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BA Athletics Club News Digest 10th June 2019


  • Monday 17th June - T&F Grand Prix 800m & Triple Jump ay Hillingdon Stadium from 18:00
  • Wednesday 19th June - T&F Rosenheim 3 at St Mary's Twickenham from 18:45 #
  • Monday 24th June - T&F Veterans League 3 at Battersea from 18:30 #

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year including this Wednesday.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 4th April.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 9th June) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

AGM Approaching

The club's AGM is fast approaching - the date is 31st July and it will be held at the Bedfont Club from 20:00 with a mile event held beforehand.

The committee needs some warm, fresh, new blood - any blood-type and non-virgins as well as virgins can apply.  We need new ideas of what our members want - the current committee have mostly held their existing jobs for five years and the make up of the club has changed radically in that time. As a committee member your responsibilities would be to meet in the Bedfont area every other month for a committee meeting and to take on a duty. And if you are not able to take on a duty, but want to help anyway, then you could be a committee members "without portfolio". Alternately, if you are keen to be more involved but wouldn't be able to make the Committee Meetings, please also get in touch. Let the secretary know that you could be interested and he/we will see how we can fit you in.

obo Steve Hillier

NOW event at RichmondNOW Richmond - Tuesday 4th June report

There was a good turnout at Richmond for the Non-Office Workers event.  We ran from the carpark to the parkrun course and then covered the undulating section of that course in both directions before returning to the car park and cafe. From the cafe we admired the view of West London whilst the Jackdaws admired what we were eating and made some daring raids, particularly for Barry's cake.

Another NOW event is being planned, perhaps for July 23rd at Ruislip.

Roderick Hoffman

Monopoly CIE Event Wednesday 5th June # report

June 5th saw the first running of our Monopoly event at Bedfont, after five years at Heston.  The idea was for small teams to run out-and-back shuttles to points at various distances from the club.  Three marshals (“Free Parking”, “Chance” and “Go to Jail”), provided the runners with property cards, houses and hotels, with the runners returning to “GO” after each visit.  The team who collected the most valuable haul after forty minutes would be declared the winner.  Joe Nolan settled into his appointed “GO” position at the bottom right hand corner of the board, and sent the teams set off to collect their loot.

The Battleship team battled hard, but was outgunned by fleeter-footed opposition.  Competition between second and third place teams was really tight.  The Racing Car team concentrated on collecting the most valuable tokens from the distant marshal (Graham Taylor), while the wheelbarrows mixed up long runs with shorter trips to Paul Brandon and Harry Wild.  The final wealth gap between these teams was half the length of the Old Kent Road.

The Scotty Dogs won comfortably.  The Stenham family: Mum Laura, Dad Maarten and speedy youngsters Jakob (8) and Francesca (6) showed good tactics and a clean pair of paws heels to win by a clear margin.

Medals were awarded from the Community Chest in the clubhouse after the event, as we tucked into a meal provided by the club.  Thank you to everyone who helped or competed.  We are pleased to report that no-one went to Jail.

Full results:

1st Scotty Dogs Maarten, Laura, Jakob and Francesca Stenham £5250
2nd Wheelbarrows Simon Turton & Steve Newell £3810
3rd Racing Cars Roderick Hoffman & Denis Foxley £3780
4th Battleships Steve & Linda Hillier £1730

2019 Monopoly CountersSteve and Linda Hillier


Ed: Thanks to Steve and Linda for organising this event. Personally, having picked up "Mayfair", "Park Lane" and two hotels, I'm still wondering how my team could have finished third of four, but such is the roll of the dice.

# Club Round-the-Block points update

Points have been added to the Round-the-Block table for all participants and helpers in May's events. Congratulations to Graham Taylor, Neil Frediani and Chris Kelly who have now smashed the ten-point barrier. Six club members are poised on 8 or 9 points so should join them this month through our club points scoring events including this evening's Vets Track & Field and at Battersea on the 24th and next week's Rosenheim.  July has more Track & Field events and also the Hanworth parkrun takeover on July 6th, the marshalling of the Great City Race on Tuesday 16th and the CIE mile event at the AGM on the 31st.  Remember - four points for organising an event, two points for only marshalling and one point for running. 

Roderick Hoffman

Dream Mile Results for 6th June 2019

There were six runners at this month's Dream Mile with three representatives from each of the BA Offices and non-BA Offices sections of the club. Conditions were reasonable - there was a gusty wind but this was from the south so helped as often as it hindered. Matthew Stratful was first home followed by Neil Frediani catching Jeremy Short on the line. The three non-office workers had more leisurely looking times (but I can assure you we were trying as hard...and for longer!)

Dream Mile results by year

The graph shows each person's best result for each year.  It is obvious that the distance is getting slightly longer each year. Either that or we are all getting slightly slower.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 8th June 2019

Member 8th June 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Age Grade  ↓ PB?  ↓ Comment
TRUE Natalia Prescott Osterley 198 00:30:17 48.87% MISSED result from last week
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Bedfont Lakes 52 00:26:59 60.47%
TRUE David Duggan Bedfont Lakes 81 00:29:31 53.87%
TRUE Joe NOLAN Bracknell 181 00:31:13 53.23% first run at Bracknell, park #23
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 30 00:23:08 59.87%
TRUE Scott DAVISON Crane Park 54 00:24:28 59.33%
TRUE Paul TIMMS Crissy Field 32 00:23:40 65.49% Annual run at Crissy Field
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Guildford 310 00:29:10 54.06% Over a minute slower than 1st run in 2012.
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 159 00:25:27 64.11%
TRUE Paul PRESCOTT Hanworth 6 00:19:59 64.64%
TRUE Maarten Stenham Hanworth 24 00:27:14 50.86% running with Jakob (JM10)
TRUE Steve NEWELL Higginson, Marlow 137 00:38:19 49.46% Steve matches Roderick's "Wilson Index"!
TRUE Maria Jovani Homewood 2 00:20:57 74.54% PB   39 second improvement from her run in 2016 on the old, easier, course.
TRUE John Scaife Hove Promenade 104 00:26:34 63.11% first run at Hove Promenade, park #67
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Lloyd 40 00:23:51 75.89% first run at Lloyd, three sisters run, club rec(F)
TRUE Paul WATT Lloyd 61 00:25:42 59.27% first run at Lloyd
NOT Janice Jones Lloyd 142 00:33:14 52.41% three sisters run
NOT Vira Simms Lloyd parkrun, Croydon 105 00:29:15 63.59% three sisters run
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 124 00:48:20 43.24% volunteer assisting role, attendance record
NOT Janet Cunningham North Beach 657 00:34:47 52.76% Well ahead of Ian and Chris
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM North Beach 1798 00:58:32 26.48% a long way to run tomorrow!
TRUE Christopher T KELLY North Beach 1799 00:58:34 25.81% taking it much easier than last year (sensible)
NOT Bruce FORDYCE North Beach 1994 01:22:00 20.08% South Afrian parkrun founder / 9 times winner of the Comrades
TRUE Barry WALTERS Osterley 33 00:22:02 74.74% run #71, 2nd at Osterley
TRUE Anne Bannister Osterley 132 00:28:36 68.82% 1st run at Osterley, park #27
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 235 00:44:33 52.75% run #555, 25th at Osterley
TRUE Frankie HOGGE Reading 112 00:24:32 60.33%
TRUE Murray HOGGE Reading 113 00:24:32 64.27%
TRUE James Shoulder Upton Court 31 00:23:05 55.88%
TRUE Mike Dennison Upton House 9 00:20:11 80.18% first run at Upton House, club record, park #35
TRUE Kay Trinder Woking 12 00:19:57 87.30% PB   13 second improvement from 4 years ago.
TRUE Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 37 00:22:20 75.97% best ever age grade score at Woking
8th June 2019 parkrun Volunteer role
Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes Run Director
Alistair Heslop Guildford Finish Tokens
Maggie Heslop Guildford Time Keeper
Denis Foxley Harrow Run Director
Joan Foxley Harrow Finish Tokens

Attendances at parkruns across UK were down this week – this was partly down to the weather but also a string of cancellations where the local park was also being used for a well established annual event (e.g. World Series Triathlon at Roundhay in Leeds), an invasion by ”travellers” (Bolton) or the dangerous looking tree at Henley which has caused the parkrun to be suspended week after week.  Our members were however present at the biggest parkrun (1,999 runners and walkers) of the weekend at North Beach in Durban on the eve of the annual Comrades Endurance (double Marathon) race.  Details elsewhere in this week’s digest.  Bucking the trend in a big way was Feltham YOI which was 182% up on the previous week, clearly helped by some “visitors”.

Our fastest runner this week was Kay Trinder (19:57) at Woking (new female club record), just quicker than new member Paul Prescott (19:59) at Hanworth.  Mike Dennison keeps the record (19:48) there for another week.  Mike ran at Upton House (near Poole) and set a new club record there with 20:11.

Julie Barclay (23:51) ran at Lloyd Park for the first time and set a new female club record.  It was a birthday celebration and she was accompanied by her sisters Janice Jones and Vera Simms.  Jacqui Musselwhite (22:20) achieved her best age grade (75.97%) at Woking.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

NEW club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - UP TO DATE - Download and explore.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Hanworth parkrun Club Take-over 6th July - more volunteers needed #

The online roster is now looking quite good but I'm still looking for more club members to commit themselves to this event. I need a second person to offer to hand out finish tokens and another for barcode scanning duties. Then there are two more marshal positions to be filled and a photographer to step forward.  Anyone who isn't willing or able to volunteer is encouraged to run instead - and you can help man the BAAC refreshment stand once you've finished. Talking of which, any offers to bake or decorate cakes will be gratefully received - the club can refund you the cost of ingredients (though let us know in advance).

Please contact me by replying here or to the Facebook event at . Please make volunteering or running at Hanworth a priority for that Saturday morning.

Roderick Hoffman {}

North Beach parkrun #344

Family affairs at North Beach with Janet running to "accompany" Ian (though in truth well ahead, but she didn't have any reason to save her legs for Sunday) and Chris finishing with Becca, Sarah and Suzie Kelly (Sarah and Suzie's first parkruns).  Also in the field was Gill Fordyke (35:35) and towards the back Bruce Fordyke (01:22:00, so slightly slower than his PB of 00:20:48). Some will know that Bruce was a good friend of Paul Sinton-Hewett when parkrun started up - each inspiring the other to start parkrun in the UK and then extend it to South Africa also. Like Paul, Bruce hasn't been able to run at parkruns as often as he would have liked so out of the 1,999 runners at North Beach on Saturday there were two runners with a larger number of parkruns than Bruce's 367. That's right - Ian with 381 and Chris with 436.

Club parkrun Database Queries

You should find that if you open the Club parkrun database online and then "Download a copy" to your PC then you can run the following two queries. The first is a query for any parkrun, selected from the dropdown, and as well as listing all of the club's performances at that parkrun the report also highlights the best performances and other key data.

Club parkrun query

The second is a query for any club runner, again selected from the dropdown, and this will list all of that runner's performances and highlight the best performances. It also highlights the "Wilson Index", the parkrun "Alphabet" score and the "Seconds Bingo" achievement. The last of these is purely chance (unless you sacrifice your run time to try to engineer a particular result). I note that in 351 runs I'm still to finish my bingo card, still lacking a "##.07" result, whereas John Scaife, with 176 runs (almost exactly half my total) has succeeded. There are separate Tabs in the workbook for these challenges.

Club parkrun query

There is some interesting excel code making these reports work, so please report to me any errors or suggest improvements.

Roderick Hoffman

2019 Comrades photographComrades 9th June 2019 Results

This year the BA team for the Comrades up run comprised Chris Kelly and me. As a novice I was able to benefit from the experience of Chris’s two previous runs. The whole race experience is totally amazing, the scenery is stunning, and the hills are brutal. I was delighted to achieve 9:55 on my debut which may be a BA record unless anyone knows better. Chris’s ankle injury held back his training, so he was pleased with 10:52 for his number 3. It’s a run that should be on everyone’s bucket list but ... it’s tough, very tough.

Ian Cunningham

Ed: Comrades is the South African ultra-marathon run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The course alternates between "up" and "down", is approximately 87k/55m long and has around 25,000 entrants each year. There is a qualifying requirement which this year was to have run an official marathon in under 4:50. Most years around half of the entrants fail to meet the 12-hour cut-off time and hence do not get any medal. Ian's time qualified him for the Robert Mtshali medal whereas Chris had to make do with a Bronze medal - presumably to add to his collection.

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