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BA Athletics Club News Digest 19th February 2018


  • Wednesday 21st Feb - Run-of-the-Month - Five Mile Handicap - Cranford* from 18:00 (see below),
  • Wednesday 28th Feb - Club ‘instinctive pace training session’ and Awards Evening - Harmondsworth Five Bells* 18:00 and 20:00 (see below)
  • Thursday 1st March - Dream Mile Bath Road for 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 13th Feb].

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The next few Wednesdays

Wednesday 21st Feb - Winter Handicap - meet in the car park of Cranford Community College from 17:30. Changing rooms with showers available. Steve Newell will let you off from 18:00 from across the road to run the five mile course with the objective of finishing at 19:00.  Then meet in the Queen's Head from 19:30.

Wednesday 28th Feb - Club awards evening - meet outside the Five Bells in Harmondsworth at 18:00 for an ‘instinctive pace training session’ led by Joe Nolan. After the exercise meet from 19:30 in the function rooms of the Five Bells for our annual awards evening.  Hot food will be provided to all members and visitors. The awards evening will be hosted by club president John Williams and Club Secretary Steve Hillier and will feature the presentation of a dozen or so trophies to worthy individuals.

Wednesday 7th March - regular club run at Cranford Community College from 18:00 followed by club committee meeting.

Wednesday 14th March - the club has been invited for a trial at Bedfont Football Club in Hatton Road.  Meet in the car park at 17:30 for a 18:00 run - we should be able to map out a variety of routes of different distances.  We'll meet in the Bedfont Football Club bar afterwards and compare notes on the location and facilities. Please try to make this evening since a favorable response could lead to a new venue decision for June onwards.

Wednesday 21st March - a second opportunity for a club NOW run from 12:00 at a venue to be decided. Last Wednesday Steve Newell, Denis Foxley and I had a pleasant run around Rickmansworth Aquadrome - though we discovered that the cafe there was TOO popular on a gray day during school's half term. On 21st March we could meet at Rickmansworth again OR any club member is welcome to propose to "host" us at their local park or running venue.  Get in touch with Steve Newell or myself.

Roderick Hoffman / Steve Newell more info, email Steve.

Club parkrun results for Saturday 17th February 2018

17th Feb 2018 family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
David Duggan 27:43 You Yangs (VIC) BA park #387 57%
Becky Thurtell 26:55 Letchworth run #436, park #223 68%
Roderick Hoffman 31:27 Letchworth BA park #388, park #221 50%
David Tyas 19:54 Bushy Park run #494 75%
Alan Anderson 35:30 Gunnersbury run #496 62%
Piers Keenleyside 27:40 Gunnersbury run #193 58%
Steve Newell 36:53 Gunnersbury run #300 50%
Julie Barclay 22:01 Frimley Lodge course pb, club record(F) 80%
Paul Watt 24:05 Frimley Lodge run 66th, 11th at Frimley 62%
Dave Dixon 17:41 Hackney Marshes run #15, 2018 sb 85%
Joe Nolan 31:23 Woodley 1st run since October 2017 52%
Mark Taylor 20:20 Rickmansworth run #6, 1st at Ricky, club record 78%
Graham Taylor 24:29 Rickmansworth run #9, 1st at Ricky 64%
John Taylor 25:59 Rickmansworth run #9, 1st at Ricky 58%
Bob Bannister 24:42 Bedfont Lakes run #306 66%
Chris Evans 23:23 Bedfont Lakes run #195 64%
Neil Frediani 28:25 Bedfont Lakes run #186 57%
Trish McCabe 28:30 Bedfont Lakes run #225 54%
Lesley Chamberlin 25:24 Bushy Park run #167, 1st of 2018 74%
John Coffey 26:45 Bushy Park run #271, 234th at Bushy 72%
Ian Cunningham 21:37 Bushy Park run #319 71%
Jonathan Cox 23:31 Crane Park run #346, 54th at Crane 66%
Caroline Cockram 24:48 Crane Park run #303, club record (F) 66%
Scott Davison 22:45 Crane Park run #241, 21st at Crane 63%
Ian Cockram 24:55 Crane Park run #421 59%
John Lennon 30:51 Cranleigh run #266, 1st at Cranleigh 51%
Denis Foxley 30:25 Harrow run #95, 81st at Harrow 57%
Joan Foxley 1:01:50 Harrow tailwalker 35%
Sarah Gordon 32:57 Leicester Victoria run #183, 23rd at Leicester V 59%
John Scaife 25:24 Maidenhead run #121, 57th at Maidenhead 65%
Petra Otto 32:48 March run #41, 36th at March 63%
Chris Kelly 23:25 Reading run #371, 293rd at Reading 64%
Eddie Giles 27:40 Salisbury run #96, 20th at Salisbury 63%
Tony Barnwell 40:42 Wycombe Rye run #159, 75th at Wycombe 47%
Ben Chaytow volunteer Crane Park run director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper

David Duggan’s result from You Yangs (27:43) in the Geelong area west of Melbourne was the first over the wire this week (before midnight Friday in GMT).  That was the fastest of his recent four Saturdays tour of Australia.  Look for him at the finish at Bedfont next week handing out the tokens!

Roderick Hoffman (31:27) was our first runner to try the newish parkrun at Letchworth in Hertfordshire.  It seems to be quite a tough one.
Alan Anderson (35:30) was at Gunnersbury to push his parkrun score up to 496 so he is now just four weeks from the turquoise “500” shirt.  This year St Patrick’s Day (17th March) is on a Saturday and there will be plenty of emerald green T-shirts being worn at Gunnersbury.  David Tyas is still two behind and could get there at Bushy at Easter.

Julie Barclay (22:01) recorded a pb at Frimley Lodge and that is the new female club course record.  She was first in her age category this week and is now 10th out 562 in her age category at Frimley (all time list).

Dave Dixon (17:41) had his best run so far this year at Hackney Marshes.  The Taylor brothers made a first family group appearance at Rickmansworth and Mark Taylor (20:20) established a new club course record.

Joe Nolan (31:23) ran for the first time since last October and made his first ever visit to Woodley.  Meanwhile back at Black Park, Barbara Allen (30:45) turned up again for run number 501!  It seems to be that the more parkruns you have done, the more likely you are to run again next week.  Whereas some people run once and never again, once you have done 500 you are almost certain to just keep on running (probability > 90%)*.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

* Figures from 10th Feb...

  • Less than 50 parkruns - 5.7% probability of running
  • 50 to 99 runs - 36.2% probability
  • 100 to 249 runs - 52.1% probability
  • 250 to 499 runs - 72.9% probability
  • 500+ runs - 100% probability (15 out of 15)


Wokingham Half Marathon, 18th Feb '18

Excellent running conditions for this morning's Wokingham Half - almost too warm (not quite). I'm trying to get some consistency into my training, so my realistic target of 1:33:30 was not too far off where I ended up - although as Natalie said as she went past me about a mile in, I did start off a bit too quick.... Anyway, my second consecutive weekend of being "Ruffelled" was otherwise fine. Graham looked okay as he came through but I had to get to Sainsbury's on the way home... My colleague Mark pulled a PB out of the bag at his second Half - and looks like there could be more in the tank.

292      1:28:26     Natalie Ruffell     Clapham Chasers     Senior Ladies      3011     1:27:40     74.40   
454      1:34:41     Chris Kelly          British Airways AC     Vet Men 50-59     367      1:34:15     70.76    
1064     1:53:17     Graham Taylor     British Airways AC     Vet Men 50-59     1277     1:51:37     62.26    
861      1:47:35     Mark Granger      ex-British Airways     Vet Men 50-59     1251     1:45:15     62.28    

Regards, Chris Kelly

4 Weekends, 4 Races

I have been quite busy the last 4 weeks with 4 races. The first was the Ashridge Duathlon Standard Distance Race 1, which is a 10k run, 28 mile bike and 5k run. With an 8.30 start in January you can imagine it is pretty cold to be cycling, but as a local event it is used as a good early season "warm up". Finished in 2 hrs 46mins 39 sec, which was well down on times from last year, but they were in April, so conditions very different. The following week was the Watford Half, another local race I tend to do most years. A hilly half with plenty of ups and downs to keep it interesting! Finished in 1 hr 35 mins, which matches the times I was running 7 or 8 years ago, when I was doing a lot more running, so pretty happy with that. Then last week it was a shorter race, just 5 very muddy, hilly miles around Lloyd Park in the Surrey XC, helping the BA team to a good overall result. Finally this week it was race 2 in the Ashridge series, so everything the same as 3 weeks before, but perhaps a little colder! Improved my time by 6 minutes to finish in just over 2 hrs 40 mins, so happy with that, especially as the roads were quite slippy in several places so care was needed when rounding any corners. No more races now for me for a few weeks, but off to a tri training camp week in Portugal in a couple of weeks time, oh what fun it is to be retired.

Richard Ruffell

Harrow Hill Race 11th February 2018 Results

As well as Petra and Piers reported last week note that Steven Norris came 8th and first M40 in a time of 00:39:12. Also note that Christine Munden was amongst the course marshals.

Running the Tube

Matt Foden reports on an interesting running exercise/event. A group have set up "London Tube Run" which each month chooses a tube line and attempts to run from one end of it to the other - presumably visiting stations on the way. The next such run is on Sunday March 11th and will cover the 17-miles of the Bakerloo line starting at Harrow & Wealdstone station. The event is a distance challenge rather than a race.

Contact Matt ( if you are interested or want more details.

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