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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th August 2016


  • Monday 22nd August - Track&Field Grand Prix event at Hillingdon Track from 18:00*
  • Wednesday 24th August - Club BBQ event at Harmondsworth Moor from 18:00 (details below)*
  • Thursday 1st September - Dream Mile (anniversary event) - Bath Road 12:45*

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.

*Club Event Map: [long googlemap hyperlink you would not copy]

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BA Athletics Club BBQ Wednesday 24th August on Harmondsworth Moor - all welcome

On Wednesday 24th August the club will be hosting a BBQ on Harmondsworth Moor.  All are welcome and there is no charge for members, families of members or for non-members (hopefully potential members) who have told us in advance that they may be attending.  There may be a modest charge for unannounced non-members on the day.

Event: There will be a training event beforehand under the guidance of our ace coach Joe Nolan.

BBQ: Clara Halket will be providing a basic BBQ for meat eaters and vegetarians.  If your needs are specialist then let us know.  We'll also provide a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.

Location: We'll meet at a slightly different location than normal to enable us to explore a new area of Harmondsworth Moor.  See the map below or print the higher resolution version from this link. The location is also marked on the club map - see link above.

To get there by road enter Moor Lane FROM HARMONDSWORTH VILLAGE. Pass the Five Bells pub on the right, next to the church, and after another 400m there is a narrow bridge and there is parking in the road on the right hand side both before and after the bridge - on a single yellow line but permitted from 16:30. 

The BBQ location is in the park area on the right immediately after the bridge.  We are likely to be using the picnic tables 50 meters into the park.

Location from Waterside: Leave Waterside by the backdoor and exit towards Harmondsworth Village.  The BBQ location is in the park area immediately in front of you as you reach Moor Lane.

Timing: Try to get to the BBQ location for 18:00 for the training event.  The BBQ will probably be timed for soon after 19:00

And if it is wet?  We've deliberately chosen a location where we could easily move to the Five Bells Pub! But the training event will take place whatever the weather.

What do you need to do? TELL US TO EXPECT YOU (please, NOW, even if you are only 51% likely to make it)

eMail me at and say how many of you and any special food requirements and if you have any questions.
Roderick Hoffman, Joe Nolan, Clara Halket

2016 BBQ Location Map

Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th August

13th August family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Alan Anderson 32:01 Gunnersbury 198th run at Gunnersbury 67%
Alice Banks 25:35 Maidenhead run #62 75%
Tony Barnwell 34:33 Northala Fields 9th run at Northala Fields 54%
Caroline Cockram 53:44 Bedfont Lakes 30%
Jonathan Cox 21:53 Bushy Park run #282 70%
Ian Cunningham 21:42 Bushy Park run #252, 215th at Bushy 70%
Scott Davison 23:20 Osterley Park 1st run at Osterley Park 61%
Linda Dodsworth 26:15 Evesham Club course record (F) 60%
Steve Dodsworth 23:10 Evesham Club course record 65%
David Duggan 29:45 Bedfont Lakes run #160, 110th at Bedfont 52%
Neil Frediani 24:41 Bedfont Lakes run #148, 96th at Bedfont 64%
Sarah Gordon 35:02 Leicester Victoria 8th run at Leicester Vic 54%
Roderick Hoffman 28:35 Wimpole Estate 1st run at Wimpole Estate 54%
Andrew Jordan 21:07 Bushy Park run #116, 105th at Bushy 70%
Piers Keenleyside 23:00 Gunnersbury best 2016 run at Gunnersbury 69%
Trish McCabe 27:02 Folkestone 1st run at Folkestone 56%
Joe Nolan 29:05 Black Park first run for 12 weeks 56%
Colin Russell 23:11 Oak Hill run #24, 23rd at Oak Hill 59%
John Scaife 25:05 Fritton Lake 1st run at Fritton Lake 65%
Sreeram Sethuraman 29:32 Upton Court run #88 34%
Gill Westbrook 29:01 Bedfont Lakes run #46, best this year 66%
Paul Watt 21:40 Rushmoor run #22, 11th at Rushmoor 69%
Chris Kelly volunteer Reading barcode scanning
Ian Cockram volunteer Bedfont Lakes
Paul Westbrook volunteer Bedfont Lakes
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking marshal
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning

The holiday season continued through the Olympic period and our parkrun tourism regained some momentum.

Steve Dodsworth (23:10) and Linda Dodsworth (26:15) were at Evesham where only Sarah Gordon had run previously before she joined us.  Sarah herself was at Leicester Victoria (35:02) this week for the eighth time.  John Scaife (25:05) continued his tour of East Anglia with a visit to Fritton Lake where triathlons are held as well as parkruns*.  Trish McCabe (27:02) went across Kent to Folkestone where they will be celebrating a second anniversary next week.  Those three runs take the club total forward to 281.

Roderick Hoffman(28:35) was at the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire so Neil Frediani's club course record of 27:02 is still intact.  Scott Davison (23:20) was at Osterley parkrun for the first time and became the 23rd member to run at what is the nearest parkrun to the old Concorde.  Chris Kelly has been our fastest there with 20:03.  Chris has injured himself , Rory McIlroy style, indulging in another sport while on holiday and was on barcode scanning duty at Reading this week.

Piers Keenleyside (23:00) always has a next marathon in his sights but he ran his best parkrun time of the year at Gunnersbury this week.

Steve Newell (

Updated parkrun stats:

Steve Newell

*John Scaife adds "Did Fritton Lake parkrun yesterday in my continuing quest to do all the Norfolk parkruns. Running round a lake in Norfolk sounds about as flat as it gets, but in fact it's a series of minor undulations through an intricate and in places single file woodland path network with abundant tree roots to trip the unwary. Wouldn't want to do it after heavy rain. Free parking. "

parkrun tourism

Like London buses (or GB Olympic gymnastic gold medals) no sooner is one new parkrun country in sight another one comes round the corner into view.  On 27th August parkrun Sweden starts at Haga parkrun, Hagaparken, Stockholm. Experienced parkrunners are invariably welcome at inaugural country events. Remember that every parkrun is the same and every parkrun is different - this one obviously will be in Swedish - Google Translate describes the course as: "Line drawing is two turns clockwise around the Haga Park with both gravel and asphalt surfaces. The start is at the parking lot located just north of the tennis courts at Haga Forum. After starting the runners run only about 300 m before the first lap on the track begins. After two laps to run back down to the start. The runners run through first ginden at the southern end of the park. Then keep to the left and run up to the Copper Tent, where you turn right and runs past the front of the tent, and steeply down to Haga Castle. At the end of the hill is to the right and follow the path along the water back to Haga Forum. Shortly after the summer café takes off to the right and run up a short hill that leads back to the beginning of the row. After the second lap, running it back down through the gates to the same place that you started on." - and that sounds the same to me as many a UK parkrun (well, apart from the Copper Tent).

As reported last week parkrun Canada starts next Saturday at Okanagan in British Columbia. Steve Newell reports "I've been to Lake Okanagan twice before. Firstly for Ironman Canada in 1995 with Malcolm Mowle, George Smith and Eddie Ketterick and a lot of Brits including John Lunt who went on manage the triathlon at London 2012 and secondly a tennis section outing (hosted by Air Canada) to Summerland on the other side of the lake a few years later. The lake is huge and the drive from Vancouver a fair old way". And then two weeks later, on September 3rd, there is a second event starting up at Nose Hill in Calgary. Getting to Nose Hill is much more feasible - BA operates a Boeing 787 departing at 18:40 on Friday, landing at Calgary later that evening (20:25) with enough time for a good night's sleep before travelling the 10 Km out to the parkrun in the morning. The return flight leaves at 22:15 on Saturday night and gets to the UK for 13:50 on the Sunday so no need to use up any leave.  If anyone (else) is up to this, let me know.  I've told our WARRior friends at WestJet that I'll be running in their back lot so we'll see how many of them get curious and join in.

Roderick Hoffman

Concorde Club facilities contact information and opening times:

Our current opening hours are:

  • The sports pavilion reception is open Monday to Friday, 0800-2200, Saturday and Sunday 0800-1800 depending on bookings.
  • The Heston Gym is open from Monday to Thursday 0630-2145, Friday 0630-2100, Saturday and Sunday 0900-1700.
  • And as reported last week The Imperial Collage Clubhouse bar is open on Wednesdays up until 11pm (though currently with no food offering).

Contacts for Membership, Up to Speed, Altitude Plus & Lottery Enquiries:

Contacts for Sports Hall & Gym Enquiries

  • 0208 513 2000 or 2001
  • Lewis Woolman - 07802578925
  • Waterside Gym Office – 02087385065

Alison Hartigan []

BA Clubs Limited, Concorde Club Trustee

Burnham Beeches Half 14th August

I ran the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon today (14 August) and spotted a familiar face (and beard!) Jasvir Singh-Modaher.  It is quite a tough hilly course, not as bad as Marlow, but getting there - especially on a warm summer's day! I finished in 1:45:21 and Jasvir in 2:18:09.

I also saw on Facebook that Lissa Pritchard was running the Isle of Man Half Marathon (with her sister I believe) - she finished in a time of 1:46:56. 

Piers Keenleyside 

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