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BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th October 2019


  • Wednesday 23rd October - CIE Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club from 18:00 +social with food (see below) #
  • Saturday 26th October - Run-of-the-Month, Milocarian Cross-Country at Sandhurst at 14:00 (last call below) #
  • Thursday 7th November - Run-of-the-Month, Dream Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45 #

We will be meeting at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club this Wednesday for ad hoc run and drink. All members are welcome.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 29th July.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 23rd Sept 2019) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Last call for ROM # Milocarian AC Home Match at RMA Sandhurst on Sat 26th Oct 2019

This is the last call for runners / spectators for the Milocarian XC. So far I have Christine, Alice & John, Barry, Jacqui & Tom, Mike D & Maria (running for RR) on the list. If you’d like to attend please email by Wed. 16 Oct. with the following details:

  • Car reg. number, make/model, colour.
  • Names of all attendees (runners and spectators) and which vehicle you’ll be travelling in.

Simon Turton

London Marathon Opportunities

London Marathon 2020 - unsuccessful applicants:  Many of you will be thinking of pounding the streets of London next Spring.  Should your application turn out to be unsuccessful, there might be a second chance...... 

The British Airways Athletic Club provides the London Marathon with over one hundred marshals.  In return LM provide us with some additional places that we can allocate to our members.  We will have a limited number of places to hand out this winter.   The BA Athletics Club committee will review applications from people unsuccessful in the main ballot during December, with priority based on the following criteria:

  • 1. Those who have helped BAAC by marshaling,
  • 2. BA Athletic Club members who regularly support club events,
  • 3. Paid up BA Athletic Club members,
  • 4. Family or friends of people who meet the above criteria.

If you receive a rejection from London Marathon, and you want to be considered for a place, think about which of these categories apply to you!  Then contact me on  Anyone offered and accepting a club place will be needed to pay the normal entry fee for the Marathon, to provide a minimum of two marshals to the BAAC to assist with the 2020 London Marathon and to contribute to this digest with their aims and experiences of training and running the Marathon. 

Steve Hillier

PS And then there is always 2021. You can improve your long-term chances of running in 2021 by volunteering for 2020. In the New Year we will be looking to fill our marshalling slots for the 2020 race.

Five-mile winter handicap 2019/20 – starts Wednesday 23rd October 2019 #

The club has held a Wednesday evening five-mile handicap series for many years with a shorter walking course for those who want it.  The aim of the series has always been to encourage modest improvement month on month.  The normal format is for slower runners to start earliest (e.g. 6 p.m.) and for faster runners to be given a start time so that the majority of runners will finish within a minute or two either side of 7 p.m. 

On the first evening when the sun will set after 6 p.m. but before 7 p.m. all runners can choose to start earlier than usual in order to enjoy as much daylight as possible.

Runners are ranked after each run and points awarded.  “Handicaps” are adjusted and a league table maintained.  Only the best four results out of six (monthly) runs will be used to determine the final winner.

Food will often (but maybe not always) be provided at the Bedfont club after the run – see the weekly digest for confirmation.

The first three runs (and walks) will be on Wednesdays 23rd October, 20th November and 11th December.  The 20th November run will be followed by the ever-popular Hillier Quiz evening.

On every “5-mile” evening, when possible, the club clock will be ticking down in the football club carpark from shortly before 6 p.m.  If a volunteer timekeeper is not present when runners start or return then runners should time themselves either by reference to the club clock or their own stopwatch.

There will also be a “brisk walking route” of about two and a quarter miles (3.5km) for those who want some exercise/”fresh” air but not a run.  No points for style, one foot (or the other) should be touching the ground at all times. From the club turn left and walk down Hatton Road to Bedfont Green.  Follow the path round to the left by the graveyard and join Staines Road towards Hounslow.  After the shops and junction (traffic lights) with Bedfont Lane turn left up Richmond Avenue, cross the footbridge over the Duke of Northumberland’s River and follow the footpath/cycle track between the allotments and the school back to Hatton Road.  Turn right and walk the last 400 yards back to the club car park.

All runners should make themselves as visible as possible by wearing light coloured clothing or a reflective vest if possible.

Start times for the new winter season:

Those runners who ran last season will have their suggested start time carried forward.  Others can select a time based on a recent five mile run or extrapolated from a parkrun time.  On a normal week the hope is that most people will finish close to 7 p.m.  Search parties will be sent out if anyone is more than ten minutes overdue.

All those intending to run/walk on 23rd October are asked to register with Steve Newell in advance.

Steve Newell

Ladies Cross-Country result #

Pos# Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 1581 ### U20  G&G 00:24:22
63 63 1232 Julie Barclay ? BAW 00:31:43
187 187 1250 Vera Simms ? BAW 00:40:00
193 193 1249 Jan Jones V50 BAW 00:40:27
224 224 1240 Christine Munden V45 BAW 00:47:25
235 235 1774 ### ? RMD 00:52:58

Ladies Cross Country TeamAt Priory Park XC today with Julie, Jan, Vera and Christine Munden. It had been raining all night and drizzled on and off during the morning and into the last of 4 ladies' races, our race. The course was pretty muddy and slippery in some places resulting in some runners losing their footings.


In the team table we are currently 36th of 43 teams. It is a tough league including all age groups - had we had five of Julie we'd have only just finished in the top 10! Had we had a fifth team member, of the ability of our slowest, we'd have finished in 33rd place.

Photo - left to right: Jan Jones, Christine Munden, Julie Barclay, Vera Simms.

Men's Cross-Country result #

A great start to the new cross-country season today. In the Surrey League men's division 4 we had 15 runners, more than double last season's first fixture. New member's Mike Dennison and Micheal Ball made their debuts. Paul Knechtl led the way for us with a top 10 finish and the team ended the day in 7th place. Thank you all for turning out on a very wet day.

Neil Frediani

Pos# Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 1906 ### SEN  TRI 30:58:00
9 9 1113 Paul Knechtl V45 BAW 32:36:00
44 44 1116 Ross Davies V40 BAW 37:27:00
53 53 1106 Mike Dennison V60 BAW 37:50:00
61 61 1105 Mark Taylor V55 BAW 38:18:00
64 64 1112 Richard Ruffell V55 BAW 38:52:00
69 68 1109 Chris Kelly V50 BAW 39:22:00
70 69 1102 Gary Rushmer V55 BAW 39:26:00
71 70 1103 Ian Cunningham V55 BAW 39:51:00
82 80 1104 Maarten Stenham V40 BAW 40:46:00
86 84 1120 Matthew Stratful V40 BAW 41:11:00
87 3 1101 Barry Walters V60 BAW 41:13:00
99 7 1108 Simon Turton V50 BAW 42:07:00
120 19 1110 Graham Taylor V55 BAW 47:20:00
121 20 1107 Neil Frediani V60 BAW 47:38:00
124 22 1100 Michael Ball (2C) V55 BAW 48:45:00
130 26 1831 ### V70 VAC 53:58:00

In the team table we are currently 7th of 12 teams. Because we had more than the minimum number of runners we also register in the B team results - 2nd of 6 teams, this is perhaps something we can dream of getting a top three finish in by the end of the season!

Club parkrun results for Saturday 12th October 2019

Member 12th Oct. parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:10* 100%+ Freedom run (1 of 8)
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:10 100%+  Freedom run (2 of 8)
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:14 100%+  Freedom run (3 of 8)
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:13 100%+  Freedom run (4 of 8)
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:12 100%+  Freedom run (5 of 8)
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:12 100%+   Freedom run (6 of 8)
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:12 100%+  Freedom run (7 of 8)
#N/A Eliud Kipchoge Vienna 1 00:14:13 100%+  Freedom run (8 of 8)
TRUE Dave Dixon Groe 1 00:18:04 85.06% PB   M-1, PB by 62 seconds, age cat rec
TRUE Paul WATT Kingston 42 00:22:15 68.46% Leicester Victoria 2nd century celebration
#N/A Bill Byrne Osterley 29 00:22:59 69.18% former member, run #134
TRUE Murray HOGGE Reading 32 00:23:02 69.03%
TRUE Frankie HOGGE Reading 31 00:23:02 64.25%
#N/A Mike Lawrence Osterley 34 00:23:16 70.13% former member, run #40
TRUE Ian Cockram Burgess 141 00:23:18 64.31% PB   run #496, course pb by 18 secs
TRUE Paul TIMMS Cirencester 38 00:25:02 61.92% run #35, 19th at Cirencester
TRUE Keith Johnson St Albans 130 00:25:20 57.76% run #27, 11th at St Albans
TRUE Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 51 00:25:28 57.00% 250th run at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE Caroline Cockram Burgess 249 00:25:49 64.95% 1st run at Burgess, park #81
TRUE Maarten Stenham Hanworth 24 00:26:57 51.39% 4th run at Hanworth
#N/A Clair Byrne Osterley 87 00:27:02 66.95% former member
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 64 00:27:06 51.54% run #247, 206th at Crane Park
TRUE Alice BANKS Maidenhead 130 00:27:16 73.23% run #571, 38th at Osterley
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 515 00:27:27 56.95% run #397
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Pymmes 52 00:27:59 56.82% 8th run at Pymmes, 52nd /100
TRUE Trish MCCABE Catford 119 00:28:03 55.26% run #300,1st at Catford, park #48, club rec (F)
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 105 00:28:18 62.31% best time since 2017
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Jamaica Pond 51 00:28:22 57.52% run #249. 2nd run at Jamaica Pond
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 232 00:29:03 57.20%
TRUE David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 87 00:29:37 53.69%
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 65 00:29:39 66.33% 68th run at Hazelwood
TRUE Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 94 00:30:50 63.84%
TRUE Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 293 00:32:26 60.69% run #151, 68th at Maidenhead
TRUE Janet Smith Tøyen 105 00:37:05 48.18% 1st run in Norway, park #39, club rec (F)
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 198 00:37:41 59.09% 132nd run at Harrow
#N/A Kathryn Keenleyside Jamaica Pond 78 00:39:38 49.66% PB   PB by 9:01 !
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 233 00:44:42 61.04%   (assisted) Assisted
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 232 00:44:42 52.57% run #571, 38th at Osterley
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Reading 216 00:45:13 33.69%
TRUE Steve NEWELL Osterley 239 00:55:24 34.21% run #374, 7th at Osterley
#N/A Geoff Miles Osterley 240 00:55:25 31.13% former BA staff/event director,CP10 entrant

* 14:10 was undercut at an actual parkrun on Saturday,13:29 at Mallards Pike, though this also isn't a record since Rowan (JM15) was dragged (or perhaps "flown") around the course by his dog (and the fastest Canicross time I'm aware of is faster, at 12:24).

Volunteers include...[remember, we can only guarantee to include your volunteer efforts if you email us about them]

12th October 2019 parkrun Role
Maria Jovani volunteer Bedfont Lakes Run Director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford Funnel manager
Mike Dennison volunteer Hanworth Timekeeper
James Shoulder volunteer Hanworth Timekeeper

Parkrun numbers were down a little this week with several runners involved in cross-country league matches (some starting as early as 11 a.m.) on Saturday and/or the popular Cabbage Patch 10 starting and finishing in Twickenham on Sunday morning.  Study the results to see who fitted in all three.

The star performer this week was Dave Dixon (18:04) who returned to Groe in mid Wales and was first home, improving by over a minute, opening up a gap of almost two minutes on the next best in his age group and recording the second best age group percentage (85.06%) by anyone ever at Groe.

Janet Smith (37:05) ran her first parkrun in Scandinavia with a visit to Toyen in Oslo.  It is one of the places where the weather can cause cancellations even in an average winter.  Denis Foxley (28:18) recorded his best time for a couple of years at Harrow. Trish McCabe (28:03) visited her 48th park at Catford (setting a new female club record) and has now done 300 parkruns.  Piers Keenleyside (28:22) squeezed in a run at Jamaica Pond during a visit to Boston and he will be eligible for his 250 vest with just one more run.  Gunnersbury next week is a strong favourite*.  Scott Davison (25:28) has now done 250 runs, just at Bedfont Lakes.

Steve Newell planned to celebrate ten years in parkrun by jogging round Osterley with Alan Anderson who nagged him for over two years before he finally got started (at Richmond Park).  A pleasant surprise was to be joined by long lost club members from the 1980’s Bill Byrne (22:59) and Mike Lawrence (23:16), both still running well. A persistent sore knee spoiled the show and Steve announced his retirement over a cup of coffee afterwards.  Don’t expect to see him mentioned in this column again anytime soon.  

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

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Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

* Piers adds...

As you will have seen my 249th parkrun was done at Jamaica Pond parkrun in Boston MA - but not at Jamaica Pond itself. Due to park maintenance work the course has been moved to the Harvard University Arboretum - made for a very scenic run through the well maintained woodland on a single lap course. The downside was that it poured with rain the whole way round! Rubbish time of over 28 minutes mainly due to trying to get my watch to pick up a GPS signal - was 1/2 a mile into the run before it did! {Ed: "Rubbish time", just 13 seconds slower than mine at the same parkrun}

I'll be doing #250 at Gunnersbury next Saturday.

Piers Keenleyside

303Run logo303 Run - Hanworth on Saturday 19th October - help needed

The club has been asked by the Polish British Social Integration Club Wawel to help with the 303 Squadron Memorial 5k Run this coming Saturday. The event is from 11:00 to 16:30 at the Springwest Academy in Feltham (TW13 7EF) and at 13:00 features a 5k run that will incorporate one lap of the Hanworth parkrun circuit. For more details and entry: .

They need assistance setting up the course, marshalling and finish management. I'll be there from 11:00, with all of the kit, but hopefully others can join me. Please let me know. I'll be running at Hazelwood parkrun earlier if you want to meet up beforehand.

The event is to celebrate the 79th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the contribution made by Polish airman. There will be exhibitions and entertainments, and generous amounts of hot chocolate have been promised for participations and helpers alike.

The local Mayor, MPs and representatives from the Polish Embassy are expected so hopefully the run goes smoothly meaning that next year's 80th anniversary event can be even better.

Roderick Hoffman

Cabbage Patch 10 results...

Place Chip Gun Name Team Category Number
220 01:12:23 01:13:07 Maria Jovani Runnymede Runners Ladies 40-44 41
226 01:12:55 01:13:15 Colin Haylock British Airways AC Men 50-59 23
286 01:13:50 01:15:29 Mike Dennison   Men 60-69 148
337 01:16:20 01:17:31 Ian Cunningham British Airways AC Men 50-59 971
402 01:19:02 01:19:48 Ben Chaytow British Airways AC Men 40-44 1820
543 01:22:37 01:24:23 David Tyas   Men 40-44 428
598 01:23:20 01:25:47 Chris Kelly British Airways AC Men 50-59 300
868 01:31:15 01:33:08 Scott Davison British Airways AC Men 45-49 1329
964 01:33:05 01:35:19 Craig Lunnon British Airways AC Men 45-49 1041
1106 01:37:22 01:40:03 Neil Frediani British Airways AC Men 60-69 21
1160 01:41:02 01:41:45 Trish McCabe British Airways AC Ladies 40-44 62
1409 01:51:33 01:53:47 Emma Parkes British Airways AC Ladies 40-44 1040
1445 01:53:25 01:57:08 John Lennon British Airways AC Men 50-59 96

A good turnout for the Autumn Classic 10. Thanks to Joe Nolan for his support too. Apols if any missed.

Chris Kelly

Ian Cunningham adds: A good number of runners also represented the club at the XC on Saturday. Noticeably our leading performer, Colin, wisely chose to marshal at the XC to save his legs. Fortunately the rain held off for (most of) the race unlike the XC where it rained throughout!

Marathon Results

Another couple of marathon results...

Vienna 1:59 Challenge Eliud Kipchoge   01:59:40 Not recognised as a record.
Chicago Marathon Ayee TAVARES   04:09:05 Half in 01:54:57 so well ahead of Eliud.
Chicago Marathon Michelle Garratt 04:22:17 Half in 01:58:59 so nearly a minute ahead of Eliud.

Hawaii Ironman World Championship 2019

The elite men’s and women’s waves started five minutes apart just after sunrise with a 2.4 mile swim in the Pacific Ocean. That was followed by a 112 mile bike ride on the Big Island of Hawaii before a 26.2 mile marathon run to finish off in and around the town of Kailua-Kona. The winners were Jan Frodeno of Germany (who also won in 2015 and 2016) in 7hr 51min 13secs and Anna Haug (also from Germany) in 8:40:10. The leading British finishers were Lucy Charles-Barclay 8:46:44 (2nd female), Corinne Abraham 8:58:38 (7th female), Susie Cheetham 9:27:21 (19th female), Joe Skipper with 8:07:46 (6th male), Alistair Brownlee in 8:25:03 (21st male), Will Clarke 8:29:00 (25th male).

Frodeno’s splits were 47:31, 4:16:03 (26 mph) and 2:42:43 (6:37 per mile) along with the two transition times of 2-3 minutes each. He was up near the front throughout and steadily drew well clear of the field during the run to win by over 8 minutes. Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee had only been 3 ½ minutes adrift at the start of the run and maintained a good pace for the first ten miles but lost a lot of time and places during the second half of the run to finish half an hour behind the winner.  It was his first full Ironman race.    Charles-Barclay who had been on the podium at Kona previously had a good lead after the bike ride but got caught on the run which Haug completed in 2:51:07.

Steve Newell (Ironman1988)

PS Steve also points out that it was tough when he did it - wetsuits were not allowed, so this weekends' competitors would have been disqualified.

Tom's Diary


After the really tough Reigate XC course and a wonderful picnic provided by Clara, a pity one short of a full team, I believe another member ready to join the club ready for the next fixture.

Next day 13th Julie Barclay ran the off-road Rushmoor 10k in the drizzling rain across the open arena then along the canal tow path almost covered in conkers out/back and finish in the army rugby stadium.  Paul and myself sat in the dry grandstand while the 952 runners dodged the puddles and conkers.

The final 250m was worth seeing with three ladies entering the stadium side for stride and not one willing to give up, it was brilliant racing display with 1 second separated them crossing the line.

 Julie finished 1st 0/55 (drenched) and definitely not a PB course in the conditions.

The event is very well organised by the Nepalese community and there must have been 200 Gurkhas marshalling, also a free 2k for the children that included a finish medal.

Tom Rowley

Running shorts

  • Dear Ed, very wet today (Sun. 13th Oct) however, jogged my park/road in 42mins (correction for last week; was 41mins) so quite pleased as I am now into my 'Sunset Strip' year (77) (I am a 9/11 person).  Andy Rayner.
  • There were two club runners at the Street-O in Turnpike Lane last week. Christine Munden resolved to ignore the cats and restaurant menus and finished with a much better score than at her previous event (410pts vs 75pts) and Roderick Hoffman also did better than previously scoring 559 points and a mid-table finish despite finishing over five minutes late. The next event is on Tuesday 12th November and is based on the Duke of Cambridge pub in Battersea.

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