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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th October 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Events marked "*" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

I highlighted the Street-O and the Cross Countries last week [note that the men's cross-country start time is now 2pm]. Also coming up is a club "Run-of-the-Month" of the Cabbage Patch 10 from Twickenham on Sunday - ask Piers Keenleyside for additional details on this one. Then next week we have a NOW event on the Wednesday hosted by Paul & Julie (see below) and a club featured parkrun at Maidenhead hosted by John and Benita.

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 October):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. 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 Start Time Duration/Time Comment

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

London Marathon Photos

I think that the only result I missed last week was that of Chris Kelly who ran the virtual London Marathon before, during and after his volunteering stint. A selection of photographs below of runners, volunteers, virtual runners, runners virtually running and even one from the Jersey Marathon.

London Marathon montage

And to save you puzzling over the third group photo - this was one of the teams I was consultant for, over at Greenwich, so I wouldn't expect you to recognise any of the faces. But most of the faces shown in the other pictures should be know to some.

I've received about half a dozen reports and I'll find a way to include them in next week's digest (i.e. editing to fit, but with links to the full write-ups). Please submit other reports to Steve or myself.

> Roderick Hoffman

Manchester Marathon Results - Sunday 10th October

4786 Chris Kelly 4455 British Airways MV55 03:56:49
12827 Jasvir Singh Modaher 22845 British Airways MV60 05:49:46

Jas was over forty minutes slower for this one compared to the Jersey Marathon the week before. He suspects that his body simply hadn't recovered but he was okay for the first half so hopefully his next race, the Swansea Half next weekend, will go alright. As usual the organisers are already using Jas' image to promote next year's event! On the other hand Chris was over eight hours faster - though perhaps not a like for like comparison!

NOW, Aldershot: from 12:00 on Wednesday 20th October.

Julie Measuring CourseThe Course

The course is 5126m (5.1k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is along the Basingstoke Canal and Wellesley Trail, Ash, Surrey. The course is run on a mixture of canal towpaths and forest trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. There are options to run longer or to undertake a shorter walk instead.


Accessible toilets are available within the Lake House Cafe.

Getting There

Location of start - The event starts close to the entrance of the car park.

Getting there by road - If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is: GU11 2NZ on Camp Farm Road.  Turn into Camp Farm Road from Government Road by Ash Lock. Follow for 300m and by the first speed hump there is a small free carpark on the righthand side.

Post Run Coffee & Cake

We will grab a post run coffee at The Lake House, Goldvalley Lakes GU11 2PT - please come and join us! This is 400m from the meeting point carpark but does have its own carpark should you wish to drive there after the run. The cafe does not allow dogs as the lake is owned by a private angling club.

NOW Principles

Remember that this is a run, not a race. Most of us will probably jog round together. If you let us know to expect you then we'll look out for you before we start.

Volunteer Roster

Paul Watt & Julie Barclay

Activity Achievements over the two weeks 27th September to 10th October 2021

So the following includes those recorded the previous week but not transferred to the digest due to the Facebook outage.

Date Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
04-Oct Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Wed 00:52:04 Very muddy. Also 52:10 on Saturday.
04-Oct Chris Kelly  Race Marathon Virtual London Marathon Sun 12:09:50 * Before and after - and while - Marshalling the non-virtual London Marathon! So... 12:09:50 - its not always about the time...
04-Oct Denis Foxley parkrun 5km Harrow Sat am 00:27:51 My fastest since 2017.
04-Oct Emma Moreton  Race Marathon London Marathon Sun 03:47:20 My first London Marathon and a marathon PB and a GFA qualifying time! It was amazing to see the marshals towards the end. What a day
04-Oct Julie Barclay  Race 10km Inverness Sun 00:47:19 Baxter’s River Ness 10k.
04-Oct Melanie Miller  Race Marathon Virtual London Marathon Sun Great day running in The New Forest. Wos a tough one, much harder than The (non-virtual) London Marathon. Had to bear the brunt of all weathers starting in sunshine finishing in the pelting rain. Still got the job done.
04-Oct Mike Dennison  Race Marathon London Marathon Sun 03:27:09 My first London Marathon, and second actual marathon. See below *.
04-Oct Mike Thorn Marshalling Marathon London Marathon Sun 12:00:00 Marshalling, chasing and encouraging runners
04-Oct Paul Watt  Race 10km Inverness Sun 00:40:44 Baxter’s River Ness 10k….(10k PB)
04-Oct Petra Otto  Race Marathon Virtual London Marathon Sun 11:20:59 Best exercise achievement completing my Virtual London Marathon walk. Active time 7:52:56.
04-Oct Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon London Marathon Sun 04:25:02 My 21st London and 173rd marathon overall. Was hoping to finish in sub 4:30 and managed to do 4:25:02.  Thanks to British Airways for my place and the marshals who volunteered on my behalf!
04-Oct Roderick Hoffman Steps 21,420 London Marathon Volunteering Sun 07:00:00 To, from and between Canary Wharf, Greenwich and Canada Water including walking the 5km between the last two (trying not to embarrass runners by overtaking them)
04-Oct Stephen Taylor  Race Marathon London Marathon Sun 04:17:22 A steady run and pretty much what I was hoping for. Great support all the way round and nice to see all the BA marshals towards the end.
11-Oct Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Wed 00:52:20 Very muddy again
11-Oct Clara Halket Walking 6km Local Sun 01:20:00 Walks on both Sat and Sun to test the leg. Pain free first time for a while. Looks promising.
11-Oct Denis Foxley Running Ruislip Woods and Common Sun 00:50:00 Distance not measured
11-Oct Joan Foxley Running Ruislip Woods and Common Sun 00:50:00 Distance not measured
11-Oct John Scaife Walking 14miles West Highland Way All week We planned to walk the West Highland Way from Glasgow to Fort William over 7 days. The photo shows Benita descending Conic Hill with Loch Lomond in the distance…
11-Oct Benita Scaife Walking 14miles West Highland Way All week …sadly not long after this Benita suffered a muscle spasm in her lower back and we struggled to complete that day’s section, at which point we had to abandon the attempt (for now).
11-Oct Julie Barclay  Race 10km Working Sun 00:46:26 Worthing 10k
11-Oct Michael Ball parkrun 5km Woking Sat am 00:27:26
11-Oct Paul Watt  Race 10km Working Sun 00:40:43 Worthing 10k - PB by 1 second.
11-Oct Piers Keenleyside Running 15miles Thames to Teddington loop Sun 02:30:18 My best run this week was today's 15 mile loop along the Thames from Kew Bridge to Teddington Lock. Only doing 10 minute miles but these days I'm pleased with that!
11-Oct Roderick Hoffman Walking 24km Somerset Coal Canal (disused) Thur 06:49:00 From the junction with the Kennet and Avon canal (next to the Dundas Aqueduct) all the way up to the former canal basin near Paulton.
11-Oct Steve Hillier Running 2.3miles Roxbourne Park 00:25:16 Also 2mile run and 14 mile cycle.

* Mike writes "My first London Marathon, and second actual marathon. My Seville time (3:34) gave me a good for age time that got me the place in London 2020, then deferred to 2021. This was a better run than Seville, in that I managed to keep a reasonable pace to the end rather than having to walk, although I did have brief walks at 2 or 3 water stations towards the end, in order to be able to drink more comfortably, and I'd planned to do this ahead of time. I was pleased to be several minutes faster, finishing in 3:27:09, and be under 3:30, which was my main goal! The second medal is for the Age Grade World Championships, and was given to good for age qualifiers over 40 - we had to run with a second race bib on our backs for this one!"

Week Achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 9th October 2021

40 runners and volunteers listed below - get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Alice BANKS Aldenham 41 00:28:11 73.03% first run at Aldenham, park #48
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 32 00:23:54 64.37%
Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 14 00:22:13 63.32%
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 111 00:32:41 49.52%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 194 00:28:43 58.97% Fastest since May 2018
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 94 00:28:06 60.26% Best age grade since lockdown
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 247 00:34:51 58.15%
Anne Bannister Broadwater 103 00:28:43 70.57% Best BA women's time and grade
Bob Bannister Broadwater 54 00:24:45 67.74%
John Lennon Broadwater 174 00:36:47 43.59% PB   42 seconds faster than last week
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 732 00:30:23 52.33%
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 21 00:23:50 66.15%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 21 00:24:02 59.02%
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 200 00:46:40 42.14%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Frimley Lodge 62 00:22:40 76.84% PB   51 second improvement on 2018 time
Alastair Heslop Guildford Barcode Scanning at Guildford
Oliver MATHAI Gunnersbury 209 00:26:44 64.53% run #78, 48th at Gunnersbury
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 249 00:27:41 60.02% Proved easier to get to than Stockholm
Denis Foxley Harrow Run Director at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow Timekeeper at Harrow *
John COFFEY Hazelwood 125 00:33:54 60.57%
Neil FREDIANI Hazelwood 133 00:39:28 42.10% Down south again but not good prep. for Manchester (pulled out)
Roderick HOFFMAN Land’s End 26 00:30:12 53.59% 400th parkrun. Fastest BA and best grade.
Benita Scaife Maidenhead Marshal at Maidenhead, no ill effects from the muscle spasm
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 77 00:25:14 62.48% Back to short distances and fastest since lockdown
Mike Dennison Osterley 5 00:19:38 83.87% PB   course PB by 4s, under 20 mins again
Maria Jovani Osterley 22 00:21:54 72.53%
Scott DAVISON Osterley 71 00:24:40 59.80%
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 233 00:51:00 56.50%  (Assisted)
Trish MCCABE Osterley 119 00:28:55 54.41%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 234 00:51:01 49.36% Assisting Anne. 595th parkrun.
Murray HOGGE Reading 29 00:21:31 75.21%
Frankie HOGGE Reading 30 00:21:31 68.78%
Alan FRIAR Reading 257 00:35:01 56.16%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 20 00:20:41 74.94% Faster by the week **
Eddie GILES Salisbury 125 00:27:06 66.73%
Christopher T KELLY South Manchester 338 00:37:29 41.35% run #486, 6th at South Manchester, warming up for the marathon
Julie BARCLAY Sutcliffe 47 00:22:26 82.91% Best BA women's time and grade
Paul WATT Sutcliffe 13 00:19:42 78.68% Best BA time
Micheal BALL Woking 149 00:27:26 57.96%

* Joan reported that her Timekeeping stint didn't go particularly well (though the results have been published). Joan recommends proper training and wearing the right glasses! I recommend doing Timekeeping first at a low numbers Junior event.

** John Taylor runs four parkruns in four weeks for the first time ever and, consequently, gets his third consecutive week-on-week improvement, albeit only by 1 second this week. How long will he keep this streak going for?

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