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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th October 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]

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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.

Monthly Mile (submit by end of Sunday 23rd October):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. 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.

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


"Place" dropping again - I'm typing this in Waikiki in Hawaii having been taking part in the World Airline Road Races along with nine club colleagues, friends and family members. I'm aware that also this weekend we've had 14 or more colleagues involved in the first of this season's Cross-Country league fixtures. We have still managed to report 28 parkrun involvements and then there are some members who have managed to run marathons and other races over the weekend. We are not a large club...but we manage to keep ourselves busy!

Roderick Hoffman

WARR Waikiki Results and Report

Name Bib No Gender Age Group 5k Place 5k Chip Time 10k Place 10k Chip Comment
First Finisher 1 0:18:18.8 1 0:36:37.8 (see note)
PAUL WATT 311 M 50-59 14 0:22:04.3 BA/5k 2nd M50-59
JULIE BARCLAY 312 F 50-59 19 0:23:49.1 BA/5k 2nd F50-59
NANCY PINCHEN 50 F 50-59 38 0:26:31.8 BA/5k 3rd F50-59
TIM BELLARS 307 M 50-59 49 0:27:54.4 27 0:51:56.3 BA/10k 6th M50-59
DANIELA MAYEROVA 270 F 30-39 97 0:33:22.0 Running for Hawaiian
PHIL HOWARD 375 M 60-69 109 0:34:45.0 26 0:51:30.3 BA/10k 4th M60-69
PAOLA HOWARD 374 F 50-59 110 0:34:45.0 61 1:03:29.9 BA
RODERICK HOFFMAN 293 M 60-69 200 0:44:53.3 71 1:08:21.8 BA
CHARLOTTE HABGOOD 103 F 50-59 219 0:47:56.2 BA
MARTIN HABGOOD 104 M 60-69 220 0:47:57.5 BA
Last Finisher 332 1:34:56.3 104 1:36:52.0  

The first finisher of both races was the same person, and he did run at exactly the same pace for both races - double his 5k time was 0.2 seconds less than his 10k time. None of the four BA runners who did both runs got close to running the 5k at the same pace or faster than the 10k - the 10k had been a tough course with hills, and whilst the 5k may have been flat it was possibly a touch long. The 10k had a nominal cutoff time of 75 minutes but this was not enforced. There was no cutoff time for the 5k and the last three finishers did finish at close to 95 minutes.

Paul, Julie and Nancy were our winners on the day but we were all winners, having finished despite the Hawaiian heat. For instance my 10k time was 2 seconds faster than my time in equally hot and humid Singapore WARR - despite the Hawaiian hills and a little aging.

For those who made it this has been a wonderful event, from start to end. Hosted by the International Committee it wasn't cheap to enter though cheap compared to the total cost of the time spent in Hawaii.  The event was run to a tight budget with no rooms hired for exclusive use - so the welcome party included mingling with hotel guests, the registration / packet pick-up was done in a corridor, the team captain's meeting in a closed coffee bar (no coffee provided) and the T Shirt party and the awards were done around the bandstand in the local park. But it was great fun and the 400 or so WARRiers who made it to Waikiki had no complaints. The races were undertaken on closed roads with police presence and lots of local helpers - Daniela couldn't find any other Hawaiian Airline runners but then discovered that there were plenty of Hawaiian Airline staff amongst the volunteers. The WARR event closed with a visit to the Hawaiian "Rock-a-Hula" buffet and show (WARRiers were about half the audience) and this proved very filling and entertaining.

The BA and friends team consisted of the ten of us listed in the results and more or less we met up whenever we wanted or needed to - there will be several team photos to choose between when I get back to base.

As for the future WARR now has a new Chair although the Treasurer stays the same. The new committee is hoping that an airline steps forward with an offer to host next year's event, but options on the East Coast of Canada are being investigated to guarantee an event.

Roderick Hoffman

Full (provision) results - 2022 WARR 5K and 10K (

Cross Country League 15th Oct Reigate Priory Results and Reports

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ...  ... V35 ... 00:31:37
5 5 704 Adam Moquet V35 BAW BAW 00:33:09
7 7 707 Paul Knechtl V50 BAW BAW 00:33:41
21 21 708 Maarten Stenham * V45 BAW BAW 00:35:46
46 46 700 John Taylor V55 BAW BAW 00:38:07
64 61 705 Mark Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:39:41
72 68 702 Chris Kelly V55 BAW BAW 00:40:39
119 107 708 Maarten Stenham V45 BAW BAW 00:47:50
134 114 701 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:56:36
136 116 706 Steve Hillier ** V65 BAW BAW 01:06:31

The Men's XC Team were first in action with a 12 o'clock start, over a challenging two-lap course, starting off up the hill, and coming down to the finish, then round again. Despite tricky traffic conditions delaying Maarten, and fielding one runner less than an ideal 10, we finished a creditable 7th out of 14 teams, 46 points behind 6th placed Horley, and 10 points ahead of 8th placed Elmbridge. So we will need to keep up the efforts for the next three runs. * In the provisional results, we have two runners 708, but believe that the first was actually 703 - new recruit Ricardo.

Chris Kelly (obo Paul Knecthl)

** Missing runners were recorded as 128.5pts so even though Steve finished last he still scored 12.5pts more for the team than had he not run, so we would have slipped a place. On the other hand had we had two Chris Kellys (Ben perhaps?) we'd have finished one place higher.

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 ... ... SEN ... 00:24:00
160 160 1328 Amanda Coombs V55 BAW BAW 00:39:40
167 167 1325 Monica Alonso V55 BAW BAW 00:40:38
171 171 1331 Vera Simms V60 BAW BAW 00:40:59
179 179 1329 Jan Jones V55 BAW BAW 00:42:01
199 199 ... ... V45 ... 00:49:54

The ladies were next, with a 2pm start.  The afternoon was mild and sunny for the first race of the season, hosted by Reigate Priory AC at Priory Park. Ladies ran one shortened lap followed by one full lap, totalling just over 6K. The hilly course had a long, technical descent towards the end of the first lap that required particular care, but dry conditions underfoot made the task slightly less challenging than it could have been if wet. The new league structure meant that we were able to see our men’s team after they had finished their run, and many stayed to support us for ours, which was very much appreciated.

We finished 35th out of 46 teams and will be looking to improve on this throughout the season. Any ladies thinking of doing some cross-country running, please contact me. The next fixture is on 12th November - the date and venue again being shared with the men, although where this will be has not yet been announced.

Amanda Coombs

Our missing runner cost us 209 points. A second Jan would have raised us two team places. Had Jan not turned up we'd have dropped two places.

There is also a cross-country at Sandhurst in two weeks. Hopefully someone will put details into the club diary once they are confirmed.

Recent Activity Achievements

15 club members and friends achievements listed below - others achieved the WARR races and the Cross-Country fixtures.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Cycling 3.5miles Wed 00:16:20 3.5M cycles: Tues 11 Oct; Wed 12 Oct;  Sun 16 Oct' 17m 29s; 16m 20s; 17m 15s
Barry Walters Running 8km Bracknell Tue am Ran an easy 2.5k warm-up over the forest to the start of my reps. I did 4x 4mins with two minutes recovery before running 2.5k back as my warm-down. In the evening did a one-hour body conditioning session at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Running 6.15km Cardiff Airport 00:31:03 2min warm up, 5x 1k at race pace followed by 200m recovery at CWL.
Clara Halket Wed A short walk in the sunshine with some 100m jog stretches. The flip-flops are comfortable for both activities too [!]
Denis Foxley parkrun 5km Rickmansworth Sat am Crowded at the finish - so the reported time is slower than it should be.
Emma Moreton Track session 5x1k Mon 1k (3:52) and half mile (3:07) PBs at track on Monday (session was 5x1k)
James Edwards 11km Brecon Beacons 11km trail route from near Brecon in Wales. Guided by map on my watch to scout out some caves along the way ‍♂️
Joan Foxley parkrun 5km Rickmansworth Sat am I ran round with Meena, who I helped to get started many years ago. She’s had Achilles problems and thought she’d probably only do one lap, and that in fits and start. But once we cleared the crowds at the start, and began chatting, she found herself doing better than she’d hoped! We ran together, without stopping, the whole way – and no crowds at the finish, either!
Michael Ball Cycling 15miles 15 mile bike ride
Neil Frediani  Race 5miles Prudhoe Minors 5miles Sun 00:47:01 If I take the times of the flattest 3miles (2nd,4th and 5th) then I should be parkrunning at 26:nn not my current norm of 29:nn. Must try harder next Saturday.
Petra Otto Gym Weights at the gym (and waits at the doctors)
Piers Keenleyside  Race marathon Chelmsford Marathon Sun 03:54:47 My 100th road marathon and 192nd in total. Hillier than Chester so not a quicker time. I placed 171/449 overall AND 1st MV65! There was a trophy for me on the prize table but I left early as I didn't think my time was good enough to win it! Nice to Cannes next in two weeks' time.
Roderick Hoffman  Race 10km WARR 2022 Waikiki Sun am 01:08:22 See above - and I'm sure that all the other finishers will see this as being their exercise achievement of the week.
Steve Hillier Walking 7miles Thames Path Other than the Cross-Country my recent exercises have been Thames walking with Linda (7 miles, Purley to Sonning via Reading) and also cycling (tour de Tesco, 11 miles)
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 2000m Sun 09:23.5 Also 2000m row (machine) 9:33 earlier in the week.

Lovely photograph from Harjit of her and the Scaifes - but no photos this week due to laptop and time constraints.

Roderick Hoffman

Events Update

Firstly, a reminder from Steve Newell - The 2022/23 5-mile Handicap Series starts from the Bedfont Football Club on Wednesday 26th October. Runners should aim to start at a time allowing them to finish at 7 p.m. The 5 mile course is two clockwise laps of 2.5 miles so there is the option to walk round one lap with a suggested start time of 6.20 p.m. The changing rooms and showers will be available that evening.

Next year's Green Belt Relay has been announced for the weekend of May 13th/14th and the good news is that this is a week after the announced coronation of Charles III. That increases the chance of Charlie entering a team and reduces any potential disruption. The BA club will expect to enter a team also - but only if eleven (or more) volunteers tell Chris Kelly the good news.

Harvey Tate has reminded me to add this year's Rugged Radnage race to the diary. This is on November 20th from 10am with 10k and 5k options.

I've also added the Nepal Run 10k to the calendar for November 13th (deliberately set on remembrance weekend). You don't need to be able to run up Everest for this one - it is being set in Northala Fields (though I haven't seen the course map - perhaps the finish will be at the top of one of the mounds). The Nepalese community have been instrumental with setting up and supporting the Northala Fields parkrun and Junior parkrun so I hope that this event will be a success (and have entered it myself). Start time is 10am so the Junior parkrun is likely to go ahead before it.

Note that anyone should be able to add "other events/colleague runs" to the calendar. No one has added their favourite races, but please do so and we might join you at them.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 15th October 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Murray Hogge Bath Skyline 342 159 0:31:24 51.96% 2nd run at Bath Skyline, Emily Hogge there too
Mike DENNISON Bedfont Lakes 613 7 0:20:29 81.12%
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 613 24 0:23:36 67.94%
Trish MCCABE Bethlem Royal Hospital 97 44 0:28:35 55.57% 59 of 59, "Londone" (for this week anyway), park #107
Joe NOLAN Black Park 628 321 0:34:19 49.78%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 552 186 0:33:58 60.60% run #310, 105th at Braunstone
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 898 575 0:28:48 55.67% Bushy getting close to its 900th run.
Diana Smith Bushy Park 898 1002 0:50:46 46.13%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 475 45 0:27:13 54.62%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford Barcode Scanning at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 491 206 0:27:22 61.27% run #310, 194th at Gunnersbury
Emma Moreton Homewood 245 16 0:25:03 61.88% F2
Melanie Miller Isabel Trail 109 160 0:37:22 47.81% Collecting "i"s, park #84
Christopher T KELLY Kingston 579 254 0:38:14 40.89% Warming-up for Cross-Country
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 393 220 0:50:34 51.71% run #628, 90th at Osterley
Ben Kelly Reading 571 34 0:22:33 57.21%
Jain REID Richmond Park 723 180 0:28:10 64.26% run #112, 105th at Richmond Park, best time this year
Denis FOXLEY Rickmansworth 222 205 0:29:09 62.95%
Joan FOXLEY Rickmansworth 222 406 0:41:02 57.07%
Barry WALTERS Sandhurst Memorial 70 61 0:27:45 61.56% Third consecutive PB at Sandhurst - knocking another 40seconds off.
Steve NEWELL South Norwood 207 134 0:49:00 40.99% Londone lap 2 - 34 of 59 done twice or more.
David DUGGAN Southall 41 40 0:33:53 48.16% run #426, 5th at Southall
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 105 18 0:22:59 69.18%
Stephen K TAYLOR Upton House 202 81 0:26:31 59.96% 1st run at Upton House (Poole), park #16
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 67 Marshal at Wollaton Hall
Benita SCAIFE Wycombe Rye 456 224 0:31:40 67.00% 10th run at Wycombe Rye, best age grade score
John SCAIFE Wycombe Rye 456 225 0:31:40 54.47% 12th run at Wycombe, P-Index is 5.
Harjit Jhooti Wycombe Rye 456 275 0:36:13 48.69% 1st run at Wycombe Rye, park #58

parkrun Review Saturday 15th October 2022

This was the first weekend this autumn with many cross-country fixtures being held on Saturday, some so early as to make it impossible for some (but not all!) club runners to double up.  Across the UK the turnout a parkrun was 10,000 down on the previous week.  WARR in Honolulu also kept some of our members isolated for the weekend (No parkrun in Hawaii yet).

Some good news – Trish McCabe (28:35) ran in the spacious grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun (Beckenham), her 59th and last one within the London Boroughs and achieved “Londone”.  The bad news for her and over 100 others is that a new parkrun is starting up next week in North London so pressure will be on again to do another to maintain the hard-won status. The Bethlem (or “Bedlam”) hospital specialises in mental health and over the centuries treatments have included plenty of fresh air and exercise and pints of beer from an inhouse brewery.  It is believed that the “mad” King George III was once an inpatient.

Barry Walters (27:45) picked up a course pb at Sandhurst Memorial, his third pb in a row there.

Melanie Miller (37:42) ran at Isabel Trail parkrun in Stafford for the first time.  Her “I” for 2022, she has also run at Ifield Mill Pond (2020) and Itchen Valley (2021).

The next club featured parkrun is coming up at Old Deer Park on 29th October (see below).  The 900th run at Bushy on that morning is bound to attract a large attendance.  The 1000th in two years’ time could be quite something.

Steve Newell

The next club featured parkrun is at Old Deer Park in Richmond on 29th October. This is a popular one with BAAC runners, with 19 first claim members having run there in the past a total of 71 times up to and including 8th October.

The course is a 3-lapper all on grass, not quite flat but certainly not hilly, and considerably smaller than near-neighbour Richmond parkrun (just over a mile away) with typically between 100 and 150 finishers each week.

Road access is via the A316 and parkrunners are requested to use the Old Deer Park car park (TW9 2RA - payment by RingGo) which is across the road from the park itself, rather than the Pools on the Park car park which should be left for the use of leisure centre patrons. Richmond tube station is 400 metres from the park entrance.

The Pools on the Park centre has a cafe and there are many other options in Richmond town centre which is close by.

John Scaife

Try to arrive early so that we can take a team photo.

Matters Arising - Bushy 1000th run

It could be a busy fortnight since another parkrun number collection gathering momentum is the "Nelson" numbers of multiples of 111 (something to so with cricket). Obviously run 999 is likely to take place at Bushy one week before the 1,000th run there. Upton Court has its 444 run in November and Old Deer Park its 555 in December.

It was Rickmansworth's 222 on Saturday and Denis reported that he had to wait to cross the line, so his time is slower than it should have been. They did have an above average number of finishers - though as it happens not as many as they had had for 221.

Roderick Hoffman

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Emma Moreton points out that "Bedfont Lakes parkrun has pacers this Saturday (22nd Oct). Times paced will be even numbers. If you’d like to volunteer to pace a time, please let me know!"

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