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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th April 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

Results for Next Week

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

Editorial - Please join us on Wednesday at the Bedfont Club for our annual quiz, details from Steve follows below.

The Quiz will be from 8pm and the club is providing food for all. The food at this and other club evenings is funded from donations given to the club from the London Marathon group as thanks for our marshalling efforts. So if you've helped as a marshal OR if you've paid to enter the London Marathon or have any other involvement with the club - then please enjoy the food provided! NB: the club doesn't fund drinks - but the Bedfont Club bar will be open throughout.

Before the quiz Simon Turton will be on hand from about 18:30 to answer any queries about the marshalling of this year's London Marathon on Sunday. Note that there is no formal briefing and there is nothing to collect on the night so Simon won't be troubled if we all go for a run instead. The changing rooms will be open from about 17:45 and we can go for an informal run, jog or walk from 18:00, together or independently.

BAAC Quiz:  Wednesday 19th April 2023, 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 [Ed: I think we normally ask for a £1 donation per participant].

The quiz will start at 8pm, following our London Marathon Social.  Food will be provided.  Please contact Steve beforehand if you have specific dietary requirements.

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

>> Steve and Linda Hillier

Concorde One-Hour Race - Sunday 4th June # Reminder

This year's Concorde Race is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday 4th June. We will be accepting 50 bookings for this event. So far we have ten. Please do what you can to promote this club event. Entry is £15 +booking fee (with £2 discount for English Athletics affiliated entrants). Entry is via Eventrac: Concorde One Hour Race 2023 - Eventrac

Details and a link to the FAQ of this event> baRUNNER Concorde Road Race

Please spread the word:

Please enter the event yourself, or let us know that you (and/or friends and family members), will be able to help on the day.

>> Roderick Hoffman

Northumberland 10km - Wednesday 12th April 2022 # Results

It was a dull and damp evening with a chilling breeze that greeted the runners for the first Northumberland 10km at Bedfont since the Covid19 interruption.

We welcomed David Cowell (42:41) to his first Bedfont event.  His sub-20 minute parkruns had warned us of his capabilities and he bettered the previous course record (44:34) set by Chris Kelly in 2019.

Start times were based on runners' estimates, all aiming to finish at around 7.15 p.m. (provided they had reached the start line in time!)

Two timekeepers and three runners ventured across Hatton Road to the Duke Of Wellington and enjoyed the Indian and more local menu after the run. 

Clock times (BST) halfway second
10km time Start 5km 10km split half
David Cowell 42:41 18:30:00 18:51:37 19:12:41 21:37 21:04
Stephen Taylor 55:36 18:17:00 18:44:16 19:12:36 27:16 28:20
Maarten Stenham 58:06 18:24:00 18:52:05 19:22:06 28:05 30:01
Jakob Stenham (junior) 58:11 18:24:00 18:52:05 19:22:11 28:05 30:06
Roderick Hoffman 1:02:30 18:10:00 18:41:00 19:12:30 31:00 31:30
Chris Kelly - 18:25:00 18:53:37 retired hurt 28:37
Longford 5km 5km Time Start 5km Time
Steve Hillier 35:26 18:33:00 19:08:26   35:26

Timekeepers: Steve Newell, Alan Anderson

The next Northumberland 10km (and Longford 5km) will be held on Wednesday 10th April 2024 (provisional).

Other 2024 dates - Easter Sunday 31st March, London Marathon Sunday 21st April.

Steve Newell

April Mile Results

April mile results graph

Four runners this month, including David Cowell with his first submission. Great consistency from Stephen, just one second slower than his time on the previous two runs. Now if he can just do 26 of those on'd be a 3:33 marathon time!

World Airline Road Race Reminder

The World Airline Road Race is the airline industry's top annual running event. Held over a four-day period but focused on race day which features a 10k road race and a 5k road race. The races are taken very seriously at the front...and for age categories throughout...but less seriously by some of us towards the back, especially in the 5k which for many will be their second "race" of the day.

This year's event will be the 40th and is being held in Calgary, Canada with race day Sunday September 24th. For more details and for a link to enter the event see 40th World Airline Road Race. Runners representing 19 airlines have already registered including four from BA.

Eligibility for the main prizes are for those either working for the airline or retired from the airline - with some leniency when it comes to contractors and in some other cases. There are also non-airline entrants including friends and family members. Let me know if you may be interested, either by emailing me below or by entering the event and ticking the "British Airways +" team box. Although BA doesn't currently fly from Heathrow to Calgary, Canadian airlines do or we can connect from any of the various US and Canadian hubs that BA does fly to.

>> Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon Runners

For Sunday our runners include:

  • Maria Jovani (9378)
  • Piers Keenleyside (9439)
  • Stephen Taylor (17525)
  • Jain Reid (20948)
  • Jenny Bouffler (running number 27179)
  • Leigh-Ann Ketterick (29925)
  • Harjit Jhooti (62621)
  • Petra Otto (Virtual Marathon - V2467)

Note that the club does not insist that club runners should wear club vests in the marathon - though they are welcome to do so if they wish.

And a reminder - the ballot for next year's race opens on Saturday - ahead of this year's race - and for seven days only.

Recent Activity Achievements

20 members communicated their achievements. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walk Cox Green Tues: Fast walk from Maidenhead to Cox Green - approx. 3 miles (no time). Sat 3.5 mile bike ride Cox Green in 18m 30s then fast walk for 10m.
Barry Walters Running 11km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:08:05 Steady out and back effort. Felt tired to begin with and was struggling, however started to improve on the second half and finished strongly. After a short break did one hour of body pump using light weights followed by 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre. 11
Benita Scaife  Race 10km Mortimer 10km Mon am 01:14:12 We ran the Mortimer 10k trail race on Easter Monday. A proper mudfest but good fun… 10
John Scaife  Race 10km Mortimer 10km Mon am 01:14:12 ...5 mins slower than last year when the course was firm and dry. 10
Clara Halket Fast walk 6.64km The Range Sat 01:09:46 Short walk on the heath on this sunny afternoon [Ed: given the photograph I guess you were prepared to do some sprint work]
David Cowell  Race 10miles Vale of York 10m Sun am 01:01:12 Was going for sub one hour but paid the price for yesterday’s 19:14 parkrun! 16.09
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:22:39 1st lady at Bedfont Lakes with 22:39 5
Ian Cunningham  Race Marathon Rotterdam Sun am 03:41:41 Rotterdam Marathon done in 3:41:41 which achieved my target Boston qualifying time (unless they change for next year!) as well as a bonus chance to apply for London GFA. Good course with plenty of support all the way round. Now back to the ultras… 42.2
Jacqui Haines Running 5km Rotterdam Mon 00:30:09 A nice 5k off the Britannia in Rotterdam. Am enjoying my first cruise. Zeebrugge next. We were still at sea on Saturday at 9am so couldn’t do the parkrun here. 5
Jagjit Singh  Race Marathon Victory Marathon (Indiana, USA) Sun 05:39:32 Really hilly and really hot, 2 laps well organised, water stations every 3 miles. It was my 500th full marathon and 6th continent 3rd time.  Also first 60-69M. I met amazing people. Enjoyed the day 42.2
James Edwards Running 21km Porthcawl to Rest Bay Sun am 02:28:00 ….heard music coming from the sand dunes so investigated - found an illegal rave still blasting at 08:30 with about 1000 people, many scattered over the floor in another dimension of their own. Police helicopters circling. Ran back and went to Greggs for coffee. 21
Julie Barclay Running 7km Leeds area parkruns Sun am 00:42:00 Three parkrun venues in 24hours: Chevin Forest parkrun (Banstead Woods meets Alice Holt!) on Saturday, walked Oakwell Hall on Saturday afternoon and an early morning freedom-run around Woodhouse Moor on Sunday… 7
Paul Watt Running 7km Leeds area parkruns Sun am 00:42:00 ...Following on from my earlier message, we visited Nostell and Temple Newsam today making a run, walk or jog at five Leeds venues in two days. 7
Melanie Miller mixed Run/Walk 31km Bicester Sat am So today we did Bicester Parkrun followed by (without so-much-as-a-break) the long walk Bicester Circular totalling 31km!!! Although the walk wos a wopping 26km but we returned to Bicester eventually without a blister in sight!!! 31
Harjit Jhooti mixed Run/Walk 31km Bicester Sat am With Melanie Miller 31
Mike Dennison Running 10km Bushy Park Sat pm I ran after volunteering at Hanworth parkrun in the morning (First Timer's Welcome and Timekeeper!) - my 500th parkrun is still planned for next weekend (22 April) at Broadwater - and I will be taking cake/biscuits! 10
Piers Keenleyside Running 22miles Ealing to Kew and back times two Wed 03:50:11 Did my last long training run before the London Marathon on Wednesday 12th April - 22 miles in 3:50:11 doing 2 loops from Ealing and around the edge of Kew Gardens. 35.4
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 17.54km Central Harrow Postboxes Fri 02:07:17 Visited all 38 postboxes listed on the map of Central Harrow. I've been visiting Station Road Harrow (pictured) since 1970 when the now vacant Debenhams was the Sopas Department Store. 17.54
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 5000m Virgin Active Balcony Mon am 00:25:12 5000m (C2 rowing machine) - on the Virgin Active balcony in the sun!
Maria Jovani  Race Marathon Boston Mon am 04:14:17 Early for next week - but I was 'watching' Maria run this whilst I was preparing the digest. 42.2


Week achievement photos Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 15th April

38 activities are recorded below, including one from the previous week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
David DUGGAN Baltimore and Annapolis Trail 78 23 0:34:16 48.05% 3rd annual run of B&A Trail.
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 637 12 0:22:39 68.43% run #323, 261st at Bedfont Lakes
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 637 34 0:25:45 65.76% run #454, 334th at Bedfont Lakes
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 637 94 0:32:22 64.57% run #280, 194th at Bedfont Lakes
Harjit Jhooti Bicester 282 194 0:34:59 51.07% first run at Bicester, park #77
Melanie Miller Bicester 282 215 0:38:50 46.01% first run at Bicester, park #111
Joe NOLAN Black Park 655 246 0:30:43 56.16% This week - slightly misjudged 250th place pacer?
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 580 223 0:38:18 54.57% run #327, 118th at Braunstone - the UK's Joy Ride capital (photo above).
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 140 356 0:37:33 50.47% times at Brooklands are very consistent
Benita SCAIFE Bury St Edmunds 424 132 0:34:41 61.17% 1st run at Bury St Edmunds, park #97, BA Ladies and Age Grade record.
John SCAIFE Bury St Edmunds 424 133 0:34:41 50.26% 1st run at Bury St Edmunds, park #106
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 926 142 0:21:08 70.90% eleventh run at Bushy in 2023
Christopher T KELLY California Country 143 51 0:25:48 60.59% Reading still too soggy
Paul WATT Chevin Forest 83 24 0:24:32 64.27% First run at Chevin Forest, park #132,  First BA Men runner
Julie BARCLAY Chevin Forest 83 65 0:28:41 65.78% First run at Chevin Forest, park #136, BA new Ladies record and Age Grade record (from Melanie)
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 501 54 0:26:57 55.16% run #411
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 518 188 0:26:09 64.75% run #327
Mike DENNISON Hanworth 130 Timekeeper at Hanworth (Mike's 500th parkrun planned for Broadwater on 22nd April)
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 343 118 0:30:26 61.23% run #215
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 343 185 0:37:33 63.43% 'fastest time this year' on third consecutive week.
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 204 40 0:22:55 65.96% run #114
Maria JOVANI Jamaica Pond 187 84 0:23:41 68.40% David isn't the only one of us in the States at the moment. park #63, First BA Lady and best Age Grade (from Piers). In Boston for today's Marathon.
Fiona Bishop Milton Country 517 82 0:26:48 74.50% Not a new parkrun. "Cambridge" parkrun on its return - event 517 after a 39month gap. First BA Lady runner and new Age Grade record (from Roderick)
Ben CHAYTOW Mole Valley 201 116 0:32:05 44.52% first run at Mole Valley for five years, 19 BA runners at Mole Valley
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 419 141 0:28:25 61.35% first ever run at Osterley
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 419 292 0:48:06 33.65% 43rd run at Osterley
Trish MCCABE Penrhyn 323 57 0:27:14 58.87% First run at Penrhyn, First BA Lady runner. Piers retains the Age Grade record.
Alan ANDERSON Rickmansworth 249 461 0:47:01 55.62% PB by 13 seconds. Third run: PB set and then broken twice.
Steve NEWELL Rickmansworth 249 462 0:47:06 43.60% run #460
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 567 67 0:35:02 52.38% run #35, all at Riddlesdown, best overall position
Barry WALTERS Rushmoor 362 170 0:28:11 60.62% run #173, 6th at Rushmoor
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 14 Timekeeper at Stockley Country
Adrian HAINES Tilgate 502 4 0:18:39 82.39% Fastest run at Tilgate since 2019.
Paul TIMMS Upton Court 465 18 0:23:59 66.30% First run at Upton Court, park #22
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 362 96 0:27:09 64.95% run #136
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 92 3 0:19:14 73.74% 6th run at Wollaton Hall, "Muddy, lots of Deer!" (photo above)
Ian CUNNINGHAM Zuiderpark 74 95 0:29:13 54.88% Back…with a "Z". First BA Male runner. Harjit retains the Age Grade record.
Adam MOQUET Fulham Palace 392 3 0:17:37 75.31% 8th April run - result missed last week

parkrun Review 15th April 2023

After another week of April showers a few parkruns were called because of waterlogged courses and elsewhere poorly drained carparks featured huge puddles.  Looking ahead to next month it looks like most parkruns will go ahead on Coronation Day (6th May) although some parks are being taken over for special Coronation Events.   Older readers will recall the last coronation when it rained, a lot.

The Stockley Country parkrun continues to attract “Londone” chasing parkrunners but numbers are generally down to a manageable size with fewer than 100 runners on four of the most recent five Saturdays.

Fiona Bishop (26:48) went to the inaugural that wasn’t a run #1 at Milton Country Park in Cambridge.  The Cambridge parkrun (in Milton Country Park) never returned after the Covid interruption but has been reborn with a new name with run #517, and inherited all the old data.  Roderick Hoffman (24:56) was our only runner there (almost ten years ago) in its previous existence.

Our latest “500” parkrunner Ian Cunningham returned to action after resting for a week with a trip to The Netherlands at Zuiderpark (translates into “South Park” in The Hague) to notch up a rare “Z” for the alphabet challenge.  He has a bit of work to do now, starting with finding an “A”!  Our next “500” parkrunner (on 499) is confidently predicted to be Mike Dennison who was volunteering this week,  timekeeping at Hanworth.  He plans to be at Broadwater parkrun (Godalming) on Saturday.  Our oldest “500” runner, Alan Anderson (47:02) achieved a rare “pb” this week on his third run at Rickmansworth where he seems to be improving every time.  His score is now up to 653 (and he was volunteering at Osterley Junior parkrun on Sunday too!).

Steve Newell

new and reborn UK parkruns

There were three new or reborn UK parkruns last Saturday. When we had a participation of 417 at the inaugural Stockley Country, including a virtual coachload from Guildford, I fed back to parkrun HQ that they had to stop listing new events until the day of their inaugural. Last week Wynyard Woodland (north of Stockton-on-Tees) was listed from Tuesday and had 414 at its inaugural, the reborn Milton Country wasn't listed until the Saturday and attracted 296 (about the same number that "Cambridge" used to attract) and Abbey Park (Leicester) wasn't listed until Sunday and attracted just 123. I rest my case.

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Roderick Hoffman

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