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BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th May 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 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.

I have removed the Speedbird Ladies event from this week's listing without putting it in for another date. We still hope to run a Speedbird Ladies race this year, but currently don't know when or where.

Monthly Mile (submit before Monday 23th May):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can somebody else's formal event or even one mile within a longer run. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year.

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

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

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

Green Belt Relay Result

We got round! The team of eleven plus three main support team members plus other support covered the 215 miles of the 22 legs in a combined time of 29 hours 24 minutes and 26 seconds. Full report next week but there are some photos included in this digest.

Green Belt Relay some of the team at the end

Roderick's stage winner's shirtThe photo above is a partial team photo taken at Bushy - and with Sarah Kelly standing in for Chris since Chris was in the Team Captain's results meeting.

To hint at what you might hear about next week this photo on the right (or below) is a left over from last year's Virtual Green Belt Relay. As a team we completed the distance of the regular relay and some of us did the actual legs. That included me finishing the last leg at the regular finish line at the Hawker Centre in Kingston (and I remember it well, particularly the heavy rain for the last five miles). Although other teams also did some virtual running we and I were the only ones to finish at the regular finish and therefore I was the first finisher last year! Also, since they have now selected a new finish in Bushy Park, I have become the last ever finisher at that finish. As a reward yesterday I was presented with a stage winner's shirt.

Last year's virtual relay took us 32.5 hours and was probably on easier and more familiar courses. So that shows how well we have done this year.

More next week, on this year's event and results.

Roderick Hoffman obo Chris Kelly

Track and Field – May 2022

As the digest goes to press, the BAAC team are competing in the Veteran's T&F League at Battersea.  Full results will be published next week. 

There is still time to enter for this Wednesday's Rosenheim event at Kingston.  Please join us if you are able.

The competitions then take a break for a few weeks, but please let me know if you can take part in the next rounds:

  • Mon 13th June, Vets League, Hillingdon Track, Uxbridge
  • Wed 15th June, Rosenheim League, Epsom

> Steve Hillier

Rosenheim League at Kingston on Wednesday 18th May

Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre (KT1 3PB) is a mile from Kingston.  Norbiton station is a fifteen-minute walk from the track.

British Airways 5K Handicap event, Weds 25th May

Longford 5k courseWe hope you will be able to join us at Bedfont for a 5K event next week.  All speeds are welcome, from 17 minutes to 70 minutes.  We will follow the "Northumberland" loop.  Full route instructions will be available on the evening but see below the route description.  The target finish time will be 7pm so, like with the five mile handicaps, runners will be set off at various times with the aim of all finishing together.

Entries are welcome on the evening, but if you know you are going to come along, please could you let us have your expected 5K time in advance.


> Steve Hillier/Steve Newell

Start in Hatton Road just beyond the junction with Cains Lane.  Course:

Hatton Road to Bedfont Green, bear left round the church, then along Staines Road (A315) to junction with Faggs Road (A312), turn left and cross Faggs Bridge then immediately take footpath to the left and keep parallel to the Duke of Northumberland's River before turning right along the path between the allotments and the primary school.  The finish will be just short of the junction with Hatton Road (very close to the start).

The course has been measured with the wheel but feedback from runners with GPS watches etc. will be welcomed in the bar afterwards (the club may provide food - we need to check with the treasurer first).

WARR Update

I have sent out today an email to those I know are booked or are considering joining us. If you haven't received such an email...let me know.

> Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 19 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements. Others have posted mile results will be reported on next week and of course others took part in the Green Belt Relay or parkruns (on, in Ian's case, both).

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sun 00:53:10 Mon 9 May-1.5M fast walk Maidenhead-Cox Green, 29Mins. Wed 11 May-4M XC 54m 12s. Sun 15 May-4M XC 53m 10s.
Ben Cooper Running 4.42km Cardiff Airport Sat lunch 00:22:19 I've had about 4 weeks off running to rest a foot injury, but now I'm back and not far off pace
Benita Scaife  Race 5km Wargrave summer 5k series Tue pm 00:31:39 Our activity was the Wargrave 5k, the first race in the summer 5k series hosted in turn by six Thames Valley running clubs including Maidenhead AC…
John Scaife  Race 5km Wargrave summer 5k series Tue pm 00:31:39 ...Bumper turnout which looked like 400+ in perfect riverside conditions at Temple Meadow near Henley-on-Thames. We ran together.
Bob Bannister  Race 10km Staines 10k Sun 00:47:52 We got lucky with a dry window for the race between heavy rain overnight, early morning and late morning through the afternoon. I was happy with my run time which set me up quite nicely for a hearty breakfast with runners, friends and family.
Eddie Giles parkrun 5km Gunnersbury Sat am 00:28:01 A weekend London visit to stay with son Paul [aka "Unknown"] as seen at the Gunnersbury parkrun. Just beat him!!
Emma Moreton  Race 10km Staines 10K Sun 00:54:59 Paced 55 mins at Staines 10k (gun 54:59, chip 54:41)
Jacqui Haines Sprints Dordogne, France Am at Adrian’s place in the Dordogne in France and superb for biking, running and training for the track. It was good to do some speed last week with Adrian. 300 walk recovery 200 x5 sets, followed by a dip in the pool!
Jain Reid parkrun 5km Richmond Park Sat am 00:30:00 Sadly, I couldn't make Hammersmith street-o Thursday but made it to Richmond Park parkrun. This week 30:00 (watch time)
Janet Smith  Race 5km Windlesham Pairs Relays Thur pm 00:33:55 Ran in the Windlesham Pairs Relays on Thursday evening. 2 runners run 5km each alternately over a 1km loop. My 5km combined time was 33.55 mins so pleased with that ‍♀️.
Mike Dennison  Race 10km Windlesham Pairs Relays Thur pm 00:39:41 Maria Jovani and I ran at the Windlesham Pairs relays on Thursday (prior to also running at the Green Belt Relay on Saturday/Sunday)…
Maria Jovani  Race 10km Windlesham Pairs Relays Thur pm 00:39:41 ...We ran as a team and finished as the 7th mixed pair.
Michael Ball Sprints This week's activity 3x120 mrts 10 min between runs.
Julie Barclay Running 6miles Lake District Tue 00:56:12 A beautiful scenic run along Rydal Water, a lap of Grasmere and back again…
Paul Watt Running 6miles Lake District Tue 00:56:12 ...We were treated then to a low-level flyby over the lakes by two U.S. Airforce F-15Es (from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk). What a great start to the day…and all before breakfast.
Petra Otto gym Local Just gym work focusing, especially, on my ongoing groin pain (on abductor/adductor equipment).
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 8.98km Hammersmith Tue pm 00:59:51 Despite running well in the Green Belt Relay on my Sunday leg my achievement of the week was the Hammersmith Street-O on Tuesday evening - details below.
Simon Turton Walking 10km Knowl Hill Sat am 02:00:00 Becoming a regular thing in lieu of running… Saturday morning walk with Hayley around the lanes and byways near Knowl Hill. Gorgeous weather made for a lovely 2hr ramble.
Steve Hillier Cycling 22miles Hillingdon Sun Sunday cycling covered 22 miles through Hillingdon, including the Heathrow Mile course.  Also a couple of hours of Dad-dancing at a wedding on Saturday.

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 14th May 2022

27 activities are recorded this week. Fewer than normal due to many of our runners being involved in the Green Belt Relay (some for other teams!). Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 593 45 0:26:39 55.35% Bedfont lakes had a quiet 13th birthday - 147 finishers + marshals attended.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bedfont Lakes 593 59 0:27:40 57.47% As a warm-up for his Green Belt Relay legs!
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 593 106 0:33:00 49.44%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 593 110 0:33:46 60.96%
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 593 111 0:33:47 49.63%  
Joe NOLAN Black Park 606 301 0:31:43 53.86%
Paul WATT Blyth Links 88 9 0:19:45 79.16% BA Mens and grade record, from Barry.
Julie BARCLAY Blyth Links 88 60 0:24:29 75.97% BA Ladies record.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 530 256 0:34:32 59.60% 95th run at Braunstone
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 144 31 0:23:55 65.92%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 455 9 0:22:57 61.80%
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 132 261 0:47:31 42.27%
Monica ALONSO Guildford 430 296 0:30:46 57.31% first parkrun since last summer
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 430 Volunteer at Guildford [unknown role]
Eddie GILES Gunnersbury 470 239 0:28:01 65.50% First London parkrun for four years. First at Gunnersbury for six years.
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 470 446 0:41:46 40.14%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 296 90 0:28:49 63.68%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 296 145 0:36:15 64.60% [non-member]
John COFFEY Hazelwood 138 112 0:34:32 60.86%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 157 40 0:24:38 60.83% run #80, 26th at Houghton Hall
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 304 Finish Tokens at Maidenhead
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 304 Timekeeper at Maidenhead
Trish MCCABE Mile End 463 211 0:28:56 54.90% London parkrun 45/59 - 75% completed
Roderick HOFFMAN Northala Fields Timekeeper at Northala Fields [and involved in the Green Belt Relay]
Paul PRESCOTT Osterley 375 25 0:21:38 60.09% first run at Osterley
Jain REID Richmond Park 701 245 0:30:20 59.67%
Alice BANKS Somerdale Pavilion 91 61 0:25:24 81.04% First BA runner at the "Curley Wurley" parkrun. Club parkrun #649.

The Green Belt Relay, reported elsewhere, was top priority for many of our regular parkrunners this week but it didn’t prevent some from clocking a parkrun first and then heading off to run 10 miles or so later on Saturday and the same again on Sunday.  Ian Haylock, Chris Kelly, Mike Dennison, Maria Jovani, Barry Walters, Frankie Hogge and Murray Hogge all concentrated on the GBR and gave parkrun a miss this week.

Some of us seem to be at some parkrun or other almost every week.  Others like to dip in only very occasionally. Monica Alonso (30:46) ran at Guildford this week, her first parkrun for almost nine months.  Welcome back.

Alice Banks (25:24, 81.04%) went to Somerdale Pavilion near Bristol for the first time and set a new record for her age group.  That takes Alice to 54 parks and the club to 649.

Paul Watt (19:45) and Julie Barclay (24:29) were at Blyth Links in Northumberland.  They stayed around long enough to submit a run report which is good way for tourists to show appreciation.  Check it out, it has been uploaded already.

Trish McCabe (28:56) chalked up another run in East London, this time at Mile End.  Eddie Giles (28:01) made a rare visit to West London and ran at Gunnersbury where parking charges just have been introduced – 50p per hour with a 90 minute stay possible for just 75p.  There is a promise that the money raised will be used to resurface some of the paths on the course which have needed attention for years.

A red shirt beckons for Ruth Cadbury (MP for Brentford, Chiswick & Isleworth, Lab) who made one of her occasional appearances at Osterley.  It was her 49th parkrun and her time was 33:57. Her parkrun pb is 28:21.  Please drop the editor a line if your MP is involved in parkrun in any capacity.  Paul Prescott (21:36) tried Osterley for the first time - his 16th different parkrun venue.

Steve Newell

Club Featured parkrun Wimbledon Common - Saturday 21st May

The club featured parkrun on 21st May is Wimbledon Common parkrun. Meet at the Windmill car park SW19 5NR, or what3words animal.master.prompting.

The route is a two-lap trail run. The long-range weather forecast suggests generally fine weather for the latter part of the week so not too muddy, but trail shoes might still be a good option if you have them.

The Windmill Cafe is next to the car park. There is no mandatory charge for parking, but donations are requested.

John Scaife

After Bushy Park, Wimbledon Common parkrun was the second parkrun (or, as it was then, "Time Trial") established in January 2007. Only eleven club runners have run it. I was the first, back in 2012 and Steve Newell has run it the most, four times. The club records are held by Adam Moquet (19:09, finishing in third place), Anne Bannister (27:43 [Maria Jovani has run it in 21:33, but before she became a club member]) and Gary Rushmer (76.39%). The first female finisher at the first Time Trial at Wimbledon Common was Jane Davies who was already then a former BAAC member - her time and grade would have been records had she stayed a member, and she beat the grade with an 92.99% on a subsequent visit. She has achieved a 96.23% at Osterley this year, though her grade record exceeds 100%.

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Orienteering Street-O Hammersmith and Series Results

I was very pleased with my route choice and got back with 9 seconds left on the clock which makes it feel like a very good run (I've already forgotten that I ran into Sainsbury's thinking that there might be a back door for a short cut). I covered 8.98km with 17 controls and so scored a net 370 points and finished 25th out of 67. I am not a fast runner, averaging 6:40/km pace, so I try hard to make up by my route choice. Looking at the results from a net-points per km basis I came second with 41.20 points per km run against the leader (actually second on the night) who scored 41.26 points per km. That way of scoring wouldn't be fair on the faster runners because they boost their regular score by running extra distance to visit low value controls...but it does make me feel good! 

Melanie Miller also took part, running in a pair, and visited 10 controls in 57:59 so scored 220 points and 52nd place of 67 (15th of 22 women). They would have finished 44th if judged on route efficency.

The series results were based on the five best results of the up to eight run. My result last week counts as my third best of the series (but was perhaps better than that since the numbers who took part effectively diluted my score on the night). Overall I ended with 381 points and was 21st in the table. 215 took part but if you discount those who had run fewer than four events then I came 21st out of 46. I was only beaten by one runner who had only done four events.

As one of only five runners who had competed in all eight of the series races I was presented with a grapefruit and two kiwifruit!

Next year's series will probably start in October.

More details: Hammersmith Street-O and Overall Results – South London Orienteers (

Roderick Hoffman

Staines 10k results

The low turnout at Bedfont Lakes birthday event may in part be due to the Staines 10k the very next day.  I'm aware of two club runners but there may have been others.

Place Time Name Team Category Number Chip Grading
120 00:47:59 Bob Bannister Walton AC Veteran Men 60+ 123 00:47:52 72.77%
257 00:54:59 Emma Moreton Shepperton Running Group Veteran Women 35-44 357 00:54:41 57.35%

Triathlon News

After a Covid affected couple of years The World Series Triathlon is up and swimming, cycling and running again.  The first event of 2022 was held this weekend in Yokohama and Alex Yee (GB) who enjoyed success at the Olympics last year made an excellent start with a victory in the men's race (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run).  Team GB didn't let up and Georgia Taylor-Brown then proceeded to take the women's race outrunning Olympic champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda.

The next races in the series will be in Leeds, hosting an event for the sixth and last time on 11th/12th June.  The circus then moves on to Montreal (24-26 June), Hamburg (9/10 July), Cagliari (7/8 Oct), Bermuda (5/6 Nov) with the grand final in Abu Dhabi (23/26 Nov).  There are races for "age grouper" amateurs as well as for the elite professionals.  London hosted the World Championship finale in Hyde Park in 2013, a year after the 2012 Olympics.  Events included Paralympic races which had not been in the Olympic program.

Steve Newell

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