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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st August 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.

Monthly Mile (please submit your August Mile performance by the end of the month):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be somebody else's formal event or even one mile within a longer run. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year: [no need to submit if your best mile is one of the Arethusa miles, I'll check the tables].

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

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

NOW - tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd August at Boston Manor - reminder

Meet around 12:00 in front of children's playground adjacent to the car park. The car park is left off from Boston Manor Road (heading north), just after the GSK building north of the A4 (and under the M4 flyover). Post code TW8 9JX. Charges are 50p for an hour, £1 for 2 hours or £2 for 3 hours.

The running route is about 5km and will incorporate the park and nearby Grand Union Canal; we will run as a group. There is also the option of walking and Piers will provide some written instructions for the suggested route.

Listen carefully at the start since there is a choice of cafes and we'll decide which one to use on the day. The new cafe at the Manor House has a nice paved patio area, but the prices seem a bit steep. The Potting Shed Cafe next to the playground/car park seems better value although the menu does not stretch to a 'Full English' which is on offer at the Manor House Cafe.

Piers Keenleyside

Let Roderick know to expect you, or sign-up via the calendar. We will look out for those we know are coming.

Equinox 5km and social evening, Wednesday 6th September

Just two weeks to go now so please let Steve Newell know if you:

  • i) plan to run (or walk) the Equinox 5km in Bedfont Lakes Country Park,
  • ii) just come and help,
  • iii) just come and watch,
  • iv) come along to Bedfont Football club in Hatton Road afterwards and would like a free sandwich or two but have special dietary requirements that we should know about.

At the event runners will start in small groups, all aiming to finish at 7 p.m. We will be using the Bedfont Road car park which can also reached by H26 bus from both Feltham and Hatton Cross stations. See below for ULEZ information.


Ultra Low Emission Zone information

The objective of the ULEZ expansion is to improve air quality within London. Therefore, as outdoor runners, we should see the principle of it positively, albeit there being implementation issues. The ULEZ zone expansion occurs on Tuesday 29th August. Therefore there is no change for this week's NOW event and this weekend's parkruns.

From Tuesday 29th August anyone driving to most events occurring in Greater London in a non-compliant vehicle will have to pay the ULEZ charge for that day. Many, probably most, vehicles are compliant but please check rather than make an assumption. The ULEZ area is roughly the same as the Greater London boundary but there are some exceptions which allow small incursions within Greater London. One such exception is Clockhouse Lane, to the west of Bedfont Lakes. Although within Greater London this road is not within the ULEZ. It is ambiguous as to whether the Bedfont Lakes Clockhouse Lane carpark is within or outside the ULEZ but in the absence of signage or cameras it should be safe to park in without paying the ULEZ charge. This is the far side of the park from where we are meeting on 3rd September. The Bedfont Road carpark and the Bedfont Clubhouse are definitely within the ULEZ zone.

For those driving to parkruns the simple guide is that all Greater London parkruns [green on the map] are within the ULEZ zone, and all those outside Greater London are outside it [see map below, the blue boundary being the ULEZ]. But if you cut a corner across London then obviously you would be travelling within the charge zone. Bedfont Lakes is mentioned above. Bushy Park and perhaps Riddlesdown can be accessed on foot having parked with care outside the zone. Nonsuch is outside the zone but you may need to take care not to stray into the zone as you arrive or leave.

London ULEZ and parkruns map

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

18 members' achievements were communicated to me.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner mixed Run/Walk Various Wed 16 Aug Steady XC (muddy) and the Park in 69m 20s. Sat 19 Aug Fast walk Cox Green in 45m 20s.
Chris Kelly Running 8miles Dunsden Sun am 01:26:00 Slow run... up Dunsden... 8 miles in 1:26... pooped after PB at Bushy parkrun yesterday , back in time to watch the FWWC Final…
David Cowell Volunteering Forest Rec parkrun Sat am Wollaton Hall was postponed so David helped out as Timekeeper at the next nearest parkrun - Forest Rec. Photo was taken on the way home.
Emma Moreton Various Local Week 6 days of consecutive exercise (running and/or hot yoga)
Harjit Jhooti parkrun 5km Thames Path parkrun Sat am Bumped into Piers at Thames Path parkrun
Jain Reid Running 17.65km Battersea Park 01:55:55 My first time at Battersea Park. I thought the laps would be boring but loads of other runners doing their long runs and easy to get lost in own thoughts. Intended to do 30k but hip painful so cut short.
Janet Smith Throwing Kingston Sun 14.06m My fastest parkrun of the year at Hove Promenade on Saturday (33.40 mins) and then my furthest Weight Throw since 2018 on Sunday in Kingston (14.06m).
John Scaife parkrun 5km Frimley Lodge Sat am Met up with friend and ex-BAAC runner Will Blair at Frimley Lodge parkrun. Will finished in an impressive 23:30, nearly 10 minutes ahead of us.
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km Frimley Lodge Sat am With John
Julie Barclay Running 5km Ash Common and Basingstoke Canal Tue 00:28:00 Gentle recovery run during a taper week. Photo is from Hilly Fields parkrun.
Paul Watt Running 5km Ash Common and Basingstoke Canal Tue 00:28:00 As Julie Barclay
Mark Taylor parkrun 5km Evesham Sat am 00:21:54
Piers Keenleyside Hill Work 10.68km West Walk, Ealing Sun 01:04:04 West Walk 10K, an Ealing Eagles club event, up and down a footpath called West Walk in Ealing.  You start and finish at the top of the hill and do complete laps for at least 10km. I ran down and up 14 times (over 700ft of elevation gain). There was also a half-marathon option (for [fit] nutters!)
Roderick Hoffman  Race 1mile Arethusa Mile, Bushy Park Wed 00:08:29 Event PB on my fifth run there, so has to be flagged as my achievement of the week. Group photo also features Mike Dennison and perhaps Bob Bannister and Ian Haylock.
Simon Turton Track-on-Field 3km Braywick Park cinder track, Maidenhead Tue 00:15:20 Taster of Track-on-Field ahead of Hayley's run below. Details next week with other August Track-on-Fields.
Hayley Turton Track-on-Field 3km Braywick Park cinder track, Maidenhead Sun 00:16:25 Hayley has joined the Winchester University Athletics Club and is exploring what are her best distances. Thought this would be a good way to find out . With Simon and 1km warm up and down so 5km total in a tad over 29mins; job done.
Stephen Taylor Open water swim 2km Denham 01:03:00 My first open water swim this year, at Denham with the imposing backdrop of HS2.
Steve Newell Fast walk 1mile Chiswick House Tue 00:16:08 Ahead of being tailwalker at Bedfont Lakes parkrun. The August mile report will be in two weeks' time.

Week achievement photos

parkrun Results for Saturday 19th August

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
David DUGGAN Alton Water 94 86 0:35:36 46.25% David is top of the list this week...well, we always do this one alphabetical by parkrun name. First run at Alton Water (Ipswich), park #130
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 655 21 0:23:23 66.29% F3, 269th run at Bedfont Lakes
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 655 41 0:26:05 65.50% run #472, 342nd at Bedfont Lakes
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 655 54 0:27:49 53.86% 281st run at Bedfont Lakes
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 655 80 0:31:37 66.10% 200th run at Bedfont Lakes
Steve NEWELL Bedfont Lakes 655 136 0:55:04 37.29% tailwalker (v), 4 mins faster than previous tailwalk at Bedfont [Ed: It isn't a race!]
Joe NOLAN Black Park 673 274 0:31:20 55.05% 387th run at Black Park, hasn't strayed elsewhere this year
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 358 123 0:30:29 56.04% 17th run at Bracknell
Ben CHAYTOW Brynaman 120 4 0:22:37 63.15% New BA parkrun, #753. M4, run #344, park #32
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 944 108 0:20:54 71.69% run #376
Christopher T KELLY Bushy Park 944 190 0:22:17 70.76% 16 minute PB, at Bushy! (only his 2nd run there).
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 944 868 0:30:01 53.91% run #518
Diana Smith Bushy Park 944 1312 0:49:04 48.54% run #37 (all at Bushy), first hat trick of sub 50 times, but see below...
Ben Kelly Dallas Burston Polo Club 74 16 0:24:07 53.56% 6th run at Dallas Burston Polo Club
Trish MCCABE East Grinstead 239 60 0:29:28 54.41% First BA lady at East Grinstead. Park #126
Mark TAYLOR Evesham 348 16 0:21:54 75.19% run #21, park #13
David Cowell Forest Rec 444 "Timekeeper at Forest Rec parkrun #444, surprisingly low turnout given the event number!" [215 finishers, just above average]
Benita SCAIFE Frimley Lodge 636 382 0:33:14 64.84% first run at Frimley Lodge, park #103
John SCAIFE Frimley Lodge 636 383 0:33:14 52.46% first run at Frimley Lodge, park #111
Mike DENNISON Guildford 483 22 0:20:37 81.33% run #517, 1st Guildford, park #72
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 339 Timekeeper at Guildford, 315th volunteer credit.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 361 131 0:30:11 61.73% run #226 + 142 volunteer credits
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 361 203 0:38:08 62.46% run #267 + 95 volunteer credits
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 160 121 0:28:10 75.33% run #234, 58th at Marlow
Paul WATT Hilly Fields 509 23 0:21:32 73.22% BA fastest male (from Neil), park #155
Julie BARCLAY Hilly Fields 509 90 0:26:04 73.40% BA fastest lady (from Trish) and Grade (from Steve), park #158
Janet Smith Hove Promenade 337 476 0:33:40 55.25% run #156, first at Hove Promenade, park #61
Keith Johnson Minehead 288 26 0:23:29 64.37% 6th run at Minehead  (parkrun pb course)
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 407 163 0:29:57 53.53% 104th run at Northala Fields
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 437 229 0:47:55 56.87% run #671
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 272 88 0:33:53 49.98% run #304, 31st at Prudhoe Riverside
Jain REID Richmond Park 769 299 0:33:01 55.58% run #142, 133rd at Richmond Park
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 265 24 0:20:45 75.98% run #56, 8th of 2023
Frankie HOGGE Southwark 434 44 0:20:42 71.50% F4, run #99, first at Southwark, park #13.
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 32 Run Director at Stockley Country
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Thames Path, Woolwich 16 109 0:26:37 63.62% park #66, More members enticed by London's newest parkrun
Harjit Jhooti Thames Path, Woolwich 16 193 0:31:49 56.16% park #93
Melanie Miller Thames Path, Woolwich 16 248 0:38:29 46.43% park #129
Vera Simms Uckfield 157 59 0:29:27 66.84% Still needs to have membership confirmed. Bottom of the list this week, by parkrun or first name.

parkrun Review 19th August 2023

Ben Chaytow (22:37) grabbed the limelight this week with his 4th place overall at Brynaman parkrun on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in rural south Wales where none of us have visited before.  The club total moves on to 752.
Guided by time rather than position, Mike Dennison (20:37 at Guildford), Ian Haylock (20:34 at Bushy), Frankie Hogge (20:42 at Southwark), John Taylor (20:45 at Rickmansworth, Paul Watt (21:32 at the aptly named Hilly Fields in south London and Mark Taylor (21:54 at Evesham) caught the eye.

Nobody was overseas but we spread ourselves out of 26 different 5k UK parkruns.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - Club best parkrun running achievements...

As promised last week - a celebration of club member's best parkrun finishes. Only including events on dates when their membership was valid. Note that in most of the tables there are some records set this year (in bold).

Fastest 10 Club Male Runners

This table shows each member's best result whilst a member of the club. A top ten of everyone's full results would only feature Dave Dixon, Paul Knechtl and Adrian Haines.

Club Member parkrun Date Run# Position Time Grade
Dave DIXON Hackney Marshes 30/05/2015 255 4 00:17:10 85.92%
Paul KNECHTL Bushy Park 15/07/2017 689 8 00:17:18 82.56%
Adrian HAINES Brighton & Hove 19/05/2012 239 1 00:17:27 81.28%
Adam MOQUET Fulham Palace 08/04/2023 392 3 00:17:37 75.31%
David Cowell Hove Promenade 06/05/2023 323 4 00:17:38 80.43%
Gary RUSHMER Bushy Park 06/10/2007 162 28 00:18:10 78.62%
Christopher T KELLY Wormwood Scrubs 01/06/2013 103 3 00:18:34 77.56%
James Shoulder Rushmoor 08/02/2020 282 6 00:18:42 68.98%
Barry WALTERS Bedfont Lakes 25/06/2011 108 5 00:18:47 81.81%
Colin HAYLOCK Bushy Park 03/10/2015 592 38 00:18:52 75.71%
Note that eight different courses feature.

 Fastest 10 Club Female Runners

Club Member parkrun Date Run# Position Time Grade
Katherine STATHER Bushy Park 16/08/2008 209 27 00:18:52 * 78.53%
Frankie HOGGE Reading 04/06/2022 554 9 00:19:30 75.90%
Maria Jovani Bushy Park 13/07/2019 797 52 00:19:38 79.54%
Natalie RUFFELL Amager Strandpark 09/07/2016 222 5 00:19:47 74.81%
Kay Trinder Woking 08/06/2019 240 12 00:19:57 87.30%
Julie BARCLAY Kingston 14/09/2019 498 35 00:20:57 86.40%
Emma Moreton Brooklands 29/04/2023 142 43 00:21:40 71.54%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 22/06/2019 242 38 00:21:56 77.36%
Deborah HELSDON Bushy Park 30/07/2016 637 192 00:22:38 67.16%
Lissa PRITCHARD Gunnersbury 17/10/2015 204 75 00:22:58 65.53%
* note that Katherine makes it onto the "all gender" top 10, ahead of Colin using either position or age grade.

Seven different courses feature, including six not featured in the men's list.

Top 10 Age Grade Club Runners

Club Member parkrun Date Run# Position Time Grade
Kay Trinder Woking 08/06/2019 240 12 00:19:57 87.30%
Adrian HAINES Worthing 22/04/2023 275 1 00:17:47 87.16%
Dave DIXON Hackney Marshes 28/10/2017 384 6 00:17:24 86.88%
Julie BARCLAY Kingston 14/09/2019 498 35 00:20:57 86.40%
Mike Dennison Kingston 28/05/2022 559 9 00:19:25 85.58%
Fiona Bishop Amager Strandpark 03/06/2023 518 69 00:24:04 84.21%
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 27/06/2015 132 3 00:18:59 83.76%
Brian BENNETT Black Park 14/03/2015 300 89 00:22:57 82.57%
Paul KNECHTL Bushy Park 15/07/2017 689 8 00:17:18 82.56%
Murray HOGGE Mile End 23/10/2021 435 18 00:19:38 82.43%
A top ten of all finishes features Kay five times, Dave three times and once each for Adrian and Julie.

Nine different courses feature, and across all of these three tables 18 different parkrun courses feature!

1st Overall Placements

The "Count" column shows how many times the member has finished first. Each member's first 1st place occurrence is listed.

Club Member parkrun Date Run# Count Time Grade
Adrian HAINES Brighton & Hove 19/05/2012 239 15 times 00:17:27 81.28%
Mike Dennison Hanworth 06/07/2019 10 6 times 00:20:09 80.31%
Dave DIXON Macroom Castle Demesne 23/05/2015 102 3 times 00:18:37 79.23%
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 24/07/2021 553 2 times 00:20:35 63.00%
Paul KNECHTL Bushy Park 01/08/2009 261 2 times 00:17:32 76.71%
Adam Moquet Clair 25/05/2019 308 2 times 00:18:17 71.10%
David Cowell Whitehaven 15/06/2019 50 2 times 00:19:32 70.39%
James Shoulder Bedfont Lakes 10/08/2019 521 2 times 00:19:19 66.78%
Tim Bellars Nautical 14/09/2019 14 1 00:21:39 69.82%
Roderick HOFFMAN Mandavit 16/04/2016 6 1 00:32:50 46.80%
Gary RUSHMER Bedfont Lakes 11/09/2010 69 1 00:19:37 74.60%
Paul Davis Hanworth 29/02/2020 44 1 00:21:15 64.24%
Roderick's slow first finish was in a field of three…but they all count!

Adrian, Mike and David Cowell have had first finishes this year.

 10 Best Placed Ladies

The data extract that we use from the parkrun reports doesn't include the field "Gender Position". For the ladies the following table shows the best overall finish position (so 2nd overall in the case of Maria) and from a different source I've included the number of different parkruns at which each runner has been first lady (albeit not necessarily when they were a BAAC member, and only counting one such occurrence at each parkrun - Emma for instance has been first lady at Bedfont Lakes five times in her most recent eleven runs and 11 times in total). 

Club Member parkrun Date Run# Position Time Grade Count
Maria Jovani Homewood 08/06/2019 140 2 00:20:57 74.54 28 times
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Les Dougnes 18/09/2021 266 3 00:23:40 73.59% 2
Frankie HOGGE California Country 26/11/2022 122 4 00:20:12 73.27% 6
Caroline COCKRAM Bois de Boulogne 27/02/2016 5 5 00:25:55 62.51% 3
Natalie RUFFELL Amager Strandpark 09/07/2016 222 5 00:19:47 74.81% 14
Benita SCAIFE Evergreen 14/01/2023 17 5 00:32:40 64.95% 2 *
Julie BARCLAY Crissy Field 13/06/2015 21 6 00:22:41 75.75% 16
Jain Reid Downview 07/03/2020 23 6 00:26:01 67.78% 0
Zara THORN River Oaks 23/06/2018 1 6 00:27:48 53.24% 0
Sarah GORDON Hellbrunn 10/12/2022 65 7 00:44:10 46.60% 0
Kay TRINDER Woking 14/03/2015 30 8 00:21:13 78.08% 11
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 22/07/2023 651 8 00:22:48 67.98% 4
* Benita's best two finishes have been at Evergreen and Heritage. I'm saying nothin'.

Also ran...

Finally, for those who don't feature in any of the above lists, have commiserations for Diane Smith. Since rejoining the club in May 2022, she has run 24 parkruns, all at Bushy. In those she is yet to finish within the top 1,000 places. Her highest place being 1,002nd. It IS the taking part that counts! [prior to rejoining she had had a 948th place finish]

Roderick Hoffman

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman


STOP PRESS - Osterley parkrun has its 10th birthday on Saturday.

Troubled times for the sport of Triathlon

Ironman Canada, a popular event with club members in the 1990’s, was due to take place this coming weekend in British Columbia.
A swim in Lake Okanagan, a hilly bike ride towards the US border and a marathon run in and around the town of Penticton will have been the target of many athletes for many months.

With the forest fires threatening the popular holiday destination of Kelowna further up the lake it came as no surprise to hear that the event has been cancelled.

Meanwhile, in Paris, Olympic test events featuring a swim in the River Seine have been affected by concerns over water quality (E. coli levels).  British triathlete Alex Yee who already has a gold medal from the mixed team relay event from Tokyo won the men’s individual event on Friday with a very strong run and commented on the current in the river and hoped he wouldn’t fall ill.  The Paralympic test event on Saturday and the team event on Sunday were restricted to bike and run only.  A long distance swimming test event in The Seine planned for two weeks ago was cancelled.  Sewage overflows following heavy rain are blamed.

But it gets worse: On Sunday two swimmers in a half distance Ironman event in Ireland died.  The sea looked very rough after storm Betty had battered the area in the previous 24 hours.

Steve Newell

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