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BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th August 2017


  • Monday 21st August, Track&Field Grand Prix, Uxbridge/Hillingdon Track - 400m, Hammer, Long Jump from 18:00*
  • Wednesday 23rd August, Club-In-house-Event, BBQ on Harmondsworth Moor from 18:00* (see below)
  • Tuesday 5th September, Run-of-the-Month, Round-the-Park at Harmondsworth Moor at 12:30*

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. Updated July 17th.

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Wednesday 23rd August, Club-In-house-Event, BBQ on Harmondsworth Moor from 18:00 - Reminder, tell us to expect you

We are going to repeat our successful BBQ event of last year.  This is on Harmondsworth Moor, but not in the usual place - we'll use an area just north of Moor Lane - it is shown on the club map (click on the extract here) and has easy parking in Moor Lane available from 16:30.  We'll have a fun relay event which is likely to involve running, jumping and throwing from 18:00, then the BBQ from about 19:15.  Neil Frediani and Joe Nolan will plan the fun relay, Clara is mastering the BBQ.  Food and drink will be provided for all who tell us to expect them - please bring "potential members" (however unlikely they are to actually join the club) but please tell us in advance so that we can better guess numbers.

Roderick Hoffman obo Neil, Joe and Clara

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Club parkrun results for Saturday 12th August

12th August family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Alice Banks 25:30* Aylesbury run #92, club record (F) 76%
Paul Watt 21:45* Banstead Woods course pb, club record 69%
Julie Barclay 21:50* Banstead Woods course pb, club record(F) 81%
Janice Jones 27:43* Banstead Woods run #47, 28th at Banstead 61%
Chris Evans 24:27* Bedfont Lakes run #173 61%
Scott Davison 24:39* Bedfont Lakes run #215 58%
Caroline Cockram 26:45* Bedfont Lakes run #278 61%
David Duggan 27:14 Bedfont Lakes run #212 57%
Anne Bannister 27:19* Bedfont Lakes run #144, 119th at Bedfont 70%
John Lennon 30:15 Bedfont Lakes run #259 51%
Joe Nolan 28:19 Black Park run #286, 268th at Black Park 58%
Roderick Hoffman 27:22 Corby BA park #353 57%
Trish McCabe 26:44* Crane Park run #196, 19th at Crane 57%
Sarah Gordon 35:48 Crissy Field park #85, first in USA 53%
Ian Cunningham 22:38* Exeter Riverside club course record 68%
Monica Alonso 30:55 Guildford she does (have a barcode) 54%
Alan Anderson 33:14 Gunnersbury run #470 67%
Kathryn Keenleyside 39:45 Gunnersbury run #39 48%
Richard Ruffell 21:55* Heartwood Forest BA park #352 70%
Steve Newell 37:46 Hoblingwell park #86, BA park #354 49%
Tim Bellars 24:18* Jersey parkrun debut, club record 61%
Jeremy Short 26:28* Osterley Park run #85, 11th at Osterley 59%
Denis Foxley 27:50 Rickmansworth 1st in age group 62%
Tony Barnwell 33:48 Rickmansworth run #146, 7th at Rickmanswth 56%
Joan Foxley 36:44 Rickmansworth 1st in age group 59%
Benita Scaife 28:15* Rooty Hill run #85, parkrun pb, park #38 70%
John Scaife 28:16 Rooty Hill run #98, park #44 58%
Adrian Haines 19:14* Tilgate run #38, 24th at Tilgate 77%
Alan Friar 28:17 Woodley run #239 64%
Neil Frediani volunteer Bedfont Lakes lead bike
Ian Cockram volunteer Bedfont Lakes run director
Ben Chaytow volunteer Crane Park run director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning
Piers Keenleyside volunteer Gunnersbury marshal

* Ed: Runners having completed the 5k course faster than Mo Farah/Laura Muir had completed their TWO 5,000m last week (Mo: 27:03 total and Laura: 29:51 total).

This weekend saw our members appearing at four new parks for the first time to lay down times for people to beat in the future.  Lots of old course records were beaten elsewhere as well. When it comes to really fast times we need to remind ourselves that some courses are far more likely than others to provide the opportunity to achieve anything anywhere near those run by Sir Mo Farah et al at the London Olympic Stadium.  Ankle deep grass is never going to be as fast as a tartan track.

Benita (28:15) and John Scaife (28:16) continued their tour of the Sydney area at Rooty Hill in the western suburbs.  For Benita it was an all-time parkrun pb.  Richard Ruffell (21:55) visited the recently introduced Heartwood Forest parkrun near St Albans.  That time places him 3rd out of 25 in his age group. Roderick Hoffman (27:22) added Corby to the list, Sarah Gordon having run there in the past before she joined the club. Later in the day Sarah (35:48) became the ninth member to run at Crissy Field in San Francisco.  Steve Newell (37:44) travelled to Hoblingwell Woods (near St Mary Cray, beyond Bromley) and like others before him found it difficult to maintain a good pace.  But it has a free car park, clean toilets and a café right on site and will provide good practice for cross country aficionados.  Steve Newell is on 86 different runs and Sarah Gordon is on 85 but they are not in competition.  Roderick Hoffman is now on 202 but [due to attendance at Black Park last week] has slipped to 20th in the global league table.

Alice Banks (25:30) established a female club record at Aylesbury.  She has now run at 22 parks and holds the club record at ten of them.  Paul Watt (21:45) and Julie Barclay (21:50) ran at the pretty but hilly Banstead Woods to set new club records [see Tom's report below].  It was a family affair as Julie’s two sisters also ran too.  Ian Cunningham (22:38) beat the old club course record at Exeter Riverside.  Tim Bellars (24:18), who has been a member since 2011, made his parkrun debut in Jersey and set a new club record.

Denis (27:50) and Joan Foxley (36:44) missed out on the Black Park run last week due to a virus but bounced back at Rickmansworth and were both first in their respective age/gender categories. 

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats

parkrun Growth

Worldwide, 986 parkruns posted results for last Saturday featuring 177,884 participants and 14,364 volunteers.  The total number of parkruns is more than 986 because on any Saturday some will inevitably be cancelled. The following table show that there are now 1025 parkruns listed as current parkruns though some of these are yet to hold their first run. There is also a new country listed - parkrun Norway will start on 26th August 2017 at Tøyenparkrun, Oslo.  The previous newest country, Sweden, had its third parkrun start last Saturday, Skatus near Gothenburg, attracted 67 runners. The other two Swedish parkruns had 82 and 43 runners. A fourth Swedish parkrun starts next Saturday. 

Nine parkruns are listed for France although that includes Mandavit which hasn't posted results since June.  The other parkruns are averaging about 20 runners each week.

A couple of Polish parkruns are said to be having problems attracting enough runners - perhaps this would be a good month to visit Augustow (top ten finish guaranteed, every week since 18th Feb).

There continues to be slow growth in the USA - but none of the twelve parkruns had attendances in single figures and two including Crissy Field had over a hundred. None of the ten Canadian parkruns had single figure attendances.

Within the UK a small number of parkruns don't get many participants - the lowest ten last weekend being: Larne (40), Rostrevor (39), Limavady (39), Cheadle Hulme (39), Gainsborough (38), Stonehaven (37), Merthyr (37), Hackworth (31), Bevendean Down (30) and Millom (21).  But I always remember when I adopted Pymmes as my home parkrun they were frequently getting fewer than ten participants and as recently as event 130, in October 2013, their average was under 15. Pymmes no longer features in the lowest attendance stats and the average this year, so far, has been 65.

I ran at Corby on Saturday, in part because social media had passed on the idea that it would be nice for them to have at least 200 runners on their 200th running.  Their previous highest attendance had been 182.  The message got through with 376 of us collecting tokens at the finish line (although from 307 onwards they were raffle ticket rather than parkrun tokens!  But all got listed in the results).  So I think that it is safe to conclude that parkrun growth is continuing with hardly an interruption.

Country Code Total parkruns Done by BAAC pct
Australia 3 238 25 10.50%
Canada 14 10 1 10.00%
Denmark 23 7 1 14.29%
France 31 9 6 66.67%
Ireland 42 65 5 7.69%
Italy 44 5 1 20.00%
New Zealand 65 17 3 17.65%
Poland 74 46 4 8.70%
Russia 79 29 2 6.90%
Singapore 82 2 1 50.00%
South Africa 85 113 4 3.54%
Sweden 88 4 0 0.00%
UK 97 467 293 62.74%
USA 98 12 4 33.33%
Norway 67 1 0 0.00%
Grand Total 1025 350 34.15%

And the club continues to add to the list of parkruns that we have done.  The 350 in the table above doesn't quite tally with Steve's 354 in part because of parkruns such as Little Stoke that are no longer listed but had already been run by club members.  We ought to make a better go of Irish parkruns - 5 out of 65 is not very good!  We've over double that proportion done in New Zealand!

Roderick Hoffman


25 years ago

Sarah's visit to Crissy Field set me thinking about my last visit to San Francisco...

This month in 1992 Malcolm Mowle and I travelled to take part in the (Escape from) Alcatraz Triathlon on some absolutely free tickets Brian Forrester managed to spirit out of someone's budget.  The swim course was obvious and the bike ride included crossing the Golden Gate bridge.  Great weekend, I probably did it on flextime leaving Friday lunchtime and arriving back Monday lunchtime!  Long Live Lord King.

Steve Newell

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34th International Airport Race in Hamburg 3rd September 2017 - free entry! More details


On September 3rd we will have our 34th Int. Airport Race a 10 miles race (16.1km) around HAM airport.  All airlines runners are invited to take part for free!  If you or some of BA runners are interested to take part in this event please contact me.  The Int. Airport Race is one of the most attractive races in northern Germany with approx. 2,000 participants.

As our homepage is in German, only - here is the translation from our homepage of the most important facts:

  • The start will be on Sunday, 3rd September at 11.00 hrs,
  • The start and finish will be on the 400m track of Lufthansa Sportverein sport center, Borsteler Chaussee 330, 22453 Hamburg, Germany,
  • You can get there by public transport by following busses: 23, 34, 114 to busstop Spreenende. From there it is a short walk (400m),
  • The race distance is 10 miles (16.1 km) and the course leads you surrounding Hamburg Airport (race-course),
  • Each kilometer will be clearly marked. The course will be on closed roads, sidewalks and footpaths,
  • Race package pick up will be at the Lufthansa Sportverein sport center at following dates:
    • Friday, 1st September 3pm to 6pm
    • Saturday, 2nd September 3pm to 6pm
    • Sunday, 3rd September 8am to 10pm
  • Timekeeping will be done by BMS-Chip to be attached at your running shoe. You will be provided with a loan chip that you have to return to the organizer after you finish,
  • Every finisher will receive a medal,
  • You will get water at km 6, km 10, km 14 and at the finish-area. In addition you will get fruits and Krombacher Alkoholfrei at the finish-area,
  • There will be several activities on race day including warm-up, music, awards-ceremony, food and beer-stands, barbecue and a large selection of drinks in our clubhouse,
  • As the race is free of charge for you we will do the registration. We will need the following data:
    • name, first name, date and year of birth, club/airline, nationality, address, email and phone number

I hope this facts will help you and I´m looking forward to welcome you here in Hamburg! If you have further questions don´t hesitate to ask.

Best regards,

Ralph Behrens {}

If anyone is interested then please contact Clara Halket or if you know Ralph contact him directly.

Tom's Diary

Three results from the past week,

Thursday 10th Aug.  Julie Barclay and Paul Watt entered the Datchet Dashers 10k relays at Home Park Windsor brilliantly organised by Joe Nolan’s club.  Weather was perfect in the shadow of the castle and spectators viewing excellent being able to see the runners at all times around the well-marked course.

This was a pairs relay each running alternate 1k laps until covering 10k. Like Paul and Julie, best if both able to run equal pace that makes a lot of difference in the recovery period while one member is running:

  • Julie ran 1/3/5/7/9  legs in 4:07 / 4:14 / 4:11 / 4:12 / 4:09 totaling 20:52;
  • Paul ran 2/4/6/8/10 legs in 4:01 / 4:09 / 4:12 / 4:16 / 4:03 total 20:41;

The event can be used as a repartition training session.  A recommended event with a very inviting free buffet afterwards plus finish medal.  100 teams took part.

On Saturday 12th Aug. I reached cloud 9 above Banstead Woods now to be renamed THE EQUINOX being equal distance between heaven and earth.  I am sure many of you that have ran there will agree it is a really tough course but enjoyable running through the wooded areas. It was a planned family meeting for Julie and two sisters who live in the area.  All have ran there before including Julie and Paul and three achieved a PB time.  Paul kept 10 places ahead of Julie over the first of the two hilly laps then eased down to encourage her to close the gap that she did without labouring with Paul finishing 25th in 21:45 PB and Julie 27th in 21:40 PB and 2nd lady.  Sister Vera was 97th in a PB time of 26:47;  Then BA staff club member Janice Jones came sailing down the hill with 200m to go to finish 114th in 27:43.   Today 195 finished.

Sunday 13th Aug., the week of racing nearly over, just 5k more to run from Wimbledon athletic track then 1 mile climb up past the famous tennis arena when reaching the summit, left along the only flat area then left all the way down to the stadium.

No official results yet but again Paul making sure Julie was alongside him entering the track with 300m to go running nice and smoothly right to the tape.

Paul ran 21:33, Julie 21:32.  Only able to see start/finish but Phil Wicks lead all the way to be caught and passed over the last 200m. I spoke to him after and he said “I just could not respond  my legs would not move”  The winner ran 15:00.

Still tired from climbing that mountain at Banstead,

Tom Rowley

Burnham Beeches Half - 13th August - results

Only a half marathon this weekend. A rather undulating course meant that it was never going to be a fast one for me. Brilliant morning for running it though - bright sunshine but never too hot (max 21c) and plenty of shade from the beech trees. Finished in 1:43:31 - was 111th of 573 and came 2nd in my age group (M60-69). Thought there might be some other BA runners here - found one in the results and saw him running his last km - Jasvir Singh Modaher also taking a Sunday off from running marathons finished in 2:24:10. 

Piers Keenleyside

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