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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th April 2019


  • Wednesday 17th April NOW Harrow/Headstone from 12:00 (see below) *
  • Wednesday 24th April - Pre London Marathon Meeting from 18:00 at the Bedfont Club *
  • Wednesday 28th April - 26 miles through the streets of London or a long marshalling stint! #

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year BUT NOT THIS WEEK (due to the NOW event).

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. Last updated: 4th April.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 20th March) / # 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

Northumberland 10k and Longford 5k, Wednesday 10th April, results #

The inaugural Northumberland 10km (and Longford 5km) was held at Bedfont on the evening of Wednesday 10th April 2019.  The sun was low in the sky and there was a cool easterly breeze which meant that the aircraft were taking off heading towards London.

We are grateful to Harry Wild for acting as starter and timekeeper.

The majority of runners enjoyed the new course although some had self-inflicted navigation problems (not memorising the very simple instructions issued beforehand) and those who had taken in the Norbiton Street Orienteering event the previous evening found their hectic life catching up with them.

Questions were raised about the accuracy of the course measurement and also about the continuous availability of signals from the satellites feeding the GPS devices.  There will be another walk of the lap with a surveyor’s wheel before the next time – and there will be a next time.

The runners enjoyed a BAAC sponsored meal of curry and pizza at the Bedfont Club afterwards.


Northumberland 10km   Longford 5km  
Chris Kelly 44:34         Steve Hillier 30:16
Maarten Stenham 45:10         Christine Munden 30:42
Graham Taylor 53:39         Benita Scaife 34:10
Neil Frediani 57:20         John Scaife 34:10
Roderick Hoffman 63:38         Steve Newell 36:54
             Simon Turton dnf

 Watch times:
 Northumberland 10km start finish time
Chris Kelly 18:20:00 19:04:34 44:34
Maarten Stenham 18:15:00 19:00:10 45:10
Graham Taylor 18:07:00 19:00:39 53:39
Neil Frediani 18:02:00 18:59:20 57:20
Roderick Hoffman 18:02:04 19:05:42 1:03:38
Longford 5km
Steve Hillier 18:31:00 19:01:16 30:16
Christine Munden 18:31:00 19:01:42 30:42
Benita Scaife 18:35:00 19:09:10 34:10
John Scaife 18:35:00 19:09:10 34:10
Steve Newell 18:27:00 19:03:54 36:54
Simon Turton 18:36:00 dnf

Steve Newell

Wednesday 17th April NOW run at Headstone Manor, Harrow REMINDER

With our busy summer schedule about to start, the last “Non Office Worker” event of 2018/19 takes place next week.  Open to all, these lunchtime runs take advantage of daylight to explore some new running routes. We will gather outside the cafe at 1200, for a run or walk around Headstone Park, enjoy a drink and explore the ancient Headstone Manor. The car park is in Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX.  Buses H9 & H10 stop nearby and the site is within walking distance of North Harrow and Harrow & Wealdstone Stations.

If you need any more info, let me know.  See you there!

Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th April 2019

13th AprilRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Paul Knechtl 17:49 Brooklands #22 M-2, run #21, club record 81%
Ian Cunningham 21:31 Brooklands #22 run #374, course pb 72%
Paul Davis 21:45 Brooklands #22 run #135, 3rd at Brooklands 62%
Barry Walters 22:01 Brooklands #22 run #68, 1st at Brooklands 75%
Jacob Stenham (JM10) 28:13 Brooklands #22 (nm) run #22, 3rd at Brooklands 60%
Maarten Stenham  28:14 Brooklands #22 run #162, 3rd at Brooklands 49%
John Coffey 28:50 Brooklands #22 run #325, 2nd at Brooklands 68%
Benita Scaife 31:53 Brooklands #22 run #148, 1st at Brooklands 63%
John Scaife 31:54 Brooklands #22 run #170, 1st at Brooklands 53%
Helen Smith 34:32 Brooklands #22 run #43, 1st at Brooklands 58%
Zoe Ostley 36:28 Brooklands #22 run #225, 3rd at Brooklands 50%
Steve Newell 36:50 Brooklands #22 run #353, inside M25 complete again 51%
Chloe Davis (JW10) 46:15 Brooklands #22 (nm) run #14, 2nd at Brooklands 39%
Kelly Davis 46:15 Brooklands #22 run #79, 2nd at Brooklands 32%
Lesley Chamberlin 30:41 Hazyview #92 (ZA) run #188, 1st at Hazyview, BA park #489 62%
Maria Jovani 21:18 Caffarella (Rome)#31 F-2, age cat rec, BA park #490 73%
Roderick Hoffman 27:10 Beach Strip #89 run #344, park #370, BA park #491 58%
Petra Otto 36:10 Munich Westpark #13 run #83, agecatrec,  club rec (F) 58%
Adrian Haines 19:53 Forest of Dean #480 run #50, 1st at Forest of Dean, club record 75%
Jain Reid 28:13 Richmond Park #609 run #47, 45th at Richmond, parkrun pb 62%
Alice Banks 25:53 Abingdon #392 run #140, 1st at Abingdon, club rec(F), park#39 76%
Chris Evans 22:51 Bedfont Lakes #505 run #236, 229th at Bedfont Lakes 66%
Scott Davison 26:32 Bedfont Lakes #505 run #297, 241st at Bedfont Lakes 54%
Anne Bannister 28:46 Bedfont Lakes #505 run #194, 159th at Bedfont Lakes 68%
David Duggan 28:47 Bedfont Lakes #505 run #303, 199th at Bedfont Lakes 55%
Joe Nolan 34:36 Black Park #515 run #320, 290th at Black Park 48%
Ben   Chaytow 22:01 Crane Park #366 run #227, 194th at Crane Park 63%
John Lennon 35:17 Frimley Lodge #479 run #287, 1st at Frimley Lodge, park #33 45%
Ian Cockram 24:18 Guildford #349 run #475,3rd at Guildford 61%
Caroline Cockram 26:18 Guildford #349 run #254, 2nd at Guildford 64%
Oliver Mathai 25:12 Gunnersbury #382 run #61, 37th at Gunnersbury 67%
Piers Keenleyside 26:49 Gunnersbury #382 run #228, 153rd at Gunnersbury 61%
Joan Foxley 40:52 Harrow #205 (nm) run #133, 112th at Harrow 54%
Alan Anderson 41:45 Osterley #288 run #548, 18th at Osterley 55%
Chris Kelly 21:45 Reading #479 run #429, 335th at Reading 70%
Eddie Giles 26:55 Salisbury #204 (nm) run #115, 37th at Salisbury 66%
Janet Smith 34:59 Upton Court #328 run #102, 8th at Upton Court 50%
Tony Barnwell 43:50 Wycombe Rye #345 run #187, 87th at Wycombe Rye 44%
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford funnel manager

The club featured parkrun at Brooklands was well supported and children of members joined in as well. Paul Knechtl (17:49) was the fastest by quite a margin and set a new club record.  27 members have now run at Brooklands at least once (it only started last November) but no-one has so far taken up even semi-permanent residence.  It is probably worth another visit over the summer when the muddy path through the woods is less of an issue. [photo next issue - if I remember]

Our global tourists were still on the go and our total is now up to 491.  Lesley Chamberlin (30:41) was at Hazyview close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Maria Jovani (21:18) was at Caffarella in Rome and set an age category record while, later, Roderick Hoffman (27:10) was at Beach Strip by Lake Ontario prior to a visit to Niagara Falls.  Petra Otto (36:10) also set an age category record at Westpark in Munich over the weekend.

Alice Banks (25:53), just a week after her appearance at the inaugural in Japan, was back at Abingdon in Oxfordshire and set a female club record there.

Adrian Haines (19:53) emerged from a winter zooming round indoor tracks to run his 50th parkrun and lower the club record at Forest of Dean.  Jain Reid (28:13), one of our London marathon entrants, achieved a pb at Richmond Park on her 45th run there.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

When in Rome

Last Saturday I took part on my 2nd international parkrun. I did my bit of parkrun tourism in Caffarella park in Rome. The park has a very easy access from the city centre. Colli Albani is the nearest underground station only a few minutes walk to the park. I used the train to reach the park stopping at Roma Tuscolana train station which is only 1 mile away from the park that I used as a warm up.

I arrived at the park 8.15 allowing myself few minutes to spare I case I couldn’t find the start of the run but soon I spotted few parkrun t-shirts and the parkrun flag (sigh of relief knowing I was in the right place).

It is a fast and flat course consisting in two anti-clockwise laps with the 2nd lap being slightly longer than the 1st lap. The course itself was very well signed posted with a couple of marshals in the key points.

The 1st timers briefing was translated in English to the non-Italian speakers and we also had a short introduction about the park by the very enthusiastic RD.

I was very lucky that one the volunteers had to tick few miles after parkrun so I tagged along. He knew the park like the back of his hand and showed me many historical monuments. I would highly recommend to stay in the park after the run, do a little research and try to visit few.

Maria Jovani

Norbiton Street-O Results

Last Tuesday was the penultimate event in this season's South London Street-O event and the venue for Norbiton.  BA had three runners with Simon Turton having a particularly good run finishing in 15th place on the night (of 86 competitors) and with 690 points collected.  Roderick Hoffman had a much better run than last time out and scored 518 points (after deductions for 3:04 time penalties) and Christine Munden finished with 210 points.  Also of interest former member Bill Byrne (running with Claire) ran their first Street-O event and finished with a creditable 490 points.

In the overall standings Simon, Christine and myself all managed to score more points than one of our previous events hence improved our overall scores. However other people improved their scores by more so Simon has slipped to 11th place, I'm down to 34th (but one of only three people to have run all eight events so far this year) and Christine has managed to retain 10th place amongst the ladies.

The next and last event in this year's series will be in Wandsworth on Tuesday 14th of May.

Roderick Hoffman

PS Simon thinks that it is unfair for everyone else in the club to be deprived of the opportunity to run in a Street-O event over the summer and so he is planning an event around the Bedfont Club area on 21st August - our Club Inhouse Event for August.

Thames Towpath Ten Results

  • Jeremy Short 1:13:42
  • Piers Keenleyside 1:23:44
  • Neil Frediani 1:29:32
  • Jasvir Singh Modaher 1:40:17

Piers Keenleyside

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