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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th November 2019


  • Wednesday 13rd November - NOW run at Rickmansworth from 12:00 (see below)
  • Wednesday 20th November - Five Mile Handicap # and Club Charity Quiz at the Bedfont Club from 18:00/20:00 (see below)
  • Sunday 1st December - Run-of-the-Month Perivale 5mile # NOW FULL

Our next Bedfont Club meeting will be on Wednesday 20th for the Five-Mile Handicap and Quiz. December club evenings will be on 4th and 18th. All members are welcome.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 1st November.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 23rd Sept 2019) / # 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

NOW Rickmansworth locationNOW Run on Wednesday

Just a reminder of Wednesday’s run at Rickmansworth Aquadrome, open to everyone of all abilities.  It is a flat, pretty course close to lakes and the Grand Union Canal.  If you are sure you will be coming, please let me know, but last-minute deciders are welcome to join us.  See you in front of the “Cafe in the Park” at noon. Postcode: WD3 1NB. 

When we say "all abilities" we mean it - if you are not up to running you can go for a walk around one of the lakes or up and down the canal and meet us in the cafe from 13:00 - or just meet us in the cafe!

Steve Hillier

November Run-of-the-Month - Dream Mile Thursday 7th November from 12:45 Result #

This was the 75th running of the Dream Mile and had a good attendance of ten, including Simon who ran late without the benefit of knowing that he could have avoided last place by running just a fraction faster. 

There will be a 76th running of this event, on Thursday 5th December, and being the Xmas run there will be refreshments served on the finish line. The 77th onwards running of the event will depend upon Waterside based runners showing enthusiasm for the event. Neil will shortly be leaving and has grown tired of twisting other residents' arms into turning up and reporting their times.

07-Nov-19 Matthew Stratful 00:06:28
07-Nov-19 Ian Cunningham 00:06:35
07-Nov-19 Jeremy Short 00:06:36
07-Nov-19 Steve Taylor 00:07:40
07-Nov-19 Matthew Foden 00:07:22
07-Nov-19 Candice Middleton 00:07:58 Approximate time.
07-Nov-19 Neil Frediani 00:08:20
07-Nov-19 Roderick Hoffman 00:08:39
07-Nov-19 Steve Hillier 00:09:01
07-Nov-19 Simon Ashford 00:09:02 Late lunchtime run

Men's Surrey League Cross Country 2019/20 Div. 4 Match 2 Results #

Cross Country MenA slightly disappointing turn out on a rain swept Epsom Downs meant that we were 9th on the day and slipped from seventh to ninth in the division. Paul Knechtl came home first for us in 12th place in the division and 2nd in his age group for which he is in equal first place after 2 races.

Thanks to all who turned out in challenging traffic conditions especially those who come from way outside the county. Maarten Stenham our 10th runner arrived just as the race started but we finished with 11 thanks to Ross who arrived after the start and overtook 160 people on a slippery and muddy course, that was some effort. We are well clear of the teams behind us and with a strong team can challenge those ahead.

Next event - 11th Jan at Oxshott Woods starting at 15:00 (for Ross and Maarten - be there for 14:30).

Neil Frediani {}

position race number first-name surname club age-category time
1 - - - - - 26:28
52 1113 Paul Knechtl BAW V45 31:37
168 1118 Paul Prescott BAW SEN 36:21
173 1112 Richard Ruffell BAW V55 36:32
177 1116 Ross Davies BAW V40 36:48
187 1102 Gary Rushmer BAW V55 37:08
207 1109 Chris Kelly BAW V50 38:01
254 1104 Maarten Stenham BAW V40 39:48
257 1101 Barry Walters BAW V60 39:58
322 1100 Michael Ball BAW V55 47:56
325 1107 Neil Frediani BAW V60 48:56
333 1114 Steve Hillier BAW V65 55:23
337 - - - - - 64:28

Surrey League Ladies XC Event 2 itcham Common, 9th November 2019 Results ##

Surrey League LadiesMitcham Common played host to the second Surrey League Cross Country match of the season for division one and two ladies on Saturday morning.  The earlier fog had cleared by the time a full complement of BA ladies gathered near the start line.  The weather remained bright for the senior women's race but there was still mud to be found along the 2lap, 6k course.

The course was deceptively difficult with fast, flat sections interspersed with short, steep climbs.  The twisting course formed a figure of eight over the man-made hills created by the tipping of waste. From the highest hill runners were rewarded with views of Bidder’s Pond and their fellow competitors.  After one last climb the route took the perimeter of a large field before passing the start line for a second lap.

Christine Munden

position race number first-name surname club age-category time
1 - - - - - 21:26
62 1232 Julie Barclay BAW V55 28:10
171 1250 Vera Simms BAW V55 34:16
187 1249 Janice Jones BAW V50 35:26
194 1464 Janet Cunningham EAL V55 35:48
227 1240 Christine Munden BAW V45 40:06
232 1233 Kelly Davis BAW V35 41:24
239 - - - - - 47:01

Next event - 11th January on Wimbledon Common at 13:00 (probably).

# Round the Block Club Points update

The club is what its members put into it and we are approaching the end of the annual "Round-the-Block" points competition which rewards members for their contribution. The top of the table has the same three names as finished in the top three last year. Last year it was Steve Newell ahead of myself, ahead of Steve Hillier. This year we look like finishing in a different order but there could still be some interchange so I won't let on about who is at the top. I will mention that Steve Hillier is well ahead on the events contributed to with 31 events out of the 47 that the club has been involved with so far this year.

Special mention this month to Gary Rushmer, Barry Walters, Julie Barclay and Piers Keenleyside who have all reached the ten-point threshold for recognition. There are now 21 club members who have achieved that mark this year, and six or seven could yet join by the end of the year. Last year we only had twenty runners reaching or exceeding ten points so that is already an improvement.

It is also good to see individuals who have significantly increased their contribution year-on-year, either because they are relatively new at the club or because they had an off year last year. I'll list Christine Munden, Maarten Stenham, Barry Walters and Michael Ball for increasing their contributions by at least 100%.

There are probably just four points scoring events left this year - the 5-mile handicaps on 20th November and 11th December, December's ROM (Perivale Five on 1st December - now full) and the CIE, the pre-Christmas Social Mile race, on 18th December.

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC Quiz:   Wednesday 20th November 2018, Bedfont Club - PLEASE RESPOND

It’s time for our annual quiz, at the Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club, close to Hatton Cross.   It is on the east side of Hatton Road and the entrance to its large car park is opposite the Duke of Wellington pub. The postcode is TW14 9QT.

The quiz will start at 8pm, following our Five Mile handicap run (6pm to 7:15pm).  Food will be provided before or during the quiz.  Please contact Steve beforehand if you have specific dietary requirements.

Note that BA Clubs will be holding a "Members Mingle" at the venue between 6pm and 8pm, so you have the option of hearing news from them before the quiz. Current members of BA Clubs will be asked to "sign-in" but will be given a complimentary drink. Non-members of BA Clubs - please buy your own drink and listen quietly!

As usual the quiz will be run by Steve and Linda Hillier and will be raising funds for our White Lodge charity.  As last year, we will be recommending a minimum donation of £5 for each adult (remember, you are getting fed!).  The team size will be between four and six – come as a team or join up with some others on the night.  No-one will be left out.

Please can you let Steve know if you are considering taking part, so we can order the right amount of food.

Steve Hillier

Roderick Hoffman obo Athletics Club Committee

Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th November 2019

Member 9th Nov. parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Caroline Cockram Bedfont Lakes 55 00:25:19 66.23%
TRUE Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 4 00:19:56 64.80% M-4
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes Finish Tokens / still on #499
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 341 00:30:59 53.63%
TRUE Sarah GORDON Braunstone 268 00:31:59 61.54% run #246, 79th at Braunstone
TRUE Zoe OSTLEY Brooklands 226 00:34:35 53.06% run #237, 7th at Brooklands
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 751 00:28:40 54.53%
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN California Country 87 00:28:54 55.02% 4th '54 finish of the year, park #287
TRUE Mike Dennison Chippenham 9 00:20:29 79.01% M-9, park #39, BA park #538
TRUE Paul TIMMS Cirencester 33 00:24:42 62.75%
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 59 00:25:01 55.83% run #249, 208th at Crane Park
TRUE Scott DAVISON Crane Park 89 00:26:28 54.85%
TRUE Alice BANKS Dinton Pastures 112 00:28:26 70.22%
TRUE John Lennon Guildford 512 00:35:38 44.25% 10th run at Guildford, 4th in last six weeks
TRUE Alastair Heslop Guildford Run Director
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 237 00:26:42 61.11%
TRUE Steve NEWELL Gunnersbury 527 00:57:44 32.82% Tail Walker
TRUE Maria Jovani Hanworth 13 00:21:32 72.52% F-1, 13th overall
TRUE Anne Bannister Hanworth 37 00:29:09 67.52%
TRUE Bob Bannister Hanworth 21 00:25:09 65.47% PB   course PB, 39 second improvement
TRUE James Shoulder Hanworth 5 00:20:03 64.34% M-5
TRUE David DUGGAN Hanworth 38 00:29:27 53.99%
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 260 00:37:57 58.67%
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow Run Director
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 58 00:29:27 66.78%
TRUE Benita Scaife Letchworth 100 00:36:08 56.09% run #166, park #64,  club rec (F)
TRUE John Scaife Letchworth 101 00:36:09 46.38% run #192,  park # 73
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 81 00:37:37 56.40%
TRUE Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 171 00:29:30 52.54%
#N/A Sarah KELLY Reading 267 00:43:26 44.05% PB   run #9, parkrun PB, 107 second improvement
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Reading 269 00:43:30 35.02%
TRUE Trish MCCABE Southwark 259 00:28:04 55.23% run #303, park #51, club rec (F)
TRUE Keith Johnson St Albans 133 00:25:15 57.95%

The latest round of cross-country league fixtures kept some of our runners away from parkrun this week or at least had them holding back some energy for later in the day.  The southeast was generally spared the wet and windy weather which caused cancellations elsewhere in UK although mud and puddles were in plentiful supply in some parks.   No-one managed an age grade over 80% this week. Mike Dennison (20:29, 79%) came closest with his first run at Chippenham, yet another to add to the club collection.  We are now up to 538.

Two of our members set female club records. Trish McCabe (28:04) at Southwark Park (near Canada Water) in London (and only a week after James Shoulder set a new men’s record with 19:47) and Benita Scaife (36:08) at Letchworth in Hertfordshire.

Ian Cockram is hovering on 499 runs (and was handing out finish tokens this week) but some landmarks have been passed relatively unnoticed in recent weeks.  Bob Bannister has now run at Bedfont Lakes 300 times (Ian Cockram, a mere 296!). Alan Anderson has now notched up 304 at Gunnersbury, Joe Nolan 308 at Black Park, Ian Cunningham 318 at Bushy and Chris Kelly 354 at Reading.  Ben Chaytow needs one more run for his 250 vest.  John Coffey, whose parkrun experience dates back to 2005, has reached the 350 mark.  His current favourite is Hazelwood (Sunbury) where he has now finished on 70 occasions out of the 85 runs held there.  He holds the VM75-79 course record with 27:08.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Full club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - UP TO DATE - Download and explore.

Roderick Hoffman

Marathon Results

Last week I mentioned that it had been the New York Marathon weekend. Once-upon-a-time the club would regularly field twenty or more runners in each New York Marathon but days were very different then. But it turns out that we did have at least one runner in this years' race...

New York Marathon

It’s an incredible event with probably the best crowd support of any road event I’ve taken part in. Many of the boroughs have street parties and live bands en route & the atmosphere is amazing. It’s an early start to get the ferry over to Staten Island, particularly if you are in the last wave to start, but whilst the weather was cool the sun was out and we were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over the City. Running back from Staten Island took us over several of the City’s stunning bridges & through 5 Boroughs ending in Central Park. To top off a lovely scenic run I was very pleased to get a new PB of 4:45:08.

Jain Reid

So, your weekend run was wet or muddy...

Sarah Gordon Wolf Run

Sarah Gordon took part in the Winter Wolf Run (weekend 2nd/3rd) and as you can see, any dampness underfoot that you experienced at the weekend was trivial in comparison. Challenged on why she was still able to smile, she admitted to having a wetsuit on underneath.

Running shorts

  • THIS Tuesday evening 12th is really the latest Street-O event in Battersea, meeting at the Duke of Cambridge pub from 18:00. Details: . Apologies for getting the week wrong last issue.
  • There are strong rumours that next year's World Airline Road Race will be in Hawaii on around 25th October. Start saving those airmiles.

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