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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th June 2018


  • Wednesday 20th June – we are not meeting at Cranford Community College since many of us will be attending the service for Brian Forrester (see below), however some of us will also be attending… 20th June Rosenheim Track&Field – St Mary's Twickenham #  (see below)
  • Saturday 23rd June Club Featured parkrun – Mole Valley (see below) *#  
  • Wednesday 27th June - Last Heston Runs - for 19:15 finish (see below) *

We are still meeting at Cranford Community Centre on 27th June for our last Heston runs to finish at 19:15. From July we will be meeting at the Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club.

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..

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] / #  Club Points event

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Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

This edition of the Digest, and next week’s

This digest has a slightly different format as an experiment in collaborative writing. This is because I’ll be away next weekend and week and uncertain over what access I’ll have to the Internet. Consequently Paul Brandon, Steve Newell and myself will write the digest jointly and Paul will attempt the distribution. This might work smoothly…or it may not.

Roderick Hoffman

Next week only – items for inclusion send to me AND Paul Brandon {}

Brian's funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th June at 3.00pm in the Chapel at:

Slough Crematorium, Stoke Road, Slough, Berkshire SL2 5AX

It will be followed by a gathering of friends at the Five Bells, High St, Harmondsworth, West Drayton, UB7 0AQ. We have asked for a light buffet to be served from 5.00 pm.  If you think you are likely to attend the buffet, please could you let me know? Thanks, Steve.)

Brian, through BA Athletics Club, was a keen supporter of the White Lodge Centre, Registered Charity Number 286238. Should you wish to remember Brian, and in lieu of flowers, there will be a collection box available as you leave the chapel and at the reception. You are also able to give online on the charity website

Steve Hillier

Notice of BAAC AGM on Wednesday 25th July

BAAC will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the BA Sailing Club, Wraysbury*, on Wednesday 25th July. Please add this to your diary and attend if at all possible. We will discuss more details of our future plans, as well as reviewing and celebrating our successes of the past year.

The meeting will also see the election of a new committee for 2018/19. As always, all committee positions are open for election. If you would like to nominate someone to stand, or you would like to put yourself forward, please contact me before Monday 16th July. The committee roles are:

  • Chairman*
  • Deputy Chairman Hon Treasurer*
  • Hon Secretary*
  • Men's Captain
  • Ladies Captain
  • Track & Field Captain
  • Communications Secretary
  • Events Secretary
  • Statistics Secretary
  • Membership Secretary

* These posts must be filled by members who are also members of BA Clubs and, if contested, then only members of BA Clubs are allowed to vote.

We will also elect Special Committee members, or Committee Members without portfolio, to provide important help with running the club.  

During 2017/18 we have been operating without a Deputy Chairman or a Track & Field Captain, with other committee members covering those roles.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Steve Hillier {}

There will be a running event at the Wraysbury Club before the AGM and changing rooms and showers are available. More details nearer the time.

Concorde Five #

Roadworks in Cranford LaneWe had a great Concorde Five Mile Road Race yesterday. The extra problem thrown at us this year was the gas main replacement work in Langley Crescent. We were on top of the planned work, as was the contractor Cadent, but then it was discovered that the map of gas pipes that Cadent was working to didn't reveal that the pipes in Langley Crescent also fed the row of houses in Cranford Lane. Consequently, from the Friday, there were emergency gas works in Cranford Lane that involved eleven holes completely blocking the pavement for 180 meters - and related vehicles blocking half of the road also (pictured). Having spotted this, and with no easy way of bypassing this stretch, we had to throw marshals at the problem - step forward Chris Kelly and several Taylors. But this meant that other marshalling points had to be unmanned or undermanned - consequently at least two of the runners went off course at one point. However, everyone who started the race also finished without any reports to St John for treatment. Fuller results next week but highlights from the provisional results…

  • 7 Finishers in the kids' race (pictured).
  • 83 finishers in the Five Mile race.
  • First Male - Conor Kissane-Wood of Thames Valley Harriers in 26:44, just 4 seconds outside a course record.
  • First Lady - Jill Collett of Datchet Dashers in 30:06 smashing the previous record of 31:38.
  • First Male Team - Thames Valley Harriers in a combined time of 1:21:33 (3 team members). BAAC team 5th.
  • First Ladies Team - Hillingdon AC in a combined time of 1:48:52. BAAC team 2nd in 2:12:57.
  • First BAAC Male - John Taylor in 32:16.
  • First BAAC Lady - Maria "I never win anything" Jovani in 34:45.

Kids' race finishersThank you to everyone who helped make this event a success - and I have to focus on Jas Modaher and Tejinder Modaher who provided the refreshments at half way and at the end, requiring no contribution from BAAC.

And from a personal point of view it was good to be able to stand up and address the runners at the start, and to announce the winners at the end, given that seven weeks ago I was in a hospital bed unable to produce any sound from my throat or mouth, or communicate in any other way other than to nod.

My secret auditor (thanks Trish) reported that all marshals were wearing yellow bibs, amongst other more useful feedback. Could all marshals, or anyone else involved, please feedback to me any other comments so that we can learn how to do this and other events better in future.

Roderick Hoffman {}

Vets League Track & Field, Perivale, 4th June 2018 #

Our second Vets League fixture was moved from the Hillingdon track to Perivale, as the cage at Uxbridge was considered unsafe for throwing. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

We started with a very small team of three: Paul, Janet and Steve, but we received two bonuses as the evening wore on.

Janet started with a great win in the Shot, one of her less favoured events. I joined the massive queue for the men’s discus, which took over an hour to complete. Paul, meanwhile, was enjoying himself on the track, picking up a PB in a competitive 800m.

One of my discus judges then piped up: can I run in the 200m? It was Christine Munden, no less, and she blasted round half a lap before returning to discus judging. The second bonus of the evening arrived soon after. Tony Barnwell had flown in from a gruelling walking weekend in Jersey, to take on the Shot Put and claim 3rd place.

Janet finished the evening with another victory, this time in the Discus, while Paul chose to run 7 1/2 laps in a good time, as a warm down from his PB success.

Another friendly, fun evening. Our third event takes place at Battersea on June 18th, with our finale back at Perivale on July 11th. Come and pit yourself against your peers on track and field!

Steve Hillier

Event Age group  
200m W35 Christine Munden W40 41.0 5th
200m M60 Steve Hillier M60 36.4 5th
800m M50 Paul Watt M50 02:37.3 6th - PB
3000m M50 Paul Watt M50 12:20.8 7th
Discus W50 Janet Smith W50 29.29 1st
Discus M60 Steve Hillier M60 23.48 5th
Shot W50 Janet Smith W50 8.68 1st
Shot M50 Steve Hillier M60 6.51 7th
Shot M60 Tony Barnwell M75 5.44 3rd

# Club Points Update

With club events coming in thick and fast and long another four of our colleagues have smashed the ten-point barrier – so a big thank you to Steve Hillier, Steve Taylor, Harry Wild and John Coffey. Meanwhile Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell have hit twenty points. 225 of you have helped the success of at least one event and 65 have helped with two or more. Further opportunities follow…

Club Featured parkrun Saturday 23rd June Mole Valley #

Mole Valley parkrun has now been going for three months and is attracting around 300 runners every Saturday morning. The inaugural run was held up for several months while a new carpark was constructed. The run takes place in and around Denbies Vinyard just north of Dorking off the A24. Postcode RH5 6AA. Some members will have run in cross-country fixtures at this venue and enjoyed the café afterwards (10% off with your barcode). Toilets available from 08:30.

The course is challenging, and it is one of the few parkruns where no man has beaten 17 minutes and no woman 20 minutes, so far. The club records are held by Barry Walters (24:26) and Trish McCabe (30:01). Barry Walters is featured in at least one of the photographs on the Mole Valley parkrun website – take a look. See you there on Saturday.

Steve Newell

Rosenheim League Match 3 20th June 2018 at Twickenham (and Match 4 at Kingston on 4th July) #

Our next two Rosenheim track and field fixtures occur in the next few weeks, details below. I will be making my way over after Brian Forrester’s funeral gathering on the 20th June. Anyone else interested in taking part please let me know in advance that I should expect you.

I will not be around for the fourth match but hope that a deputy will be available.

MATCH THREE – WEDNESDAY 20th JUNE 2018 – TWICKENHAM (St Mary’s Twickenham)
Club(s) responsible for officiating field events
6.45 Shot M Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers/Sutton & District
6.45 1500m Steeplechase W  
7.00 2000m Steeplechase M  
7.00 110m Hurdles M  
7.10 800m W & M  
7.15 Shot W Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers
7.20 100m W & M  
7.30 Javelin M St Mary’s Twickenham/BA
7.40 400m W & M  
7.45 Long Jump W & M Walton AC/Epsom & Ewell Harriers
7.50 1500m W & M  
8.00 200m W & M  
8.15 Javelin W St Mary’s Twickenham/BA
8.15 3000m W & M  
8.35 4 x 200m Relay W & M  
MATCH FOUR – WEDNESDAY 4th JULY 2018 – KINGSMEADOW (Kingston & Polytechnic H)
Club(s) responsible for officiating field events
6.45 Pole Vault W & M Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers
6.45 Discus W Epsom & Ewell Harriers
7.00 100m Hurdles W  
7.00 110m Hurdles M  
7.10 800m W & M  
7.15 Hammer M Walton AC
7.20 100m W & M  
7.30 Shot W Sutton & District
7.40 400m W & M  
7.45 Triple Jump W & M St Mary’s Twickenham
7.50 1500m W & M  
8.00 200m W & M  
8.00 Shot M Sutton & District
8.15 3000m W & M  
8.35 4 x 200m Relay W & M  

Neil Frediani {}

Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th June 2018

Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Alan Anderson 36:08 Gunnersbury run #513 63%
Bob Bannister 28:27 Osterley Park 1st run at Osterley 57%
Julie Barclay 22:42 Rushmoor run #130, 38th at Rushmoor 79%
Tony Barnwell 38:55 Wycombe Rye best at Wycombe in 2018 50%
Ben Chaytow 22:52 Crane Park run #196, 167th at Crane 60% /p>
Caroline Cockram 23:52 Milano Nord club record, park #63 69%
Ian Cockram 23:53 Milano Nord club record(M), park #61 62%
John Coffey 26:46 Rushmoor 1st run at Rushmoor 72%
Ian Cunningham 21:39 Cranleigh club course record 71%
Scott Davison 23:06 Bedfont Lakes run #256 62%
David Duggan 28:33 Bedfont Lakes run #257 55%
Chris Evans 23:09 Bedfont Lakes run #205 65%
Denis Foxley 29:14 Harrow run #105 60%
Joan Foxley 37:57 Harrow 90th run at Harrow 58%
Roderick Hoffman 29:01 Crane Park run #301, 6th at Crane 54%
Kevin Holland 36:02 Woking run #97 49%
Maria Jovani 22:11 Old Deer Park 18th run at Old Deer Park 70%
Chris Kelly 21:20 Reading run #386, 303rd at Reading 71%
John Lennon 33:57 Osterley Park 1st run at Osterley 46%
Trish McCabe 28:38 Osterley Park run #240, 5th at Osterley 54%
Jacqui Musselwhite 23:38 Woking run #62 71%
Steve Newell 38:04 Grovelands 2nd ever run at Grovelands 49%
Zoe Ostley 40:22 Osterley Park run #210, 1st at Osterley 45%
Benita Scaife 31:41 Black Park run #115, 2nd at Black Park 63%
John Scaife 31:47 Black Park run #134, 2nd at Black Park 52%
Steve Taylor 24:51 Northala Fields best at Northala in 2018 62%
John Taylor 29:45 Cassiobury club course record 77%
Kay Trinder 21:03 Woking F-4, run #101, club rec (F) 82%
Steve Waite 28:21 Riddlesdown run #18, all at Riddlesdown 61%
Paul Watt 22:03 Rushmoor run #78, 45th at Rushmoor 69%
Marion Woodhouse 31:33 Cassiobury 1st run at Cassiobury 57%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper  

  Several of our runners tried somewhere new this week and some came away with a club course record to their name.

John Taylor (29:45) and his wife Marion (31:33) were at Cassiobury Park in Watford after travelling up the canal from Rickmansworth the previous day. John’s time shaved 22 seconds off the mark set by Richard Ruffell in 2016. This was also John's best ever age grade!

John Coffey (26:46), after 12 weeks at Hazelwood, decided to try Rushmoor for the first time and went straight into second place in the rankings for his age group there (out of 13).

Ian Cunningham (21:39) ventured to Cranleigh for the first time and bettered Barry Walters’ best time there by 21 seconds. Ian has now been to 29 parks and needs one more to be acknowledged as a Planet Earth parkrun tourist.

Recent joiner Kay Trinder (21:03) who did her 100th run last week kept up the good work with a club female course record at Woking.

Caroline Cockram (23:52) and Ian Cockram (23:53) went away to Milan to escape the football world cup fever and set new club marks at Milan Nord.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Running Shorts

  • BAAC doesn’t have a team in the popular Runneymede Relays on 7th July but Hayes & Harlington runners do but may be a couple of team members short. If you fancy a run, please contact Hayes and Harlington, for instance via their Facebook page
  • Adrian Haines new club record as a V50 has been confirmed. Malcolm Field held the record at 4:43:03 so Adrian’s 4:40:08 is nearly a whole three seconds faster.

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