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BA Athletics Club News Digest 12th July 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


For Coronavirus related restrictions and advice see News_Coronavirus_Guidance_May_2021.shtml. This should be the last week we have such constraints.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

This Week's and Future Solo Events

Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to Some events, such as the weekend achievement, 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.

Solo Mile (submit before Monday 18th July):

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. Alternately join me at the in-person event this Wednesday 14th June at Feltham Track with a planned start time for the mile of 18:30. Parking is straightforward, facilities are few. Or depart from the Bedfont Club at 18:10 for the 2km warm-up. This will be followed by drinks in the Bedfont Club from about 19:30 (in groups of six).

Mile Participant Location Date Start Time Duration/Time Comment

Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

BAAC AGM and Awards, August 11th, Bedfont Club

You are encouraged to join us for this year's AGM, to be held at Bedfont on Wednesday 11th August.  It will be followed by the presentation of our 2020 Awards.  Come and see who has lifted the could be you!

The attached agenda shows nominations received so far for the committee posts.  Further nominations are welcome, particularly for the currently vacant posts.  Please make all efforts to join us and hear what the club has been up to, in spite of lockdown.

Steve Hillier

2021 AGM and Awards Agenda

Veteran’s League Track & Field – Perivale, 7th July

The last match of our Vet’s league season took place last Wednesday.  It managed to clash with England’s semi-final against Denmark in the Euros.  The organiser agonised over a postponement, however chose to go ahead.  Three years ago the corresponding fixture was postponed, when it clashed with our World Cup semi-final, which England lost.  It was decided that it may be a lucky omen to carry on, and it worked!

Despite the clash, the general turnout at Perivale was good, with the long-suffering officials giving up their evening to allow us our fun.  BAAC’s numbers were again reduced by injury, so Julie, Fiona and Paul all tackled the 200m and 800m, joined by Steve on the shorter event.   Fiona set two new club record marks, and went on to run solo in the 3000m.  Steve retreated to the infield, and managed to beat his and Eddie’s shared shot put club record by a whole centimetre.

Everyone was home in time to see the second half excitement at Wembley.

This wraps up our Vets League season, but you are all invited to take part in our remaining Rosenheim League matches:

  • Weds 21st July   Second Rosenheim Match at Sutton
  • Weds 18th Aug  Third Rosenheim Match at Kingston
  • Weds 1st Sept    Final Rosenheim Match at Walton

Let me know if you can take part in any of these events.  Thanks!

> Steve Hillier

Results from Vets League Track & Field at Perivale on 7th July 2021

Event BAAC Participant Age group Time/Distance Position
200m W50 Julie Barclay W55 38.3 5th
200m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 43.0 5th CR
200m M50 Paul Watt M55 31.7 3rd
200m M60 Steve Hillier M65 38.8 7th
800m W50 Julie Barclay W55 3:03.6 3rd
800m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 3:40.3 5th CR
800m M50 Paul Watt M55 2:34.3 4th
3000m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 15:41.7 5th
Javelin M60 Steve Hillier M65 17.12 5th
Shot M60 Steve Hillier M65 7.73 3rd CR

NOW Event at Denham Country Park from 12:00 on Wednesday 28th July

Simon Turton is our host:

"For the next NOW meet up on the 28 Jul, I’m going to use Denham country park as the base. I’ve been there a couple of times and recced a 5km run that takes in Denham village, Buckinghamshire golf course and the Grand Union canal. I’m avoiding a couple of minor paths as they’re a little overgrown and the council don’t seem to be very proactive in keeping them clear. Importantly, there’s a café in the country park so good for post run refreshments: "

Meet in the car park at 12:00 - and if you tell us to expect you we'll wait for you if you are late. Post code: UB9 5PG.

Roderick obo Simon

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 9th to 12th July 2021

Only 16 activities recorded - but we have been picking up some injuries recently...and I'm not including parkrun results in this table (see below).

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Barry Walters Running 9km Windsor Great Park Sat am 00:54:15 Ran this at a steady pace with Graham Taylor who is recovering from a long term knee injury. Felt ok for most of the way just tiring towards the end and conditions were good with no wind and light rain.
Benita Scaife Running 5.6km Local Sat am 00:44:03 Not so much a run as a plod around our local farm.
Chris Kelly Orienteering 5.68miles Jennett's Park, Bracknell Sat am 00:57:30 See Simon Turton's entry
Denis Foxley Running 5miles Ruislip Woods Sun am 00:57:00
Harjit Jhooti  Race 51.44km Race to the Stones Sun 09:22:38 Day one. "Next year I will do the full 100k."
Ian Cunningham  Race 23km Lakeland Trail 03:35:21 See * below.
Joan Foxley Running 5miles Ruislip Woods Sun am 01:10:00
Julie Barclay Running 13km Wellesley Trail / Basingstoke Canal Sat 01:12:00 Training run
Kelly Davis Running 19km Reservoirs and Thames path Sat 02:26:00 Almost died! Just kidding. Its getting a little easier and running buddies help massively.
Michael Ball Sprints 100metres Bracknell track
Paul Watt Running 13km Wellesley Trail / Basingstoke Canal Sat 01:12:00 Training run
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Richmond Park Sun 02:05:56 Run Through Events - 3rd in the male V60 age category.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5km Poole Park Fri am 00:31:00 Poole parkrun freedom run - on their revised course, so new that they didn't do the test run of it until the following day.
Simon Turton Orienteering 8.39km Jennett's Park, Bracknell Sat am 00:47:57 Urban Orienteering - a Berkshire Orienteering Club (BKO) organised event with 56 competitors across three courses. Drizzly weather but pleased with my run
Stephen Taylor Running 18miles Denham Roundabout return Sat 03:12:41 A run to visit the graffiti walls under the A40 near the Denham Roundabout. Tough going at the end.
Steve Hillier Running 2miles Rayners Lane Sun 00:20:14 Plus on Friday Linda and I cycled 13 miles to Bulls Bridge and back on the Grand Union Canal.

Weekend Achievements

* The picture of Ian "Magician's Apprentice" Cunningham is thanks to Janet Cunningham who posted it on Facebook. Janet reports that she had run the Lakeland Trail 23k finishing in 4:06:10, I've taken Ian's result off from the event website.

 Roderick Hoffman

River Relay 2021 now OPEN for entries


The Stragglers are delighted to announce that entries are OPEN for the River Relay 2021 which will take place on Sunday 5th September.

We are really excited to be able to host this relay race again this year, and would love it if you were able to enter a team, or two, or lots!

Please let me know if you would like to enter a team (and how many) and I will send you a link to the entry form(s).

Just a reminder, the *rules* state teams must be mixed and consist of 5 people.  You need at least one woman, the others can be a woman, a Veteran (over 40) but not more than 3 Senior Men. All team members must be at least 18 years of age. The entry fee is unchanged from previous years at £10 per affiliated runner (£12 non) so £50 for most teams, with all proceeds from the race (after expenses) going to charity.

The Route

The race starts at 9:00 AM from the Chapel of St Mary Magdalene on Lock Path at Boveney. It finishes at the Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston. This distance is approximately 26.5 miles - just over a full marathon!

If anyone would like to be in a team for this then I'll be happy to put you in touch with each other - reply to me. I can't do it myself since I go on a holiday that day.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for weekend of Saturday 10th July 2021

Northern Ireland parkruns are up and running again and two members have lost little time in getting going again. Alice Banks (27:29, 73.74%) visited Portrush where the course is along a sandy beach (partner John also walked the course in just over 50 minutes). The club record continues to be held by Roderick Hoffman, just eight seconds faster.

David Duggan (32:40, 49.54%) went to the Stormont course overlooked by the Parliament Buildings. He will be writing the run report so keep an eye on the Stormont parkrun website.

It is currently assumed that most 5km parkruns in England will restart on Saturday 24th July with Scotland (probably) and Wales (possibly) following in August. Junior 2km parkruns (Sundays) have already restarted in all four home nations. Quite a few of the England parkruns are still awaiting landowner permission and will have to wait two weeks once permission has been granted to allow core teams to complete preparations and recruit full complements of volunteers some of whom will need retraining. [Ed: This map: shows parkruns currently with / without permission to restart]

parkruns in the London Area which may not be restarting along with the majority include Crane Park and Kingston, even after a plea from the local MP, and Old Deer Park - but all three have been listed by parkrun HQ as with permission to restart. (Royal) Victoria Dock is also awaiting clearance but is often affected by the London Triathlon anyway (scheduled 7th/8th August) and the status of the Nightingale Hospital at Excel as a vaccination centre and Barts Covid overflow could change if the infection rate continues to grow exponentially.

I’ll be on holiday for the next two weeks. The cruise round the British Isles is not going to be as originally advertised. The Saturday morning stop at Greenock where in good times the parkrun starts just outside the port gates has been deleted from the itinerary as the devolved administration is not allowing cruise ships to visit Scotland at the moment. A suggested diversion to the Isle of Man where the parkrun has been going again for several weeks didn’t get approved either.

Steve Newell

BA Athletics Club Records - Triple Jump

The hop, skip and jump, to give it its alternative name.

TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (OPEN) Triple Jump Anne Hurn 10.09m Rosenheim Woking Jul-00 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV45) Triple Jump Natalie Lang 6.85m Grand Prix Eton Jul-07 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (OPEN & MV40) Triple Jump Adrian Haines 11.82m Rosenheim Eton Jul-09 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45 & MV50) Triple Jump Paul Goldsmith 8.84m DEFRA Battersea Sep-02 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV55 & MV60) Triple Jump Paul Goldsmith 8.50m BA Champs Eton Sep-08 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65) Triple Jump Eddie Giles 6.65 Grand Prix Uxbridge Apr-14 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV75) Triple Jump Tony Barnwell 3.76 Grand Prix Uxbridge Apr-18 NEW


To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately measured and the participant has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in an in-house organised event). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to compete in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs). If you know better, please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions:

Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Brandon

We have never experienced this before...

Last Thursday evening Julie and I ran a 5k at Dinton Pastures. It was the third monthly race of a four race series and after two races we are both in first place of the W50 and M50 table and therefore we were both in the mood to hold onto our leads. There is also a 10k option which is two laps of the 5k course.

The course was changed due to flooding around the lakes and a lead cyclist led the way. We were set off in waves with the fastest 10k (sub 40 minutes) first and then the fastest 5k (sub 24 minutes) and followed by alternating groups of 10k/5k runners of progressively slower paces.

We were both near the front and after 400m there is a fork in the path and we followed the runners in front who were chasing the cyclist but two minutes later the cyclist, with runners in pursuit, sped past me in the opposite direction…….he had taken the wrong turning! We all turned round and started to regain our rhythms until we reached the fork in the path where we then met the slower runners who had just started. The cyclist turned up the correct path but now the faster runners were now behind the slower runners/joggers and we came to a grinding halt. Some of us started to barge our way to the front again but all in vain. Then, for a second time, the cyclist came at me from the other direction but this time shouting that the race would restart and again we all turned round and returned to where we had come.

After the initial shock, anger and disgust, the mood changed to a less stressed one of fun and acceptance…these things happen. Barnes Fitness who organise the event were very apologetic and they paid for everybody to have a free ice cream from the Mr. Whippy van and arranged extra time for our car park tickets with the lurking parking attendants(£1:35 per hour)….they could not have done any more.
30 minutes late, the race restarted and all went well especially as we had run 2k before we actually started. All times were slower due to the flooding and the false starts but it was still a lovely run and Julie and I not only held our top positions but extended our leads.

Looking back it was quite funny and we have never experienced anything like this before. To be honest I was annoyed when it happened but probably nowhere near as bad as the poor cyclist must have felt.

One more race in August and fingers crossed.

The venue is Dinton Pastures, although not the same course as the parkrun. A very well organised and friendly event with chip-timing, medals and snacks at the end. It is well worth a run and you can enter online with Barnes Fitness.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay

Ed: The weather causing a disruption to a race is clearly a sign that we are returning to normal. In another sign the club was able to rent out its timing clock last week for a local event. The clock is available to rent for events, and half price for charity events. Contact me for details.

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