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BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th January 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

This Week's Events

Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to Some events will have "Prompts" set up in Facebook. These allow the posting of a single image and some text and make it easy to flip through everyone's entries.

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by Sunday evening) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Eddie Ketterick passes on some sad news

I have some very sad news, Jean Smith passed away on Monday (9th) in hospital in Somerset. Linda had a text from her last Saturday, she said she was in hospital but hoped to be home in a day or so. At present we do not know what happened. Could you pass it on to any club member that knew her please.


New NOW event - Alice Holt - Wednesday 8th February

Julie Barclay will be organising the next NOW (Non-Office Workers) event, which will be held in Alice Holt Forest, home to Alice Holt parkrun, though Julie promises a different circuit.

"12.00pm meet as usual. We will do a recce of the 5k course beforehand. There is a 2k route option. It is undulating and trail shoes would be recommended. The cafe is open until 4pm and you can purchase hot lunches as well as cakes and pastries. Toilets are available next to the cafe. Parking is a little pricey… £5.00 up to 3 hours and £6.00 for 4." Ed: Shout up if anyone wants to car-share. 

Cross-Country Matches Chobham Common Results and Reports #

The Men

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ...  ... ... ... 25:52:00
9 9 707 Paul Knechtl (first V50) V50 BAW BAW 30:06:00
72 68 705 Mark Taylor V60 BAW BAW 36:00:00
79 74 700 John Taylor V55 BAW BAW 36:59:00
108 93 702 Chris Kelly V55 BAW BAW 39:41:00
121 98 710 Tim Bellars V55 BAW BAW 41:06:00
125 101 708 Maarten Stenham V45 BAW BAW 41:35:00
150 115 701 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 51:46:00
154 118 706 Steve Hillier V65 BAW BAW 58:29:00

The team came 11th of 14. Graham and Steve might have been towards the back but their contribution meant that we finished ahead of the 12th team.

I've not yet received a report nor photographs from the men's team.

The Ladies

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ... ... ...  ... 29:59:00
47 47 1330 Emma Moreton V40 BAW BAW 36:17:00
89 89 1332 Tanya Snook V50 BAW BAW 39:35:00
118 117 1326 Julie Barclay V55 BAW BAW 41:49:00
178 177 1328 Amanda Coombs V55 BAW BAW 49:08:00
188 187 1331 Vera Simms V60 BAW BAW 49:51:00
212 211 1333 Jo Wells V60 BAW BAW 64:08:00
216 215 ... ... ... ... 85:43:00

Our team finished in 21st place out of a total of 48 teams (including B teams). The 22nd placed team was a single point behind.

Ladies Cross Country photosReport by Tanya Snook, photos from Emma Moreton

Last Saturday saw the Surrey XC League at a very muddy Chobham Common. After a week of inclement weather and a blustery downpour of rain overnight, we all expected the course to be …. well … quite frankly Wet, Wet, Wet. Before the race could even get going, we found ourselves sinking into a quagmire of mud at the start line.

The 2 lap, 7.6km course didn’t disappoint; we all set off in giddy camaraderie and after some initial stop/start attempts at navigating the wet terrain, it was soon apparent that the only way forward was most definitely straight through the water-logged ground (there was little way round it): the first part of the laps were arguably kinder to us, with gently undulating and open paths. However a few twist and turns later, the course gave us a couple of long climbs before a decent downhill section which rewarded the more gutsy and nimble runners able to weave in and out of the wetter patches: especially at corner 8 and we did well to stay upright! It was overall, a lot of fun, there was no heroic sprint finish, we were lucky to not to have lost a trail shoe in the last few metres but thankfully there were no casualties this time.

The fantastic volunteers and Marshalls did a terrific job, especially on those nastier, treacherous corners, where they warned all runners to be careful on their approach. They could have done with a large sign saying that for anyone using the car park …. navigating the entrance and exit was almost as tricky as the course itself.

Tanya Snook

Monthly Mile Results for January

Club Mile results for JanuaryI thought it was going to be just Steve and I this month (and perhaps Steve was saving himself for the weekend's cross-country runs) but then I had late entries from Ben and Adrian.

Ben reported: "Attempt failed! The weather was horrendous (horrendai as we say in Wales) so I headed into BAMC gym to use the treadmill. I could only set it to 1.6km so would have been dubious anyway, but the machine went straight into cool down mode and didn't display the time anyway! It was 7 minutes and a handful of seconds but meaningless now!!" [not fully meaningful, perhaps, but better than nothing]

Adrian reported: "Bermuda road mile. Ran with the elite. Stayed with them for 200m to the birdcage and that was it. An undulating wave course on the Front Street with two 180 degree turns. 5 minutes 11 seconds. Take 10/15 seconds off and you’d get an accurate mile time."

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

23 club members and friends' achievements are listed below, including two colleagues all at sea. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race Half-M Bermuda 01:25:30 From Facebook (thanks Margaret J Smith). 1st male 50 to 59.
Andy Rayner Walking White Waltham Airfield to Cox Green Wed 00:22:00 Fast walk White Waltham Airfield on Wed 11 Jan to home in Cox Green in 22m. Today, Sun 15 Jan; 3.5 M bike ride in 20:30 in cold conditions.
Barry Walters Running 10km Bracknell Sun am 01:01:45 Same course as last week, from home on tarmac in cool and dry conditions. Once again the second half was quicker and overall I was 3 minutes faster. Followed this with 30mins on ski trainer, 30 mins strength work and 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Running 1mile BAMC Gym See above
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km Evergreen Sat am Small numbers was the theme at Evergreen parkrun this morning - their 17th event, 20 finishers, 1st lady and 5th overall for Benita Scaife, and -3 degrees.
John Scaife parkrun 5km Evergreen Sat am As Benita
Clara Halket Running 8.88km Country Park Thur am 00:50:18 From Facebook: "A rather blustery rainy morning out in the country park. Recorded a nice number on the watch "
Emma Moreton  Race 4.7miles Chobham Common Sat pm 00:36:17 Cross country - first one since I fell over in Nov 2021! Enjoyed the muddy, hilly course and finished in 36.17
Harjit Jhooti Walking Weston Cape National Park (South Africa) Walking everyday on the long stretch of beach at Western Cape National Park
Jain Reid Running 24.2km Thames path Sun Along Thames path from Chiswick to Tower Bridge on South Bank then back to Embankment on North Bank. Tricky dodging the tourists from Westminster to Tower Bridges. [Ed: Our paths must have crossed!]
James Edwards Running 19km Brecon Beacons Wed 19km loop around the Waterfalls of Brecon… exploring Dinas rock Silica mine and the old gunpowder works. Route was a scramble in places but made it interesting.
Janet Smith Throwing Kingston First throws comp of the year. Hammer and Weight Throw at Kingston. Not great distances but it's a start
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Marathon Somewhere From Facebook "My first marathon for 2023 .what a big whopper chopper medal thanks to Ric at Phoenix running."
Julie Barclay Running 12km Aldershot and Manor Park Tue 01:10:00 Along Basingstoke Canal, through Aldershot and a lap of Manor Park
Paul Watt Running 12km Aldershot and Manor Park Tue 01:10:00 As Julie
Melanie Miller parkrun 5km Edinburgh Sat am Don’t normally put in a parkrun but this wos unique being the furthest traveled in the UK first Scottish parkrun but certainly the most fun!
Michael Ball Sprints This week's activity resistant runs 10 sec 20 sec and 30 sec x3 followed by circuit training
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 15.11km Inns of Justice Sun 02:05:36 Repeat of Tuesday's Street-O, but doing the whole map. 26 of 27 controls visited - the missing one being in the Middle Temple where there is no public right of way, especially on a Sunday. The photo is of control 20, clue "_______Station".
Simon Turton parkrun 5km Woodley Sat am 00:30:30 For some reason Hayley thought it would be a great idea to do a parkrun followed by zumba before she goes back to uni. next week. So we paddled our way round Woodley (Reading and Bracknell cancelled; bunch of woosies) in 30:30mins; she said it was fun running in the rain.
Stephen Taylor Running 6miles Ealing Parks Sun am 01:01:41 Starting to put a few runs together after a few weeks off. Only 6 miles around some Ealing parks but still a step in the right direction.
Steve Hillier Cycling 15miles Wemberley and back Mon 01:45:00 As a warm down from the cross country, I cycled a loop today around Wembley stadium, returning along the Grand Union canal.  Photo of a Hindu temple in Alperton attached.
Steve Newell Walking 5km Trafalgar [the original, from which the London square is named] Fri 00:54:46 11 laps of Promenade Deck (5km), 54:46 (strictly walking). Sea Area Trafalgar. Conditions quieter than last week.
Steve Waite Orienteering Tilgate Park, Crawley Thur pm Kent Night Cup week11. Fun in the rain on a wet golf course & woodland. Ed: Steve also sent in a late entry for last week. The Night Cup is run over 22 events and last week's had a time of 60minutes.


Week achievement photos

 Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 14th January

32 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 625 45 0:29:30 50.40%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 625 Timekeeper at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 642 305 0:35:32 48.08%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 567 228 0:37:41 54.62%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 913 595 0:30:57 51.80%
Mike DENNISON Crane Park 488 5 0:20:29 81.12%
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 488 26 0:24:19 66.62%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 488 30 0:24:48 57.59%
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 169 183 0:39:59 39.10%
Melanie Miller Edinburgh 610 568 0:38:27 46.47% 13th club runner at Edinburgh, and none have yet run it twice.
Benita SCAIFE Evergreen 17 5 0:32:40 64.95% First lady. BA parkrun #700
John SCAIFE Evergreen 17 6 0:32:41 52.78% 5th man, of 20 runners.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 459 Funnel Manager at Guildford
Barry WALTERS Gunnersbury 505 193 0:28:02 60.94% [following a VAR appeal]
Neil FREDIANI Hackworth 417 42 0:31:27 53.31% BA parkrun #699
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 330 105 0:31:04 59.07%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 330 157 0:39:59 59.57%
Harjit Jhooti Langebaan 290 91 0:36:34 48.86% South Africa. BA parkrun #698.
Keith Johnson Minehead 258 12 0:23:48 62.96%
David DUGGAN Old Deer Park 563 81 0:45:21 35.98%
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 406 80 0:27:26 61.73% All the 4s, 444th parkrun.
Trish MCCABE Osterley 406 106 0:29:08 55.03% 398th parkrun, 400 in sight.
Anne Bannister Osterley 406 161 0:32:34 63.20%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 406 231 0:49:30 52.83% 97th run at Osterley
Kevin HOLLAND Poole 538 387 0:54:12 34.96%
Fiona Bishop Pymmes 540 22 0:24:33 81.33% Best BA Age Grade.
Jain REID Richmond Park 738 162 0:28:48 63.72%
Paul WATT Roundshaw Downs 651 16 0:25:33 61.19%
Julie BARCLAY Roundshaw Downs 651 30 0:27:36 68.36%
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 2 Run Director at Stockley Country run #2
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 79 Funnel Manager at Wollaton Hall
Simon TURTON Woodley 462 188 0:30:30 51.26% First parkrun since Nov 2019, 8th in all, Previous result at Woodley was their inaugural run in 2012! *

Steve Newell is still on the high seas so fewer words this week.

parkrun review for Saturday 14th January

Stockley Country parkrun mudNo Personal Bests by club members this week - perhaps in part due to our cross-country matches but also the poor conditions underfoot over most of southern England. PBs were not impossible - half of the participants at Stockley Country who ran event #2 having run #1 last week managed PBs. We also had one Groundhog Day (same time, two consecutive runs at the same venue) though interestingly the runner had a gender position of 68th last week and half that, 34th, this week. There were 195 finishers this week was much more manageable, despite the conditions. Whether the field will recover [photo], we'll have to wait and see.

Unexpectedly the club achieved its 700th different parkrun on Saturday, and none by runners we'd have expected to be attending our cross-country matches. Harjit on holiday in South Africa reached the finish line a couple of hours before Neil ticked off Hackworth which is somewhere up north. Then we had late results in from the USA where Benita beat John to the line to record our parkrun #700. At the appropriately named Evergreen parkrun, Benita was also the first lady finisher, the second time she has achieved that feat.

How did the club get to 700 [see graph below]?

  • John Coffey ran the club's first parkrun at Bushy on Christmas Eve, 2005.
  • Eddie Giles ran the club's tenth at Abingdon on the 6th August 2011.
  • The 50th was Valentines, run by myself, on 22nd December 2012 (my 41st, on the way to the 50 "Hoffman" achievement so the club account was rising sharply).
  • The 100th was achieved on 19th April 2014 with a group effort ticking off Harrow Lodge (Richard Ruffell), Lloyd (Steve Newell) and Chelmsford Central (me).
  • The 200th was achieved on 24th October 2015 - Jersey (Eddie Giles), Carlisle (Denis Foxley) and Swansea (Chris Kelly).
  • 300th on 5th November 2016 at Portsmouth Lakeside (Janet Smith) and Kettering (me).
  • 400th on 7th April 2018 at Billericay (Steve Newell) and Worthing (me).
  • 500th on 1st June 2019 at Glen River (Piers Keenleyside), Alvaston (Sarah Gordon), Bethlem Royal Hospital (Steve Newell), Eglinton (me) and Dunstable Downs (Barry Walters).
  • 600th on 30th October 2021 at Felixstow (David Duggan), Henley Wood (Mike Dennison), Colney Lane (Benita Scaife), Chopwell Wood (Neil Frediani), Alexandra (Ray Hampton), Watermead Country Park (me) and Henlow Bridge (Simon Ashford).
  • And now 700 on 14th January 2023.

It's good to see how many different club members get name checks in those achievements!

Club parkrun achievements

* Simon replied to my comment to say that he had run at Woodley in the meantime, but on that occasion hadn't presented a barcode. But if it isn't in the parkrun computer then it hasn't happened! Simon's 3,745 day gap between consecutive results at the same venue isn't a club record - I had a 3,927 day gap between consecutive Old Deer Park runs and there could be other, higher, claims.

Roderick Hoffman

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Street-O Inns of Justice Results

Simon Turton and I both ran the latest event in the winter Street-O series. It was a dark and wet evening and in an area of London where some of the paths and roads shown on the map are not open to the public. Simon committed early to including the four controls south of the Thames but this was perhaps an error as he got back to the Knights Templar pub scoring only 268 points (76th place of 118). I plotted a route north round to Clerkenwell and it went very well until I approached Charterhouse Square from the North whereupon I discovered it to be totally cut-off from that direction. Fortunately I'd still got time to go off-map and find myself once I'd come back on-map and then get back to the pub to score 334 points (50th place). The first place finisher must have taken his life into his hands crossing roads because he managed to get all of the controls on the map other than one 20pt control (or two 10pt controls) and get back with only 30seconds of time penalties. That is the equivalent of my 15km run on Sunday but in under half the time.

I've now done three of the four events this season and I'm lying in 33rd place in the series table.

The next event is at Highgate on 7th February with the race meeting place being Brendan the Navigator Freehouse. See: Tuesday 7 February 2023 – Highgate StreetO | London Orienteering Klubb

Roderick Hoffman

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