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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th November 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

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 by end of Sunday 13th November):

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

Surrey League Cross Country on Saturday

The Venue for this, for both our teams, has been confirmed as Oxshott Woods, A244, Oxshott, KT22 0TA. The men are running from 12pm, the ladies from 2pm.

Amanda Coombs / Paul Knechtl

Next Year's Club Membership Fee

The BAAC membership fee remains as great value unaltered at just £9 to cover you from April 2023 to March 2024. However please note that the England Athletics Registration fee is being raised from £16 to £17. Therefore those of you who pay for affiliation will be asked for a total of £26 for next year. You may need to adjust your direct debits before the payment is due.

Chris Kelly, Treasurer 

Invitation - KLM Beach Run Sat 17th December

So far I've had one interest in this event - is anyone else considering this? See last week's digest for more details.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

22 club members and friends achievements are listed below.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Running Brecon Canal Recovery run on Brecon canal with a rewarding double rainbow.
Andy Rayner Running 3.75km Sun 01:06:50 Wed 2 Nov-3.5M cycle=18m 55s: Thurs 3 Nov-1.5M fast walk=9m 50s: Sun 6 Nov 3.75M XC (only jogged last quarter mile due to extreme muddy conditions).
Barry Walters Running 8km Bracknell Mon am 00:57:55 Ran an easy 2.5k warm-up over the forest from home. Did 4 x 4 minutes strides on a gravel pathway with 2 mins recovery after each. Then jogged back for 2.5k. In the evening did an hour of yoga at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Walking Maidenhead Thicket Fri Our activity was a walk on Maidenhead Thicket on Friday, finishing at Saints coffee shop..
John Scaife Walking Maidenhead Thicket Fri …limited running at the moment owing to a calf injury which allows me (John) to walk but does not like me to run.
David Cowell parkrun 5km Uppsala, Sweden Sat am
Eddie Giles parkrun 5km Jersey Sat am 00:27:45 4th run at Jersey, 1st in age cat. on the eve of my 74th birthday. Cold, blustery, tough but good.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:23:37 Bedfont Lakes parkrun 23.37 then fulfilled a vacant marshal post .
Jain Reid Running 17.8km Thames Putney / Chiswick Sun I managed to dodge the rain and fit in a 2 hour river run. The heavens opened again within 10 mins of getting back.
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Maidenhead Sat am Maidenhead parkrun with Pudsey and Joe Wicks. Wasn't looking for any fast times, just to enjoy the occasion which I did. 965 finishers so was a great turn out in the rain. ‍♀️☔️
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M Marlow Half Sun am 02:54:22 Picture for MyMarlow by Paul Merchant and Laura Bradley Photography
Julie Barclay Running 9km Rushmoor Sun am 00:54:00 9k easy run followed by 5x100m strides. Totally drenched in the heavy rain before finish token and barcode scanning duties at Queen’s Parade junior parkrun.
Paul Watt Running 9km Rushmoor Sun am 00:54:00 As Julie.
Maria Jovani parkrun 5km Bushy Park Sat am Chatty miles with Ian at Bushy Park parkrun. We each managed sub 26 min. Photo taken at the finish funnel.
Melanie Miller Running 10.09km Spelthorne Mon 01:22:45 Long run with Harjit today in horrendous weather more aquarun than running but fun anyway.
Harjit Jhooti Running 10.09km Spelthorne Mon 01:22:45 Long run with Harjit Melanie today in horrendous weather more aquarun than running but fun anyway.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 12km Ruislip post boxes Tue 01:30:00 18 post-boxes found, half a dozen with seasonal toppers. I did get absolutely soaked for ten minutes. The course, the shortest way between post-boxes, did include wet grass sections but also 100yards of the Kings College Athletics Track.
Sarah Gordon  Race 10miles Tunnel Vision Night & Dawn (Markey Harborough) Thur/Fri See below
Simon Turton Orienteering 7.23km Lower Earley Street-O Sat pm 00:41:54 Saturday morning started with my daughter twisting my arm to attend a zumba class at the local gym as it was in danger of not going ahead due to lack of numbers; turns out there were plenty although I was the only male! Still, after 45 mins it was quite fun and being nicely warmed up I opted to get a Street-O, even though it was raining. Starting to feel things are going in the right direction after several months lay-off with a foot injury.
Stephen Taylor Running 13miles Home to, from and with Northala Fields parkrun Sat am Another parkrun sandwich for me, Northala this time, again with a 5 mile top and tail. 26:08 for the parkrun.
Steve Hillier Running 7.9km 01:02:00 I've called it "WET" on Strava (Windsor & Eton Trot).  I started and finished in Slough, crossing the playing fields of Eton and (briefly) Windsor bridge.
Steve Newell parkrun 5km Lordship Recreation Sat am Lordship Recreation was a bit crowded at the start (Ally Pally cancelled due to firework display set up).  There are some gentle slopes but nothing compared with Grovelands or Finsbury Park.  Tarmac all the way.  Walkable from Turnpike Lane underground.  My son and grandson lapped me but I was happy about that.

Week Achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 5th November 2022

42 activities are recorded this week - the highest number since February 2020. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 616 18 0:23:37 65.63%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 616 36 0:27:00 55.06%
Benita SCAIFE Bicester 260 154 0:32:01 66.27% first run at Bicester
John SCAIFE Bicester 260 177 0:35:01 49.26% first run at Bicester
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 555 316 0:38:41 53.21%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 120 313 0:37:40 49.47% 17th run at Brooklands
Mike DENNISON Bushy Park 901 76 0:20:15 82.06% 475th parkrun
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 901 107 0:20:58 70.91% run #348
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 901 393 0:25:51 62.02% run #373
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 901 394 0:25:52 61.98% run#478
Trish MCCABE Cassiobury 339 196 0:27:52 57.00% first run at Cassiobury
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 478 34 0:24:52 57.44%
Paul WATT Fulham Palace 370 65 0:21:08 73.97% first run at Fulham Palace, park #107
Julie BARCLAY Fulham Palace 370 133 0:23:40 79.72% first run at Fulham Palace, park #111
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 494 177 0:26:21 63.63%
Harjit Jhooti Gunpowder 502 375 0:35:40 49.44% 479 finishers [previous record 329]
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 321 113 0:29:28 62.27%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 321 180 0:38:13 61.27%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 162 101 0:38:15 54.95% 123rd run at Hazelwood, heavy going
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 127 40 0:26:54 77.70%
Monica ALONSO Highbury Fields 504 305 0:36:33 48.88%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 182 38 0:23:37 63.44% 98th parkrun
Eddie GILES Jersey 313 135 0:27:45 66.13% 4th run at Jersey , "1st age cat, on the eve of my 74th birthday. cold, blustery, tough but good."
Roderick HOFFMAN Leavesden Country 3 153 0:31:29 51.83%
Steve NEWELL Lordship Recreation Ground 3 280 0:46:51 42.87% run #439,  park #123, " Londone" 60/60
Janet SMITH Maidenhead 328 619 0:43:44 42.53% 965 runners incl. Joe Wicks [previous record 625]
Frankie HOGGE Mile End 488 183 0:26:57 54.92%
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 367 82 0:26:08 60.84%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 396 230 0:48:40 53.73% 91st run at Osterley
Bob BANNISTER Preston Park 419 226 0:27:46 60.98%
Anne Bannister Preston Park 419 270 0:29:17 70.29% BA ladies record (from Zara Thorn)
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 235 63 0:29:35 56.68%
Ben Kelly Reading 574 55 0:25:15 51.09%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 574 99 0:28:24 55.05%
Jain REID Richmond Park 726 208 0:30:20 59.67%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 225 43 0:22:16 70.21%
Adrian HAINES Severn Bridge 132 4 0:18:54 81.31% Streaked across - new BA male and grade record (from Ben Chaytow)
Barry WALTERS Southall 44 24 0:28:33 59.84% 42second PB
David DUGGAN Southall 44 36 0:32:59 49.47%
Melanie Miller Sutcliffe 61 211 0:37:31 47.62% first run at Sutcliffe
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 108 21 0:22:40 70.15%
David Cowell Uppsala 154 7 0:19:33 71.95% BA park #688

parkrun Review Saturday 5th November 2022

A much publicised appearance by Body Coach Joe Wicks attracted a huge attendance at Maidenhead and Janet Smith (43:44) patiently made her way round special two lap narrow course. She did well, there were over 100 finishers who took more than an hour for the 5km which may be a record for a UK parkrun but maybe a sign of things to come. 965 finishers! The circus will move on to Camperdown (Dundee) next Saturday.  His appearance is part of the annual BBC backed “Children in Need“ appeal.  Maidenhead regulars Benita(32:01) and John Scaife(35:01) chose a less busy parkrun at Bicester instead.  Good shopping nearby?

Our fastest parkrunner this week was Adrian Haines (18:54) at Severn Bridge.  David Cowell (19:33) visited Uppsala (Sweden) for the first time taking the club total to 688 different parkruns.

Steve Newell (46:51) went to the newest London parkrun at Lordship Recreation Ground to regain his “Londone” badge. It is very walkable from Turnpike Lane station on the Piccadilly Line. There are currently 60 5km parkruns in the London boroughs.  Trish McCabe (27:52) who exhausted the supply of London parkruns to do a couple of weeks ago went just beyond the fringes to Cassiobury in Watford.  Roderick Hoffman visited another new one nearby at Leavesden Country Park (Abbots Langley) and found it crowded and muddy reminding him why he never really enjoyed cross-country!  Another parkrun started up this week at Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, handy for the Peak District National Park.

Paul Watt (21:08) and Julie Barclay (23:40) spent some challenging days during the “interruption” running from Central London to Premier and Football League grounds in the capital.  This week they chose to run at Fulham Palace, bang next door to Craven Cottage the home of Fulham FC.  The parkrun was suspended from February to August this year while the paths were meticulously improved and only restarted on 3rd September.  Attendances are around the 400 mark.  Three flat laps (almost) and the course slightly longer than the one the event started with!
Harjit Jhooti (35:40) ran at Gunpowder parkrun (Epping Forest district) and was one of 340 first timers there and part of a record attendance of 479.  Parkruns have been held there on Saturday 5th November twice before.  In 2011 there were just 21 runners and 4 volunteers, in 2016 the numbers were up to 194 and 8.  This time round there were 479 and 34.

The next club featured parkrun will be at Gladstone Park on 19th November with the final one of the year at Osterley Park on 17th December.  Osterley is one of the first parkruns to announce festive season plans – no extra 5km runs on Christmas day or New Years Day this time round.

Steve Newell

Janet with Paul Sinton-HewettMatters Arising - Maidenhead parkrun

Neither Joe Wicks nor Pudsey Bear are listed in the results, so I'm guessing that Joe forgot his barcode and Pudsey had no way of carrying a bearcode. Paul Sinton-Hewitt finished in 58:31 so it was good of Janet to wait around for him [picture]. In this "it's OK to walk" initiative there were 78 participants listed with times longer than 60minutes (plus about 50 "Unknowns"). Despite the crowds on this two lap course 51 of the participants are listed as having achieved PBs.

 There were 37 first timers and 170 "Unknowns". 105 were existing parkrunners on their first visit to Maidenhead. The remaining 510 were parkrunners who had previously finished Maidenhead parkrun.

Having the right equipment

Some groups on Facebook seem dedicated to ensure that you know what type of running shoe to wear at each parkrun. Adrian discovered that it isn't just the shoes you need to worry about - the only shorts he found on him for the Severn Bridge parkrun were very long and were like sails in the cross wind. It is fortunate that he didn't end up either in the channel or blown onto the M4.

parkrun Volunteering

Our regular parkrun reporting only mentions volunteering for 5k runs, for roles that deprive you of a run opportunity and only for parkruns that we check (primarily Bedfont Lakes, Guildford and Harrow) or where we are notified of a role. The reason for this is a dearth of parkrun reports on volunteer efforts. I complain regularly about this - including to parkrun HQ.

What I can do however is to extract a snapshot of total volunteering for each individual and compare the totals with previous snapshots. So, this report focuses on the volunteering done between 12th April and 2nd November of this year - a period of just over six months.

Originally parkrun proposed that all regular runners should volunteer three times a year and also often it is suggested that volunteer credits should be collected in a ratio of 1 to 10 with runs. However, in practice it turns out that parkrun volunteering doesn't work that way - some people volunteer frequently, some rarely and some not at all - often for perfectly valid reasons. That is true for the parkrun community as a whole and also for the club's parkrunners.  No criticism is implied here for those with low or no volunteer rates - though the thought is that those individuals may be missing out on part of the parkrun experience.

Overall club members have got about 352 credits over those 29 weeks - so just over 12 a week (so many more than the two a week we report on in the standard table).

Many of our members have accumulated ten or more volunteer credits in the six months since April. Leading the way is, as usual, David Duggan with 163 credits - obviously this covers multiple roles at Saturday and Junior parkruns. Emma Moreton is next with 67 credits (mostly for "Communications") and then Michael Dennison with 51 - Mike's roles are well spread across the available roles. Since the April snapshot Paul Watt has stepped up to the mark 46 times (21 times for "Barcode Scanning", often having run the course fast) and Julie Barclay 39 times. Alastair Hislop has received 33 credits, mostly at Guildford but also at Broadwater when Guildford is closed (I know this from weekly data - the snapshot data does not include locations).

Others who have volunteered twenty or more times are Ben Chaytow, David Cowell, Di Smith, Maria Jovani and Melanie Miller. Also mentions for Denis and Joan Foxley, Harjit Jhotti and Petra Otto for ten or more.

In terms of roles performed; 76 times parkruns have been dependent on our members for the "Communications" role and 45 times for the thankless "Volunteer Coordinator" role. The next highest is "Barcode Scanning" with 42 occasions and "Report Writing" with 40 (that is a lot of reports - I wish I had the same level of input into this digest!). We've provided "Marshal" 35 times, "Pre-event Setup" 33 times and "Timekeeper" 31 times. Roles in the twenties are "Token Sorting", "Tail Walker" (esp. Diana and Petra), "Post-event Close Down" and "Run Director".

We are represented across all current roles except perhaps "VI Guide" where our potential helpers haven't been called into action or have been too busy with their own Everests. The newest role, "parkwalker", has already been undertaken four times, by four different club members.

Trends are very difficult to see due to the snapshot comparison process, changing club membership and even changing role names (e.g. "First Timers Briefing" to "First Timers Welcome"). Perhaps "Car Park Marshal" and "Event Course Check" have grown over the last few years and we do far more "Token Sorting" than we used to.

Roderick Hoffman

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Julie and I walked the course at Edenbrook last Friday afternoon. The reason was that we had planned to run it for an elusive #28 for our Wilson Index but we knew that it was prone to flooding. No events at Edenbrook had been cancelled due to the weather - one was because of a fallen tree - which is no surprise thanks to a very dry summer. One week of consistent precipitation however and it has all changed. For those of you who know the course, the start and most of the course was fine but the stretch at the far end from the wooden bridge to the turnaround point was totally submerged; the water at least ankle depth over an area that is run four times (there and back twice). Cancellation was inevitable and indeed the news broke at 16:00 which is fair warning and enough time to review plans: we made hasty plans to visit Fulham Palace and even managed to bag a couple of volunteer credits. With the heavy rain over the weekend, I cannot see this course drying out for weeks although I sincerely hope that it does as it is a lovely open space with a very good course. Be warned that this could be a very regular occurrence during the winter and if planning to run there, keep an eye on all news outlets.

We spoke with an Event Director on Sunday and the developers at Edenbrook have almost completed their work at the back of the leisure centre. This means that more pathway would be made available and that a ‘B’ course or a course redesign would be future options.
We obviously wish the event all future success but reality is that it is very susceptible to flooding with inevitable cancellations.

Paul and Julie

Ed: Not just a UK problem - I was lucky in Australia running at Warrandyte River Reserve the other week. The course had been reserved by the river both the previous week and for the two weeks since I ran it.

Tunnel Vision MedalsTunnel Vision Run

The format of Tunnel Vision run is two out and back races along a former railway line with a long tunnel in the middle. One is at night, everyone in lights with lots of jollity, the other at dawn the next morning. A more tranquil (achey muscles) run.

To ensure everyone does the full run you get a silly gift at the turnaround point. Easy to remember the runs I've done, the one with the maracas, the flashing glasses, the carrot and now the light saber. You had to inflate it yourself before you got back to the finish. Medals are great too, two different that interlock. Distance is uncomfortably far for me, each is 5 miles long so 10 miles within a 12 hour period, but I wasn’t quite the last to finish this morning - and I did stop to take photos! Home to bed now!

Sarah Gordon

Heathrow T5 "Half Marathon"

And more tunnel running - Simon Turton spotted this blog relating to running a half marathon within T5, on the way to catching a flight. The blog can be viewed on youtube here: Running an Official Marathon In Heathrow Airport - YouTube .

The video uses poetic license - I suspect that whilst they did actually run the correct distance they would have done so entirely within the tunnel that leads from T5A to T5C, and between 4am and 6am prior to the first Belfast flight out. The film showing them running around the shops area (4 to 6 floors above the tunnel) would have been filmed later. The run will have been conducted with full permission from HAL (and BA would have been notified) - note that whilst running (for a flight) is permitted within the terminal they would have been prevented from filming if they didn't have permission. They ran the half marathon rather than the full marathon because you are only allowed to check in two hours before your domestic flight.

Nevertheless it is still a notable achievement to have done a 67 minute half marathon whilst waiting for your departure - though personally I'll stick to having a coffee and croissant.

Roderick Hoffman

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