1.5 miles.  Ladies will be invited to run two laps, men three laps.

As well as runners, we will also need marshals. 

If you would like to take part or help with the marshalling, please let me know at

Steve Hillier

Concorde 1hr Race (5th June) and Club Test Event (13th April)

Concorde 1hr race imageOn Sunday 5th of June there will be the inaugural run of the club's new Concorde event - the Concorde One Hour Race. This will be held at the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Springfield Road, Hayes, UB4 0LP. Participants will see what distance they can cover by running or walking laps of the circuit. The world record is held by Mo Farah at 21.33km and Sifan Hassan holds the ladies record at 18.93km. We would hope that participants get close to 15km although some may decide to just walk round and cover nearer 5km. All participants running at 7mins per km or faster should be able to complete 10km in the hour and we will arrange the event so that we can also give them a 10km time.  We will also hold a kid's 1k or 2k race at 09:15 for children of participants. This event is being run with chip timing and other costs include the exclusive hire of the venue (with changing rooms and toilets) and a medal - the draft image of which is featured here. The event will be promoted through Active Training World (ATW) and won't be cheap so we will appreciate all club members doing their best to promote the event from when it opens for registration in early March. I will provide material to pass on but in the meantime, those of you who are members of other running clubs might like to enquire what their club 1hr records are.

We need to familiarize ourselves with the course and facilities. For that reason we have also hired the circuit for Wednesday 13th April from 17:30. As well as checking out the facilities we'll do a practice one hour event - so come prepared to run (or walk) for the duration and a little bit more. The club doesn't have existing records for the 1hr event so these will be set on the night - including within each age category. And we'll probably go to a local pub afterwards.

Please put these two dates in your diaries now.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

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

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Sprints 4miles XC Sat 01:11:11 Quagmire conditions. Also 3miles on Wed in 47mins
Barry Walters Running 12km Lightwater San am 01:15:17 A steady run around the Windlesham country lanes and after 38 minutes turned back for home. Began to slow in the later stages. Conditions were wet and windy with a mild temperature.
Ben Cooper Running 13.13km Caerdydd Wed am 01:12:32 Wow great run. Quiet lanes from my estate, through three villages on the outskirts of Cardiff, over and under the M4, along the Rhymney River. Spectacular views of fields, big hills, posh houses and a huge Country Manor. Not too hot, nor too cold or windy. A couple of long uphill slogs but nothing gut busting.
Benita Scaife Running 12km Coogee Beach to/from Bondi Beach Sun Our activity was the route between Coogee and Bondi beaches. 6km each way with lots of steps and cliff paths…
John Scaife Running 12km Coogee Beach to/from Bondi Beach Sun ...Luckily [because being in Australia] there are also plenty of drinking water stations as the temp was in the mid 30s C.
Clara Halket Mixed Walk/Run 13.4km Trails Sat 02:12:31 After months of rehab, physiotherapist yesterday allowed some short slow jogs. So today's workout mainly walk interspersed with short stretches of slow jogging. Looks like #gogginschallenge in March is back on trek. Happy days
Jacqui Musselwhite parkrun 5km Lullingstone Sat am A tough Lullingstone parkrun with 2 laps starting on the hill. Took my friend for her first parkrun. She was not impressed!!!
Julie Barclay Running 7miles Ash Mon 01:00:00
Mike Dennison  Race 1mile Ealing Mile Fri 00:05:48 It had been rather damp in the morning. It had stopped raining but was still damp underfoot, so we had to be more careful on the corners, and it was blustery, so both Maria and I were slower than in January (at least that's my excuse!) I finished 13th of the 41 runners.
Maria Jovani  Race 1mile Ealing Mile Fri 00:06:18 Second lady.  Maria, Mike (above) and Melanie (below) now have mile times recorded for this month's club mile.
Melanie Miller Running 1mile Dorset Mon am 00:10:42 Fastest Mile to date…well chuffed.
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Wiking Sat am 00:29:15
Paul Watt Running 8miles Ash Mon 01:06:00 Slow threshold run
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am Also 1x gym & 1x exercise class
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Gunnersbury Sat am 00:26:54 And with each mile pace below 9 minute miles. Not brilliant but the best I can do these days! Have also managed to keep the RED streak going!
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 14.73km Sudbury and Roxeth Hill postboxes Tue 01:55:43 Combining training for tomorrow's Street-O event with training for this Sunday's Harrow Hill race. 210m ascent and 27 postbox controls.
Steve Hillier Running 1.7miles Sat 00:17:55 Also 16mile cycle to Wembley and back and a walk in Langley Park with Linda with Nordic poles.

Week achievements

I tried to edit Jacqui's photo to show the slope on the hill but failed - the trees at the top are 40m above where the photograph is taken from, and neither marks the top or bottom of the course.

My photo? Since pictures of postboxes are boring this is another parkrun course I walked last week. Last week's photo was of Tring (former) parkrun course. The clue to this week's is that it is known as a place to store produce before or after rail transshipments.

Nothing from Denis and Joan this weekend - but that is because they sacrificed their normal weekend run in order to be volunteers at the inaugural Pinner Village Junior parkrun on Sunday. They hope to be able to have a regular Ruislip Woods run midweek for a period from now on.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 5th February 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 580 26 0:23:47 70.50%
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 580 29 0:23:58 58.69%
Paul PRESCOTT Brooklands 86 20 0:20:08 64.40% first run at Brooklands, park #14
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 863 186 0:22:26 66.27% run #327, 318th at Bushy
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 863 292 0:23:57 66.39% run #447, 357th at Bushy
Alice BANKS California Country 81 54 0:27:14 75.58% first run at California, park #51
Benita SCAIFE Casula Parklands 27 26 0:32:24 64.51% park #72, BAAC park #620
John SCAIFE Casula Parklands 27 27 0:32:25 52.70% park #81
Paul WATT Catford 129 15 0:20:59 73.87% BAAC men's record, park #69
Julie BARCLAY Catford 129 64 0:24:35 75.66% BAAC women's record & age grade, park #73
Janice JONES Catford 129 136 0:30:01 59.52% run #146, park #60
Melanie Miller Central, Plymouth 11 239 0:36:56 47.74% run #79, park #56,  BAAC park #623
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 131 19 0:23:56 65.88% first parkrun for two months
Steve NEWELL Clapham Common 116 728 0:43:23 45.33% Wilson Index up to 120
David Cowell Crane Park 442 4 19:20 72.76% New member. Also ran Monsal Trail (Bakewell) last week for club's #619th parkrun.
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 442 45 0:23:58 66.90%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 442 93 0:26:36 55.45% first run at Crane in 2022
Sarah GORDON Dallas Burston Polo Club 15 115 0:38:58 52.82% Not a "B". Park #128
Janet SMITH Dinton Pastures 119 169 0:37:28 48.98% 10 different parkruns in a row
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 416 Barcode Scanning at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 457 207 0:26:54 61.77% run #284, 182nd at Gunnersbury
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 282 107 0:28:42 63.01% 175th parkrun (half way from 100 to 250)
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 282 187 0:38:17 61.17% 198th parkrun
John COFFEY Hazelwood 124 86 0:36:01 57.01% 98th run at Hazelwood
Trish MCCABE Horsham 321 125 0:28:02 56.66% 350th parkrun, park #78
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 143 34 0:24:23 61.45% 15th run at Houghton Hall
Jacqui Musselwhite Lullingstone 284 15 0:27:47 62.69% I wonder how soft the uphill was?
David DUGGAN Mallards Pike 45 66 0:32:41 49.92% run #389, park #97, BAAC park #622.  (1st parkrun in Gloucestershire)
Petra OTTO March 238 101 0:45:01 48.65% Decision point - this week's jog was slower (and more painful) than last week's Nordic walk.
Michael Dennison Old Deer Park 513 8 0:20:34 80.06% best age grade % at ODP this week
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 362 263 0:51:49 30.94%  
Kay TRINDER Portsmouth Lakeside 228 42 0:23:14 77.91% run #149, 1st at Portsmouth Lakeside, park #18
Murray Hogge Reading 539 18 0:21:17 76.04%
Ben Kelly Reading 539 21 0:21:25 60.23% PB   PB by 13 seconds.
Christopher T KELLY Reading 539 36 0:22:38 68.48% Only another 498 to go to get to the next milestone
Barry WALTERS Rushmoor 312 221 0:27:54 60.69% run #113, 2nd at Rushmoor
Harjit Jhooti Valentines 506 129 0:30:03 58.68% Beating next week's rush, run #142, park #36
Micheal BALL Woking 302 137 0:29:15 54.81%  
Judy TURTON Woodley 416 218 0:31:31 55.95% third consecutive week, could be a record year
Roderick HOFFMAN Wotton 200 163 0:31:05 52.06% Following the call for 200 runners at Wotton's 200th event. Park #317,BAAC park #621.

As the table above suggests as many members as ever were out and about at parkruns far and wide this weekend.  Touristic tendencies were clearly in evidence and running consecutive weeks at your home run is now becoming increasingly unusual.

Earlier in the week news came through of a new member, David Cowell, joining us in the January transfer window.  Last week he was at Monsal Trail parkrun in Derbyshire (formerly known as Bakewell) finishing in 19:33. It has been noted that before joining the club Mike Dennison also ran there in 19:35.  So the future could be interesting.  David is well travelled and we can look forward to a geography lesson.

John and Benita Scaife (32:24) got the ball rolling at Casula parklands in New South Wales (West of Sydney).  Their 18th runs at different parks in Australia and their first runs in Australia for well over four years.  More ground breaking runs followed in UK as Roderick Hoffman (31:05) ran in the 200th edition at Wotton in Gloucestershire where the core team’s wish to have a bumper number of runners was rewarded with an attendance of 267 against an average of 84.  It has to be admitted that there were 304 at the inaugural in 2016 but even 100 is unusual.  Not far away and also in Gloucestershire, David Duggan (32:41) was at Mallards Pike in Lydney (there is also a “Lydney” parkrun about 4 miles away) where 100 is a typical attendance.  David is closing in on his 100 parks – he is now on 97.  Finally, Melanie Miller (36:56) appeared at Central Park in Plymouth taking her to 56 parks and the club to 623.

This coming Saturday (12th February) we’ll be having a club featured parkrun at Southall Park close to where the gasholder used to have “LH” painted on it to guide BOAC pilots into Heathrow.  Another gasholder in Northolt was labelled “NO” for BEA pilots heading for Northolt.  The story was that a Pan Am Boeing 707 once landed at Northolt in error and had one hell of a job taking off from the shorter runway.  See Ruislip Online | Pan American Boing 707 lands at RAF Northolt for the story and photographs. Both gasholders are now demolished but aircraft have alternative, and more reliable, navigational tools available to them.  Runners coming to Southall should be aware that there is no official carpark - see above for parking advice.  Just allow a little extra time to walk from wherever you find and be aware that the whole area seems to a 20 MPH zone so no place to be in a hurry.  Sadly no toilets in the park either.  It is the newest parkrun in London taking the total to 59 – only 32 parkrunners have so far logged a run at all 59 although both Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell should add to that number on Saturday.

Steve Newell

Petra reported that her jog was slower than the previous week's walk and we also had Jeremy Short reporting his first parkrun for a while as a walk since he is not able to run following recent operations and procedures. He tells me that it was "generally enjoyable although it was a strange feeling not being able to run it". I'm fully supportive of walking at parkrun - as you would expect from the person who reminds you that they hold the club's men's 2k walking record. Also when I missed a parkrun one weekend due to having a surgeon drilling holes through my skull, I was able to walk round the parkrun the following Saturday. I've also got a brother-in-law who finished his twentieth parkrun on Saturday without having run a single one - and the only reason my sister finished ahead of him is because of, in her words, "a sneaky finishing line sprint". Everyone can be a winner at parkrun and I would welcome some of our other club members joining us all in a walk some Saturday mornings.

There were four new parkruns in the UK last Saturday. Trentham Gardens must have had some local promotion because they had a massive 557 runners - including half of the attendees from nearby Hanley and The Wammy parkruns. Nearer to home Oxford has a new parkrun "University Parks" with 305 attendees. Oxford parkrun (run in Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park) looks increasingly in need of a rename since it is now the joint third nearest parkrun to Oxford.

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Roderick Hoffman

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