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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th May 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Results for Next Week

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 (running late this month - please submit by end of Sunday 21st May):

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

Editorial - Wish our teams good fortune

It is the Green Belt Relay at the weekend and we expect to have a team of eleven and a couple of helpers making our way around the 220 miles of the route. Then next week we have not one, but two, Track & Field matches - details below.

2023 Concorde One Hour on 4th June and Speedbird Ladies on Wednesday 21st June

With one month to go we've so far received 12 registrations for the Concorde event and 10 for Speedbird Ladies. Please do what you can do to promote these club events.


Concorde event details: baRUNNER Concorde Road Race

Concorde Entry via ventrac:

Full details and FAQ: baRUNNER Event Ladies Race page

Enter via Eventrac: Speedbird Ladies 5k 2023 - Eventrac


Speedbird Ladies publicity poster (A4) (corrected link):

Concorde One Hour and Speedbird Ladies (A5):



We will need volunteers on the day, particularly for the Concorde event.

>> Roderick Hoffman

Track and Field – May 2023 - First Fixtures and First Inter-Club Competition

Our T&F season started on Wednesday night at the windy Feltham track. 

Although not as pretty as in its glory days, there’s still much to be said for it, despite its fading décor (I’m talking about the track, not the competitors).

We started the summer with the downhill side of a pyramid:  1500/800/400/200/100.  Three athletes:  Roderick Hoffman and Steves Taylor and Hillier, competed in all five disciplines, to be joined for the sprints by Steve3 (Newell) and some moral support from Chris Kelly.

The two longer events stretched out the field, with recent London Marathon finisher Steve T leading home recent Oslo parkrun finisher Roderick.  Gaps started to close in the 400m, while the two sprints saw blanket finishes.  We survived the various scooters and electric bikes crisscrossing the track, and now look forward to the league season.


3rd May 2023 Steve Taylor Roderick Hoffman Steve Hillier Steve Newell
1500m 7:32 7:58.6 9:45
800m 3:55 4:03.9 5:02
400m 1:47 1:50.7 2:09
200m 0:45.2 0:47.3 0:46.3 1:32
100m 0:20.7 0:20.9 0:20.5 00:38

May Track on Field times

Ed: The graph reveals quite a bit of consistency with our runs at the equivalent event last year. Roderick has been very consistent, Steve Hillier has got slower but has still got the edge at the 100m - note that Steve H's speed at the 100m is roughly double his speed at the 1500m. Steve Taylor is slightly slower apart from at the 100m which he didn't push himself for last year (being prior to long distance races).

We are now only a week away from the start of this Summer’s T&F matches.  The first week is a busy week, with Veteran’s League and Rosenheim League matches just two days apart.  These are friendly competitions for runners, jumpers and throwers of all standards and all ages.  Please do all that you can to attend.

  • Mon 15th May:  Veteran’s League, Battersea
  • Wed 17th May:  Rosenheim League, Kingston

Please let me know during the next few days if you plan to compete, so that I can complete our team declaration.

>> Steve Hillier

Event Details:

Veteran’s League Match One Mon 15 May, Battersea Host club:  Serpentine      
 Schedule Event  Classes         
1830 Discus M35   M50 M60  M70
1830 High Jump W35   W50    
1845 Shot W35   W50 W60
1900 100m M35A M35B M50 M60 M70
1910 100m W35A W35B W50 W60 W70
1920 2000m walk M35   M50 M60 M70
 1920 2000m walk W35   W50 W60 W70
1930 High Jump M35   M50 M60  
1930 Long Jump W35   W50 W60
1940 400m M35A M35B M50 M60  
1945 Shot M35   M50 M60
1950 400m W35A W35B W50 W60  
2000 Discus W35   W50 W60  W70
2000 1500m M35A M35B M50 M60  
2015 Long Jump M35   M50 M60 M70
2025 1500m W35A W35B W50 W60  
2040 4x400m relay men          
2050 4x400m relay women          
The Battersea Park Millennium Arena is at the eastern end of the park (SW11 4JP).  There is plenty of free parking.  Nearby buses run to Sloane Square tube. Station.  Battersea Park and Queenstown Road railway stations are close by.


Rosenheim League Wednesday May 17th Kingston (K&P)
Schedule Track Field
6.45 2000m SC Men High Jump & Javelin
6.55 800m
7.05 100m
7.20 1500m SC Women
7.30 400m
7.45 1500m Shot & Long Jump
8:05 200m
8.20 3000m
8.30 4 x 200m
Finish Time 20:50
Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre (KT1 3PB) is a mile from Kingston.  Norbiton station is a fifteen-minute walk from the track.

NOW Run Eton 10th May

We are going ahead with the NOW run at Eton on Wednesday, 10th May.

Meet at 12.00 outside the Watermans Arms in Brocas Street, Eton SL4 6BW. The route for runners is 5.6 km. The course is completely flat apart from two bridge crossings. The start/finish is on the Thames Path so walkers can either do a simple out and back along the river or a shortened loop which will be explained on the day.

There are council car parks at Eton Court and Meadow Lane which are next to each other and are less than 100 metres from the Watermans Arms. For train users Windsor Riverside station (on South Western Railway) is a 5 minute walk to the start. Windsor and Eton Central (on the GWR line) is a 10 to 15 minute walk.

There are public toilets adjacent to the Eton Court/Meadow Lane car parks.

John & Benita

If you let us know to expect you we'll know to look out for you at the start.

>> Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

15 members communicated their achievements to me or found on Facebook. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walk Cox Green Sat 00:30:10 Tues: 'fast' cycle Ockwells and Cox Green in 18m 10s. Coronation Day: Fast walk Cox Green. Too wet to carry THE FLAG! PS I can remember the rain on Elizabeth II's coronation.
Barry Walters Running 8km Bracknell Sun am 00:55:44 Ran a steady effort on tarmac over to Martins Heron railway bridge before retracing my steps. After a short break did one hour body pump with light weights and 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Running 3.5miles Maidenhead via Desborough Park. 00:38:43 Desborough Park, a hidden gem not far from Maidenhead station. Named after William Grenfell, Lord Desborough. As well as being an MP he was a sports nut…
John Scaife Running 3.5miles Maidenhead via Desborough Park. 00:38:43 ...rowed for Oxford twice in the boat race, climbed the Matterhorn three times, and was president of the MCC and the LTA.
Clara Halket mixed Run/Walk 8.75km Local woods Mon am 01:16:47 Post night shift workout in the local woods this grey morning. Started to drizzle as I was heading home.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:22:30 A rainy Bedfont Lakes parkrun with King Charles III timekeeping (2nd lady).
Jain Reid  Race Marathon Milton Keynes Mon 04:52:00 Slower than Manchester & London but a good lesson in sensible pacing. Didn't pass any roundabouts or cows unless you count a guy in fancy dress (cow not roundabout).
Neil Frediani  Race 10km Gibside (NT) 10k Wed 01:07:05 Gruelling 10k at a local, hilly National Trust property. Still fast on the downhills so made up most of the places lost on the uphills. Seeing signs of improvement for the first time in a while.
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Gunnersbury Sat am 00:28:02 Gunnersbury parkrun dressed as King Charles III!
Roderick Hoffman parkrun 5km Nansenparken (Oslo, Norway) Mon am 00:27:30 My fastest parkrun for four years and best age grade since Victoria Dock in Jan. 2019. Exchanges with others also suggest that, if anything, the course was long.
Sarah Gordon  Race 10km Great Birmingham Run Sun am 01:23:31 Running in the town of her birth.
Simon Turton Orienteering 10.33km Newbury North Wed pm 00:59:23 Street-O with Berkshire Orienteers. Great weather for a run around the gently undulating area, picking up 450 points out of a possible 600 points, so happy with that
Stephen Taylor Running 12miles Ealing Half Marathon route Sun am 02:01:18 Almost an Ealing Half Marathon.
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 5000m Virgin Active Balcony 24:11.3 A fraction of second better than last week!
Trish McCabe parkrun 5km Osterley Sat am 00:25:26 Osterley PB and 2nd fastest ever, to a parkrun back in 2015. Plus a 33mile cycle ride around Richmond Park.

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Monday 1st May and Saturday 6th May

4 and 31 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun 1st May RuRun# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Paul WATT Ekebergsletta 33 20 0:21:36 72.99% Norway Special. New BA parkrun #725.
Julie BARCLAY Ekebergsletta 33 62 0:26:13 71.96% Norway Special.
Harjit Jhooti Ekebergsletta 33 124 0:31:47 56.21% Norway special.
Roderick HOFFMAN Nansenparken 66 34 0:27:30 59.33% Norway special: Fastest parkrun for four years. New BA parkrun #726.

The above four parkrunners took advantage of Norway having changed its annual special day from Christmas Day to "Labor Day" held on 1st May. We were not alone. 566 took part across the six parkruns hosting an extra event; for comparison Saturday's seven parkruns had a total of 338 finishers. I did an analysis of the 566 and determined that 336 of them were from the UK and just 175 from Norway. The passport checker at Oslo airport was heard to remark "Another UK parkrunner, I've been letting you in all week" and anyone at the airport in trainers was worth approaching to see which parkrun they normally did.

Most tourists went to Ekebergsletta so Paul, Julie and Harjit ran with 150 UK tourists, only twenty Norwegians and nine from other nations.

I ran at Nansenparken which is held in the park that has replaced the old Fornebu airport (1939 to 1998). It was quite flat and well paved, helping my time. Although there were fewer tourists there we made up with quality - James Russell (parkrun employee and on 678 parkruns), Paul Freyne (662 parkruns and 618 different parkruns, more than anyone else), John Matthews (572 total, 497 different, 3rd on the list), Dave Oldfield running his 500th parkrun (becoming about the 506th member of the "500 Club") and Peter Fordham (another original tourist now on 375 different events and running his 499th parkrun before joining the 500 club on Saturday). Handing out the tokens was parkrun's Northern Europe manager Deri Thomas, who I had a good chat with in the hotel.

Monday's weather was cold and drizzle turning to light snow, but those of us there for days either side of the public holiday got lovely blue skies.

Club parkrunner parkrun 6th May RuRun# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Harjit Jhooti Alton Water 79 54 0:35:48 49.91% first run at Alton Water, park #81
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 640 18 0:22:30 68.89% F2
Joe NOLAN Black Park 658 321 0:33:47 51.06% run #420, 375th at Black Park
David DUGGAN Brixworth Country 107 104 0:34:39 47.52% first run at Brixworth (park #127)  plus event closedown (v), same finishing pos as last week
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 143 320 0:37:04 51.12% 27th run at Brooklands, 7th this year
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 929 121 0:20:57 71.52% third "sub 21" week at Bushy in a row
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 929 618 0:27:49 57.64% run #504
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 193 27 0:23:33 67.52% run #98
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 504 57 0:26:43 55.65% 84th run at Crane Park
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 504 Run Director at Crane Park
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 473 Run Director at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 521 265 0:28:02 60.40% 206th run at Gunnersbury
Mike DENNISON Hanworth 133 3 0:20:36 81.39% run #502
Maria JOVANI Hanworth 133 11 0:23:16 69.63% 1st lady.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 346 124 0:30:03 62.01% 182nd run at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 346 209 0:38:35 61.73% 218th run at Harrow - paced another runner to sub-38mins.
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 185 117 0:48:24 42.42% Wilson Index creeps up to 187
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 207 20 0:23:13 65.11% best run at Houghton Hall so far this year
David Cowell Hove Promenade 323 4 0:17:38 80.43% parkrun PB, BA fastest male and best age grade at Hove Prom, park #58.
Paul WATT Irchester Country 111 15 0:21:04 74.84% First BA male and best age grade. park #136
Julie BARCLAY Irchester Country 111 81 0:26:45 70.53% Fastest BA lady (from Sarah)."111" collected, park #140
Melanie Miller Jersey 339 192 0:52:19 34.15% 1st run at Jersey, park #113, John Wright volunteered
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 354 240 0:34:18 62.83% 126th run at Maidenhead
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 354 241 0:34:19 50.80% 126th run at Maidenhead
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 422 57 0:24:35 68.88% 39th run at Osterley
Trish MCCABE Osterley 422 75 0:25:26 63.04% 46th run at Osterley and still improving, Another five seconds knocked of her PB.
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 422 266 0:48:16 54.18% run #656, 109th run at Osterley
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 257 47 0:29:21 57.69% 25th run at Prudhoe Riverside, matches 25 at Bushy
Christopher T KELLY Reading 592 54 0:24:48 63.04% run #559
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 570 104 0:34:19 53.47% 37th run at Riddlesdown
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 17 Run Director at Stockley Country

parkrun Review 6th May 2023 (Coronation Day)

For the second successive British Monarchy Coronation it rained in the London Area and some parkruns were affected more than others. Possibly more members than usual chose to run near to home this week.

A new “Londone” constituent parkrun started at Thames Towpath Woolwich (the 62nd) with very little advance publicity and a manageable inaugural turnout of 149.  It is well served by land, sea and air transport links including London City Airport, Elizabeth line, DLR, Southeastern trains, North and South circular roads and Thames Clippers, not to mention a foot tunnel under the Thames, so attendances in the coming weeks are likely to be bigger.  The run features a climb and then a descent of a “mound” around half way – you have been warned.  (I’m planning to steer clear until 10th June and then check for rail strikes!– Steve). Ed: Thames Towpath Woolwich wasn't announced until Sunday morning, the day after its inaugural. Another new UK parkrun started in Bristol, near the location of the former Little Stoke parkrun. That one was announced on the Saturday morning but attracted about the same number of attendees. Week 2 for both events may be much busier.

David Cowell (17:38, 80.43%) ran a parkrun pb and 4th place at Hove and was our fastest runner this week.  Mike Dennison (20:36, 81.39%) was 3rd at Hanworth where Maria Jovani (23:16, 69.63%) was the first lady to finish.  Emma Moreton (22:30, 68.89%) was second lady home at Bedfont Lakes.  Ian Haylock (20:57) has finished at Bushy in under 21 minutes every week for the last three weeks.

Keith Johnson (23:13) had his best run this year so far at Houghton Hall (Beds) while Neil Frediani (29:21) has now run as many parkruns (25) at Prudhoe Riverside as he ever did at Bushy.

Steve Newell

Extra parkruns

For those who fancy an additional parkrun the next opportunity is next week - Finland on 18th May (I'll be there). Then the Netherlands on Monday 29th May followed quickly by Denmark on 5th June and Sweden on 6th June. There is a bridge between Denmark and Sweden with four parkruns in Copenhagen on the Denmark side and one in Malmo on the Swedish side. However the Malmö Ribersborg parkrun has been refused an event permit for fear of an invasion of UK tourists (their average attendance of 50 grow to 287 last June 6th, and more would be expected this year). But several parkruns are due to operate in Stockholm, Gothenburg and elsewhere.

Club parkrun Volunteer Efforts - Corrected Data!

Last week's "quick addition" was done too quickly and some of you spotted that the totals were badly off. The following is probably correct. This table shows counts of volunteer tasks all time, by those parkrunners who were BAAC members in the first quarter of this year. Some tasks are now retired - such as Backup Timer.

As a team we've set-up more than twice as often as we've closed-down.  We've handed out Finish Tokens more than we've sorted them afterwards. As a group of individuals we can say that about 250 parkruns couldn't have taken place without our combined input.

Task Count Task Count Task Count
Marshal 532 Run Director 233 Finish Token Support 47
Pre-event Setup 499 Token Sorting 209 Backup Timer 37
Communications Person 469 Pacer (5k only) 159 Photographer 34
Volunteer Co-ordinator 441 Results Processor 152 Car Park Marshal 34
Barcode Scanning 434 Funnel Manager 118 Number Checker 24
Timekeeper 377 Event Day Course Check 111 parkwalker 24
Report Writer 255 Equipment Storage and Delivery 84 Lead Bike 19
Finish Tokens 254 First Timers Welcome 69 VI Guide 4
Tail Walker 247 Warm Up Leader (junior events only) 64 [Unknown/Incomplete data] 2
Post-event Close Down 235 Other 50


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Roderick Hoffman

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