The logo of the baRUNNER website. HOME NEWS DIARY

baRUNNER - a website for the British Airways Athletics Club

The logo of the baRUNNER website.

BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th September 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Although the diary shows a London Marathon briefing and kit distribution on 28th September it isn't known whether there will be anything to physically distribute that day. Everyone is welcome to come to the Bedfont club including doing an ad hoc run from 6.

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.

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by 5pm Monday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

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

Equinox 5k CourseWednesday's Equinox 5k

Remember that this event starts on the Bedfont Road side of the park, not the side that the parkrun used to start and finish at (it now starts and finishes in the middle). The start is shown by the flag on the map and the course is two anti-clockwise laps. Also get there in plenty of time to start your 5k run so that you will finish by 18:45. The first runner will be setting off before 6.

The Bedfont Club changing rooms should be open at 17:30 and we'll return to the Bedfont Club after the run.

The QueenEditorial

No apologies for this digest being sent out late - I did a duty for the Queen earlier and then attended to my own welfare by watching Paddington. Normal service will be resumed next week.

Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon Training for 2nd October

Andy Leung reports

- Reason for volunteering at last year‘s marathon with the BA AC was to support and give back to the running community. The iconic race was my first ever marathon over a decade ago, and having completed over a dozen marathons at home and abroad, I wanted to experience what it’s like to be on the other side of the barrier in my favourite marathon.

- I'm grateful to the BA club for the marathon place to help me get out in my running gear after a couple of years of almost zero running (parkrun once a week doesn’t count). It has helped me get back to running, motivated me to get back to shape and fitness, and enjoying training once again.

- started my 16 week marathon training plan 13 June 2022 with mixed emotions and enthusiasm, knowing it’s going be a long road back to running let alone marathon.

Training going well and pleased to see progress up to week 11. Every one of those runs in the preceding weeks were hard ! There were times I couldn’t see progress, weight loss or fitness.

Week 12, back from a week's summer holiday, and injury struck with the dreaded planta facilitis, something which I’ve had in the past. Cause was prolonged wearing of flip flops on holiday and the 12 mile-run on second day after arriving back home. Since then it’s been a mix of massage gun, rolling, and reducing mileage, and adjusting my plan and goals. I’ve completed a Duathlon event, continued with parkruns and my own club races (ESM), and to test my foot and fitness will be at the Ealing half-marathon a week before London.

My aim at London is to get to the start line in Greenwich with a revised goal (initially it would have been sub-3:45hr). Now I’ll be happy to finish, let alone in a revised target of anything between 4-4:30hours. From this weekend’s Ealing reccy run at a very slow pace, the PF pain started around mile 8-9, and it didn’t subside I dread to think of that happening on October 1st with 17-18 miles to go, will I be able to endure it or go home with a DNF. I guess watch this space…

Andy Leung

Are you running on the 2nd? How is your training going? What are your expectations for the day? Let us all know. If its in print it'll have to come true.

>Roderick Hoffman

Monthly Mile Results for September

Club Monthly Mile results for Sept22Mike, Ian and me benefited from the weekly mile held at Bushy up until last Wednesday. Mike's time was the best of four, Ian's the best from two. I had two runs of 8:33 and then cracked it with 8:32. The other four club members registering a result ran independently.

Your October Mile can take place any day/time up until Sunday 16th October.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 18(+1) club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Track session Saint Aigulin 3 x 800(90)4 x 400(90)5 x 200 on cinder track. Much slower than a synthetic track.
Barry Walters Running 6km Bracknell Mon am 00:36:36 Ran a steady out and back effort over the forest in the morning with a quicker second half. In the evening did a one hour yoga session at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Running 5.27km BAMC to Penmark loop Sat lunch 00:27:26 BAMC to penmark loop, interrupted by 200 Harley Davidsons on the return leg
Benita Scaife  Race 10km Blackmores Bridge Run Sun am 01:07:02 A road run starting at Milson’s Point on the north side of Sydney harbour. The route crosses the harbour bridge, does a circuit of the Royal Botanic Gardens and finishes at Sydney Opera House. Benita was 2,627 of 5,926 females and 53rd of 225 in her age group.
John Scaife  Race 10km Blackmores Bridge Run Sun am 01:07:03 Total field was 10,766. There was also a marathon, half marathon and 3.5km fun run on the same morning. I finished 1 second behind Benita.
Chris Kelly Running 10miles Dunsden Full Bobble Sun 01:49:00 Building back up for Munich Marathon in October...Noticed that our TVP swans been busy growing while we were away…
Clara Halket Running 27.8km Surrey Wed 02:37:04 Landing day run on pavement and trails . Been a while since I did a long run but it felt great, only been paying for it still a few days later Heat and ice as my osteopath recommended.
James Edwards  Race 15km Tough Mudder NW (Cholmondeley) Completed 7th Tough Mudder up in Cholmondeley on the weekend. 15km with 30 obstacles. My first two TM were done via BA clubs a few years ago in 2016
Janet Smith parkrun 5km California Country Sat am Best parkrun time since 2019 and probably my best ever age graded % On the way to LGW for a few days in the sun in Fuerteventura .
Julie Barclay Running Rushmoor Tue 00:50:00 Reps - 3km warm-up with 4x600m and 4x400m faster reps followed by 3km warm-down
Paul Watt Running Rushmoor Wed 01:50:00 Reps - 3km warm-up with 4x600m and 4x400m faster reps followed by 3km warm-down. [Photo is from the Coventry Memorial Park after Saturday's parkrun]
Keith Johnson  Race 10km Stephenage 10k Sun am 00:46:20 60th overall out of 294 finishers and 9th in age category.
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Woking Sat am 00:28:04 parkrun this week - first for a while.
Mike Dennison Running 34km Thames to Kew and back. Mon 02:51:01 The last really long training run for London Marathon last Monday. A nice route from home mostly through parks and beside rivers, but still a bit humid for my liking…
Petra Otto Circuits 3x Circuit training, plus gym.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Marcq en Barouel Semi Marathon Sun 01:46:06 Best half for above 5 years - 8:00 minute mile pace for the 13.28 miles measured on my Garmin.
Roderick Hoffman Running 6.09km Northala Fields Thur 00:41:00 Hill work with three laps around and up the main mound at Northala Fields.
Steve Hillier Cycling 22miles Hillingdon, Stockley Park, Sipson, Heathrow East Base, returning home via Cranford Park. 02:40:00 In Cranford Park the excavation work is very evident and the road and car park is firmly closed.

Weekly Achievements

+late submission - Emma Moreton, running, 12miles, All over (from Shepperton) in 1:45:00 "My last LSR for London. I did a 3-point run consisting of a 6 mile out and back west, a 4 mile out and back south and a 2 mile out and back north. Always wanted to try it!"

Roderick Hoffman

# Club Points Update

The club recognises those who help the club succeed through arranging, helping or participating in the club's key events. I maintain a table which runs from January to December to see which club member achieves the most and which others are worthy of specific mention. You score 1pt for participating in a club event (those marked "#" in the diary), 2 points if you don't run but do help with the event and 4pts if you are the prime organiser.

I've just updated the table for recent events including the Black Park Club Featured parkrun and the marshaling or running in the Great City Race or the Big Half.

Last time I reported I was narrowly ahead of Steve Newell at the top of the table with Steve Hillier lagging behind. Things have changed with Steve Hillier leapfrogging to now head the table and its Steve Newell who is lagging. But the betting on this year's winner to be is far from over since Mr. Newell has some high scoring events coming up. Previously John Scaife, Benita Scaife and Stephen Taylor had also earned the recognition that ten points in the table gives them.  They are now joined by Denis Foxley, Chris Kelly, Simon Turton, Paul Watt, Barry Walters and Jasvir Singh-Modaher. Well done and thank you to each of them. There are then three club members on nine points and three on eight but they will remain nameless until they get to ten!

The next points scoring events are the Equinox 5k on Wednesday and then the London Marathon (marshalling or running).

Roderick Hoffman

WARR Registration Cut-off

I'm not aware of anyone currently hesitating about coming to Hawaii for WARR next month but if you have suddenly found yourself free to come make your registration promptly - they have set a limit of 420 and last time they reported they had 384 registered. You wouldn't want to be on an island without a paddle. 


parkrun Results for Saturday 17th September 2022

39 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Barry WALTERS Black Park 624 161 0:28:46 59.39% 2nd run at Black Park, nine years after first, P-Index = 5
Roderick HOFFMAN Black Park 624 185 0:29:35 55.15% p-index now equals 6 (Northala Fields, Gunpowder, Pymmes, Osterley, Crane Park and now Black Park run 6 times each)
Steve NEWELL Black Park 624 362 0:48:45 41.20% 5th run at Black Park, p-index remains on 7
Tony BARNWELL Black Park 624 369 0:50:18 41.78% 54th run at Black Park, first for three years, P-Index = 5
Mike DENNISON Banstead Woods 729 10 0:20:46 80.02% BA Male record (Julie Barclay retains the other records)
Maria JOVANI Banstead Woods 729 42 0:23:46 67.46%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 115 198 0:36:25 51.17%
Ben CHAYTOW Bushy Park 894 275 0:23:43 60.22% Crane Park still closed
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 894 352 0:24:42 60.19%
Janet SMITH California Country 112 101 0:34:25 53.32% Course PB by 6seconds (and a much better age grade). Fastest parkrun for almost three years. Best age grade for over five.
Paul WATT Coventry 555 18 0:20:27 76.45% Coventry run "555". Run #203, park #101. BA fastest Male.
Julie BARCLAY Coventry 555 71 0:23:24 80.63% run #255, park #105, BA fastest Female and best Age Grade.
Benita SCAIFE Cowpasture Reserve, Camden 133 51 0:32:32 65.22% Another Australian parkrun. run #233, park #86, New BA parkrun #676
John SCAIFE Cowpasture Reserve, Camden 133 52 0:32:33 53.00% run #258, park #95
Bob BANNISTER Forest of Dean 585 20 0:26:08 64.80% run #430, park #39, 6th BA finisher at Forest of Dean parkrun.
Anne Bannister Forest of Dean 585 41 0:33:33 61.35% run #262, park#34, 7th BA finisher.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 443 Timekeeper at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 487 232 0:26:33 63.15% P-Index is 5
Scott DAVISON Hazelwood 155 49 0:26:38 55.82% 3rd run at Hazelwood, after just seven days (1 to 2 four and a half years)
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 175 32 0:24:00 62.43% 28th run at Houghton Hall in 2022
David Cowell Kirkcaldy 318 3 0:18:55 74.36% run #54, park #45, New BA parkrun #678
Melanie Miller Millennium Country 107 91 0:38:42 46.17% run #107, park #81, run number #107
Ray HAMPTON Nant y Pandy 128 44 0:34:08 60.16% New BA parkrun #677
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 389 197 0:35:02 46.19% 35th run at Osterley, 7th this year
Anne Anderson Osterley 389 237 0:51:53 57.37%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 389 238 0:51:54 50.39% 88th run at Osterley, P-Index is 3
Murray Hogge Reading 567 30 0:21:30 75.27% family bonding at Reading
Frankie HOGGE Reading 567 31 0:21:30 68.84% family bonding at Reading
Ben Kelly Reading 567 45 0:22:44 56.74% family bonding at Reading
Christopher T KELLY Reading 567 46 0:22:46 68.67% family bonding at Reading, P-Index = 6
Jain REID Richmond Park 719 287 0:30:50 58.70%
Denis FOXLEY Rickmansworth 218 237 0:29:11 62.88%
Joan FOXLEY Rickmansworth 218 388 0:42:48 54.71%
Trish MCCABE Riddlesdown 535 63 0:28:44 55.28% 56th London parkrun (of 59).
David DUGGAN Southall 37 46 0:33:42 48.42% Also ran there the previous Saturday but we missed his result for some reason.
Ian CUNNINGHAM St Andrews 451 47 0:23:51 67.23% Fastest BA man and best Age Grade (from Simon Ashford)
Alice BANKS Telford 393 94 0:26:03 80.23% Fastest BA Lady and best BA Age Grade.
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 101 23 0:22:22 71.09% All the 2s 22:22 and an 11 second PB. Improves own BA records.
Micheal BALL Woking 333 175 0:28:04 57.13%

parkrun Review Saturday 17th September 2022

Our home borough (Hounslow), with a new council leader, continued to impose a stricter observance of the state mourning period for our late Queen than most local authorities or governing bodies.  The runs at Bedfont Lakes, Crane Park and Hanworth were closed for a second week.  The premier league match between Brentford and Arsenal was allowed to be played on Sunday with a rearranged time, a minute’s silence, a community singing of ‘God Save the King’ and even an enthusiastically supported minute of spectator clapping after 70 minutes to acknowledge and celebrate the 70 years of the reign.

Trish McCabe (28:44) continued her relentless campaign to visit all London parkruns with a run at Riddlesdown on the edge of Croydon borough – a pleasant cross-country style run on top of the Downs with surprisingly few hilly bits to worry about.  These are the ones left for her to visit – Bethlem Royal Hospital (Croydon-Bromley area), the delightfully names Hoblingwell (St Pauls Cray) and Orpington.

Our members run in Scotland only occasionally so it unusual to report that two members ran this week in the ancient Kingdom of Fife.  David Cowell (18:55) broke new ground at Kirkcaldy while Ian Cunningham (23:51) bettered the club record previously set by Simon Ashford at St Andrews.

Benita (32:32) and John Scaife (32:33) were still in New South Wales and visited Cowpasture Reserve, Camden to the southwest of Sydney for the first time.  Back in old Wales, Ray Hampton (34:08) put in one of his occasional parkrun appearances at Nant y Pandy in Llangefni on Angelsey.  The club parkrun total has moved on to 678.

The club featured parkrun at Black Park did not prove popular and only attracted four members. Barry Walters (28:46) returned to Black Park, nine years after his only previous visit and was chased home by Roderick Hoffman (29:35) who we are astonished to learn has now run there six times. Steve Newell (48:45) and Tony Barnwell (50:18) were nearer the back of the field.  For Tony it was a 54th visit, albeit the first in three years.  As a point of information the earlybird car parking fee has gone up to £2.80.

Melanie Miller cast aside her interest in Fibonacci highlighted last week and maybe started a new trend.  She visited Millennium Country Park so that her 107th parkrun coincided with edition 107 at the Marston Vale event.  Whatever next !?

Another journalistic guest spot opportunity is coming up as Steve Newell will be on a round GB cruise on 1st October and won’t be able to write for this column.  Any volunteers?  Steve is actually due in the Isle of Man that Saturday but doesn’t expect the ship’s lifeboat to make it to the quayside in time to get to Nobles parkrun with a 9 a.m. start.

Steve Newell

Some people will be at Bedfont Lakes parkrun next Saturday because it is event number 610 (233+377=610). If you don't know what I'm talking about then be thankful, but you might also like to consider being a volunteer at Bedfont.

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

To the Editor

A couple of non-flat race notifications this week, with BA connections with the organisers:

  • The Frieth Hilly is on 16th October 2022. This is a 5k or 10k event to raise funds for Frieth CEC School near Henley-on-Thames. for details and entry.
  • Then the Rugged Radnage is on 20th November. Also a 5k or 10k event in the Chilterns raising funds for the village school. Rugged Radnage for details and entry.

Next Digest - Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send them to the editor, Roderick Hoffman, at

Not for you, no longer interested? remove me please.

Difficulty viewing this? Read it from the website:- Latest.shtml. Club website:



Full Index