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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st June 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


For Coronavirus related restrictions and advice see News_Coronavirus_Guidance_May_2021.shtml.

Our intention is to hold our AGM and Awards Evening at the Bedfont Club on 14th July but only if permitted by active legislation. Please leave that date in your diary for now.  

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

This Week's and Future Solo Events

Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to Some events, such as the weekend achievement, 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.

Track-on-Field (by 5pm on Friday 2nd July, to be reported on in the following digest):

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:

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

Maidenhead Thicket NOW 16th June 2021 Report

Maidenhead Thicket NOW eventThe observant amongst you may spot that the early leader in the first photo was the tail runner by the time of the second...but someone had to take the photos!

As well as the eight runners, John Banks also led a walking group round on a shorter loop and got back in time to reserve enough tables in the sheltered part of the cafe. John Taylor had tried to join us but having cycled the 25 miles from Harefield he arrived late and missed us at the start. At least he got to cycle home without having done a 5k run in the heat.

Simon Turton is planning the next NOW event...and it may prove to be much nearer John Taylor's! This is pencilled in for the lunchtime of Wednesday 28th July.

Roderick Hoffman

Club Questionnaire - Digest Content, Communication Channels and Meet-ups

There is a new club questionnaire for you to fill in. Your responses will enable us to finetune the digest content and other communication tools, and better plan for future Bedfont and non-Bedfont activities. The company "SurveyMonkey" has tightened up on what can be achieved from a free survey without costing a monkey (a "monkey" is slang for £100 - a month's extra features would cost us £99 so leaving us with £1 change). However there are still more than enough questions to occupy you for ten minutes or so. If you want to help us by expressing an opinion click on: .

Answers will be treated in confidence, but we cannot guarantee anonymity.

Track and Field Matches at Battersea Park

Our team are competing this evening (June 21st) in the Veterans' League.  Full results will be published next week.  Our next match will also be at Battersea, on Weds 30th June, in the Rosenheim League.  It will feature a large range of Men's and Ladies' events:

  • 100m/200m/800m/3000m/400mH,
  • Long jumps and high jumps,
  • Throwing events including Men's and Women's Shot.

Please let me know if you would like to enter as soon as possible, as we will need to declare our team prior to competition.

I hope to see you there!

> Steve Hillier

Ed: This digest is going out late because I made an appearance at Battersea in the Veterans' League this evening. Results, achievements and photos next week.

Volunteers Needed (reply ASAP)

1: Standard Chartered Great City Race (5km) on 20th July from 18:15 to 20:15 via Moorgate tube station.

Thank you to Jain, John & Benita, Steve H, Jas, Neelam & TJ, Roderick, Mike O, Jacqui, Chris & Becca and Amanda for offering to help. I need just another 5 helpers as we’re now focussing our efforts on the x2 shuttle crossings. Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30. We’ll meet outside MOORGATE tube at 18:15. They'll be a T-shirt for everyone (face masks and hand-gel will also be available) but, not surprisingly, no post race hospitality this year. The Club will however get a donation, which helps keep membership costs down.

Registration will be through ‘Rosterfy’ but don't worry if you're not familiar with this as so for now I just need an email if you’re able to help.

Thanks in advance:  Simon Turton >

2. Vitality 10km, Hatfield Park, 11th July 2021

London Marathon Events (LME) are organising this event and looking for volunteers. We're not organising a BAAC marshalling team given the event location (Hatfield, Herts) but you're more than welcome to contact LME direct if interested; here's the details:

  • Location: Hatfield Park - Great North Rd, Hatfield AL9 5HX, 25 minutes on the train from Kings Cross, car parking will be available too.
  • Role: Course Marshal/Drinks station, up to 20 volunteers required, age restriction will be 16+
  • Time: 7.30am - about 5pm

Volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt and jacket they can keep after the event, a lunch bag and water throughout the day. We will also provide PPE – hand sanitiser and a face mask. Everyone will please need to wear own mask until they arrive at the volunteer check in.

Other roles at the event include Course Marshals, Drinks station, Finish T-Shirts, Medals and Finisher Water, Baggage and Wayfinders.



If you'd rather run than marshal then these are the details of the events taking place that day (edited from a parkrun communication):

Enter The Vitality London 10,000

The day will kick off with the Vitality London 10,000 at Hatfield Park. There are two races to choose from: one with a socially distanced start and one without, with the first race at 09:00 – check out the event FAQs for more details.

The Vitality London 10,000 costs £39 to enter (with a £2 discount for British Athletics registered running club members) and all finishers will receive a souvenir medal and technical t-shirt, worth £35. More details and entry 2021 Vitality London 10,000 . There is also a virtual race option.

Enter The Vitality Mile

Next up on Sunday 11 July is the Vitality Mile, comprising a series of eight races over the one-mile distance. The first Vitality Mile, for adults (looking for a fast time), will take place at 14:00 and the following races will be for participants of all ages and abilities (including children!) with the final race starting at 16:15. This event is sure to be great fun for parkrunners and junior parkrunners and offers a great opportunity to walk, jog or run a mile with friends and family!

Entry for the Vitality Mile costs just £8 for adults, £6 for 12 to 17 year olds, and is free for children aged 11 and under when accompanied by an adult. All finishers will receive a souvenir medal. More details and entry: 2021 Vitality Mile

Fun for all

Once you’ve taken part, you're welcome to enjoy the family fun area, which will include yoga sessions, the umbleator (a giant treadmill!) and a Kids Zone, among other things, and explore the park – perhaps you’ll find the perfect spot for a post-event picnic!

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 18th to 21st June 2021

25 activities recorded. Last week we had the mountain climbing, at least this week those doing the mountains used bicycles.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Amanda Coombs Running 12miles Pheonix P12 Sat 01:48:08 My third - run 1 mile on the hour every hour for 12 hours. Slowest yet, but I have been recovering from injury - very happy to be back running. Next one is in October!
Andy Rayner Running 2.2miles Local Fri 00:32:34 Also 4 miles out then back cycle on Tuesday, in 19:30 and 17:30.
Barry Walters Running 12km Swinley Forest Sat am 01:15:27 A steady run through the forest on an undulating route. Felt sluggish in the early stages but got better as the run progressed. The going was soft underfoot.
Ben Cooper Running 5k BAMC Sat 00:23:20 Steady
Benita Scaife Running 4.5miles Sonning to Caversham along the Thames Path Sun 00:51:47 Stopped briefly en route to say hello to Chris Kelly who was running in the opposite direction.
Clara Halket Helping Race to the King Ultra Sun I was helping out at Threshold Sports’ Race to the King ultra event, a 53-mile foot race mostly following the Southdown Way from Goodwood Racecourse to Winchester Cathedral.
Denis Foxley Running 6miles Rickmansworth Aquadrome Sun 01:14:00 Including the canal
Emma Moreton Running 10miles Hampton Court / Bushy Sat
Ian Monk Cycling 72miles Ride the Rockies 05:57:00 Same as Jane - 72 miles over 3 mountain passes. 7000 feet of climbing. 5hrs 57mins. Last day of Ride the Rockies. Absolutely knackered
Jacqui Musselwhite  Race 1500m Aldershot track Sun 00:06:13 Good to be back on the track with Woking AC at Aldershot.
Jane Harbert Cycling 72miles Ride the Rockies 05:57:00 72 miles over 3 mountain passes. 7000 feet of climbing. 5hrs 57mins. Last day of Ride the Rockies.
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M Wimbledon Common Half Marathon Sun 02:37:25 With Harjit Jhooti in support. She doesn't say that it was her in the costume.
Joan Foxley Running 4.5miles Rickmansworth Aquadrome Sun 00:58:00 Including the canal
John Scaife Running 4.5miles Sonning to Caversham along the Thames Path Sun 00:51:47 Stopped briefly en route to say hello to Chris Kelly who was running in the opposite direction.
Julie Barclay Sprints 4km Ash Fri Avg 01:32 10x400m with 60s recovery.
Kelly Davis Running 19km Stanwell to Staines & Thames Path Sat 02:27:00 Marathon training, struggled the last 4k but I did it. [Ed: I had to search this out and include it since Kelly's other weekend achievement was in Karate. Not someone to have a disagreement with].
Melanie Miller Cycling 95.43km Henley Circular via Bottle Lane Sun 04:45:43 Nice long bike ride to Henley for a change…ahh the things we put our bodies thru…lol…first time I’ve done such a distance this year. Lovely day out with a friend.
Michael Ball Running 100m Aldershot SAL meeting with Woking AC Sun 00:00:16 Bit slow, dodgy start, hope to do better at Battersea tomorrow.
Mike Dennison Running 21.4km Bushy Park / Thames path Sat am 01:41:26 From and back to the Pheasantry (for tea and scones). The last run of week 3 of my 18 week marathon training plan, 5k easy, 5k tempo, 5k marathon pace, 5k easy. +one and bit to make it a half.
Paul Watt Sprints 4km Ash Fri Avg 01:19 10x400m with 60s recovery.
Petra Otto  Race 5k Sandringham Sun 00:51:31 I managed to jog it all, for a change. Surgery trying to work out the cause of my severe fatigue... mixed bag of results, all tests to be redone in August... very frustrating.
Piers Keenleyside Weight Lifting Sun Being a removal man on Sunday helping my daughter and partner move out of their flat in Bow. My back survived all the lifting of heavy boxes and sofas!
Roderick Hoffman Running 14.28km Greenford and Perivale loop Sat 01:41:11
Simon Turton Walking 6.6km Hambleden Sun 01:50:00 Father’s Day walk with the girls around Hambleden. Stayed dry (just!).
Stephen Taylor Running 13.13miles Ealing Half Marathon Route Sun 02:11:13 When you're running a half marathon distance then the hilly EHM route that goes past your front door is the easiest to choose but not necessarily the easiest to run.
Steve Hillier Running 5k Roxbourne Park 00:33:21


Weekend Achievements

Andy Rayner and I are the only two who have managed to file an achievement every week for the last 64 weeks. Obviously I can cheat - I don't have to remember to send an email, or post on Facebook. Barry Walters and John Scaife have missed just the one week and Benita two. There is then a gap back to Michael Ball and Stephen Taylor on 58. Although Ian Monk has been mentioned before, this is his first official record and he becomes the 78th member or friend to record at least one weekend achievement. Oddly though the club has got more than 78 members...and plenty of friends who are not currently members. This table was a replacement for the parkrun results table during the lockdown. When parkrun returns I need to decide whether to continue this, go back to the parkrun results table, or include both, or drop both. Please help me decide by providing your view in the survey mentioned above.

Roderick Hoffman

BA Athletics Club Records - High Jump

Amongst the events underway this evening at the Veterans Track & Field match and also at the first Rosenheim event next week, also at Battersea, is the High Jump. These are the club records, I wonder if any will be heading for the high jump themselves?...

TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (OPEN) High Jump Debbie Brennan 1.40m Rosenheim Kingston Aug-95 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV40 & FV35) High Jump Natalie Lang 1.30m Eton Jun-03 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50) High Jump Janet Smith 0.95 Vets League Battersea May-19 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (OPEN) High Jump Mark Roach 2.11m ASCA Jan-91 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV40 & MV45) High Jump Warren Caswell 1.80m Rosenheim Walton May-09 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50 & MV55) High Jump Paul Goldsmith 1.45m ASCA Helsinki Aug-03 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV60) High Jump Paul Goldsmith 1.35 ASCA Frankfurt Aug-08 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65) High Jump Nick Edge 1.10 BA Champs Eton Sep-14 Current


To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately measured and the participant has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in an in-house organised event). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to compete in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs). If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions:

Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Brandon

To the editor

The following achievement caught Dave's eye...

Vet's 325-mile, five-day run in the Lake District smashes record: [Ed: Just to confirm - she is a veteran amateur runner with a veterinary surgeon occupation - so a vet twice over]
 David Barnard

One of our favoured charities is the British Heart Foundation and we've heard from them this week:

Royal Parks Half Marathon for the BHF on 10th October

Good afternoon,

I hope you are well and had a lovely weekend?

My name is Amy and I work within the events and fundraising team at the British Heart Foundation and I just wanted to reach out to you this morning to see if any members of the BA Athletics would be interested in taking part in The Royal Parks half marathon?

The money raised will be funnelled into life-saving research and support for people who need us most.

I have provided a brief overview of the event below for you:

  • Date: Sunday 10th October 2021
  • Location: Hyde Park, London
  • Reg fee: £30 (we can offer discounts for teams)
  • Fundraising target: £350 per person (alternatively can work out an overall team target)

Support we offer you:

  • personalised training plans from our world-class running coaches
  •  a red BHF Champions technical top
  •  a fundraising pack and regular emails to keep you on track
  •  the best cheer squad on event day
  •  a friendly team here to support you all the way to the finish line
  •  post-race celebration, including refreshments and a sports massage

Please see event link here for further info  Royal Parks Half Marathon | BHF

I hope this information is helpful. We would love to have you as part of our team, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you have them.

Kind regards,

Amy Grice [contact directly on <>]

Product Delivery & Marketing Executive

British Heart Foundation

Triathlon News

The Olympic Triathlon Events this year will be on Monday 26th July (men) and Tuesday 27th (women) with a mixed team relay (two men, two women) on Saturday 31st July.  Early morning starts in Japanese times so late the previous evening in the UK.

The Team GB women's team will be Georgia Taylor-Brown (current World Champion), Vicky Holland (bronze medal in Rio 2016) and Jess Learmonth (double commonwealth Games silver medallist).

Alastair Brownlee (gold medal in London 2012 and Rio 2016) has lost his battle with a persistent ankle injury and won't be able to attempt a hat-trick.  Jonny Brownlee (bronze in 2016 and Silver in 2016) will be going to his third Olympics and will be joined by Alex Yee who some may have met through cross-country running.  He has won the national 10,000m on the track, has a parkrun pb of 13:57 at Dulwich and as a teenager in 2014 once came home first at Hilly Fields parkrun in 15:44, over four minutes ahead of the next runner!  He twice won his age group in the London mini marathon.  At age 20 he was already running faster than Mo Farah at the same age so if he can keep up with the peloton on the bike ride he must be in with a chance.

Steve Newell

 parkrun Why

There is an inevitable turnover amongst the locations providing parkrun and amongst those that are not expected to resume after the long break is Yeovil Montacute, where the National Trust has decided that the number of people regularly running the course has had "an increasing impact on the Trust’s ability to care for the Grade I listed parkland" and has withdrawn permission. The parkrun could yet return in a nearby location but certainly not in July.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay had been planning on running at Yeovil as part of their parkrun "alphabet". Paul Watt has reacted to the news of the cancellation...

It was never meant to be!

We have a hotel booked for 09/10Jul which will be cancelled for the FOURTH time. Add the first occasion when Yeovil was cancelled on the Friday evening because of a storm and we diverted to Exeter. After five attempts we must surely get an award for perseverance.


Paul and Julie are currently checking train times to travel to York - resisting the temptation to start planning for Yakutsk Dokhsum in Russia, Yodogawa kasenkoen Hirakata chiku in Japan, Yzerfontein in South Africa or You Yangs in Australia.

Roderick Hoffman

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