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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th September 2023

Events Calendar - online here

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

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Editorial - Thin and Rushed

I'm away from home this weekend and therefore without my photo-editor. Also Steve Newell is now on a boat and will be so for the next two weekends as well, whereas I will be in Northern Ireland next weekend and then Canada for two weekends. Expect therefore thin and rushed digests for the rest of the month. Sending "complete" submissions would be useful.

Roderick Hoffman

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

Surrey Cross-Country Leagues #

The new season is almost upon us! Our ladies and men’s teams will be running at the same location again, men in Division 4 and ladies in the newly formed Division 3.

Details of the first fixture have been announced:

  • Saturday 14th October
  • Venue: Epsom Downs
  • Hosts: 26.2 and E&E
  • Ladies 1pm
  • Men 2.30pm

Cross-country is a team effort and we would encourage all runners to take part. Each fixture is between 6 and 8km, is free to take part in for members, and is a great opportunity to meet up with club mates and possibly enjoy some fabulous cake afterwards!

Fixtures for the remainder of the season:

  • Saturday 11th November, venue tbc
  • Saturday 13th January, Oxshott Woods
  • Saturday 10th February, Lloyd Park

Please contact us to join the dedicated WhatsApp groups to keep up-to-date on all things cross-country, even if you are only a “maybe…”.

Amanda Coombs and Paul Knecthl

Equinox 5km Results #

This year we held the earliest (5th September) and hottest (29 deg C) ever Equinox 5km in club history at Bedfont Lakes Country Park. Chris Kelly (23:14) was fastest overall over the two lap course with Julie Barclay (26:00) judging the pace perfectly and finishing on the nail at 7pm. A dozen very visible arrows round the course ensured nobody got lost.  Thanks to Roderick Hoffman and Alan Anderson for the course build and to Alan Anderson (again), Chris Kelly and Paul Watt for clearing up all the signs.   Alan had been on a 30 mile bike ride earlier in the day [hence he declined the race option]! The sudden onset of twilight and the threat of the Bedfont Road carpark gates being locked at 7.30pm added urgency to the clear-up but all was accomplished with minutes to spare and we regrouped at the Bedfont FC in Hatton Road (BA Clubs HQ) for a delicious selection of sandwiches and other tasty morsels with the staff anxious for us to try "air fried" sausages (the new toy in the kitchen!)


Participant run time clock start clock finish
Chris Kelly 23:14 18:37:30 19:00:44
Julie Barclay 26:00 18:34 19:00:00
Steve Taylor 29:41 18:30 18:59:41
Joe Nolan 30:03 18:30 19:00:03
Graham Taylor 30:38 18:28 18:58:38
Denis Foxley 31:20 18:30 19:01:20
Roderick Hoffman 31:26 18:30 19:01:26
Steve Hillier 40:44 18:21:30 19:02:14
Harjjit Jhooti 44:24 18:15 18:59:24
Melanie Miller 51:05 18:15 19:06:05
Carol Moran 51:19 18:15 19:06:19


Course Build: Steve Newell, Roderick Hoffman, Alan Anderson

 Course clear up: Paul Watt, Chris Kelly, Alan Anderson

Timekeeper: Steve Newell

Clubhouse Refreshments: Steve Hillier


The next club in-house event planned at Bedfont is the first leg of the winter 5 mile handicap on Wednesday 25th October.

The prize for the 2022/23 competition was belatedly presented to Paul Watt.

Steve Newell

# Club Participation Thanks

As we enter autumn it's time to take a first look at this year's club participation points table. Each year anyone accumulating ten points on the table gets a credit in the digest and the person top of the table at the end of the calendar year gets awarded the Tom Rowley Participation Trophy.

Points are scored for participation at club events which are listed in the calendar and publicity with a "#". Each finisher at each event scores one point, someone helping on the day and not running scores two points and organisers of in-house events score four points.

There have been 33 events so far this year including Club In-house events (such as last week's Equinox 5k and the 5 Mile Handicap events), Run-of-the Month external events (such as July's club mile at the Arethusa Mile), the marshalling events we support (such as last month's Big Half), the Track & Field matches and the Cross-Country matches. There are probably around 15 events yet to come this year.

A total of 648 points have been awarded to 201 individuals (including non-members). Many of those are due to our London Marathon Marshalling but 66 people have been awarded points in two or more events. Nine club members have already reached the ten point total so a huge thank you to:

  • Chris Kelly,
  • Graham Taylor,
  • Jasvir Singh-Modaher,
  • Paul Brandon,
  • Roderick Hoffman,
  • Simon Turton,
  • Stephen Taylor,
  • Steve Hillier
  • and Steve Newell.

The top three has a familiar look to it with Steve Hillier currently leading the way with 28 points from 18 events, then the current holder of the award, Roderick Hoffman, with 25 points from 15 events and Steve Newell with 22 from 11. But it wouldn't be impossible for any of the next three, Chris Kelly, Stephen Taylor or Graham Taylor to break into the top three by the end of the year.

Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon Places 2024

We’ve already received several applications from prospective runners who have been unlucky in the main ballot.  Do you want to add your name to the list?

BAAC will receive a small number of guaranteed entries, as a thank you for our annual marshalling efforts.  We may also receive one entry by virtue of our membership of England Athletics.  As our number of EA affiliated athletes has just dropped below 40, we will have to enter a ballot with other similar sized clubs to see whether we can win that extra place.

Your committee will look at the entries when the number of places is confirmed in the autumn.  We will consider a number of factors, including confirmation of your main ballot rejection, your marshalling record, your number of previous entries and your club participation record.
If you would like to be considered for a place, please let me know by October 13th.


Steve Hillier

Recent Activity Achievements

12 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Brisbane Wed 00:43:03 We did an early morning run along the riverside trail in Brisbane on Wed. c. 4 miles 43:03.
John Scaife Running 4miles Brisbane Thu 00:43:03 As Benita
Clara Halket Running 13km Heathlands Fri [Facebook] Early morning 13km slow jogging on Heathlands before the temperature rises to 30C today. My orthopaedic consultant has recommended switching to cycling and swimming instead of running
David Cowell  Race Half-M Great North Run Sun am 01:28:53 New personal worst! Not surprising though in the heat after 5 weeks off. Great atmosphere as always and nice to be in Mo Farah’s last race!
Elise Lawrenson  Race Half-M Great North Run Sun am 01:55:48 Hot and humid GNR. Definitely not a pb course as it’s far to congested and busy, but a great atmosphere and another bucket list race ticked off for me ✅
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M Great North Run Sun am 02:44:27
Julie Barclay Running 15km Farnborough Sun 01:21:00 From the Rushmoor polo fields, past Farnborough airfield, through Southwood and Hartland Country parks and back along the Basingstoke canal…
Paul Watt Running 15km Farnborough Sun 01:21:00 complete the loop before commencing number-checker and timekeeping duties at Queen’s Parade junior parkrun.
Keith Johnson  Race 5km Hatfield Midweek 5k Wed 00:21:53 5K Race incorporating the Herts Vets Championship, time was 21:53 finishing in position 123, with a category position 25 out of 237 finishers.
Petra Otto Various Gym Fri Trying to get ‘used’ to all that sciatic nerve pain. Did what I could at the gym on Friday, also walking very slowly for 10 mins on the treadmill. Marshalling at March parkrun Saturday.
Piers Keenleyside Running 10km Ealing Eagles training run Tue 01:01:41 Best of the week should have been the Richmond Marathon on Sunday but I decided it would not have been much fun in the heart. Instead best was this Ealing Eagles training run. We used the reopened bridge across the canal behind GSK in Brentford.
Roderick Hoffman Running 11.83km Canal to Greenford and back Fri 01:26:47 Fugutive run - ran to Greenford and back on the canal without running into a jail escapee or anyone ambushing such an escapee (but had it been the next day the outcome may have been different!)

Not many reports this week - perhaps there wasn't much running because of the heat. Piers mentions the Richmond Marathon. It would appear that the organisers made the decision that Piers' assessment was right and downgraded all of the marathon runners to the half marathon distance.

No pictures due to the lack of a picture-editor.

parkrun Results for Saturday 9th September

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Sarah GORDON Beacon Hill Country Park 28 118 1:01:43 33.86% Chatting on the way round with Roderick’s other sister.
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 658 49 0:26:54 55.70%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 658 Barcode Scanning at Bedfont Lakes.
Paul TIMMS Bournemouth 443 87 0:23:12 69.11% 6 second PB (Any PB on such a hot day is worth shouting about)
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 947 99 0:20:27 73.27%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 947 1208 0:49:16 48.34% run #40
Joan FOXLEY Church Mead 74 76 0:39:55 59.67% 4th run at Church Mead, P-Index moves up to 4
Steve NEWELL Clapham Common 191 808 0:51:21 39.99% 10th run at Clapham Common, P-Index stays on 9
Joe NOLAN Crane Park 522 61 0:29:10 59.14% first run away from Black Park since last Christmas
Mike DENNISON Eastbourne 548 14 0:20:21 82.39% Fastest BA male and best age grade record (from Paul and Julie respectively).
Janet Smith Ferry Meadows 462 377 0:36:55 50.38% 13th run at Ferry Meadows, our only runner there. The Scaifes' run last week at North Wollongong was in Fairy Meadows, at the opposite side of the world.
Neil FREDIANI Fountains Abbey 407 277 0:35:35 47.59% first run at Fountains Abbey
Trish MCCABE Gadebridge 361 90 0:29:51 53.71% First BA lady at Gadebridge.
David Cowell Gateshead         Finish Tokens at Gateshead
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 486 Run Director at Guildford
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 163 122 0:29:08 72.83%
Harjit Jhooti Hilly Fields 512 251 0:47:23 37.71% parkwalker. Not as scenic as Canada, but fewer bears.
Fiona Bishop Leazes 124 69 0:26:00 77.95% run #250. Fastest BA lady and best age grade record (from Julie and Paul).
Petra Otto March         Marshalling at March.
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 440 73 0:26:06 65.45%
Anne Bannister Osterley 440 201 0:35:21 59.12%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 440 246 0:45:47 59.52%
Murray Hogge Reading 607 36 0:21:49 74.79%
Jain REID Richmond Park 772 256 0:31:07 58.97%
Benita SCAIFE Sandon Point 479 162 0:31:42 67.98% another one by the beach. New BA parkrun, #758.
John SCAIFE Sandon Point 479 163 0:31:42 54.99%
Melanie Miller Sharpham Estate 22 81 0:42:48 42.29% first run at Sharpham Estate, park #132, Wilson Index up to 25, New BA parkrun, #760.
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 35 Timekeeper at Stockley Country.
Paul WATT Woodley 493 20 0:20:54 75.44% park #158
Julie BARCLAY Woodley 493 54 0:23:18 82.12% park #161. Just outside Mike's Age Grade record.
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Worcester Pitchcroft 233 122 0:25:20 66.84% run #343, park #67. New BA parkrun, #759. "They used an alternative out and back route today as a rowing event on the River Severn was blocking the usual route around the perimeter of the track. My fastest parkrun in over 4 years - since August 2019! "
Christopher T KELLY York 472 547 0:39:43 39.70%

parkrun Review 9th September 2023

A short report this week because Steve is on a boat and I'm out of the normal office.

One PB on one of the hottest parkrun Saturdays ever, well done Paul. At Stockley Country I reported 13 PBs by the 46 repeat runners but we are still a relatively new parkrun (and the course does have quite a bit of shade). But the water I provided at the end was fully consumed!

Three new parkruns added bringing the club total up to 760.  

Finally, another addition to my home parkruns table:

Club Member Total Runs Max Runs Max Venue Ratio Next max runs / venue Venues
Mike Dennison 520 300 Bushy Park 58% Next commonest parkrun - Crane Park, 40 times. 73


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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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