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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th November 2021

Events Calendar - online here


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

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Note that the Club Featured parkrun at Bushy has been pushed back a week to 27th November.

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

This Week's Events

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 before Monday 15th November):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. 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 Start Time Duration/Time Comment

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

Club Run-of-the-Month Winner - Joe Nolan! #

The club winner of the Run-of-the-Month Marlow 7 is Joe Nolan who finished in 1:14:38. I'm not aware of any other club runners in either that race or the Marlow Half but please correct me if I'm wrong (potentially claiming your "win").  Alice Banks and John were helping on the course and at the finish.

I've still had no suggestions for a non-BA Club organised event to be Run-of-the-Month for December. We'd normally have the Perivale Five but that isn't operating this year. There are also ROM gaps next year.

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC 40th logoClub 40th Anniversary Clothing update

I have placed an initial order for 40 tee-shirts and 30 sweat tops in a range of sizes. I haven't yet been given a delivery date so it is too early to discuss distribution other than to repeat that the initial order will be available to this year's paid-up club members. A subsequent order may be available more widely.

Roderick Hoffman

Cross Country Matches this weekend #

Don't forget this week's cross-country matches this weekend - on Saturday the ladies are running on Wimbledon Common with a gun time of 10:30 (so get there earlier). I wouldn't expect anyone to run Wimbledon parkrun as a warm-up, but it is there and any men would be welcome to do the parkrun and then cheer on the ladies in the cross-country. The men (unusually) have their match on Sunday with a 1pm gun time at Denbies. Save the wine for after the run please.

More info:

Ladies - Amanda Coombs

Men - Paul Knechtl or Chris Kelly

NOW Wednesday 17th November from 12:00 - Langley Park #

I'll be the host for this month's NOW event which will be in Langley Park, just across the road to the south of Black Park. It has its own carpark on Billet Lane so you don't need to dash across the busy Uxbridge Road to get there.

Meet in the Langley Park carpark, Billet Ln, Iver SL0 0LT, for 12:00, though we'll wait a bit for late comers to arrive and pay for their parking.

I'll lead a jogging group on a pre-planned 5km route around the scenic park. This will mainly be on firm tracks but some stretches may be on softer ground. I'll also be able to advise on a shorter walking route for those who want more time to admire the trees and views.

Afterwards we'll meet up in the Langley Park Tearooms for a drink and a bite. Note that this is a San Remo cafe so operates the same drinks loyalty card scheme as Black Park, Northala Fields, Brent Lodge, Ruislip Lido and other West London park cafes.

Please advise us that you may be attending - then we'll know to wait for you at the start.

Roderick Hoffman

We won't be having a NOW run in December - too many other events to fit in - but we will have the usual Round Heathrow run scheduled for Thursday 30th December which is likely this year to start from the Bedfont Club carpark and end in the Duke of Wellington pub (with a very tempting short cut available!)

Activity Achievements over the week 1st to 7th November 2021

19 club members and friends included below but I could have included more or fewer parkrun reports. Two runners complaining of the heat on the beach! They should have been running here in the dark...though perhaps not as dark as in Sarah's run.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sun 00:53:30 That's about the same pace that Roman Legionnaires maintained - they were younger, but more heavily loaded. Also 3miles on Tuesday in 45:02 and 2.5miles cycle on Friday.
Ben Cooper Running 5.08km Vale of Glamorgan Mon 00:25:16
Benita Scaife Running 6miles Pinkneys Green to Burnham Tue 01:18:52 This stitched together a number of footpaths and relatively short stretches of linking roads. After crossing Maidenhead Moor the route crosses the Thames at Boulters Lock before heading for Taplow…
Chris Kelly  Race Half-M Reading Half Sun 01:42:28 Beautiful conditions for the Reading Half today, good support all round and always good to finish in the MadStad! [Chris ran with a number that was only "1" away from "118 118" - that would of got a comment a few years ago]
Clara Halket Walking 11.52km Windsor Great Park Sat am 11.52km walk in the Great Park this morning. Not run for nearly 3 months now, start again next week, slowly
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:23:20 Second lady.
Joe Nolan  Race 7miles Marlow 7 Sun
John Scaife Running 6miles Pinkneys Green to Burnham Tue 01:18:52 …then continuing on to Burnham along a surprisingly rural footpath across farmland, emerging onto Burnham High St from St Peter's churchyard. Coffee and homemade ginger cake at Woodstock's tea room.
Julie Barclay Running 5.3miles London Thur 00:49:00 Trafalgar Square to Queens Park Rangers Football Club ground (see below)
Melanie Miller Walking 17.72km Sugarloaf Mt, Monmouthshire Sat 04:28:20 Scaling Sugarloaf Mountain and when we got to the summit with gusts of 44mph we wos lucky not to get blown away..instead I wos blown away by the awesome scenery…lol
Michael Ball Interval Training Sounds similar to last week, but worse! [or better]
Paul Watt Running 5.3miles London Thur 00:49:00 Trafalgar Square to Queens Park Rangers Football Club ground (see below)
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Broadway Marathon, Cotswolds Sun 05:52:22 Fantastic sunny weather on a very scenic, mainly off-road course, with over 3000 feet of elevation gain. Have now completed 175 marathons.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 12km Ickenham Tue pm 01:29:58 Orienteering training - running between 15 postboxes in Ickenham. 14 of them had been seasonally dressed by Ickenham knitters. I took photographs rather than wrote down postbox numbers. Back to nighttime Street-O tomorrow.
Sarah Gordon  Race 2x5miles Tunnel Vision Night & Dawn Thur/Fri "The ‘turnaround’ gift of a carrot [on the Dawn run] was less exciting than last night's maraca but the hot coffee and croissant at the end were very welcome."
Simon Turton Running 12.3km Week 3 on the 5km training plan with Hayley. Weekend total 01:13:00 Early morning tempo run around Twyford on Saturday followed by a Sunday morning run in Reading along the Thames towards Tilehurst, before watching the Reading half. Dry but windy conditions; training on schedule.
Stephen Taylor Running 6.28miles Larnica Sat am 01:01:07 3 miles out and 3 miles back around the bay at Larnaca. A bit warm, even at 7 in the morning. 6.28m 1:01:07
Steve Hillier Running 3.8km Roxbourne Park 00:25:14 Windy but pleasant conditions. Also 12 miles cycling.
Tim Bellars Running 10km Tulum, Mexico 00:55:00 10k loop, twice last week! 80 degrees but managed to find the shade mostly. Happy with a sub 55 mins and felt fine afterwards!

Weekly Achievement photos

And Roderick's (Ickenham's knitters) Postbox covers...

Ickenham Postboxes

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 6th November 2021

35 runners and volunteers are listed below - get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 124 00:32:31 49.77%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 99 00:30:06 67.33% run #237
Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 31 00:23:25 71.60% 400th parkrun
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 29 00:23:19 65.98%
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 92 00:28:14 59.98% 2 minutes faster than his 100th last week.
John Lennon Broadwater 228 00:33:24 48.00% PB   5th PB in a row, a further 61 second improvement.
Julie BARCLAY Broadwater 56 00:23:29 79.21% 1st run at Broadwater, club rec(F) and best  age-grade%
Paul WATT Broadwater 23 00:21:24 72.43% 1st run at Broadwater, park #56, club record, Wilson Index up to 10
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Brooklands 40 00:24:35 70.85%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 324 00:24:11 65.75%
Joe NOLAN Crane Park 112 00:29:37 57.18%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 56 00:25:14 58.45%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 25 00:22:58 61.76%
Maria Jovani Crane Park 19 00:21:59 72.25%
Adrian Haines Forest of Dean 49 00:29:50 51.06% Out of five BA runners Adrian is now both the fastest and slowest.
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 188 00:25:48 64.41% Best run at Gunnersbury for two years
Maarten Stenham Hanworth 12 00:22:25 62.75% 197th parkrun
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 160 00:37:51 60.81%
Denis Foxley Harrow 103 00:28:59 62.39%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 78 00:34:05 60.24%
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 84 00:28:40 71.80%
Roderick HOFFMAN Horspath 109 00:29:47 54.34% run #404, park #311, BA park #602
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 25 00:23:28 63.35%
Sarah GORDON Itchen Valley Country 98 00:37:48 53.62% BA best age-grade (but 20 seconds slower than Melanie's time)
Steve NEWELL Jersey Farm 244 00:48:14 40.77% 3rd visit to Jersey Farm on 3rd anniversary.  Winter course
Benita Scaife Maidenhead 227 00:33:43 61.99%
John Scaife Maidenhead 228 00:33:43 50.67%
Petra OTTO March 119 00:50:26 43.42%
Mike Dennison Old Deer Park 5 00:20:14 81.38% PB   12 second improvement. BA best age-grade.
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 247 00:48:35 59.31%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 248 00:48:35 51.84% Assisting Anne. 599th parkrun.
Trish MCCABE Osterley 135 00:28:17 55.63%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 186 00:36:32 42.43% run #490, pacing Sarah K. to another PB
Alan FRIAR Reading 159 00:32:49 59.93%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 132 00:27:05 67.75%


The recovery following the Covid parkrun suspension is still happening in the background.  Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun (midway between Croydon and Bromley) started in summer 2019 and had only reached event #42 on 14th March 2020.  Access is through hospital grounds and the parkrun wasn’t permitted to start along with most of the others in July of this year.  The deliberately-under-publicised restart took place in early October and attendances are still in just double digits meaning parking in the hospital visitors carpark should be possible if you get there by 8.45 a.m. Eden Park rail station on the London Bridge – Hayes (Kent) line is another travel option.  The parkrun features a pleasant flat 2-lap grass course.  Dame Kelly Holmes holds one of the age group records.

The discussions over when or even whether Tring parkrun will resume continue with the local MP siding with the runners against the Woodland Trust which collectively is not enthusiastic.  Meanwhile, not far away, the long-awaited Amersham Churchmead parkrun has a website but as yet no date for an inaugural. Newbury parkrun is another that hasn't operated since the lockdown started but a decision has recently been taken which will allow it to resume before the end of the year.

Christmas Day 2021 falls on a Saturday for the first time since 2010 when there were far, far, fewer parkruns than today.  Some parkruns have organised special parkruns on Christmas Day in the intervening years but by no means all.  Some parks are traditionally closed/gates locked on Christmas Day and recruiting a group of enthusiastic volunteers cannot be assumed. A website is now being progressively populated by local teams, see  In the LHR area Bracknell, Hanworth, Ifield Mill Pond, Kingston and Wimbledon Common are already indicating that there will be no parkrun on 25th December, while Woodley, Prospect and Dinton Pastures are definitely on.  Northala Fields is on and Roderick Hoffman has already been accepted for the role of Christmas Day timekeeper for the sixth Christmas Day in a row (skipping last year).  The list of operating parkruns will grow.  1st January 2022 is also a Saturday and many parkruns will operate as normal but some won't (e.g. Northala Fields won't).  However, a new policy has kicked in and there will not be opportunities to double up this time round.  A pity, it has been a fun way to start the year. All Christmas Day and New Year's Day parkruns that do operate will operate at their normal times, routes and volunteer rosters.

More imminently, Hanworth parkrun has been cancelled on 20th and 27th November because the defibrillator normally relied on will be locked up in the Leisure Centre (alias Feltham Pool) which will be closed on those dates.

The club featured parkrun at Bushy Park will now be on 27th November, a week later than previously planned.

So after that preamble what actually happened this week?

Mike Dennison (20:14, 81.38%) ran at the Old Deer Park 500th edition and improved his PB by 12 seconds. That time places him 3rd out of 206 in his age group there (parkrun 5 year age-group rankings are only listed by time).  The club record still belongs to a young Chris Kelly who ran 19:56 (74%) in July 2015.  The VM70-74 group is still headed by the late Brian Bennett with his 23.28 (78.2%) dating back to 6th April 2013 when an astonishing 550 runners turned up at Old Deer Park for a special parkrun sponsored by a bouncy shoe manufacturer over a one-off course designed for purpose by Paul Sinton Hewitt.  For more info take a look at the results of Old Deer Park run #123 and marvel at some of the names and times hidden in the parkrun archives.

Walton parkrun image with AlanOnly one new parkrun was added to our collection this week with Roderick Hoffman (29:47) attending Horspath (near Cowley, Oxford) which started about three months ago.

Bob Bannister (23:25) ran at Bedfont Lakes for the 315th time and became the latest member to reach the tee shirtless 400 parkrun mark.  Anne Bannister (30:06) is just thirteen runs away from earning a 250 vest. Alan Anderson, the only current member with the right to wear the coveted blue 500 shirt is just one away from his 600th.  Amusingly he (and the shirt) is featured in the publicity photo for the restricted access parkrun held at Walton Jail in Liverpool!  Inspiring for anyone who is in for 12 years. Alan will probably be running his 600th next Saturday at Osterley - assuming that his parole comes through.

Paul Watt (21:24) and Julie Barclay (23:29) were the latest members to try the new Broadwater parkrun (between Guildford and Goldalming) which started in mid September.  John Lennon (33:24) has now run there for six consecutive weeks and is on a winning streak of five PBs on the spin.  By running at Broadwater in their 8th week Paul Watt plugged a number in his run collection and his 'Wilson Index' is now up to 10.  Julie Barclay is missing a run #3 so expect them at the third run at Stockley Park whenever that starts.  Piers Keenleyside (25:48) had his best run at Gunnersbury for two years but he has never been to an inaugural so his Wilson Index is Zero!  Take note.

Steve Newell

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Your Club or mine?

Another break in the weather and an opportunity for an impromptu run to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium or more easily said, Q.P.R. Dry but cold and not sure for how much longer shorts are the sensible choice. For the fifth time we set off along The Mall to Knightsbridge but today we continued through Hyde Park and Holland Park. The 5.3 mile journey took us past both ends of the shopping spectrum; Westfields Shopping Centre and what is left of Shepherds Bush Market were chosen landmarks before turning into Loftus Road and up to the stadium in 49 minutes. London seemed much busier today and avoiding the cyclists and pedestrians took a little more concentration but we made it without any issues. A warm-down walk to Hammersmith before getting the train back to Hatton Cross.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay

Ed: It would have been a greater challenge if the football clubs you had to run to were Queens Park and Rangers.

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