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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th February 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

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 Sunday evening) or use the Facebook group prompt:

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

Editorial - Activity Achievements

I started listing colleagues' activity achievements at the end of March 2020 when the Coronavirus restrictions meant that we were temporarily unable to meet to run together. It enabled each of us to share what we had achieved, even though we were physically isolated. The restrictions were removed, but it was obvious that you wanted the feature to continue, and so it has done, and so it will. Each week I publish what you have supplied or publicised as your best achievement. It isn't my job to value or judge achievements, so I'm happy to apply exactly the same weight whether your best achievement is a brisk walk or a climb of Everest. I usually present the achievements alphabetically by first name. This week is no exception, alphabetically by name...

> Roderick Hoffman 

Recent Activity Achievements

17 club members and friends' achievements are listed below (plus others I could have included from the Club Featured parkrun). Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race 4x 800m Lee Valley Indoor Stadium Wed pm 08:57.37 New World Record for M55 4 x 800m relay (indoor). "Getting four 55+ to the start line was the first mission, 2nd mission was running like a time trial rather than a race and 3rd mission was not having a clue what pace you were lapping in." (more detail below)
Andy Rayner Running 3miles Cox Green Fri 00:47:27 Tuesday 14 Feb: a 3 mile bike ride in 20m 24s, Friday 17 Feb: fast walk Cox Green-home 13m 21s and XC approx. 3mile 47m 27s.
Barry Walters Running 10km Bracknell Sun am 00:57:27 Ran from home to Swinley Forest at a steady pace doing an out and back run.  After a short break did one hour of body pump using light weights and 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Little Marlow to High Wycombe via Warren Wood Wed 01:01:38 We did a hill run from Little Marlow to High Wycombe via Warren Wood, passing under the M40 and down through Deangarden Wood and Wycombe Rye…
John Scaife Running 4miles Little Marlow to High Wycombe via Warren Wood Wed 01:01:38 ...103 metres net elevation gain. The photo flattens out the path which is in fact a steady climb. Looking south to a misty Thames valley in the distance.
Clara Halket Walking 6.4km Local Thur 01:08:50 Morning walk in the neighbourhood on a cold, grey breezy morning, followed by a post workout brunch.
David Cowell  Race 5km Nottingham Sun am 00:18:03 Nottingham winter warmer event.
Emma Moreton Running 10.5miles To and round Bedfont Lakes Sat am Run to Bedfont Lakes parkrun and then parkrun - about 10.5 miles.
Jain Reid  Race Marathon Seville Marathon Sun 04:31:41 New marathon PB.
Julie Barclay Running 5km Basingstoke Canal Tue 00:28:00 Low-intensity run during taper-down week.
Neil Frediani Running 7.58miles Prudhoe Wed 01:28:43 Two 7.5 mile runs in the last 5 days. One of them would have been an improvement on recent weeks so I am very pleased. Highlight was getting licked or kissed by horses while changing the music on my phone in the dark [Ed: I trust that you told them it was too late for Valentine's Day]
Paul Watt Running 11.5miles Rushmoor Sun am 01:30:43 From home and through Mytchett, Frimley and Farnborough on the way to being timekeeper at Queen’s Parade Junior parkrun.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Seville Marathon Sun 03:48:55 My 4th Seville Marathon completed today and in the fastest time and was 17th of 93 in the M65 age category. Best marathon time in over 4 years I think. 197 marathons/ultras now completed.
Roderick Hoffman Running 13.68km Canal loop via Stockley Park Sun lunch 01:39:39 Loop mainly on the Grand Union to Stockley Park then home via Yeading Meadows. Timed spot-on to arrive back just before kick-off in the football.
Simon Turton Orienteering 7.65km British Night Orienteering Championships at Moors Valley Country Park, New Forest Sat eve 01:16:45 Weather was mild and stayed dry. The key with night orienteering is to take it steady and concentrate on identifying good attack points into controls, with ideally line feature running between controls as errors can cost valuable time and it can be hard to relocate. Pleased with my course, placing 17th of 45. Only downside was I tripped and broke my brand new Silva thumb ☹️.
Stephen Taylor Cycling 25.25miles Ealing Bushy Richmond loop Fri pm 01:56:50 My longest activity this week, time wise, was a cycle through Bushy and Richmond parks. 25 miles and around two hours.
Tim Bellars Running 5km Cartagena Sun 00:27:56 5k round Cartagena old city wall. Very hot. Legs a bit heavy after all the walking and swimming over the last week so quite happy with time. Next stop altitude of Bogotá!!!


Week Achievements

Roderick Hoffman

Adrian's close finishNew World Record

Yes, with three British Masters Team colleagues Adrian set a new World Record last week for the M55 4 x 800m relay. Adrian ran his leg in 2:16 and the team finished in 8:57.37 beating the previous record of 9:00.85 set by a Spanish team in March 2022. The other runners were David Cowlishaw, Steve Atkinson and Rob McHarg (Datchet Dashers). For a fuller story, including pictures of Adrian, see: Three relay records fall at Lee Valley - Masters Athletics UK or watch the race on YouTube: (Adrian is the first leg runner).

Adrian had a good week last week - after the world record performance he travelled to the BMAF British Indoor Championships in Sheffield where on Saturday he won the M55 800m by a short nose in 2:12.20. There were only 6 hundreds of a second between Adrian and two of his relay colleagues in second and third place so it was quite a race! See: LIVE ATHLETICS | British Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships - Day 1 - YouTube and scroll to 5:15 for the start of the 800m. He repeated the victory the next day in the 1500m (4:37.86) although this time with a comfortable win by 0.38 of a second - and his gold medal was presented by his daughter Gemma. Adrian also got a bronze in the 400m with 59.4. And now "Rest, recovery. Don’t get ill and back to training for Worlds in Poland at the end of March."

Club Featured parkrun - Stockley Country 18th Feb 2023

Club Featured parkrun photo

A great turnout on Saturday at Stockley Country parkrun - the fifteen pictured plus Bob and Anne Bannister. David Cowan had also been due to join us until BA made a late change to his schedule. A full report of the event can be found at news | Stockley Country parkrun including my appeal to VAR at Stockley Park due to Graham's achievement being enabled by the moving of the goalposts.

Roderick Hoffman

Everyone is also welcome this Saturday at Stockley Country parkrun, as participants or volunteers, as the Mayor of Hillingdon will be there to officially open the event, though we haven't been told whether she is bringing her running shoes.

I've asked Keith Johnson to propose future Club Featured parkruns for April and May.

Winter Five Mile Handicap - This Wednesday 22nd February

The fifth leg (of 6) of the winter 5 mile handicap series will be run from the Bedfont Club this Wednesday (22nd Feb). Runners start from 6 p.m. aiming to finish at 7 p.m..

A look at the points table shows that Stephen Taylor and Paul Watt are handily placed at this stage but good runs from Maarten Stenham, Amanda Coombs or even Roderick Hoffman could see them on the podium after the finale run which will be on the last Wednesday in March, by which time we will be back onto British Summer Time.

Those wanting to walk a single 2.5 mile lap of the course are welcome to join in and should be ready to start not later than 6.20 p.m.

Tell Steve to expect you, or just turn up with sufficient time to fit your five mile run in and finish by 7 p.m..

> Steve Newell

After the Handicap Run we will be holding a club committee meeting in a corner of the function room. All are welcome, as usual.

World Airline Road Race 2023 Calgary update - Host Hotel and Schedule

The event is not yet open for registrations, but an update has been issued relating to the host hotel and a schedule for the WARR events. Note that anyone is allowed to enter the event although only current and former airline staff will qualify for the major race classifications.

Hotel Update:

The Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire will be the Host Hotel for WARR 2023 from September 22-25th.  It is in the heart of downtown Calgary (YYC) and an 8-minute walk to the race start at Sien Lok Park.  The discounted room-only rate for the hotel will be $219 CDN, per night (approx.: £135), plus about $30 CDN in taxes.  Details of how to book the rooms at that rate will be announced in ten days' time but now the WARR hosts would like anyone who is likely to want to book a room in March to email them by the end of Tuesday 21st February so that they can judge how many rooms to ask for. Please mail them at > World Airline Road Race and indicate whether you'd want 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds and the potential duration of your stay.

They also advise that because of other events happening in Calgary it will prove very difficult to get rooms for dates prior to 22nd September, but after the 24th there should be no problem.

Draft Event Schedule:

  • September 22 5:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet
  • September 23 9:00 a.m. - Team Captain's Meeting
  • September 23 5:00 p.m. - T-Shirt Party & Dinner
  • September 24 7:30 a.m. - 10K at Sien Lok Park
  • September 24 9:00 a.m. - 5K at Sien Lok Park
  • September 24 10:30 a.m. - Team Photos
  • September 24 10:45 a.m. - Awards Presentation at Race Venue
  • September 24 6:00 p.m. - Wind-up Dinner Party

I have already notified the WARR Hosts that whilst I will be attending the races, I will not be attending the Team Captain's meeting, unless they change either the time, or change the location and style of meeting to Nose Hill parkrun in Calgary which has a 9am start time.

> Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 18th February

38 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
John TAYLOR Stockley Country 6 5 0:21:41 72.10% Shirt earning 50th parkrun. BA male record.
Mark TAYLOR Stockley Country 6 11 0:22:09 74.34% 20th parkrun. BA grade record.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Stockley Country 6 35 0:26:01 61.63% 495th parkrun.
Bob BANNISTER Stockley Country 6 48 0:27:18 62.03% run #449, park #41
Stephen K TAYLOR Stockley Country 6 69 0:30:50 51.57%  
Denis FOXLEY Stockley Country 6 75 0:31:26 58.38% 2nd run at Stockley Country. PB by 9 seconds
Graham TAYLOR Stockley Country 6 85 0:32:27 50.74% Shirt earning 25th parkrun. 25th parkrun since 25Jun2011.
Janet CUNNINGHAM Stockley Country 6 91 0:32:52 59.03% [Non-member]
Anne Bannister Stockley Country 6 92 0:32:55 63.49% run #275, park #37
Marion TAYLOR Stockley Country 6 96 0:33:33 56.23% [Non-member]
Benita SCAIFE Stockley Country 6 105 0:35:35 59.63% run #256, park #95
John SCAIFE Stockley Country 6 106 0:35:35 48.99% run #280, park #104
Joan FOXLEY Stockley Country 6 125 0:39:41 60.02% 2nd run at Stockley Country. PB by 2:24. Age Category record.
Alan ANDERSON Stockley Country 6 146 0:51:57 50.34% Age Category record, park #20
Steve NEWELL Stockley Country 6 150 0:58:40 34.23% tailwalker (v), park #125, "Londone" status restored
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 6 Run Director at Stockley Country. Has done 455 parkruns since 25Jun2011.
Fiona Bishop Alice Holt 443 91 0:26:55 74.18% First run at Alice Holt, run #225, park #64
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 629 39 0:24:37 62.97%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 629 69 0:28:06 52.91%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 647 290 0:31:19 54.55% 366th run at Black Park
Mike DENNISON Bushy Park 918 110 0:20:25 81.39% first run at Bushy since Xmas Day.
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 918 231 0:22:20 67.09%
Ben CHAYTOW Bushy Park 918 290 0:23:03 61.97%
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 918 334 0:23:37 68.60%
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 183 15 0:23:23 68.00% Still the only BA runner at Cirencester, 42 runs there.
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 174 83 0:25:53 60.40% Reading still too soggy -  no run there since 7th January
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 462 Timekeeper at Guildford
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Homewood 264 54 0:27:54 63.20% run #130, 2nd at Homewood
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 196 36 0:23:47 63.56% 52nd run at Houghton Hall
David DUGGAN Hout Bay 177 43 0:38:55 42.31% run #447, park #119,  BA parkrun #705
Paul WATT Lordship Recreation Ground 17 13 0:19:58 78.30% BA male record, park #124, Wilson Index advances to 20
Julie BARCLAY Lordship Recreation Ground 17 38 0:22:47 82.81% BA female record and grade record, park #128, Wilson Index is 26
Harjit Jhooti Old Deer Park 568 112 0:32:14 55.43% 3rd run at Old Deer Park
Trish MCCABE Osterley 411 101 0:26:49 59.79% 41st run at Osterley, 6th of 2023
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 411 139 0:29:09 55.52% 3rd run at Osterley in 2023
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 247 107 0:31:03 54.54%
Melanie Miller Sunny Hill 131 57 0:52:37 33.96% First run at Sunny Hill - reported it as being hilly and being relieved at being the official park walker.
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 457 59 0:26:46 63.82% 28th run at Upton Court - his favourite

parkrun review Saturday 18h February 2023

The designated club featured parkrun at Stockley Country Park (West Drayton) attracted a splendid attendance of well over a dozen members, plus some family (without dogs!) led home by John Taylor (21:41) marking his 50th parkrun with a fifth place finish.  The time puts him 6th out of 85 in his VM55 age group at Stockley.  Not far behind, 11th place overall, came Mark Taylor (22:09) who is in the next more senior age group and in second place there.  This was the sixth running of London’s newest parkrun and the conditions round the course variation chosen this week were excellent.  The majority of the runners were first timers (at Stockley) but notably the majority of returnees achieved PBs. Courses have varied over the first six weeks but I believe this week’s was an accurate 5km.  Does anyone disagree?  Joan Foxley (39:41) had been present at the inaugural but returned to leap to the top of her age category.  Roderick Hoffman was Run Director and Report Writer this week so head over to the Stockley Country parkrun website for the comprehensive illustrated report.

The highlights for those not at Stockley Country included David Duggan (38:55) at Hout Bay (Cape Town); Paul Watt (19:58) and Julie Barclay (22:47) breaking club records at Lordship Recreation in North London.

We now have two runners on the home straight heading towards the “500”.  Ian Cunningham (with or without a dog) is on 495 with Mike Dennison not far behind on 492.  So far (worldwide) 429 people have reached 500 parkruns with a handful graduating most weeks. Alan Anderson jogs serenely on with 645 while former member David Tyas is further ahead on 674.  Just 10 runners have reached the 700 mark and nine of them were still at it this week!  Let’s call it habit forming rather than addictive!  A healthy lifestyle.

Steve Newell

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