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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th September 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 September 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 one of the Arethusa miles, I'll check the tables].

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

Editorial - News, what news?

I've been distracted this week but I don't appear to have picked up any general news items for the club (apart from Fiona's news - thank you). Remember that because I'm away for the next couple of weeks the digest production and distribution process may be disrupted. But I should be able to include anything sent in, though restricted over pictures and images.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

16 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walk Local Two fast walks around the estate on Wed 13 Sep in 10:38 and Fri 15 Sep in 10:32s. Plus Cox Green cycle in 12:55.
Benita Scaife Running 6km Bondi Beach Wed We ran from Bondi Beach to Coogee along the 6km coastal trail on Wed…
John Scaife Running 6km Bondi Beach Wed ...Photo taken on the walk back to Bondi with Bronte Beach in the background.
David Duggan parkrun 5km Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Sat am 00:32:59 Celebrating their 100th event and 2 year anniversary. I covered the 5km in 32:59 and then enjoyed the cake and an afternoon social with the team.
Emma Moreton Running 17miles To, around and return from Richmond Sat am 17 miles to Richmond parkrun and back.
Harjit Jhooti parkrun 5km Mole Valley Sat am So after doing the Bacchus Half at Denbies last Sunday I came back on Saturday to do a parkrun there, Mole Valley with no wine tasting this time on route so I was sober when I finished.
James Edwards Running 15.3km 01:49:00 Sand dune night run - found a geocache at the top of the hill
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Higginson, Marlow Sat am Some more parkrun tourism to Higginson Park in Marlow. My fastest run of the year so far. Also lovely to catch up with Alice and John.
Julie Barclay Running 11km Stanley Park (Vancouver) Sun 01:06:00 1k from hotel to Stanley Park and then the 10k Seawall route around the park. Walk back to the hotel included 6x100m fast strides.
Paul Watt Running 11km Stanley Park (Vancouver) Sun 01:06:00 As Julie. [Stanley Park was the location of the 1999 WARR course - it made a good 10km loop though was narrow in one stretch]
Keith Johnson  Race 5km Hatfield Midweek 5k Wed 00:21:47 Finishing in position 114, with a category position 22 out of 213 finishers.
Petra Otto Trials Local Not much progress (?) made this week, just gym twice, for a total of only 1.5 hours. Driving with a sciatic nerve injury is just too uncomfortable and painful, so no walking at parkrun today either.
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km Osterley Sat am 00:24:47 Tried to get a sub-25 parkrun time and managed it with 24:47. First time I've done sub-25 in over 4 years.
Roderick Hoffman Running 10km Harrow Weald Wed 01:07:30 The same old school cross-country course I did in August but pushed myself to do it 3.5 minutes faster. The photo is of the Peace Bridge on the Derry City parkrun, not Harrow.
Simon Turton Running Harmondsworth Moor Fri 00:27:15 Ran the Ladies 5km course at the moor on Friday after work. Still a little warm but pleased with my run. It’s not till you run the course that you realise just how undulating it is .
Stephen Taylor Swim 2miles Serpentine Sat 01:34:40 Picked up my third London Classics medal, the 'classics' is the London Marathon, Ride London 100 and the Serpentine 2 mile swim but this is my first where all three events are in the same year, I set out to do them in the same year in 2020 but Covid cancellations and the Queen's funeral got in the way. Finally I get there. It's a fantastically warm day too, for once it's a nice feeling to have the cold water find its way into the wetsuit

Photos - the lower ones are all from parkruns.

Week Achievement photos

Fiona at the Great North RunWhat has Fiona been up to?

Knowing what I have been I thought I would let everyone know what I have been doing. I had a busy weekend last weekend. I flew by BA to Newcastle last Thursday 7th September early morning, having had to stay at Terminal 5 overnight Wednesday.

Firstly, I did the Great North 5km . It was a three-lap course slightly hilly. I found the course hard. It was so hot and with a finish of time 25.40 mins was first in my age group W60-64.  I also had photo taken with Mo Farah at the finish. Someone kindly lend her phone for photo to be taken!!

The next day I did the Leazes Parkrun near the football stadium. It was a hilly course and three laps too. I did 26.00 mins and was 2nd W60-64 77.95% and 69th out of 253.

Then on Sunday I did the Great North Run. The start was very hot and then got a little cooler but still hot. I kept a steady pace and finish in 2hrs 28 secs 10,170th position and 22nd in my age group. I am very happy with the time for the condition. I was also interviewed by the BBC and was on telly!! [clip on Facebook]

I enjoyed watching the Red Arrows.  Heavens then opened and there was a lot of flooding.  I was caught up on the journey back to the hotel. The Metro was closed and managed to get the ferry to North Shields. Took three hours getting back. It was so cold and very wet that afternoon.

FJ Bishop

parkrun Results for Saturday 16th September

36 activities are recorded below plus 3 from last week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Sarah GORDON Abbey Park 21 220 0:34:38 60.35% * Another PB - by 74 seconds. Improves own BA records.
Frankie HOGGE Ashton Court 560 42 0:22:40 65.29% * First BA lady at Ashton Court and BA Age Grade record from Roderick
David DUGGAN Baltimore and Annapolis Trail 100 41 0:32:59 49.92% * 4th run at B&A Trail at their 100th event - a regular tourist.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 948 904 0:30:21 53.32%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 948 1456 1:08:40 34.68%
Mike DENNISON Crane Park 523 5 0:21:01 79.78%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 523 11 0:22:09 65.01%
Maria JOVANI Crane Park 523 13 0:22:16 72.75% 1st Female finisher
Joe NOLAN Crane Park 523 74 0:29:41 58.11%
Roderick HOFFMAN Derry City 467 82 0:29:14 56.33% Fastest UK parkrun for a year (though I should be faster!). New BA parkrun #762.
Benita SCAIFE Dubbo 363 112 0:31:07 69.26% New BA parkrun - #761. 25th run in Australia.
John SCAIFE Dubbo 363 113 0:31:08 56.00% 23rd different New South Wales parkrun. Has now run 25 times in Australia.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 487 Timekeeper at Guildford
Bob BANNISTER Hanworth 152 18 0:25:26 67.17%
Anne Bannister Hanworth 152 40 0:28:47 72.61% *
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 365 Timekeeper at Harrow
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 365 Run Director at Harrow
Scott DAVISON Hazelwood 204 82 0:32:08 46.63%
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 164 79 0:27:29 77.20% Fastest at Higginson this year.
Janet Smith Higginson, Marlow 164 156 0:33:37 55.33% Fastest anywhere this year.
Jain REID Hyde 278 70 0:30:47 59.61% PB by 4:13 (from 2018). Improves own BA records.
Harjit Jhooti Mole Valley 222 220 0:38:55 45.91% *
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 550 176 0:24:40 66.35% *
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Osterley 441 78 0:24:47 68.33% First sub 25-minutes parkrun for four years.
Trish MCCABE Osterley 441 110 0:27:18 58.73%
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 441 137 0:28:33 61.06%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 441 322 0:45:52 59.41%
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 441 323 0:46:05 35.41% *
Christopher T KELLY Reading 608 42 0:22:23 70.44%
Ben Kelly Reading 608 101 0:25:49 50.03% *
Paul WATT Richmond Olympic 279 10 0:20:22 77.41% * James Shoulder retains the BA record.
Julie BARCLAY Richmond Olympic 279 22 0:23:30 81.42% * First BA lady and BA Age Grade record.
Emma Moreton Richmond Park 773 277 0:29:48 52.40%
Fiona Bishop Sandhurst Memorial 114 46 0:25:58 78.05% *
Melanie Miller Stockley Country 36 76 0:40:58 44.18% * And with John Wright as Timekeeper, covering for my absence.
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 150 20 0:23:17 68.86% *
David DUGGAN Peace Valley 111 13 0:33:41 48.89% * [late result from last week]
Frankie HOGGE Reading 607 10 0:20:05 73.69% * [late result from last week] 100th parkrun
Elise LAWRENSON York 472 171 0:24:39 66.40% * [late result from last week]

parkrun Review 16th September 2023

Another short report this week because Steve is on a boat.

International travellers were the Scaifes, visiting their family in Australia. They now qualify for an Australian parkrun 25 runs shirt. And Paul and Julie were in Vancouver ahead of next week's WARR event in Calgary. Several parkruns share similar names and their are actually three "Richmonds" with Paul and Julie having done two of them. The other is East Richmond which is a parkrun in New South Wales that the Scaifes haven't run (yet).

My run at Derry City in Northern Ireland included crossing the Peace Bridge a couple of times. This seemed uphill all the way and with several twists and turns...much like the peace process it was named after. But it was sound. First finisher was a lady, which is unusual. At Bushy in 948 runs there have been six occasions when the first finisher has been female (Sonia O'Sullivan twice in the early days and the most recent was in October 2011). Catherine Whoriskey makes a habit of it at Derry City - this was her 15th first finish in 467 Derry City runs. Other ladies have also finished first there on five other occasions. Catherine finished in 17:44, and more than a minute ahead of the first man, which was impressive. But not as impressive as when I witnessed Hannah Walker finish St Albans in 15:55 (though she finished just behind a male training partner).

* Missed parkruns

Last week we missed three parkruns by club members. We don't like missing anyone out. Our process is to check the parkrun records of all club members from about 12:00 each Saturday and then later in the day and also on Sunday we use the parkrun club report to show us any members with later results. But that second step only works if club members have filled in their profile to include "British Airways AC" as a group they are connected with. Many of you haven't done that so this is a request for you to do so. It is done by:

  • View your parkrun results email and click on the "manage my profile" link,
  • This loads a website page. Click on the "groups" link,
  • Type "British Airways AC" into the empty box and click "Join".

Note that you can join five groups. You set one of these to be your primary group. That is the one displayed by default in the results pages. If you don't want an Athletics Club to appear alongside your name then you could select a group like "UK parkrun tourists" to be your primary group.

The above only works to notify us of running or walking results. If you have volunteered at a parkrun then please email us to let us know (though we usually check the volunteer rosters of local parkruns, including Stockley Country, Bedfont Lakes, Harrow and Guildford).


Don't go to Stockley Country for your parkrun next Saturday - we are cancelled because all the RDs are away (including me in Canada).


Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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