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BA Athletics Club News Digest 13th November 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] [parkrun run by club members updated 4th October 2023]

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

You may note that we've added a NOW event for December - at Osterley on Thursday 7th December, meeting in front of Osterley House at 12:00 for a social jog or walk prior to a chat in the cafe.

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.

Monthly Mile (please submit your November Mile performance by the end of the month for publication in 4th December digest):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be somebody else's formal event or even one mile within a longer run. 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: [no need to submit if your best mile is one of the Arethusa miles, I'll check the tables].

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

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


This afternoon I was one of the members representing BAAC at a former member's final journey. Whilst a sad occasion, it was an opportunity to remember the good times and we re-met another former member, Denis Smithers, who some might remember.

Ladies Cross Country TeamSurrey League Cross Country Match 2 # Results


A sunny and fairly warm November day for the second Surrey XC of the season, hosted by Holland Sports in Oxted. Despite the sun, the rain of recent weeks had rendered the moderately open course extremely muddy! Mud and more mud, squelchy grass, puddles; heavy running for most of the 2-lap course, but it was gently undulating, good fun and enjoyed by most.

I am happy to report a great turnout of ladies! Joining regulars Julie, Jan, Emma and myself, were Christine Munden making a welcome return to the team, plus newcomers Chris Buckle and Felicity Brown. This saw us climb the league table to 12th out of 26 teams. Congratulations to Julie Barclay as first V60 finisher in Division 3, and to Emma Moreton as third V40.

Well done ladies. Hoping to see another good turnout for the next match on 13th January in Oxshott Woods.

Amanda Coombs

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 23:42
20 20 562 Emma Moreton V40 BAW BAW 29:16:00
33 33 570 Chris Buckle V45 BAW BAW 30:35:00
50 50 566 Julie Barclay V60 BAW BAW 32:03:00
65 65 569 Felicity Brown V40 BAW BAW 32:56:00
98 98 561 Amanda Coombs V55 BAW BAW 37:05:00
126 126 568 Jan Jones V55 BAW BAW 40:17:00
142 142 567 Christine Munden V50 BAW BAW 43:50:00
150 150 49:47:00

Surrey League Mens TeamMen

Paul Knechtl was 2nd V50, Mark Taylor was 5th V60.

BA finished 8th of 14 "A" teams with an airline specific 787 (and a half) points.

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 29:55:00
7 7 547 Adam Moquet V35 BAW BAW 31:41:00
16 16 548 Paul Knechtl V50 BAW BAW 33:12:00
71 68 553 Ben Kelly SEN BAW BAW 39:07:00
74 71 556 Tom Smith SEN BAW BAW 39:28:00
77 74 549 John Taylor V55 BAW BAW 39:41:00
81 78 550 Mark Taylor V60 BAW BAW 40:09:00
112 99 552 Chris Kelly V55 BAW BAW 42:05:00
173 121 551 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 60:23:00
175 122 558 Steve Hillier V65 BAW BAW 68:07:00

Recent Activity Achievements

10 members' achievements were communicated to me, though for many the achievement of the week was the cross country runs featured above.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Mon 6th Nov muddy Cross Country in 70m 19s. Tues 7th two fast walks in our estate in 10.31 and 10.33. Fri 10th cross country in 41m 9s.
Barry Walters Various Local Leisure Centre Thur Currently taking part in the Everyone Active nationwide November running challenge. After the first week I am 55th out of 169 participants with 10.25k completed. As I am recovering from injury I thought this would be good motivation to help me progress.  In a rest day from running I did a one-hour body balance session consisting of tai chi, pilates and yoga (more relaxing than my usual workouts).
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km Kingston Sat am We did Kingston parkrun for the first time. Also the first parkrun we’ve done that has a start where you line up according to estimated time…
John Scaife parkrun 5km Kingston Sat am …which worked as the Thames Path course wasn’t too congested even in the early stages.
Emma Moreton  Race Oxted - Surrey League Cross Country Sat pm Cross-country at Oxted - muddiest one yet!
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Marathon Istanbul 05:56:43
Petra Otto Gym Just gym twice, including walking on the treadmill, and general weight training. Hamstring no better, feeling more and more frustrated, after 2+ months…
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Victoria Park RunThrough Sun am 01:48:01 A few too many laps for my liking - Six and a half! Finished in 1:48:01 and was 1st MV65.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 12.5km Harrow Weald Post Boxes Thur 01:30:29 Another one of my training runs visiting all of the post boxes in an area - this time 27 of them in Harrow Weald and Wealdstone. Photo is a house I lived in when I was 10, passed on the way.
Stephen Taylor Running Half-M To, round and back from Northala Fields Sat am A parkrun sandwich, 5 miles to Northala Fields and 5 miles back. Northala had a last minute route change as the police had closed off part of the course and in attempting to make sure it wasn't short they added too much so it was about 0.6k too long. I finished in 32:54 with 3.52miles showing on the watch.

Week Achievement Photos

parkrun Results for Saturday 11th November

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment / TUE Comment
Paul WATT Beckton 530 5 0:21:49 72.27% Guess watt; BA fastest male (from Roderick).  Park #168, P-Index is 5
Julie BARCLAY Beckton 530 16 0:24:22 78.52% First lady. 5th/89 in her age group all time list at Beckton. BA fastest lady and age grade (from Trish and Roderick).  Park #171, P-Index is 5.
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 666 1 0:19:26 67.15% Former member. 1st at Bedfont Lakes "666".  4th parkrun career 1st place
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 666 Car Park Marshal at Bedfont Lakes (non-running, ahead of the cross-country)
Joe NOLAN Black Park 685 172 0:28:13 61.13% run #442, 395th run at Black Park.  P-Index is 4
Mike DENNISON Bushy Park 956 45 0:19:47 84.75% 302nd run at Bushy, second best Age Grade at Bushy, ever
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 956 50 0:19:54 75.29% 374th run at Bushy
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 956 106 0:21:06 76.78% 31st run at Bushy, F8, P-Index is 8
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 956 402 0:25:41 63.01% 418th run at Bushy
Diana Smith Bushy Park 956 1327 0:48:15 49.36% run 45, all at Bushy, best Age Grade so far
Steve NEWELL Catford 216 177 0:48:36 42.25% Wilson Index inches up to 217
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 531 11 0:22:15 64.72% run #353
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 531 54 0:26:03 57.52% run #439
Frankie HOGGE Finsbury Park 610 218 0:25:42 57.59% run #105, 3rd at Finsbury Park
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 493 Finish Tokens at Guildford
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 373 Finish Tokens at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 373 Finish Token Support at Harrow
David John BIRD Hazelwood 212 4 0:22:39 70.20% run #104, 2nd at Hazelwood
Adrian HAINES Ifield Mill Pond 141 5 0:20:06 77.11% run #89. 14th run at IMP
Benita SCAIFE Kingston 634 222 0:32:30 66.31% first run at Kingston, One place higher than last week (at a different parkrun), park #110
John SCAIFE Kingston 634 223 0:32:31 53.61% first run at Kingston, One place higher than last week (at a different parkrun), park #118
Alice BANKS Maidenhead 381 176 0:30:03 70.60% 74th run at Maidenhead
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 558 659 0:49:32 33.04% run #243, 204th at Nonsuch
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 419 108 0:32:51 48.81% run #160, 107th at Northala Fields
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 449 235 0:46:19 35.23% 52nd run at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 449 237 0:48:39 56.01% 131st run at Osterley
Fiona Bishop Pymmes 583 38 0:25:06 80.74% 11th run at Pymmes, P-Index is 5
Christopher T KELLY Reading 615 180 0:39:33 39.87% 412th run at Reading, P-Index is 6
David Cowell Rushcliffe 512 3 0:19:10 74.00% 4 seconds outside his record there last December.
Harjit Jhooti Rushmere 343 107 0:38:25 47.11% first run at Rushmere, BA fastest lady (from Sarah), park #105
Melanie Miller Rushmere 343 120 0:42:09 42.94% first run at Rushmere (Leighton Buzzard), park #142
Bob BANNISTER Southall 92 22 0:25:10 67.88% run #483, first at Southall
David DUGGAN Southall 92 52 0:32:48 50.20% run #487, 18th at Southall, P-Index is 6
Anne Bannister Southall 92 53 0:32:51 63.62% run #301, 1st at Southall
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Stockley Country 43 17 0:27:32 61.50% first run at Stockley Country
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 43 Timekeeper at Stockley Country
Sarah GORDON Stratford-upon-Avon 322 324 0:38:29 54.31% 2nd run at Stratford-on-Avon
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 158 27 0:23:04 69.51% ninth run this year at Tetbury Goods Shed
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 391 164 0:28:44 62.18% run #147, 109th at Woking, P-Index is 3

parkrun Review 11th November 2023

Achieving “Londone” requires dedication over a long period, more than a year if you are starting from scratch.  New parkruns occasionally spring up but not so many these days as every borough except for Kensington-and-Chelsea and Westminster now have a parkrun. Currently, there are 62 parkruns and 40 junior parkruns operating within the London boroughs.  Paul Watt (21:49) and Julie Barclay (24:22) visited Beckton (near the Royal Albert Dock in East London) this week and are now up to 58 London parkruns, leaving just four to do.  One of the runs left to do is Wormwood Scrubs which some readers will associate with muddy cross-countries in past winters (or summers!) but also the fine Linford Christie Stadium and the homely Thames Valley Harriers clubhouse where our old friend Ron Hopcroft is still remembered.  Former member Mike Lawrence can sometimes be found there as a volunteer or even a runner.  Like so many other places, car parking is no longer free on Saturdays but street parking is reported as possible in nearby Braybrook Street.  The Westfield shopping centre is nearby and trips to the North Pole can also be organized.  This could be a great venue for the finale if we knew when!  Prison and maternity hospital both close by!

Many of our members live in a “Home County” and visiting every parkrun in a particular county, perhaps the one you actually reside in, is a more meaningful and achievable target to set your sights on.  I’ll start this subject off by looking at Surrey in particular and move on to others, such as Berkshire and Hertfordshire in future weeks.  If anyone can find fault with the analysis, please get in touch.

The 5km parkruns in Surrey, as currently defined, listed North to South, are Hazelwood, Homewood, Brooklands, Nonsuch, Woking, Banstead Woods, Frimley Lodge, Mole Valley, Guildford, Reigate Priory, Broadwater and Cranleigh. Some are fairly flat, others far more challenging!  Historically, Surrey included much of what is now regarded as South London and part of the Londone catchment area.  Riddlesdown is “border-line” – only part of the course is in current Surrey and is classified as a Londone parkrun.  In pre-postcode days Surrey and Middlesex were legitimate parts of postal addresses.  Hazelwood (Sunbury) was moved from Middlesex to Surrey within living memory for most of us.  Alice Holt is in Hampshire but retains Surrey in its postal address!

Those on tour this week included Benita (32:30) and John Scaife (32:31) at Kingston, Harjit Jhooti (38:25) and Melanie Miller (42:09) and Rushmere in Bedfordshire, a county we will look at in depth some other time.

My nominee for performance of the week goes to Di Smith, a London Marathoner in the last century, who has come to parkrunning in her senior years.  She only goes to Bushy Park, walking to the start from home and strolling back from the finish afterwards.  She is closing in on her “50” T-shirt and on run #45 achieved her best age-grade %.  Never give up!

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - Surrey parkruns

Ian Cunningham and myself have run at all 12 Surrey parkruns. In my case eight of the twelve only on one occasion each.

Having run 11 of the 12, and with the missing parkrun in brackets, are Julie Barclay (Reigate Priory), Steve Newell (Cranleigh, recently restarted), Barry Walters (Banstead Woods), Trish McCabe (Frimley Lodge), Mike Dennison (Reigate Priory), Maria Jovani (Reigate Priory) and Melanie Miller (Cranleigh).

Paul Watt is on ten, having missed Homewood as well as Reigate Priory.

 79 members and former members have run at least one Surrey parkrun and the most frequented is Homewood with 45 club runners, Woking with 40 and Brooklands with 38. Only 14 club runners have run Reigate Priory and 15 Cranleigh.

A proposal for a Club Featured parkrun is invited.

Roderick Hoffman


Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor - almost a record, two letters this week

Dear all at BAAC,

I hope you are all well.

Just a little update from me; I've not been participating in events recently due to an injury sustained almost a month ago. It was an accident sustained on my push bike on my commute to Waterside. A transit van ran my foot over on the Stanwell Moor roundabout! Fractured my right foot in three places, but not as painful as it sounds thankfully. Bike is a write off as it took the impact, just as well it did really.

I've just gone without the moonboot, and am now limping around quite well. Hopefully back running in the New Year is my guess.

I'm gutted, as this is my favourite season for running with the XC and 5 Mile Handicap races.

Thankfully the newsletter and WhatsApp group messages keep me fully informed on how we're doing, so that's much appreciated.

See you all soon!

Maarten Stenham

Ed: I replied to Maarten on behalf of the club to wish him a full recovery and to remind him that non-runners will be welcome at our Christmas do at Bedfont on 20th December.

‘It’s a civil rights story’: how the New York City Marathon became a bastion of diversity:

> theguardian 2023 nov 07: new-york-city-marathon-running-for-civil-rights-exhibit


 David Barnard Home Farm Cholesbury

"Running for Civil Rights" is an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society until 25th February 2024

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