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BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th May 2018


  • Weekend 19th/20th ROM May Green Belt Relay (see below) #
  • Monday 21st T&F Grand Prix: 1500m & Shot Put Hillingdon Stadium from 18:00
  • Monday 28th Vitality 10,000 marshalling, Central London #

We are still meeting at Cranford Community Centre most Wednesdays for an informal run from 18:00, including May 16th and 23rd.

New members and potential 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.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]   /  # Club Points event

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Facebook: (formal "BARunner" page),  BA Runner Facebook Group (ask to join)

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

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Speedbird Ladies 9th May Results and Feedback #

Place Bib Name First name Last name Team name Category Gender Time
1 126 Sarah Urwin-Mann Sarah Urwin-Mann Reading AC F 45 Female 20:19.4
2 127 Maria Jovani Maria Jovani Runnymede Runners F 35 Female 21:08.2
3 89 Stephanie Muzzall Stephanie Muzzall Datchet Dashers F Senior Female 21:21.6
4 109 Julie Barclay Julie Barclay British Airways AC F 45 Female 22:32.1
7 122 Jacqueline Musselwhite Jacqueline Musselwhite British Airways AC F 45 Female 23:30.2
15 132 Guilaine Sheward Guilaine Sheward Walton AC F 45 Female 25:11.9
23 101 Trish McCabe Trish McCabe British Airways AC F 35 Female 27:16.1
41 137 Judy Turton Judy Turton British Airways AC F 45 Female 30:37.6
44 121 Christine Munden Christine Munden British Airways AC F 45 Female 30:58.0
45 102 Helen Smith Helen Smith British Airways AC F 55 Female 31:41.1
50 100 Petra Otto Petra Otto British Airways AC F 65 Female 32:26.9
51 113 Linda Baker Linda Baker British Airways AC F 55 Female 32:30.9
55 99 Monica Alonso Monica Alonso British Airways AC F 45 Female 33:54.6
59 88 Janet Smith Janet Smith Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC F 45 Female 36:01.7
...   60 Finishers            

2018 Speedbird Ladies raceFull Results:

Great turnout last Wednesday with 60 competitors including nine running for BAAC. We've had 39 for the last two years but lower numbers for the five years before then.  Records are sketchy before 2011 though I've found reference to a field of 64 back in 1988.  The weather was good for running though the winner was 2 seconds slower than last year, the time last year had been the fastest since 2012 (Sally Stubbs in 20:07).

Five teams finished and their times were very close. Shepperton Running Group was first over the line in a combined 1:11:31, then came Runnymede Runners in 1:12:50 and British Airways AC were third in 1:13:18.

Two sets of photographs:


  • Helle Jersild "As always a great event. Big thank you to the organisers and all the marshalls"
  • Ruth Goodwin "Thank you for a great well run event see you next year!"
  • Rachel Folkemer "A hidden gem of a race! The rose at the finish is a lovely touch!" {with apologies to those runners who didn't get a rose - we had only ordered 50}
  • Maria Jovani "Itís a lovely and friendly event on our doorstep. I really hope the number of participants keep growing and the weather stays as nice as yesterday"
  • Steve Barrington "Great event for the SRG Ladies especially the new ones as itís a good introduction to doing a mass run with the team"
  • Jean Knapp "My first time and Iíll certainly be back. Quite special indeed! The roses were a lovely touch :-)"
  • Janet Smith "It was great to see so many ladies out and even though I was near the back, I enjoyed it. Thanks to all the marshals and organisers."

Thanks to the marshals and other helpers: Alan Anderson, Ann Coffey, Ayee Tavares, Chris Kelly, Denis Foxley, Gary Rushmer, Graham Taylor, Harry Wild, Jagjit Singh, Joe Nolan, John Coffey, Kulbir Kaur, Marion Taylor, Neil Frediani, Paul Brandon, Paul Watt, Roderick Hoffman, Simon Turton, Steve Hillier, Steve Newell, Steve Taylor and Tom Rowley.

Roderick Hoffman

# Points (sometimes) win prizes...

Following two events in the last seven days (the Speedbird Ladies and the Club Featured parkrun) Joe Nolan has become the third club member to earn ten or more points in the calendar year Club Points table - he has now scored 12 points so "Thank you Joe". Also there has been a change at the top with Steve Newell overtaking me. There is one person on 9 points, and there is a points scoring event this Monday evening which they are probably attending. Then there are six people on 8 points and there are a total of four scoring events before the end of this month so expect more people to crash through the ten points tape.

Then in June....

Concorde Five Sunday 17th June - appeal for helpers #

This year's British Airways Concorde Five Mile road race is being held on Sunday 17th June. The race HQ is the same as last year - Cranford Community College. We need at least twenty marshals and other support staff. Please let me know if you are able to make it.  Details of the event can be found on the website - and we are happy for you to say to enter you unless we don't have enough marshals (we do want club runners).

Roderick Hoffman {}

Green Belt Relay Saturday 19th/20th May, Marshalling opportunity #

This year's Green Belt Relay is this coming weekend. This involves a team of 11 running for a total of about 220 miles around London - most of the course is beyond the M25. A record 50 teams are taking place with each team member having two legs (the course is not wheelchair friendly ;-) ). The BAAC team is chosen notwithstanding last minute problems. However, the team also need to support four marshalling points which are listed below. Anyone who is free and would like to support our team and the whole event is welcome to join in to direct 50 runners or hand out 50 cups of water.  Anything could happen this year - stage 2, "Windsor", has already been adjusted to avoid a wedding.  Please note that due to the record number of teams, all of whom will have several cars or vans, we have been asked NOT to have unnecessary persons at the start or end of stages.

Leg Start Marshalling Position Marshalling Postcode Marshalling Time
4 Little Marlow A4128 crossing to Boss Lane HP14 4PE 12:25 - 13:30
9 Dobbs Weir Corner of Godwin Close and A112 EN9 3QQ 17:25 - 18:12
16 Lullingstone Park Rose&Crown (we are not to park in the
 pub's generous carpark!)
TN13 2TH 11:45 - 12:21
21 Ripley Byfleet KT15 3JH 16:25 - 17:02

If you are willing to help with the marshalling then notify team captain Chris Kelly {} which positions you can help with.

British Airways Run Gatwick 2018 Results

Event Position Chip time Finish (Gun) Time Participant Category Club/Company
5k 1st 0:17:26 0:17:27 Adrian Haines MV50 Crawley AC
1/2 Marathon 237th 1:37:41 1:38:46 Tim Bellars MV50 British Airways AC
1/2 Marathon 372nd 1:42:06 1:45:00 Jude Carter-murphy (aka "Flying Speedbird") MV40  
1/2 Marathon 383rd 1:42:24 1:46:09 Robbie Stewart MV40 British Airways
1/2 Marathon 919th/163rd F 1:54:52 1:58:51 Michelle Garratt FV50 Horsham Joggers
1/2 Marathon 1172nd 1:59:36 2:03:33 Matt Foden (aka "Mr Matt") MSen  

639 total finished the 5k, 2200 total and 845 women finished the half-marathon. With apologies to anyone on this distribution list missed out of the table above but the Run Gatwick results have not been the easiest to process.

You are already invited to register interest in next year's race: see .

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 12th May 2018

12th May 2018 family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Trish McCabe 27:04 Hazelwood run #235, course pb 57%
John Coffey 27:15 Hazelwood course pb, age cat rec 71%
Joe Nolan 29:04 Hazelwood course pb 57%
Helen Smith 30:41 Hazelwood run #38, park #8 64%
Roderick Hoffman 32:30 Hazelwood park #238 48%
Alan Anderson 32:32 Hazelwood park #15, age cat rec 68%
Janet Smith 35:19 Hazelwood run #87, park #29 49%
Steve Newell 37:11 Hazelwood course pb 50%
Jeremy Short 21:43 Crane Park run #100, equals 2018 best 72%
Paul Timms 24:48 Cirencester first run at Cirencester 61%
Sarah Gordon 34:44 Dudley run #190, park #95 56%
Petra Otto 31:51 Rutland Water run #48, park #6, club rec(F) 65%
Benita Scaife 30:03 Wycombe Rye run #111, 6th at Wycombe 66%
John Scaife 30:04 Wycombe Rye run #130, 8th at Wycombe 55%
Alan Friar 29:29 Woodley run #247, first of 2018 62%
Kay Trinder 21:37 Woking run #97, 78th at Woking 79%
Julie Barclay 22:33 Rushmoor run#126, 37th at Rushmoor 78%
Paul Watt 23:05 Rushmoor run #74, 44th at Rushmoor 65%
Tony Barnwell 40:15 Rickmansworth run 166, 15th at Rickmansworth 48%
Chris Kelly 21:16 Reading 300th run at Reading 70%
Alice Banks 26:30 Maidenhead run #117, 64th at Maidenhead 73%
Denis Foxley 28:54 Harrow run #102 60%
Joan Foxley 39:29 Harrow Harrow parkrun 3rd anniversary 55%
Dave Dixon 18:28 Hackney Marshes run #18, 15th at Hackney 82%
Lissa Pritchard 25:10 Gunnersbury 1st parkrun of 2018 61%
Steve Taylor 25:16 Gunnersbury run #88, 19th at Gunnersbury 61%
Marion J Taylor 30:34 Gunnersbury run #65, 20th at Gunnersbury 58%
Ben Chaytow 22:18 Crane Park run #193, 164th at Crane 62%
Jonathan Cox 23:38 Crane Park run #357, 63rd at Crane 66%
Ian Cunningham 24:31 Bushy Park run #328, 272nd at Bushy 63%
Scott Davison 22:55 Bedfont Lakes run #252 62%
Caroline Cockram 24:56 Bedfont Lakes run #313 66%
Bob Bannister 27:09 Bedfont Lakes run #311, 259th at Bedfont 60%
Anne Bannister 28:05 Bedfont Lakes run #168, 138th at Bedfont 69%
Ian Cockram 28:44 Bedfont Lakes run #431 51%
Zoe Ostley 36:04 Bedfont Lakes run #206, 146th at Bedfont 50%
David Duggan 38:32 Bedfont Lakes run #252 41%
Neil Frediani 48:28 Bedfont Lakes run #198, plus puppy 33%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper

Hazelwood parkrunThe club parkrun at Hazelwood# proved to be a successful and worthwhile outing with Trish McCabe (27:04) getting a course pb and helping John Coffey (27:15) to slice another half minute off his pb and age category (MV75-79) record.  John is no longer the oldest ever finisher at Hazelwood as Alan Anderson (32:32) made his appearance on the grass and established an MV80-84 course record.  Helen Smith (30:41) is second in the WV60 rankings.

Jeremy Short (21:43) became the latest member to reach the hundred run milestone and earn his black vest.  Jeremy has run 67 of his 100 runs at Crane Park (pb 18:24) and was first finisher at Osterley back in January 2015.

On the tourism front the club total inched forward a couple of notches to 409.  Paul Timms (24:48) visited Cirencester where the parkrun was established at the beginning of February.  He was part of a record attendance of 276.  Paul has also run at Swindon, Crissy Field (SFO) and East Coast Park (SIN).  Sarah Gordon (34:44) visited Dudley which was closed all winter due to construction in the park there (Dell Stadium, Brierley Hill). The run starts and finishes with two laps of the running track and is dog and buggy free.

Petra Otto (31:51) improved the female club record on her first visit to Rutland Water.  Lissa Pritchard (25:10 at Gunnersbury) and Alan Friar (29:29 at Woodley) made their first appearances at a parkrun this year.  Alan doesnít usually get this far into The Digest so if you see him congratulate him.  He is now on 247 runs so there could be a party coming up soon!

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Pictured - left to right, Roderick Hoffman, Steve Newell, Joe Nolan, Janet Smith, Tom Rowley, Helen Smith, Trish McCabe, Alan Anderson, John Coffey. Note that as well as being supported at Hazelwood by Tom Rowley (also see Tom's diary below) Neil Fredinani also turned up after the run, arriving from Bedfont.  Neil had responsibility for his dog on Saturday and dogs aren't allowed on the rugby pitch course of Hazelwood so he hadn't had the option of taking part at Hazelwood.

Roderick Hoffman

Brian Forrester update

Brian has now left hospital in Paddington and is being cared for in a nursing home between West Middlesex Hospital and Syon Park.  He is still quite weak.  If anyone wants to contact Brian he would appreciate a card or a short visit.

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  • Isleworth
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Steve Hillier

Street-O Chelsea

Last Tuesday was the last Street Orienteering event of the series. In the event you have one hour to visit your choice of 35 control points, answering a question to prove that you have visited. If you arrive after the hour you deduct time penalties from the points you've scored from the controls.

Being less than a week out of hospital I didn't allow myself to run...but that didn't stop me walking for 59 minutes during which I accumulated 270 points from 11 controls. That resulted in me finishing 76th out of 91. Christine Munden also took part but by her own admission she spent too much time stroking cats on her route and so only scored 200 points - but also no time penalties.

The series results are for the best five over the series. I finished in 45th place of 319, Christine finished in 98th overall though 27th woman of 103 and Simon Turton 104th (from just 2 events).

The next series starts in September though we may also have a club event over the summer.

Roderick Hoffman

Tom's Diary 13th May Staines 10K

I did not see any of the Staines 10K race as I marshalled then sat down to clip ďchips tags offĒ for 45 minutes.

Julie Barclay was 3rd 0/45 in 45.32.  Jacqui Musselwhite ran her very first 10k in 47.12 and Scott Davidson finished in 47.59   I clipped all their NAILS too.  All had gone home when I finished - no further info but brilliantly organised.

I enjoyed Saturday very much {Hazelwood parkrun}, Iíll be back. BA had 9 running, 4 for their first time and the other 5 all ran PBs. Going to Battersea Monday evening.

see you soon,

Tom Rowley

And Neil Frediani adds...

On a perfect day for running of light breeze and sunshine Staines welcomed a record field and had a 2 wave start for the first time I believe. The event was well managed by Runnymede Runners and Staines Strollers.

  • 147th Scott Davison with a chip time of 47:59
  • 163rd Chris Evans                                   48:48
  • 98th    Julie Barclay                                  45:45  running for Woking
  • 129th  Jacqui Musselwhite                       47:25
  • 186th  Neil Frediani                                  49:49  running for Shepperton first time under 50 after a lot of trying since the 1980ís .

Jacqui and Scott didnít get the message about running the same number of seconds as minutes.

Thanks to marshals Anne ,Bob Bannister and Joe Nolan and any others who are members of BA {perhaps John Coffey as well as Tom Rowley} as well as Runnymede. 

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