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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th July 2019


  • Wednesday 17th July - T&F Rosenheim 5 at Walton, Waterside Drive 18:45 # (see below)
  • Monday 22nd July - T&F Grand Prix 400m and Hammer from 18:00 at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium
  • Tuesday 23rd July - NOW run - planned venue UNAVAILABLE (see below)

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year including this Wednesday - but over the summer numbers will be low so let me know to expect you.

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: 4th April.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 24th June) / # 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

Club Contact Channels

The club uses various channels or resources for keeping in touch with members. The main ones are listed below with more details provided on the website at

News Digest

The club issues this News Digest every Monday evening with details of forthcoming events and reports on recent runs and races. To add an email address to the distribution list simply email Copies of the digest are also made available on the Website and linked from the Facebook Page.  Additional content for the News Digest is always welcome.


The club's website address is . This is a site for permanent content with information about the club, our events, kit, locations and so on. Most of its content is only updated infrequently. The list of events should be updated every other month.

Facebook logo Facebook Page

The club committee maintain a Facebook Page at . This should be seen as the social media "Shop Window" for the club. It holds information posted by the committee and visible to the world. As well as being used for the News Digests it will also hold Facebook "Events" for the public events that the club organises, such as the Speedbird Ladies Race.

Facebook logo Facebook Group

The club has a Facebook Group called "BA Runner" at . This is a private group for club members and associates and can be used for general chats amongst members and for in-house events. Each key in-house event should have a Facebook "Event" in the Facebook Group. To join the group go to the link and request to join. Once joined members are free to create new items, with or without pictures, and respond to those of others.  Please note that content may be copied for public publication in the digest.  

Google Map

A map is maintained by the committee showing key locations,-0.4706997,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1sz31P-sSECWno.kIIgdFzUuZAo?hl=en. This should be available on all connected devices and, for instance, linked to Google Navigation tools. All parkruns are shown on this map, including details as to whether members of the club have already run that parkrun. 


Members of the club may use WhatsApp from time to time to manage details for specific events such as WARR or the Green Belt Relay. There is no long-term use of WhatsApp.


Within BA, Yammer may be used to communicate details of forthcoming events but since only active BA members have access to Yammer it is only used informally.

Face to Face

Club members meet at the Bedfont Club every week and for Club In-house Events and Socials most months. Announcements may be made at these meetings but since most members are unable to attend such communications are not relied upon.

Club Committee

All of the club's committee members are available to answer questions. The list of members and their email addresses is on the website at .

BA Clubs

BA Clubs communicates with all BA Clubs and active BA members through their website (, publicity shots and Yammer input. Whilst we don't rely on BA Clubs for communication they can provide a useful push on key events.

Roderick Hoffman

Vets Track & Field – Sunshine at Perivale

The final Veteran’s League match took place on July 10th at Perivale.  Holiday commitments kept a few regulars away, but our small team were still keen to collect season’s bests, challenge club age group records and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the Vet’s league.

Janet provided the outstanding performance of the evening, with a Hammer throw well clear of the opposition.  Christine had a great night at her local track, following up her close battle in the 200m with a useful Javelin throw.

The men had busy evenings too.  Sprinter son Kenny was sidelined for being too young (!), so it was left to Dad Mike to have a steady warm up in the 800m, then enjoy a close race in his favoured 200m.

Steve Newell arrived ready to take some age group records from Harry Wild, just missing out in the Hammer, and running a competitive 800m against a Herne Hill Harrier some years his junior.  Steve Hillier was happy with season’s bests in 200m, Javelin and Hammer.

Harry Wild provided the usual encouragement, while still managing to remain impartial in his recording role.

Event Event Age Group Club Competitor  Age Group Time/Distance Place
200m W35 Christine Munden W45 42.6 6th
200m M50 Michael Ball M55 33.2 6th
200m M60 Steve Hillier M65 36.2 6th
800m M50 Michael Ball M55 03:13.7 6th
800m M60 Steve Newell M75 04:52.2 6th
Hammer W50 Janet Smith W50 35.68m 1st
Hammer M60 Steve Hillier M65 23.44m 2nd
Hammer N/S Steve Newell M75 13.66m  
Javelin W35 Christine Munden W45 8.08m 4th
Javelin M60 Steve Hillier M65 18.31m 5th

Vet’s League is now over for the year, but bear it in mind for four fun evenings next summer.  In the meantime, let’s have a big turnout for our last inter-club track meet of the year, the Rosenheim League at Walton on Wednesday.  See you there? (see below)

Steve Hillier

Rosenheim League Meeting Four at Kingston

A second successive low turnout of men took part in the 4th of this season’s five Rosenheim meetings - but still enough for a men's relay team.

  • Danny Treherne ran PBs in the 100m (12.2s) and in achieving an excellent 3rd place in the 200m (25.6s) and also anchored the relay.
  • Michael Ball ran 100m in 14.9s as a non-scorer and started the relay.
  • I ran the 800m in a season’s worst 3:13 (luckily my name was misspelled in the results) and the relay.
  • Steve Hillier threw the shot 6.36m and discus 13.31m before running in the relay.

Thanks to all who turned out.

Hopefully we can finish the season like we did last year with a good turnout at Walton THIS Wednesday evening. It would be great to see some newcomers and you can take part as a non-scorer if you just want to experience track racing/jumping/throwing without the pressure. The weather looks great for a track meeting!


The events are as follows: {Club(s) responsible for officiating field events}

  • 6.45 Pole Vault W & M
  • 6.45 Hammer W {St Mary’s Twickenham/BA}
  • 7.00 400m Hurdles W & M
  • 7.10 800m W & M
  • 7.15 Discus M
  • 7.20 100m W & M
  • 7.40 400m W & M
  • 7.45 Triple Jump W & M {Epsom & Ewell Harriers/BA}
  • 7.50 1500m W & M
  • 8.00 200m W & M
  • 8.00 Discus W
  • 8.00 Shot M Walton AC
  • 8.15 3000m W & M
  • 8.35 4 x 200m Relay W & M   

Neil Frediani

NOW Event on July 23rd at 12:00...but where???

We had been planning to get together in Ruislip but unfortunately Harry Wild is unable to host us on that date due to an unexpected priority engagement. We will arrange to meet up in Ruislip another month instead.

But we have the date in the diary so we may as well meet up. I've created a Facebook event so please sign-up and indicate your venue suggestions.

Or reply to me by email:

Roderick Hoffman {}

Ride London 2019

You may have noticed that we've stopped mentioning the Great City Race due tomorrow. That is because we've got enough helpers for the event and refreshments afterwards! Report next digest.

Our final London Marathon related marshalling event of the year takes place on Sunday 4th August.  Thank you to everyone who has already committed to helping on the day, but we still need more volunteers to help operate the crossing.

As usual, we will be situated at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. switching spectators from one side of the course to the other, allowing the race to flow freely.  It's definitely the best spectator experience on the course! 

Please can you consider whether you can give up all or part of the day?  Let me know so we can get you the best view in the house.


Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th July 2019

Member 13th July 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB? ↓ Comment
TRUE Mike Dennison Bushy Park 55 00:19:41 82.22% Bushy approaching the big 8-0-0
TRUE Maria Jovani Bushy Park 52 00:19:38 79.54% PB   31 second improvement
TRUE Oliver MATHAI Bushy Park 406 00:24:57 67.20%
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 685 00:28:15 54.87%
TRUE Murray HOGGE Reading 67 00:21:44 72.55% run #263, all at Reading
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Reading 56 00:21:19 71.46% run #438, record attendance of 526 this week
#N/A Ian Giggs Reading 21 00:19:26 68.70% 500th parkrun / known by many
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 21 00:21:31 64.37% run #238
TRUE Scott DAVISON Crane Park 60 00:25:18 57.38%  
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Tilgate 227 00:27:58 64.72% 1st run at Tilgate, park #28, club rec(F)
TRUE Paul WATT Tilgate 73 00:23:47 64.05% 1st run at Tilgate, park #23
checking James Glover Guildford 73 00:22:57 66.38% PB   Another 2 second improvement, parkrun pb
TRUE Stephen K TAYLOR Bournemouth 275 00:27:14 56.92% 1st run at Bournemouth, park #11
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Clumber Park 188 00:28:37 57.02% run #239, park #41, club rec
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 317 00:42:04 64.86% (assisted) n.b. Ann was assisted by Alan
TRUE Trish MCCABE Great Lines 242 00:31:12 49.68% park#40, club rec (F)
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Northala Fields 172 00:28:25 55.48% run #355, 9th at Northala Fields
TRUE Micheal BALL Woking 122 00:26:14 59.59%  
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Penrhyn 124 00:29:01 56.23% 1st run at Penrhyn, park #50
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 285 00:33:35 60.35%  
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 286 00:33:35 49.93%  
#N/A Paul SINTON-HEWITT Château de Pierre de Bresse 4 00:21:21 73.85%  
TRUE Ian Cockram Château de Pierre de Bresse 12 00:24:14 61.83%  
TRUE Caroline Cockram Château de Pierre de Bresse 21 00:27:26 61.12%
TRUE Adrian Haines Worthing 6 00:18:45 79.91% M-6, club record
TRUE Joe NOLAN Homewood 74 00:30:55 53.75% run #333, 3rd at Homewood
TRUE John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 27 00:20:04 75.91%
TRUE Marion WOODHOUSE Rickmansworth 380 00:33:17 54.38%  
TRUE Paul TIMMS Cirencester 33 00:24:16 63.87%  
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 66 00:29:11 67.39%  
TRUE David DUGGAN Hazelwood 58 00:28:10 56.45% first run at Hazelwood
TRUE Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 106 00:39:38 47.81%  
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 77 00:46:01 45.42%  
TRUE Maarten Stenham Brooklands 45 00:24:22 56.84% PB   8-y-o son is improving!  PB by over 2minutes
TRUE John Lennon Brooklands 171 00:32:37 48.34%
TRUE Barry WALTERS Blyth Links 48 00:22:03 74.68% run #73, park #39, BApark #510
TRUE Anne Bannister Hanworth 43 00:27:24 71.84%  

Volunteers include...

13thJuly 2019 parkrun Role
Denis Foxley Volunteer Harrow run director
Joan Foxley Volunteer Harrow Timekeeper. 49th volunteer shift at Harrow
Alastair Heslop Volunteer Guildford unknown

This week’s report starts with a stark warning – the parkrun which has proved the most popular with our members over the years (Bedfont Lakes) has been cancelled on 20th July (for one week only) as there is a Joint Services Rally taking place.  The recently started run at Hanworth Airpark is not far away and at the moment is not overcrowded.

Roderick Hoffman (28:25) put in a rare appearance at his home run at Northala Fields and learned later that two of his club records around the country had been bettered.  Adrian Haines (18:45) led the way at Worthing with a time that puts him at 17th out of over 600 in his age group all-time list there.  Piers Keenleyside (28:37) set a new mark at Clumber Park near Worksop in Nottinghamshire.

Neil Frediani (29:01) visited Penrhyn in North Wales to bring up a personal half century of different parkruns.  Barry Walters (22:03) was our first member to try the newish run at Blyth Links in Northumberland. Over the last few weeks the club’s total has moved on from 500 to 510.

Chris Kelly (21:19) and Murray Hogge (21:44) who have a combined total of over 700 runs at Reading were part of a record turnout of 526 there this week.  More runners are discovering the pleasures of the grassy Wormwood Scrubs parkrun on warm summer mornings. This week saw a record attendance of 172 including over 40 who had never been there before.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

NEW club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - UP TO DATE - Download and explore.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Snowden Trail Marathon - Sunday 14th July

I ran the Snowdonia Trail marathon again yesterday for the 3rd time. Struggled a bit up the 'hill' between mile 19 and 21 but the views were good again this year. With my Garmin watch running out of battery and fairly sure I was on for a PW for the course I stopped for tea and cake (chocolate brownie) on the way down in a handy mountain tea shop. The rest did me good and I picked up the pace again for the last couple of miles overtaking many of those who passed me while I was drinking my tea! Finished in 7:42:50 - marathon #161.

Piers Keenleyside

Ed: Was it Pauline Shore, dressed as a bunny rabbit, who needed refreshment in the London Marathon so diverted into a pub on the course and helped herself to a stranger's beer? "You'll never believe what just happened", probably said his mates when he returned from the loo.

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