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BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th August 2016


  • Monday 15th/22nd August - Track&Field Grand Prix events at Hillingdon Track from 18:00*
  • Wednesday 24th August - Club BBQ event at Harmondsworth Moor from 18:00 (details next week)
  • Thursday 1st September - Dream Mile (anniversary event - see below) - Bath Road 12:45*

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.

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Monopoly Event - Concorde Centre 27th July results

This year's Monopoly event was run on Wednesday as storm clouds gathered over the Concorde Centre.  Fortunately the rain held off.  Seven competitors (a tricky prime number) were divided into three teams, and were set the task of gathering as many title deeds, houses and hotels as possible in forty minutes.  The Old Kent Roads, Pall Malls and one hundred pound notes were being dished out by Harry at a distant corner of the sports field, while Mayfairs, houses and hotels could be found with Steve on the bridge over the M4.  Everyone had to be back at the finish by 7pm. 

 Teams Battleship, Racing Car and Boot got their timings spot on, saving last minute sprints to Harry's marshalling point as the sports hall clock closed in on 1800 GMT.

 Victory came to the Boot team, with their competitors not far behind. 

 Thank you to marshals Harry Wild and Paddy O'Shea. 

We moved to the still open bar after the event, and were pleased to be joined by Brian Forrester, as we tucked into sticky cakes and fruit.

Full results:

  • 1st:  Team Boot (Alan Anderson, Steve Newell, Benita Scaife)  £2610
  • 2nd: Team Battleship (Simon Turton and Alan Friar)                  £2010
  • 3rd:  Team Racing Car (John Scaife and Trish McCabe)           £1710

Sterling amounts based on the value of property title deeds, hotels, houses and cash returned to Linda at "GO"
Steve and Linda Hillier

August Dream Mile results - 4th August 2016

4th August 2016 Previous Best Time Previous recorded time 04-Aug-16 Difference Best Time Sept-13 time
Dave Bird 00:05:52 00:06:49 00:06:25 -24 seconds 00:05:52 05:52
Neil Frediani 00:06:34 00:07:26 00:07:06 -20 seconds 00:06:34 07:18
Toby Houghton 00:06:16 00:06:34 00:06:16 -18 seconds 00:06:16  
Simon Ashford 00:06:18 00:07:09 00:07:06 -03 seconds 00:06:18 06:18
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:08 00:07:59 00:08:04 +05 seconds 00:07:08  
Ian Cunningham 00:05:52 00:06:12 00:06:20 +08 seconds 00:05:52  
Vaneeta Cro 00:11:38 00:12:52 00:13:02 +10 seconds 00:11:38  
Colin Russell 00:07:07 00:06:05 00:06:41 +36 seconds 00:06:05  
Jeremy Short 00:05:36 00:05:59 00:06:38 +39 seconds 00:05:36  
Paul Knechtl 00:04:56 00:05:23 00:06:09 +46 seconds 00:04:56 04:56

It was warm and with a headwind but it was great to see some improvements from previous runs.

The next event will be on Thursday 1st September at the usual place and time (Bath Road, 12:45). The first Paul K. organised mile was on 5th September 2013 so this will be the 3rd anniversary event. Of the four running last week who had run that first event only Neil has improved his time - but perhaps we'll see some all time PBs next month!

Roderick Hoffman OBO Paul Knechtl

Club parkrun results for Saturday 6th August

6th August family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Alan Anderson 32:42 Gunnersbury run #420, 197th at Gunnersbury 66%
Alice Banks 26:15 Maidenhead run #61, 34th at Maidenhead 72%
Tony Barnwell 35:11 Wycombe Rye run #113, 49th at Wycombe 53%
Ben Chaytow 21:20 Crane Park run #141, best time this year 64%
Caroline Cockram 33:20 Bedfont Lakes plus photographer 49%
Ian Cockram 28:57 Gunnersbury 29' pacer 51%
Jonathan Cox 21:42 Bushy Park 71%
Ian Cunningham 23:50 Woodbank club course record 64%
Scott Davison 22:48 Bedfont Lakes run #173 62%
Linda Dodsworth 26:08 Southport park #16 , run #73 60%
Steve Dodsworth 23:08 Southport BA park #278, park #16 65%
David Duggan 28:12 Bedfont Lakes run #159 55%
Denis Foxley 26:46 Harrow run #44 64%
Joan Foxley 35:24 Harrow run #39 60%
Neil Frediani 28:08 Bedfont Lakes run #147 56%
Sarah Gordon 34:59 Long Eaton 54%
Gareth Hobby 25:59 Reading two weeks in a row 54%
Roderick Hoffman 26:26 Long Eaton park #163 59%
Kevin Holland 29:49 Woking 58%
Piers Keenleyside 23:07 Stevenage club course record 69%
Kathryn Keenleyside 40:15 Stevenage run #10 47%
John Lennon 27:45 Bedfont Lakes run #217 55%
Trish McCabe 27:32 Bedfont Lakes run #145 plus pre-event set-up 55%
Geoff Miles 26:59 Osterley run #279, 83rd at Osterley 62%
Steve Newell 36:07 Barclay Park park #76 50%
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking
Benita Scaife 31:44 Maidenhead run #44, 16th at Maidenhead 61%
John Scaife 31:45 Maidenhead run #52, 16th at Maidenhead 51%
Sreeram Sethuraman 38:27 Upton Court paced daughter to a pb 35%
Darren Wood 21:56 Woking run #571, SM30-34 60%

Possible cheating scandal at the 100th run at Woking this week with a runner supposedly recording a 97.8% grade finish. The result has since been removed from the results with the thought that the runner only ran two of the three laps required. The MV75-79 category runner's Russian trainer has refused to comment on the suggestion that the runner had deliberately hidden in the woods on the second lap.

A more notable runner at Woking was Darren Wood (21:56), a Frimley (very) regular, who completed his 571st parkrun.  Wow!

Ben Chaytow (21:20) continues to run at Crane Park regularly and that was his best time this year.  Ian Cunningham (23:50) headed north to Woodbank (Stockport) to set a new club record there and Piers Keenleyside(23:07), with his wife Kathryn (40:15), made his first visit to Stevenage and to better the club best time there.  Steve(23:08) and Linda Dodsworth (26:08) were our first members to run at Southport which started just 9 weeks ago.  Roderick Hoffman(26:26) and Sarah Gordon(34:59) ran at Long Eaton in Nottinghamshire.  Our course record (20:48) there incidentally is held by Richard Ruffell.

Steve Newell (36:07) took his bike to Cheshunt, the furthest north station on the London Overground network and then cycled another five miles up into Hertfordshire to Barclay Park in Hoddesdon.  He is still finding hilly courses rather challenging!   A Saturday morning to remember nevertheless.

Steve Newell (

Updated parkrun stats:

Steve Newell

parkrun tourism

Whilst I was running my 163rd different parkrun others were also involved in parkrun tourism.  I'm in 22nd place on the international leaderboard but well behind the leader Paul Freyne on 312 events.  If I keep doing different events I might just catch the parkrunner in 20th place, Chris Cowell, the runner whose name is now synonymous with parkrun tourism since anyone who achieves 100 parkruns is said to be in the Cowell Club. 

There is also pure tourism.  A pure parkrun tourist is someone who runs at different events without ever having repeated an event.  I did get the record of being the first person to make it to 50 parkruns without repeating and my final tally was 52 before I returned to Bedfont Lakes to collect my "50" shirt. My tally was beaten by Gregory Bailey, and I joined him at Lyme Park on the day he exceeded my record.  Gregory hasn't stopped since and ran his 150th pure tourist parkrun last Saturday at Southampton. Others are following the same example (well it is easier these days with 400plus UK parkruns - there were only 71 UK parkruns on the date I did my first, and 167 on my 50th) with Morgan Daniels on 93 and several people in the 60s. A new contender also ran at Tilgate on Saturday, Dame Kelly Homes (21:23) ran her 10th different parkrun so perhaps isn't content with the two gold medals that had appeared to crown her running career!

A new parkrun country would appear to be in sight and it isn't Sweden! Anyone jetting off to Canada in the next week or so might like to consider attending the inaugural Okanagan parkrun in British Columbia on 20th August. But check before you travel because the page promoting this is still a work-in-progress page.

Roderick Hoffman

Ride London Thanks

Congratulations to The Ruffells, Graham McLellan, Andrew Jordan, Paul Brandon, Marzia Coltelli and anyone else associated with the club for their great efforts in cycling in this event last weekend.  It was certainly exhilarating to marshal so close to the speeding bikes in Whitehall as they entered the last mile to the finish. 

I would like to echo the thanks of the event organisers, for the hard work put in by our team of 18 marshals in managing the Whitehall crossing and switch, moving thousands of spectators safely from one side of the road to the other. 

If you haven't experienced this event, born out of the 2012 Olympics, come and see for yourself next summer!

Steve Hillier

Coaching Corner ! - Ten Tips to Prevent Running Injuries (alternative view)

Thank you to Joe Nolan for his coaching tips.  As usual there are alternative views out there and Dave Barnard pointed out this recent article from the Guardian:

The author suggests that three running injury myths should be debunked:

1. "You'll wreck your knees" - runners would appear to have better knees than non-runners - there is “no evidence that running increases the risk of osteoarthritis, including participation in marathons.”

2. "Stretching is Vital" - his conclusion is "no correlation between stretching and injury prevention".

3. "Heel-striking bad, midfoot good, barefoot is best" - his conclusion is that it probably doesn't make much difference for most of us.

AJ Bell London Triathlon 2016: Result

I did my first Olympic distance triathlon yesterday - the London Triathlon based around the Excel centre and the old London docks. I finished in 3:05:33. Not a great time - I was probably very near the back of my 'wave' of competitors. Had a terrible swim - my goggles kept filling up with water. I think the swim cap was preventing a decent seal. I had to stop and tread water 4 or 5 times while I emptied them out before finally getting a decent seal. It was great to cycle on the closed roads down towards Tower Bridge and back - although the westerly wind was very strong on the outward stretch! 

Have also just signed up to the Totally Thames River Swim on Wednesday evening of 7th September - any other BA people going (apart from Steve who I'm sure will be there)?

And doing the Burnham Beeches Half next Sunday - might see one or two BA people there? 

Piers Keenleyside 

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