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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th January 2016


  • Saturday 16th January - Cross Country League matches* for men and women
  • Wednesday 20th January - Forrester "4-way folly" from Heston Venue* at 18:00
  • Tuesday 26th January - Round-the-Block* from Heston Venue at 12:30

New members and non-members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.  The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml (updated 24th Dec).

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Early Notice - Heart Throb Hash "Pokerchase" 10th February

This year's Heart Throb Hash will see a return of the Pokerchase after a one year break.

As with previous versions the action will be limited to a maximum of one hour with all dealers out in the neighbourhood heading back to the club at 7 p.m.

This year there will be new dealing/swapping locations aimed at making the event more inclusive and giving the slightly slower runners more opportunities to build a better poker hand.

Even when the weather is cold the event is always a lot of fun.  We need another couple of volunteers to be dealers so if you fancy something different on 10th February please contact me at


BAAC Awards Evening - 24th February 2016

This year's awards evening will be on 24th February and be at the Heston Venue from 20:00 after that evening's 5 mile handicap run.  Could everyone who won a trophy last year please return it to Steve Hillier directly or via a committee member.

This year there will be a new trophy handed out to the club member considered to have contributed or participated most to parkrun over the year.

Please put February 24th into your diaries.

Dream Mile Results - 7th January 2016

Hi All,

Thursday was probably the windiest day we have had while doing the mile. There were not just strong gusts as we’ve had in the past, but a constant strong head wind for the whole mile. Richard Ruffell wasn't able to run due to a meeting in Waterside but observed trees being bent over by the wind during the time we were running. This meant pretty much everyone’s time was slower than their bests. However, bucking the tread was Colin Russell who managed to knock another 2 seconds of his PB, recording a time of 7:03. He was hoping to go under 7 minutes, but surely will do that next time if the wind drops. We also had a new runner taking park in Billy Parker-Brown and he opened his account with a credible 6:19. Hope you enjoyed your first day at work and are able to join us in the future.

Previous Best Time Last recorded time 08-Jan-15 Difference Best Time
Colin Russell 00:07:07 00:07:07 00:07:05 -02 seconds 00:07:05
Billy Parker-Brown 00:06:19 00:06:19
Toby Houghton 00:06:16 00:06:16 00:06:45 +29 seconds 00:06:16
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:08 00:07:40 00:08:09 +29 seconds 00:07:08
Chris Kelly 00:05:42 00:06:12 00:06:54 +42 seconds 00:05:42
Paul Knechtl 00:04:56 00:05:29 00:06:19 +50 seconds 00:04:56
Matthew Stratful 00:05:43 00:05:49 00:06:39 +50 seconds 00:05:43
Neil Frediani 00:06:34 00:06:55 00:07:45 +50 seconds 00:06:34
Dave Bird 00:05:52 00:06:20 00:07:30 +70 seconds 00:05:52
Sharon Kassemzadeh 00:06:47 00:06:51 00:08:12 +81 seconds 00:06:47

Next event will be on 4th February 2016.

Paul Knechtl

[Roderick adds - "who forgot to tell Colin that we had agreed to use the wind as an excuse for an easy time last week - we'd have got away with it if it wasn't for him"].

Winter Handicap run 9th December results

09-Dec-15 Handicap run time Time gap from handicap Rank this month Points this month Total points Next Start time
Alan Anderson 53:00 52:41 00:19 10 19 52 52:30
Tony Barnwell 50:00 52:51 02:51 1 10 10 53:00
Scott Davidson 36:30 39:01 02:31 3 12 28 39:00
Neil Frediani 40:30 39:50 00:40 8 17 30 40:00
Alan Friar 46:00 45:53 00:07 12 22 46 46:00
Eddie Giles 43:30 42:10 01:20 5 14 14 42:00
Steve Hillier 49:00 46:34 02:26 4 13 33 46:30
Piers Keenleyside 37:30 38:11 00:41 7 16 57 38:00
Steve Newell 50:30 50:36 00:06 13 25 41 50:30
Richard Ruffell 36:00 35:00 01:00 6 15 55 35:00
Gary Rushmer 35:00 34:34 00:26 9 18 18 34:30
Rina Vyas 49:00 46:24 02:36 2 11 11 46:30
Harry Wild 44:00 43:53 00:07 11 20 63 44:00

The next Winter Handicap run is on Wednesday 27th January.  After three runs the champion from last year isn't currently leading this year's event (but isn't doing a Chelsea).

Club parkrun results for Saturday 9th January 2016

9th Jan family & friends time parkrun comment grade
Alan Anderson 31:56 Black Park run #393, age cat rec 66%
Alice Banks 26:02 Black Park #DFYB 72%
Barbara Allen 41:00 Black Park run #400, tail runner (normal time around 30 mins) 42%
Tony Barnwell 35:49 Black Park run #96 51%
Eddie Giles 31:57 Black Park run #65 53%
Roderick Hoffman 31:12 Black Park run #190 54%
Steve Newell 32:36 Black Park run #205 55%
Joe Nolan 31:57 Black Park run #250 50%
Janet Smith volunteer Black Park timekeeper
Scott Davison 23:30 Bedfont Lakes run #147 60%
Gary Rushmer 20:39 Bedfont Lakes run #56, 7th (M-6) 74%
David Duggan volunteer Bedfont Lakes Run director
John Coffey 25:33 Bushy Park run #199 72%
Jonathan Cox 22:06 Bushy Park run #260 70%
Ian Cunningham 30:43 Bushy Park run #226 64%
Ben Chaytow 21:38 Crane Park run #122 63%
Julie Barclay 23:16 Frimley Lodge run #60, F-3 74%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning
Kerstin Luksch 21:02 Gunnersbury run #168, F-3 71%
Denis Foxley 25:32 Harrow run #28 66%
Joan Foxley 34:36 Harrow run #22 61%
Piers Keenleyside 25:04 Hobart BA park #221 63%
Chris Kelly 20:13 Northampton park #29, club course rec 73%
Sreeram Sethuraman 32:36 Upton Court run #68 41%
Kevin Holland 30:48 Woking run #34 55%
John Lennon 28:10 Wycombe Rye run #190, first at Wycombe 54%

While some parkruns were cancelled because of the weather (e.g. ice in Perth, Scotland) this week the wet but mild weather continued in London and SE England and winter has yet to bite.  Make the most of it, it may not last.

The main focus for the club this Saturday was at Black Park where we had six runners join Joe Nolan who was celebrating his 250th parkrun.  He's already said he's not keen on the colour of the new shirts and he will have to press on to get a 500 one before he can think of taking it easy.  Alan Anderson accepted the offer of Joe's pacing skills and broke the MV80 course record by about two minutes.  Some photos were taken. Janet Smith, who boasts a 4-digit barcode number, was one of the timekeepers.  Our fastest runner on the morning, Alice Banks, is still two runs away from her "50" vest after suffering early onset Alzheimers earlier in the morning and forgetting to bring her barcode.  It can happen and there is no mercy these days.  Donate generously (and get it tattooed on your wrist).  At least her time didn't improve on the club ladies best at Black Park - a time she set [see the spreadsheet or the club map for club bests at all parkruns].

Black Park was muddy and puddly and very congested at the start.  It was one of several parks with a record attendance (582) this week.  Southampton also had a record turnout of 854, up from 773, and so takes the mantle of second biggest UK parkrun from Hull.

Chris Kelly was our fastest runner this week as he visited Northampton where his 20:15 was good enough for 16th place in a record field of 369.  Gary Rushmer (20:39) was 7th at Bedfont Lakes where there were a more typical 134 runners (cf 2nd Jan: 135, 19th December: 136, 6th Dec: 133).

Julie Barclay (23:16) was third lady to reach the finish funnel at Frimley and so was Kerstin Luksch (21:02) at Gunnersbury, another parkrun with a record turnout (442).  Maybe there was a coachload of Walsall supporters making a day of it! There were 1214 runners at Bushy Park, the fourth highest turnout ever and including Ian Cunningham (30:43) and John Coffey (25:33).  John was the first runner from BAAC to try a parkrun back on Christmas Eve 2005 and has now done 199.  [Ed: It's a reasonable guess that John will be doing his 200th at Bushy next Saturday.  If you are there then cheer him on and also my BA colleague Andrew Jordon who will be doing his 100th].

And lastly, the first to finish this week was Piers Keenleyside(25:04) down-under in Hobart, Tasmania (GMT + 11).  The club total moves on to 221. Tasmania becomes the fifth region in Australia that club members have run in (including Singapore). Daniela is currently in Queensland but has yet to do a parkrun there.

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Joe's 50th at Black Park on Saturday 9th January

Just a quick thank you to everyone who came over to Black Park on Saturday to celebrate my 250th parkrun, I felt really honoured, and crikey how time flies to have done this many.  Very pleasing to run with Eddie G and Alan A, and Alan getting the age group record at Black Park.

Joe Nolan at Black Park 9th Jan 2016

Left to right - Roderick Hoffman, Eddie Giles, Joe "250" Nolan, Barbara "400" Allen, Alan "only 393" Anderson, Janet Smith and Steve Newell. Not edited into the photograph – Alice “#DFYB” Banks.

Barbara Allen was celebrating her 400th run on Saturday, exactly 10 years to the day/date that she begun these at Bushy Park!  Barbara did work for BA years ago too. On Saturday she ran as tail runner, is in my pacer squad and is also involved with the admin of the BP event (often result processor), and is doing the country to capital 42 miler next Saturday!

Joe Nolan

Joe has now joined the parkrun "250" club which now has 456 members including Barbara Allen, Alan Anderson, Chris Kelly and Jonathon Cox.  There is still only one member of the "500" club with the next highest runner still having 21 runs to do to join. Barbara is 14th on the all time list, Alan is currently 16th and former member David Tyas is 19th.

 parkrun Tourism

A "tourist parkrun" is any parkrun that you do on a small number of occasions other than your home parkrun. In order to claim to be a "parkrun tourist" you need to have done either 30 different parkruns or 20 different UK parkruns and hence appear on either the International Most Events table ( ) or the UK Most Events table ( ) (non-UK registered parkrunners have equivalent tables for their countries).  The following is an extract from the international table:

seq. Runner parkrun Club Events Total Runs Comment
1 Paul FREYNE parkrun 250 Club 282 326 Most International parkruns
2 Paul FIELDING parkrun 250 Club 269 291 Most UK parkruns with 264
10 Chris COWELL parkrun 250 Club 163 338 First to 100 - hence 100 tourist runs is known as a "Cowell"
13 Ian GIGGS parkrun 250 Club 159 316 (see below)
26 Roderick HOFFMAN parkrun 100 Club 138 190  
36 Gregory BAILEY parkrun 100 Club 124 124 124 in 124 and still going!
163 Steve NEWELL parkrun 100 Club 65 205  
225 Sarah GORDON parkrun 50 Club 56 91 Roderick's sister
269 Richard RUFFELL parkrun 100 Club 51 101  
447 Caroline COCKRAM parkrun 100 Club 39 212  

UK members of the unofficial parkrun tourists club are allowed to join the UK parkrun Tourists facebook page ( ).  There is no free T Shirt for parkrun tourists but they can order a "Cow Cowl" for themselves at!cowhead-shop/c1kjl - I'm wearing mine in the photo above...though they look better than that really!

Chris Kelly has done 29 parkruns so will shortly appear in the International table - unless they change the classification which they do every-so-often when the list grows too long.

Roderick Hoffman

Running Shorts

Cliveden Cross Country 10th January provisional results

Pos Bib Surname Fname Time Gender GenPos AgeCat CatPos Club Comment
1 2 Miller Alex 0:36:10 Male 1 0-39 1 Belgrave Harriers  
17 1 Amend Samantha 0:41:04 Female 1 0-39 1 Belgrave Harriers Instrumental at Wycombe Rye parkrun
38 143 Giggs Ian 0:43:38 Male 35 0-39 19 Reading Roadrunners parkrun tourist (see above)
260 203 Scaife John 0:55:57 Male 209 60-69 27   BAAC
370 49 Nolan Joe 1:00:53 Male 266 60-69 32 British Airways AC  
567 516 Bartkiw Iryna 1:17:40 Female 225 50-59 40   BA
583 484 Smith Janet 1:20:44 Female 237 50-59 42 Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC BAAC
597 714 Read Michael 1:32:49 Male 349 70plus 4    
(597 finishers out of approximately 700 entrants)


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