The logo of the baRUNNER website. HOME NEWS DIARY

baRUNNER - a website for the British Airways Athletics Club

The logo of the baRUNNER website.

BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th August 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]

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

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 August Mile performance by the end of the month):

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

Boston Manor NOW photosNOW - next week, Tuesday 22nd August at Boston Manor

The car park is left off from Boston Manor Road (heading north), just after the GSK building north of the A4 (and under the M4 flyover). Post code TW8 9JX. Charges are 50p for an hour, £1 for 2 hours or £2 for 3 hours.

Meet around 12:00 in front of children's playground adjacent to the car park. The running route is about 5km and will incorporate the park and nearby Grand Union Canal; we will run as a group. There is also the option of walking and Piers will provide some written instructions for the suggested route.

Listen carefully at the start since their is a choice of cafes and we'll decide which one to use on the day. The new cafe at the Manor House has a nice paved patio area but the prices seem a bit steep. The Potting Shed Cafe next to the playground/car park seems better value although the menu does not stretch to a 'Full English' which is on offer at the Manor House Cafe.

Piers Keenleyside

Let Roderick know to expect you, or sign-up via the calendar. We will look out for those we know are coming.

Recent Activity Achievements

20 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walk Marlow to Temple Lock return Thur 01:24:14 Thurs: Marlow Bridge to Temple Lock as a fast walk in 40m. Then to uptown Marlow in 44m 14s. Also Sun: Fast walk to Cox Green Park in 30m 11s.
Ben Cooper Running 5km Tel Aviv, Israel Sun 00:27:58 This weekend I set out to go further but it was too hot and under nourished I packed it in at 5k. Still in TLV for a little while longer.
Benita Scaife Running 6miles Hurley to Henley-on-Thames 01:02:21 We ran from Hurley to Henley-on-Thames, initially along the Thames Path then leaving the river to approach Henley via Remenham Hill…
John Scaife Running 6miles Hurley to Henley-on-Thames 01:02:21 ...Sat by the river with takeaway coffee before walking back.
Caroline Yarnell  Race 14km City2Surf 2023 (Sydney) Sun 01:09:44 From Facebook "I'm not one to brag (ha ha), but 2nd in my agegroup in City2Surf 2023 is a pretty amazing feat frankly. 80,000 run it." [855 finishers in her age group F60-64]
Chris Kelly Running 10km Reading Sat 01:04:00 Reading parkrun in season's best 22:40 within a long run of 10K in 1:04 - plus 2hours cycling prep for Ridgeway (East) next next week.
Jain Reid Hike 34.87km Catalonia 07:38:28 Hiking in Catalonia - 34.87km along a beautiful coastline
Janet Smith Running 2.5km Eton Thur Running the Divided Dash with the Datchet Dashers on Thursday evening. Teams of 4 each running a 2.5km lap. I managed to run a bit faster than normal but my team were near the bottom. It was a fun event though ‍♀️
Julie Barclay Running 15km Farnborough Sun 01:23:00 From the Rushmoor polo fields, past Farnborough airfield, through Southwood and Hartland Country parks…
Paul Watt Running 15km Farnborough Sun 01:23:00 ...and back along the Basingstoke canal to complete the loop before commencing number-checker and finish token duties at Queen’s Parade junior parkrun.
Maria Jovani  Race 5km Sri Chinmoy 5k series, Battersea Park Tue 00:20:51 Mike and Maria went back for the last one race this year. It had been damp all day, but dried up by evening, and we'd expected a smaller turnout, but there were 400 there this time (more than the 340 last time we went)..
Mike Dennison  Race 5km Sri Chinmoy 5k series, Battersea Park Tue 00:19:29 ...We were both very pleased to get new 'official' 5k PBs - Mike finished 226th and Maria 288th. Another very fast field - the winner finished in 15:06, and there were 249 under 20 minutes.
Mike Thorn Stairs? Leaning Tower, Pisa He doesn't say on Facebook how he got to the top so I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Burnham Beeches Half Sun 01:56:06 My quickest of the last 3 years. First race since April's London Marathon that I haven't been troubled by a groin strain.
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M Burnham Beeches Half Sun 02:43:10 Seen by Piers.
Roderick Hoffman Running 10km School Six Mile XC Mon 01:11:06 My old school Harrow Weald Six Mile "Cross Country" circuit (entirely on pavement or road though with traffic hazards, not flat).
Stephen Taylor Running 6miles Canal to Brentford and back Sat 01:06:57 A gentle 6 miles along the canal and back. No, the new bridge down towards Brentford isn't open yet. [Hopefully it will be for the NOW event next week though Piers has a contingency plan]
Steve Hillier Cycling 32.5km South Ruslip to Southall return 02:20:00 Via Uxbridge, the Grand Union Canal to Southall, returning home along the Paddington Arm via Northolt. With two major errands completed: glasses repaired and tea purchased!
Steve Newell Swim >1km Tidal Thames from Black Lion Lane to RNLI station, Chiswick Pier Mon 00:20:00 Helped by the incoming tide.  Water temp 19 deg C. Enjoyable social with the lifeboat crew members at the finish.  Cake and hot drinks. Getting to know the customers! Wore the short skimpy wetsuit I bought in St Albans in the lunch hour(!) from LHR in 1986.  The original zip is still intact.
Melanie Miller Walk 10.9km Pitsfiord Lake Sat 2:11:12 Had a wonderful time after Brixworth Country Parkrun to walkaround Pitsfiord lovely lake with Harjit Jhooti and Russell Search b4 the rains descended upon us!

Week achievement photos

parkrun Results for Saturday 12th August

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Benita SCAIFE Abingdon 529 247 0:32:50 65.63%
John SCAIFE Abingdon 529 248 0:32:51 53.07%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 654 17 0:23:21 66.38% 1st female finisher on her 333rd parkrun.
Joe NOLAN Black Park 672 318 0:34:15 50.36%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 597 202 0:34:58 59.77% Fastest run since January.
Harjit Jhooti Brixworth Country 121 70 0:34:12 52.24% New BA ladies record (from Sarah, who retains the grade record)
Melanie Miller Brixworth Country 121 85 0:40:50 43.76% run #154, park #128
Fiona Bishop Brueton 610 79 0:24:48 81.72% BA ladies record (from Benita) and grade record (from Chris K). Run #248
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 943 107 0:20:46 72.15% run #375, 25th this year
Colin HAYLOCK Bushy Park 943 271 0:23:24 65.10% run #74, 2nd this year
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 518 40 0:27:02 55.43%
Ben CHAYTOW Dinton Pastures 198 22 0:22:14 64.24% 7 minute PB on 3rd run at Dinton.
Roderick HOFFMAN Fulbourn Hospital 104 61 0:31:00 53.12% New BA parkrun - #752.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 338 Finish Tokens at Guildford
David DUGGAN Hanworth 147 49 0:32:55 50.03% best run at Hanworth this year
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 159 109 0:28:38 74.10% 57th run at Higginson, Marlow
David Cowell Holyrood 51 Marshalling at Holyrood - big attendance of 496 (Edinburgh Festival)
Mike DENNISON Mole Valley 217 14 0:21:37 77.56% Still holds BA best male time and age grade (from 31Jul21)
Maria JOVANI Mole Valley 217 34 0:23:40 68.45% 42 second PB but a minute outside Emma's BA record.
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 436 63 0:25:06 68.06%
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 436 90 0:26:37 65.50% missed pb by 3 secs, very consistent at Osterley this summer
Anne Bannister Osterley 436 141 0:30:47 67.89%
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 436 257 0:46:23 35.18%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 271 81 0:33:06 51.16%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 603 53 0:22:40 69.56%
Ben Kelly Reading 603 82 0:24:38 52.44%
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 584 114 0:33:21 55.87% run #43, all at Riddlesdown
Trish MCCABE South Oxhey 376 31 0:27:59 57.30% run #427, park #125, M25 challenge progress
Alan ANDERSON Southall 79 55 0:46:12 58.98% Exactly 2min PB.  Age Grade record.  Oldest ever finisher at Southall
Steve NEWELL Southall 79 62 0:50:55 40.33% Cycled from home, final link in the chain!
Joan FOXLEY Stockley Country 31 70 0:38:05 62.54% 96 second PB on 3rd run at Stockley.
Denis FOXLEY Stockley Country 31 Funnel Manager at Stockley Country (officially Funnel Manager; he may have actually performed timekeeping - recording our first sub-20 minute female finisher)
Paul WATT The Old Showfield 133 6 0:20:17 77.73% First BA male at The Old Showfield.  park #154
Julie BARCLAY The Old Showfield 133 30 0:23:22 81.88% New BA ladies record and Age Grade (from Jacque). park #157
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 482 147 0:31:46 53.78% 33rd run at Upton Court, definitely his favourite
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Worcester 570 173 0:28:23 59.66% New BA parkrun - #751 on its run #570 (it is only 4 months' younger than Gunnersbury).
Ian CUNNINGHAM Worthing 289 63 0:22:10 73.01% first run at Worthing, run #517, park #63

parkrun Review 12th August 2023

Another two parks were added to the club collection this week.  We must be slightly surprised that it has taken so many years for someone to tackle a run in the middle of England. Piers Keenleyside (28:23) visited Worcester (at Worcester Woods) which started way back in June 2011. Ed: Worcester Pitchcroft, nearby though slightly further from Heathrow, remains to be run, though it didn't start until June 2017.

Roderick Hoffman (31:00) was at Fulbourn Hospital parkrun in Cambridge which had a few runs pre-Covid and then suffered a delayed restart afterwards.  Run sequence numbers there are now into three figures.  The club total moves up to 752. Ed: The "not-done" parkrun nearest to Heathrow is probably Wickford Memorial in Essex, 70km away.

David Cowell just happened to be in Edinburgh but, having injured himself last week, put in a marshalling shift at the popular Holyrood parkrun in Edinburgh (the hilly one).

Paul Watt (20:17) was our fastest runner this week finishing in sixth place at The Old Showfield, one of a select group of parkruns with “The” in the title so it is a “T”, not an “O” or an “S”!  Our 80% age-graders this week were Julie Barclay (23:22, 81.88%) also at The Old Showfield (Frome), and Fiona Bishop (24:48, 81.72%) at Brueton (Solihul).  Fiona is just two runs away from her Olive Green vest.

“Londone”er Trish McCabe (27:59) is getting closer to running all the parkruns inside the M25 ring after a run at the challenging South Oxhey.  Just three more in Kent and one in Essex left to do.  No member has done all 76 – a couple of others are also close.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - Club most parkruns...

Some may have been surprised last week by the number of "first runs" by Ray Hampton (17). I've calculated the club top tens in each of four categories - in each case counting the number of parkruns at which the club member holds the top spot, only counting from when they were paid-up members. Obviously this table favours the travellers amongst us, especially myself! There are legacy ex-members listed, including Richard Ruffell, but note the entry for David Cowell despite him only having been a member since the start of 2022.

Position First Run By Times Fastest Male Times Fastest Female Times Best Grade Times
1 Roderick HOFFMAN 197 Roderick HOFFMAN 140 Julie BARCLAY 106 Roderick HOFFMAN 101
2 David DUGGAN 43 Paul WATT 89 Sarah GORDON 55 Julie BARCLAY 78
3 Sarah GORDON 37 Richard RUFFELL 47 Maria JOVANI 40 Richard RUFFELL 40
4 Steve NEWELL 35 David DUGGAN 42 Benita SCAIFE 39 Mike DENNISON 40
5 Richard RUFFELL 34 Christopher T KELLY 32 Alice BANKS 27 David DUGGAN 39
6 Benita SCAIFE 29 John SCAIFE 31 Melanie MILLER 25 Paul WATT 32
7 Neil FREDIANI 26 Mike DENNISON 30 Caroline COCKRAM 24 Benita SCAIFE 31
8 Melanie MILLER 22 Piers KEENLEYSIDE 26 Trish MCCABE 23 Sarah GORDON 31
9 Christopher T KELLY 21 David COWELL 26 Linda DODSWORTH 20 Alice BANKS 25
Christopher T KELLY 20
Fiona BISHOP 20

And as for the future - there are currently 2,295 parkruns listed of which 1,543 have not yet been run by any club member. The club map was updated last week to show details of parkruns done and not done, and all of the records at each.

Next week I'll focus on the best results across all parkruns (but I'll still manage to get myself listed!)

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

Dates from Middlesex County AA

  • Sunday 10th Sept - Road Relays, Minet Country park, Hayes.
  • Sunday 1st Oct - 10k , Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets.
  • Saturday 6th Jan - Cross Country Champs - Greenford.

Contact Steve Hillier for any information on these.

Letters to the Editor

Bushy parkrun plan - August 19th - for erstwhile Reading parkrunner, GBR rival/B-team, six-star finisher Aaron Chai's 500th.

Chris Kelly

Next Digest - Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send them to the editor, Roderick Hoffman, at

Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please.

Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml. Club website:



Full Index