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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st October 2019


  • Wednesday 23rd October - CIE Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club from 18:00 +social with food (see below) #
  • Saturday 26th October - Run-of-the-Month, Milocarian Cross-Country at Sandhurst at 14:00 (closed to additional entrants) #
  • Thursday 7th November - Run-of-the-Month, Dream Mile on the Bath Road from 12:45 #

We will be meeting at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club this Wednesday for the Five Mile Handicap and Social. All members are welcome.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 29th July.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 23rd Sept 2019) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Anti-spoofing measures

Over the last couple of years we've seen a large growth in both the volume and sophistication of "spoofing" emails. These are emails designed to trick the receiver as to their origin and intent. Just this morning our Treasurer received one supposing from me, saying that we had to make provision for gift cards.  Telltale signs of a spoof include unusual requests, poor English (though their English is improving!) and the use of an email address with an unusual domain (after the "@").  If in doubt then forward the email to the person it claims to have been sent from, using their regular email address including domain, and ask them if it is genuine.

To counter the raise in Spoofing a change is being made to the baRUNNER website and these digests to replace most of the personal email addresses used with "" addresses.  These will have the format either {Clubposition} or {FirstnameSurnameInitial} This change won't stop the spoofing but may help to make the spoof emails more obvious. For a list of the committee members and our barunner contact email addresses see

Any questions or thoughts - contact me.

Roderick Hoffman {}

Five-mile winter handicap 2019/20 – starts Wednesday 23rd October 2019 # Reminder - please respond

2019 Winter Handicap Course MapThe first of this season's Five-mile Handicap races is this Wednesday at the Bedfont Club and will be followed by a social with food.

The club clock will be ticking down in the football club carpark from shortly before 6 p.m. Those runners who ran last season will have their suggested start time carried forward.  Others can select a time based on a recent five mile run or extrapolated from a parkrun time.  On a normal week the hope is that most people will finish close to 7 p.m.  Search parties will be sent out if anyone is more than ten minutes overdue.

There will also be a “brisk walking route” of about two and a quarter miles (3.5km) for those who want some exercise/“fresh” air but not a run.

All runners should make themselves as visible as possible by wearing light coloured clothing or a reflective vest if possible.

All those intending to run/walk on 23rd October are asked to register with Steve Newell in advance - especially those who require catering afterwards!

Steve Newell {}

Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th October 2019

Member 19th Oct. parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Trish MCCABE Beckenham Place 101 00:28:04 55.23% run #301, 1st at Beckenham Place
TRUE Maria Jovani Bedfont Lakes 9 00:21:10 73.78% F-2,
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes 24 00:23:54 62.69% run #497
TRUE Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 42 00:25:03 55.29%
TRUE Eddie KETTERICK Bedfont Lakes 161 00:42:08 38.73% PB   run #4, parkrun pb
TRUE Scott DAVISON Crane Park 59 00:25:45 56.38%
TRUE Zoe OSTLEY Crane Park 153 00:34:32 53.14%
TRUE David Williams Fulham Palace 170 00:25:20 54.67% sixth anniversary run
TRUE John Lennon Guildford 427 00:42:34 37.04%
#N/A Chris Dawson Gunnersbury 57 00:22:34 69.28% former member, equals pb set last week
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 146 00:25:43 63.45% run #250
TRUE David DUGGAN Hanworth 40 00:29:16 54.33%
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 122 00:28:42 61.44%
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 204 00:38:33 57.76%
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Hazelwood 60 00:28:54 55.02% PB   course pb (by over three minutes)
TRUE Kelly Davis Hazelwood 88 00:32:48 45.73%
TRUE Caroline Cockram Homewood 56 00:28:12 59.46% PB   3rd anniversary run
TRUE Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 272 00:32:08 61.26%
TRUE Julie BARCLAY Minehead 6 00:21:24 84.58% F-2, 1st run at Minehead, park #32
TRUE Vira Simms Minehead 36 00:27:04 68.72% 1st run at Minehead, park #20
TRUE Paul WATT Minehead 8 00:22:13 68.57% M-6, 1st run at Minehead, park #27
TRUE Janice Jones Minehead 46 00:29:04 59.92% 1st run at Minehead, park #18
TRUE Mike Dennison Osterley 7 00:19:55 81.26% M-6, run #388, 6th at Osterley
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 260 00:46:44 58.38% (assisted)
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 261 00:46:44 50.29% run #572, 39th at Osterley
#N/A Sarah KELLY Reading 282 00:48:53 39.14% 8th run, 5th at Reading
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Reading 284 00:48:54 31.15% run #452
TRUE Jain Reid Richmond Park 269 00:32:42 53.26% 12th anniversary run
TRUE Eddie GILES Salisbury 137 00:26:39 66.17% one second slower than last time
TRUE Keith Johnson Sittingbourne 25 00:24:50 58.93%
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Southwark 133 00:24:39 63.42% 1st run at Southwark , park #46, club record
TRUE Micheal BALL Woking 125 00:26:56 58.04%
TRUE Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 406 00:46:27 42.34%

Volunteers include...[remember, we can only guarantee to include your volunteer efforts if you email us about them]

12th October 2019 parkrun Role
Steve Newell volunteer Gunnersbury Marshal
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford Timekeeper
Maddie Heslop volunteer Guildford Run Director

Julie Barclay (21:24, 84.58%) was top of the class this week on a visit to Minehead where the course is a flat out and back along the beach promenade.  Other members trying out somewhere new included Trish McCabe (28:04) at Beckenham Place and Ian Cunningham (24:39) who lowered the club record at Southwark Park (Surrey Quays area). Piers Keenleyside (25:43) was back home at Gunnersbury to complete his 250th run. Former member Chris Dawson (22:34) was spotted at Gunnersbury, equalling the PB he achieved last week {Groundhog PB} – he has also run the Ealing half marathon more than once. Ian Cockram (23:54 at Bedfont Lakes) has now run 497, so a “500” club membership must be just around the corner.

We might have had the Queen’s Speech early this year but those who celebrate the attempt to interrupt the King’s Speech in 1605 (Scottish King of England, prior to UK being established) with a loud bang are about to have an impact on us on 2nd November.  The parkruns at Ally Pally, Bexley, Bromley, Guildford, Kingston, Upton Court and Woking have all been cancelled along with some junior parkruns on Sunday 3rd.  Fireworks?  Bonfires? Climate Change?  This could be the last time, make the most of it.  The Lord Mayor's fireworks scheduled for 9th November have already been cancelled.  And to cap it all, the Brooklands parkrun has been cancelled for another week because Beach’s funfair is occupying part of the route.

Anyone heading to Japan for a Rugby match should be aware that the parkrun at Futakotamagawa may be cancelled while damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis is cleared up.  There are now eight parkruns established in Japan and not all of them were so badly affected.

This reporter has booked up to be out of country for the next two weeks on the off chance that Brexit actually happens so anyone else with parkrun anecdotes is invited to send them to by lunchtime on Mondays.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

Full club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - UP TO DATE - Download and explore.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

303 Squadron Memorial Run303 Squadron Memorial Run - Hanworth on Saturday 19th October

The club clock, signage and marshalling bibs were well used at the first running of the 303 Squadron Memorial 5k in Hanworth last Saturday. Steve Newell and I had helped the organiser's design and measure the course which consisted of an out and back around the Springwest Academy sports pitches and one lap of the Hanworth Park "parkrun" course.

Our clock and equipment is available for other events. We normally charge £50 for event hire or £25 if the event is wholly for charity (plus collection/delivery charges) though we are able to wave those charges in some circumstances.

The clock's next outing will be on Wednesday for our first Winter Handicap run of the season.


Roderick Hoffman

Eliud Kipchoge marathon time confirmation

In these days of fake news including photoshopped photographs and manufactured videos you sometimes need an eyewitness to confirm that something actually occurred as reported. Fortunately we had such a witness of the Kipchoge 1:59 marathon...

Kipchoge MarathonI was lucky enough to be in Vienna this weekend to watch Eliud Kipchoge run his amazing 1:59:40 marathon. I got there early and was lucky enough to get a spot 20m from the finish line. The layout of the course meant the team passed us 8 times (which was quite often at their speed!) so it was very exciting. We had 2 big screens to keep track of progress & splits. It was an incredible experience & one I will never forget.

Somewhat slower, I’ve just finished 3 marathons in 3 weeks myself:

(1) Richmond Runfest (5:28) - after a 4 month break I used this as a long run, running the first half and walking the second,

(2) Berlin marathon (4:58) - got to experience the new parkrun barcode scanners (i.e. using smartphones) they were testing,

(3) Loch Ness (4:50) - very hilly for me but a nice bonus of Inverness parkrun the day before.

The picture is of one Kipchoge fly by. If anyone is interested in a video of the actual finish there’s one in the blog link below written by the friends I went with:

Jain Reid

Marathon Results

I completed the Chelmsford Marathon today in 4:11:49 - did it 3 years ago in 3:30:23. Not sure if I will ever get back to that sort of time. I nearly missed out on the sub 4:15 after tripping on the pavement with about 1/2 mile to go. Grazed my knee and elbows but didn't do too much damage and managed to shuffle to the finish! Fairly flat course in quiet country lanes - but some of the shallow upward gradients seemed to go on for ever! Got a nice spinning medal - must be the fashion this year as it is the 3rd spinning medal I've had! 

Bumped into Jas (Jasvir Singh Modaher) at the start and have seen that he finished in 5:13:14 - he also previously ran this one in 2016. My marathon total now 166. My time was my second fastest since February 2018. Changed tactics for this race - I usually go as fast as possible for the first half (which is only 1:50 to 2:00 these days) and then try to hang on for the second half. Still had a bit of groin pain from Chester 2 weeks ago so decided to go a bit slower today and did first half in about 2:02/03 and then slowed a bit in the second half but not as much as in Chester where a did splits of about 1:55 followed by 2:24  

Piers Keenleyside

Running shorts

  • Dear Ed, my park run and road was very slow today (43.14). When I ran seriously I always had a bio-rhythm prob circa this time of each month. Did I hit it today? Who knows?   Andy Rayner.
  • Hove Prom 10k - Adrian Haines (running for first claim club Crawley AC) finished in 37:17, 26th overall and 3rd in his age group.
  • Meanwhile Clara Halket completed a 57km/3000ft ascent "Rat Race".

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