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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th March 2019


  • Wednesday 20th March NOW run at Brooklands near Weybridge from 12:00 (reminder below, details last week) *
  • Wednesday 27th March Five Mile Handicap at Bedfont Club from 18:00 #*
  • Thursday 4th April Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45 *

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year BUT not this Wednesday 20th March.

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

BAAC Cross Country Championship - Sunday 17th March Results #

17-Mar-19 runner race 2 laps 3 laps
Julie Barclay Ladies 24:38 (37:11)
Christine Munden Ladies 34:34
Mark Taylor Men 35:52
Gary Rushmer Men 36:27
Davinder Bhambi Men 38:36
Paul Watts Men 42:34
Graham Taylor Men 48:11
John Coffey Men 49:05
Steve Hillier Men 50:02

For a March Sunday morning the weather wasn’t too bad when sheltered from the wind.

There were 9 competitors, 2 ladies and 7 gentlemen, all from BAAC.   

There were 2 fallen trees/large branches across the course in the woods and a puddle big enough to warrant a minor diversion at the side of the field.

Mark Taylor won despite having what looked a fairly serious Achilles problem for the final 200 meters or so. Not sure what happened to Gary who came up the finishing ‘straight’ at a reduced pace with his grandson. Graham got off to a slow/steady start (he was last after 1 lap) after a 3 hour run the previous day!!

Paul Brandon

Thanks to Tom Rowley, Steve Hillier, Gary Rushmer, Paul Brandon, Ann Coffey, Harry Wild, Steve Newell, John Williams and Barry for set-up, race operation, results and/or close-down.

# BAAC Club Points

We are already half way through March and the club points table for this year is taking shape. There have already been eleven points scoring events the latest being the BAAC XC Championships. With four points for organising, two points for marshalling (only) and one point for running there are the familiar names of myself and Steve Newell towards the top with 11 and 9 points respectively and then in third place Steve Hillier with seven points from seven events and then Gary Rushmer. Other participants are yet to show their full potential but it is still early days. There are already 53 people listed on the table.

The next points scoring event is the Five Mile Handicap on 27th March, then in April we will have the "Watersplash" 10k replacement on 10th April {Steve Newell has worked out a new traffic light course for this from the Bedfont Club - and will be doing an exact measurement for it shortly}, a club featured parkrun at Brooklands on the 13th and the London Marathon on the 28th.

Roderick Hoffman

Dream Mile Results for March

In conditions that were even windier than the previous month four of us had another stab at getting pws, three succeeding. The event winner was clearly Paul Prescott doing his first run and setting a time he should be able to easily beat next time he has the opportunity to run. Chris' time was approximate but he was blown back to Amadeus House in a time that Mo Farrah would have been proud of.

Paul Prescott 00:06:14 First run
Matthew Stratful 00:06:57 pw
Chris Kelly 00:07:30 Approximate time - pw
Roderick Hoffman 00:09:00 pw
Steve Hillier 00:09:22 not quite a pw

The next event will be on Thursday 4th April with, hopefully, no wind.

Roderick Hoffman

The British Airways Athletics Club Annual Awards for 2018 (part 2)

Janet SmithLadies’ Track and Field Grand Prix: 2018 saw a big revival in the club’s Track & Field fortunes.  Numbers were up, performances improved, and we competed well in both the Veteran’s and Rosenheim Leagues. For her all-round performances, and particularly her outstanding discus and hammer throws, our Ladies’ Track & Field Award winner is Janet Smith…and for being the new world record holder for hammer decathlon.

Steve HillierMen’s Track and Field Grand Prix: The winner of the men’s Track & Field Award is Steve Hillier for well representing BA in the heavy throws in the Rosenheim and Veterans league matches. Steve contributed throughout the year at our own events, the Veteran's League matches and at the Rosenheim League matches, including significantly lowering the average age of our 4x200m relay team.

Gary RushmerMen’s Cross Country Trophy (season 2017/18): We had good turnouts this year with 24 runners competed in at least one race of the four Surrey League events, the extremely hilly Sandhurst event and the somewhat flatter Cranford Park race.  Everyone put in a big effort in tough conditions, with great consistency shown by Barry Walters and Chris Kelly.  Paul Knechtl led the team home most often, with three wins. The winner of the men’s cross-country trophy, having run in every BA event, never being out of the top five BA runners, and taking a fine second place at Roundshaw Downs was Gary Rushmer.

Chris KellyMale Athlete of the Year: This year’s stand-out candidate for the male athlete of the year is Chris Kelly. Running at many club events throughout the year Chris was the only club runner to break the four-hour barrier in the hottest London Marathon in years. He then masterminded our team at the Green Belt Relay as well as running his two sections. 
With those two “warm up” events under his belt, he then set of to South Africa to run the Comrades Marathon for the second time.  In 2018 the race was run downhill - over the 56 mile run, competitors descend 7000 feet, but also climb 5000 feet.  Chris finished in under ten-and-a-half hours, to win the coveted “back to back” medal. 
Chris chose to “warm down” the year with a steady 3:16 in the Chicago Marathon.


To be continued.

Wednesday 20th March NOW run at Brooklands near Weybridge from 12:00

Concorde flew for the first time fifty years ago this month.  We will celebrate that at this week's NOW event.


  • Park at Brooklands Community Park, KT13 0YU.
  • At 12:00 meet at the Brooklands Community Park car park (details below),
  • Five km run - probably one slow lap of the two lap parkrun course and then a mixed speed ad hoc run to checkout some of the other paths and surfaces,
  • Photo Opportunity at the Concorde Gate Guardian,
  • Visit to Brooklands Museum starting with...
  • Brooklands Museum Cafe,
  • Visit the Aviation and/or Motor Racing and/or Bus Museum exhibits.

If you have a BA retired or former employee pass then bring it because we should get a discount off the entry at Brooklands Museum.

Let us know to look out for you - or just turn up: Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th March 2019

16th MarchRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Jacqui Musselwhite 27:36 Woolacombe Dunes #14 run #75, 1st at Woolacombe, BA park #481 61%
Kay Trinder 20:44 Woking #228 F-1, run #119, 91st at Woking, club rec(F) 84%
Michael Ball 25:35 Woking #228 run #146, 133rd at Woking 61%
Roderick Hoffman 27:24 Westpark (MUC) #9 run #341, 1st at Westpark, BA park #480 58%
Emmanuel Brousse 23:18 Southend #340 run #57, 38th at Southend 61%
Tony Barnwell 45:23 Rickmansworth #107 run #184, 21st at Rickmansworth 42%
Jain Reid 29:25 Richmond Park #605 run #44, 42nd at Richmond Park 59%
Chris Kelly 22:40 Reading #475 run #425, 331st at Reading 67%
Steve Taylor 26:40 Northala #249 run #112, 75th at Northala 58%
David Duggan 28:31 Northala #249 run #299, 4th at Northala 56%
Ben Chaytow 22:05 Nonsuch #393 1st run at Nonsuch, park #17 60%
Petra Otto 49:58 Manor Field #29 run #81, 9th at Manor Field, Whittlesey 42%
Benita Scaife 34:11 Maidenhead #208 run #144, 73rd at Maidenhead 58%
John Scaife 34:12 Maidenhead #208 run #166, 76th at Maidenhead 49%
Steve Newell 38:09 Maidenhead #208 reverse course, record attendance, 4th anniv 49%
Janet Smith 37:04 Maidenhead #208 run #100, Datchet Dashers party, cake +cake 48%
Alice Banks 27:01 Higginson #29 run #137, 8th at Higginson, Marlow 73%
John Coffey 31:07 Hazelwood #53 run #321, 42nd at Hazelwood 63%
Maria Jovani 20:32 Gunnersbury #378 F-4, run #265, 4th at Gunnersbury, club rec(F) 76%
Oliver Mathai 25:32 Gunnersbury #378 run #59, 35th at Gunnersbury 66%
Piers Keenleyside 25:57 Gunnersbury #378 run #226, 151st at Gunnersbury 62%
Ian Cunningham 25:04 Guildford #345 run #371, 10th at Guildford 62%
Jonathan Cox 27:02 Crane Park #362 run #381, 86th at Crane 58%
Trish McCabe 28:16 Crane Park #362 run #278, 35th at Crane 55%
Maarten Stenham 26:58 Brooklands #18 run #161, 2nd at Brooklands 51%
Chris Evans 24:15 Bedfont Lakes #501 run #232, 225th at Bedfont Lakes 62%
Caroline Cockram 27:25 Bedfont Lakes #501 run #351, 204th at Bedfont Lakes 61%
Ian Cockram 25:05 Bedfont Lakes #501 run #471, 284th at Bedfont +carparking asst 59%
Scott Davison 30:31 Bedfont Lakes #501 run #294, 239th at Bedfont + token sorting 47%
Janice Jones 32:32 Banstead Woods #617 run #52, 31st at Banstead Woods 53%
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow finish tokens
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking #228 marshal
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford #345 timekeeper

Janet Smith's 100thThe weather caused a few more cancellations in UK this weekend and the police response to the sickening incident in New Zealand led to the cancellation of Hagley parkrun in Christchurch.

At the time of writing there is still the possibility of there being just one more Saturday before Brexit and Roderick Hoffman (27:24) continued his farewell tour of Europe with a visit to Westpark in Munich (there is also a West Park parkrun in Wolverhampton!). Over the last seven Saturdays he has been to Birmingham, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Italy, France and now Germany.  Of EU countries Finland and Sweden remain available for this particular streak.  Jacqui Musselwhite (27:36) added another parkrun to her and the club’s collections at Woolacombe Dunes.  BA total now 481.

It was party time at Maidenhead parkrun which Janet Smith (37:04) chose for her 100th parkrun (pictured).  Her other club (Datchet Dashers) were there in big numbers for what was the 4th anniversary.  A record attendance and the choice of a reverse course caused a bottleneck at the top of the ”steep muddy hill” on the first lap and times suffered.  There was plenty of cake to be had at the finish.

The best runs this week were provided by Kay Trinder (20:44, 84%) who lowered the female club record at Woking and Maria Jovani (20:32, 76%) who set a new club record (F) at Gunnersbury.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

Dear Cranford Community User...

The following is something that we can't fit into the club diary BUT you may be able to incorporate into your runs (and races) planned that weekend - there appears to be no cost, just an agreement to do a certain number of miles in the owm name.

I am writing to you about an initiative that Cranford has been leading on called the One World Marathon.  Don’t panic you do not need to run 26.2 miles, indeed you do not need to run!  This is for all abilities and ages.

We have been working with someone called Dave Fortier, a survivor of the Boston marathon bombings who has set up a foundation called One World Strong which supports survivors of violent extremism.  If you click on this link below it will explain what it is about.  There are three videos in English, Arabic and Spanish which explain.  If you or your group are interested please register your interest on the OWM web site.

You can complete your distance anywhere or alternatively you can come to Cranford where we will be holding an OWM event on Saturday 13th April between 10.00 and 13.00.  Conveniently our perimeter is close enough to 1 mile so you can do laps!

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask.


Alan Fraser
Director of Community Development, Cranford Community College

Street-O Result 13th March Brentford

Last week's Street-O was around Brentford with a large map stretching from Kew to Hounslow.  The scale of the map caught several people out (the last finisher ended with a score of MINUS 1040!) but it was navigation in the dark that caught me out - tying to find the road into Syon Park I found its end but dismissed it because it looked like a path rather than a road. I then wasted exactly eleven minutes collecting just a 30point control before going down the previously rejected path.  From then on I was ambitious, without the time in pocket, and so ended up with eleven minutes of time penalties so a net score of just 90. Had I gone down the path the first time I was at its end I would have finished with a creditable 290 points and perhaps only a handful of time penalties. Christine Munden was more realistic with her run getting just 6 time penalties and ended up with 124 points so well above me on the night.  Simon chose a similar route to me, didn't get lost and fitted in a couple of additional controls whilst also collecting 6 time penalties and finished the night with 364 points and 13th on the night out of 64 competitors. 

The series table allows five scoring events and with his best score of this year's series Simon improved his position to 9th place. I'm down in 21st place and slipping since I'm not improving on previous scores.  Christine, having run her fifth event of the series, improved her placing amongst the women to 10th and with the potential to hold her place or even improve if she performs as well in the next event which is at Norbiton on 9th April.  This year's series ends at Wandsworth on 14th May.

Roderick Hoffman

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