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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th June 2019


  • Wednesday 19th June - T&F Rosenheim 3 at St Mary's Twickenham from 18:45 #
  • Monday 24th June - T&F Veterans League 3 at Battersea from 18:30 #
  • Thursday 4th July - Dream Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year including this Wednesday - but numbers will be low so let me know to expect you.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 4th April.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 9th June) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Club Survey - please respond

Many people have joined this club since we last asked what you wanted from it. And many others run with us and receive this digest without being members. For that reason we have set up a club survey to find out what the club could be doing better to suit its members and non-members. Please give us ten minutes of your time by clicking on the link that follows and answering the set of ten questions.

The results of the survey will be printed in the digest and, if appropriate, we will hold a members' forum at the AGM on 31st July to discuss the results and plan actions accordingly.

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Roderick Hoffman

Rainy HillingdonTrack & Field update

The second Vets League took place last Monday at Uxbridge.  Where are the results?  Still in the tumble drier.  The rain fell in torrents (see photo of Janet Smith).   A gale blew.  It was remarkable.  We tackled most of the events, including five of us in the 200m.

The forecast for the next two events looks much more promising.  Come and join us at Twickenham on Wednesday night for the Rosenheim League.  St Mary's will be the hosts.  Then next Monday we will return to Vets action in Battersea Park. 

The competitive season has only one month to go.  Come and join us before you miss it!

Steve Hillier            Neil Frediani 

Standard Chartered Great City Race 2019 Reminder

Thank you to Dave D, Joe, Clara, Colin H, Graham, Steve N, Steve H, Steve W, Jan, John & Benita and Christine for volunteering to help; I still require 12 more helpers and need to submit names by the end of June to ensure correct T-shirt sizing.

As a reminder:

The STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (5km) ( is on TUESDAY 16th JULY. We’ll again be running two Disley Shuttles at 3.5 km and 4.5 km as well as continuing to support around the Bank of England (2.5 km). I need 25 helpers across the 3 points. It’s a great evening and being only a 5km is all done and dusted by 20:15!

Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30. We’ll meet outside MOORGATE tube at 18:15. They'll be a T-shirt for everyone and some post-race refreshments in the Honourable Artillery Company building ( The Club also gets a good donation to help keep membership costs down as well.

Registration will be through ‘Rosterfy’ so for now can you just email me if you’re able to help.

Thanks in advance for your continued support.  

Regards, Simon Turton

Club parkrun results for Saturday 15th June 2019

Member 15th June 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB?  ↓ Comment
TRUE Dave Dixon Groe 6 00:19:06 79.76% M-1, age cat rec, club record, BA park #504
TRUE James Shoulder Hanworth 2 00:19:42 65.48% M-2, club record
TRUE Paul PRESCOTT Bushy Park 59 00:19:43 65.51%
TRUE Mike Dennison Bushy Park 65 00:19:45 81.94%
TRUE Richard RUFFELL Isabel Trail 14 00:20:40 75.65% 10th/163 in age group list, park #87, BA park #505
TRUE Murray HOGGE Reading 33 00:21:21 73.85%
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 29 00:22:20 62.01%
TRUE Ian Cockram Crane Park 46 00:23:49 62.42%
TRUE Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 31 00:24:16 59.82%
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 150 00:24:58 65.35%
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 655 00:26:40 58.13%
TRUE Natalia Prescott Bushy Park 720 00:27:14 54.35%
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Great Denham 102 00:27:34 57.19% park #275, BA park #506
TRUE Caroline Cockram Crane Park 124 00:27:48 60.31%
#N/A Becky Thurtell Bushy Park 829 00:28:09 66.07% run #500, 143rd at Bushy Park
TRUE David Duggan Hanworth 39 00:28:10 56.45% first run at Hanworth, park #65
TRUE Alice BANKS Newbury 312 00:28:43 68.54% 2nd run at Newbury, age grade improvement
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 50 00:28:52 68.13%
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 323 00:29:35 56.17%
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 140 00:29:52 59.04%
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 221 00:33:04 61.29% 1 second improvement over last TWO runs
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 222 00:33:05 50.68%
TRUE John Lennon Bedfont Lakes 107 00:33:23 47.23%
TRUE Petra OTTO Alstervorland 17 00:34:29 60.61% Hamburg, Germany. BA park #503
TRUE Sarah GORDON Bedford 367 00:34:51 56.48% 2nd run at Bedford
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 222 00:38:26 57.94%
TRUE Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 251 00:40:05 47.28% run #359, park #111
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 332 00:41:29 56.65%

Alastair at GuildfordVolunteers...

15th June 2019 parkrun Volunteer role
Zoe Ostley Bedfont Lakes Run Director
Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes Timekeeper
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes Finish Tokens
Alastair Heslop Guildford Timekeeper
(and pictured
from last week)
Maddie Heslop Guildford Volunteer

Dave Dixon (19:06) ran at the Groe parkrun in Builth Wells to record the fastest ever parkrun time by a member in Wales.  His standards are high, so this was his second slowest parkrun ever, his slowest was when he arrived at the start in Finsbury Park about fifteen minutes late but caught the back of the field!  Dave also holds the club records for England with 17:10 at Hackney Marshes and Ireland with 18:37 at Castle Demense in County Cork.  Natalie Ruffell has been our fastest runner in Scotland with 20:37 in Edinburgh.

(Note: In 2018,  Adam Moquet ran Fulham Palace in 17:04 (twice) but that was before he joined us at the start of the cross country season.  He is quite a bit younger too and could still improve.)

Three other parkrun venues were brought into the club collection on Saturday with Petra Otto (34:29) finishing 17th at Alstervorland in Hamburg, Richard Ruffell (20:40) at Isabel Trail in Stafford and Roderick Hoffman (27:34) at Great Denham in Bedfordshire. Others with “Great” names still to be run include Great Dunmow and Great Cornard (both in Essex). {Ed: Steve is politely not mentioning that me and my sister, Sarah Gordon, each ran in Bedford at parkruns barely two miles apart, without meeting up. The reason for this is that I had run the Bedford parkrun before (twice in fact) and that Sarah was tight for time and there was a one mile walk between the car park and Great Denham parkrun. Or that is our story, and we are sticking to it.}  

James Shoulder (19:42) ran at our new local run at Hanworth for the first time and shaved a few seconds off the club record.  Mike Dennison (19:48) and Paul Prescott (19:59) have also been round in under 20 minutes.  They both ran at Bushy Park this week and clocked under 20 minutes again with Paul Prescott finishing in 19:43 just ahead of Mike Dennison in 19:45. Ian Cunningham also returned to Bushy after his Comrades run last week and joined the celebration for two of last Saturday's three new 500 club members - one of them being Becky Thurtell known to several of us. There are now 62 members of the 500 club with Alan Anderson still sitting in 19th place on 556 runs.

The dangerous looking tree at Henley was finally chopped down last week and the long awaited 100th parkrun took place on Saturday after a month long suspension.  There was a slightly above average attendance of 88 so it remains one of the less crowded places to visit on a Saturday morning.  The Saturday of the annual regatta (6th July) is one to avoid but hopefully lots of us will be helping or running at Hanworth that morning {Ed: I've now got a full roster although a couple of adjustments will allow anyone yet to volunteer to be fitted in. Also no one has yet offered to bring some cake}.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

NEW club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - UP TO DATE - Download and explore.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Tim Bellars on Easter IslandRapa Nui (Easter Island) Marathon. 

Two weeks ago I ran the Easter Island Marathon. It was somewhere I have been looking to visit for a while and when I saw there was a marathon there I thought I would kill two birds with one stone! The island is not much bigger than Jersey so the route basically went from the main town (only town) Hanga Roa in the south to Anakena beach in the North and back again. The first 13 miles is a gradual incline for 10 miles then a sharp descent to half-way and then the return, so it was quite challenging    It was about 22 degrees so quite pleasant temperature wise. I came in 12th place on a field of 89 in a time of exactly 4 hours. (First Brit too, out of 5!) I had hoped to get in under 4 hours but a slight confusion at the last junction due to the lack of marshalling cost me a couple of minutes. This isn’t a cheap entry fee but it is well worth the expense in a truly amazing place!!!!

Cheers Tim Bellars

Meanwhile on Facebook...

So, 4 laps later and 20 miles in 24 hours including getting up at midnight for a lap and then again at 6.30am. Almost no sleep due to the calls of "Carrie are you up? Your lap next!" And the sounds of zips opening and closing at all hours of the day and night, I loved every min. Unfortunately I picked up an injury on my 4th lap and was told by the lovely lady in the massage tent that that 5th lap probably shouldn't happen, I wanted to outdo my distance from last year as I knew due to lack of training I wouldn't out do my time but it wasn't to be. Oh well, there is always next year.

Kelly Davis
Another Sunday another marathon (my 159th) - this time I went Up North to do the Baht'at Trail Marathon which started and finished in Keighley in Yorkshire. The route took us up to and then round Ilkley Moor (hence the name) twice. Official results not yet published but I think I did a shade under 5:40:00. Before setting off I was thinking it would take about 5 hours. After the first 4 miles, which were all up hill, I was thinking 6! Managed to get beaten by a bloke juggling with 3 balls all the way round! Total elevation gain was 3,689 feet!

Piers Keenleyside

Adrian Haines in Engineering

Adrian's latest exploits have been featured in the BA Engineering News. This link may work for those who haven't seen it:

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