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BA Athletics Club News Digest 11th February 2019


  • Wednesday 20th February - Lunchtime NOW run at Northala Fields from 12:00 * reminder below {no evening meet up}
  • Wednesday 27th February - Five Mile Handicap # and Club Awards evening at The Bedfont Club *
  • Saturday 2nd March - Ladies Surrey League final match at Lloyd Park, Croydon from 11:00 #

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year BUT NOT THIS WEDNESDAY.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 11th February.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 5th February) / # 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

London Marathon helper update

 Following a call for help in last week’s digest I’m pleased to advise that I’ve reached the target and CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE HELP. With 10 weeks to go to the event this is amazing and is a big help to me, especially as this year the LM have introduced an online registration tool to better address their duty of care to volunteer helpers. I’ll send the details out to helpers on how to register in the next week.

 If you’ve not been able to sign-up to help at the marathon, please consider other upcoming LM supported events; Vitality London 10000 (Mon 27 May), Standard Chartered City Race (16 Jul) and Prudential Ride London (4 Aug) which all afford helping opportunities.   And please note that when the Club Committee consider how to allocate the guaranteed entry places we get for the London Marathon we consider support given to each of these events.


 Simon Turton

Reminder - NOW run at Northala Fields this Wednesday 20th February from 12:00

There will be a NOW (Non-office workers) run on Wednesday 20th February 2019 instead of our usual club evening. Park at either of the two free car parks at Northala Fields (see club map) and meet at the cross-paths near the loos and cafe (pictured, and where the parkrun meets up). The plan is...

  • Meet by 12:00,
  • Run on a variant of the parkrun course for 5k (with an easy opt out of the last km),
  • Drinks, food and chats at the Cafe (San Remo cafe - see photo on Facebook for menu),
  • Optional climb up the spiral mound and admire the views of London and Heathrow.

Northala Fields meeting point

Let me know to expect you, or just turn up anyway.

Roderick Hoffman

Speedbird Ladies Race this year - Wednesday 8th May

Please pass on the message that the Speedbird Ladies race is on Wednesday 8th May from 19:00 at the usual site on Harmondsworth Moor.  Details of the event are now on the website at, it can be entered through postal application or via Run Britain (and Active Training World will be added shortly). All of the ladies of the club are encouraged to enter and run, and all of the men are asked to volunteer as course marshals and officials (and perhaps have a 5k training run before or after the Ladies race).

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th February 2019

16th FebRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
David Duggan 29:02 Gardiners Creek (VIC) 1st run at Gardiners Creek, BA park #471 55%
Roderick Hoffman 28:25 Amager Faelled (CPH) park #362, BApark #472 55%
Janet Smith 35:34 Wycombe Rye run #99, 1st at Wycombe Rye 50%
Tony Barnwell 43:25 Wycombe Rye run #181, 85th at Wycombe Rye 44%
Joe Nolan 34:06 Black Park improving streak continues 48%
Julie Barclay 23:59 Rushmoor run #153, 43rd at Rushmoor 75%
Chris Evans 23:39 Bedfont Lakes run #228, 221st at Bedfont Lakes 64%
Caroline Cockram 29:05 Bedfont Lakes run #348, 201st at Bedfont Lakes 57%
Ian Cockram 29:06 Bedfont Lakes run #469, 282nd at Bedfont Lakes 51%
Neil Frediani 51:22 Bedfont Lakes run #218, 140th at Bedfont Lakes 32%
Bob Bannister 51:22 Bedfont Lakes run #348, 288th at Bedfont Lakes 32%
Anne Bannister 57:32 Bedfont Lakes run #190,155th at Bedfont 34%
Zoe Ostley 57:34 Bedfont Lakes run #222, tailwalker 31%
Sarah Gordon 31:49 Braunstone run #221, 70th at Braunstone 62%
Michael Ball 25:20 Brooklands run #145, 5th at Brooklands 62%
Ian Cunningham 24:18 Bushy Park run #367, 298th at Bushy Park 64%
Emmanuel Brousse 23:41 Chelmsford Central run #55, 2nd at Chelmsford 60%
Ben Chaytow 23:37 Crane Park run #222, 191st at Crane Park 59%
Oliver Mathai 25:02 Gunnersbury run #58, 34th at Gunnersbury 67%
Steve Newell 38:09 Jersey Farm run #345, 1st at Jersey Farm, park #105 49%
Petra Otto 34:24 March run #78, 57th at March 61%
Scott Davison 24:44 Osterley Park run #290, 2nd at Osterley 59%
Trish McCabe 27:43 Osterley Park run #274, 14th at Osterley 56%
Alan Anderson 42:48 Osterley Park run #541, 11th at Osterley 53%
Chris Kelly 24:37 Reading run #421, 327th at Reading 61%
Marion Woodhouse 32:47 Rickmansworth run #37, 9th at Rickmansworth 54%
Eddie Giles 26:58 Salisbury run #111, 33rd at Salisbury 65%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper
Maddie Heslop volunteer Guildford run director

The day started in Australia where David Duggan (29:02) ran at Gardiners Creek on the eastern side of Melbourne.  Club members have now visited more than 40 parkruns in Australia.  Roderick Hoffman (28:25) made a second visit to Copenhagen and this time ran at Amager Faelled, a well-established parkrun (event ID 13) soon to celebrate its 10th anniversary.  Recent joiner Finbarr Cotter has also run there (in 2016).  The club total has moved on to 472.

There was little tourism going on otherwise although notably Janet Smith (35:34) ran at Wycombe Rye for the first time and is now on 99 runs so her black vest is now only 5km away now*.  Tony Barnwell was also at Wycombe and made his 2019 parkrun debut.   Good to have him back.  Steve Newell (38:09) ventured to Jersey Farm (beyond St Albans) for a number of obscure reasons and experienced the “winter course”.  The summer course may be more attractive but will incorporate the same hills!  Janet Smith holds the club record there with 37:00.

Our faster runners may have been saving themselves for other events over the weekend.  Julie Barclay (23:59, 74.5%) put in the most impressive performance, at Rushmoor.  Joe Nolan(34:06) is showing remarkable pace control as he shaves a few seconds off his time at Black Park week after week.

The club featured parkrun planned for Black Park on 2nd March has been deferred until a later date.  The Women’s Surrey cross country league fixture postponed before Christmas has been rescheduled for that date.  The next cfp will now be at Brooklands on Saturday 13th April.

A new parkrun in our area is starting at California Country Park next Saturday 23rd March and is being promoted by Wokingham Borough Council.  It will form a triangle with established parkruns, four miles from both Bracknell and Dinton Pastures.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

* Janet Smith says..."My 100th is going to be on March 16th at Black Park.  I will make cake.  I had a bit of a hangover on Saturday so was slow. It was really nice to bump into Lorraine Shaw though. She is a pioneer of women's hammer throwing in this country and the first over 60m. She loves parkrun."


California Country - as is usual for UK inaugurals you are asked to consider not attending unless this parkrun will be your nearest parkrun. My forecast for them is for double the number considered reasonable for an inaugural AND the team have replied to me on why they think even more might turn up (including Woodley being closed for path works). One of the Wales inaugurals I hinted at was held last Saturday at Hafan Pwllheli and attracted a massive field of all of 25 runners. You would have been most welcome at that inaugural! There will also be an inaugural run in mid-Wales on 2nd March (to be confirmed) and my forecast for them is even lower than my forecast for Hafan Pwllheli (61 rather than 70).


Tom Rowley has brought to our attention the fact that Rushmoor parkrun will be using an alternative course on 2nd March, meeting at the Fox Lines car park. So if you plan on visiting don't be caught out.

Reason for Cancellation - too many trees on the course

Durham parkrun cancellation (actual picture)

We are used to the pavements being dug up the evening before our Concorde Five races, the Harrow Hill race often has the same issues to contend with (though not this year) and I turned up at the Ickenham 5 one year to discover that the council had planted a poppy field where the first aid tent was to be.   Last Saturday Durham parkrun had to be cancelled at short notice because a new wood had been planted across the line of the course!  A note from the land owner, Durham University, reaffirmed their intention to continue to host the parkrun and stated that they would work with the parkrun team to derive a new course - but oddly left out the word "sorry".

Street-O - Kentish Town 12th February - result

We had three runners in the Kentish Town Street-O last week. Simon took the longest time, with 25 time penalties, but scored highest with 445 net points and 26th finish, then came me with 6 time penalties and 424 points and finally Christine Munden finished within the time limit and scored 210 points, finishing in 86th place of 99 competitors.

A total of 259 people have run in the six events of the current series and in the overall table Simon is lying in 12th place, I'm in 21st and Christine is 80th (16th lady). Since Simon and I have both run the five scoring events needed for the table we will struggle to maintain our current positions with three events left.  The next event is relatively local being run around Brentford, from the Black Dog Beerhouse on Tuesday 12th March.

Roderick Hoffman

Harrow Hill 10k 17th February - result

Pos Race No Name Time Net Time Category Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos Club
1 180 ~~~ ~~~ 00:34:35 00:34:32 Senior 1 Male 1 ~~~ ~~~
12 273 Stephen Norris 00:39:08 00:39:05 M50 1 Male 12 Thames Valley Harriers
172 99 Roderick Hoffman 01:03:13 01:03:03 M50 30 Male 133 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC
228 170 Petra Otto 01:15:35 01:15:22 W55 20 Female 78 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC

Harrow Hill Race BA Team & supportersSunday was a lovely day for the Harrow Hill race, run over 10k with two and a half climbs up the hill. The team, pictured, may have had more supporters than runners but club friend Stephen Norris also finished and won the V50 category.

Tom's bit

On Saturday at Rushmoor parkrun Julie Barclay was 105th in 23.59.  This month she is running to the parkruns to fit in a third one hour run each week before getting a lift home with Paul after the run.  Paul didn't run owing to a cold.

Also in the Chessington Valentines 10k today Kay Trinder ran a 0/50 PB of 41.34 finishing 1st 0/50 (63rd o/a).  Her pal Aimee ran with her and also ran a 0/40 PB.

Ian Cunningham was 120th in 47.10 and wife Janet 345th in 63.40. 423 ran.

Tom Rowley

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  • According to Facebook Maria Jovani finished the Seville Marathon on Sunday in a marathon PB of 3:26:27 and Piers Keenleyside finished in 4:29 (so faster than his previous marathon).

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