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BA Athletics Club News Digest 9th August 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

This Week's and Future Solo 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.

Solo Mile (submit before Monday 16th August):

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. Alternately join us at the in-person event on Wednesday 11th August at Feltham Track with a planned start time for the mile of 18:30. Parking is straightforward, facilities are few. Or depart from the Bedfont Club at 18:10 for the 2km warm-up. This will be followed by the AGM/Awards evening with food provided.

Mile Participant Location Date Start Time Duration/Time Comment

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by midnight on 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 AGM and Awards Evening - This Wednesday 11th August at the Bedfont Club

All are welcome to attend - including non-members. The location is Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club, Hatton Road. TW14 9QT (entrance opposite the Duke of Wellington pub). There is ample car parking. Buses 203, H25 and H26 stop outside to and from Hatton Cross, Hounslow, Hanworth, Staines and Feltham. The club is less than a kilometre's walk from Hatton Cross tube station.

Food will be provided (so it'd help if we knew how many we are providing for). There is a pay bar. We will not be following restrictive social distancing guidance.

  • Prior to 19:30 - Steve Hillier will be on site and preparing the room. The bar will be open.
  • 19:30 Doors open (and will remain open to increase the ventilation).
  • 19:45 Food (probably pizza and a curry selection)
  • 20:00 AGM key speeches and votes [although no votes are currently expected]. Agenda
  • 20:45 Awards
  • 21:45 Social
  • 22:30 Close 

No elections appear to be contested and no key motions have been put forward to be voted on. Therefore it is likely that no formal voting will be required. Please note that to take part in formal voting you must be both a member of the BA Athletics Club and also a member of BA Clubs. The committee will welcome views from the floor and anyone present is welcome to contribute. There is unlikely to be time for detailed discussion on any topic.

Because we have a great deal to fit in speeches will be kept short. The "Open Forum" in the AGM section may be done at that point or after the awards - we'll play by ear also allowing people time to replenish their plates and glasses. Note that not all awards are being presented this year hence the awards section will be naturally shorter.

Hopefully we'll have plenty of time at the end for social chat and we can get reacquainted with each other. I was going to jest that after a gap of 18 months name badges will be required, but I won't in case someone takes that seriously! If you don't know, or can't remember, someone's name then please don't hesitate to ask.

Please note that the set-up for Wednesday is involving quite a lot of work for Steve and myself - please attend to make it worthwhile!

Feltham Mile before the AGM

We will have a one-mile event at Feltham Track prior to the AGM. This will consist of one or two races between 18:30 and 19:00.

Either get changed at the Bedfont Club anytime from 17:45 (address above) or arrive there ready to jog to the Feltham track from 18:10 (2km) OR go directly to the Feltham track (Feltham Running Track, Shakespeare Avenue, Feltham. TW14 9HX ) for an 18:30 race start.

Depending on the number of attendees and the non-runners we'll either have one race or two, for slower and faster runners.

We'll then jog back to the Bedfont Club with enough time to shower and change prior to the food arriving.

Roderick / Steve - tell us to expect you, but turn up anyway if you forget or change your mind.

There is only One Tom Rowley - 1927 to 2021

Tom's funeral will be on the 23rd August.  His wife Daphne has asked well wishers not to send flowers but instead to make a donation to SportAid in Tom's name ( ). Everyone is welcome to attend the Funeral which will be at Woking Crematorium from 12:00hrs.  If anyone would like to be there but has transportation difficulties, or simply wishes to be greener, please let me know.
Roderick Hoffman

July Track-on-Field Results

July Track-on-Field results

Just Steve and I last month - my performance at Spikes Bridge was consistent though slightly slower on recent months. Steve had some inconsistency due in part to his marathon training - but he should be OK for the last 200m.

Roderick Hoffman

Important Opportunity - Club Welfare Officer

All clubs affiliated to UK Athletics are now obliged to nominate a Club Welfare Officer.  This person administers the club’s response to any safeguarding issues, with the support of the club’s committee.  

As with any organisation, safeguarding is required to ensure that individuals are kept safe while within the club.  The Welfare Officer acts as a conduit to receive reports of issues, and involves the relevant people to deal with these problems. 

If you are interested in helping with this task, we are happy to provide more information and the relevant briefing.  As I mentioned above, this post needs to be filled to enable us to remain affiliated to England Athletics.

Let me know if you would like to find out more. 


Steve Hillier

Ed: Of course, the club management considers that we have no need for a club welfare officer and that we can fit any additional checks or measures necessary into the existing workload of the management team. But the same has been said by the vast majority of the organisations that have subsequently been found to have a serious problem, including those that have tried to sweep any hints of any problems under the carpet. Having someone a step away from the current team, able to perform an audit or safeguarding role, should do us no harm, even if there is no good needing to be done. That individual doesn't need to be an active runner. Talk to Steve Hillier or myself or any committee member, either on Wednesday or contact us separately.

Surrey Cross-Country League News! 

It has been decided to merge the men’s and ladies’ committees, which to me makes a lot of sense and brings us in line with many other XC leagues. A working party has been set up. This won’t affect the races (which will still be separate for men, ladies and juniors) but it does provide the opportunity to hold all races at the same venue; which is the proposal for next season but may not always be the case. 

Provisional dates and venues for the 2021/22 season (men’s and ladies): 

  • 16 October – Richmond Park (hosted by Belgrave Harriers) 
  • 13 November – Wimbledon Common (hosted by Thames Hare & Hounds) 
  • 15 January – Mitcham Common (hosted by Clapham Chasers) 
  • 19 February – Effingham Common (hosted by Guildford & Godalming AC)

I am quietly confident that we will be running in the mud next season and will post an update when I have more news.

Amanda Coombs 

Activity Achievements for the week 2nd to 8th August 2021

16 activities recorded - and in addition Joan Foxley, Keith Johnson and Jacqueline Musselwhite reported their parkruns as their best activity of the week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Ben Cooper Running 11.91km Cardiff Mon am 01:06:03 Very long run on a new route heading out of Cardiff, really nice to run somewhere different although the final climb was very tough!
Benita Scaife Running 5km Flackwell Heath Park Tue 00:33:14 John played a supporting role seated on a bench and interrupted my reading to urge her on once per lap. It’s a small park so many laps were required.
Clara Halket Running 5.61km Woods Sun am 00:41:33 Slow jogging in light rain today, Celebrating Singapore 56th National Day, walked 1.5km after.
Denis Foxley Running 5km Pinner Sat 00:32:00 I couldn’t do a parkrun on Saturday so I ran 5K round Pinner instead in 32 minutes. My knee has still not fully healed.
Emma Moreton Running 16miles Wey Navigation 02:22:00 VLM training. New route for me. Flat apart from the bridges.
Janet Smith Walking 100m Tokyo Olympic Stadium Sun Into the arena with the GB team for the closing ceremony - and some mingling (pictured).
Julie Barclay  Race 10km St. Albans Sun 00:47:53 St. Albans Summer 10k in the cold and wet.
Melanie Miller Running 10.5km Local Thur 01:25:24 First run post LLHM 10k to get the joints movin'
Michael Ball Track session Woking
Mike Dennison Running 27.1km Loop around Teddington Midweek 02:12:10 Long run of Marathon Training week 10/18. Planned 30km, but my hamstring felt a bit tight at 27km and I was handy at a bus stop to take me home. Alternate 2k 'easy' pace and 5k marathon pace.
Paul Watt  Race 10km St. Albans Sun 00:41:41 St. Albans Summer 10k….in the wind and rain. PB however.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 10km Ealing Eagles 10k Sat am 00:57:50 Good to get under 60 minutes. Groin strain seems to have healed - it has taken about 4 years!
Roderick Hoffman Running 7.94km Northala Loop Thur 00:56:39 Handicapped by a course of antibiotics this was the best I could achieve in the week.
Simon Turton Orienteering 9.59km Bushy Park Mon 00:59:14 Another Street-O, or in this case Park-O at Bushy Park. Looks like Roderick enjoys the park as he’s been there 3 times *. Would recommend using a compass.
Stephen Taylor  Race 10km Ealing Eagles 10k Sat am 00:53:36 It was tipping with rain with loads of puddles to try and avoid and slippy muddy bits. Really happy with the time as I've been clocking more long slow runs.
Steve Hillier Cycling 7miles Hillingdon Sat With Linda. Dodging showers and being buffeted by the wind. Also 2mile run on Sunday in 20:44.

* The three times I've done the Bushy course was once running the east side, once running the west side and once as a walk ensuring that all 32 controls were findable. In the walk I ended up scoring minus 1,770 points, compared to my best running effort of positive 530. Simon scored 580.

Week Achievements 

My picture is from the parkrun I did. I'm flanked by two "Hoffman Club" members. There was also a new parkrunner there that day whose name happened to be "Hoffman" - though that wasn't realised until the results came in.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 7th August 2021

40 runners and volunteers below - get in touch if your result is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 127 00:47:14 53.32% Assisting Anne
Alan FRIAR Reading 257 00:33:18 57.91%
Alastair Heslop Guildford Finish Tokens at Guildford, 225th volunteer shift at Guildford?
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 68 00:26:43 75.86%
Andrew William Jordan Bushy Park 176 00:23:38 65.02%
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 126 00:47:13 61.03%   (assisted)
Anne Bannister Osterley 62 00:27:11 74.56% PB   48s improvement
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 62 00:28:23 59.07% Three weeks in a row at Upton Court – improving
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 17 00:24:03 58.49%
Benita Scaife Maidenhead 195 00:32:04 65.18%
Bob Bannister Osterley 49 00:25:39 65.37%
Christopher T KELLY Itchen Valley Country 166 00:40:04 38.69% Run #477, park #56, New BA parkrun * . With Sarah Kelly
David DUGGAN Hanworth 34 00:33:36 48.16% And first timers briefing
Eddie GILES Salisbury 186 00:27:43 65.24%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 24 00:24:33 62.32%
Frankie HOGGE Mile End 26 00:20:47 71.21% PB   F1, course PB smashed by two and a half minutes
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 409 00:28:18 56.18%
Jain Reid Richmond Park Barcode Scanning at Richmond Park
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 133 00:37:40 61.11% "Very wet underfoot and tipping down with rain throughout, so not sure how I was faster than last week!"
Joe NOLAN Black Park 210 00:30:42 55.16% Run #360, first time back at Black Park
John Lennon Guildford 221 00:35:49 44.77%
John Scaife Maidenhead Marshal at Maidenhead
Julie BARCLAY Westmill 26 00:24:18 76.54% 1st lady. 198th parkrun, park #49
Keith Johnson Dunstable Downs 41 00:24:52 59.79% Ran first half with Paul Sinton-Hewitt but got over a minute on him in the 2nd half.
Maria Jovani Old Deer Park 21 00:23:16 68.27%
Mike Dennison Chippenham 11 00:19:25 84.81% PB   1min improvement
Murray HOGGE Reading 20 00:20:00 80.17% Best ever age grade at any course
Neil FREDIANI Bedfont Lakes 59 00:29:05 57.13% Showing off his 250 shirt perhaps?
Oliver MATHAI Gunnersbury 113 00:27:42 61.67%
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 5 00:20:58 61.84%
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 16 00:23:08 68.16% PB   1min improvement
Paul WATT Westmill 19 00:23:58 64.67% "West", also 2nd "W" but still no "Y". Park 45.
Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 63 00:48:04 45.56%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone Finish Tokens for Braunstone - currently focused on getting to 25+ volunteers
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 27 00:25:35 57.65%
Steve NEWELL Wimbledon Common 173 00:49:09 40.01% Wimbledon's 700th run. Steve completes multiple hundredth editions collection
Trish MCCABE Osterley 73 00:27:55 56.36%
David Williams Fulham Palace 132 00:27:41 50.81%
Roderick HOFFMAN Chilton Fields 72 00:31:43 51.02% New BA parkrun. And report writer (published).
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 45 00:24:19 71.62% "So good to be back to parkrun and although extremely wet and huge puddles I absolutely loved it!"

Three weeks into the post lockdown era and our members ran, walked or volunteered at 28 different UK parkruns.

Steve Newell read about the limited parking at Wimbledon Common (Windmill) and opted to cycle the 6 or 7 miles (net ascent 50m). After leaving home at 8 a.m. the weather just got worse and worse so he arrived thoroughly soaked and in spite of a bike with mudguards must have resembled a drowned rat.  Worse was to come as the course which is always wet and muddy in the winter was about as bad as it gets with dozens of unavoidable ankle-deep puddles.  There were obviously problems with the new time/barcode recording system and it was the last UK parkrun to issue results, sometime around 9 p.m.  Steve needed to go to Wimbledon (the second oldest parkrun) to join the “700” party and with a low attendance there was plenty of cake to eat up afterwards to make it all worth it.  Steve now has the full set of hundredth runs in his record with Gunnersbury (100 & 300), Harrow (200), Wormwood Scrubs (400), Black Park (500), Richmond (600) and Bushy (800). Most of these in the last couple of years.  Bushy #900 is still at least a year away so if anyone fancies the challenge to collect the others in the meantime there will be opportunities – Banstead Woods #700 will be in about 6 months, Richmond #700 - 9 months.

I’m sure the weather was bad in other places too.  The Brooklands event was called off at short notice on Saturday morning after heavy rain and concern about lightning on the old airstrip section of the course.

Two news parkruns were added to the club collection this week with Roderick Hoffman (31:43) at Chilton Fields in Stowmarket, there to induct a runner into the "Hoffman Club".  Chris Kelly (40:04) visited Itchen Valley Country parkrun (very near Southampton Airport) which only started as recently as leap day 2020 (i.e. 5 runs ago). His wife Sarah finished a whole second ahead of him.  [Ed: Chris has beaten me to that one - despite me having had a personal invitation to run at their final hush-hush test event. High winds put paid to that and I'd not been able to visit since]. The club total is now 579 (?) including the several runs which have been discontinued [Ed: I make the total 580, but that may include one or two run by club friends whilst not members].

The much improved Frankie Hogge (20:47) was the leading lady at Mile End.  That puts her 41st out of 947 in her age group.  Paul Watt (23:58) and Julie Barclay (F1, 24:18) set new club records at WESTmill (Ware, Herts). That puts Julie 2nd out of 109 in her age group there and only 10 secs behind the leader.  Paul and Julie have also now qualified for the parkrun “compass” club having also run at NORTHala Fields, EASTbourne and SOUTHsea.  The “West” runs take a bit of tracking down – are any other members able to claim? [Ed: I have the full compass (and I've also run at Chemsford CENTRAL). My first "West" was at LoWESToft, the furthest EAST of all UK parkruns. The other club members who have the compass achievement are David Duggan and Sarah Gordon. I've added a temporary table to the Club parkrun database to show compass achievements. Four current club members just need a WEST - Chris Kelly, Ian Cunningham, Neil Frediani and Steve Newell. There are four WEST parkruns in the UK, WESTmill, HaverfordWEST, LoWESToft and Beverley WESTwood. Newcastle WEST is in Ireland. WESTpark in Munich may also be an option.]

Mike Dennison (19:25, 84.81%) ran exceptionally well at Chippenham and now heads his 200 strong age group there.

Across the UK the 5km parkruns attracted 110,344 (male, female, rather not say) but Bushy Park (660) was not the busiest for a change – that honour went to often well attended Poole (749) with Heaton Park, Manchester (680) in 2nd place.  Their 500th is next Saturday, by the way.

Steve Newell

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The parkrun ladies record has been further improved to 15:38. That compares to Hassan's winning time in the Tokyo Olympic 5000m on the track of 14:37. The male parkrun record is still held by Andrew Baddeley with 13:48 whereas the men's 5000m was won by Cheptegei in 12:58.

Triathlon Update

The "255" Triathlon went ahead as planned at the Goodwood Race Circuit on Sunday 8th August.  The distances were 5000m (swim), 200km (bike) and 50km (run).

There were 51 finishers in the individual event including Jacob Gloor (Hillingdon Triathletes, M55-59) who some will remember from the BA Munchman Duathlon races 30 years ago. His overall time was 17:12:25.  The winner, Dean Kirkham (Real Fitness Race Team, M45-49), was not the strongest swimmer or cyclist but had the stamina to put in a good 50km run (3:58:15) to win the event in 10:55:39 and he won by over an hour. The first woman (7th overall) was Gill Fullen (Bedford Harriers AC, F55-59) in 12:34:53.

66 Relay teams (mostly of 4 but some with only 2 or 3) also completed the event and gave the runaway winner some company during a long day out in the weather.  The fastest were from Tri Surrey (9:20:39), the slowest Tri Energy (16:13:32).  A long day and evening out for the crossing point marshals!

The individual event attracted 97 entries (mostly men) each paying £300 but 29 (nearly all men) didn't even start!  More money than sense or more sense than money?

Steve Newell

Letters to the Editor

WARR 1985 Results

Does anyone have a full set of results for the 1985 WARR race (BA, London, Hyde Park)?  Mike Thorn and I were exchanging information and realised that neither of us had the results. I do have a set of the BA 10k times, which are copied on my WARR1985 page (World Airline Road Race 1985 London Memorabilia ( ) but not the full results nor the BA 5k results.  Indeed - any list of results from the early years of WARR would be appreciated.

  Roderick Hoffman

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