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BA Athletics Club News Digest 14th December 2015


  • Wednesday 16th December - Parkway Mile relay and Christmas social (see below).
  • Tuesday 29th December - Round Heathrow Airport Xmas Run (12 miles approx.) set-off from Waterside at 12:00 (details next week).
  • Thursday 31st December/Friday 1st January - Free opportunity to run three parkruns over 28 hours (see below).

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Reminder Parkway Mile Relay Wednesday 16th December

The Parkway Mile Relay (4 x 1 mile) will be held on Wednesday 16th December.  Meet at the Heston Venue pavilion at 6 p.m.

The event works best if entries are submitted in advance to Steve Newell with an honest estimate of your mile time.  Teams are chosen by the organiser to provide a close race. The course is out-and-back with gentle undulations.

Sometimes the total entry is not exactly divisible by four so there is a chance you will be asked to run twice but with a rest between your miles.

Christmas Social

After the Parkway Mile event, from 8pm, there is the club Christmas Social in the club house. All members are encouraged to attend (even if you can't make the run earlier). There is an optional "Santa's sack". For this please bring a wrapped present to the value of about £5. Everyone who puts a present into the sack is entitled to take a present from the sack.

Steve Newell

Subject: Dream Mile Results - 3rd December

Hi All,

With temperatures more akin to autumn, the last event of 2015 was rounded off in style. Not so much the running but the mince pies and mulled wine at the finish! I had thought about having the festivities before the run, but sure everyone would have gone back to work. There were some excellent times last week. Colin Russell, continued his PB breaking efforts recording a time of 7:05, knocking off another 20 seconds. There were no other PBís, but some year bests with Neil Frediani again breaking 7 minutes (6.55) and Sharon Kassemzadeh recording 6.51, only 4 seconds of her best.

Results table:

Previous Best Time Last recorded time 03-Dec-15 Difference Best Time
Neil Frediani 00:06:34 00:07:44 00:06:55 -49 seconds 00:06:34
Colin Russell 00:07:25 00:07:25 00:07:05 -20 seconds 00:07:05
Ian Cunningham 00:05:52 00:06:20 00:06:12 -08 seconds 00:05:52
Sharon Kassemzadeh 00:06:47 00:06:59 00:06:51 -08 seconds 00:06:47
Simon Ashford 00:06:18 00:06:45 00:06:43 -02 seconds 00:06:18
Derek Baker 00:07:16 00:08:02 00:08:00 -02 seconds 00:07:16
Dave Bird 00:05:52 00:06:18 00:06:20 +02 seconds 00:05:52
Matthew Stratful 00:05:43 00:05:45 00:05:49 +04 seconds 00:05:43
Richard Ruffell 00:05:59 00:06:05 00:06:11 +06 seconds 00:05:59
Nilesh Mistry 00:06:02 00:06:02 00:06:10 +08 seconds 00:06:02
Dave Dixon 00:05:16 00:05:16 00:05:28 +12 seconds 00:05:06
Vaneeta Cro 00:11:38 00:12:41 00:12:59 +18 seconds 00:11:38

First event of 2016, will be on the 7th January.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Paul Knechtl

Brian Forrester 10K trophy for 2015

Every year, BAAC awards a trophy for outstanding achievement in a single 10K race, or for a series of 10K performances.

To help us decide who will pick up the prestigious trophy in February, please could all club members let me know details of your 10K performances in 2015.  Any descriptions of unusual or special happenings at these runs would be welcome.  Please send them to me by Christmas.  Don't be shy!


Mail to: Steve Hillier (

Club parkrun results for Saturday 12th December 2015

12th Dec 2015

Family, Friends,+





Alan Anderson 37:56 Gunnersbury run #388 55%
Julie Barclay 22:39 Woking F-8, run #57 76%
Ben Chaytow 31:46 Crane Park run #116, 96th at Crane Park 43%
Caroline Cockram 28:37 Northala Fields first run at Northala Fields 56%
John Coffey 25:14 Bushy Park run #193 73%
Ian Cunningham 23:48 Bushy Park run #220 64%
Scott Davison 22:36 Bedfont Lakes run #141 62%
David Duggan 28:08 Bedfont Lakes run #125 55%
Denis Foxley 24:50 Harrow run #24 68%
Joan Foxley 34:15 Harrow run #17 61%
Alan Friar 27:51 Reading run #183 64%
Sarah Gordon 36:53 Hamilton Lake NZ run #88, park #54 50%
Roderick Hoffman 25:49 Hamilton Lake NZ BA park #214, new country 60%
Kevin Holland 29:13 Woking run #32 58%
Chris Kelly 21:02 Reading run #265, 213th at Reading 70%
John Lennon 31:26 Bedfont Lakes run #184 48%
Kerstin Luksch 20:52 Gunnersbury run #166 72%
Daniela Mayerova 29:30 Victor Harbor BA park #215 50%
Steve Newell 31:29 Richmond Park run #201, 22nd at Richmond 57%
Joe Nolan 24:17 Black Park run #245, 230th at Black Park 66%
Lissa Pritchard 23:53 Gunnersbury run #13 63%
Richard Ruffell 22:14 Gadebridge run #97, M-6, course pb 69%
Linda Winning 37:36 Llyn Lech Owain run #86 58%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper
Bill Byrne volunteer Old Deer Park funnel manager
Tom Rowley Volunteer  Woking

This week our members chose to keep to the southern half of UK or well down in the southern hemisphere.  Not necessarily dry everywhere but at least not freezing.  Plenty of runners still turning out in shorts even if long sleeved shirts were the preference of the majority.  With global cooling now top of the political agenda we may look back nostalgically on these times in years to come!

After several weeks away, Julie Barclay returned to Woking under the watchful eye of Tom Rowley and recorded her best time for several months (22:39, 75.86%).  Only slightly faster was the in-form Richard Ruffell who made a return visit to Gadebridge (Hemel Hempstead) after a few months.  It is not the fastest of courses so Richard (22:14) was probably quite pleased to record a course pb and lower the club course record by a full minute.  Richard is closing in on his "100" vest now with 97 runs to his credit.

Chris Kelly (21:02) at Reading, John Coffey (25:14) at Bushy and Denis Foxley (24:50) at Harrow also ran well.  Free to run at his own pace for a change, Joe Nolan (24:17) was at Black for the 230th time.  His total is now 245.

Our long distance tourists in Australasia broke new ground.  Daniela Mayerova (29:30) ran at Victor Harbor in South Australia, the first time we have been represented in that state.  During the week Roderick Hoffman (25:49) crossed the Tasman Sea and was at Hamilton Lake in the north island of New Zealand for another first.  His sister Sarah Gordon accompanied him yet again.  parkrun is for the whole family.  The club total has now moved on to 215.  Roderick has now run at a parkrun  with a name beginning with "H" for four consecutive weeks.  On his return to UK I imagine Hove Promenade will be more likely to catch his eye than Hilly Fields (in Brian Forester's home borough of Lewisham) which Roderick has studiously avoided for more than two years!

Updated club parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

Ed: Don't forget that Christmas and the New Year offers additional parkrun opportunities. Several parkruns are running on Christmas day and even more on New Year's Day and on the New Year's Day runs you can have two results recorded provided you can get from the finish of one to the start of the next.  Seasonal parkruns are listed here: . Check the start times carefully - you wouldn't want to miss the start nor get out of bed earlier than you need! Alternately this Google map shows just the New Year's Day parkruns but colour coded by start time!

Parkrun Tourism - Volunteer for Hamilton?

Daneila became the first club member to run at Hamilton last week - that is Hamilton in Victoria, Australia. This week I became the first club member to run at Hamilton Lakes - that is in Hamilton, New Zealand.  There is one more Hamilton parkrun to be run to complete the set for the club so we'd like a volunteer for Saturday 28th November for Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands off Queensland in Australia. The course is round the harbour pictured.

picture of a harbour on a tropical island

You will have to pay your own traveling expenses but the run entry is free [don't book your flights for next Saturday - the parkrun isn't on on the 21st].

The nearest parkrun to Hamilton in Scotland also hasn't yet been done by a club member but that parkrun is called Strathclyde so wouldn't count.

Roderick Hoffman

From our Rowling reporter...

From Woking Park parkrun: The weather kept entries down slightly to 185. 

Julie Barclay returned to the Woking run for a change of terrain the paths now clear of conkers but the wooded section muddy and very slippery and affected most runners times.  Julie pleased with her run considering having to run the 1k muddy part very careful.  Finished 1st 0/50 (27th overall) in 22.39.

And I have finally met Kevin Holland   And it was made very easy as he wore his BA vest.  I Introduced Kevin to Julie.  Kevin is now retired two years previously worked at Waterside.  Kevin finished 2nd over-65 (126th overall) in 29.23 his course best being 27.57. My marshal post being at the top of the only SLOPE on the course I saw him ascend each of the 3 laps looking very relaxed and comfortable   Did not see him after the run as I am late getting back to finish. 

One very noticeable performance by a first timer - Alison Boureois a V/L over-60 finished 4th lady (20th overall) in 21.59 (89.50%).  Almost world class and lowered the over 60 course record by 3 minutes.

Thatís it folks - if the weather gets any colder I am going to have a cardboard cut-out made as a stand in marshal,

Tom Rowley

Running Shorts

I did a 10K at Osterley Park on Saturday morning - it was held just after their parkrun which I thought would have been cancelled as much of the route was common although the 10K did not start until 10:30. The miracle cure to my knees is not so - at Wednesday's BA 5 mile handicap I got a recurrence of the sharp pain in my right knee so decided to go steady today with the 50 minute pacers. After a couple of miles I felt I could go a bit faster so pulled away a bit and finished in 47:59. Need to keep injury free for marathon number #104 and my last race of the year next Sunday at Portsmouth. 

Piers Keenleyside

Retired runners lunch 2015

The retired runners lunch was held at the Black Lion in Hammersmith on Tuesday 8th December.  In time honoured tradition, the tide was high. The following attended: John Williams (president), Judy Williams (part time), Chris Stockwell (former chair), Alan Friar (membership sec), Phobe Friar, David Barnard (former hon treas and founder member), Brian Bennett, Ian Hudson, Tony Barnwell, Steve Newell (ex committee member), Sue Newell.

The provisional date for the next retired runners lunch is Tuesday 13th December 2016 at a venue easy to reach by those with a bus pass! High tide at London Bridge 12:53. Hammersmith 40 mins later, Richmond 1 hour later.  "Retired runners" membership is very loosely defined and anyone remotely eligible (e.g. given up working, given up running ultra marathons) is welcome. 

Steve Newell 

I'm going to have low availability throughout December so please send me digest submissions in plenty and early - preferably on the Sunday.  I will continue to generate weekly digests provided there is material to include.

Roderick Hoffman

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