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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th January 2018


  • Wednesday 17th January - Club evening run and social - Cranford Community College and Queens Head* - details below
  • Saturday 20th January - Club featured parkrun - Northala Fields* for 09:00 - details below
  • Wednesday 24th January - Five Mile Handicap from 18:00 at Cranford Community College followed by Queen's Head social*

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: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Not for you, no longer interested?  remove me please. / Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml

Club Facebook Page "BARunner"

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Wednesday Club Night event and social

Meet in the car park of Cranford Community College anytime after 17:30.  Use the college changing rooms to get changed (and the showers should be working this week - though this has not been confirmed), we'll depart from the car park at 18:00 to the Brabazon Estate for our regular "Pioneers Relay" winter workout. The course we'll be using is shown on the club map.

Afterwards we'll recover in the Queen's Head, from 20:00 - remember your light blue BA Clubs cards for your 15% discount.

Any questions - ask me...

Roderick Hoffman (

Ladies Surrey League Cross Country Saturday 13th January results

101 Deby Helsdon 44:15
154 Melanie Holman 47:37
229 Helen Smith 56:45

Injuries and circumstances led to us having as many runners on the sidelines as taking part in the run but still a creditable result for the team.  Indeed currently it is a very good result for the team but that is because the provisional results include two runners who didn't - no doubt that will be corrected in time.

The Club's Concorde Road Race?

Your views still welcome...

Should we have a Concorde race this year?  If you have got views on the matter, including if you'd like to get more involved in the set up and running of this year's event, then please pass them on to a committee member or to me at and/or arrange to join us for the next Committee Meeting at the Cranford Community College on Wednesday February 7th - advise the secretary Steve Hillier {} of your intentions.

Roderick Hoffman obo BAAC Committee  

London Marathon volunteer update

Come the New Year, thoughts turn to the London Marathon (Sunday 22nd April) and I start the process of building the list of 150 volunteers required for the 5 crossing points that BAAC supports. For 2018 the London Marathon will be issuing INDIVIDUALLY NAMED course passes and also require a contact number in case of emergency. This means I need to get names agreed for each crossing point by MID MARCH so if you can help please supply the following:

  • NAME
  • E-MAIL

Note: The organisers no longer require addresses.

Please send details to

The Big Half - March 4th

The London Marathon organisation have asked us to help with an additional event, and we've committed ourselves to manning a crossing in Greenwich on the day.

Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered to help.  If anyone else is interested, please can you contact me soon.

Steve Hiller (

Information from the organisers:

The finish line for the half marathon is next to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and we are going to introduce a pedestrian crossing point so that runners and spectators can cross the race route on Creek Rd.  We will be introducing some new volunteer groups into The Big Half but because it’s year one we’re really keen to also work with BAAC and two or three other core groups so that we can be confident we have a strong level of experience in key areas of the event.

The headline details are below:

  • Event: The Big Half (
  • Date: Sunday 4th March
  • Location: Greenwich
  • Provisional Timings: 08:30 – 13:00
  • Team Required: 30 (Approximate)
  • Kit: All team members will receive a New Balance ‘Big Half’ jacket

Club parkrun results for Saturday 13th January 20183

Steve Newell is away so apologies if any results or volunteer efforts have been missed.  Please email additions or corrections to me and also advise me of next Saturday's planned or actual performances - Roderick Hoffman.

parkrun #event size parkrunner 1st Claim Club Run Time Pos G.Pos Commentary
Bushy parkrun #717 1380 Ian CUNNINGHAM British Airways AC 00:24:44 386 332
Bushy parkrun #717 1380 John COFFEY British Airways AC 00:27:25 675 502
Basingstoke #517 572 David DUGGAN British Airways AC 00:29:32 294 243 volunteer (Bedfont Lakes)
Bedfont Lakes #443 232 Chris EVANS British Airways AC 00:23:11 29 28
Bedfont Lakes #443 232 Trish MCCABE British Airways AC 00:55:24 230 95 Tail walker
Bedfont Lakes #443 232 Bob BANNISTER Runnymede Runners 00:25:21 54 48
Bedfont Lakes #443 232 Anne BANNISTER Runnymede Runners Marshal
Reading #417 263 Christopher T KELLY British Airways AC 00:21:13 19 18
Rickmansworth #47 412 Denis FOXLEY British Airways AC 00:31:12 257 169
Rickmansworth #47 412 Joan FOXLEY 00:37:02 357 164
Gunnersbury #320 548 Alan ANDERSON British Airways AC 00:35:54 482 311
Wycombe Rye #281 542 Tony BARNWELL British Airways AC 00:39:28 513 308 Not 100% but he got round.
Houghton Hall #5 205 Roderick HOFFMAN British Airways AC 00:27:26 82 67
Crane Park #301 211 Scott DAVISON British Airways AC 00:22:44 33 31
Crane Park #301 211 Jonathan COX Stragglers 00:22:52 36 34
Crane Park #301 211 Ben CHAYTOW British Airways AC 00:24:04 62 56
Maidenhead #148 394 Alice BANKS British Airways AC 00:26:27 119 19
Leicester Victoria #113 356 Sarah GORDON British Airways AC 00:33:21 290 101
March #102 177 Petra OTTO British Airways AC 00:32:40 102 40
Clifton #1 141 Richard RUFFELL British Airways AC 00:22:58 13 13
Oak Hill #339 221 Colin RUSSELL British Airways AC Run Director

So, lots of members ran lots of different parkruns.

Richard Ruffell needed to be in the Clifton area and realised there was to be an inaugural run there.  I advised him not to go - they had asked for a quiet launch and I suggested that hundreds might turn up and crowd the circuit and risk problems with the results.  He went anyway, and just 140 others did so also, so he probably had a good run.  Park #379 for the club (to be confirmed when Steve gets back). The general advice from parkrun HQ is to consider not going to inaugurals but anyone who wants to go to this Saturday's only UK inaugural run will be made very welcome - it is in Bressay in the Shetlands. Some uber-tourists will be there, calm seas permitting!

Trish was told by her physio. not to run this weekend, due to suspected shin splints, so she had to miss the Cross Country but he said nothing about walking (perhaps she didn't ask) so she managed to get round Bedfont Lakes and get a volunteer credit to her name as well.

Colin Russell had his first go as Run Director at Oak Hill and all appears to have gone well.

Club Featured parkrun Saturday 20th January Northala Fields

Northala Fields parkrunJoin us on Saturday at Northala Fields parkrun.  If you can't run at the moment then there are spaces on the volunteer's roster (see

For those who don't know Northala Fields the course is a single circuit on good solid surfaces. Mostly flat - don't worry about the mounds, you run around them on the out and back.  There is enough parking in the two free car parks and adjacent streets and the cafe is a good one - very parkrun friendly.  Loos as well for those who need them before the start. They have been attracting a field of 300 over the last few weeks but the first 500m of the course is wide (right to left in the picture) so plenty of time to sort out the runners by their pace.

Please try to get to the park before 08:45 so that we can have a team photo - imagine the attached photograph but with a dozen of us in the foreground.

The parkrun course page is  Any questions - drop me a line.

Roderick Hoffman (

parkrun Growth

Record numbers of UK parkrunners AND parkrunners worldwide.  Of the two other UK inaugural parkruns on Saturday Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District also had a manageable 139 participants and Heslington near York had a less so 532 (though they were geared up for this and coped without issue).  Last week I reported on Crichton filling a gap in Southern Scotland.  For their second run they had slightly fewer numbers with only 335 but only seven of those runners had more than ten parkruns to their name.  Meanwhile in Germany Ralph Behrens did another German inaugural run at Rubbenbruchss and on his eighth run he was the second most experienced in the field - Jacob from Poland was there with his 93 parkruns but none of the other 69 parkrunners had done more than two parkruns.

Many parkruns broke their previous records including Tooting Common with 817 on their 100th run so just beating last week's new record. Southampton added another 60 odd to make a new record of 1134 but in worldwide terms that is only the 23rd largest parkrun venue.  Bushy is 6th in the list but the other 21 above Southampton are all South Africa parkruns including, with a new world record on Saturday, North Beach with 2451.

Roderick Hoffman

club parkrun stats {not updated this week}

September Running Opportunities

ASCA Cross Country 2018


SAS CPH (Copenhagen) will host this years event on Saturday Sept 1st, so plenty of time to run off the Christmas excesses! Details will follow when known.

Kind Regards,

Jim McEvoy (ASCA).

5th Int. Airport Race in Hamburg 16.September 2018 - free entry!

On September 16th we will have the 35th International Airport Race, a 10 miles race (16.1km) around HAM (Hamburg) airport.  All airlines runners are invited to take part for free! If you or some of BA runners are interested to take part in this event please contact me. The Int. Airport Race is one of the most attractive races in northern Germany with approx. 2000 participants.

As our homepage is in German, only - here is the translation from our homepage of the most important facts:

  • The start will be on Sunday, 16th September at 11.00 hrs,
  • The start and finish will be on the 400m track of Lufthansa Sportverein sport center, Borsteler Chaussee 330, 22453 Hamburg, Germany
    You will get there by public transport by following busses: 23, 34, 114 to busstop Spreenende. From there it is a short walk (400m).
  • The distance is 10 miles (16.1 km) and the course leads you surrounding Hamburg Airport (race-course),
  • Each kilometer will be clearly marked. The course will be on closed roads, sidewalks and footpaths,
  • Race package pick up will be at the Lufthansa Sportverein sport center at following dates:
    • Friday, 14th September 3pm to 6pm
    • Saturday, 15th September 3pm to 6pm
    • Sunday, 16th September 8am to 10pm
  • Timekeeping will be done by BMS-Chip to be attached at your running shoe. You will be provided with a loan chip that you have to return to the organizer after you finish.
  • Every finisher will receive a medal
  • You will get water at km 6, km 10, km 14 and at the finish-area. In addition you will get fruits and Krombacher Alkoholfrei at the finish-aerea.
  • There will be several activities on race day including warm-up, music, awards-ceremony, food and beer-stands, barbecue and a large selection of drinks in our clubhouse.

As the race is free of charge for you we will do the registration. We will need the following data:

  • name,
  • first name,
  • gender,
  • date and year of birth,
  • club/airline,
  • nationality,
  • address,
  • email,
  • phone number

If you did sent these data to me already than this is your confirmation.

Re hotel: we used for some team-events the ibis Hamburg Airport hotel which is close to the airport (approx. 800m) and have a free shuttle-service on request. By public transport it is easy to get to Hamburg city center and harbor. From the hotel to our sport-complex it is only 3Km and easy to get there by taxi.

I hope this facts will help you and I´m looking forward to welcome you here in Hamburg! If you have further questions don´t hesitate to ask.

Best regards,

Ralph Behrens (

Ed: The WARR race day is Saturday September 29th so these could be good opportunities to check out the opposition and one's own fitness before heading to Victoria later in the month.  For those there for the weekend there may also be parkruns available on the Saturday (be)fore each event.

Street-O Richmond Results

Christine Munden and I took part in the latest Street-O Orienteering event at Richmond last Tuesday.  Previously Christine hasn't been covering enough ground in the hour so scoring low and I have been over-ambitious and hitting time penalties. As an experiment therefore we set off together and stayed so for the first half of the time period. My error meant that we failed to get the first 30point control we went for [well, when the control is "...sign...bridge number..." and it is dark and you get to where the dot is on the map and there is a sign there with a bridge number in the correct format for the answer sheet then why should you spend additional time checking that there isn't another sign five feet away with a different bridge number on it and then work out which of the two the clue refers to? The answer is we should have done this.] but after that we did alright.  After we parted I managed to get an extra 30 point control, and then catch up with Christine as she finished, so our final scores were:

Roderick Hoffman 54th 310 points 0:58:12 No time penalties
Christine Munden 59th 280 points 0:58:12 Best result of the year

In the overall placings Roderick moved up to just one place behind Simon Turton who hadn't run at Kingston. The next Street-O event is on Tuesday 13th February in Bloomsbury, nearest tube Russell Square - see

There is also an Orienteering event in Richmond Park this Sunday (21st) with some interesting "mass start" runs. These are called "Very Nearly an Armful" (10k+), "Half Blood" (16k+) and "Full Blood" (21k+).  There are also short colour coded runs.  All runs are open to non-orienteering club members. Details:

Roderick Hoffman

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