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BA Athletics Club News Digest 9th May 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

Wish all of us good luck in our running of the Green Belt Relay this coming weekend. We've managed in previous years without any of the actual team getting married on the way round but it has been close.

Note that on Wednesday 25th May we intend to have a 5km handicap race from the Bedfont Club - further details to be announced.

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.

I have removed the Speedbird Ladies event from this week's listing without putting it in for another date. We still hope to run a Speedbird Ladies race this year, but currently don't know when or where.

Monthly Mile (submit before Monday 23th May):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can 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

"April" Track-on-Field results

April Track-on-Field results

Last week three of us met up at the Feltham Track and ran the Track-on-Field event together - in the sequence 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m with ample recovery between each. Note that Steve Taylor didn't push himself on the 100m due to his forthcoming distance events. The graph that follows shows the impact of running this event together.  It shows that over the 1500m and 800m there probably wasn't much difference between running together or on our own. But over the shorter distances the competitive shoulder-to-shoulder sprinting clearly made a difference with my times being 5% faster for the 200m and 100m and Steve Hillier having a massive 20% (nearly 3 second) improvement on his average 100m time.

Track on Field comparisons

Now that Track and Field matches have resumed I don't expect to have Track-on-Field results submitted to me - but I'll be happy to publish monthly any that I am sent and we may organise another joint run later in the year.

Roderick Hoffman

Track and Field – May 2022

We are now only a week away from the start of this Summer’s T&F matches.  The first week is a busy week, with Veteran’s League and Rosenheim League matches just two days apart.  These are friendly competitions for runners, jumpers and throwers of all standards and all ages.  Participation is free (paid for by BAAC, but you do need to have paid your membership and to have a club vest). The events being undertaken at each match are listed below. Please do all that you can to attend.

  • Mon 16th May:  Veteran’s League, Battersea
  • Wed 18th May:  Rosenheim League, Kingston

It would be extremely helpful if you can let me know during the next few days if you plan to compete, so that I can complete our team declaration.

> Steve Hillier

Veterans League Match One at Battersea Monday 16th May, hosted by Serpentine

Time Event Classifications
1830 Discus M35   M50 M60  
1830 High Jump W35   W50    
1845 Shot W35   W50 W60 W70
1900 100m M35A M35B M50 M60 M70
1910 100m W35A W35B W50 W60 W70
1920 2000m walk M35   M50 M60 M70
1920 2000m walk W35   W50 W60 W70
1930 High Jump M35   M50 M60  
1930 Long Jump W35   W50 W60 W70
1940 400m M35A M35B M50 M60  
1945 Shot M35   M50 M60 M70
1950 400m W35A W35B W50 W60  
2000 Discus W35   W50 W60  
2000 1500m M35A M35B M50 M60  
2015 Long Jump M35   M50 M60 M70
2025 1500m W35A W35B W50 W60  
2040 4x400m relay men          
2050 4x400m relay women          

The Battersea Park Millennium Arena is at the eastern end of the park (SW11 4JP).  There is plenty of free parking.  Nearby buses run to Sloane Square tube station.  Battersea Park and Queenstown Road railway stations are close by.

Rosenheim League at Kingston on Wednesday 18th May

Time Track Event Field Event
18.45 2000m SC Men High Jump
18.55 800m
19.05 100m
19.20 1500m SC Women
19.30 400m
19.45 1500m Javelin
Long Jump
20:05 200m
20.20 3000m
20.30 4 x 200m
Finish Time 20:50

Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre (KT1 3PB) is a mile from Kingston.  Norbiton station is a fifteen minute walk from the track.

Ride London 29th May

After a COVID break, Ride London has returned.  The routing is new, but the race still has a central London finish.

British Airways AC has staffed a pedestrian crossing close to the finish in every year since the race started, in 2013.  This year, instead of looking after a location in Whitehall or Parliament Square, we will have a prime spot next to the Tower of London, as the riders pass heading for the finish on Tower Bridge.

London Marathon will provide us with lunch packs and, if it helps, coach transport from the Heathrow area.
We have some volunteers, but we are still need more people to make the crossing viable.  If you can help, please could you drop me an email so that we can register our team in good time.

Thank you!

Steve Hillier

London Marathon Places 2022 - Reminder

Some of you will be receiving good news of a confirmed Marathon place, while others have received the dreaded rejection.  BAAC have two places to allocate in 2022.  We expect to have some more in 2023.

If your application has been rejected this year, please contact me if you would like to be considered for a place.  The committee will then review all applications and will take into account your marshalling record and club membership. As previously, successful applicants will be expected to provide marshals for the event and write a report for this digest.

Steve Hillier

WARR Update

Again I've been too busy to send out a WARR update to those who I know are going or considering going. I will get around to it, I promise, before October.

Let me know if you intend to go to WARR in Hawaii (or if you are considering doing so) but haven't yet booked.

 > Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 16 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 2.3miles Tue 00:34:15 Also on Friday a fast walk 3.5 M, untimed
Barry Walters Running 13km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:21:36 A steady run around the Swinley Forest and heathland area this week. I was a bit tired after a hard week’s training.  Conditions were cool and windy.
Benita Scaife  Race 5Miles Marlow 5 Sun 00:48:52 Our registrations had been carried over from the cancelled 2020 event…
Caroline Yarnell  Climbing? "Not my house" I am out of action at the moment. Best exercise was climbing a step ladder and nailing this poster to a tree (not my house btw). [nb: not misspelt, the poster relates to an Australian Party]
Helen Smith Walking 84Miles Hadrian's Wall April See below
Jacqui Haines Sprints 9.17 Dordogne, France Sat pm 01:03:00 Speed training in France. I have 8 weeks until Finland World Championships 400m and 800m. Nowhere near ready for that! [despite being the 'local legend' on Le Chene Brule loop Hal way]
Janet Smith Throwing British Masters At Horspath, Oxford - British Masters Weights Pentathlon W55 Gold!
John Scaife  Race 5Miles Marlow 5 Sun 00:48:53 ...We didn’t carry a phone so here’s a picture of the rather funky medal.
Melanie Miller  Race 10km Vitality 10000 Mon am Can anyone really forget this iconic fantastic event wos gud meeting at least one member of the BA mob at the 1/2 way mark and thanks to all the other volunteers
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Brooklands Sat am 00:26:00 Back at Brooklands for a much improved time
Petra Otto  Race 10km Virtual Vitality London 10000 Thur 01:59:13 I completed the Virtual Vitality London 10,000 this afternoon. It took me ages, as my groin had been most ‘unhappy’ during the later stages. All in all just over 7 miles.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon ColleMar-athon Sun 04:12:03 In Italy the ColleMar-athon from Barchi (in the hills) to Fano (on the coast). Was hoping it would be all downhill but there were as many ups as downs. Reminded me of a Comrades down run!
Roderick Hoffman Running 17.41km Canal and Brent River Tue 02:06:20 My "regular" long run. All but 3km is on the canal towpath, the river path or through parks. Most of the rest is on quiet road pavements.
Simon Turton Walking 11km Henley loop Sun pm 02:00:00 Sunday late afternoon walk with my youngest on an 11km loop from Henley. Regatta preperation is coming on nicely. Circa. 2 hrs excluding dinner in ‘spoons’
Stephen Taylor Running 20miles Ealing Sat 03:44:37 Last long run before Edinburgh. Finishing at Hanwell Viaduct where they're setting up the massive stage for the Hanwell Hootie.
Steve Hillier Cycling 11miles Hillingdon Sun pm Included a 3 mile section along the remote (for West London!) Sharvel Lane / Charville Lane, interrupted by clay pigeon shooting grounds and a marsh.

Week Achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 7th May 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Harjit Jhooti Banstead Woods 710 199 0:40:55 43.10% Run #153, first run at Banstead Woods, park #47
Melanie Miller Banstead Woods 710 201 0:41:11 42.82% Run #91, first at Banstead Woods, park #66
Roderick HOFFMAN Bartley Park 21 97 0:29:12 55.42% Run #425, park #325
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 592 26 0:23:57 70.01%
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 592 32 0:25:16 55.67% Pacing, or being chased by, Jacob
Jakob STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 592 35 0:25:27 60.12%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 592 57 0:27:42 53.25%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 592 62 0:28:02 73.42%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 592 109 0:33:08 46.43%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 605 297 0:31:53 53.58% Pacer day at Black Park
Micheal BALL Brooklands 96 96 0:26:00 61.67%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 96 218 0:37:02 50.32%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 875 93 0:20:46 71.59% run #335, 326th at Bushy
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 875 727 0:29:47 53.39% run #459, 364th at Bushy
Diana Smith Bushy Park 875 1180 1:06:34 34.58% [non-member] Tailwalker at Bushy
Christopher T KELLY Charlton 31 145 0:36:47 42.14% 62nd different event
Michael Dennison Crane Park 454 3 0:20:08 82.53% 2nd podium finish at Crane Park
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 454 12 0:22:59 69.76% First Lady
Steve NEWELL Dartford Heath 136 109 0:47:39 42.15% 2nd run at Dartford Heath, no other club member has visited
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 3 234 0:28:01 60.44% second run at this new parkrun but no pb this week
Trish MCCABE Grovelands 547 116 0:30:15 52.51% 44th Greater London parkrun
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 429 Funnel Manager at Guildford
David DUGGAN Hanworth 85 62 0:32:34 50.10% [corrected time]
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 295 84 0:28:24 64.61%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 295 158 0:36:34 64.04% Groundhog Day achievement at Harrow
John COFFEY Hazelwood 137 120 0:34:14 61.39%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 156 19 0:24:12 61.91%
Petra OTTO March 251 Resting her legs by standing for an hour as a marshal at March?
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Marecchia 223 5 0:27:42 60.53% Italy. First 5th finish. Kathryn also made the top 12! Club parkrun #647
Anne Anderson Osterley 374 238 0:52:15 55.15% (assisted)
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 374 239 0:52:15 48.20%
Jain REID Richmond Park 700 248 0:30:00 60.33% Richmond's #700 run with pacers - Jain should have been the 30m pacer!
Paul WATT Rothay Park 43 13 0:21:11 73.80% Club parkrun #648, BA men's and grade record.
Julie BARCLAY Rothay Park 43 43 0:25:20 73.42% BA ladies record
Benita SCAIFE Southwark 371 272 0:30:22 69.87% BA Age Grade record (beating James Shoulder's sub 20 performance!)
John SCAIFE Southwark 371 273 0:30:22 56.81% run #243, park #88

Trish McCabe (30:15) visited the challenging undulating Grovelands parkrun (Enfield) for the first time.  It is situated in the Winchmoor Hill area and is walkable from Southgate station on the Piccadilly Line. Trish has now done 44 of the 59 parkruns within the London Boroughs.  Hillingdon remains the only outer London borough not to host a parkrun but that may change later this summer.  So, the 59 will grow to at least 60.  Currently 85 parkrunners have appeared in the results at all 59 at least once. The most recent additional venue was Southall which has now been going for 18 weeks [Ed: Interestingly, for a statistician anyway, there had been 80 parkrunners "Londone" before Southall started. Of those 58 have now run Southall, but this means that 22 haven't (in 18 weeks) yet many others have become "Londone" in the same time (including myself as it happens)].  There are also 13 parkruns in the ring between the outer border of London but within the M25 with notably Brooklands, Hazelwood (Sunbury), Nonsuch, Rickmansworth and Cassiobury (Watford) attracting our members occasionally.  This week for instance we had Micheal Ball (26:00) and Kevin Holland (37:02) at Brooklands, John Coffey (34:14) at Hazelwood.

Piers Keenleyside (27:42) visited the Marecchia parkrun in Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy.  A tightknit operation with two volunteers and this week just 12 runners.  It has been going for almost six years, sees an average turnout of 16 and occasionally gets 30.  The landlocked enclave of San Marino is close by.

Paul Watt (21:11) and Julie Barclay (25:20) visited Rothay Park, Ambleside in the Lake District and did a spot of volunteering as well.  This parkrun had been going for just six weeks before the Covid lockdown caused a 70 week interruption.  It is now popular with tourists with an impressively long list of clubs appearing in the results.  The club total moves on to 648 different parkruns.

Steve Newell

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

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Helen on Hadrian's WallHelen's Hadrian's Wall Walk




Last week I completed the 84 miles on foot between NCL & Bowness-on-Solway - up hill, down dale, through fabulous countryside all under beautiful skies until the last day. The gift of the BAAC 40 Anniversary Buff was most useful. I wore it every day.


It was a walk indeed and the refreshments at The Twice Brewed brewery night stop were a real tonic making us feel good and helping us to laugh a lot which we needed at the midpoint.


Helen Smith

Other Letters to the Editor

Roderick's one mile out walksDave Barnard has written in on the subject of how to keep active (without necessarily sweating)!

"The explorers who walk every street in their city:"


Ed: My initial lockdown activity was to walk the streets within one mile of my home and in 25 walks covered perhaps half of them - pictured.



The club has also heard of Harry Wild this week, after a routine operation he is now back at the care home he now resides in.


BAAC Club ColoursI had an email querying the wearing of club vests. This was in relation to the Vitality 10000. We had numerous runners in the event but only two were wearing BAAC colours (and one of those is still in the process of joining!)

Club colours should be worn in the following circumstances:

  • If you are competing as a member of the BAAC team - in events such as the Track and Field matches and the Surrey League Cross Countries. Note that if BAAC isn't your first claim club you may need your first claim club to give you permission to be in the BAAC team, which is unlikely to be given if they are also competing at the same event,
  • If you affiliate to England Athletics through BAAC and use this to obtain a discount on entry to an event, then you should wear your club vest in that event,
  • If BA, BA Clubs or BAAC has facilitated your participation in an event then BAAC colours should be worn.

Closed events, such as the BAAC Cross-Country Championships, usually don't have club vest rules.

Note that if the event is a mass participation event, such as the London Marathon, and you are running to raise money for a charity, then a charity vest can be worn instead.

Dispensations can be granted in other circumstances - please ask the chairman or club secretary.

Club vests can be bought from > Paul Knechtl, and Amanda may also hold some spare kit for the ladies. I've also got some of the 40th anniversary shirts still available which can be used as club vests.

> Roderick Hoffman

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