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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th April 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

Note the addition of a shared "Track-on-Field" event at Feltham Track for 4th May. We've also pencilled in a date for this year's AGM (6th July).

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.

Monthly Mile (submit before Monday 18th April):

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

One Hour Run at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit (practice event for the Concorde event): This Wednesday

Hillingdon Cycle Circuit location mapHopefully we can have a good turnout on Wednesday for this trial event. All are welcome whether you want to take part, help in any way or simply watch. Timings are as follows:

  • 17:00 - 17:30 : I am due to meet the Caretaker to be given the keys and to be shown the facilities. Those involved with operating the event itself are welcome to join me at this point (e.g. we'll be shown the kitchens, the first aid facilities, where the bins are, etc.).
  • 17:30 - 18:20 : General familiarisation and course set-up. Participants are welcome to arrive early and use the men's and ladies changing rooms to prepare for their run. Note that there are toilets, but no showers.
  • 18:20 - 18:30 : One Hour test event race briefing and then start.
  • 18:30 - 19:30/19:40 : Participants will complete as many laps as they can, finishing at the end of the first lap after the clock reaches one hour. The first lap is about one km in length, subsequent laps are one mile in length. Note that if you complete a lap in the 59th minute then you could well still be running ten minutes after the hour is up. There are likely to be other people using the course but all should be going in the same clockwise direction. Steve Newell will be measuring the course with a measuring wheel. We may have an official course measurer measuring with a cycle - he will be trying to cycle the least distance path but will be able to wait for you to clear a section. There may be members of the public walking or cycling on the course - they will have been warned that an event is in progress.
  • 19:40 onwards. We need to complete our use of the changing rooms, tidy up, finish any familiarisation processes and then vacate the premises. We are likely to retire to The Grapes (Beefeater) on the corner of The Uxbridge Road and Yeading Lane.  

  Car Parking : I was going to say that parking is in the Minute Country Park carpark at the end of Springfield Road, but "Stevens Fun Fair" is in town and is occupying the entire carpark. There is no problem since there is plenty of parking in or around Springfield Road. Those arriving early can find the entrance to the cycle circuit on the right between "Hayes Gate Football Club" and "Goals Hayes" - there are half a dozen spaces at the circuit. Note that if last week is anything to go by there will be a yellow bibbed security guard at the end of this entrance way - employed by West London Film Studios which is in one of the warehouses here. Later arrivals can simply park towards the end of Springfield Road - there are no restrictions at this end.

> Roderick Hoffman

2021/22 Five Mile Handicap - Series Results

The Wednesday winter five mile handicap series runs were held every month from October to March starting and finishing at the Bedfont and Feltham Football Club carpark.  The simple two lap format has proved popular and with halfway times available for analysis many members are achieving steady runs. The scoring system rewards modest improvement over the season.

Fifteen runners completed the course on at least one occasion.  Roderick Hoffman ran on all six occasions and was able to discard his two worst scores.  Benita and John Scaife often run together but don't always arrive back at the club clock in line abreast and depending on whether they had a fast or a slow run the odd second can prove critical when the points are awarded. 

Points Table after six runs (best 4 to count) run 1 run 2 run 3 run 4 run 5 run 6 total (best 4) best time
Roderick Hoffman 18 25 25 18 25 15 93 46:58
Benita Scaife 21   13 15.5   25 75 51:45
John Scaife 25   12 15.5   21 74 51:43
Steve Hillier 11 21 17   14   63 55:04
Julie Barclay 16 18   25     59 37:13
Denis Foxley 13   14 14 18   59 45:36
Paul Watt 14 1   21   18 54 32:18
Amanda Coombs 15   17   16   48 44:55
Maarten Stenham     10.5   21 16 32 37:10
Scott Davison     15       15 44:04
Michael Dennison         15   15 36:44
Harjit Jhooti       13     13 57:28
Steve Taylor 12           12 40:06
Melanie Miller       12     12 57:36
Jakob Stenham(J)     10.5       11 44:37

The 2022/23 series with start on Wednesday 26th October, the last week of BST, allowing for slower runners at least to start in daylight!

Steve Newell

Bluebells in Long WoodNOW Bluebells from Osterley Park lunchtime 20th April

The plan for Wednesday of next week is to run from the Osterley National Trust property to Long Wood where the bluebells are traditionally very good at this time of year, and either return directly (4.5km) or on a circular route via the canal (7km), and we'll have lunch in the cafe in the stables from about 13:00.

We will meet at the front of the House from 12. Try to leave time to walk from where you'll be parking but let us know in advance that you are coming and we'll wait (or meet you as we start jogging towards the main car park). Parking at the House is free for National Trust members, others are asked to help fund the maintenance of the parkland and property (the Stables for instance is currently covered in scaffolding, though the cafe remains open). Free parking is available nearby - I often park at the end of Osterley Lane approached from Norwood Green. Coming by public transport Osterley Tube Station is 1.5km from the House.

> Roderick Hoffman

2022 Green Belt Relay (14th / 15th May)

Over this weekend we have a team circumnavigating the whole of London, competing with 51 other teams. For details of the event see

Chris Kelly has drafted our team schedule. As well as the eleven runners he has been able to find one reserve. However, with sickness rates as they currently are, one reserve may not be enough. Any club member who is interested in running legs on each day over that weekend should contact > Chris Kelly ASAP. Legs average just under 10 miles each but some are shorter and easier than others.

We also have three marshal positions we need to man: regulars Boss Lane (Hughenden near High Wycombe, HP14 4PE, Sat 12:40) and Godwin Close/Mott St (A112, EN9 3QQ, Sat 17:37) and one new/different - Morants Ct Rd (Dunton Green near Seven Oaks, TN14, 6HD, Sun 11:55). If you are able to help, and would like an opportunity to cheer on all of the teams, also let Chris know.

Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon Places 2022

Some of you will be receiving good news of a confirmed Marathon place, while others will be getting their dreaded rejection.  Following the disruption of COVID and the deferral of guaranteed places, and changes to allocations by London Marathon, places to run are even more difficult to come by this year.  As a result, BAAC will have just 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 2022 Waikiki, Hawaii: "Running Diamond Head" (Sunday, 16th October)

The 2022 World Airline Road Race event is now open for registration and the BA team already includes ten team members. The registration site is: REGISTER HERE. Join the team "British Airways - BA +" (that will enable me to email you all through the site, we can sort out nearer the time who is allowed to score points for the BA team and who is running for the Non-airline team). The cost is $50 and you can enter either the 5k or the 10k, or both races, for a single fee.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 18 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Alexandra Foster Walking 14miles Thames to Hampton Court and back Sun 04:13:21 In training for RTTK in June. [Ed: I'm guessing this is the "Race To The King" Ultra rather than the FIFA "Road To The Knockouts" that Google finds]
Andy Rayner Running 2.2miles Wed 00:32:58 Steady jog. Also 2miles fast walk on Monday and 3miles cycle on Friday.
Barry Walters Running 10km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:07:14 Ran over at Swinley Forest on my undulating route. A slower effort this week. Conditions were pleasant in the sunshine.
Ben Cooper Running 6.16km CWL Sat pm 00:30:48 Feeling that my fitness and endurance has dropped I re-started a Garmin coaching programme today. This was yesterday's cold and windy stretch along the perimeter of CWL. Plus a late submitted 23:09 5k for last week.
Chris Kelly Walking 11miles Pen-y-Fan Sun am 00:05:00 Pen-y-Fan in the wind, sun, and hail with Sarah. 11 miles and 2664ft in 5 hours.
David Duggan Walking 6km Severn Bridge Sun 00:58:59 A walk over the old Severn Bridge - not one for anyone who doesn't like heights. My time was 58:59, although I was taking my time looking at the sights .
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am parkrun #287 (235th at Bedfont Lakes)
Ian Cunningham  Race 10km Loseley Park 10k Sun am 00:59:18 "Challenging". Lots (and lots) of up and down thru Loseley Park and the Hogs Back. I managed 4th in my age category and if I'd just been a few months older I'd have won that age category!
Jain Reid parkrun 5km Richmond Sat am 00:33:47 First post Covid run @ Richmond Park parkrun. Heart rate high and had to walk the hills but very glad I got round with the help of a friend.
Julie Barclay Running 4miles Ash Mon 00:35:00 Training run along canal after injury
Michael Ball Sprints This week's exercise 100 mtres / 45 second rest / 100 mtres / 10 minutes rest / 120 mtres / 45 seconds rest / 80 mtres then daily 5x20 v sits, 2 minute plank and 10 burpee press-ups. [Ed: Exhausting just to type it in]
Paul Watt Running 11km Rushmoor Thur 00:54:15 Early morning run along Basingstoke Canal
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am It’s always gym, gym and more gym. Plus tailwalking March parkrun.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Richmond Park Sun am 02:01:10 I was 79th of 134 and first in the V60 category. Time was 2:01:10 - a few hills to contend with and my legs were not over last Sunday's marathon.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 14.5km Hanwell / Northfields Wed 01:48:39 Visiting all 44 postboxes in this area with the added incentive of having to get back to my car before a 1pm parking restriction kicked in - made it with 20seconds to spare.
Stephen Taylor Running 18miles Down to Teddington weir and back Sat am 03:16:21 More long run training, down to Teddington weir and back.
Steve Hillier Running 5.4km Newton Farm Park West and Roxbourne Park Sat 00:36:19 With apologies to Alastair for missing his parkrun.
Steve Newell Swim 1600m Outdoor pool (warmed) Thur 00:51:30 Suffered thigh cramps afterwards - too much blood diverted to the shoulders!

Week Achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 9th April 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Barry WALTERS Guildford 425 156 0:28:10 60.12%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Guildford 425 187 0:29:41 53.57% 12th run at Guildford. Handicapped by Kiki.
Roderick HOFFMAN Guildford 425 199 0:30:28 53.12%
Benita SCAIFE Guildford 425 236 0:32:56 63.46% First run at Guildford
John SCAIFE Guildford 425 237 0:32:57 52.35% First run at Guildford
Janet CUNNINGHAM Guildford 425 255 0:34:53 54.85% [Non-member] Also handicapped by Kiki!
Kevin HOLLAND Guildford 425 274 0:36:59 50.38%
Steve NEWELL Guildford 425 294 0:50:02 40.14%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 425 296 0:54:18 31.77% Tail Walker at Guildford. 10th "run" (7th at Guildford), 250th Guildford volunteer occasion.
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 588 7 0:21:00 61.75%
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 588 14 0:22:21 71.74%
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 588 22 0:24:02 69.76%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 588 32 0:25:10 61.13%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 588 60 0:28:05 73.29%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 601 276 0:33:05 51.64%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 871 986 0:58:02 39.66% [Non-member] Tail Walker at Bushy Park
Trish MCCABE Charlton 27 88 0:28:51 55.05% Park #83, another step nearer Londone, Wilson Index 5 
Neil FREDIANI Chopwell Wood 15 54 0:37:29 44.73% Run #266, 5th at Chopwell Wood
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 450 42 0:27:26 53.77%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 450 49 0:28:28 49.82%
Harjit Jhooti Durlston Country Park 4 83 0:50:00 35.27% BA park #639, club record
Melanie Miller Durlston Country Park 4 91 1:02:47 28.09% Tailwalker and report writer, Wilson Index 11
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Harlow 321 59 0:28:17 59.28% First run at Harlow.  Park #52
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 291 83 0:29:06 63.06%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 291 126 0:37:14 62.89% [Non-member]
Michael Dennison Hazelwood 133 4 0:20:09 82.46%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 133 75 0:35:05 59.90%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 152 37 0:24:29 61.20%
Petra OTTO March 247 136 1:01:07 35.83% Tail Walker at March
Christopher T KELLY Reading 547 67 0:25:51 59.96%
Ben Kelly Reading 547 166 0:33:39 38.34%
Alan FRIAR Reading 547 169 0:34:18 57.34%
Jain REID Richmond Park 696 228 0:34:21 52.69%
David DUGGAN Rogiet (Monmouthshire) 143 43 0:31:40 51.53% His first parkrun in Wales, park #102, BA park #638
Paul WATT Southall 14 3 0:19:43 79.29% Equals club course record time  (with Mike Dennison)
Julie BARCLAY Southall 14 20 0:24:57 74.55% Park #82
Adrian HAINES Tilgate 448 13 0:20:09 75.60%

The “club featured parkrun” at Guildford attracted a good number of members on a glorious sunny morning and the grass sections of the course were no problem.  The undulating course is conveniently arranged so that the start and finish are both on a gentle downslope but there are some challenging sections elsewhere on the circuit where a gain in altitude is required to reach the next friendly marshal.  Tailwalker Alastair Heslop was wearing his brand new “250 volunteer” olive green parkrun T-shirt.  Barry Walters (28:10) was our quickest round the course, Ian Cunningham (29:41) was next as he and Janet tried to get used to the new parkrun dogs on a “short handheld leash only” ruling.  We will be seeing fewer dog assisted fast times from now on.  A much fuller report, including photos, can be found in the News section of the Guildford parkrun website, written by one of our runners.

Guildford parkrun BA team

The next club featured parkrun is scheduled for 21st May at Wimbledon Common.  The second parkrun to be launched after Bushy, the course is flat with a woodland section and is more likely to be puddle free in the summer months.

Our regular tourists were out and about.  David Duggan (31:40) visited a parkrun in Wales for the first time at Rogiet in Monmouthshire.  Harjit Jhooti and Melanie Miller went to "Mountainous" Durlston Country Park (Swanage) which only started last month to take the club score to 639.  We could add a hundred to the total in a singular calendar year at this rate although the seemingly never ending supply might dry up.  The only new parkrun launched in UK this week was at Church Mead (Amersham) (which may be as challenging as Durlston Country Park).

Our fastest parkrunner this week was Paul Watt (19:43) at Southall.  This matched the club record set up by Michael Dennison at the club featured parkrun in February.  This week Michael Dennison (20:09) was at Hazelwood while his time was matched to the second by Adrian Haines who was running at Tilgate for the 36th time.  For Adrian, anything over 20 minutes at Tilgate is unusual and a cause for concern if not panic.  But always remember – parkrun is a time trial, not a race. [Ed: It may also be worth noting that both Southall and Hazelwood are dead flat whereas Tilgate has a 50m climb in the middle of the course].

Steve Newell

Future Club Featured parkruns

John Scaife has come up with the following list of potential Club Featured parkruns. This is entirely subject to change as circumstances arise - such as special anniversary runs:

  • 21st May - Wimbledon Common (already planned)
  • 2nd July - Church Mead [Amersham, the new parkrun which did launch last Saturday]
  • 6th Aug - Rickmansworth
  • 17th Sep - Black Park
  • 29th Oct - Old Deer Park
  • 19th Nov - Gladstone
  • 17th Dec - Osterley

John Scaife

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Roderick Hoffman

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