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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th July 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

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 by 8pm Sunday 17th July):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can be 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

Speedbird Ladies Race - Wednesday 3rd August #

We now have permission from the landowner to hold the Speedbird Ladies race on Harmondsworth Moor on Wednesday 3rd August with a start time of 7pm.

We need:

  • Ladies to sign up for the race (entry cost is frozen at the £7/£5 rate it was in 2019, though the package has been made smaller in size - e.g. no medals this year).
  • Men are asked to volunteer to marshal the course or man the finish and may be able to check the course beforehand.
  • Everyone is asked to promote the event - we are setting this up with just three weeks' notice and for a date in the holidays that also clashes with the Yateley 10k so we need all of you to pass the message on.

We are not quite ready to release the publicity for the event (we need to sort out the entry system as a priority). As soon as we do we'll update the Speedbird Ladies website page and post a PDF handout on Facebook for distribution - please anticipate this being ready before Wednesday evening and think about who you can pass it on to.

> Roderick Hoffman (Speedbird Ladies Race Director)

AGM Mile Event results #

The inaugural Orchard Mile was held prior to the AGM on Wednesday 6th July 2022.


  • 1 Roderick Hoffman   8:50
  • 2 Steve Hillier            10:22

Starter: Steve Newell

Marshal: Alan Friar

Timekeeper: Stephen Taylor

Course:  Hatton Road/Wellington Road, Orchard Avenue, A30, Myrtle Avenue.

> Steve Newell

Ed: It may have been a two horse race but neither competitor is ready for the knackers yard just yet.

PS More news from the AGM next week.

Final call for T&F competition 2022! #

Thank you to everyone who has already committed to compete on Wednesday evening  (13th).  Here's one more chance to put you hand up.  BAAC will be competing at Walton track, in the Rosenheim League, AND at Perivale track, in the Vets League.  If you would like to join us for one last social evening at the track, please let me know. 


> Steve Hillier

Big Half 2022 - 4th September - Volunteers needed

Our club supports the London Marathon organisation in marshalling five events during the year.  On Sunday 4th September we have been invited to return to Greenwich.  We will be looking after the pedestrian crossing, close to the end of the Big Half race at the Cutty Sark.  Competitors this year will include Sir Mo Farah, who is in training for his next tilt at the London Marathon a month later.

The day is hectic, but fun and rewarding, and gives you the best possible view of the race. 

We need twenty volunteers who are prepared to give up their morning.  If demand is sufficient, we will lay on transport from the Bedfont area to Greenwich. 

Please could you consider offering your time for this event, and contact me as soon as possible, so that we can put together a marshalling team. 


> Steve Hillier 

Recent Activity Achievements

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

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race 1500m M55 World Masters Final, Tampere, Finland Thur 04:26.7 I was the rabbit for the first 700m, and then went from 1st to 9th in seconds, but pulled it back with a super fast last 250m. Can’t grumble with that. All time Top 10 UK ranking with just 10 weeks of running. [Race video available on Facebook]
Andy Rayner Cycling 3.5miles Thur 00:17:21 x4: Wed 6 July; no time: Thurs: 7 July: 17m 21s; Sat 9 July: 19m 20s (much traffic) and Sunday 10 July; 18:17.
Barry Walters Running 5km Swinley Forest Sun am 00:32:12 Ran an easy effort over Swinley forest this morning and then afterwards headed to the gym at the leisure centre for a one hour workout.
Ben Cooper Running 4.41km Cardiff Airport Sat lunch 00:23:14 A slow and hot trot around the terminal and carparks of CWL.
Benita Scaife Walking 15km Regents Canal Fri 03:55:00 Benita and John walked the Regents Canal from Limehouse to Little Venice…
John Scaife Walking 15km Regents Canal Fri 03:55:00 …but forgot to post to BAAC about it so I (Roderick) have had to write it up myself (fortunately he had remembered to invite me to the canal related walk).
Chris Kelly Running 18miles On call 03:16:35 A long slow loop within two miles of home, so I could get back if necessary…
Eddie Giles parkrun 5km Salisbury Sat am 00:26:48 Fastest this year and 1st in age cat (VM70-74).
Emma Moreton Running 10miles Bushy Park Fri pm Very warm. And if you don’t take a photo of the deer in Bushy Park, did you even go there?
Harjit Jhooti Walking 10km Mumbles, Wales Fri A costal circular walk just shy of a 10K from Mumbles, Wales on Friday.
Harry Wild Gym Outdoor Gym Exercises Harry is still keeping his fitness levels up!
Julie Barclay  Race 10km Yateley 10k Wed pm 00:51:52 I am still following an eight-week recovery training plan and ran this race according to the schedule of an easy 2k, a full 5k effort and then another 3k at easy pace. Finished in good shape and no ill-effects.
Melanie Miller Walking 13.45km Fountains Abbey and Studley Gardens Sun 03:39:06 Lovely day meandering around this vast expanse of open space, by golly its a humongous place the abbey ruins r superb still need to visit ye old deer park tho and the Church Abbey that shut early…well worth a butchers…
Neil Frediani  Race 10km Tynedale Harriers Pie and Peas Wed pm 01:03:00 Hot. Just a walk from home so very handy and had a couple of beers with team mates while waiting for the pie queue to shorten! Probably my slowest 10k race apart from one on Snowdon. Shame the walk home was uphill!
Paul Watt  Race 10km Yateley 10k Wed pm 00:41:35 First attempt at this 10k which is a regular during the Summer. A nice hill at 2km and when you think that home is just around the corner, an even nicer hill greets you at 9km! Joe Nolan has always recommended this race and he is absolutely right.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Snowdonia Trail Marathon Sun 08:38:33 Found it a bit too tough with there being over 5000 feet of elevation gain. 4th time I have done this one and it will be the last. First 13miles done in about 3 hours but then we had the ascent and descent of Snowdon still to do!
Roderick Hoffman Running 14.08km Greenford to Paddington Tue 01:39:17 One of several runs and walks to cover mileage for my Canalathon challenge. By the end of week one I had accumulated 36.8miles of my minimum 52,2mile target - but I'm at risk of giving up in the heat.
Steve Hillier Throwing Lascelles Park, Slough Sun Track and field prep session:  Warm-up jog (as if that was required), hammer throwing session, 4 x 150m efforts, and a warm-down jog.  Total running distance 4.9km in 37:15.  Total throwing distance c. 750m.

Week achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 9th July 2022

28 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing. If [*] appears in the comment then please ensure that you have paid your subs and let me know.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Barry WALTERS Abingdon 477 137 0:30:08 56.19% 1st run at Abingdon.
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 601 35 0:25:22 60.64% 297th parkrun, 2nd F.
Bob BANNISTER Black Park 614 79 0:24:12 69.28%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 614 204 0:29:28 57.98%
Anne Bannister Black Park 614 234 0:30:25 67.67%
David DUGGAN Black Park 614 323 0:34:25 47.41%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 884 87 0:20:49 71.42%
Melanie Miller Chevin Forest 43 138 0:39:10 45.02% New BA parkrun #661 (as well as last week's Marine Parade #659)
Paul WATT Clapham Common 135 38 0:19:52 78.69% BA men's and grade record
Julie BARCLAY Clapham Common 135 163 0:24:14 77.85% BA ladies record
Mike DENNISON Crane Park 463 2 0:20:08 82.53% 2nd finisher
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 463 6 0:20:53 76.78% 1st Female
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 463 17 0:22:55 61.89%
Maarten STENHAM Crane Park 463 25 0:24:04 58.93%
Jakob STENHAM Crane Park 463 38 0:25:37 59.73% [Non-member]
Jeremy SHORT Crane Park 463 73 0:29:13 55.39%  
Roderick HOFFMAN Gunpowder 486 108 0:29:20 55.17% 100th repeat parkrun. 7th run, course PW.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 304 101 0:29:02 63.20%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 304 161 0:37:35 62.31%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 145 97 0:36:44 57.21% [*]
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 110 74 0:29:05 70.77% 197th parkrun (time to apply to borrow the arbitrary 200th parkrun shirt) **
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Ludlow 254 56 0:34:21 48.81% New BA parkrun #660 (as well as last week's Marine Parade #658)
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 311 188 0:33:05 64.13%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 311 189 0:33:07 52.09% 250th run
Trish MCCABE Raphael 299 108 0:28:09 56.42%
Murray Hogge Reading 557 23 0:21:26 75.51%
Ben Kelly Reading 557 48 0:23:06 55.84%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 557 67 0:24:47 63.08%
Jain REID Richmond Park 709 256 0:31:47 56.95% 99th parkrun
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 208 19 0:20:29 76.32%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 300 128 0:26:48 68.47% Fastest this year and 1st in age cat
Anne Anderson Southall 27 123 0:48:11 61.78% [Non-member]
Alan ANDERSON Southall 27 124 0:48:12 54.25% 1st run at Southall (Osterley and Gunnersbury closed)

On what is one of the longest Saturdays of the year, it is still far too early to accept that the days are now shortening. Instead, there is still plenty of time to enjoy these bright sunny mornings which really do highlight natures bright colours and make the birds louder. The weather recently has been warm and very dry making for firmer and faster courses. No, it’s not a race: there was a thin layer of cloud that kept the direct sun-rays at bay and with a slight cooling breeze, the conditions were ideal for a run, jog or walk last Saturday. Whatever the weather though and whatever the conditions, isn't it nice to get out into the fresh air on a Saturday morning; and again, many of us did.

Well enough of what we all know and enough of selling parkrun to a group who are already fans of the events but instead, welcome you a different than normal report. Steve is away and I am covering him for this week.

As alluded to earlier there was again a good representation of our Club around the country this week with two more venues being added to the Club total. We debuted at Ludlow with Piers Keensleyside running at his 55th venue and Melanie Miller flew the flag at Chevin Forest which is now Club parkrun #661.

Barry Walters attended the Abingdon event for the first time but the rest of us stayed much closer to home. Alan Anderson, with Anne, also attended a new course, Southall. This was run #619 for Alan on what was his parkrun birthday having started on 07July 2007….15 years of parkrun and no sign of stopping. Trish McCabe is continuing her quest to become Londone by running at Raphael and only has nine more to do. Julie and I are also looking to complete the London set. We ran at Clapham Common but we have the problem of not prioritising too well as we want to be Londone, fill in Wilson Index gaps and to run in each English county….Sandringham next week, Belvoir Castle the following week and so on! We had four participants at Black Park and six at Crane Park where Mike Dennison and Maria Jovani both finished in the top six.

A very big well-done goes to John Scaife who began parkrunning in October 2013 and today reached run #250. This includes 91 venues within eight countries. Could this have been a Club featured parkrun John?

As Steve mentioned last week, we are in the middle of the ‘everybody else wants to use the green spaces’ season meaning that there are cancellations every Saturday.

Please check the parkrun cancellation page before planning your weekend. Cancellations next week that are nearer home include Rushmoor which is serving as a carpark for the Farnborough Airshow and Osterley is still a film set. Prospect and Winchester are cancelled and in London, Ally Pally, Brockwell, Catford, Finsbury, Fulham, Harrow Lodge and Victoria Dock are all cancelled. If your plans include the use of a passport, please note that all French parkruns are cancelled until at least 30th July due to ‘liability issues’.

Well done to all of you who ran, jogged and walked this week and good luck with your efforts next Saturday, about which we need a volunteer to report on. I am in Norfolk and Steve is still away and so, if interested, please advise Roderick.

Paul Watt

Roderick adds:

I've updated the parkrun results files with the latest membership statuses. That enabled me to spot some errors in reporting since June. Current members of the club have now completed 661 different parkruns and the last few have been as follows [Steve Newell to confirm when he returns from his cruise]: 
Date Count parkrun Participant
18th May 2022 650 Gloucester City Paul Timms
4th June 651 ZuiderPark Harjit Jhooti
4th June 652 Flegg High David Duggan
4th June 653 Teignmouth Promenade Melanie Miller
11th June 654 Tremorfa Roderick Hoffman
11th June 655 Hastings High School Sarah Gordon
25th June 656 Uckfield Paul Watt
2nd July 657 Tampere Adrian Haines
2nd July 658 Shepton Mallet Piers Keenleyside
2nd July 659 Marine Parade Melanie Miller
9th July 660 Ludlow Piers Keenleyside
9th July 661 Chevin Forest Melanie Miller

** Alice is approaching her 200th parkrun. There is such a thing as the "Arbitrary 200th parkrun shirt"!  It is shared around members of the UK Tourists Group. I spoke on Saturday to a lady who was doing her 198th parkrun and has the shirt booked for two week's time! Link to Arbitrary Shirt Facebook item

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

Caption Competition

I haven't had many entries for caption competitions in the past but I can't resist trying again with this photograph. What is Adrian thinking or saying? Or perhaps someone chasing him has something to say? Or is it a shout from the crowd that has caught Adrian's attention? A free copy of the digest to all those who enter. You are welcome to enter multiple times.

Adrian Cation Competition photograph

> Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor

Adrian's shifting in more than one way...

Training/Running camps

I am delighted to announce I am retiring from British Airways after 38years on the 15th July. I can forget my 12 hour shifts and 2 to 3 hour commutes around the M25.

In my new adventure I intend to set up training/running camps at my house in the Dordogne, France. I would like to make it simple with training, relaxing, socialising, eating and maybe even enjoy some of the French wine.

I have easy/long runs, tempo runs, intervals, hill sessions and a local cinder track and bikes to amble the beautiful scenery. There is also a parkrun 30 miles away at Les Dougness. You can also follow me on Strava to see some of the routes There is the Medoc marathon in September [10th Sept, but entries closed for this year, but it is probably a spectacle worth watching].

The house has 4 en suite bedrooms and large loft space. Initially I would charge £40 a room per night. Internet is good for working from home. I am 55 miles from Bordeaux/Bergerac airport.

If you are interested please show your interest [contact Adrian on Facebook] and I will send you an assortment of photos and more information. Please forward to fellow runners if you think anyone will be interested.

Thank you,

Adrian Haines

Roderick Adds:

It would be good for the club to support Adrian in this venture - perhaps with a coordinated visit in September? Let me know if you might be interested in that.

> Roderick Hoffman

Middlesex 10k Championships - 24th September 2022, Hackney.

Dear colleague,

The online entry system for our 10k road championships is now open - please use the link below.  This is also an "open" event.
If you prefer to us a manual entry form, this is attached.

We hope to see many of you in September.


Malcolm French, Middlesex County athletics and type "Middlesex" in the Keyword box.

If anyone wants to enter by post, a postal entry form is available.

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