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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th September 2015


  • Tuesday 8th September - Round-the-Park race at Waterside/Harmondsworth from 12:30 (see below)
  • Wednesday 23rd Club "Equinox" 5k 18:00 & Social with food 20:00 @ Heston Venue
  • Wednesday 30th Brian's Relay 18:00 + Social 20:00 @ Heston Venue

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Reminder: Round-the-Park THIS WEEK Tuesday 8th September Harmondsworth Moor start 12:30

The event starts near the wooden bridge behind the main car park.  It is a 2 lap course and is approximately 3 miles in length, so just a bit shorter than 5 Km. This is a fun event and ALL levels of runners/joggers are welcomed.

Those not at Waterside wishing to take part will not be able to park in the parkland car parks. You should either use the bus to get to Waterside or consider parking in the eastern side of Moor Lane, assessable only from Harmondsworth village. There is a single yellow line here with parking permitted between 10:30 and 15:30 and spaces are freely available.

The entry fee is £1 per person and all proceeds goes to the White Lodge Charity. You can either enter the race as an individual or as part of a team. Teams are to be made up of 4 mixed runners, including at least one male and one female.

Entries will still be taken on the day.


Paul Knechtl

Results: BAAC Track & Field Championships & Fun Day at Eton on Sunday 6th September

Thames Valley Athletics Centre. Pococks Lane, Eton.

Start Time   


Eddie Giles

Harry Wild

Roderick Hoffman

Steve Hillier

Steve Taylor


12.30            Discus^ 20.02 15.01   23.72   Rachel Harry 20.43
13.00            800m 3:05   3:26   3:19  
13.15            Long Jump^ 3.01     3.26    
13.30            200m 32   38 31    
14.00             Shot Putt 7.21 6.41   8.83 7.45  
14.15            400m^ 1:19   1:40 1:32    
14.30            Wellie wanging 20.53 15.98 17.40 20.62 24.93  
15.00            3000m     13:47   13:40  
15.15             Javelin^ 17.62  12.08   18.35 24.23 Lesley Giles 9.33
16.00             100m^ 17.1   19.8 16.4 16.0  
16.00             Hammer 12.49 8.07   24.30 15.92  
16.30             1500m^ 6:48   6:50 8:06 6:42  

^Superstars event – Steve Hillier triumphed over Eddie Giles by four victories to two.

Blue sky, sunshine & still conditions (is this England in summer ?) was with us at this year’s BA Champs.  Just 5 men & 2 Ladies were there to tackle all the events.  Steve Hillier is the new Superstars champion,  gaining 4 wins out of the 6 chosen events over 2nd placed Eddie.

So prizes for Steve Hillier Superstar champ & Eddie 2nd , Steve Taylor for some superb throwing in all those event, Roderick for completing all the track sprinting & running events {see below}, Harry for a great job at Marksman, Starter & great competitor for his age and a prize for our timekeeper and Ladies Javelin winner, Lesley Giles.

[left to right, Steve Taylor, Eddie Giles, Roderick Hoffman, Harry Wild and Steve Hillier. Photo by Lesley Giles]

Pity there weren’t more athletes or families to enjoy the superb track conditions we had there this Sunday. Thanks to everyone that has supported the Track & Field section this year, it has been a tough one to get through this season.


Eddie Giles

Mo Comparison

You may have seen Mo Farah featured on the BBC website recently with one of his training sessions listed: "A mile knocked out in three minutes 55 seconds. Two-lap jog as recovery. Then a 1,200m run in 2:57. Same recovery. Then 1,000m in 2:27, two laps recovery; 800m in 1:57, two laps recovery; 600m in 80 seconds, two laps; 400m in 50.4, two laps; 200m in 25 seconds."

So how can a mere mortal compare?
  Mo Farah   Roderick Hoffman  
Age 32   55  
Frequency Typical Daily Training   Annual T&F Championships effort  
Altitude 1,300m   21m  
Recovery Two laps between each split   Two laps total  
Split Time Split Time
    3000m 13:47
Mile 3:55 1500m 6:50
1200m 2:57    
1000m 2:27    
800m 1:57 800m 3:26
600m 1:20    
400m 0:50.4 400m 1:40
200m 0:25 200m 0:39
    100m 0:19.8
Total 5,809m 13:51 6,000m 26:41
Average 400m 0:57 400m 1:47
So, Mo Comparison? - No Comparison! (though I do take heart in that I can compete with Mo over any two lap event and have reasonable confidence that I won't be lapped...though I'd better practice a few more 400m runs).

Roderick Hoffman

September Magic Mile Results

Well the weather last Thursday can definitely be described as Autumnal! There was a bit of a chill in the air (not cold), but lovely and warm in the sunshine, when it shone through the cloud. There was a noticeable absentee and expected PB with Vaneeta Cro not taking part. So it was a good job Colin Russell run as he knocked 22 seconds off his PB taking him under 8 minutes for the first time (7:51). Sharon Kassemzadeh continued to show how well she is running breaking 7 minutes (6:59) for the first time this year. A special mention must go to Ian Cunningham who recorded the fastest time of the day (6:20) and the second (6:25) and the third (6:30)! He was doing some mile efforts and managed to beat everybody’s time thrice. Same next month ???

Previous Best Time Last recorded time 03-Sep-15 Difference Best Time
Colin Russell 00:08:13 00:08:13 00:07:51 -22 seconds 00:07:51
Simon Ashford 00:06:18 00:06:55 00:06:49 -06 seconds 00:06:18
Sharon Kassemzadeh 00:06:47 00:07:02 00:06:59 -03 seconds 00:06:47
Ian Cunningham 00:05:52 00:06:03 00:06:20 +05 seconds 00:05:52
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:08 00:07:33 00:07:40 +07 seconds 00:07:08
Derek Baker 00:07:16 00:07:48 00:07:42 -06 seconds 00:07:16

Next event will be on Thursday 1st October 2015.

Paul Knechtl

Club parkrun results for Saturday 5th September 2015

The main concentration of our members, albeit mostly the older ones, this week was at Maidenhead.  First home was the youngest and the only under 60, Alice Banks who had arrived in plenty of time to take up a good position at the start and immediately gained an advantage over course debutant Alan Friar which she never gave up in spite of complaining of feeling sore after a recent out-of-season skating tumble. The other three, Alan Anderson, Steve Newell and Tony Barnwell were all on a mission to post better times than on their visit to Braywick Park back in the Spring.  All succeeded.  Alan Anderson set a new VM80 record which is faster than the VM75 record which he still holds.  Steve improved his time by an astonishing two minutes.

Last week I mentioned a certain Tony Merritt (VM75) of Burnham Joggers and his pb sequence at Northala Fields.  Well this week he was at Maidenhead helping set up the course from early on as a volunteer and joined us on the start line.  Yes, you've guessed it - he grabbed another pb by just three seconds.  That is the way to do it.  Mind you, he will need to carry on improving at that rate for six months to catch Alan Anderson.  Note that Gunnersbury parkrun had been cancelled to make way for the London Mela - with Osterley also cancelled due to another event there were larger than recent turnouts at several nearby parkruns including Northala Fields and Wormwood Scrubs though no records were set.

Elsewhere Roderick Hoffman made a routine visit to a park he's not been to before in Hertfordshire, this time Panshanger (Hertford) to take his score to 122 parks.  Judy Turton visited Woodley for the first time, it was her first parkrun for almost two years.  (Simon hasn't been to a parkrun for almost three years so maybe it's not really their idea of a perfect Saturday morning...or isn't allowed to be due to childcare requirements!).

John Coffey was at Woking again.  This could become a habit.

Denis and Joan Foxley (tailrunner) were both at Harrow where Fiona Smith set a pb and went under 30 minutes for the first time.  Fiona used to be a visitor to the Speedbird Club as a teenager.  She is the daughter of Jean and the late George Smith. 

Piers Keenleyside broke new ground and visited the fast flat course at Fulham Palace and recorded his best parkrun anywhere so far in 2015.  Janet Smith visited Havant for the first time and loved the course though has rarely been slower - she states that she was still hurting from the mountain walking the previous weekend.

5th Sept 2015

Family, Friends,+





Alan Anderson 29:49 Maidenhead age cat record, course pb by over half a minute 70%
Alice Banks 26:31 Maidenhead run #34 71%
Tony Barnwell 30:55 Maidenhead course pb by 6 secs 59%
Caroline Cockram 45:01 Bedfont Lakes and Photographer 36%
John Coffey 25:46 Woking run #181 71%
Ian Cunningham 25:23 Bushy run #210 59%
Scott Davison 23:39 Bedfont Lakes run #127 59%
David Duggan 45:02 Bedfont Lakes  and Results processor 34%
Denis Foxley 25:07 Harrow  [corrected time] run #16 66%
Joan Foxley 41:32 Harrow volunteer tailrunner, run #7 50%
Neil Frediani 26:21 Bedfont Lakes run #124 60%
Alan Friar 26:34 Maidenhead first time at Maidenhead 66%
Tony Hird 25:50 Gunpowder run #108 58%
Roderick Hoffman 26:49 Panshanger park #122 57%
Kevin Holland 30:19 Woking run #22 56%
Piers Keenleyside 21:40 Fulham Palace first run at Fulham Palace 73%
Chris Kelly 21:19 Reading run #252 69%
Kerstin Luksch 22:27 Bushy Bushy pb 67%
Tony Merritt 33:53 Maidenhead volunteer set up and pb! 56%
Steve Newell 30:36 Maidenhead course pb by 2 mins 58%
Joe Nolan 26:55 Black Park 27' pacer 60%
Richard Ruffell 22:30 Tring course pb 68%
Fiona Smith 29:47 Harrow first sub 30' parkrun, run #14 52%
Janet Smith 34:53 Havant first run at Havant 48%
Judy Turton 28:14 Woodley first run at Woodley 58%
Sreeram Sethuraman volunteer Upton Court

I had hoped to bring you news of the youngest Newell at a parkrun but that will have to wait a week or two as the first attempt failed due to appalling pace judgment.  It must be difficult the first time for a four year old more used to sprinting half the length of a football pitch to step up to 2km when everyone zooms off at the start.  His barcode, now a passport to hundreds of junior and full parkruns around the world, is number 1879371, nearly two million.  Among our early adopters John Coffey is 1018, Janet Smith 2341 and Alan Anderson 5556.

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell (mainly)

Panshanger parkrun (near Hatfield)

Panshanger is a good parkrun for those intending to run cross country this coming season - which is why I got this one out of the way before the autumn rains took over from the summer ones (not entirely successful since the supposedly dry weekend wasn't, not in Panshanger anyway). The course is a single lap on mixed non-paved surfaces - earth, grass, packed sand and gravel (loose!).  The first k includes quite a bit of uphill, the next two are flat, then you get the downhill in the fourth k. You are advised to get into your finish order by the start of the fifth k because the course gets narrow making it difficult to overtake though it is largely flat alongside a lake before the last 100m length climb just before turning into the finish funnel.  This is one of those parkruns where instead of a local cafe they have a man in a van providing an excellent service of hot drinks and other goodies - including hot sausage rolls which other parkrunners will have realised I'm partial to for my second breakfast on parkrunday.

Roderick Hoffman

Running Shorts

Race result - Maidenhead Half Marathon Results - 6th Sept 2015 

Piers Keenleyside - 1:39:42

Joe Nolan - 1:46:28*

Tony Barnwell - 2:17:04

Piers Keenleyside 

*Joe reports by textmessage [Ed: I can take contributions from any source] "...a new PB of 1:46:28 which is 4mins better than ever before - very pleased with that".

Born to run?

Ealing half marathon promotion (Youtube so won't work across the BA Intranet)

Keep watching (and listening) to the end and you'll get to see a BA vest.

Thanks to Piers Keenleyside for passing on.

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