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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th June 2016


  • Monday 4th July - Track&Field Grand Prix 400m and Javelin - Hillingdon track from 18:00*
  • Tuesday 5th July - Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Waterside from 12:30 - see below
  • Wednesday 6th July - Rosenheim Track&Field St Marys, Twickenham from 18:45
  • Thursday 7th July - Dream Mile - Bath Road from 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 early June).

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Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Waterside on Tuesday 5th July from 12:30

I'm keen for members who are not British Airways staff to also come to this event if they want to and are able to.  I will however have to arrange visitor passes for them so I need to know in advance.  Please reply to me now and also advise me if you'd like to stay afterwards to include a visit to the BA heritage museum from 14:00 to 15:00.

The founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, will be coming to the British Airways Head Quarters, Waterside (UB7 0GA), on Tuesday 5th July and will be talking about parkrun and answering questions in the "Red Triangle" area from 12:30 to 13:30.

The emergence of parkrun has probably been the biggest sports participation success of the last decade. Initiated in 2004 with just 13 participants there has been year on year growth resulting in figures now of 140,000 weekly participants at around 800 venues across 12 different countries.  Within the UK up to one million people have participated in at least one parkrun.  This has been achieved without high level funding or sports body publicity - the biggest "government" boost to parkrun has probably been due to the decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council in Bristol to charge parkrun participants to run in their local park!

At its simplest parkrun is just a weekly 5k run in your local park, timed by local volunteers.

  • Why is it more than just a run in the park?
  • How does parkrun work?
  • How has this growth been achieved?
  • How and why is it free to enter?
  • What has happened due to that decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council?

Paul will be able to answer these and other questions.

This event is open to all. It has been organised by the British Airways Athletics Club and has been scheduled to inspire participants for the 2016 BA Fun Run, happening on Thursday July 21st (see  Additionally parkrun embraces the aims of Wellbeing, every parkrun includes inspiring stories of individuals using their participation to overcoming personal challenges - both physical and mental.

You are welcome at this event.  Please let me know of your likely attendance and if you have a specific question for Paul to answer.

Roderick Hoffman (

Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Bedfont Lakes (BBC)

3rd Grand Prix Results from 13th June 2016

800m Gary Rushmer SNR 2:37.51 MV55 club record (to be ratified)
  Eddie Giles 3:14.37  
  Tony Barnwell 5:01.53  
Long Jump Gary Rushmer SNR 3.47m  
  Eddie Giles 3.07m  
  Tony Barnwell 2.70m MV70 club record (to be ratified)

Just 3 of us for the 3rd GP of the season but 2 club records. Gary had equaled the existing record a few weeks ago and was keen to try and get the record, which he did, and his first ever club record, but I am sure it will not be the last.

Tony is doing very well at the moment, capturing the age cat Long Jump record and also the Shot Putt record on the last GP.

The next, 4th, Grand Prix is on the 4th July at Uxbridge track 6pm start when we have for you:

  • 400m
  • Javelin

Hope to see you there,

Eddie Giles

Ride London Marshals for 31st July

This year's Ride London event will take place on the last weekend in July, and I would like to request your help.

In the past we have provided marshalling teams on both Saturday and Sunday, but this year we are going to concentrate simply on the main race on the Sunday.   We will man a "Disley shuttle" in Whitehall, similar to a London Marathon crossing, but with the competitors coming past us much faster!  Our team operation was successful last year, and it would be great to repeat it in 2016.

Thank you to those who have already put your names forward, but to make this work we need around twenty commitments before the day.  If you would enjoy a day in London watching a high class cycling event at close hand, please drop me a line.

Thank you,

Steve Hillier (

Club parkrun results for Saturday 18th June 2016

18th June family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Scott Davison 22:42 Bedfont Lakes run #167 62%
Trish McCabe 28:18 Bedfont Lakes run #138 54%
John Lennon 29:23 Bedfont Lakes run #210,  + pre-event set-up 52%
David Duggan 34:48 Bedfont Lakes run #152 45%
Caroline Cockram 51:13 Bedfont Lakes run #231, tail runner 32%
Tony Barnwell 34:51 Black Park 53%
Darren Wood 18:35 Bushy Park run #564, 257th at Bushy Park 70%
David Tyas 19:33 Bushy Park run #408 76%
Ian Haylock 19:51 Bushy Park run #201 71%
Jonathan Cox 21:38 Bushy Park 71%
Richard Fletcher 21:55 Bushy Park run #500, 488th at Bushy 72%
Ian Cunningham 25:57 Bushy Park run #248, 26' pacer 58%
Ben Chaytow 21:26 Crane Park 63%
Francis Thomason 28:59 Fulham Palace [LBH], Walking Association ! 59%
Steve Newell 31:21 Fulham Palace fastest parkrun in 2016 so far 58%
Roderick Hoffman 27:54 Gedling CP (Notts) first run at Gedling, park #157 55%
Kerstin Luksch 20:27 Gunnersbury F-1, leads female points table 73%
Alan Anderson 34:38 Gunnersbury run #414, 192nd at Gunsbury 62%
Denis Foxley 26:43 Harrow run #40 64%
Benita Scaife 30:25 Maidenhead run #40 64%
John Scaife 30:26 Maidenhead run #46 54%
Neil Frediani 23:41 Northala Fields course pb 67%
Chris Kelly 22:30 Reading run #293 66%
Julie Barclay 22:31 Rushmoor F-4, run #74 77%
Paul Watt 22:42 Rushmoor run #17 65%
Steve Dodsworth 22:54 Sunderland run #73, 28th at Sunderland 66%
Linda Dodsworth 25:57 Sunderland run #68, 24th at Sunderland 61%
Sreeram Sethuraman 26:55 Upton Court run #82 49%
Andrew Jordan 20:08 Walsall Arboretum course pb, club record 73%
Alan Friar 26:15 Woodley run #202, 58th at Woodley 68%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper
Ian Cockram volunteer Bedfont Lakes run director

The fastest run by a member this week came from Andrew Jordan (20:08) at Walsall Arboretum.  That time bettered the club record previously held by Chris Kelly (20:14).

Neil Frediani (23:41) achieved a course pb at Northala Fields.  Not as fast as he once ran round the old course at Bushy (23:10) but quicker than he has ever done at his adopted home run at Bedfont Lakes (23:54).  Considering the amount of rain recently the choice of course was probably a wise one.

There were the predictable celebrations at Bushy Park where Richard Fletcher (21:55) completed his 500th parkrun.  He didn't get started until 4th March 2006 so it has taken just over 10 years of Saturdays with the occasional Christmas Day and New Year's Day run thrown in.  488 of his 500 runs have been at Bushy.  Also there at Bushy was Darren Wood (18:35), one who joined in on week 2 at Bushy (9th October 2004) and became seriously hooked.  He has run 257 times at Bushy (pb 17:58) but has migrated for most of his Saturdays to Frimley Lodge (pb 18:01), has run 265 times there and a grand total of 564.

At the other end of the scale and involving the opposite sex there was an astonishing debut this week.  Lizzie Williams (15:43) (barcode 2,576,090) ran her first ever parkrun round the fast and fairly flat three lap course at Dulwich.  That is the fastest run ever by a female at any of the UK parkruns.  Olympian Andrew Baddeley (13:48) has held the male record (at Bushy Park, August 2012) for almost four years. 

Steve Newell (

Updated parkrun stats:

Steve Newell

Achievements and Updates

I'm monitoring to check that the time from Lizzie remains as the fastest recorded - apparently all of the times at Dulwich on Saturday were personally submitted or calculated after both stopwatches failed. Note that in the past Dulwich has briefly captured fastest parkrun records but they have then been discounted having been done by participants in wheelchairs - it is a straightforward course for wheelchairs and the run team wouldn't prioritise making such a correction having spent all of Saturday generating the results list manually. If it is confirmed then it is a great achievement. 

And on that subject, note that last week's result by Anita Afonso reported here has been scratched, Anita says that she was nowhere near a parkrun last week.  Such errors are rare and those affected can always ask for a full refund.

Roderick (

Midnight Sun Marathon - Sunday 19th June 2016

I completed the Midnight Sun Marathon early this morning - 00:29 Tromso time to be precise.

The race started in a light drizzle at 20:30 in Tromso town centre. The first half of the race was an out and back over the big bridge to the mainland. We then did a second out and back loop hugging the coast of Tromso island to the far side of the airport runway. My calf stood up to the distance quite well but my lack of fitness prevented me from doing a decent time. I got home in just under 4 hours - 3:59:04. It was marathon number 111. The attached photo was taken at around 00:45 - as you can see it is still light! No sun to be seen last night though - race conditions - cold, wet and windy - reminded me of the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon that I've done in late December a few times. It is very weird to be in a place where the sun never sets - luckily our hotel room had some decent curtains. 

Piers at Midnight Sun Marathon

Regards Piers Keenleyside

Roderick adds "This evokes memories from 1990 when myself, Bill Byrne and others did this event (me the half).  That year we did get to see the Sun at midnight which meant that our colleague, Peter Weiner, didn't need to use the torch he had thoughtfully brought along in his backpack to help us find our way back to our hotel after the run."

Endure 24


spent last weekend (11-12th) in a field near Aldermaston, doing a 24hour relay as part of a team of five Reading Roadrunners. We managed 8 laps of 5miles each in 23:52:23 - which broke the previous record, so we were very pleased with our 40 miles each. The team that beat us were even more so!

Got through quite a lot of milk, sarnies, crisps, Lucozade, pork pie, tomatoes etc., and only saw the first half of the footy, but on the upside, the Erdinger Alkoholfrei Weissbier that I drank while watching the game (0.5%) didn't seem to have too bad an effect on my next leg. My time for my 40miles was 4:54:18 - over the 24 hours. It was nice to have the two hours off in between legs - though it wasn't quite enough at 2:30am when I really would have liked to stay lying down in my sleeping bag....

Still, its quite a nice way to dip your toes in the Ultra water ...  and not far to drive home after. I slept most of the Sunday afternoon, and my legs hurt till Tuesday, but I could just about manage stairs.

Now I need to work out a plan for Ultra12 in July - 12 hours overnight solo - ulp!

Rgds, Chris Kelly

Other results...

Clara Tan completed "The Wall" (Hadrians) ultra over the weekend - 69.1 miles in 20 hours 30 minutes.

Gary Rushmer completed a 5k in a time of 40 minutes 15 seconds.  Not impressed?  Well you should be because this was "Very Little Gary" accompanied by his dad "Little Gary" and granddad "Gary" Rushmer.

Budapest Runway Run 4.0 sponsored by Airbus:

“The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World”, Budapest Airport Runway 13R-31L, 3 September 2016

10k or 5k, 30euro to enter (until 30th June, then 50euro) [all entry fees are donated to charity], 11:00 start.

Details of this event and how to register are at: .  In the past we have been tempted to enter a team into the event so if anyone is keen please offer your name as an informal BA team captain and see if anyone else joins you.

Green Belt Relay PS - records...

The last piece of the picture from this year's Green Belt Relay - the Records Table. And as usual, there were some exceptional performances, that created some new records. There were also a couple of pretty close things, which deserve mention, and because some routes do change, we can set some new records for the different length legs. In fact, one route changed last year, so there are some belated congrats in order.

Records table

The simplest case is (perhaps unsurprising to some) Mr. Knechtl, who, I now realise, should only be allowed to repeat the same legs (this is how we've prevented Dave Dixon from accumulating all the records) as he scorched the records for both his legs - St. Albans (12 sub-6s!) and Box Hill - not a softie - and with a layoff the week before with sore shins! Very good work.

Next, under unusual circumstances, which might have helped, we have our own Captain Kelly (from the Isle of Man?) sneaking in a decent effort on the 6-mile downhiller from Thorndon Park [Ed: helpful reminder - Chris had three legs over the weekend].

And finally, and better late than never, the stoic Neil Frediani, on the revised Merstham leg 18 for the second year. It does seem to have been changed, if not for the better, than at least for good, and so Neil's performance last year should be recognised as the new time to beat. Its already resisted for one year...

Honourable mentions should also go to Vicky, for hurtling down the West Hangar descent in under 7-minute miles, and Richard, who in spite of his fatherly pride, narrowly missed out on Chipperfield glory by two seconds! Graham was also within a minute of his own record for Leg 2.

Chris Kelly

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