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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th December 2017


  • Wednesday 20th December - Christmas Mile 18:00 and Club Do 19:30 - Five Bells, Harmondsworth* (see below)
  • Thursday 28th December - Xmas Round Heathrow Run - 13 or 15 miles approx. - from 12:00 Moor Lane* (see below)
  • Thursday 4th January - Dream Mile, Bath Road at 12:45*

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 (updated 5Dec17).

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Reminder of our Christmas Do on Wednesday 20th December

Venue - the Five Bells in Hamondsworth, UB7 0AQ - using the function room above the bar. 

  • 18:00 - meet up outside the pub to jog to the start of the mile relay event.
  • 18:15 - Mile Relay start
  • 19:00 (approx.) - return to the Five Bells. No changing rooms available - but you can change in the pub loos.
  • 19:45 - Christmas Buffet - subsidized by the club - charge on the night £5 adults, £2 children.
  • 21:00 - Christmas Santa - £5 value present, wrapped - one in / one out.

All welcome - and bring family and friends.

Roderick Hoffman (

Pre-Xmas do running event...

If you intend to run in the inaugural Longford Christmas Mile Relay please send Steve Newell a message with your expected time. The course is an out-and-back, all on pavement and VERY FLAT.

The start and finish point for everyone will be the same as the Dream Mile (finish), i.e. opposite the Premier Inn in Bath Road (not the A4) in Longford. Plan to be ready to run by 18.15 - we will walk/jog from outside the pub at 18:00. Also note that it is possible to park in Bath Road alongside the start point, without charge FROM 17:00.

The Hatch Lane T-junction/traffic lights/Chinese Restaurant is roughly the half way, 1/4 mile, point on the way out and the way back.  The turnround point will be alongside the Atlas statue outside the Compass Centre.

Last minute text messages to Steve Newell: 07880 905535

Steve Newell (

Winter Handicap Wednesday 13th December results

It was a fairly horrible week weatherwise and illness and injury restricted the field to just three runners. London Marathon entrants Chris Kelly (38:34) and Trish McCabe (47:02) both improved while a recovering Steve Hillier (53:36) was a little slower but got round ok.

Gary Rushmer still holds the course record with 34:58.

Changing facilities were available at the Cranford Community College as they will be next time (24nd January 2018).  Look out for an update on the showers in the Digest nearer the time.  Remember - only the best four results count so there is still plenty to play for.

Wednesday 13th December 2017            
  target start finish elapsed diff(fast) diff (slow) points new target
Trish McCabe 47:15 02:45 49:47 47:02 00:13   25 00:47:00
Chris Kelly 42:45 12:45 51:19 38:34 04:11   18 00:38:30
Steve Hillier 52:15 12:45 1:06:21 53:36   01:21 21 00:53:30

Steve Newell (

Storming the Beaches - BA success at KLM Roadrunners championship

I {Adrian Haines} was easily talked into this trip by Tim Bellars at a works Xmas drinks, curry night on Thursday. 

BA runners at KLM Beach RaceIt was an early start on Saturday, 05:30, meeting Tim for check in at 06:45. Ready for a day trip to Amsterdam Schiphol/Langevelderslag beach sand dunes. We were welcomed by a free bus to the beach, provided by KLM Road Runners for all the international runners. On arrival at the beach there was a freezing, forecasted north westerly gale force 6 wind. I don’t think it was that strong, but certainly a biting wind. On our warm-up along the beach I realised it was going to be a very challenging 10k and suggested that we would be a minute per kilometre slower than a normal road race.

The shorter 6k race started ten minutes before us on the 10k. So off we went, both wrapped up with hats and gloves. I went off quite quickly and soon I’d created a gap to have a solid comfortable strong run. The run weaved up and down with twists and turns through the sand dunes and a final climb which then dropped swiftly down to the beach. We did a big loop and then a smaller loop to complete this challenging 10k. I did win the race which was naturally satisfying in 42:22. Tim came in at 6th place and to his delight of cracking the 50 minute target time that had been set because of the terrain we had to deal with.

Afterward there were drinks and awards. Very generous awards I might add. It was a day trip as Tim had work the next day. So we could have stayed for a BBQ dinner, but I had a party to make in the UK which I managed to make by 10pm. Quite a full on day, but very rewarding and pleasant company with Tim and extremely welcoming crew of the KLM runners club, plus other airlines of Lufthansa [incl. Ralph Behrens (6k)], United [Ron Maxwell, WARR host 2016] and Singapore Airlines [incl. Ghana Segaran, WARR host 2017 (6k)].

Highly recommended for the future.

Adrian Haines

Tim Bellars adds "It was a great day out and the KLM guys were fantastic and most hospitable. I would definitely do it again next year and hopefully we can get some more BA runners along."

Selected results (10k)...

1 Adrian Richard Haines British Airways 42:22
... KLM Roadrunners 43:24
6 Tim Bellars British Airways 49:49
8 Frank Jegers KLM Roadrunners 50:08
22 Ronald Lewis Maxwell United airlines 1:10:33
23 Wim Verhage KLM Roadrunners 1:10:36

Round the Airport 2017

This 13 or 15 mile run will take place at 12:00 on the 28th December and will circumnavigate Heathrow starting in Moor Lane behind Waterside and will take in Stanwell Moor, Stanwell, Hatton Cross, Cranford, Sipson and finishing in Harmondsworth for a quick pint.  Most of the run is on trails and minor roads and the aim is to be round in 2 to 2.5 hours. Take your Oyster card or cash card and you can hop on a bus/tube to make it a shorter run.

Let me know if interested at:

maps: (15 miles) (13 miles)

Neil Frediani

Club parkrun results for Saturday 16th December

16th December family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Bob Bannister 24:29 Bedfont Lakes run #295 66%
Chris Evans 23:22 Bedfont Lakes run #187 64%
Scott Davison 23:32 Bedfont Lakes run #230 61%
David Tyas 19:30 Bushy Park run #483 77%
John Coffey 27:02 Bushy Park run #263 70%
Trish McCabe 26:23 Bushy Park run #213, 11th at Bushy 58%
Jonathan Cox 24:01 Crane Park run #335, 45th at Crane 65%
Janet Cunningham 29:49 Guildford run #164, 41st at Guildford 61%
David Duggan 28:43 Guildford 1st run at Guildford 54%
John Lennon 31:01 Guildford 1st run at Guildford 50%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper
Becky Thurtell 24:10 Gunnersbury run #427, 3rd at Gunnersbury 75%
Kerstin Luksch 23:43 Gunnersbury run #242 63%
Steve Newell 35:41 Gunnersbury run #292, 120th at Gunnersbury 51%
Kathryn Keenleyside 45:45 Gunnersbury run #48 47%
Joan Foxley 36:30 Harrow run #82, 75th at Harrow 59%
Chrissie Wellington 19:16 Kingston F-1, 4-time Ironman champion 79%
Caroline Cockram 24:49 Kingston run #293, 7th at Kingston 67%
Ian Cockram 23:41 Kingston run #411, 7th at Kingston 62%
Benita Scaife 32:20 Maidenhead run #99 61%
John Scaife 32:21 Maidenhead run #113 51%
Petra Otto 42:09 March run #34 49%
Chris Kelly 22:39 Reading run #360, 287th at Reading 65%

The big winner as far as parkrun UK was concerned this week was the weather with a record 150 events being cancelled many because of ice. Where it was safe enough to run, many runners were bogged down/well wrapped up with some in Santa Suits and bobble hats.  Ho Ho Ho.  Not a single pb, club record or new park to report.

Ian (23:41) and Caroline Cockram (24:49) made one of their occasional visits to Kingston parkrun and met stiff opposition in the form of four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington (19:16) who probably wished she was back in Hawaii.

There will be opportunities to get in an extra run on Christmas Day at the following venues (selected from the ones historically the most popular with our members).  Bushy Park, Crane Park, Frimley Lodge), Fulham Palace (9.30 am), Guildford, Homewood, Northala Fields, Old Deer Park, Richmond, Rickmansworth and Woodley.

For at least the first two Saturdays in January, Steve Newell will be away in a parkrunfree part of the world where at times Wi-Fi will be either unavailable or unaffordable.  Those members who have not registered a club affiliation of “British Airways AC” with parkrun may get overlooked in The Digest unless individual parkrun results are forwarded to the editor.

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats

The 150 cancellations, 30% of the total, included many large parkruns and this resulted in Gunnersbury being the tenth largest parkrun in the country, albeit with over 600 fewer runners than the biggest, Bushy (as ever).  The worst hit area was the West Midlands with four out of five parkruns cancelled and Scotland with three out of four cancelled. Our area got off lightly - only one London parkrun wasn't held (Southwick) and the seven cancellations in the South East region were all in or north of Oxford.  A safe bet for the winter months?  Both Channel Islands parkruns went ahead as normal!

Roderick Hoffman


Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

I did the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon for the 6th successive year yesterday and came away with my worst time! Having run the Lanzarote Marathon the previous weekend it was never going to be a great time but I did not expect to take over 5 hours! Last year I did 3:35.

I was up at 5:45 and set off on the drive to Portsmouth just before 6:30 arriving around 8:00am. Very cold at the start with a fait bit of frost on the paving stones along the Esplanade at Southsea when we set off at 8:30. It was sunny and there was little wind - a change from previous years when it had been blowing a gale with waves splashing water and sand over the sea wall!

The course is an out and back from the Pyramid Leisure Centre hugging the coast all the way round to the far end of Hayling Island for the 13 mile turn round point. The temperature was probably about zero when we set off and hardly got any warmer as the sunshine soon gave way to cloud and shortly after the half way point it started to rain. At about mile 14/15 the top of my left leg became very painful and my pace dropped to 12 and 13 minute miles. I ended up running the first half in about 2 hours and the second half in over 3 finishing in 5:04:45 with my Garmin registering 26.8 miles - almost an ultra!

No more marathons for me this year. Portsmouth was my 23rd this year and 143rd lifetime. I will not do as many again - 23 was way too many and I spent quite a few months carrying injuries. Will try to limit myself to around 16 next year.


 Piers Keenleyside

A while back a request for lottery funding was made on behalf of Cranford Park.  The proposal would include improved parking, permanent toilets and a cafe. An update...

Dear Supporter,

I am pleased to let you know that Cranford Park has won its Round 1 bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The award is £274,000 to fund a two-year Development Phase (a following Round 2 Bid will be for the full amount needed for the Delivery Stage).

Thank you for all the help you have given us to get this far. That help includes attending or helping with events, volunteering, researching, attending meetings or simply visiting the park on a regular basis. I'm sure you will join us in thanking Charmian Baker and her colleagues at Hillingdon Council (who put in the bid), including the Green Spaces team and the Steering Group, for all their hard work. More details will follow in the New Year.


Bob Barton, Secretary,

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