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BA Athletics Club News Digest 9th January 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

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 by end of Sunday 15th January):

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

Lighter Issue

A lighter issue this week - it could be that there haven't been submissions or it could be because I missed them whilst focused on other things! Next week should be better with two cross-country reports (hint).

Roderick Hoffman

British Airways Athletics Club - Constitution - corrected link

BAAC is affiliated to England Athletics.  England Athletics have developed seven Club Standards, which all clubs have been asked to work towards achieving.  The first is to publish a Club Constitution.  Your committee have drafted a document based on EA guidelines, adapted to reflect our legal status as a section of British Airways Clubs.

> Constitution Draft (MS Word document)

This draft now needs to be approved by the membership, ready for publication.  Please review and return comments to Steve Hillier by February 15th. We intend to publish the constitution as a completed document for 1st April 2023. 

Thank you, > Steve Hillier Hon Sec BAAC

Cross-Country Matches this coming Saturday on Chobham Common #

  • 12pm Men’s Div 4 - 7.6K
  • 2pm Women’s Div 2 - 7.6K

Venue: Chobham Common, 220 Chobham Rd, Chobham, Ascot GU24 8TL: Chobham Common Roundabout Car Park (W3W: ///activism.stem.trying).

Details will have been mailed out to the expected team members. All club members are allowed to run in the team - so please let >Paul (Men's Captain) or Amanda (Ladies Captain) know that you are interested.

Recent Activity Achievements

20 club members and friends' achievements are listed below, including two colleagues all at sea. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race 800m Indoor track Mon 02:12.0 800m indoor opener. Always good to win a race at 55. And 5 seconds quicker than my fastest time last year.
Andy Rayner Walking 3.5miles Cox Green Park and Cox Green Sat Two reports, please. Mon 2nd Jan, fast walk to and around Cox Green Park in 30m 25s. Sat 7th Jan, fast walk Cox Green Park and Cox Green. Approx. 3.5 M, no time. In heavy rain.
Barry Walters Running 10km Bracknell Sun am 01:04:46 Ran a steady effort from home on tarmac in the morning in mild and dry conditions. Reached the halfway point in 33-12 and managed to speed up on the second half which was pleasing. 
Ben Cooper Cardio Triathlon BAMC Gym Sun lunch 00:20:41 Back from a winter break, I did a 5k on Friday but the GPS didn't work so here's details from the BAMC gym Triathlon on Sunday - 5 min rowing, 10 min cycling, 5 min treadmill.
Benita Scaife Walking 10km Cookham and back Sun am No running for us as both with head colds.
Clara Halket Running 13.14km 01:16:33
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Black Park Sat am 00:22:49 Course PB. Started too far back so had to chase down the 23 minute pacer.
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Stockley Country Sat am An inaugural run at Stockley Park with Harjeet. Rod and the team did a great job coping with the large numbers who turned up. Very muddy but trail shoes helped. I will be back again when it's drier .
John Scaife Walking 10km Cookham and back Sun am No running for us as both with head colds.
Julie Barclay Running 8miles Near Home Thur 01:21:00 Through the streets of Ash Vale, North Camp and Aldershot
Malcolm Field "I'm still keeping fit on bike and rower."
Michael Ball Sprints Track This week's activity 8x100 metres, 3 min between runs.
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Talkin Tarn Sat am 00:29:57 Getting my 2nd new parkrun of the year at Talkin Tarn near Brampton, Cumbria was my best effort.
Paul Watt Running 8miles Near Home Thur 01:21:00 Through the streets of Ash Vale, North Camp and Aldershot
Piers Keenleyside Running 5miles Caribbean Longest run last week was 5 miles around the promenade deck of the Britannia P&O cruise ship at sea on the Caribbean.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5km Stockley Country parkrun course Fri am 00:32:38 In November this two-lap course was designed by me and measured by Steve Newell as a back-up course for the one-lap course for Stockley Country parkrun. We learnt from the test run that we'd have to go live on this one. So this was the only formal test run of it - thus I held the course record for just under a day!
Simon Turton Orienteering 6.58km Birch Hill, Bracknell Sat pm 00:39:12 Blimey, chose the wrong time to go for a run ️. It was a very detailed map with loads of route choice given the very many paths around the estates. Despite the weather, it was good to get out and prep. for Tuesday’s Street-O at Lincoln Inn Fields.
Steve Hillier Running 5.4km Roxbourne Park Sun 00:39:02 I completed a Roxbourne Park riverside run today.  I managed to fit it in between the two long periods of torrential rain, which meant it was very wet underfoot.  Yeading Brook had become Yeading Torrent.
Steve Newell Walking 11laps North Atlantic off Portugal/Morocco Sat am 00:58:27 No jogging permitted. Sea choppy, fresh breeze.
Young Turtons Orienteering Twyford Sun "Street-O’s catching on; my daughters ran the score event I planned in Twyford today. They got very wet but enjoyed it."

Photos: Sideways names indicate the photographer, rather than the subject.

Week Achievement photos Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 7th January

35 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 624 46 0:27:41 61.17% 331st run at Bedfont Lakes
Emma Moreton Black Park 641 46 0:22:49 67.93% Only her second run at Black Park, but a minute improvement nonetheless.
Joe NOLAN Black Park 641 278 0:31:47 53.75% 360th run at Black Park. Plus Volunteer Coordinator for pacing day.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 566 192 0:36:16 56.76%
Melanie Miller Brighton & Hove 727 389 0:39:20 45.42%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 129 298 0:37:39 49.49%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 912 693 0:29:33 54.26% 387th Bushy Park parkrun
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 487 33 0:24:21 58.66% 266th Crane Park parkrun
Frankie HOGGE Finsbury Park 575 185 0:24:12 61.16% First run at Finsbury Park. BA Ladies record.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 458 Timekeeper at Guildford
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 190 24 0:24:06 62.17% 49th Houghton Hall parkrun
Mike DENNISON Kingston 592 13 0:20:31 80.99% The club's highest Grade this week.
Maria JOVANI Kingston 592 88 0:25:15 64.16%
Alice BANKS Maidenhead 338 234 0:36:21 57.50%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead Barcode Scanning at Maidenhead
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 377 158 0:31:39 50.24%
Trish MCCABE Osterley 405 99 0:28:42 55.34% 36th Osterley run, 397 in all.
Geoff Miles Osterley 405 148 0:31:58 55.84% [Non BAAC member] Ex BA Osterley Event Director on his 500th run (257 at Osterley).
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 405 215 0:49:09 53.20% 96th Osterley run, 639 in all.
Ben Kelly Reading 584 13 0:22:27 57.46%
Murray Hogge Reading 584 19 0:23:31 69.38%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 584 72 0:28:47 54.31% 397th Reading parkrun
Jain REID Richmond Park 737 272 0:33:48 54.29%
David DUGGAN Southall 52 46 0:33:42 48.42% 9th run at Southall on their first birthday.
Paul WATT Squerryes Winery 100 15 0:26:07 59.86% BA Men's record.
Julie BARCLAY Squerryes Winery 100 28 0:28:01 67.34% BA Ladies and Grade record [from her sister!]
Fiona Bishop Stockley Country 1 134 0:27:28 72.69% BA parkrun #696. Sets BA Ladies record and Grade record.
Barry WALTERS Stockley Country 1 189 0:30:06 56.76% Sets BA Men's record.
Denis FOXLEY Stockley Country 1 218 0:31:35 58.10%
Janet SMITH Stockley Country 1 338 0:38:37 48.17%
Harjit Jhooti Stockley Country 1 360 0:41:12 43.37% And Report Writer.
Joan FOXLEY Stockley Country 1 370 0:42:05 56.59%
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 1 Timekeeping at Stockley Country run #1 (+course setting and RD's brief)
Neil FREDIANI Talkin Tarn Country Park 51 42 0:30:04 55.76% BA parkrun #697
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 79 Timekeeper and Course Check at Wollaton Hall

Steve Newell is on the high seas so Paul Watt has stepped in to be our parkrun reporter this week...

parkrun review for Saturday 7th January

The stresses of rushing away to finish the Christmas shopping, rushing home to get Christmas dinner underway or rushing home to recover from the night before are now distant memories. Mince pies have been replaced by water, fancy-dress costumes have given way to shiny new trainers and freshly unwrapped clothing, whilst those starting their parkrun journey via a New Year's resolution mingle with those of greater experience - a real time for opposites. parkrun is back down to one per week after the holiday season yet already on the second parkrun day of the year- albeit the first Saturday - we have had rain, wind, mud, cancellations and a new ‘close to home’ event.

The weather was bad everywhere; it was so bad at Squerryes that the new shoes were unrecognisable within five seconds thanks to the ankle-high mud. Well done to everybody who braved the conditions last weekend: thirty members had runs recorded, four more earned volunteer credits on a non-running day and some of us ran and volunteered.

Saturday saw the long awaited Stockley Country Park join the parkrun event family to become the 61st London venue. 417 runners attended which is the highest turnout for an English inaugural since the promoted Trentham Gardens in Feb22 - 34 English events ago - when 557 took part. Six members attended plus Roderick who sacrificed a run so that he could fulfil his event duties. When Fiona Bishop crossed the finish-line to claim the female record, she officially made Stockley club event #696. Barry Walters set the club’s male record shortly after. Meanwhile at the other end of the country, Neil Frediani finished at Talkin Tarn, two minutes after Fiona, for club event #697. Number 700 can’t be too far away.

Because of the conditions most of us stayed close to home with Melanie Miller at Brighton and Julie and me at Squerryes appearing to be the only tourists this week.

If you are planning to tour, my recommendation for the future is to attend a Winery parkrun on their birthday. I helped to celebrate Squerryes hundredth event by barcode scanning with one hand whilst holding a free glass of Squerryes sparkling wine in the other: how civilised.
However, Julie managed two glasses whilst token sorting and I just hope that they don’t expect the tokens to be in any particular order!

Paul Watt

Week Achievement - Lon-undone, Stockley Country parkrun Inaugural

Stockley Country briefing in progressI'm not going to apologise for not announcing in last week's digest that the Stockley Country parkrun would be having its inaugural on Saturday. We needed to keep the launch as quiet as we could and despite our best efforts the 417 who did turn up were, in all honesty, too many. Our dedicated carpark had 96 spaces but it was full soon after 8:30 with many still arriving. I don't know where they ended up parking, but I can imagine the local residents writing to the council with their fly-parking complaints. As a team we coped with the high numbers but with extra difficulty and stress. The two-lap course includes some narrow sections and with overtaking required there were problems with congestion. The wet morning helped - perhaps keeping away some of the "other park users". Those club colleagues who were there had either helped at the test event before Christmas or had responded to my prompt in two digests in November. It pays to read the digest!

My role on the day was varied and involved the same hat but three different jackets - I set the course in my own jacket, then put on the Event Directors jacket to cover for him giving the combined First Timers / Event Briefing [picture]. We nearly had to start the run before the Event Director got back, which would have been interesting since he had had to return home to collect the finish tokens! He got back just in time so I quickly changed into the normal volunteer's tabard to start my role as Timekeeper. parkrun had provided us with 450 finish tokens so as the tail-walkers crossed the finish line we had just 33 spare. We had deliberately chosen to start on this date - to clash with Black Park's pacer day and Southall's one year anniversary. Some parkruns do things differently - Auldcathie District parkrun in Scotland also started on Saturday but in very different circumstances including having a celebrity starter and sponsor's support. They had 601 at their inaugural, so perhaps with only 417 we had it lucky.

Harjit has written the formal event report which can be viewed on the Stockley Country parkrun website: news | Stockley Country parkrun .

Everyone is welcome each and every Saturday, both runners and volunteers (including this Saturday before our Cross-Country runs at Chobham Common, 30mins drive away). I'll be Run Director this Saturday, and most Saturdays thereafter involved in non-running roles. There will be a formal Club Featured parkrun on Saturday 18th February - hopefully a number of you will be able to attend that day.

Roderick Hoffman

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

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

To the Editor

Happy New Year to you. Hope you and the team are well. I'm still keeping fit on bike and rower. Hopefully meet up later in the year. Have caught up with Steve Hillier at my other passion Chertsey Town FC. !!

Best wishes. Malcolm Field

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