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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th October 2021

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

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Events marked "*" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy.

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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.

Track-on-Field (by end of Sunday 31st October, to be reported on in the following digest):

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by late Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

New Concorde Event?

Throughout the '90s and '00s the club organised a Concorde 10k event run around the streets of Cranford and Harlington. The last Concorde 10 was held in 2012. From 2013 to 2017 we organised the Concorde Five on a slightly reduced course. We have not organised an event since 2017. The reason we stopped was the difficulty in getting enough club volunteers to marshal an event around the streets. We always managed to get just enough marshals - but often at the expense of not having many club runners in the event itself. The course also had various other problems - not the least being the pollution around the finish area under the M4.

Hillingdon Cycle CircuitWe now have a new proposal for a Concorde event, one that has a much lower volunteer requirement. This is based on the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in Hayes [see photo of a recent running event there]. The circuit is just under one mile in length (not exact) although there is also an alternative smaller loop of just over 1km (again, not exact).  The idea is that we would hire the circuit for three hours on a Sunday morning next June and hold a "one hour" race. 

There is a recognised one-hour running world record of 13.25miles (21.330km) held by Mo Farah and for women 11.76miles (18.930km) held by Sifan Hassan. Those two runs were held on a track (over 50 laps for Mo) whereas the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit doesn't have a running friendly surface and has some tight curves and some undulations…but being significantly longer it would be more interesting to run multiple laps of. Mo would still need to run 14 laps of the circuit and Sifan would be on her 13th. Those of us with more normal levels of fitness and ability might see six and a half laps being a good target to have run 10k in the hour. 

From an organisers point of view there are various big advantages for this event - primarily we won't need many marshals on or around the course and when the fastest runner reaches the finish line then so does the slowest so we don't need to leave the marshals on the course for another hour! We don't yet have all the answers - clearly there are options for how we count each participants laps and about what we do to record part laps when the clock strikes the hour.

So, who's in for helping organise this event? Please let me know your thoughts and whether you can help this become a reality. Contact me or add to the Facebook post on this topic. Nothing will happen without a team.

>Roderick Hoffman

Club Featured parkrun - Maidenhead 23rd October #

We are set to go ahead on 23rd at Maidenhead. A few things to note:

The M4 smart motorway closures should not affect us as the Highways Agency says closure that weekend is overnight only and the motorway will be fully open from 6am on Saturday.

There is plenty of parking in front of the new Braywick leisure centre. Postcode SL6 1BN. There is a charge of £1.20 per hour. Cash, card or RingGo.  

Post-run refreshment at The Avenue cafe in the leisure centre.  

Note also for the past two weeks an alternative course has been run because there is a large wasp nest on a section of the standard course which is considered potentially hazardous. We may have returned to the usual course by 23rd but this is difficult to predict.

Please aim to arrive early, before 08:45, so that we can get a quick team photograph.

John and Benita Scaife

For details of the parkrun see: > Maidenhead parkrun

Surrey League Cross-Country Matches Results and Reports #

Ladies Match 1 Richmond Park 16th October 2021 [five to score]

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 2146 00:25:29
99 99 1232 Julie Barclay V55 BAW BAW 00:33:39
167 167 1231 Amanda Coombs V50 BAW BAW 00:38:58
172 172 1237 Vera Simms V60 BAW BAW 00:39:33
179 179 1236 Jan Jones V55 BAW BAW 00:40:43
183 183 1240 Monica Alonso V50 BAW BAW 00:41:31
207 207 1912 01:11:05

Warm sunny weather greeted us at Richmond Park, after an earlier downpour had softened the ground and made for good running conditions underfoot. The 6.5km course consisted of two identical laps each with a couple of relentless hills, but we all finished with a smile and then enjoyed Monica’s delicious post-race bread pudding back at camp! It was good to be at a league match after such a long hiatus, and equally good to field a full team of five runners to kick off the season. The team finished in 29th place in a very competitive division. Thank you to all lady runners and to the excellent male support crew!

Amanda Coombs

Mens and Ladies Cross Country Teams

Men's Match 1 Epsom Downs 16th October 2021 [ten to score]

Pos Points Num Name Age group Club Time
1 1 1803 00:27:09
17 17 907 Adam Moquet V35 BAW BAW 00:30:30
31 31 903 Paul Prescott SEN BAW BAW 00:32:15
63 61 906 John Taylor V55 BAW BAW 00:34:39
64 62 908 Ross Davies V40 BAW BAW 00:34:40
83 74 905 Mark Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:36:14
87 77 902 Ian Cunningham V55 BAW BAW 00:36:28
96 85 901 Chris Kelly V55 BAW BAW 00:37:19
155 121 904 Graham Taylor V60 BAW BAW 00:48:09
156 122 909 Mike Thorn V55 BAW BAW 00:56:33
157 123 1011 01:00:39

Men's XC at Epsom - was unexpectedly pleasant weather-wise - clear views of the Grandstand, and lovely Langley Vale. No promises for next time. An "almost quorate" team turnout put the pressure on those present to perform well. Everyone did their best, resulting in a creditable 8th out of 14 teams. From Adam and Paul in the top third, some good clustering in the mid-section, all the way to Mike's much-appreciated run - by the team, for avoiding picking up another penalty, and also by Graham for some reason...  If we can get a few more runners for the next races, we will be ready to climb the table!

Chris Kelly (for Paul Knechtl)

PS If you look closely you'll note that one of our men is missing a leg - please blame the photographer for this, not the editor!

London Marathon Reports

Several of our runners have submitted reports and more may be added this week. The following is a mishmash report of how the day went - to find out who said what see the full reports on the website here.

London Marathon 2021 - 3rd October 2021

I just didn’t do enough training partly due to lack of motivation and partly due to my fall from height in July which set my training back a month. Running Brighton marathon 3 weeks earlier didn’t help either!

My day began at 2am when I woke up hungry and sat and ate two thirds of a tin of rice pudding – an extra bit of nutrition couldn’t do any harm could it? Having dozed off again I was up at 6.30 ready for breakfast – a giant pot of Oats-so-Simple porridge with half a tin of cream. This would have to be ‘breakfast round one’ as during training I’d be out running within half an hour of eating and my start time for today was very late. I had it all planned; I made up another pot of porridge AND took the remains of the rice pudding AND cream to the Blue Start where I made myself eat the whole lot half an hour before my allotted start time. I have to say I felt rather ‘full’ but rather that than not have the energy to get round.

I started well in great conditions and maintained a good pace. The atmosphere was fantastic and a refreshing change to numerous other marathons I have run that have little or no support outside the towns. I planned to run at a comfortable pace and not be consumed by any targets as I wanted to soak up the atmosphere and sights of the capital. The weather was ideal and the first 10k flew by. I knew I was going a bit too fast but the crowds were spurring me on, especially by the Cutty Sark.

It wasn't long before Tower Bridge was approaching where I would see my family but I didn't spot them and felt really disappointed and deflated. Once we hit Narrow Street things began to get a little more difficult. Let’s just say the second half was my slowest half marathon ever. I had to bear the brunt of all weathers starting in the sunshine finishing in the pelting rain (it could not have rained harder) still got the job done.

I plodded on and meandered around Canary Wharf – which played havoc with the GPS tracks and added over half a mile to the recorded final distance! At mile 23 I tried to up my pace. A ‘Clif’ double espresso gel helped up my energy levels but just allowed me to maintain my pace rather than increase it.

The crowds were amazing and a fabulous atmosphere. Wearing my name on my vest was a definite ‘plus’ with the spectators encouraging me every step of the way and with all the yells of ‘well done’ and ‘you can do this’ from the crowds my ‘grown up’ niece turned to my sister and shouted ‘I didn’t know Auntie had that many friends!!  It was a shame about the lack of Prosecco stations on the course, something that should be addressed to the race organisers.

I did have brief walks at 2 or 3 water stations towards the end, in order to be able to drink more comfortably, and I'd planned to do this ahead of time. The last few miles, were fairly tough and not as flat as I thought it might be, by the time I got to the embankment, I was ready for the finish.

I was delighted to see the friendly faces of the BA marshals and I soon turned the coveted corner to The Mall. The clouds had parted, the sky was blue. I looked up at the flags and felt a sense of relief, accomplishment and gratitude.

I had a sense of huge pride and achievement coming down The Mall knowing I had finally achieved something that had alluded me for a few attempts. I crossed the line with a PB which I didn't think I would ever achieve.

As I staggered along to find my bag a medic noticed I was a bit off colour and guided my into one of their tents. After a few sips of water I was promptly sick! It seems I was dehydrated having not taken on enough water. I was then plied with an electrolyte drink and stayed with them under observation for the next 45 minutes. As luck would have it I was still in the tent when there was a sudden sharp shower at about 3pm which I was quite glad about!

Submit additional reports to >Steve Hillier

Cabbage Patch Ten #

Place Clock Time Name Team Category Number Chip Time Grading
146 01:08:43 Mike Dennison   Men 60-69 264 01:08:11 80.9%
391 01:18:39 Emma Moreton Shepperton Running Group Ladies 40-44 472 01:17:23 65.7%
482 01:21:32 Maria Jovani Runnymede Runners Ladies 45-54 47 01:20:40 65.6%
843 01:33:35 Piers Keenleyside Ealing Eagles Running Club Men 60-69 25 01:30:59 60.0%
1303 02:05:44 John Lennon British Airways AC Men 60-69 42 02:02:14 42.9%
1307 02:07:06 Kelly Davis British Airways AC Ladies 35-39 2028 02:03:04 39.7%

Piers Keenleyside reports "I ran the Cabbage Patch 10 (miles) this morning. A great local race that loops around the Thames between Kingston Bridge and Richmond Bridge. I think I first ran this in 1985 as part of my training for the New York Marathon (my first ever marathon) when I went round the course twice. Today started off at my target pace of sub-9 minute miles but after just 3 miles my groin pain suddenly recurred! Agony and a slower pace for the next 7 miles! Finished in 1:30:59"

And Mike Dennison adds "Cabbage Patch 10 for me too, and a new 10 mile PB of 68:11, over 90 seconds faster than my previous best time from 2018.... The conditions were pretty good, and it's a very well organised affair, helped for me by there being so many people I knew either running or marshalling round the course. My wife Sue also ran (although that's not her in the picture!) - her longest ever race (having only done the Wedding Day 7k, and a couple of 10k ones before, apart from parkrun). She was very pleased to finish slightly quicker than she expected in 1:51:15." [the photo is in the montage below, and the other women is Maria].

October Mile

October Club mile resultsJust three of us reported mile results this month.

 My run was at "Brookside", a single lap mile on a packed gravel path around a green field near where I live. Michael's was at Brooklands - just under four laps on the concrete surface of the former airfield.

Had we run together at the same 'brook' would we have been faster and who would have finished ahead?

Roderick Hoffman

NOW, Aldershot: from 12:00 on Wednesday 20th October

Reminder (details last week). Location of start - The event starts close to the entrance of the car park. If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is: GU11 2NZ on Camp Farm Road.  Turn into Camp Farm Road from Government Road by Ash Lock. Follow for 300m and by the first speed hump there is a small free carpark on the righthand side. We will grab a post run coffee at The Lake House, Goldvalley Lakes GU11 2PT - please come and join us!

Nine of us are believed to be heading that way - RH, SH, BW, STu, JM, KT, VS, PW & JB. Anyone else let us know to look out for you.

>Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Watt & Julie Barclay

Activity Achievements over the week 11th October to 17th October 2021

Although there are only 18 listed here if you added in our cross-country runners, parkrunners and Paul and Julie from below you'd have an impressive list of active participants (but you should then deduct Julie twice!).

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Hill Work 6.05km Le Chene Brule Wed pm 00:30:01 I do a 2.7k warm up round the lake. Then turn right and up the hill for 250m, jog back down and then up the opposite hill in the other direction. And the sun is setting to set a lovely backdrop.
Andy Rayner Running 3miles Local Sun 00:44:00 Also same course on Tuesday in 45:20.
Ben Cooper Running 4.01km Vale of Glamorgan Sun 00:20:39 First Post in a while, sorry. Fallen out of love with running without WARR to train for, also had Covid-19 in my house and now nursing a back twinge .
Benita Scaife Running 4.5miles Thames Path Sun 00:49:00 From Sonning to Caversham along the Thames Path. The route starts from the end of Sonning High St downhill through a Lychgate into St Andrew’s churchyard (pictured)…
Clara Halket Walking 5.7km Sun am 01:14:01 A short walk after night shift in chilly hanging mist
Denis Foxley Running 4.5miles Celandine Route Sun 00:45:00
Emma Moreton  Race 10miles Cabbage Patch 10 Sun am 01:17:00 PB and course PB of course
John Scaife Running 4.5miles Thames Path Sun 00:49:00 …then onto the riverside path. The path was busy this morning with two organised races, a 10k and a 50k going on plus plenty of solo runners.
Kelly Davis  Race 10miles Cabbage Patch 10 Sun am 02:03:00 Another day, another bloody run. Got to do it with my girl Emma Caudwell all the way too. What a great way to finish running year. Saw loads of friends too! Felt so much better to do a shorter distance for FUN!
Melanie Miller Walking 22.7km Goring circular via Aldworth Sun 04:47:03 I know its not Xmas yet but how often do you see these en mass whilst on a hike. 14 miles in beautiful Berkshire across mixed terrain accompanied by a few red kites too…lol
Mike Dennison  Race 10miles Cabbage Patch 10 Sun am 01:08:11 New PB. See report above.
Mike Thorn  Race 5miles Epsom Cross-Country Sat not last Couch to 5m in 4 days - Day 1 Email from Chris, first run of decade 1.2m / Day 2 rest lactic legs / Day 3 rest before the big run / Day 4 Epsom XC still had lactic legs! / Day 5 London Marathon 2022 campaign starts
Piers Keenleyside  Race 10miles Cabbage Patch 10 Sun am 01:30:59 See report above
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 8.72km Kennington Tue 01:00:56 SLOW Winter series - see below *
Stephen Taylor Running Ealing to Northala and back Sat am A parkrun sandwich, run to Northala Hills, parkrun, run home again. Understandably my parkrun time wasn't as quick as last week.
Steve Hillier Running 2miles Rayners Lane Weekend 00:20:44
Steve Newell Walking 5km Off the northwest corner of Spain Sat am 00:59:59 In heavy rain I walked 12 laps of the Promenade deck. Loads of others doing the same at various speeds, none jogging. I was doing just under 5 mins per lap. GPS watch fooled with the ship steaming at 11 knots.
Trish McCabe  Race Half-M Beachy Head Half Sun 02:39:38

Week Achievements * This was the first of this winter's Street-O series organised by SLOW (South London Orienteers). On the night I collected 13 controls scoring 370 positive points but then had the 30 penalty points for being over time by up to one minute. I came 21st (out of 47) and scored 81 points for the series table. I'm expecting there to be fewer BAAC runners in this series this year because of other Street-O options, particularly for members no longer working at Heathrow. And also the use of the RunMap app for recording progress and results may put some off. From the organisers' point of view there were big advantages in insisting that runners use the app including that they could tuck into their food, drink and conversations in the pub without having to process lots of answer sheets. They did however have to deal with more than a few technical problems.

The next in the series will be on Tuesday 9th November in Hampstead, running from (and back to) the Roebuck Pub at NW3 2PN. See: Hampstead StreetO Tuesday 9 November 2021 | London Orienteering Klubb .

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 16th October 2021

36 runners and volunteers listed below - get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Melanie Miller Alice Holt 213 00:40:22 43.68%
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 86 00:27:40 61.20% 98th parkrun, best run this year.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 223 00:34:08 59.38% Best run this year.
John Lennon Broadwater 147 00:35:39 44.97% PB   Further 1:08 improvement.
Di Smith Bushy Park 948 00:50:52 45.25%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 671 00:30:30 52.13% Slow warm up for Cross-Country
Murray HOGGE California Country 10 00:20:46 77.93% PB   298th parkrun, PB by 1:27. Best BA male time & grade
Frankie HOGGE California Country 9 00:20:46 71.27% PB   PB by 1:26. Best BA female time.
Roderick HOFFMAN Charlton 165 00:28:52 56.06% New BA parkrun #594
Trish MCCABE Crane Park 88 00:29:26 53.45%
Joe NOLAN Crane Park 80 00:28:40 59.07%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 18 00:22:53 61.98%
Maria Jovani Crane Park 11 00:22:08 71.76%
Mike Dennison Crane Park 4 00:19:53 82.82% PB   3s improvement on PB set in July 2017. Best BA age grade.
Paul TIMMS Crawfordsburn Country 37 00:25:22 62.16% New BA parkrun #593
Alastair Heslop Guildford Barcode scanning at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 237 00:30:03 55.30%
David DUGGAN Hanworth 26 00:31:39 51.13%
Scott DAVISON Hanworth 10 00:24:34 60.04%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 153 00:37:06 62.04%
Denis Foxley Harrow 92 00:28:20 63.82%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 84 00:33:19 61.63%
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 79 00:26:50 76.71%
John Scaife Maidenhead 206 00:31:46 53.78%
Benita Scaife Maidenhead 205 00:31:45 65.83%
Keith Johnson Minehead 10 00:22:49 65.16% PB   PB by nearly two minutes
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 57 00:25:53 60.91%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 259 00:49:50 50.54% Assisting Anne. 596th parkrun.
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 258 00:49:49 57.85%  (Assisted)
Christopher T KELLY Reading 213 00:38:00 40.79% Slow warm up for Cross-Country
Alan FRIAR Reading 194 00:34:33 56.92%
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 92 00:33:50 53.45% First parkrun since lockdown
Julie BARCLAY Rushmoor 185 00:28:48 64.58% Slow warm up for Cross-Country
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Rushmoor 39 00:22:43 76.67% PB   35s improvement
Paul WATT Rushmoor 12 00:20:09 76.92% PB   PB by 19s, back to Oct16, 35 slower runs between these two.
Micheal BALL Woking 157 00:27:57 56.89%


Not the usual commentary here because Steve Newell is "just rounding the corner at Cape Saint Vincent". He should be back next week.

Last Saturday parkrun celebrated (quietly) the 1,000th day on which you could have run a parkrun - the first being on Saturday 2nd October 2004, then most Saturdays since but also many special days such as Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  Of those 1,000 days club members have run at 726 of them from John Coffey's first run at Bushy on 24th December 2005 (Bushy's 65th run).

Also last Saturday Paul Fielding ran his 500th different UK events (including some that have since closed). Paul Freyne is leading with the most different parkruns worldwide - he is now on 576.

We, as a club, have exceeded Paul Freyne's count since we've run at 594 different parkruns worldwide but we are behind Paul Fielding since we have 'only' run at 449 different UK events.

WWhen will we get to 600 worldwide? Probably not this Saturday because many of us will be running at Maidenhead parkrun for the first club featured parkrun since the restart (see above). But how about on Saturday 30th October? Between us could we clock up six new parkruns? The club map shows the parkruns no one has run at, indicated with red trees.

I expect to be running a newish East Midlands parkrun. The nearest five to Heathrow are Horspath this side of Oxford, Henlow Bridge Lakes near Letchworth, Great Dunmow near Stansted Airport, Swanley (inside the M25, on their 2nd run), Kingdom this side of Tunbridge Wells. Any offers to do any of these or other new (to us) parkruns on the 30th?

Closer to home, and hence not new for the club, Steve Newell points out that "Those who like to celebrate landmark parkruns at a venue level might like to try the Gunnersbury 10th anniversary on 30th October or Old Deer Park #500 on 6th November. The car park at Gunnersbury is still free but may cost £1 an hour from November."

Comments by/to >Roderick Hoffman

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King and Queen of Clubs...and a Joker

King and Queen of Clubs and Joker

Another week and we have run to two more football league grounds within London boroughs.

We started with Brentford F.C. on Thursday morning and ran from Trafalgar Square to the new Brentford Community Stadium near to Kew Bridge. We parked the car near to Hatton Cross and took the train to Leicester Square, a small warm-up jog to Trafalgar and we were off again. Along the Mall, past Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and Olympia. We carried on through Hammersmith to Turnham Green and then on to Kew. We had planned for a 7.4 mile run but 8.5 was run in 1:22. I decided to include a visit to the old Griffin Park ground for old-times sake having been a long-term season ticket holder in my teens: Julie would say that I had missed the Lionel Road turning to the Community Stadium and that Griffin Park was an unplanned visit!

On Sunday we embarked on our first run outside of the Premier League and decided on a journey to A.F.C. Wimbledon at Plough Lane. We parked the car near to Tooting Station, took the Northern Line to Charing Cross and from Trafalgar Square, we set off again. A different route took us past Westminster, Downing Street and through the commons of Clapham and Wandsworth. A slightly shorter run of 6.9 miles took 1:08 along quiet London streets: a complete transformation from the busy midweek morning when the number of bicycles made London rather Amsterdamesque.

A lovely pair of runs which took in so many of London’s landmarks.

Six grounds done and a Charlton and Millwall doubleheader next in two weeks' time.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay

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