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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th July 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

This Week's and Future Solo 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 5pm on Saturday 31st July, 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 midnight on 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

Note the change above - I'm now asking you to submit by the end of Sunday your best athletics achievement of the whole week, so Monday through Sunday. I will only report on one achievement per person per week and will only accept submissions via email or via the Facebook prompt. You may decide to repeat a result from an event that is likely to be covered in the digest anyway - but if that is your best of the week then why shouldn't you shout about it!

July Mile Results

Club Mile Results

Feltham Mile participantsEight milers this month with four of us being together at Feltham (pictured). It is a pity that Chris hadn't joined us so that we could all watch his and Julie's sprint finishing. Maria was also at Feltham but was protecting a twinge so didn't race but did take other photographs posted to Facebook.

We will probably hold the August shared mile at Feltham before the AGM on 11th but we need to confirm that decision another week.

Marshalling: The Big Half 2021, 22nd August

Thank you to those of you who have responded to my note from earlier this month.  We are part way there, but we need a few more to make up our marshalling team. 

We are asking for volunteers to manage a crossing in Greenwich on Sunday 22nd August, to allow the running of The Big Half event through east London.  This is a competitive race and a fun run which finishes by the Cutty Sark.  We manage a prime spot by Cutty Sark DLR station, switching runners and spectators across the road.

Our team will need to make an early start that morning, finishing early afternoon.  Lunches will be supplied, and we will organise transport from the Bedfont/Feltham area to/from Greenwich.

Please can you let me know asap if you are able to help.  Thanks!
> Steve Hillier

NOW Event at Denham Country Park from 12:00 on Wednesday 28th July

More information from Simon Turton:

  • Car Parking is £3.80 for 3 hrs. The main car park's quite small so I was going to suggest using the overflow car park, which is very close. 
  • With reference to the map, the main run I've planned is circa. 5km, heading off through Denham village, up the 'Pyghtle' to Denham Station, back through Buckinghamshire Golf Course and then pick up the Country Park 'easy access' route to loop by the Grand Union Canal. Virtually flat and reasonably shaded. The latter 2km loop is good if people just want a circular walk.
  • The visitor centre webpage ( includes the menu from the cafe. Not extensive, but hopefully something for everyone.

Meet in the car park at 12:00 - and if you tell us to expect you we'll wait for you if you are late. Post code: UB9 5PG.

Roderick / Simon

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 16th to 19th July 2021

Only 16 activities recorded - some of us managed the heat by starting really early in the morning, others managed it by not running at all.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Barry Walters Running 12km Swinley Forest Sat am 01:20:08 Got out early to avoid the heat and ran at an easy pace for most of the run, just began to slow in the later stages.
Benita Scaife Running 3miles Oaken Grove park, Maidenhead Mon am 00:32:35 John says: For another 3 weeks our current modus operandi, unless Benita runs from home, is that she drives us to a suitable location and does her run while I sit on a bench and read.
Denis Foxley Running Celandine Route from Ruislip to Hillingdon 01:20:00
Di Smith Walking 1.2 million steps Stride for Stroke Challenge Tue 109days Challenge completed!! Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me over the past four month.
Eddie Giles Running 5km Treadmill Sat 00:28:40
Joan Foxley Running Celandine Route from Ruislip towards Hillingdon 00:55:00
Joe Nolan Walking 4.5miles Virginia Water Sat am After 20yrs and 1,000 laps running, this was my first walk around Virginia Water. A charity walk with music friends in memory of a colleague, and collection for his scholarship fund for budding musicians.
Julie Barclay Training Run Ash Common Sun 00:30:00 Hills and steps session
Melanie Miller Running 13.02km Thames towpath Fri am 01:51:06 My final last long run b4 London Landmarks. Started off ok but then sadly the blistering heat got the better of me ☹️. I saw a few Phoenix runners running a marathon and I struggled with a Half…lol
Michael Ball Track session Woking Start practice and 60m sprints
Mike Dennison Running 16.1km Richmond Park Sat am 01:23:17 10miles so a lap then a little loop to make up the distance. We were all done before the cafe opened though, so stopped in Twickenham for coffee and cake on the way home!
Paul Watt  Race 400m Kingston Track Sun 01:07.7 PB - Surrey and Sussex Masters Championships….3rd and bronze medal
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Dorney Lake Sun pm(!) 02:27:28 Started at 1pm due to an earlier triathlon. Far too hot with temperatures topping 30 C. It was 4 laps - only managed to do the first lap at the pace I wanted. 3rd V60 and 129th of 210 runners.
Roderick Hoffman Running 11.3km Lake Farm Loop Sat am 01:22:44 Early morning run to avoid the heat - canal from Yeading to Hayes then back via Lake Farm and Barra Hall and Belmore parks.
Simon Turton Running 6km Local Sun am 00:33:40 Not a lot to report other than it was very hot
Steve Hillier Cycling 9miles Ruislip I chickened out on running because of the heat.  I did cycle the shadiest streets and parks of Ruislip.  Normal service to be resumed when the temperature drops!

Weekend Achievements

 Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for weekend of Saturday 17th July 2021 plus news for next weekend's England restart

Just the one result this week - David Duggan ran "Queen's parkrun, Belfast" in 31:55.

Now, onto next Saturday...

This map: shows all worldwide open-access 5k parkruns that are or aren't operating next Saturday. I am keeping it up to date during the week. All parkruns that are open are available for you to run at if you are in the area, however I would advise you to avoid parkruns that may be particularly busy. That includes those on the border of Wales and Scotland but also avoid Frimley Lodge (because Woking, Rushmoor and Sandhurst are not operating), Coldham's Common (Cambridge), Endcliffe (Sheffield) and Alexandra (Manchester). parkrun teams for Crane Park and Old Deer Park have stepped forward at short notice and runs will be held on Saturday. Kingston remains closed.

Roderick Hoffman

BA Athletics Club Records - 5k

To celebrate parkrun's return to England on Saturday (so with apologies to Ben and Gareth and anyone else not based in England) these are the club records for the distance; covering road runs and parkruns also. Our 5000m track records form a different set. Most parkrun courses should qualify for record breaking purposes - they are measured to be at least 5k in length, note though that their timing is only "clock timing" and local procedures on Saturday may include having spaced out starts. I can see some new claims coming in, particularly from our elder ladies. Note that some recent claims may not have been added to the database yet.

ROAD - LADIES (OPEN) 5k Amy Stiles * 17:31 WARR Vancouver Oct-99 Current
ROAD - LADIES (FV35) 5k Angela Smith 19:12 WARR Hamburg Sep-89 Current
ROAD - LADIES (FV45) 5k Lesley MacAskill 20:11 WARR Vancouver Oct-99 Current
ROAD - LADIES (FV50) 5k Alice Banks 23:56 Equinox Cranford Sep-06 Current
ROAD - MEN (OPEN) 5k Tim Brennan 14:41 WARR London Oct-85 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV40 & MV45) 5k Paul Toms 15:44 WARR Dublin Oct-94 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV50) 5k Adrian Haines 17:26 BA Gatwick 5K Gatwick May-18 NEW
ROAD - MEN (MV55) 5K Barry Walters 18:47 parkrun Bedfont Lakes 1997 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV60) 5k Brian Bennett 19:47 Equinox 5K Cranford Sep-00 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV65) 5k John Coffey 21:04 Bushy Park Oct-08 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV70) 5K Brian Bennett 21:31 parkrun Bushy Park Apr-10 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV80) 5K Derek Brion 30:16 Equinox Cranford Oct-08 Current

* At the Vancouver WARR Amy was first lady finisher in the 5k out of a field of over 1,000. But this wasn't her first race that day - she had already been first lady finisher in the 10k in a time of 35:26. So she also qualified for the WARR achievement of running the 5k in less than half the time of the 10k.


To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately measured and the participant has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in an in-house organised event). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to compete in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs). If you know better, please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions:

Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Brandon

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