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BA Athletics Club News Digest 10th July 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

The Vitality 10k on 24th September is no longer indicated as a "Volunteers Required" event. Anyone able to attend WARR in Calgary on that day is encouraged to do so, but those who can't may chose to enter the Vitality 10k to run, or could enquire of other running groups to see if they are supporting the event with marshalling teams - or could have a rest day instead!

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Results for Next Week

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.

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

"Editor's Page

We have a new Committee to see the Club into the 1990s. How well they perform, and how well you respond, will determine whether the Club thrives or not. There can be no doubt that throughout the 1980s the Club was successful. To be so in the coming decade it must continue to meet the needs of all the members.

Some people are content to run the same stretch of road and to train for a single event. Others like more variety. Some like to mix in a little cross-country plus a lighthearted day on the track. Some train regularly, others are more relaxed.  Some just like to belong. Some are fast, others less so. You are one of those runners. The Club is for your enjoyment.

Thanks for the past successes of the Club are due to Brian Forrester. He has been the focal point for all activity for many years, untiringly so. Everybody owes him a debt of gratitude."

John Williams, August 1990 [following an AGM where John was elected Chairman with Brian Forrester stepping down after many years in the seat]

Ed: Change "Editor's Page" to "Editorial", "1990s" to "2020s", "1980s" to "2010s", "Brian Forrester" to "Roderick Hoffman" and perhaps throw in a reference to the pandemic.

Janet Smith AwardAGM Outcome

Referring back to 1990, Brian was actually 'stood down' because the club at that point was operating a 'three-year' rule for any committee position. Thankfully we don't operate that rule now - else we would be completely committee-less. In the AGM Roderick voluntarily stood down from the Chairman's role, as he had announced. The next club committee meeting will be held on 2nd August and the "new" committee will decide how best to divide responsibilities amongst themselves. The minutes from the AGM will probably be issued after that meeting. All members are welcome to attend committee meetings.

My editorial above gives the impression that life is circular. That can be considered misleading. Things are very different now than they were in the 1990s, ten years ago or even last year. What the future has in store for the club is an unknown, though one that we can all influence.

At the AGM we took the opportunity to award Janet Smith with the club Ladies Track and Field trophy for her performances in 2022 (picture).


Pre-AGM 2023 Mile

The pre-AGM mile event was held at the Feltham track (4 laps + 9 and a bit metres) on a sunny evening with a light breeze.
The walking and running races were merged with Alan Friar being given a 5 minute start.

David Cowell, competing in the event for the first time, was a clear winner.

Pre AGM Mile participantsThe bottle of Champagne on offer for the first woman to run the mile in under six minutes is back in the fridge for another year!


David Cowell 5:35
Stephen Taylor 7:54
Roderick Hoffman 8:32
Alan Friar 12:39

Steve Newell - Timekeeper

Those times will carry forward into the club July mile results - unless beaten later on in the month.

Track & Field 2023 - the final straight

We have two more matches to complete our season.  I hope we can get out a big team out for both.  Please let me know if you are available. 

Vets League, Perivale, July 12th 

Give it a go - shot putter in hurdles raceEvents:

 Javelin / 800m / High Jump / 200m / Hammer / Long Jump / 3000m / 4 x 100m 

Rosenheim League, St Mary's Twickenham, July 19th. 


 Sprint hurdles / High Jump / Hammer / 800m / 100m / 400m / 1500m / Discus / Triple Jump / 200m / 3000m / 4 x 200m 


>>> Steve Hillier 

Ed: Remember, lack of capability or being out of your comfort zone won't mean you can't earn points for the club! Picture - Jolien Boumkwo in the sprint hurdles at the European Athletics Team Championships, earning a point for her country.

NOW runs

There is a NOW run in the calendar for Tuesday lunchtime on August 22nd - hosted by Piers Keenleyside at the renovated Boston Manor House. More details nearer the time. The picture is of a footbridge over the Grand Union Canal on the proposed route.

Brentford Canal BridgeAnyone is welcome to propose a NOW run - we could have one of these once a month. For instance, there currently isn't one towards the end of July. Similarly, anyone can propose a club featured parkrun event.

Calendar: Club online diary - check that the date is free.

Digest: >>> Digest Input - send me some details.

WARR Update

We currently have 13 of us signed up for the Calgary event in September. Could anyone else who is still considering joining us let me know so that I can include you in team communications.

Signed up are: Roderick H, John S, Benita S, Ben C, Paola H, Phil H, Paul W, Julie B, Rita C, Finbarr C, Tim B, Stephen T, Marion T.

You are being asked to sign-up for the post race dinner at the Calgary Zoo by 30th July. I've signed up for this and would hope that it will be as good as, though very different to, the Waikiki dinner/show last year.

>> Roderick Hoffman (Team Captain)

Recent Activity Achievements

14 members' achievements were communicated to me. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running XC Thur 01:04:00 Three reports: Wed 5th July Cox Green cycle in 19m 45s and fast walk 11m 50s, Thurs 6th July XC 64m and Sat 8th July Cox Green cycle including Ockwells in 19m 20s.
Chris Kelly mixed Run/Walk 7.5miles Dunsden Sun 02:20:00 Starting off slowly again, up our local hill at Dunsden 7.5 miles in 2:20
Emma Moreton  Race 10km Asics 10k (London) Sun 00:45:24 My second fastest 10k time. Crowds and marshals were not as good as LM
Harjit Jhooti Walking 10km Santorini Walked 10K from Oia to Fira along the Caldera in Santorini
James Edwards Running 17.3km Brecon Beacons Tue pm 02:45:00 Tuesday night after work hills loop with taped up calf! Then straight to McDonalds. ⛰️ Corn Du (872 m) • ⛰️ Pen y Fan (886 m) • ⛰️ Cefn Cul (740 m) • ⛰️ Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog (736 m) • ⛰️ Craig Gwaun Taf (826 m)
John Taylor parkrun 5km Hafan Pwllheli Sat am "Hi Rod, John ran the Hafan Pwllheli parkrun this morning so forwarding a couple of photos, Regards Mark"
Julie Barclay Walking 4miles Isle of Wight Thur 02:00:00 A leisurely stroll up to the monument at Tennyson Downs that included a ‘parkwalk’ of the alternative course of Medina parkrun ("Isle of very light grey")
Paul Watt Walking 4miles Isle of Wight Thur 02:00:00 With Julie
Melanie Miller Walking 14.29km Hayling Island Sat 03:04:00 Hayling Island Walkaround beautiful place home to ye oysterbeds but very windy
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 00:45:22 It was a hot, and incredibly muggy Parkwalk. A very disappointing time, having felt tired and lethargic. {Ed: (photo) I remember those steps at March!} Plus, the very tough Tuesday circuits (15 secs plank between all the exercises) and gym.
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Margate Sat am 00:27:03 A long weekend celebrating my mother-in-laws (Bernie) 91st birthday with family. We all did the parkrun on Saturday and Bernie now has the WV90-94 age group record for Margate whilst I did my course PB. Picture is Bernie at the finish.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 12.3km Hounslow / Isleworth Fri 01:32:30 Solo postbox orienteering. 27 postboxes visited including the gold one awarded to Mo Farah for his 10,000m win at the London Olympics. A good memory - BA had given me a ticket above the finish line. His run was somewhat faster than mine!
Steve Hillier Running 4.2km Roxbourne Park Sat 00:30:51 A new loop in Roxbourne Park. Also on Sunday cycling 32Km in 2hrs 15mins exploring more HS2 construction (photo), the Grand Union Canal, and some "island" communities in New Denham, almost entirely surrounded by rivers.
Trish McCabe parkrun 5km Zuiderpark (Netherlands) Sat am 00:27:13 A trip to Zuiderpark Parkrun to get my Z.

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 8th July

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Paul WATT Barking 506 4 0:20:33 76.72% BA male record and grade record. Run#251, 1st at Barking, park #149
Julie BARCLAY Barking 506 45 0:25:58 73.68% BA female record. Park #152
Joe NOLAN Black Park 667 254 0:32:20 53.35% Only 441 runners, half last week's 881.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 592 243 0:37:30 55.73% 120th run at Braunstone
Murray Hogge Bushy Park 938 193 0:22:24 72.84% run #346, first visit to Bushy
Frankie HOGGE Bushy Park 938 194 0:22:24 66.07% run #95, first visit to Bushy
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 938 375 0:24:50 64.56% run #513
Christopher T KELLY California Country 155 177 0:36:59 42.63% 15th run at California
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 513 9 0:22:50 62.55% run #339, 282nd at Crane
Alan ANDERSON Dinton Pastures 193 269 0:50:11 54.30% run #665, 3rd at Dinton Pastures
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 193 270 0:50:12 40.90% 10th run at Dinton Pastures, Wilson Index leaps up to 204
Melanie Miller Doddington Hall 113 271 0:38:41 46.19% run #149, park #123, new BA parkrun #744, John Wright barcode scanning
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 56 180 0:29:04 58.77% run #180, 14th at Edenbrook, P-Index is 7, Wilson Index is 4
Kevin HOLLAND Guildford 478 346 0:36:35 51.80% first run at Guildford this year, faster than 2022
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 477 Finish Tokens at Guildford
John TAYLOR Hafan Pwllheli 123 9 0:25:15 62.44% run #54, park #17, new BA parkrun #743
Scott DAVISON Hanworth 142 24 0:28:07 53.29% 9th run at Hanworth, P-Index is 6
Sue Dennison Hanworth 142 33 0:33:26 54.89% [Non-member]
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 355 121 0:29:46 62.60% run #223, 188th at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 355 194 0:38:24 62.02% run #262, 226th at Harrow
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 363 232 0:35:16 61.11% run #273
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 363 233 0:35:17 49.41% run #298
Petra OTTO March 306 108 0:45:22 49.08% 99th run at March
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Margate 469 59 0:27:03 62.60% 2nd run at Margate. PB by 3 minutes.
Harjit Jhooti Marine Parade 67 125 0:30:46 58.07% BA female and grade record (from Melanie).
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 401 104 0:27:53 57.50% 102nd run at Northala, P-Index is 4, Wilson Index is 1
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 431 80 0:25:29 66.45% run #466, 42nd at Osterley
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 431 100 0:26:34 65.62% 5th run at Osterley. PB by 12 seconds.
Anne Bannister Osterley 431 193 0:31:11 67.02% run #290, 35th at Osterley
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 266 139 0:38:02 44.52% [Membership check] *
Jain REID Richmond Park 763 249 0:31:33 58.16% 128th run at Richmond
Mike DENNISON Southall 75 1 0:20:16 82.73% First finisher. Another double first for BAAC.
Maria JOVANI Southall 75 4 0:22:03 73.47% [Membership check] * First lady. 3rd run at Southall. PB by 25seconds.
David DUGGAN Southall 75 48 0:34:38 47.55% 13th run at Southall.
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 26 Finish Tokens at Stockley Country
Fiona Bishop Woking 374 88 0:24:57 81.23% run #243, 97th at Woking
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 374 168 0:28:34 62.54% [Membership check] *
Trish MCCABE Zuiderpark 86 47 0:27:13 58.91% Z - 6th BAAC runner at Zuiderpark, alphabet challenge complete (except "X"!)

* [Membership check] - Steve and I have yet to have confirmation from the treasurer that individuals have renewed their membership for the year 2023-24.

parkrun Review 8th July 2023 - number challenges challenged by numbers

Life as we knew it has come to an end, but as with Covid we will adapt and carry on.

At the request of parkrun, the controllers of the widely used “5k app” have removed aspects of the Nelson, Primes and Fibonacci challenges from the app - they will no longer be available by default. Further communication will be coming from parkrun in the coming weeks.  It doesn’t mean that you are breaking any laws if you continue to complete a challenge and achievements will continue to get a mention in this weekly summary.  Overcrowding at certain events on certain dates/numbers has caused problems in recent months.  The doubling of runners for a Nelson (666) week at Black Park serves as a good example.

Paul Watt (20:33) and Julie Barclay (25:58) continue to chisel away at the “Londone” prize (not outlawed) and travelled eastwards to Barking parkrun and set new club records.  They still have a dozen or so more London region parkruns to run including Stockley Country and Wormwood Scrubs. A couple of new London parkruns could still spring up in the meantime.

Trish McCabe (27:13) travelled to Zuiderpark (Netherlands) to pick a “Z” and complete the alphabet as far as you can. (Hopes of a Xerox parkrun in California have faded but it could do the airline industry a power of good).

Club members visited two previously not run parkruns this week.  John Taylor (25:15) went to Hafan Pwllheli, his third different parkrun in Wales.  Melanie Miller (38:41) went to Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire.  That makes 744 different venues between us although sadly a few are no longer operating.  Good news however from Cranleigh which has been in hibernation for 18 months – a grand restart is promised for 23rd August.  It will be #316, not a prime, not a Fibonacci, not a Nelson, just a rebirth inaugural.

Southall parkrun double firstSteve Newell


Matters Arising

A double first for the second week running - and at a different parkrun and with two different first finishers!


Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor

Hi Rod,

thanks as always for the digest. Distant memories of the 1990 mile run - where has the time and speed gone. !

Best wishes

Malcolm Field

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