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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th August 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

This week's planned Langley Park Orienteering has been cancelled - I've got temporary car issues that would have made it difficult to set it up but also I hadn't been overwhelmed with the response to attend the event.

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 8pm Sunday 14th August):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. 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 late Sunday) 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 - Ten Years of Digests

I took over the role of Club Communications in summer 2011 and initially I continued the tradition of simply forwarding all club relevant communications to everybody on the distribution list - future events, results, reports. This resulted in everyone getting several emails each week of mixed quality. From 6th August 2012 I tried something different - a weekly digest consolidating all of the emails into one weekly issue - issued on the Monday, so after the weekend's results but before Wednesday's club night events. Initially, important emails would still be forwarded but that was quickly dropped and the weekly digest relied upon - albeit with the occasional bonus issue. The layout has stayed largely the same since those early issues - dates for the diary followed by a mixture of club event announcements, reports and results, then the weekly parkrun results, then any individual results, announcements and humorous interludes. Initially the digest was edited to be a maximum when printed of three sides long and each week a copy was put on the Concorde Centre noticeboard and another given to the then Chairman, Brian Forester.

On a technical note the digest is written as a webpage and loaded to the website first, including updating the index at A pointer to the new digest is added to the club Facebook Page and then MS Word is used to generate individual emails for everyone on the distribution list. The improvement in web connectivity and the spread of WiFi has meant that it is rare for a digest not to be sent out.

What isn't broken doesn't need fixing, so the intention is to keep the concept and process the same for now. It does have weak spots such as the difficulty of searching previous digests for specific content - though note that the index page can be searched for key words.  It is always a pity though that there is so little feedback from the 200 names on the distribution list.

I estimate that this is digest issue #535.

Roderick Hoffman

Speedbird Ladies Race - Wednesday 3rd August - Results #

The Speedbird Ladies Race was successfully held on Harmondsworth Moor last Wednesday. 31 runners started and finished, and only one went the wrong way, and only added about 20metres to her distance. Full results are on the website at baRUNNER Event Ladies Race page and a summary follows:
Place First name Last name Team name Category Time Award
1 Veronika Gill Datchet Dashers F 35 20:56.7 First finisher
2 Yvette Burton Ealing Eagles (A) F 35 21:16.7 Second finisher
6 Georgina Scutt Crawley Run Crew F 45 25:00.6 First V45
7 Julie Barclay British Airways AC (A) F 55 25:16.2 First V55
11 Melanie Holman British Airways AC (A) F 45 26:53.9
13 Amanda Coombs British Airways AC (A) F 55 29:38.6
21 Clara Halket British Airways AC (B) F 55 32:17.2
23 Benita Scaife British Airways AC (B) F 65 33:07.2
25 Joanna Wells F 55 34:03.8
26 Charlotte Turton F Junior 34:57.4
28 Hayley Turton F Senior 35:04.0
29 Joan Foxley British Airways AC (B) F 65 38:16.9
31 Finishers      

Note that Georgina Scutt also works for BA - based at Gatwick.

Shepperton Running Group had a good number of runners present and with 3rd, 4th and 5th place easily won the team competition from Datchet Dashers with BAAC in third.

Around £37 has been raised for the event charity White Lodge.

Thanks to the following who helped set-up and/or run the event:

Roderick Hoffman, Mike Coombs, Stephen Taylor, Steve Hillier, Steve Newell, Paul Watt, Piers Keenleyside, Paul Brandon, Chris Kelly, Alan Friar, Simon Turton, John Taylor, Marion Woodhouse, Mark Taylor, Denis Foxley, John Scaife, Judy Turton (tail-walker), Ken Saunders (race adjudicator).

> Roderick Hoffman (Speedbird Ladies Race Director)

Bedfont pitch fire damageBedfont Appeal

There was a fire near our Bedfont club property early last week. This has impacted the club that we use for our monthly events. Luckily, nobody was hurt and the buildings are intact, but the football pitches are unusable and the newly erected fences have all gone. Bedfont and Feltham Football and Social Club, supported by BA Clubs, has organised an appeal to provide funds for repairs. Any donation, however small will help the recovery.

Roderick Hoffman

Track & Field - We’re in the men’s final!! – Can you help??

The final league tables of the season have now been published.  In the Rosenheim competition, our men finished 4th in the Western Division, and qualified for the Rosenheim final, for the first time in a number of years.  With two of our regulars absent due to holidays on match day, we need your help!

The final will take place at Kingston track, starting at 1845, on Weds 17th August. 

Please can you help by either (a) Competing, or (b) Supporting the officiating teams, or (c) Cheering on the team!  We have particularly been asked to work with the field events officials.  Let me know if you can help with (a) or (b), or just turn up to show your support!  Thanks!

The timetable is as follows:


6.45 2000m Steeplechase
6.45 Hammer
6.45 Pole Vault
6.55 800m
7.05 100m
7.20 1500m SC
7.30 400m
7.45 1500m
7.45 Long Jump
7.45 Shot
8.05 200m
8.25 3000m (race 1)
8.40 3000m (race 2 if reqd)
8.55 4 x 200m

How did the league season end?

Rosenheim League
(Rosenheim West) Men Total (Score) Total (Points)
Woking 128 16 Q
Epsom & Ewell  113 15.5 Q
Walton 115 13.5 Q
British Airways  43 8 Q
Kingston & Poly 24 5
St Marys  12 1

It wasn’t just about the Rosenheim League and the men.  We also competed in four Vets League matches, where our Ladies finished one place higher than the men.  Here are the final scores:

Veteran’s League

(Veterans) Women Total (Score) Total (Points)
Hillingdon 670 30
Serpentine  595 28
Herne Hill Harriers 483 23
Metros  397 21
Ealing Southall & Middlesex 318 18
British Airways  115 9
Thames Valley Harriers 104 9
Ealing Eagles 87 6

(Veterans) Men Total (Score) Total (Points)
Hillingdon 716 31
Herne Hill Harriers 676 29
Serpentine 629 24
Thames Valley Harriers  439 19
Metros 411 17
Ealing Southall & Middlesex 114 11
British Airways  94 8
Ealing Eagles 57 5

Congratulations to everyone who competed.  I hope to see you at Kingston on August 17th, running or supporting.
> Steve Hillier

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 14 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Benita and John Scaife Walking 26miles Datchet and back Tue 00:06:45 This retraced the route of our Sri Chinmoy virtual marathon in 2020 but that time we ran there and walked back. We took a 40min break in Datchet for refreshments by the river. Perfect overcast conditions with a fresh breeze.
Andy Rayner Running Road and Cox Green Park Thur 00:31:44 Also Monday cycle 3.5M 17m 52s and Saturday cycle 3.5M 16m 38s.
Barry Walters Running 5km Bracknell Wed am 00:38:47 Ran a steady 2k warm-up followed by 8x50 secs strides with 30 seconds recovery and 2k warm-down. In the evening did a one-hour body balance session consisting of pilates, taI chi and yoga at my local leisure centre.
Chris Kelly Running 26.8miles Circumnavigation of Reading Sun 00:04:42 I was on call again so did another unexciting circumnavigation of Reading at radius 2 miles, with the exception of a trip up Dunsden Hill - courtesy of being joined by son Ben, and wife Sarah, on a bike - so if need be I could speed off down the hill to get back pronto.  Then had a relaxing afternoon on the Thames.
Emma Moreton Running 7miles Isle of Wight What to choose - my 300th parkrun or my 7 mile Isle of Wight semi-trail coastal run?! Think I’ll go with the coastal trail as I managed to not get lost
Joe Nolan  Race 10km Yateley 10k Wed 01:01:20 Completed my annual Yateley 10k series last Wednesday. 20 years doing these now. Eco-Friendly wooden medals this year ! Hot humid evening but completed - back in my heyday it used to be 46/47 minutes!
Julie Barclay Running 5miles Rushmoor Tue 00:40:00 Week 7 of the training plan….Threshold run. Feeling stronger.
Michael Ball Track session This week back on the track 3x120mtrs 10 min between runs 3x50mtrs
Mike Dennison Running 24km Halliford / Bushy loop Mon am 02:00:49 Marathon training - I'd hoped to go earlier for coolness, but after a disturbed night didn't wake up early enough! It went OK in the end, though - 16k 'easy' followed by 8k at marathon pace (which I took a bit too fast - wanting to get it done, I think!)
Paul Watt  Race 5km Cosham Wed previous 00:19:45 Monthly summer series at Portsmouth Lakeside. Quickest ever run at the event.
Petra Otto Various Shred' course All week ‘Shred’ course started, 3x/week, for 28 days: Mon = Body Pump; Wed = 1:1 Gym with personal trainer, followed by Step Aerobics; Sat = Circuit Training, followed by Nordic Walking at March Parkrun. Definitely feeling totally ‘shredded’ now!!!
Piers Keenleyside Running 16.5miles Ealing to Teddington and back Sun 00:02:54 From Ealing and then along the Thames from Kew Bridge to Teddington Lock - averaging 10:33 minute miles. Had planned on going as far as Hampton Court but tripped on the Thames Towpath and decided to cut it short [pictures excluded following previous complaints].
Roderick Hoffman Running 13.5km To, round and from Cranford Park Sun lunch 01:41:49 Slow jog down the canal, one lap around Cranford Park then home via the Hayes Bypass. No fire damage seen in Cranford Park itself, but some in the fields to the west. Photo is of the former BACE site, Hayes.
Steve Hillier Running 8.2km Ditton and Kedermister Parks, Slough Sun am 01:04:00 Hot, overcast, sultry.
Week Achievements

So, Jas, the face of Jersey, and the face of Manchester, gets to appear again as the face of the Isle of Man! This time at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.  

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 6th August 2022

44 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Benita SCAIFE Rickmansworth 212 220 0:30:16 70.10% PB 32second improvement on 2017 time.
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 212 57 0:23:08 67.58% 21st run at Rickmansworth
Joan FOXLEY Rickmansworth 212 338 0:37:35 62.31% Marginally better age grade than Denis.
Denis FOXLEY Rickmansworth 212 201 0:29:28 62.27% 12th run at Rickmansworth
John SCAIFE Rickmansworth 212 221 0:30:17 56.96% PB 32second improvement on 2017 time. Better age grade than Roderick (just).
Roderick HOFFMAN Rickmansworth 212 184 0:28:39 56.95% A rare third run at the same parkrun
Barry WALTERS Rickmansworth 212 217 0:30:10 56.13% 2nd run at Rickmansworth
James Mathews Rickmansworth 212 56 0:23:08 55.76% 3rd parkrun, all at Rickmansworth. PB by 2:10.
Steve HILLIER Rickmansworth 212 310 0:34:47 49.59% 10th parkrun, avg 1 per year since 2011.
Tony BARNWELL Rickmansworth 212 368 0:50:25 41.69%
Steve NEWELL Rickmansworth 212 367 0:49:37 40.48%
David DUGGAN Baltimore and Annapolis Trail 43 16 0:34:24 47.43% Second run by David at this one - it must be a good one.
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 605 25 0:24:30 57.89%
Jakob STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 605 45 0:27:24 55.84%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 618 256 0:29:46 57.39% Plus volunteer credit for recruiting 18 pacers.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 888 793 0:29:20 54.66% Bushy Park parkrun run 888
Melanie Miller Bushy Park 888 1204 0:37:24 47.15%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 888 1349 0:50:45 46.14%
Julie BARCLAY Chasewater 74 33 0:23:30 80.28% Fastest parkrun since last November. BA fastest lady and age grade (ahead of Paul)
Paul WATT Chasewater 74 10 0:19:41 79.42% Fastest parkrun since last November. BA fastest male.
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 144 40 0:24:41 63.34% In the middle of a long run - see below.
Ben CHAYTOW Dinton Pastures 144 104 0:29:01 48.88% PB By 55seconds (though, based on recent performances, not a fast run)
Daniela MAYEROVA Exmouth 169 211 0:29:03 52.09% [Non-member]
Harjit Jhooti Felixstowe 154 190 0:32:23 54.45% First BA lady and best age grade (from David Duggan)
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 438 Funnel Manager at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 481 201 0:27:53 60.13%
Mike DENNISON Hazelwood 149 6 0:20:04 82.81% 7th run at Hazelwood
John COFFEY Hazelwood 149 77 0:34:21 61.18% 118th run at Hazelwood
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 114 62 0:27:08 75.86% 200th parkrun
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 169 25 0:23:55 62.65%
Adrian HAINES Ifield Mill Pond 76 6 0:21:09 72.66% 75th parkrun (at Ifield's 76th). 10runs at lfield and 6th is his lowest position.
Petra OTTO March 263 102 0:49:46 44.74% Finished over 6 minutes up on the tailwalker
Emma Moreton Medina I.O.W. 505 166 0:29:50 51.56% First of seven BA runners to run at Medina twice.
Anne Bannister Osterley 384 160 0:33:00 62.37%
Anne Anderson Osterley 384 216 0:48:46 61.04% Assisted by Alan, so unfair to be given a better age grade.
Scott DAVISON Osterley 384 99 0:27:09 54.76%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 384 217 0:48:46 53.62% run #623
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 222 82 0:32:54 50.96% 9th run at Prudhoe Riverside, 7th since early June
Ben Kelly Reading 561 58 0:22:47 56.62%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 304 108 0:26:56 68.13%
Trish MCCABE Sunny Hill 104 17 0:29:38 53.60% Another London parkrun, sunny and hilly this week
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 95 23 0:22:53 69.48%
David Cowell Walsall Arboretum 473 16 0:18:50 74.69% 49th parkrun. Fastest of four BA runners and best age grade.
Jain REID Wilmslow 318 101 0:28:16 64.03% First BA run at Wilmslow since Chris Kelly ran there in May 2015.  Club rec(F)

parkrun review Saturday 30th July 2022

The was a splendid turnout for the club featured parkrun at Rickmansworth (pictured below) with a dozen members enjoying a run in the warm sunshine (and the cooler shady stretches) along the lakeside paths at the Aquadrome.  The free carpark proved big enough for the typical attendance approaching 400.  Many of the group gathered afterwards in the café to enjoy cakes prepared on the premises but some patience was required!  The next planned “cfp” in the calendar will be on 17th September at Black Park.

Trish McCabe (29:38) chose one of the hottest sunniest days to tackle Sunny Hill parkrun in Hendon, one of the toughest parkrun courses in the capital.  She just needs to visit Oak Hill (Southgate) and Walthamstow to complete the group north of the Thames.

The fatal attraction of the 888th edition of the Bushy parkrun proved irresistible for many and the field of 1384 was biggest so far this year.  Kieran Clements (not one of our members!) was first home in 14:35, the fastest finisher at Bushy this year, while Ian Cunningham (29:20) comfortably finished in the top thousand, Melanie Miller (37:24) was 1204th and Diana Smith (50:45) who frequently volunteers as a tailwalker was 1349th and a comfortable nine minutes in front of the last man in who was timed at 1 hour exactly.

David Cowell (18:50) was our fastest runner this week.  He visited Walsall Arboretum parkrun and set a new club record.  It was his 49th parkrun and 43rd different venue.

Paul Watt (19:41) and Julie Barclay (23:30) visited Chasewater (Staffs) and recorded their fastest parkruns of the year.  The run number was #74 which neither had done before so domestic harmony was maintained and it will help with their Wilson Index aspirations in the long term with club records to boot.

Our local parkrun at Hanworth was able to function this week in spite of a serious grass fire during the week which needed several hours of attention from the fire brigade.  There was a further worryingly big fire in Feltham on Sunday and the fields next to the BA clubs HQ in Bedfont have also been alight.  Hanworth parkrunners are hoping to celebrate their 100th edition on schedule on 20th August.

Steve Newell

Rickmansworth parkrun club runners

^ Rickmansworth parkrun club runners. Standing: James, Steve H, John T, John S, Benita, Roderick, Joan, Denis, Barry. Running: Steve N and Tony.

Now, all parkrun courses are different and it can be misleading to ignore those differences and compare times at different courses. Nevertheless the following graph does just that and suggests that had we all run at the same course this week then there would have been some good scraps around 23minutes, 27mins through 30mins and 49mins to 50mins.

parkrun results by time

But we are not all equal and the age grade results adds balance to our different ages and genders. Listing our results that way highlight other performances - in particular our ladies Julie Barclay, Alice Banks, Benita Scaife, Anne Bannister and Joan Foxley out performing those around them. John Coffey is perhaps our only male runner to show as much better in grade than time. Denis Foxley is slightly better on grade than time - but has the personal problem that his wife narrowly out-foxed him on grade.

parkrun results by grade

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

Chris Kelly reports:

"I'm still training-as-carefully-as-possible for Comrades on 28th August... so a half-marathon parkrun sandwich on Saturday - was going to do Reading but noticed Dinton was an un-done event number 144, so snagged that - and bumped into Ben Chaytow - and family - en route to Wales for Holidays - his daughter Meg outsprinted him for the line, and looks like we should definitely pencil her in for the Green Belt 2030!"

Adrian Haines' Training Camp / French Holiday Base

Adrian has created an Airbnb page to give you an idea of what his French house is like, for running groups or getaways or summer rentals. See Contact Adrian directly via Facebook (Adrian Richard Haines | Facebook) to find out the "mates rates".

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor

I have had a letter this week, from James Edwards, who works at BAMC. He was asking about future airline races (particularly 10 to 50km lengths). I've given him a partial reply of:

"WARR is happening this year, but a long way away in Hawaii in October. The extended BA Team currently consists of 13 of us, but only one is a current BA employee and another five ex-BA. I don't know where the following year's WARR will be - I think that they are seeing how this one gos before making a decision. They appear to have a total of 331 signed up.

KLM will probably host their annual winter run on the beach in December (10k and 6k options). It is followed by a celebration at a beach café they take over for the evening. Although we didn't have any attendees last year we are as likely to have several this year.

ASCA used to organise inter-airline Track&Field and Cross-Country events each year but has gone very quiet so these may or may not return.

Qantas Road-Runners have got into parkrun in a big way so if you are ever stopped over in Australia on a Saturday you can ask them where they are running. Individuals from other airlines also do parkrun particularly Ralph Behrens, retired from Lufthansa. The concept of parkrun is tourist friendly which suits airline employees."

Roderick Hoffman

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