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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th April 2019


  • Wednesday 10th April "Watersplash" 10k (and 5k) club races from the Bedfont Club from 18:00 #*
  • Saturday 13th April Club Featured parkrun at Brooklands parkrun near Weybridge starts 09:00 #* (details below)
  • Wednesday 17th April NOW Harrow/Headstone from 12:00 (see below) *

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 4th April.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 20th March) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Northumberland 10k course

Northumberland 10k and Longford 5k, Wednesday 10th April, reminder

This Wednesday. Because the club is providing food we need to know how many to expect.


  • Arrive from 17:30 in time to get changed, register yourself as having arrived and walk down to the starts,
  • From 18:00 incremental 10k starts with the intention of finishing around 19:00 (see below),
  • 18:35 5k start,
  • 19:00 mass finish?
  • 19:30 onwards - club social with Pizza and Curry.

The course is shown from the club map, it is run anti-clockwise.  Note that because the lap is just over 5k in length the starts will be a short way down Hatton Road.

10k Runners will be started singly or in groups from outside Bedfont Primary School (approx. a quarter mile southwest of the Bedfont Club.).  The aim is to generate a close finish at around 19:00.  The "elite" start will be at 18:20.

The main group start for 5km runners will be 18:35 in Hatton Road opposite Cains Lane (300m+ SW of the Bedfont Club). Slower runners (30 min plus) may request an early group start at 18:25.

The finish for both runs will be the tree between lampposts 15 and 16 on the cycle path / footpath from the bridge over the Longford River and Hatton Road. The triangular course is very simple and will not be marked. Runners should be prepared to record their own times.  Any volunteers to help with timing much appreciated.

 Let us know to expect you by one or more of the following:

  • email Steve Newell by lunchtime Wednesday with your expected 10k time (or that you intend to run the 5k, or offer to be a marshal or timekeeper),
  • reply to Roderick Hoffman instead, particularly if you only want to turn up for the social (and/or bring others) and mention any dietary requirements,
  • Use the Facebook event to say that you are coming but please provide your expected times and dietary needs also.

Steve Newell

April Dream Mile Results

April Dream Mile graph

Whilst the conditions weren't quite the "Gentle Breeze" forecast, what wind there was was a southerly cross wind rather than the in-the-face gale of the previous two months.  This is shown in the performance graph above. Neil's times act as a control.

Matthew Stratful 00:06:08
Ian Cunningham 00:06:44
Matt Foden 00:07:02
Neil Frediani 00:07:50
Roderick Hoffman 00:08:09
Steve Hillier 00:08:43

Roderick Hoffman

Membership of the Bedfont Club

Remember that anyone attending our regular events at The Bedfont Club should ensure that they have membership of that club (the occasional visit is fine, but all regulars need to be members). Those enrolled through BA Clubs should have their membership renewed automatically. Private members will need to arrange payment of this year's subs. Anyone who isn't currently a member needs to do the following:

Print a copy of this form {}, fill it in and hand it across the bar the next time you are in the club.  Please do this even if you have previously filled in a form before, because some forms have been lost,

  • If you are a BA Clubs member, or in the process of rejoining BA Clubs, then indicate on the form that payment will be from BA Clubs - i.e. "Proposed By: BA Clubs" and circle the "BA Associate Member".
  • If you are applying to be a private member then I am happy to "Propose" you.  Hand over £20 with the form to cover your joining fee and one year's subscription.

Your membership card should be ready for you in two weeks time.

Please keep Alan Friar informed of your BA Clubs AND Bedfont Club membership status.

And don't forget to pay your £9 or £24 to the Athletics Club (Electronically to BAAC 60-02-60 / 10096647; Cheque payable to "British Airways AC" to Chris Kelly, or your nearest Committee Member; or Cash likewise if you must).

Why Join/Rejoin BA Clubs?

Benefits of being a full BA Clubs member:

The cost of joining hasn't changed and is about £75 for those employed and half that for retired.  For more information and the joining process:

Roderick Hoffman (BAAC Chairman)

World Airline Road Race Registration is now OPEN

Hosted by KLM from Sept. 5-7th September.

Click Here to Register

We are pleased to announce the details to register for WARR 2019.

IMPORTANT:  You will be able to pay for your registration in USD or Euros, however only payment in USD is open at this time.  Euro payment will be available in May.

Race Times September 7th:

  • 10K -  0900
  • 5K - 1100

Employees, family and friends are all welcome to participate in the WARR run and festivities   Please note that you must be over 12 years of age to run in the 10K, however children 6-12 will be allowed in the 5K and must be registered.

If you do not wish to participate in the run, but you just wish to attend the dinner and after party, please select "Dinner & After Party Only". This is only to be selected if you are not participating in the run.

This year, the focus is on food, fun and dancing the night away.   The awards presentation will be much shorter.  Bring your dancing shoes! The location will be It will be the “KLM Albatros lounge” at the “The International” golf course next to the Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam City Centre.

If you are a Non-Airline registrant, please ensure you select the appropriate drop downs.  There are 2 sections to select your airline team name during registration.  When asked what airline you work for, this will categorize you for the awards based on airline or non airline.  Where it asked you what "airline team" you are a part of, this is for the purpose of grouping you together at the dinner.   Please select "NN" in the applicable drop down if you are not employed directly by an airline. Family members must be booked as non-airline.

Registration and the Dinner & After Party is non-refundable BUT for a small fee can be transferred to another participant.  Dinner & After Party tickets will be on sale until September 4, or until sold out to ensure the caterers have final numbers in advance.

The World Airline Road Race is this year's big participation event for all the airline running clubs.  It will be great to have a huge BAAC team at WARR this year and to include non-airline members, friends and family.  If you anticipate coming, or are just thinking about it, let me know by email or by indicating "Going" or "Interested" on the Facebook event for our participation. The club map is updated with the various venues to be used.

Roderick Hoffman

Wednesday 17th April NOW run at Headstone Manor, Harrow

Headstone ManorWith our busy summer schedule about to start, the last “Non Office Worker” event of 2018/19 takes place next week.  Open to all, these lunchtime runs take advantage of daylight to explore some new running routes.

We will gather outside the cafe at 1200, for a run or walk around Headstone Park, enjoy a drink and explore the ancient Headstone Manor.

Headstone Manor 2Built in around 1310, Headstone Manor is the earliest surviving timber framed house in Middlesex.  It has a moat, two barns and a granary.  Yeading Brook flows through the site and feeds the moat, before it flows south to become the River Crane in Cranford Park.

The car park is in Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX.  Buses H9 & H10 stop nearby and the site is within walking distance of North Harrow and Harrow & Wealdstone Stations.

If you need any more info, let me know.  See you there!

Steve Hillier

Note that we won't have a club run from Bedfont that evening - but let me know if you want to run at Bedfont and need the showers to be opened up.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 6th April 2019

6th AprilRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Alice Banks 27:01 Futakotagawara (TYO) inaugural parkrun in Japan, BA park #486 73%
Roderick Hoffman 29:22 Tokoinranta (Helsinki) #24 9th EU28 country in 9 weeks, BA park #487 54%
Steve Newell 38:51 Sunny Hill (Hendon)#2 Londone status reinstated, BA park #488 48%
Maria Jovani 19:57 Osterley Park #287 F-1, course pb, club record (all genders) 78%
Ian Cunningham 22:07 Georgengarten (Hanover) run #373, park #40, club record 70%
Paul Davis 22:27 Bedfont Lakes #504 run #134 60%
Chris Evans 23:06 Bedfont Lakes #504 run #235 65%
Scott Davison 25:20 Bedfont Lakes #504 run #296 57%
Neil Frediani 28:57 Bedfont Lakes #504 run #223 56%
Chris Kelly 20:49 Reading #478 run #428 73%
Denis Foxley 53:42 Harrow #204 tailwalker {pictured below) 33%
Joan Foxley 53:32 Harrow #204 tailwalker's minder {also pictured} 42%
Ian Cockram 24:44 Old Deer Park #435 run #474, 8th at Old Deer Park 60%
Oliver Mathai 25:10 Gunnersbury #381 run #60, 36th at Gunnersbury 67%
Julie Barclay 22:28 Osterley Park #287 course pb 80%
Paul Watt 25:30 Osterley Park #287 run #103, 3rd at Osterley 60%
Trish McCabe 27:41 Osterley Park #287 run #281, 17th at Osterley 56%
Alan Anderson 40:06 Osterley Park #287 run #547, 17th at Osterley 57%
Eddie Giles 26:50 Salisbury #203 run #114, 36th at Salisbury, 2018 sb 66%
John Coffey 29:07 Hazelwood #56 run #324, 45th at Hazelwood 68%
Caroline Cockram 27:09 Old Deer Park #435 run #353, 8th at Old Deer Park 62%
Tony Barnwell 45:11 Rickmansworth #110 run #186, 22nd at Rickmansworth 43%
David Duggan 28:42 Fletchers Cove #164 1st run at Fletchers Cove (USA) 55%
Kay Trinder 20:00 Osterley Park #287 F-2, age cat record 87%
Benita Scaife 32:05 Maidenhead #211 run #147, 76th at Maidenhead 62%
John Scaife 32:10 Maidenhead #211 run #169, 79th at Maidenhead 52%
Zoe Ostley 38:02 Brooklands #21 run #224, 2nd at Brooklands, pb 48%
Sarah Gordon 32:02 Braunstone #440 run #227, 73rd at Braunstone 61%
Jonathan Cox volunteer Crane Park timekeeper

Alice Banks (27:01) was in a field of 343 at the inaugural parkrun for Japan at Futakotamagawa (Tokyo/Yokohama area) and set an age group record. Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt (26:26) was also there for the historic occasion.  Parkrun now operates in 21 countries and we haven’t been to all of them yet.

Joan and Denis at HarrowRoderick Hoffman (29:22) went to Helsinki to run at Tokoinranta Park to add Finland to our list.  That makes 9 EU countries in nine weeks but we may be living on borrowed time.  At the time of writing there was uncertainty regarding UK membership by next parkrunday.

Closer to home Steve Newell (38:51) went to Sunny Hill (Hendon) which had started the previous Saturday.  No sun but plenty of hills for those training for the Comrades, etc.  A two and a bit lapper with good tarmac paths all the way round but a remarkably small number of survivors (13) from the underpublicized run #1 made it to the finish line for a second time. Good views of NW London from the top on a fine day. London Boroughs now have 54 parkruns.

Our quickest runner this week was Maria Jovani (19:57) at Osterley Park who set a new club record (including the men) there.  Kay Trinder (20:00) was trying very hard to catch her.  Julie Barclay (22:28) achieved a course pb and so did Alan Anderson (40:06) for pushing a wheelchair round.

Eddie Giles (26:50) had his best run of the year and his best since his 70th birthday at Salisbury.  David Duggan (28:42) continued his tour of Washington, DC at Fletcher’s Cove.  Roderick Hoffman still holds the club record there with 26:11 though Roderick did lose his record at Georgengarten to Ian Cunningham.

Next Saturday we have a club featured parkrun at the old airfield location at Brooklands (Weybridge).  There is a community carpark (free) off the roundabout at the junction of Sopwith Drive and Barnes Wallis Drive (A318) with overflow space available at Tesco store (KT13 0XF) on the other side of the road.  The postcode listed on the parkrun website is not helpful (and not repeated here!).  The start line is at the other end of the runway so give yourself extra time.  We will attempt to take a club photograph either before the run briefing or by the start (possibly with a model Concorde as the backdrop).

Steve Newell

Alice in JapanUpdated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

Big in Japan

The Japanese inaugural was dominated by local runners - over 200 of them.  There were also about 30 "Ex-pats" who hadn't run their home parkruns for over twelve months. But it was also a gathering of parkrun uber-tourists. The photograph shows Alice Banks flanked by Cass Castleton and Nneka Okonta who are the two individuals who have now run in all of the 19 parkrun countries [the records excludes parkruns in Namibia and eSwatini which, whilst independent sovereign states, are registered as South African parkruns].

My exploit - nine countries in nine parkruns, is a parkrun record and is also documented here:

Roderick Hoffman

Tom's Diary

News from Osterley Park 6th Apr.

A great Sat. morning BA/Woking orientated   But first my apologies to Trish McCabe - I arrive at 8.30 and left at 10.00 but I did not see Trish before/during/or after the event, even for the group photo. Sorry Trish.

A get-together introduction Maria/Julie/Kay/Paul/Mandy.   Kay and Maria have had many little battle’s, Julie/Paul have met often Maria at events.   But today was a little special with some excellent results, and chatting.

Maria in great form runs so relaxed finished 1st lady (15th o/a) in a course PB time of 19.57, keeping just ahead of Kay who made an effort to close the gap and finished 2nd lady (18th o/a) running 20.00.  This time broke the VW50- 54 course record by 16 sec. so a happy bunny;

Julie was next in 47th place 1st 0/55 and running a course PB;

Paul was running well until 400m from the tape when he pulled a calf muscle that made him hobble to the funnel finishing 107th in 25.30; Then Trish who (I must have blinked to miss) flew by on both laps (must go to Spec savers).  Trish finished 152nd in 27.41;

Then Woking ladies XC team manager Mandy Hopkins having her first outing over the course like Kay ran 32.10 in 234th;

Then hero of the day Alan Anderson pushing wife Sue in her wheel chair and ran both laps in 40.16 finishing 279th.  Being a complete hard path course gives them the opportunity to have a run out   The only grass is 50m into the funnel.  Well done Alan.

Today 305 ran.

A small point of interest Steve you are most probably aware of but I found out this week-end.  On Fri. 29th March Kay Trinder ran the Brookes Serpentine 5k Hyde Park in a time of 20.00 minutes achieving an 85% age grade.  On Sat. 6th April at Osterley Kay also ran 20.00 minutes dead and was given an 87% age grade.  I just found out that parkruns work on a monthly basis while road events are by actual birthdays.  I find that very interesting as TRACK events are yearly.  Maybe of interest to some members.

Tom Rowley

Running Shorts

  • Hannover Marathon 7th April 2019, Ian Cunningham, 3:49:20 (10k in 54:02, first half in 1:54:09, second half in 1:55:11)
  • Manchester Marathon 7th April 2019, Piers Keenleyside, 4:26:58 (10k in 54:05, first half in 1:59:06, second half in 2:27:52)
    Jasvir Singh Modaher, 5:21:08 (10k in 1:01:00, half in 2:17:33, second half in 3:03:35)

Piers Keenleyside adds - "I ran the Manchester Marathon yesterday for the 3rd time. I last did it in 2015 and 16. My best time there was 2015 (3:23:41) when they later announced the course was  few hundred metres short. I did 3:30:02 the following year over a full 26.2.

Yesterday was perfect marathon running weather - coolish and overcast and no significant wind. The course had changed a bit since I last ran but was roughly the same with us looping south to Altrincham and back. Always a pity not to finish in the one of the Old Trafford stadiums - either (cricket or football) would do!

My groin strain meant that I was never going to be anywhere near my previous times but I hoped to do around 4:20. All went well for the first half which I completed in 1:59 and without feeling too exhausted and no groin pain. At around mile 4 I passed Jasvir Singh - think he had sneaked into the first wave who started at 9am whilst I was in the 2nd wave starting around 9:10. I approached mile 19 I stopped for a leak and lost my rhythm and the groin started complaining with my pace dropping from just under 10 minute miles to over 12. I struggled on and saw my target time slip away finishing in 4:26:58. Hope thing heal up a bit by London where I want to do about 4:15.

Jas finished in 5:21:08. A guy in my club, Ealing Eagles, set a Guinness World Record of 3:41:27 running in a straitjacket! This was his second attempt - he failed in the last London Marathon due to the heat. Amazingly his time was a personal marathon PB!"

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