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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th January 2020


  • Wednesday 22nd January Five Mile Handicap at Bedfont Club from 18:00 # (ROM)
  • Tuesday 28th January - Round-the-Block at Cranford/Heston at 12:30 # (CIE) see below
  • Thursday 6th February - Inaugural Parkland Mile event on Harmondsworth Moor from 12:45 # (CIE)

Our next Bedfont Club meeting will be this Wednesday 22nd January for the Handicap. February meet-ups will be on 5th (Coaching Session - see below) and 26th (Five Mile Handicap). All members are welcome.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 8th January.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 8th January 2020) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office", ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

REMINDER Tuesday 28th January - Round-the-Block at Cranford/Heston from 12:30 #

The club has had a "Round-the-Block" race around the streets of Cranford and Heston since the early 1980s. Neil and I expect this to be the last time around the traditional course at Cranford/Heston.  The annual race once attracted 200 runners, it would be good to have 20 this time. So hopefully you will be able to join us, as a generous lunchtime break from your work locations, or from your retirement cottages. 

We'll do the full lap this year, which I've GPS measured at 3.4miles/5.5k, and with the start and finish at one of the grass areas opposite the Community College. Street parking should be straightforward.  The course is shown on the club map or more clearly here (it is the same as last year). Note that we have no access to either the Heston Venue or Cranford Community College so participants will need to arrive ready to run, and return whence they came to shower and change afterwards (perhaps via the Queen's Head first, for a post race drink and meal).

Please attend and encourage your friends and colleagues to join us also.  Traditionally we charge £1 for participation in this event and this is donated to White Lodge.

Non-runners also welcome. Let us know to expect you by emailing us or responding to the Facebook event:

Roderick Hoffman / Neil Frediani

Club Coaching Session - Wednesday 5th February from 6pm at the Bedfont Club

Joe Nolan will be leading a coaching session on the 5th February at the Bedfont Club. This is being targeted for the longer distance runner, but anyone is welcome to turn up and see what they can learn. The exact format is to be confirmed but it is likely to involve a warm-up from 18:00 followed by the coaching session up to 19:15 and then a discussion in the bar from 19:30.

Roderick Hoffman obo Joe Nolan

parkrun review Saturday 18th January 2020

Member parkrun Place Time Grade PB Comment
TRUE James Shoulder Bedfont Lakes 1 00:19:11 67.25% First finisher
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes 36 00:23:35 63.53% Also Barcode Scanning (there were issues)
TRUE Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 42 00:23:53 60.78%
TRUE Paul Davis Bedfont Lakes 57 00:25:00 57.60%
TRUE David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 124 00:30:11 52.68%
TRUE Eddie KETTERICK Bedfont Lakes Marshal
TRUE Caroline Cockram Bedfont Lakes Run Director
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 396 00:30:03 55.30% Record 888 attendees.
TRUE Mike Dennison Bushy Park 79 00:19:56 81.19% Only 79th...of 1,620 participants.
TRUE Maria Jovani Bushy Park 295 00:22:48 69.01%
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 613 00:26:03 60.01%
TRUE Christopher T KELLY California Country 271 00:39:15 38.81% PB   71s improvement
TRUE Ben Chaytow Crane Park 31 00:21:20 65.47%
TRUE Paul PRESCOTT Crane Park 12 00:20:09 64.10%
TRUE Zoe OSTLEY Crane Park 289 00:38:13 48.02%
TRUE David Williams Fulham Palace 357 00:25:51 53.58%
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 354 00:27:58 58.34%
TRUE John COFFEY Hanworth 50 00:31:01 63.41%
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow Timekeeper - record attendance...
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow Timekeeper - ...of 358
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 351 00:34:27 58.83%
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 352 00:34:28 48.65%
TRUE Murray HOGGE Mile End 162 00:23:49 66.76% BA Best Age Grade - But Ian Cockram and Frankie retain M/F records.
TRUE Frankie HOGGE Mile End 161 00:23:48 62.18%
TRUE Bob Bannister Osterley 58 00:23:03 71.44% PB   31s improvement
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Portsmouth Lakeside 26 00:22:13 81.47% BA and Grade record (from Janet Smith)
TRUE Paul WATT Portsmouth Lakeside 19 00:21:49 69.82% First BA male runner.
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Presint 18 31 00:29:50 53.30% First run in Malaysia (17th different country). New club run.
TRUE Jain Reid Richmond Park 269 00:27:19 64.55% PB   Further 6s improvement
TRUE Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Rushmoor 126 00:23:53 71.04% 92nd run - can start to dream of the 100 shirt
TRUE Alice BANKS Sandhurst Memorial 98 00:29:35 67.49%
TRUE Trish MCCABE South Norwood 119 00:29:35 52.79%
TRUE Keith Johnson St Albans 219 00:27:07 53.96%
TRUE Richard RUFFELL Upton Court 50 00:25:43 61.31%
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Zandvlei 66 00:29:14 55.82% 247th run and a "Z" in South Africa. New club run.

Weekend CancellationsLet me know if your result doesn't feature in the table above - I know that there were issues at Bedfont Lakes where a scanner failed before its data could be uploaded and results data had to be manually supplied and updated after I made the main results extract.

 Several cancellations last weekend due to the cold and wet (but not at Presint 18 in Malaysia!). London lost Brooklands and Sunny Hill to Ice and a band of water related cancellations across the Chilterns. The map extract shows official cancellations (others cancelled, but didn't update the parkrun list). Click on the map to see the cancellations across the whole country.

James Shoulder was first finisher at Bedfont Lakes for the second time. James has finished in all the top places from first to ninth but never tenth. We have several runners who have finished in all the places from second to tenth but never first finisher - Barry Walters, Ben Chaytow (2nd to 36th), Chris Kelly (2nd to 47th), Maartin Stenham (2nd to 39th), Murrey Hogge (2nd to 42nd), Richard Ruffell (2nd to 29th). Speaking as someone who has a first finish to their credit you sometimes need to carefully decide which parkrun to do! Gary Rushmer has all the places from 1st to 16th. Jeremy Short has 1st to 10th but needs an 11th place, Mike Dennison also has all from 1st to 26th (some before joining us so not in our database). It is difficult for our ladies to feature in this - though Maria Jovani is close, needing a 1st and 3rd to complete all places down to 46th.

Roderick Hoffman

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats (updated to 4th Jan)

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

Running Badgesparkrun in the Netherlands

You don't have to travel to the far east to add another flag to your parkrun adventures. It is now confirmed that parkrun Netherlands will start on Saturday 29th February. It is expected that there will be around five parkruns initiating on that date but the details haven't yet been released though may have been by this time tomorrow. If you are keen to avoid being in the UK on 29th February then check: .

If you want to see your parkrun badges then install the Running Challenges Chrome Extension - for details see

Street-O Wimbledon Results

Simon says "The choice was west for the hills of Wimbledon Village or east where it was bit flatter. Most of us went west for the points." to which Chris replied "Yes, I knew there was a hill from the Prudential Ride London, and I drove in from that side, but I donít think I realised that was what the brown lines {on the map} were indicating until Simon pointed it out Ė Der!"

The results show that our three runners all finished without time penalties (clearly I wasn't there!). There was a large turnout for this run, over 100, and the points scoring system used means that all those towards the bottom of the table hardly scored any points towards the series table.

Overall Pos. Women Pos. Name M / W Score Time Time Penalty Grand Total Points
1 ... M 780 00:59:55 0 780 100
20 Simon Turton M 510 00:59:09 0 510 81
23 1 ... W 500 00:59:53 0 500 78
55 Chris Kelly M 370 00:58:42 0 370 46
97 31 Jain Reid W 210 00:59:14 0 210 4

In the series table Simon had now overtaken me and is lying in 25th place with 246 points from three events. I've in 30th place with 220 from 4 events. Chris Kelly and Jain Reid feature in 73rd and 75th place though are still edged by Christine Munden in 53rd.

The next event will be at the Angel Islington on Tuesday 11th February, meeting at the Three Johns at 73 White Lion Street, N1 9PF, from 18:15.

Roderick Hoffman

Adrian in the Sussex MastersAdrian Haines in the Sussex Masters on Sunday

Finished 4th - "Too far behind the leading three, but plenty of distance from the following pack. This is the best cross country course in Sussex. With all the rain it was smooth running. The two long hills on the camber were testing. The views were unbelievable. Highly recommended for walking from oombes Farm. Great to be back racing after a testing month"

Adrian Haines

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