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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th December 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 17th December - Parkway Mile and Club Christmas Social at the Heston Clubhouse 18:00 / 20:00 (see below)
  • Christmas Day / New Year's Day - parkruns at many parkrun venues. Start times vary. As will the number of mince pies.
  • Saturday 10th January - Ladies and Men's Surrey League Cross Country - Wimbledon / Oxshott, 12:00 / 14:30

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Seasonal Greetings

[garmin site:]

Above is the genuine GPS trace of a section of my run last Friday lunchtime. If you think that it looks like a kid's drawing then I'm glad you haven't seen my first two attempts AND I look forward to you doing better - try it and send me an image or link for a future edition of this digest.  In the picture above you should be able to recognise the layout of Cranford Park - this park makes a good canvas for a portrait design and is also good for this activity since there aren't too many other users - I had the model plane flyers in the middle during one of my attempts and on this final run there was one guy with three dogs who kept heading for the corners I was converging on - but no mishaps resulted.  I ran this layout without having laid down any markers, I navigated by what was already thereÖas well as I could see it.  The park is slightly raised in the middle so it can be difficult to get and keep the correct bearing (hence the variable tree trunk width). Also some parts of the park are boggy and others have long grass - but with a design in mind you have to keep going straight through!  Give it a go and good luck.

On the subject of seasonal cheer don't forget to make it to the Heston Centre on Wednesday evening firstly for the annual Parkway Mile relay followed by the Club's Christmas social with an optional Santa's Sack (wrapped presents with value between $5 and £5).

If you expect to run please tell Steve Newell in advance so that he can work out the relay teams to be roughly equal.

Roderick Hoffman

December Winter Handicap Results

26-Nov-14 handicap run time handicap time gap Rank this month Pts this month Next Start Total Points Runs
Steve Taylor 37:30 37:28 00:02 13 25 37:30 59 3
Richard Ruffell 35:00 34:18 00:42 8 17 34:00 58 3
Harry Wild 41:30 41:43 00:13 11 20 41:30 58 3
Steve Hillier 48:00 48:37 00:37 9 18 48:30 48 3
Steve Newell 49:30 50:53 01:23 4 13 51:00 47 3
Alan Anderson 48:00 49:00 01:00 6 15 49:00 45 3
Alan Friar 46:30 45:47 00:43 7 16 45:30 41 3
Roderick Hoffman 41:00 41:07 00:07 12 22 41:00 41 2
Graham Taylor 37:00 35:38 01:22 5 14 35:30 32 2
Scott Davidson 37:00 35:32 01:28 3 12 35:30 30 2
Barry Walters dns 27 2
Gary Rushmer 33:30 31:46 01:44 2 11 31:30 25 2
John Scaife dns 25 1
Piers Keenleyside 35:00 34:28 00:32 10 19 34:30 19 1
Dennis Foxley dns 17 1
Neil Frediani dns 16 1
Chris Kelly dns 13 1
Joe Nolan 42:00 40:09 01:51 1 10 40:00 10 1
Tony Barnwell dns 9 1

The 3rd of the winter series handicap took place on Wednesday 10th December, a cold but dry evening and the clock had returned to duty. A largely uneventful month with no wrong turning, everyone within 2 minutes of their handicap and the nearest only 2 seconds from the handicap time. However competition for top spot is heating up with only 1 point covering the first 3 places, Steve Taylor leading the way with 59 points, hotly pursued by Richard Ruffell and Harry Wild both on 58 points. Remember though this season it's best 5 months to count out of 6 so things could change dramatically with the last run, as some complete their 5th run of the season and others get to drop their lowest score. Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all, and hope to see you on Jan 28th 2015 for the 4th run.

Paul Brandon

Ladies Cross Country

379 runners took off on the 2-lap course of Nonsuch Park on a cold but dry day. The course was flat apart from on very slight hill.
Right from the start, Lissa took off with the front runners while Deby, Helen and I stayed together near the back. Deby was not feeling great but once warmed up after the first lap, she picked up pace. We were cheered on by Tom Rowley and Ian Cunningham although Lisa thought she saw PK and Helen thought she saw Mark Taylor amongst the supporters. I didnít think it was that cold to be hallucinating!

  • Lissa led the team in with a time of 31.21,
  • followed by Deby 35.13,
  • Clara 36.07
  •  and Helen 37.37.

We ended with a picnic of tea and coffee, cookies, fruit, scotch eggs and pork pies. The team stands 29th out of 35. For the full results, please check out the new Surrey League website,

The next match is on 10th January at Wimbledon Common. We are looking forward to more ladies joining us for the run, or to support. More details next week.


Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th December

13th Dec parkrunner time parkrun comment Grade
Richard Ruffell 22:16 Bath Skyline park #30, BApark #146 68%
Hannah Oldroyd 19:05 Bedfont Lakes 1st (F) 78%
Gary Rushmer 20:23 Bedfont Lakes 10th/113 74%
Scott Davison 23:00 Bedfont Lakes run #100 61%
Ian White 25:32 Bedfont Lakes run #27 58%
Joe Nolan 23:37 Black Park run #198 67%
David Tyas 19:17 Bushy Park 76%
Ian Cunningham 20:56 Bushy Park WAVA% pb, run #174 72%
John Coffey 24:46 Bushy Park 73%
Jeremy Short 20:52 Crane Park 9th/94 72%
Ben Chaytow 22:03 Crane Park run #88 61%
Piers Keenleyside 21:24 Gunnersbury 73%
Kerstin Luksch 22:33 Gunnersbury pb 66%
Alan Anderson 28:51 Gunnersbury run #340 71%
Steve Newell 30:11 Gunnersbury run #160 58%
Chris Kelly 19:54 Reading 12th/180 74%
Barry Walters 20:26 Upton Court 3rd/55 78%
Anna Critchlow 21:18 Upton Court 1st (F) 76%
Sreeram Sethuraman 29:50 Upton Court run #25 44%
Alan Friar 26:31 Woodley run #149 66%
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford barcode scanning

Congratulations to Scott Davison on his 100th run (95 of them at Bedfont Lakes).  Let's hope he gets his black vest before Easter.  Scott was supported by Gary Rushmer and Ian White and all were beaten by Hannah Oldroyd a serial gender winner at parkrun - she has been first at over 60 different parks!

Richard Ruffell ran at his 30th and the club's 146th parkrun venue.  He visited Bath Skyline where the course includes some steps!

Barry Walters made on of his occasional visits to Upton Court and finished 3rd (of the 55 runners) and ahead of Anna Critchlow who was first lady in the Concorde10km some years ago.

Age may be creeping up on all of us but Ian Cunningham played that to his advantage this week by achieving his best ever WAVA score (71.58%) for his 20:56 at Bushy Park.  All this on his 174th run.

Joe Nolan, free of pacing duty for once, scorched round Black Park in 23:37 to show what he can do when not aiming for 24 or 25 or 26, etc.  He is now on 198 runs so could be up to 200 before the end of 2014.

Alan Anderson is still miles ahead (probably about 500 miles) of any of the rest of us (apart from Dave Tyas) and he plans to return to Bushy Park (where he has already run a mere 204 times) on Christmas Day because there won't be a run at Gunnersbury or Osterley and to make sure it stays that way.

Updated parkrun stats: 

Steve Newell

BA parkrun map: {some parkruns may have been missed}.

Christmas / New Year parkruns - information pictured here:

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