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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th October 2018


  • Saturday 20th October - Club Featured parkrun - Upton Court Cancelled (see below)
  • Wednesday 24th October - Non-Office Workers run Osterley Park from 12:00.
  • Wednesday 31st October - Winter 5mile Handicap - Bedfont Club from 18:00

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: First week of October.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 2nd week of October) / # Club Points event.

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Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

This Wednesday...

...October 17th, there will be ad hoc runs from the Bedfont Club from 18:00 including a trial run of the 5 mile winter handicap course. This is prior to an informal social in the bar.  If you need to use the changing rooms before 17:50 please check with me for my arrival with the keys.

Roderick Hoffman

Milocarian AC Home Match at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst RMAS, Saturday 27th Oct 2018, 14:00

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve again been invited to attend the annual Milocarians 6 mile XC at Sandhurst. The XC is the stuff of legend with the infamous Saddleback Hill just one of many hills on a course that’s described as ‘undulating’.

Some of our normal attendees aren’t available this year but I’m keen we get at least six to count in the team event (which can be mixed). Other clubs attending include; Thames Hare & Hounds AC, Ranelagh Harriers AC, Kingston & Poly AC, Runnymede Runners AC, Sandhurst AC & Bank AC.

Showers and changing facilities will be provided as well as refreshments after the event (get in quick before Baz eats all the cake!).  

The Terry Lewins Trophy plus individual winners (male & female) will be presented after the match.

Given the location, obviously security is tight, so I need to submit personal details in advance by 17 Oct. The following is required:

  • Full name of each attendee (runners and spectators)
  • Vehicle details (Make, Colour, Reg Number)

All adults will require photo ID on the day.

Timings are:

  •              1230 hrs Teams arrive at Main Gate (Entrance must be by the Main College Gate, on the A 30);
  •             1300 hrs Final Team lists to Match Secretary;
  •             1345 hrs Race Briefing (always a good laugh!)
  •             1400 hrs Race Start.

Hope to see you there! BUT tell me to expect you...NOW...

Simon Turton {}

WARR Event Photographs

For more see:!Ao4wOv9pbDU1gv5Ie5EW5wdIeGT0kw

Roderick Hoffman

Men's Cross Country Match 1: Roundshaw Downs – 13th October 2018 – 3:00pm  – 4.85 miles - Results #

Men's Cross Country TeamShift work, injuries and other events left us with a small team which gave a presentable performance at the first Cross Country of the season at Roundshaw. Semi-running-retired Mike Thorn came back for a return to his childhood stomping grounds and we saw a first run for Adam Moquet perpetual winner of the BA fun run.  Adam gave a stunning performance missing out on first place in Div 4 by a handful of seconds. Good performances by the rest of the team - Chris Kelly, Richard Ruffell, Simon Turton, Graham Taylor, Mike and Steve Hillier meant that we came 9th out of 12 in the Div 4 'A' team.

Thanks all and thank you Steve Newell for being our official.

Looking forward to seeing a good turnout at Epsom in November.

3 3 302 Adam Moquet SEN BAW 28:04
34 34 301 Chris Kelly V50 BAW 32:50
56 56 305 Richard Ruffell V55 BAW 35:02
105 90 303 Simon Turton V50 BAW 39:12
115 92 307 Graham Taylor V55 BAW 41:50
123 95 304 Mike Thorn V55 BAW 46:57
125 96 330 Steve Hillier V60 BAW 53:26

Next fixture:  Div 3/4 Match 2 - 10th Nov 3pm at Epsom Downs (hilly, around and across the race course)

Neil Frediani {}

Ladies Cross Country Event 1 - Wimbledon Common, 13th October 2018 - Results #

Ladies Cross Country TeamIt was a glorious day and unseasonably warm weather for the First Ladies XC match at the session held at Wimbledon Common.

As I arrived at the starting area I heard my name being called out and I was greeted by the lovely Tom Rowley who had already kindly collected our BA bib numbers. Being relatively new to XC running and having never attended the first match of the season before, Tom kindly showed me the ropes and showed me what was required and introduced me to Ron. We gathered near the Woking Club base and it was nice seeing so many familiar faces of friends from other clubs, but it was also nice chatting to some new people as well. I was soon joined by Helen & Monica and it was lovely catching up. After our warm-up jog together it was time for the off. The course was on a mixture of stony paths and had some wooded and grass sections. It consisted of one small lap and then one bigger lap. Thankfully, due to the dry conditions, there was no accumulation of mud! The later part of the course had a tough hill to master which was made more challenging in such warm conditions.

Once all 3 of our BA runners were home we did some post run stretching. We then enjoyed Monica’s yummy bread and butter cake and refreshment drinks whilst enjoying the sunshine and chatting to Tom, Jacqui and Kay and other colleagues. 

Thanks Helen & Monica for a great first match! My special thanks to Tom for being my mentor on the day. It was a small turnout but hopefully we will get to see more ladies taking part at the next match on 10th November at Nonsuch Park. 

I never thought I would say this but I wholeheartedly recommend XC and it would be great to have a full ladies team at the next match!
Until the next match! 

Trish McCabe 
Helen adds - "We were all pleased to see Tom and have our post race treat of Monica’s Bread Pudding Cake. All exhausted and went home although I guess Trish was fitter as she did Park Run, XC then the Cabbage Patch... Bravo Trish‍"

198 1010 Trish McCabe V40 BAW 42:13
221 1001 Monica Alonso V50 BAW 46:01
227 1014 Helen Smith V60 BAW 47:35

Next fixture: Match 2.    11am on 11th November at Nonsuch Park, Cheam.

Cabbage Patch 14th October Run-of-the-Month results #

Place Clock Time Name Team Category Bib
428 1:19:59 Craig Lunnon British Airways AC Men 45-49 1103
695 1:27:24 Scott Davison British Airways AC Men 45-49 438
1042 1:38:04 Piers Keenleyside Ealing Eagles Men 60-69 962
1081 1:39:59 Trish McCabe British Airways AC Ladies 40-44 1167
1137 1:42:14 John Lennon British Airways AC Men 50-59 1050
1267 1:48:44 Emma Parkes British Airways AC Ladies 40-44 1380

So both Craig and Trish judged the sprint to the line to perfection, one second under 80 minutes and 100 minutes respectively.  This is what Craig had to say afterwards...

Yeas, I was reasonably happy with the sub 1.20 time (actually 1.18.50 on my watch for chip to chip). It's the slowest I've run the Cabbage Patch, and at least a couple of minutes behind last year's time, but given the training I've had this year, a couple of niggles, and a trip to Antigua recently that involved a lot more booze and food than one should have at any time, let alone on the build up to a 10-mile race, it was OK.

The weather was pretty atrocious on the trip to the event, and the walk from the car park to the pub. Contestants arriving a little bit later than we did were coming into the pub looking like drowned rats. Luckily, things dried up a bit for the walk from the pub down to the start line. We bumped into ex-BA marathon alumni, Piers Keenleyside, in the queue for a quick chat too, and a mutual injury update! The organisation of this race is always good, and we got away pretty much bang on time at 10am. The course is a nice one, mostly on roads, but with a couple of towpaths to break it up. It's all pretty flat too, apart from a short, but very steep and slippery rise to cross the river for the second time. The obligatory beer stop just after 9 miles changed this year from London Pride to Frontier lager, which was a nice bonus for me personally, at least! And the good thing about the finish of this race is that you don't see the finish line until you are basically on top of it, which is good.

Post-race goodies included the usual water and treats, plus more lager as required, and the annual long-sleeved Cabbage Patch 10 t-shirt, in this year's yellow theme.

Personally, I was very lucky, as I got back to the pub just as the rain came down again in force. Emma was running the race with her sister, and they were far less fortunate, as they were still on the course at the time. They joined me a bit later and I did my utmost not to laugh at their bedraggled state! Still, we then managed to enjoy the post-race activities and prize giving, which is where the benefits of race HQ being a pub really come into their own. More races should adopt this approach, in my humble opinion!


Craig Lunnon

And Trish...

Yes, it was great to get under the 100 minute at the Cabbage Patch. The heavens opened and I think that was what did it. It spurred me on to speed up towards at the end just to get out of the rain. I can honestly say that was my wettest ever race finish! Trish

Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th October 2018

13th Octparkrunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Adrian Haines 18:42 Tilgate M-3, 30th run at Tilgate 80%
Ian Cockram 24:45 Bedfont Lakes run #449 60%
Chris Kelly 24:06 Reading run #401 63%
John Coffey 28:44 Hazelwood run #300, 26th at Hazelwood 67%
Maria Jovani 22:33 Crane Park club rec(F), run #244 69%
Steve Newell 35:39 Catford course pb, club course rec 52%
David Duggan 27:11 Bedfont Lakes run #273 58%
Scott Davison 23:57 Bedfont Lakes run #271 60%
Chris Evans 23:31 Bedfont Lakes run #214 64%
Bob Bannister 23:22 Bedfont Lakes run #331, 276th at Bedfont Lakes 70%
Denis Foxley 31:09 Bedgebury Pinetum 1st run at Bedgebury Pinetum, park #8 56%
Sarah Gordon 32:07 Braunstone run #207, 61st at Braunstone 60%
Ian Cunningham 30:07 Bushy Park run #348 51%
Jonathan Cox 23:36 Crane Park run #369, 74th at Crane 59%
James Glover 25:28 Guildford run #26, 21st at Guildford 59%
Joan Foxley 43:11 Harrow 99th run at Harrow 51%
Caroline Cockram 24:47 Hastings first run at Hastings, park #69 66%
Roderick Hoffman 29:51 Higginson, Marlow run #317, park #246 53%
Benita Scaife 31:39 Maidenhead run #130, 67th at Maidenhead 63%
Steve Taylor 25:04 Northala Fields 67th run at Northala 61%
Trish McCabe 29:16 Osterley Park 7th run at Osterley 53%
Alan Friar 33:17 Reading run #259, 170th at Reading 56%
Steve Waite 32:52 Riddlesdown 23rd run (all at Riddlesdown) 53%
Janet Cunningham 32:13 Wimbledon Common 1st run at Wimbledon 56%
Caroline Yarnell 23:53 Curl Curl run #52, 45th at Curl Curl 78%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning
John Scaife volunteer Maidenhead barcode scanning
Piers Keenleyside volunteer Gunnersbury marshal
Marion Taylor volunteer Northala Fields
Anne Bannister volunteer Bedfont Lakes

parkrun numbers were down a little this week as the cross-country league season got underway {Ed: but you will note that two of our fitter runners used a parkrun as a warm-up for the cross-country}.

Adrian Haines (18:42) returned to parkrun at Tilgate after a very successful summer on the track.  Maria Jovani (22:24) set a new female club record at Crane Park.  She did run even faster there (20:38) in 2016 before she joined us.  John Coffey (28:44), who has been parkrunning longer than any of us, ran at Hazelwood for the 26th time and reached the milestone of 300 parkruns (235 of them at Bushy Park, starting on Christmas Eve in 2005). Ian Cockram (24:45 at Bedfont Lakes) is up to 449 so should achieve his blue vest towards the end of next year, Chris Kelly (24:06 at Reading) moved on to 401, so maybe the year after.

Denis Foxley (31:09) visited Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent for the first time.  The seriously hilly single lap course is rated as the 14th most difficult UK parkrun.

The club featured parkrun planned for Upton Court next Saturday (20th October) has been dropped from the diary.  The run will still go ahead so anyone intending to go there can still do so.  Be warned though, Upton Court parkrun has been cancelled on 3rd November. The next run scheduled as a cfp will be at Fulham Palace on Saturday 1st December.  Steve Newell will be coordinating the run and trying the latest course out in advance.  Travel/parking advice to follow nearer the time.

Plans for Christmas and New Year are now being made and over the next few weeks parkrun event directors will be announcing whether or not there will be runs on 25th December and 1st January.  Start times will often not be the standard 9 a.m. and a maximum of two New Year runs are allowed.  Incredibly Dinton Pastures is planning to start the ball rolling at 0830 on 1 Jan 2019.  Bedfont Lakes has already opted out on both dates.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Osterley Park parkrun starts a new two lap course on November 3rd. We are due to visit Osterley for the next NOW run on lunchtime on Wednesday 24th October so perhaps we'll get to try out the new course before it is set!

Street-O London Bridge 9th October - Results

Simon Turton, Christine Munden and I had a good time running around the London Bridge area last Tuesday. The leader managed to accumulate 670 points out of a maximum 860 available. Simon's total of 340, mine of 320 and Christine's of 220 are low in comparison (though ten of the 85 competitors scored less than Christine - including one who ended up with minus70 points due to excessive time penalties!).  Both Simon and I lost time because the organisers had decided to hide traces of the railway from the map (I'm not sure why). Simon struggled to find the start position on the map because, although it was right by London Bridge station, the station wasn't shown.  I wasn't confused by the missing station but later when I was looking for a Control Point just before a bridge over the Thames I searched the wrong area because the railway bridge had been removed from the map we had been given.  However, despite these and other frustrations, we each had a good workout of body and mind, and in Christine and my case we had an enjoyable drink and meal afterwards in the pub that was the event HQ.

Next month's Street-O is in Teddington on the 13th November - the race HQ is The Park Hotel near Teddington railway station (which may or may not be shown in the map!), TW11 0AB. Registration will be from 18:15 with the last permitted start time expected to be around 19:30.  Entry on the night costs £4 and contact one of the three of us if you want more details of what to expect.

Roderick Hoffman

Running shorts...and longs...

  • From the archives - 30 years ago on Friday Steve Newell completed the Hawaii Ironman.
  • Ever been held up in a Marathon?  Runners at the Portland Marathon the other week were held up by a train crossing the course. Now, anyone who has been to that part of the world recently will know that some of those trains are very long and move very slowly. The delay was up to 22 minutes! The leader had got past the crossing but at the finish there was still a 27 minutes gap back to second place:

And finally...

2018 Speedgolf ChampionshipsSo what is the BAAC connection with this photograph?

It was taken at the recent 2018 British Open Speedgolf Championships, held at Piltdown Golf Club. Speedgolf combines golf with running and the male winner, Chris Benians, completed the full course in 80 shots and 43minutes and 41seconds to score 123.21. The winning lady was Liz McKinnon who shot 76 in 50:41 to score 126.41.  For more details, and to see videos of players in action see

And the link with BAAC?  The clock in the background is our very own race clock, hired from us for the championships.  The club invested in this clock a good many years ago and uses it for our external events and major internal events. When not in use by us we allow other clubs to hire it with a current charge of £50 per event or £25 for charity related events. It was used for the South Bucks 10k last weekend and on Wednesday for the Merchant Taylor's School's annual Cross Country race. If you know of an event being organised that would benefit from the use of a race clock then contact me to check availability.

And thanks to Joe Nolan who has recently undertaken a couple of repairs on the clock, as well as covering for me when I've been away.

Roderick Hoffman

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