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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th July 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.

Monthly Mile (please submit your July Mile performance by the end of the month):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be 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: [no need to submit if your best mile is the pre-AGM mile or one of the Arethusa miles (see below)].

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

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

Arethusa Mile - Club run Wednesday 26th July

For those yet to submit a mile time for July, or for those who think they might be able to improve on their pre-AGM mile time, we will be having a club run at the Arethusa Mile in Bushy Park next week. The Arethusa Mile is a free organised weekly run on a road circuit mainly around the Arethusa Statue Fountain near where the Bushy Park parkrun starts. If you haven't run this event before then you need to be there by 7:15pm to pre-register, my advice is to aim to be there by 7. The actual race starts at 7:30pm. The Bushy Park carparks should be open until 8:30 but if you want a leisurely departure then use the Clapperstile car park - accessible from Queens Road, Teddington - and then enter Bushy Park on foot via Clapperstile Gate and have a one mile warm-up to the start of the event.

More details on request.

>>> Roderick Hoffman

Big Half 2023 Sunday 3rd September

 As you know, our club supports the London Marathon Events organisation in marshalling five events during the year.  On Sunday 3rd September we have been invited to return to Greenwich.  We will be looking after the pedestrian crossing close to the end of the Big Half race at the Cutty Sark.

This year, the race incorporates the trial for the World Road Race Championships. 

Whilst the day may be hectic, it is fun and rewarding, and gives you the best possible view of the race. 

We need twenty volunteers who are prepared to give up their valuable time.  We will lay on transport from Bedfont to Greenwich, alternatively the venue is well served by public transport. 

Please could check whether you are available for this event, and contact me as soon as possible, so that we can put together a marshalling team. 

Thank you,  

>>> Steve Hillier 

Track & Field 2023 – almost there

Last Wednesday we competed in our final Vets League fixture at Perivale, with our largest team of the summer.  Six of us did battle with the likes of Hillingdon AC and Serpentine AC, and we came away with a couple of wins and some new club records.

Fiona led the way with three track events.  She placed second in all three races, and subject to verification, broke her own club V60 records in each event.  Some controversy raged when it appeared she had been relegated to 3rd in the 3000m, only for it to be pointed out that one of the runners who had “beaten” her still had a lap to go!

Steve T jogged from home to compete in the 800m and 3000m.  Strangely, he had a similar experience to Fiona in the 3000m.  The timekeepers tried to persuade him to run an extra lap, which would have relegated him a place.  Steve’s quick thinking and watch recording demonstrated to the officials that he was not going to run 3400m, thanks very much.

Mike has been a regular for the team throughout the summer, and continued with his consistent strong runs over the sprint distances.

No controversies for the field eventers.  Janet came close to her own W55 club record in the Hammer in winning the event comfortably.   Sean continued to show his strength in the hammer with a second place, and achieved yet another win in the high jump.

Steve H, after gaining some tips from a Hillingdon AC competitor, threw a season’s best in the Javelin.  He closed the evening by throwing himself into a sandpit at moderately high speed.

We finished the season in 8th place in both men’s and ladies’ tables, but this last match proved how close we can run the opposing clubs with just a few more athletes.

Vet’s League Track & Field, Battersea 12th July 2023

Event Age group Club participant Achievement Position
200m W60 Fiona Bishop M60 41.5 2nd CR
200m M60 Mike Ball M60 36.4 7th
800m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 3:24.7 2nd CR
800m M60 Steve Taylor M60 3:35.9 8th
3000m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 14:10.2 2nd CR
3000m M60 Steve Taylor M60 15:58 8th
Hammer (3kg) W50 Janet Smith W55 36.40 1st  
Hammer (5kg) M60 Sean O’Keeffe M60 20.90 2nd
High Jump M60 Sean O’Keeffe M60 1.30 1st
Javelin (600g) M60 Steve Hillier M65 17.82 5th
Long Jump M60 Steve Hillier M65 2.36 4th


SCVAC League 2023 Final League Table 
Position MEN Match points Event points
1 Serpentine 30 714
2 Hillingdon 27 711
3 Thames Valley Harriers 26 630
4 Herne Hill Harriers 21 624
5 Metros 15 390
6 Ealing Eagles 11 188
7 Ealing Southall & Middlesex 9 134
8 British Airways 5 82
Position WOMEN Match points Event points
1 Hillingdon 31 714
2 Serpentine 29 700
3 Ealing Southall & Middlesex 20 314
4 Metros 18 253
5 Herne Hill Harriers 17 396
6 Thames Valley Harriers 15 236
7 Ealing Eagles 10 150
8 British Airways 3 68


Our final match of the summer is the Rosenheim League, St Mary's Twickenham on Wednesday July 19th.  Please let me know if you are available.

>>> Steve Hillier 

Club Kit reminder

I've still got some of the 40th anniversary kit available. Let me know if you are interested.

  • Sweatshirts - three left (2 medium, 1 extra large) at £18 (£10),
  • Men's fit T Shirts at £13 (£7) - 1 small, 1 medium, 1 extra large,
  • Ladies fit T Shirts at £13 (£7) - 3 small, 3 medium and 3 large.

The price in brackets is the discount price for members who haven't previously bought a discounted sweatshirt/T Shirt. Anticipate a modest postage cost unless you expect to be at a club event for free collection.

Roderick Hoffman


Other kit, including running vests, are available via Paul Knechtl.

Recent Activity Achievements

12 members' achievements were communicated to me. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various A mish-mash of reports due undertaking a lot of house & garden work. Tuesday 11 July - XC in 62minutes. Wednesday 12 July - cycle my estate and Ockwells in 12minutes. Sat 15 July - cycle Ockwells plus my estate twice 11:45 and 9:58.
Benita Scaife Walking Swiss Alps Photo shows Benita beginning the descent from the Cabane D’Arpitettaz (2,786 metres) which can be seen in the background, to our lodgings for the night at Cabane de Petit Mountet…
John Scaife Walking Swiss Alps ...The mountain in the distance is the west face of the mighty Weisshorn 4,505m.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Homewood Sat am 00:23:01 Homewood parkrun first female and course PB (taking just over a minute off previous PB)
Jain Reid  Race Half-M Fairlands Valley (Spartans Club) trail run Sun 02:57:53 Using maps on Garmin for the first time - a godsend even with written instructions! Only got lost a few times but non-running time ended up around 16 mins as checking map and instructions. Lovely run, saw Kites (bird variety) and lots of butterflies. Home made bread pudding at aid stations!
James Edwards Ultra-run 37.1km Eiger E35 - North Face Trial Sat 08:55:26 [we haven't heard from James but this was his plan for the weekend and his name appears in the results - 4mins 34 inside the announced cut-off time]
Julie Barclay Running 8miles Farnborough Airfield and Rushmoor Sun am 01:18:00 Early morning quiet run before time-keeping and finish token duties at Queen’s Parade junior parkrun
Paul Watt Running 8miles Farnborough Airfield and Rushmoor Sun am 01:18:00 As Julie
Melanie Miller Walking 5.85km Durham Sat 01:41:47 This was me "snooping" around Durham…not a long walk but I do like the art work created a sort of Snoopy looking pic…lol
Petra Otto Various Not much to report, as I received my back injections. Before that another, very tough circuit, with ‘rest’ after each station being 1/2 a minute of plank, three laps.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5.6km Northala Fields Tue 00:41:00 A beast of a run - 3 years in the planning, because it's taken Ealing Council that long to repair/rebuild the canal footbridge I needed for this design.
Steve Hillier Running 5.5km Yeading Brook trail Sun am 00:41:05 It was windy but dry.  A reasonable start, first mile in 10:55, but I slowed towards the end.

Week Achievement photos 

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 15th July

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Ray HAMPTON Barnstaple 462 133 0:33:16 61.72% run #28, park #19, New BA park #745
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 650 41 0:26:49 63.14% run #467, 340th at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 668 270 0:31:33 54.68% run #428, 383rd at Black Park
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Bournemouth 436 201 0:27:40 61.20% first run at Bournemouth, park #63
Paul WATT Brockwell 550 30 0:21:18 74.02% park #150
Julie BARCLAY Brockwell 550 93 0:24:15 78.90% Best BA Age Grade (the Ruffell's retain best times), park #153
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 939 491 0:26:10 61.27%
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 202 36 0:24:13 66.21%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 514 10 0:22:44 62.83% run #340
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 478 Timekeeper at Guildford
Melanie Miller Hamsterley Forest 79 25 0:43:03 41.50% run #150, first at Hamsterley (Bishop Auckland), park #124, New BA park #746
Mike DENNISON Hanworth 143 5 0:20:28 81.92% missed his agegroup record at Hanworth by 9 seconds
Maria JOVANI Hanworth 143 10 0:22:59 70.49% F2, run #410, 12th at Hanworth
David DUGGAN Hanworth 143 43 0:34:43 47.43% plus set-up and first timers welcome
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 356 Run Director at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 356 Timekeeper at Harrow
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 155 98 0:29:14 71.49% run #231, 56th at Marlow
Emma Moreton Homewood 284 9 0:23:01 67.34% Ist lady. PB by over a minute on her 17th run at Homewood
Harjit Jhooti Houghton Hall 217 132 0:31:56 55.95% first run at Houghton Hall, park #89
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 324 248 0:37:29 55.76%
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 364 210 0:33:50 63.69%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 364 211 0:33:51 51.50% run #299
Petra OTTO March 307 Marshal at March
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 402 110 0:27:47 57.71% five weeks in a row at Northala Fields
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 432 90 0:26:31 65.74% Another PB, by 3 seconds.
Trish MCCABE Osterley 432 97 0:26:52 59.68% 50th run at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 432 286 0:45:18 60.15% run #666
Christopher T KELLY Reading 599 51 0:23:43 66.48% Reading celebrating 600th next week
Ben Kelly Reading 599 125 0:27:31 46.94%
Jain REID Richmond Park 764 252 0:33:03 55.52% run #138, 129th at Richmond
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 27 Scanning at Stockley Country
David Cowell Stockley Country 27 Finish Tokens at Stockley Country
Fiona Bishop Woking 375 85 0:24:58 81.17% 98th run at Woking
Micheal BALL Woking 375 134 0:27:15 59.39% run #194, 172nd at Woking

parkrun Review 15th July 2023

Mike Dennison (20:28, 81.92%) was our fastest parkrunner this week, coming in 5th at Hanworth.  It wasn’t a course pb (missed by 9 seconds) but he leads his age group there by over a minute.

Almost as good in age-grade terms came Fiona Bishop (24:58, 81.17%) as she completed her 98th run at Woking which celebrated run #375.  She has avoided nearly all the Fibonacci numbers so far.  Good Girl!

Emma Moreton (23:01) was the first lady home at Homewood, chopping over a minute off her previous best there.  Oliver Mathai (26:31) shaved another three seconds off his previous best at Osterley.

Our members made a first visit to two previously ignored UK parkruns this week.  Ray Hampton (33:16) was at Barnstable and that time puts him 27th out of 41 in his age group there.  Melanie Miller (43:03) was about as far away at the opposite end of England as possible at Hamsterley Forest in County Durham.

Paul Watt (21:18) reached the 150 parks milestone at the undulating Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill, South London.

Steve Newell


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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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