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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th October 2018


  • Saturday 13th October - Ladies and Men's Surrey League Cross-Country matches - see below #
  • Sunday 14th October - Run of the Month - Cabbage Patch 10 in Twickenham at 10:00 #
  • Saturday 20th October - Club Featured parkrun - Upton Court at 09:00 (to be confirmed) #

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: First week of October.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] / # Club Points event.

Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please. / Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml

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

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

This Wednesday...

...October 10th, there will be ad hoc runs from the Bedfont Club from 18:00 prior to an informal social in the bar.  If you need to use the changing rooms before 17:50 please check with Steve Hillier what time he expects to arrive with the keys.

Roderick Hoffman obo Steve Hillier {}

October Dream Mile Results

Five runners turned up this month. Matthew Stratful was first home in 6:08 with Neil Frediani a rare second place in 6:54 followed by Steve Taylor {unknown time}, Simon Ashford {unknown time} and Steve Hillier (9:11). Conditions were good with a slight angled head wind.

Neil Frediani

Next event - Thursday 1st November, 12:45.

WARR Event Photographs

Sorry - I've still not had sufficient downtime to sort through my own photographs let alone those of others. Perhaps next week.

Roderick Hoffman

PS And I'm still hopefully some of my team colleagues will submit some words to describe their experiences at WARR this year.


Our men’s league fixtures are as below:

Oct-13 Div 3/4 Match 1 Roundshaw Downs @ 3pm (flat, a good place to start and near the old Croydon Aerodrome)
Nov-10 Div 3/4 Match 2 Epsom Downs @ 3pm (hilly, around and across the race course)
Jan-12 Div 3/4 Match 3 Oxshott @ 3pm (hilly, next to Oxshott station often muddy, south of Esher)
Feb-09 Div 3/4 Match 4 Lloyd Park @ 2pm (hilly and often muddy, to the east of Croydon next to the tram line)

I will be sending out more details of locations as each match comes along. For now I would like to know if you are intending running for us at all this season in the cross countries and if you know now that you plan to attend or not specific events then that would be good to know.

If anyone needs a lift to/from home or a station then let me know and I will see if one of us can help.

To any newcomers, I will need your date of birth OR if you have one then your England Athletics number. There are no individual race fees.

League website is: We are currently in Division 4.

Neil Frediani {}

Match 1: Roundshaw Downs – 13th October 2018 – 3:00pm  – 4.85 miles

Hosted by Collingwood AC and Tadworth AC. UKA permit 68:18.

Changing/Toilets: there are no changing facilities but toilets are available at the Collingwood HQ, Croygas Sports and Social Club, Mollison Drive, Wallington SM6 9BY - approximately 2 minutes walk from the start.

Parking: There is uncontrolled parking on most local side roads, e.g. Link Lane, Hannibal Way (except the final 100m), and Imperial Way. All these are within 1 – 3 minutes walk of the start. NB there is no right turn into Mollison Drive from Stafford Road, approaching from Wallington, and Link Lane is one way at either end. Link Lane can only be accessed from Redford Avenue via Mollison Drive or Stafford Road.

Public Transport: the nearest rail station is Waddon. Buses 154, 157, S4, 455. The 157 bus stops on Stafford Road, and all others on Mollison Drive.

First Aid: there will be a qualified first-aid provider present.  A & E: the nearest hospitals with an A & E service are (1) Mayday Hospital, Mayday Road, Croydon (020 – 8401 – 3000), (2) St Helier Hospital, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton (020 – 8296 – 2000).

Course: all grass/trails, suitable for road/trail shoes or spikes. There are some exposed tree roots, overhanging branches and rutted sections. Some parts may become muddy or waterlogged in the event of rain. The course is 2 laps, 4.8 to 4.9 miles. The start/finish is accessible by footpath from Mollison Drive, or Hannibal Way/Imperial Way.

Streetmap reference:,163681&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=587&ax=530658&ay=163681&lm=0
(The arrow shows the start/finish location).

Numbers/Declarations:  Guests/non-scorers should wear a “X” on their backs. Make team declarations using the Surrey League online system. Paper declaration sheets will be available for last minute changes that you may be unable to make online.

Refreshments:  There is a café in Mellows Park, Stafford Road, about 5 mins walk from the start. They also have toilets and there is a small car park.,164033&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=639&ax=530029&ay=164033&lm=0

Please be considerate and courteous to other users of the downs.

Results will be produced on the Surrey League website as soon as possible after the event. For any queries please contact them direct.

Martin Lloyd – Collingwood AC

And the Ladies...

Surrey League Cross Country Ladies Fixtures

Surrey League Ladies XC dates, venues and start times are:

  • Match 1.    13 Oct.   Putney Vale/Wimbledon Common.      1.00 pm
  • Match 2.    11 Nov.  Nonsuch Park, Cheam.                       11.00 am
  • Match 3.    12 Jan.   Happy Valley, Coulson.                         1.00 pm
  • Match 4.    09 Feb.  Richmond Park (Kingston End).         11.00 am

Team Captain Clara Halket will not be there on the 1st and 2nd matches due to conflicting committed events.  Monica Alonso will be there at match 1 to hand round the bib numbers.

Clara Halket {}

Start Fitness Surrey League Event 1 - Wimbledon Common, 13th October 2018

Hosts: Thames Hare and Hounds (using Belgrave course/facilities)

Venue: Wimbledon Common

Start Times:

  • Senior Women, Div One 11am 6.9km
  • U15/U17 Girls 12pm 4.4km
  • U13 Girls 12.30pm 2.7km
  • Senior Women, Div Two including BAAC, 1pm 6.9km

Welcome to the first Surrey League of the season, many thanks to Belgrave Harriers for providing facilities today. The Race Headquarters will be at Belgrave Hall on Denmark Road, Wimbledon.

Access: The race HQ is on Denmark Road, bus 200 from Wimbledon stops on the Ridgway. The Start/Finish is in front of West Place, Bus 93 from Wimbledon to Putney stops at the war memorial.  Free parking is available at the Wimbledon Windmill SW19 5NR , a 5-10 minute jog to the start. Pay and display parking is available on the common south side and surrounding roads.

Toilets: There are toilets available in Belgrave hall, and additional public facilities at the Windmill on the common.

Course: We are using the traditional Belgrave Harriers start area and course towards the Wimbledon Village end of the Common. The course is a mixture of stony paths and muddier sections (how muddy depends on the weather prior to the event). Spike or studs are advised. Wimbledon Common is a public space so all runners and spectators are asked to respect the rights of other users. Competitors are responsible for their own safety, before during and after the competition.

First Aid/Hospitals: Trained first aiders will be in attendance from THH if assistance is required. Kingston Hospital (KT2 7BE) is the nearest A&E.

Results will be available on the website as soon as possible after the race.

Club parkrun results for Saturday 6th October 2018

6th Octparkrunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Maria Jovani 20:31 Bushy Park 8th run at Bushy, first since 2016 76%
Julie Barclay 23:47 Homewood 1st run at Homewood, agecat & club record 75%
Jacqui Musselwhite 22:45 Horsham 1st run at Horsham, club rec (F) 74%
Bob Bannister 23:10 Bedfont Lakes 275th run at Bedfont Lakes 70%
John Coffey 28:35 Hazelwood run #299, 25th run at Hazelwood 67%
Chris Kelly 23:13 Heritage Harbour M-2, run #400, park #41, club record 65%
Chris Evans 23:15 Bedfont Lakes 207th run at Bedfont Lakes 65%
Ian Cockram 22:52 Rouen 1st run at Rouen, park #69, BApark #445 65%
Oliver Mathai 25:51 Gunnersbury 19th run at Gunnersbury 64%
Caroline Cockram 25:49 Rouen 1st run at Rouen, park #68 64%
Benita Scaife 31:23 Gladstone Park 3rd run at Gladstone Park 64%
Jeremy Short 24:45 Osterley Park 19th run at Osterley Park 63%
Scott Davison 23:07 Bedfont Lakes 224th run at Bedfont Lakes 62%
Ian Cunningham 25:04 Whistler 1st run at Whistler, park #35, BA park #446 62%
Alan Anderson 38:01 Gunnersbury 292nd run at Gunnersbury 60%
Sarah Gordon 32:45 Braunstone 60th run at Braunstone 59%
Jonathan Cox 26:24 Crane Park 73rd run at Crane Park 59%
Janet Cunningham 31:33 Whistler 1st Epsom Allsort to run at Whistler 57%
Denis Foxley 30:42 Harrow 96th run at Harrow 57%
David Duggan 28:28 Heritage Harbour run #272, park #51 55%
Trish McCabe 28:24 Bedfont Lakes 156th run at Bedfont Lakes 54%
Steve Newell 34:52 Gunnersbury 132nd run at Gunnersbury 53%
John Scaife 31:24 Gladstone Park 4th run at Gladstone Park 53%
Joan Foxley 43:04 Harrow 98th run at Harrow 51%
Tony Barnwell 40:58 Rickmansworth 19th run at Rickmansworth 47%
Roderick Hoffman 40:20 Nose Hill (Calgary) 2nd run at Nose Hill, Freezing! Slippery! Windy! 39%
Zoe Ostley volunteer Bedfont Lakes marshal

Firstly a brief summary of the second half of September.  New club records were set by Alice Banks (27:48) at Higginson, Marlow, Ian Cockram (23:35) at Clapham Common, Ian Cunningham (23:58) at Clover Point and Maria Jovani (20:36) at Nonsuch.  Three new parks were added to the club collection taking the total to 444. David Duggan (26:47) has been to Victoria, Kitchener in Ontario and also to the inaugural at Orleans (Ottawa) where he was one second faster.  Roderick Hoffman (29:10) visited Des Moines Creek in Washington state.  Bob Bannister (22:49) improved his pb at Bedfont Lakes yet again (on his 274th appearance there).

Moving on into the post WARR October, the mornings are darker and cooler but the pace doesn’t really slow.  Maria Jovani (20:31) went to Bushy Park for the first time in a couple of years and was caught momentarily in her BA vest by the sky news team doing a feature on the parkrun 14th anniversary.  There were over 1500 at Bushy this week – over 100 times more than the original time trial in 2004.  Julie Barclay (23:47) ran at Homewood for the first time and set a new age category and female club record.  Jacqui Musselwhite (22:45) ran at Horsham for the first time and set a new female club record.  Her brother Adrian Haines holds the male record with 17:50.

As the 603rd anniversary of the battle of Agincourt (25/10/1415) approaches, Ian Cockram (22:52) and Caroline Cockram (25:49) were at parkrun de Rouen in northern France for the first time.  The parkrun there has been going for a little over a year and the attendance was 46.  lingering on in British Columbia Ian Cunningham (25:04) survived chilly conditions up in Whistler (22 runners), a venue for the winter Olympics in 2010.  Travel difficulties confined Roderick Hoffman (40:20) to Nose Hill (Calgary) close to where Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards found fame in the 1988 version {and Roderick adds that Eddie had much better equipment than him, for the conditions!}.  Chris Kelly (23:13, club record) ahead of his challenge match with Mo Farah in the Chicago Marathon** met up with David Duggan (28:28) at Heritage Harbour in Illinois.  There were just 46 runners there too.

The curtain came down at Heartwood Forest in Hertfordshire where there was a turnout of 466 for the 47th and final run of the parkrun there {2 more than double the previous record!}.  The team there hope to find a new venue not too far away soon.


** Marathon “novice” Sir Mo beat Chris by about 70 minutes!

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Adrian Haines then and nowAdrian's Achievements

Adrian's achievements have earned him a page article in the latest BA Engineering News. All should be able to view this:

And I do like the two Facebook photographs showing Adrian at 13/14 and then 38 years later this year at the World Championships. Same upfront tactics and similar style!

KLM Road Runners CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY 15th December 2018 at the “Langevelderslag” Beach + Dunes

Highly recommended, and since Adrian Haines ran and finished first in this event last December it would be good to turn up with a larger team this year. Please let me know if you are considering entry: Roderick Hoffman {}

Dear airline colleagues,

You are hereby invited for the KLM Road Runners 2018 club championships.

The location of the beach/dune run is Langevelderslag +/- 20 km south west of Schiphol airport. The race distances are 6km and 10km. The start of our event is at 15:00 for the 6km and 15:10 for the 10km (14:30 children's run). Directly after the start, the race goes north following a winding footpath. After a few kilometers and a challenging climb over the dunes and the race returns to the finish following the sandy beach.

The 6km runners finish at the beach ntre; the 10km runners will run an additional smaller loop.

There are awards for male seniors and masters, female seniors and masters on both distances and every finisher will receive a special KLM Road Runners souvenir.

All runners take part in a free lottery with many fine prizes. The award ceremony starts at 17:00.

A free bus service will be available. It will pick-up runners from Schiphol airport (AMS) at 13:30. We will also take care of transport back to the airport. The bus will return at 17:30 to Schiphol airport.

If you want to join us for our run on the beach and dunes than please sign up via Participating in the race for invited airline runners and family is FREE!!

After the Race we continue with a buffet BBQ dinner and if you decide to stay for this dinner you can sign up also via The costs are €29.50,- for the buffet dinner per person. (Children under 13 are € 9.75).

Payment: This year we ask the attendance for the dinner to pay upfront (no cash payment on race day). This can be done via a normal EU bank transfer (Swift / ban), see registration website for details.

Also for those runners who will stay for the dinner we will organise transport to Schiphol Airport.

Hope to see you at the beach and dunes on the 15th of December.

Met vriendelijke groeten / kind regards,

Frank Jegers

KLM Road Runners


Correction - the next Street-O event will be at London Bridge on Tuesday 9th October.  Registration is at the Horseshoe Inn SE1 3QP.  Details: . I'm not expecting there to be a control point on the top floor of the Shard. But you never know.

And finally...

Dear Ed, due to my injuries sustained last out on my XC (advised last week at 35.30 PB). I am unable to jog however, I can walk. So, today I did so on my Cookham six and a quarter which is XC but at walking pace=2Hrs 2Min. Andy Rayner.

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