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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th January 2022

Events Calendar - online here

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

Track-on-Field (by end of Sunday 30th January, to be reported on in the following digest):

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

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

After a quiet start to the month things are hotting up with several events to attend - for those free on Wednesday lunchtime we have the NOW event at Ruislip Lido, then we have not one but two Club Featured parkruns and then next week we have the January 5 mile Handicap followed by our annual quiz. Details of all of these follow below.

Saturday 17th Cross-Country Runs #

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ... ... ... ... 00:27:48
28 28 918 Adam Moquet BAW BAW 00:31:59
53 52 912 Paul Knechtl V50 BAW BAW 00:33:44
66 61 950 Paul Prescott SEN BAW BAW 00:34:56
94 83 913 Mike Dennison V60 BAW BAW 00:36:29
98 85 906 John Taylor V55 BAW BAW 00:36:38
112 96 905 Mark Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:37:33
119 102 917 Maarten Stenham V40 BAW BAW 00:38:36
120 103 916 Colin Haylock V50 BAW BAW 00:38:47
122 105 900 Chris Kelly V55 BAW BAW 00:38:52
129 110 915 Ben Kelly SEN BAW BAW 00:39:12
175 39 904 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:48:00
181 42 ... ... ...  ... 01:03:35

Men's Cross Country TeamOur men were at Richmond Park and managed a full turnout including one extra runner. This resulted in a 9th place team finish amongst 14. Had our 10th and 11th finishers not turned up we'd have finished tenth - so they made all the difference. Mike and Mark were 3rd and 4th V60s on the day. The next men's match is probably at Lloyd Park on 19th February.

Men contact >Paul Knechtl.

Re the Ladies, Amanda writes:

Unfortunately we were unable to put a team of ladies together for match 3 at Mitcham Common. Several runners are injured and others were unavailable on Saturday. I made the last-minute decision not to attend as a team of one, largely due to travel restrictions.  We were ‘awarded’ 1000 points, and we would have scored no more had I attended and finished mid-field. Although we have dropped from 27th to 33rd position there is still plenty to play for! The final match is scheduled for 11am on Saturday 19th February at Effingham Common. I hope that everyone is fighting fit by then so that we can finish the season with a flourish!

Ladies contact >Amanda Coombs..

 British Airways "Tom Rowley" Cross Country Race, 20th March

We plan to hold our annual Cross-country race in Cranford Park, on the morning of 20th March.  This year we will host Woking AC and Milocarians AC, and we will celebrate the life of Tom Rowley.  Please put the date in your diary, and make all efforts to come along to run for British Airways AC, or support the event. This event will be this year's BA Cross-Country Championship.

Steve Hillier

Wednesday 19th January NOW Ruislip Lido Details

Ruislip Lido Parking - Reservoir Rd, Ruislip, HA4 7TY.  The postcode should lead you to the roundabout next to the Waters Edge Pub. There are three carparks off from this roundabout. The way to the left leads to a private carpark for the pub (don't use this) and a public carpark for non-Hillingdon residents. The way to the right leads to a carpark reserved for Hillingdon residents (note that you will need to have a "Hillingdon First" card and get a parking ticket from the machine). Parking is free for Hillingdon residents, non-residents will be charged £3:50. These carparks are patrolled so please use make sure you are correctly parked. 

Ruislip Lido BeachWe will meet a short way into the residents carpark, at the covered shelter (next to public toilets).  We will meet at 12:00, waiting for anyone who has told me that they are coming.

 The Lido has a tarmac path all of the way around (a good surface, but it can be slippery due to leaves or freezing conditions). There are lengths under trees where the nighttime cold may linger and the stretch across to dam may be exposed to wind and rain (not expected). The path is popular for dogs with owners on leads and for parents pushing or pulling young children.

The lap is 2.4km long so the runners will do two and a bit laps clockwise and then walk 800m back to visit the San Remo café.  Walkers will be recommended to do one lap anti-clockwise and then the 800m to the café. Anyone who wants to can venture into the muddy woods instead of doing the second run lap...but you won't find me doing that.

The café has a large indoor area and a good kitchen so will have a variety of main meal specials as well as the usual hot drinks and light snacks.

> Roderick Hoffman

BAAC Quiz:  Wednesday 26th January 2022, Bedfont 

It’s time for our quiz, to be held at the Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club, close to Hatton Cross.   Everyone is welcome! 

The team size will be between four and six – come as a team, or join up with some others on the night.  No-one will be left out.  You will be tackling General Knowledge and specialist questions, as well as some brain teasers!  We will be raising funds for our White Lodge charity.    
The quiz will start at 8pm, following our Five Mile handicap run (finishing at 7pm).  Food will be provided.  Please contact Steve beforehand if you have specific dietary requirements. 

An early indication of how many might attend, would be much appreciated! 

> Steve and Linda Hillier 

January Club Mile Results

January Club Mile resultsSix of us registered one mile runs this month (including Melanie from December). Mike Dennison and Maria Jovani recorded theirs from the Ealing Mile. Mike equalled his course PB and was top V60. Maria also topped her age-group. The rest of us ran solo - though in spirit with company.

Roderick Hoffman

The next Ealing Mile is on 4th February.

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 19 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration CComments
Andy Rayner Fast walks 3miles Mon 00:50:49 Also Sat 15 Jan - 2.2miles in 37m 1s.
Barry Walters Running 11km Lightwater Sun am 01:11:13 Ran steadily through Windlesham village to approaching the A30 when after 35 minutes  I turned to return home. Struggled in the later stages. Conditions cool and dry with hardly any wind.
Ben Cooper Running 6.5km Cardiff Airport Fri lunch 00:30:48 A long lunchtime jog to the end of CWL runway and back to BAMC
Benita Scaife Running 3.1miles Wycombe Rye parkrun course Sun am 00:34:59 We did a Wycombe Rye freedom run on Sunday morning. Cold and foggy, and we ended up dodging the junior parkrunners whose presence we had not anticipated…
John Scaife Running 3.1miles Wycombe Rye parkrun course Sun am 00:34:59 …Exactly the same time as the previous day’s parkrun). No picture today so here’s Benita on a frosty Maidenhead Thicket earlier in the week.
Clara Halket Walking 10km See picture - could be almost anywhere! Sat am Foggy morning walk at the lakes. Stopped by the café for a cuppa and forgot to restart the GPS. Took same route back to car so over 10km logged.
Denis Foxley Running 5km Harrow to home Sat am 00:31:00 A (not)parkrun returning home from being the RD at Harrow parkrun.
Harjit Jhooti Walking 13.87km Cornwall coastal walk Sun 03:19:04 Cornish walk, lots of steps
Jacqui Musselwhite parkrun 5km Queen Elizabeth Park Sat am 00:26:28 Queen Elizabeth Park park run near Petersfield. A tough long hill involved but a wonderful downhill to compensate.
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Marathon Run The Sun' at Weston near Stevenage Sun am 06:55:00 Tough course.
Joe Nolan Volunteering Mabac 8miler, Windsor Great Park Sun am In appreciation of all the help, advice and jokes Tom Rowley gave me over the years I will be at "his" point cheering on his behalf. Needless to say, I will be observing running technique ….particularly lesson one …to smile
Melanie Miller  Race 7.5km Mabac 8miler, Windsor Great Park Sun am 00:57:49 Mabac 8 Miler today in wonderful Windsor but only managed just over 1/2 of that as fending off a cold. Great camaraderie wos fun tho and a new area for me.
Mike Dennison  Race 8miles Mabac 8miler, Windsor Great Park Sun am 00:54:40 Friendly set up - quite hilly but pretty much all on tarmac. I'd run it twice before, in 2019 and 2020, but this was my fastest time, even after parkrun and the Richmond X-Country the day before...and I managed to earn the 'beat your age' certificate by running faster than your age!
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 00:46:15 Not much this week, as I was in isolation prior to my back injections on Friday. 1x step aerobics at home, plus the very muddy parkrun Nordic Walking again.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 5km Run The Sun' at Weston near Stevenage Sun am Pulled out of marathon distance after one lap of the course - I hadn't realised it was a trail race across rough, wet and muddy grass fields; I had the wrong shoes and was slipping all over the place.  Still I got a medal for the 5K.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 9.12km Putney / Fulham Sun lunch 01:02:22 See below
Simon Turton Orienteering 7.57km West Woods, near Marlborough Sun am 00:56:13 Proper Orienteering! Great weather and really enjoyed the course (basically because I didn’t make any mistakes ). Fitness not brilliant but explained by lack of hill training in the last few months; one to focus on.
Stephen Taylor Running 10.15miles Canal loop via Alperton Sat am 01:49:07 Adding a couple of miles on from last week, along the canal from Alperton to the A40.
Steve Newell Walking 5km Bay of Biscay Sat am 00:51:03 11 more laps of Deck 3 in 51:03. Just entering Bay of Biscay but not too stormy. Didn't need to wear mask this time. Back on Monday but may need to isolate.

Week Achievements

parkrun Results for Saturday 15th January 2022

32 activities are recorded on this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 577 21 0:23:08 60.81%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 577 72 0:29:37 49.80%
Kelly DAVIS Bedfont Lakes 577 132 0:39:43 38.27% First parkrun since September
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Belton House 219 138 0:28:53 57.53% First BA male runner so male record. Petra Otto retains the age-grade record.
Michael Dennison Bushy Park 860 50 0:20:08 81.79%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 860 83 0:20:40 71.94%
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 860 197 0:22:38 70.84% Bushy Pacer (22:30, or a fast 23:00?)
Neil FREDIANI Chopwell Wood 6 61 0:31:02 53.54% PB   54 second course PB / Wilson Index up to 8.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 413 Guildford Timekeeper
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 279 Harrow Run Director / 100th Volunteer Credit
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 279 Harrow Marshal
John COFFEY Hazelwood 121 93 0:34:26 59.63%
Benita SCAIFE Higginson, Marlow 89 102 0:34:58 59.77%
John SCAIFE Higginson, Marlow 89 103 0:34:59 48.83%
Trish MCCABE Itchen Valley Country 28 47 0:31:52 49.84% BA ladies' record (Sarah Gordon retains age-grade record) / 22nd letter (needs Q,Y & Z)
Petra OTTO March 235 115 0:46:15 47.35%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 359 274 0:49:53 50.48%
Anne Anderson Osterley 359 273 0:49:53 57.77%
Harjit Jhooti Penrose 286 90 0:29:42 59.37% BA ladies' record (Ray Hampton retains the age-grade record)
Jacqui Musselwhite Queen Elizabeth 388 28 0:26:28 65.81%
Francesca Hogge Reading 536 86 0:26:36 55.64%
Murray Hogge Reading 536 87 0:26:37 60.80%
Chris Kelly Reading 536 210 0:38:02 40.75% 499th run - the big one due next week, also at Reading
Bob BANNISTER Sandhurst Memorial 34 17 0:23:28 71.45%
David DUGGAN Sandhurst Memorial 34 91 0:32:38 49.59%
Barry WALTERS Southall 2 115 0:29:15 57.89% New BA park #615 / BA men's and age-grade record
Melanie Miller Southall 2 159 0:37:23 47.17% Run Number "2" for various challenges / BA Ladies' record
Roderick HOFFMAN Sutcliffe 19 124 0:27:56 57.94% Fastest run since June 2019 / All LonDone apart from Southall
Paul WATT Swanley 12 5 0:21:51 70.94% New BA park #614 / BA men's and age-grade record
Julie BARCLAY Swanley 12 30 0:26:30 70.19% BA ladies' record
Vera Simms Swanley 12 49 0:30:25 62.90%
Kay TRINDER Woking 299 45 0:24:17 74.54%

This week's guest reporter is again Paul Watt:

It was only the third Saturday of the year but already we have experienced most weather systems during our parkruns: I have had clear blue skies at Bethlem Hospital on New Year’s Day, rain and wind at Mole Valley and then both fog and ice at Swanley. Just as visiting different courses makes for a variety of terrain and scenery, our varied, unpredictable weather also makes things interesting!

This weekend our club added another two venues to our impressive list of parkruns visited with me, Julie Barclay and Vera Simms debuting at Swanley and Barry Walters and Melanie Miller flying the flag at Southall for parkrun 615. A very good number for a club like ours and just as impressive is that we were represented at both ends of the country, in Cornwall and Tyne-and-Wear, and many places in between. Harjit Jhooti was at Penrose and Neil Frediani ran at Chopwell Woods. Following the A30, M5 and A1 they are 480 miles apart and is this the furthest apart that two members have run in England during a parkrun? I am sure that somebody knows.

We did not have a member crossing the line first and this week I was the highest placed finisher in fifth. Neil Frediani recorded the only course PB this week by taking a massive 54 seconds off his Chopwell Woods time. Trish McCabe, Harjit, Melanie and Julie all came away with club female records whilst Piers Keenleyside, Barry and me set male records. Although not a PB, Roderick ran his quickest time since June 2019. Talking of the Chairman, he only has Southall remaining for his LonDone accreditation after running at Sutcliffe this week. He may call it a fluke that his last venue is the nearest to his home but don’t dismiss good preparation and dedication to parkrun: even his barcode number incorporates the four digits of his age group (i.e. "A1 60-64 3").

Well done to all those who claimed records, achieved personal goals and also to those who volunteered this week.

This week four, yes four new events started. We now have West Links in Arbroath, Scotland with three in England: Talkin Tarn Country Park in Brampton, Cumbria with Marine Parade in Weston-Super-Mare and the lovely Belvoir Castle in Grantham, Leicestershire. We visited the castle before Christmas and mentioned that it would be a great place for a parkrun….we will definitely return. [Ed: Plus four UK locations, though in a week when the team at Tring finally gave up their fight to return. But rumours are that the team at Yeovil may have found a new course location - but no clues as to what the new course name might be. Note that if parkrun decide to rename the parkrun to the new name then everyone who has completed the alphabet there will suddenly find that their alphabet is not complete after all! Expect a riot in the Facebook parkrun Tourist groups].

This Saturday there are three South-East parkruns not operating. Malling has construction work closing the course until 05Feb at the earliest and nearer to home, the same reason keeps Cranleigh closed for two more weeks and Reigate is hosting a cross-country event [Ed: Also note that due to works in the park Northala Fields is having to adopt a new temporary two-lap course and has restricted car parking for the next three months. Rumours that Wembley wants one of the mounds back are NOT true].
Wherever you may be this Saturday - have a safe and enjoyable morning. 

Paul Watt

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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Two Club Featured parkruns this weekend #

Chris Kelly is running his #500 at Reading and I am sure he would like some company. Both Reading and also Gunnersbury parkrun are club featured parkruns for this Saturday. If you can't decide which one to be at then bare in mind that the M25 to Langley stretch of the M4, between Gunnersbury and Reading, is expected to be closed in both directions this weekend.

Please check on the two respective parkrun website pages for details of access. Try to get there before 08:45 to allow pre-event photographs.



Fulham Street-O - Tuesday 11th Report

You are given the map and the clock is ticking down from one hour, with large penalties for getting back late. How many of the controls can you visit without getting run over or having head on collisions with runners heading the other way? In this the 4th of this year's winter series it was good to see Harjit Jhooti, Melanie Miller and a friend also take part and return within the hour having visited six controls for 150 points. And it was also good to hear them talk in the pub afterwards on how they could have done better.

Fulham Street-O mapsI was not pleased with my run. Not only did I lose three minutes finding the first control but even before that I'd gone wrong - I headed for the easiest to get first control and then the next easiest beyond that and then on to the third...and I found myself in a part of the map where the controls were low value and far apart. By the time I'd got back into a good area I was running out of time and couldn't tick off value controls on my way home.

So I made myself do it again on Sunday. This time I headed for the railway bridge which the map showed me had controls at either end (a bridge I had known had a footpath on it even before last Tuesday) and from there I was able to pick up the high value points in the SE of the map. I was then able to get further to the north and I would have made it back in time if I hadn't lost concentration and forgotten which road I was on (between controls 15 and 37 I forgot that I wasn't on the north-south road. This led me to making a double back and then a misdirect on the way to 22). I would have been back in time but, had this been Tuesday, I'd have needed up to three minutes of time penalties to focus on the new map on this more challenging course. Nevertheless I still added 100pts to Tuesday's score which would have moved me to 30th place rather than 46th.

My December result had been good (I did chance upon the route that best suited my fitness and capabilities) and since I've run all four of this season's races so far I'm currently sitting in tenth place in the series table. But there are still four events to go and the series result is based on the best five results over the season so, even though I'll quickly drop last week's result, I will be overtaken by stronger competitors when they get to do their fifth runs.

The next event is on the evening of Tuesday 8th February, at a venue still to be announced (see StreetO Tuesday 8th February 2022 | London Orienteering Klubb).

Roderick Hoffman

To the Editor:

So sorry for such late reply. I haven't had many running achievements last year, if any at all it was probably having done a parkrun in under 30min!!! As for this year if I can keep running I'll be happy. This new job [electrician] doesn't leave much free time for me to run.

Monica Alonso

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