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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th March 2019


  • Sunday 17th March BA Cross Country Championships Cranford Park 10:30 (details below) #*
  • Wednesday 20th March NOW run at Brooklands near Weybridge from 12:00 (details below) *
  • Wednesday 27th March Five Mile handicap at Bedfont Club from 18:00 #*

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

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 11th February.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 5th February) / # 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

Next Week's Edition

Due to a family engagement next Monday, next week's edition will either be early, if I find sufficient time on Sunday, or more likely will be late, coming out sometime on Tuesday.

Roderick Hoffman (editor)

BAAC Cross Country Championship - Sunday 17th March 10:30 #*

Hi all,

Next Sunday 17th March is our annual BAAC Cross Country race in Cranford Park with a start time of 10.30 for ladies & men's races. This will follow the usual course and consist of two laps for the ladies and three for the men. The course is often soft but rarely muddy. Meet in the car park next to the church - accessed from the A312 Parkway / M4 roundabout.

If there's anybody who can be there but not able to run, that would be great as we need some Marshalls there as well to help with finish line duties and on course marshaling. 

Hope to see many of you on Sunday. 

Gary Rushmere {}

BA Clubs Members Update Meeting

Steve Hillier and I attended a BA Cubs members meeting last week and other members are encouraged to attend two equivalent sessions, one tomorrow (12th) at 7pm and then on Wednesday 20th March also at 7pm.  The location is the Bedfont Club - the bar is open and last week biscuits and sandwiches were also provided. Please attend if you can - and book your place in advance by notifying the BA Clubs membership team at

The short answer to what the meeting is about is that it is their first opportunity for over a year to meet with members, look them in the eye and assure then that the BA Club has a future. Some more details are provided in this attachment also sent out last week: BAClubs Member Communication Mar 19 PDF .

The BA Athletics Club continues to be a section within BA Clubs and recommends membership of BA Clubs for BA, ex-BA and non-BA runners. Steve and I will provide some text to better explain the relationships around this, probably coinciding with the Membership Secretary and Treasurer reminding all members to pay their subs due from April.

Roderick Hoffman (Chairman)

Big Half MarshalsThanks to the Marshals - Big Half 10th March 2019 #

Thanks to all of the marshals who helped man the crossing point yesterday. The picture shows most of us (and I hope that the readers are wearing shades because the jackets were such a lovely shade of pink).

We couldn't have been in a better location for the main race - Mo Farah took off as he ran past us (perhaps he had figured the two runners he was up against would be blinded by the sight of us).

Our involvement appears to have been a success - we were kept busy most of the time from 10:00 to 13:30 and the only real concern was the weather and whether the wind would blow down the barriers at a crucial moment.  Fortunately Graham Taylor and others found a never ending supply of barrier weights (the red things in the photograph).

So thanks to Eddie Ketterick, David Duggan, Maria Jovani, Bob Bannister, Anne Bannister, John Paton, Guilaine Sheward, Zoe Ostley, Tejinder Singh Modaher, Peter Dollman, Mike Dennison, Graham Taylor, Steve Newell and myself (and anyone else who was there please tell me so that I can add your club points).

Roderick Hoffman

ps And thanks to those who ran the event - including Mo Farah (1:01:15), Trish McCabe (2:12:38), Jain Reid (2:14:22) and Tracey Mills (2:27:11).

The British Airways Athletics Club Annual Awards for 2018 (part 2)

Held over until next week.

Wednesday 20th March NOW run at Brooklands near Weybridge from 12:00

The plan is...

  • At 12:00 meet at the Brooklands Community Park car park (details below),
  • Five km run - probably one slow lap of the two lap parkrun course and then a mixed speed ad hoc run to checkout some of the other paths and surfaces,
  • Concorde Gate GuardianPhoto Opportunity at the Concorde Gate Guardian (pictured),
  • Visit to Brooklands Museum starting with...
  • Brooklands Museum Cafe,
  • Visit the Aviation and/or Motor Racing and/or Bus Museum exhibits.

Getting there by road details (borrowed off the Brooklands parkrun course page)...

The park is between Weybridge and Byfleet in Surrey. Just a few minutes from Junction 10 of the M25 and the A3 London-Portsmouth trunk road. If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is KT13 0YU.

From town/city centre: Turn right onto Monument Hill/A317 and take the 2nd exit of the roundabout onto Hanger Hill. At the roundabout, take 2nd exit and continue onto Hanger Hill. Follow the signs to Brooklands and turn right into Sopwith Drive.

From M25 - At junction 11, exit toward A320/Chertsey/Woking. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the St Peterís Way/ A320 Chertsey/Weybridge (follow signs for Brooklands Museum). At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the Woburn Hill/A317 and continue to follow A317 (follow signs for Brooklands Museum). At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Church St/B374 and continue to follow B374(follow signs for Brooklands Museum). At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Brooklands Road/B374 (follow signs for Brooklands Museum). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Brooklands Road/B374 (follow signs for Brooklands Museum). Turn into Brooklands Community Park (Sopwith Drive).

Free parking at Brooklands Community Park, KT13 0YU.

Let us know to look out for you: Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th March 2019

9th MarchRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Maria Jovani 21:16 Bedfont Lakes #500 F-2, run #264, 123rd at Bedfont Lakes 73%
Chris Evans 23:30 Bedfont Lakes #500 run #231, 224th at Bedfont Lakes 64%
Scott Davison 24:29 Bedfont Lakes #500 run #293, 238th at Bedfont Lakes 59%
Neil Frediani 25:54 Bedfont Lakes #500 run #220, 141st at Bedfont 63%
Caroline Cockram 26:27 Bedfont Lakes #500 run #350, 203rd at Bedfont Lakes 63%
Trish McCabe 29:10 Bedfont Lakes #500 run #277, 161st at Bedfont Lakes 53%
Anne Bannister 29:11 Bedfont Lakes #500 run 192, 157th at Bedfont Lakes 67%
David Duggan 29:43 Bedfont Lakes #500 run #298, 197th at Bedfont Lakes 54%
Bob Bannister 30:18 Bedfont Lakes #500 run #349, 289th at Bedfont Lakes 54%
Ian Cockram volunteer Bedfont Lakes #500 run director
Caroline Cockram volunteer Bedfont Lakes #500 car park marshal 64%
Ben Chaytow 22:38 Crane Park #361 run #225, 193rd at Crane Park 61%
Jonathan Cox 27:43 Crane Park #361 run #380, 85th at Crane Park 57%
Benita Scaife 32:35 Delaware & Raritan Canal #30 BA park #379 61%
John Scaife 32:37 Delaware & Raritan Canal #30 BA park #379 51%
Alice Banks 27:35 Exmouth #63 1st run at Exmouth park #36 , BA park #477 71%
Daniela Mayerova 29:41 Exmouth #63 (fm) run #49, 5th run at Exmouth 50%
Ian Cunningham 22:39 Firenze #76 first parkrun in Italy, club record 68%
Janet Cunningham 28:25 Firenze #76 (nm) first parkrun in Italy, club record (Epsom Allsorts) 65%
Piers Keenleyside 25:52 Gunnersbury #377 run #225,  150th at Gunnersbury 63%
Kelly Davis  34:27 Gunpowder #383 run #78, 1st at Gunpowder 44%
Chloe Davis 50:01 Gunpowder #383 (nm) (junior),5k run #13, 1st at Gunpowder 37%
Paul Davis  50:10 Gunpowder #383 run #132, 1st at Gunpowder 27%
Steve Newell 37:19 Harrow #200 run #348, 3rd at Harrow 50%
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow #200 finish tokens
Vera Sims 28:51 Hazelwood #52 (nm) sister of Julie Barclay 64%
Ryan Watt 31:21 Hazelwood #52 (nm) son of Paul Watt 41%
Maarten Stenham 23:22 Hazlewood #52 run #160, 21st at Hazelwood 59%
Julie Barclay 23:49 Hazlewood #52 F-1, run #155, 4th at Hazelwood 75%
Paul Watt 26:05 Hazlewood #52 run #100, best parkrun this year 58%
John Coffey 29:43 Hazlewood #52 run #320, 41st at Hazelwood 66%
Janice Jones 30:47 Hazlewood #52 run #51, 1st at Hazelwood 56%
Roderick Hoffman 27:20 Lac de Divonne #95 run #340, park #266, BA park #476 58%
Petra Otto 59:09 Manor Field #28 run #80, 8th at Manor Field, tailwalker (with tail) 35%
Alan Anderson 42:21 Osterley Park #283 run #544, 14th at Osterley 54%
Chris Kelly 23:59 Reading #474 run #424, 330th at Reading 63%
Emmanuel Brousse 26:14 Southend #339 run #56, 37th at Southend 54%
Alastair Heslop 38:24 Temple Newsam#311 1st run at Temple Newsam BA park #478 44%

There was a good turnout at Bedfont Lakes for their 500th edition.  Ian Cockram was run director, Caroline Cockram was given an extra volunteer role in charge of the car park before the run.  Maria Jovani (21:16) was our fastest runner anywhere this week.

Ian Cunningham (22:39) travelled to Italy this week and ran at Firenze, taking over the club record from Ian Cockram.  We have multiple runners in unexpected places.

Alan and Ann at Osterley parkrunFour more parks joined the club collection this week with Roderick Hoffman (27:20) at Lac de Divonne which is near Geneva, but just on the French side of the border. There is a theme developing here which we will follow for another week or two I suspect Ė his last six parkruns have been in England, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Italy and France.  Alice Banks (27:35) was at Exmouth, Alastair Heslop at Temple Newsam in Yorkshire and late in the day news filtered through from New Jersey where Benita (32:35) and John Scaife (32:37) were at the Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun.

There was a good gathering at Hazelwood where Paul Watt (26:05) returned his best parkrun time of the year and completed his 100th parkrun.  Julie Barclay (23:49) was first lady to finish and her two sisters Vera Sims (28:47) and Janice Jones (30:47) were in the field behind her.  Some BA colleagues were also running and they all enjoyed the cafť at the rugby club afterwards.  Coach Tom Rowley recommends the bacon rolls.

Piers Keenleyside (25:52) passed another landmark by running at Gunnersbury for the 150th time.

Alan, pictured, again pushed Ann around the Osterley parkrun course, finishing a good ten minutes ahead of the tail walker.

Unless plans change yet again, Janet Smith will be attempting her 100th parkrun at Maidenhead next Saturday.  Joe Nolan is on light duties again but may be there to help cut the cake.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

Tom's Diary

A busy week-end at Hazelwood 5k on Sat. and also Sun. in the Surrey 5k & half marathon.

There are no HILLS at Hazelwood, just a gale force wind but with 5 BA dispatchers running the course was off on time.

Paul Watt ran his 100th parkrun at Hazelwood and ran his best time since June 2018 although having a 6/7 month layoff through leg problems and started a slow jog/walk recovery schedule during Feb. that has seemed to have worked miracles.  Today ran 26.05, that is 9secs faster than his last week 26.14.

Paul's 100th run team support in order of finishing was Julie Barclay 1st lady (15th o/a) in 23.49. Then Paul in 28th place running 26.05; Julieís sister Vera Sims on her first visit was 49th in 28.51; John Coffey knows the course blindfold was 57th in 29.43;  With U/14 Olivier Jones (Julie's niece) ran 29.49 to finish 59th; BA staff member Wendy Happs a regular at Hazelwood who alongside Julie/Paul and finished 63rd plus John Coffey is a little concerned as Wendy is gradually reducing the distance between them; Janet Jones (Julie's sister) a BA dispatcher ran 30.47  and placed 68th (Janís first visit too); Paul's son Ryan followed in 70th place running 31.21;  Emily Doyle running her first ever 5k was 86th in 33.51; then BA staff Paul Happs another regular volunteer/runner was 99th in 37.26.  In total 118 ran.

Then all into the cafe for chocolate cake/tea also within 15 minutes of the finish looking at results on the web - they are fast.

Sun.10th the Surrey 5k/1/2 marathon

Kay Trinder 1st0/50 (2nd lady) ran 20.44  thatís 83.70%;

Julie Barclay was 1st 0/55 (33rd o/a) in 22.58 (Julie thinks the gale force 9 cost her 10 mins.???)

Jacqui Musselwhite was 2nd 0/50 to Kay and finished 43rd in a 0/50 PB of 223.50;

And a well pleased Paul Watt having ran a 5k on consecutive days to finish 70th even faster than the day before ran 25.39 today. 337 ran.

See you all at the Cross-Country on Sun.17th.

Tom Rowley

Running shorts...

  • I'll hold fire on last week's Dream Mile results because they currently show that I was first finisher, followed by Steve Hillier. I'm sure that there were three other runners, and faster, but at the moment no times have been submitted.
  • Not all of Sunday's half-marathons survived the wind - Piers piers run at Southend was cancelled perhaps because there was insufficient lifeboat crew available at Ostend.
  • Chris Kelly says - "The Northwood Striders were in Oxford again this week for the annual Teddy Hall Relays, and my third attendance. In an injury-hit A-team I managed a 29:22 first lap, followed by Steve Norris with a speedy 27:17 and Ronan 30:18. In the B-team I posted a steadier 32:22 'glory' leg, grabbing us 58th place out of the 67 available. In our also injury-affected Mixed Team, Christine Munden made it round the 4.3M in 43:45." And if you are over that way Chris might recommend the Jeff Koons expo at the Ashmolean, till June.

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