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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th March 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

Results for Next Week

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 - Rest is important and a change is as good as a rest

There will not be a digest next week. I'm on holiday from Saturday in a location that may be "off grid" and with a baggage allowance that doesn't allow for the inclusion of a laptop. The next digest will be produced on Tuesday 4th April. Feel free to send in submissions, and please post on Facebook, but you'll get nothing back until then. There may be a one-off digest at the end of this week incorporating the results from this week's Club Awards.

Roderick Hoffman

Events over the next two weeks:

  • Wed 22nd - Club Awards at the Bedfont Club (pre-event run from 18:00, Awards from 19:30 with food provided)
  • Sat 25th - Ian's 500th parkrun at Bushy Park for 9:00. Cake expected.
  • Wed 29th - Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club to finish at 19:00 in the daylight! Over to the Duke of Wellington afterwards.

PS: And if anyone is willing to "cover" for me at Stockley Country over the next two Saturdays, taking on non-running roles, they would be most welcome.

Virginia Water NOW report

Virginia Water NOW participants

Virginia Water waterfall (by Harjit)A great turnout at Virginia Water last Wednesday - all those featured in the attached photograph and Clara. Most of us ran a 4mile clockwise lap of the lake - led by Barry Walters showing the rest of us how clean his heels are these days. Barry had finished his run and his coffee before some of us had got back to the cafe. I think we should investigate the Yoga at his local leisure centre...or what they put in their tea. A smaller walking group did an out and back up the east and north side of the lake.

> Roderick Hoffman

The next NOW event has been proposed ...

We can offer a NOW run at Eton, starting and finishing on the Brocas. Suggested gathering point is outside the Watermans Arms on Brocas Street, postcode SL4 6BW. The route will be a flat 5km loop heading west across the Brocas and then open fields from which the Thames will be visible the whole way. Walkers can do an out and back along the Thames Path.

There are two public car parks in Eton, one in Meadow Lane and one in Eton Court. There are also multiple parking options across the (pedestrian) bridge in Windsor.

For post-run refreshments the Watermans Arms offers ciabattas and burgers as well as pub classics. Otherwise there are coffee and cake options in Eton High St.

We suggest Wed 3rd May.

John & Benita

Awards Evening, 22nd March2023 - reminder

It's time to recall our achievements of the past year, and to congratulate our various trophy winners.  We invite all of you to attend the Bedfont Club on Wednesday 22nd March, from 19:30, for an evening of celebrations and fun.  Light refreshments will be provided by your club.  Please come along to cheer the winners, as they collected their shiny trophies.

See you there!

Steve Hillier

The changing rooms will be open from 17:45 for those wanting to have a run prior to the evening's event. There is nothing specific organised, but if we gather in the carpark at 18:00 we can decide whether to do different runs or the same. Sunset will be at 18:22.

Green Belt Relay, 13th/14th May 2023 #

The Green Belt Relay is getting closer and to build up the anticipation the organisers are posting team biographies in order of appearances made, from bottom up. In twentieth place is British Airways and the biography can be read on Facebook here and reproduced below.

British Airways are one of our most prolific prize winners, having won the Corporate Prize essentially in perpetuity. I retired the prize because the trophy got full so we just gave it to them to keep.

They're a one-team club but have still run in every single GBR since 2004, and have put in a run of extraordinary consistency either inside the top 20 or just outside it. Their high point was the 2014 race where they came 6th overall and narrowly outside the trophies (I mean, as well as the corporate one), and they had another top ten finish back in 2007.

The founder of this success was the late Brian Bennett, who ran eight GBRs between 2005 and 2012 despite already being a V65 when he started and still getting top 20 stage finishes well into his seventies. It’s backed up by quite a few runners who have run dozens of stages over the years. They have won three men’s stages during that time – by Dave Dixon and Mark Taylor – while Frankie Hogge took two stage wins just last year as well as the stage 3 women’s record. BA hold quite a few category stage records – Dave Dixon’s 2019 V50 record for stage 5 looks hard to beat, as does Duncan Wright’s in stage 10 (and Dave holds the old course record for 10 too), and the same goes for Maria Jovani’s stage 15 V45 record set last year. Then of course there’s Roderick Hoffman, who was awarded a Stage Winner’s t-shirt for running the old stage 22 during the cancelled 2021 race, and as such was the last GBR runner ever to finish at the Hawker Centre.

In other words, if you line up against a BA runner, however old they may look, don’t be too surprised if they vanish off into the distance ahead of you…

Team captain is Chris Kelly, who has run a ludicrous 30 GBR stages - only four runners have run more - and including stage 4 eight times. He’s also been a source of sage advice to me since our event relaunch in 2014 as well as an extremely effective team captain and I’d like to thank him for that.

Welcome back British Airways, the world's favourite GBR corporate club.

We do now have a full team for this year's event - but we could yet need a reserve runner and if you put yourself forward you could quickly find yourself in the full team.

> Chris Kelly

Recent Activity Achievements

Only 12 club members and friends' achievements are listed below. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it. Or you were too busy watching the 2023 Barkley Marathons to exercise yourself.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walk 3miles Cox Green Thur 00:40:40 Tues 14 Mar - Cox Green cycle in 19:10s (no distance measure). Thurs 16 Mar - Fast walk 3miles XC (very muddy) +part Cox Green in 40:40.
Barry Walters Running 10km Bracknell Mon am 00:56:42 Ran a steady effort over Swinley Forest in the morning in mild windy conditions. Moving much better than yesterday. In the evening did one hour of yoga at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Sonning to Reading on Thames Path Sun 00:48:55 Super slippery in places, including the section that forms part of the Reading parkrun course which must have been as muddy as Woking parkrun yesterday…
John Scaife Running 4miles Sonning to Reading on Thames Path Sun 00:48:55 ...Nice to have seen Jacqui Haines at Woking.
Ian Cunningham  Race 20miles Not the Kingston Breakfast Run Sun am 00:02:55 The race that used to be the Kingston Breakfast Run. Last long run in the bank before Rotterdam in 4 weeks. Pleased with a strong last 5 miles!
Jain Reid Running 16.08km Thames: Putney and Kew Sun 01:49:17 A 16k river run between Putney and Kew bridges.
Michael Ball Sprints This week's activity 6x30 3x40 2x60 1x120 mtrs 4min between sprints
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Rome Sun am 03:53:57 Fantastic start with 6+ jets flying low over us leaving green, white and red vapour trail. St Peter's Square was one of the highlights of the route along with the start/ finish at the Colosseum.
Roderick Hoffman Orienteering 8.09km Notting Hill Tue eve 01:02:40 15 controls visited. Answers had to be written in a small box. Photo shows the sign for "When is parking permitted?". Write an essay in that small box! Also on Sunday; full Notting Hill map - 38 controls in 17.88km and 2:25:39.
Simon Turton Orienteering 9.21km Great Ridge, Wiltshire Sun 01:10:23 Sarum Saunter. The planner made a good job of avoiding the worst of the climb and brashings. Lovely day to be out and able to test my new thumb compass after smashing the last one on its first outing at the British Night Champs a few weeks ago. 180m climb.
Steve Hillier Running 3.8km Roxbourne Park Sun 00:27:50 Friday's figure of eight, by bike through Ealing and Hillingdon.  21km in 1hr 33min, exploring the byways of Hayes End.  It turns out I cycled a Scotty dog shaped route.  Also Sunday's 3.8km local circuit of Roxbourne Park.  3.8km in 27:50.  No interesting shapes to report.
Steve Waite Orienteering Brasted Chart, near Seven Oaks Thur 8th Kent Night Cup Week 19, "Lost in a Foggy wood!" [from last week…it also got lost in my spam filter]


Week activity achievement photos Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 18th March

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
David Cowell Beeston 389 Timekeeper at Beeston (20th different volunteer location).
Joe NOLAN Black Park 651 216 0:32:17 52.92% run #414, 369th at Black Park
David DUGGAN Broadwater 78 124 0:56:11 29.31% first run at Broadwater, run #451, park #121, Wilson Index stays on 16
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 137 222 0:37:31 50.51% fifth consecutive month at Brooklands, 23rd visit in total
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 922 601 0:30:59 51.75% run #499, Champagne is on ice.
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Caffarella 145 67 0:26:59 62.14% run #323, park #60,  First BA male at Caffarella, Rome
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 497 38 0:27:31 54.03% 79th run at Crane Park
Murray Hogge Dinton Pastures 178 176 0:31:47 51.34% P Index is 4
Melanie Miller Ganger Farm 18 149 0:40:53 43.70% run #133, park#107, New BA parkrun #712
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 466 Timekeeper at Guildford
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 339 105 0:31:29 58.28% Third actual run at Harrow this month, though hampered a nasty cough.
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 339 156 0:50:59 46.71% Tail Walker at Harrow
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 144 Marshal at Higginson
Barry WALTERS Osterley 415 94 0:27:09 62.92% P-Index moves up to 7, seven runs at seven different parkruns
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 415 130 0:30:05 53.80% fifth fortnightly run at Osterley in 2023
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 250 84 0:31:18 54.10% ninth parkrun of 2023, fifth at Prudhoe Riverside.
Fiona Bishop Pymmes 549 29 0:24:01 83.14% 8th Pymmes run, PB from 2018 run, by 1second (they all count). Improves own BA records.
Ben Kelly Reading 588 51 0:24:35 52.54%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 588 190 0:39:52 39.21%
Mike DENNISON Richmond Park 747 19 0:20:42 81.00% Richmond's jumbo run - 747
Maria JOVANI Richmond Park 747 73 0:24:59 64.84%
Jain REID Richmond Park 747 185 0:33:20 55.05% eighth run at Richmond this year
Alan ANDERSON Rickmansworth 245 390 0:47:14 55.36% run #649, Second run at Rickmansworth - 38 second PB
Steve NEWELL Rickmansworth 245 391 0:47:22 42.40% plenty of puddles at the Aquadrome !
Stephen K TAYLOR Sheringham 462 52 0:29:07 55.07% first run at Sheringham (Norfolk), park #19
Harjit Jhooti Southwark 412 254 0:50:23 35.46% parkwalker at Southwark
Trish MCCABE Squerryes Winery 110 33 0:30:38 52.34% first run at Squerryes, park #117
Sarah GORDON Stockley Country 10 75 0:40:51 51.16% park #136, Wilson Index is 17
Charlotte Habgood Stockley Country 10 85 1:01:16 30.79% [non-member] Roderick's other sister for Stockley Country's Ex-Hoffman meet-up
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 10 Run Director at Stockley Country
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 125 20 0:23:08 68.73% run#94, 21st at Tetbury Goods Shed
Julie BARCLAY Walthamstow 444 141 0:52:48 35.73% Nice slow walk/jog around the course, saving energy for the token sorting, park #132. Trish and Roderick retain the club records.
Paul WATT Walthamstow 444 142 0:52:49 29.85% run #230, park #128. Paul reports that he needs a stopwatch bingo time of '48 seconds and a position of 141. In retrospect he was too much of a "Scaifesque gent".
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 358 94 0:26:39 66.17%
Benita SCAIFE Woking 358 167 0:34:14 61.98% [Corrected position]
John SCAIFE Woking 358 168 0:34:16 50.88% [Corrected position]

parkrun review Saturday 18th March 2023

Memories of the dry winter are fading fast, as puddles and mud return even on Saturday mornings.  We can however look forward to days with twelve or more hours of daylight and setting off in the dark to reach a parkrun shouldn’t be an issue for the next few months.  The attendance at Bushy Park was the lowest since last October, in fact the weekend the clocks changed to GMT.  By this time next week we will be back to BST but the last act to be played out during winter time promises to be our latest member – Ian Cunningham – reaching his 500th parkrun.  Venue Bushy Park, time 09:00, don’t forget your barcode!

We had one just one pioneering tourist this week.  Melanie Miller (40:53) was at Ganger Farm (near Romsey) which started last November.  Her Wilson Index creeps up to 21. The club total moves up to 712.

We have one foreign visit to report this week.  Piers Keenleyside (26:59) was at Caffarella (Rome) to chalk up his 60th different parkrun.  Maria Jovani has run there in the past so the club total is not in play with that one.

Julie Barclay (52:48) and Paul Watt (52:49) were in no shape to race round the parkrun course at Walthamstow which is never easy after rain.  But they had volunteered to sort out the finish tokens afterwards anyway.  In any case the run number of “444” was irresistible.

Stephen Taylor (29:07) visited his 19th different parkrun at Sheringham in Norfolk.  One more and he will be classified as “tourist”.  He has been very loyal to Northala Fields, Gunnersbury and Osterley throughout the last decade.

Steve Newell

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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Letters to the Editor

Nothing specific - but several people pass on their best regards to Petra following her correspondence last week. Also I note that both Paola Howard, Ian Monk and Caroline Yarnell say hello on Facebook through the picture of us at the NOW.

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