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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th June 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


For Coronavirus related restrictions and advice see News_Coronavirus_Guidance_May_2021.shtml.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

This Week's and Future Solo Events

Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to Some events, such as the weekend achievement, 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 14th June):

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. Alternately join me at the in-person event this Thursday 10th June at Spikes Bridge Park, West Ave, Southall (UB1 2AR) with a planned start time for the mile of 12:20. Parking is straightforward, facilities are few.

Mile Participant Location Date Start Time Duration/Time Comment

Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:

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

Black Park Orienteering this Wednesday 9th June Details

We will use the permanent Orienteering Course at Black Park on Wednesday 9th June with starts from 18:30.  Since all participants need to have a map printed for them you'll need to let me know to expect you. At the moment I'm hoping to see Chris Kelly, Alice Banks, Steve Hillier and Simon Turton but all are welcome and no experience is required, indeed those with no experience are wanted.

The start is adjacent to the Sam Remo Kiosk which is next to the car park (which is to the north of postcode SL3 6DS). This is a pay car park - you can park for free in laybys on the A412 but from personal experience I don't recommend that.

Participants will run singularly, or in pairs if they wish. Runners can choose to do the short course (from 2.7km in length) or the longer course (from 4.7km in length). Runners will be set off at intervals so that the previous runner cannot be followed (no slip-stream running in this event!). You need to use the map to navigate to each of the marked control points in sequence and then return to the start. Most of the time you will be running on the established paths of Black Park (as used, for example, in the Black Park parkrun). To get to some of the controls you'll have to venture into the wooded areas and you may also find that some woodland or meadow shortcuts can be achieved between controls. The map will show some out-of-bounds areas but these will be clear on the ground also. Controls are wooden posts on the top of which are printed a letter and a number. Having navigated to a control you will be expected to write down the number and letter marked on the control. You will be able to study the map before the start. Your time will be from when you leave the start area to when you get back to the start area having recorded all of the controls. If you can't find one or more controls then carry on - a time penalty will be given for each one missed (the time penalty will be large so it is worth searching for each control).

You will need to have a pen or pencil to write down the controls. You may benefit from having a compass - I don't use a compass when orienteering since I find it easy to remember where I am on the map. However you may find that if you've lost your way you can more easily find it using a compass to tell you where north is. Electronic navigational aids should not be used during an orienteering event - although you may use a simple compass app on a smartphone if you don't have a physical compass (e.g. from the Play Store - "Just a Compass (Free & No Ads)" from PixelProse SARL). I will bring a physical compass that I can lend out.

The park closes at 20:00 so we may find that facilities are closing as we finish. The cafe and toilets should be available at the start.

Map required > Roderick Hoffman

Maidenhead Thicket NOW 16th June 2021 details

Alice has planned a 5k route (slightly more or less if we take a wrong turn in the thicket) for the 16th June, starting and finishing at Stubbings Nursery ( John will also join us and take those who wish to walk on a shorter route. There is a nice café at the nursery that serves coffee, cake and sandwiches etc. Parking is free and there is plenty of space available. Hope this all sounds ok.

Alice Banks
Let us know to look out for you - we won't start on the dot of 12 and we will delay if we know that someone else is due: > Roderick

Marshalling Requirement - 20th July in the city for 18:15 to 20:15.

The STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (5km) ( returns on TUESDAY 20th JULY. COVID safety measures will be in place for both volunteers and competitors. We’ve been invited again to run two Disley Shuttles at 3.5 km and 4.5 km as well as continuing to support the course around the Bank of England (2.5 km).

I need 25 helpers across the 3 points. Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30 and it is usually all over by 20:15. We’ll meet outside MOORGATE tube at 18:15. They'll be a T-shirt for everyone (face masks and hand-gel will also be available) but not surprisingly no post race hospitality this year. The Club will however get a good donation, which helps keep membership costs down.

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

Thanks in advance for your continued support.  


Simon Turton >

New Dates - including AGM / Awards Evening

Wednesday 14th July at the Bedfont Club (Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club, Hatton Road. TW14 9QT) from 19:30 for 20:00. This is subject to the government roadmap step four having occurred previously and please note that some social distancing measures may be required. The proposal though is to hold a combined 2021 AGM and the 2021 Awards Evening with speeches, elections and the handing over of trophies. Food will be provided and there will be a pay bar. Whilst there may be a room occupancy limit, we doubt that we will threaten to exceed it so please plan on being there that evening - but please let us know that you'll try to make it.

Because we'll be handing out the awards during the evening obviously we need to collect the trophies back in. Steve Hillier should be in touch with you to arrange that - please be proactive if you can.

There will be a mile event held at the Feltham Track from 18:00 with the changing rooms available before and after.

Notify us of your possible attendance > Roderick

Proposed BAAC 40th Anniversary Event - Wednesday 22nd September (to be preceded by our annual Equinox 5k event). Please reserve this date in your calendars.

The club calendar has also been updated with dates for proposed Track and Field matches and for the first Winter Handicap of next winter!

 Roderick Hoffman  

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 4th to 7th June 2021

22 activities recorded including a couple stolen from Facebook. In a worrying trend two of them refer to marathon training!

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Sprints Crawley Fri 8 x 355m in 62 or 63secs with 80secs between sprints. Work on Saturday so Saturday morning's session this Friday evening.
Andy Rayner Running 2.2km Local Thur 00:31:41 Also Sunday D-Day cycle 4m & 4m in 19min and 17:01mins.
Barry Walters Running 6km Savernake Park Sat am 00:35:37 Took this effort at a steady pace which I maintained throughout the run. Conditions were good in the warm sunshine.
Ben Cooper Running 4.67km Cardiff Fri 00:22:29 Got my exercise in early, a shortened version of my 5k route around CWL at a comfortable pace
Benita Scaife Walking 10.77km Wargrave to Shoplake via Sonning Sat am 01:53:30 The Wargrave section was new to us and required some route-finding through land owned by a farmer who is clearly not a fan of walkers…
Chris Kelly Running 12.7miles Shiplake and back Sun 01:54:00 Sunday Run to Shiplake, up the hill and back. Felt a bit pooped! Ed: A day earlier and he might have met the Scaifes.
Clara Halket Walking 7.69km Turf Hill Park Sun am 01:15:00
Denis Foxley Running 5.5miles Ruislip Woods Sun 01:00:00 Approximate time and distance
Harjit Jhooti Peaking 978m Scaffell Pike Sun The highest mountain in England via the corridor route with the infamous “bad step.”  With no signs I got lost a few times going down a vertical scree.  Great views - you can see Wales, Scotland, IOM and Northern Ireland
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race 13.1miles Hertfordshire Half Marathon Sun am 02:41:50 Another run Tshirt and medal at Nebworth house Hertfordshire to add to my collection. Tough and challenging course especially on Sunny Sunday morning.
Joan Foxley Running 4.5miles Ruislip Woods Sun 01:00:00 Approximate time and distance
Joe Nolan mixed Run/Walk 5.14km Upton Court (near parkrun course) Mon am 00:37:05 Run/Walk at Upton, upping the distance despite painful annual kidney stone !
John Scaife Walking 10.77km Wargrave to Shoplake via Sonning Sat am 01:53:30 ...This may explain why we had some picturesque riverside paths almost to ourselves in contrast to the outbound opposite bank Thames Path - busily walked, run and cycled.
Kelly Davis Running 13km To Staines via reservoirs Sun am 01:34:00 Lovely cool run this morning in training for London. 3rd time lucky?
Melanie Miller Walking 21.09km Ditching to Brighton Sat 04:37:26 A brilliant but challenging hike thru Ditchling and round the beacon, up & over the downs. Undulating and hilly most of the time but with varied terrain and fantastic weather.
Michael Ball HITT session Sat My friend wants to get fit so did an hitt session with him 3x (10x burpees, 20x mountain climbers, 20x crunches, 10x squats, 20x press-ups, 20x Russian twists, 20x v sits after each exercise 30 meter each way sprint)
Mike Dennison Running 11.6km Richmond Park Sat am 01:00:36 A lap of Richmond Park - quite nice conditions, starting at 8:30 before it got too warm, and taking it fairly easy at the end of the first week of marathon training!
Neil Frediani Running 20.01miles County Durham Mon am 04:10:21 Achieved 20 miles after failing 2 weeks ago. All in countryside of Gateshead and County Durham. A struggle in the humidity. Highlight was seeing 2 young Goldfinches frolicking.
Piers "Pops" Keenleyside * Running 16miles Grand Union Canal Loop Sun 03:04:08 Using a new route borrowed from a friend. About 2/3rd is along the Grand Union Canal - so lots of flat!
Roderick Hoffman Running 18.65km Paddington to Yeading via canal Sun 02:20:53 Trying to take advantage of a cooler, greyer day to fit in a long run home along the Grand Union Canal. I didn't see Piers but between us we covered most of the London sections of the Canal.
Stephen Taylor Running 13.27miles Ealing parks Sat am 02:15:21 My weekend run had to be an early one on Saturday as we were going out to visit relatives.
Steve Hillier Cycling 18miles Hillingdon Excellent still conditions, through Uxbridge, climbing Hillingdon Hill, and following the Grand Union canal through Northolt.

* Piers "Pops" Keenleyside - Piers became a grandfather today with the birth of Ruben to his daughter Sophie.

Weekend AchievementsHarjit is pictured on top of England;, I'm sure she'd have made it to the top of Everest had Nepal been on the green list.

My picture from my run on the Grand Union Canal - the A40 Westway and Trellick Tower.

Where would we be without concrete?

Obviously one place we'd be more often is in traffic jams since concrete is vital for the construction of the motorway network. 

And many people would be without homes. Trellick tower was designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger and opened in 1972. A local landmark, it has been Grade II* listed since 1998, and has retained its distinctive concrete facade as a result. Since the tower had not been wrapped in flammable plastic, when a fire broke out early in 2017 damage was limited. Living in the tower had a bad reputation in the 70s and 80s but improvements since has made this block, of mostly social housing, highly desirable.

Roderick Hoffman

Meet the Committee - Clara Halket

Clara Halket at 60After about 10 years as Ladies Captain, I passed the baton over to Amanda Coombs last year. I had joined BAAC a couple of years before becoming Ladies Captain.

After I joined the cabin crew community 7 years ago “Running the world” became a reality. My top three favourite longhaul running destinations are Cape Town, Santiago and Phoenix; shorthaul ones are Edinburgh, Hamburg and Stockholm.

Now into my 6th decade on Earth I am still plodding along and keeping my fitness in check. Since the beginning of 2020 and the lockdown, I participated in several virtual events and started to design my own challenges to overcome the boredom of just logging miles. It seems I have become a little faster than in my 50s despite running a lot more slower miles than I used to do. “Go slow to run fast”, some truth in it. I volunteer at some of ultra-running events too.

I am staying in the Committee as Member without portfolio, to assist when and where I can. As and when the London Vitality 10000 comes back as a live event, I’ll be calling on you to come forward as volunteers!


All of the committee and their posts and roles are listed on the club website at: British Airways Athletics Club Committee ( The picture below was taken during last week's Committee Meeting, via Zoom.

Committee Meeting pucture

BA Athletics Club Records - Shot put

It is clear that this set of records belong to Steve in the mens and Janet in the ladies - age having been their only barrier. Note that the weights thrown can vary by age group and competition so may not be directly comparable.

To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately measured and the participant has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in an in-house organised event). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to compete in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs).

TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (OPEN) Shot Janet Smith 8.47m ASCA Lisbon Aug-94 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV35) Shot Janet Smith 8.04m Rosenheim Roehampton Aug-00 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV40) Shot Janet Smith 8.75 World Masters Sydney 11-Oct-09 GB Vest
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV45) Shot Janet Smith 8.62 Rosenheim Eton 13-Jul-13 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50) Shot Janet Smith 8.68 Vets League Perivale Jun-18 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (OPEN) Shot John Linin 9.94m BA Champs Hayes Sep-93 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV40) Shot Steve Hillier 8.97m ASCA Hamburg Aug-02 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45) Shot Steve Hillier 8.97m ASCA Hamburg Aug-02 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50) Shot Steve Hillier 9.21m BA Champs Eton Sep-04 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV55) Shot Steve Hillier 9.31 Grand Prix Eton May-11 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV60) Shot Steve Hillier 8.95 Grand Prix Eton May-16 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65) Shot Eddie Giles * 7.72 Grand Prix Eton May-14 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65) Shot Steve Hillier * 7.72 Vets League Uxbridge May-19 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV70) Shot Tony Barnwell ** 8.08 Grand Prix Uxbridge Jun-16 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV75) Shot Harry Wild 7.71 BA Champs Eton Sep-08 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV80) Shot Harry Wild 5.72 BA Champs Eton Sep-14 NEW

* As I type this Steve and Janet are probably putting the shot in this evening's first Track & Field match of the season. Steve currently shares the record for his current age group with Eddie Giles - could he go 1cm further this evening and claim the record outright? We'll have to wait until next week to find out.

** As an MV70 Tony was putting a 4kg shot hence this record is not comparable with those of the younger MV65 age group.

If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions:

Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Brandon

Letters to the editor - relating to Ron Hill 1938-2021

Ron Hill with TramChris Kelly writes: On the subject of Ron Hill - apart from my admiration for the man - first and fastest Boston Marathon winner from UK - and as an owner of a large number of his socks, tracksters etc.... I grew up in Manchester, where he ran to/from work each day, and I very much enjoyed his autobiographies, which I "inherited" from the Club library. I was very pleased to see a pic of him running along Stockport Road followed by the number 169 bus - which I used to get home from (primary) school each day - I can't honestly claim I saw him - but its possible.... 
More convincingly, he was guest presenter of the prizes at the Round Norfolk Relay one year - 2007 or 2011 - and had the pleasure of presenting the Ladies Stage 11 Winner prize - to our own Kat Henville (Stather). I definitely saw that.

Ed: I couldn't find the image referenced by Chris, so you'll have to make do with a Chinese tram.

Andy Rainer also wrote in: Being of a certain era, Ron Hill was the man to inspire eejits like me.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun return

Brixworth Country parkrun courseThe planned English parkrun return is still targeted for Saturday 26th June though parkrun will make a decision based on the situation this Friday, taking into account those parkruns that either have or have not permission to restart. The decision may or may not be conditional on the government's Step 4 decision due next Monday (14th).  Currently 75.5% of English parkruns have permission to restart and these represent 79% of parkrunners. There are areas where several nearby parkruns have not been given the go ahead including in London and Newcastle - but the better news is that today permission has been confirmed for several parkruns near the club's core base - i.e. Bedfont Lakes, Gunnersbury, Hanwell and Bracknell parkruns. During the week last week, I did a freedom run at Brixworth Country (pictured), just north of Northampton, and that parkrun is another that has been given permission this morning.

A map showing which parkruns have been given permission to return is here: . The map will be updated during the week.

Roderick Hoffman

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