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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st November 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Note the addition of a NOW event next week at Syon Park - more details below. Also that we do have a Christmas event in the calendar for Wednesday 21st December - this will probably have the traditional one mile event beforehand and the £5 Secret Santa and food provided by the club.

This Week's Events

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

Note that for Wednesday's handicap run there is a BA football match on that evening. The Bedfont Club and car park may be a little busy. Although we do not have use of the Home, Away or Referees' changing rooms the Bedfont Club have finished refurbishing the Lady Referees Changing Room and this will be available for us to use on the evening - albeit potentially only one at a time. I want to see how practical this arrangement is so I'll be keen to see members wanting to use the facility.

Editorial - 90% achieved?

The year is fast approaching 90% complete. How have you done on the fitness challenges you set yourself last December or January? Are you just about on track, or have you needed to revise the target downwards, or have you reached the target and now considering a "stretch target" to use management speak. Whatever, let everyone know how you are going to use the last 10% of the year to achieve completion - starting with next week's digest's achievement report.

I've added our traditional Round Heathrow run into the diary between Christmas and New Year, for those still short of a twelve mile run as the year approaches its end. Let me know your interest.

> Roderick Hoffman

NOW Syon Park 30th November 2022

The next midday midweek run/jog/walk for "Non Office Workers" will be based on Syon Park, Brentford on Wednesday 30th November.

The vehicle entrance to the park is from Park Road to the south.  There is a large free car park and a garden centre which has toilets and a cafe. The historic Syon House is currently closed for the winter. The post code is TW8 8JF and what/three/words is "fend.trips.dare". Those attending should aim to meet at the garden centre entrance at 12 noon.

There will be a group jogging together and perhaps some walking also. Those who don't want to do either could just meet us in the cafe from 13:00.

> Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

18 club members and friends achievements are listed below. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race 10km Brighton 10k Sun 00:37:26 [from Facebook / event website]
Andy Rayner Walking Three fast walk reports. Wed 16 Nov: 1.5miles in 10:10. Fri 18 Nov: 1.5miles in 10:12. Sun 20 Nov: fast perimeter of park in 30:45.
Barry Walters Running 9km Bracknell Sun am 00:58:33 Ran an easy out and back run over the forest from home. Conditions were dry and mild and I turned round after 30 minutes and completed the slightly easier second half quicker. Followed this with a one hour gym workout and 45 minutes group cycling at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Running 10km Cardiff Wed am 00:56:22 Garmin coach training, 5x 1k race pace 200m walk recovery, followed by 3x 200m fast fast and 200m recovery. My 1k intervals were 4.29, 4.38, 4.35, 4.47, 4.27 & 200m in 47s, 49s, 48s.
David Cowell parkrun 5km Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Sat am
Emma Moreton Running 20km Including Badfont Lakes parkrun Sat am 01:41:00 20k parkrun sandwich, taking 1st female placing after receiving the Captain’s Award 2022 for SRG the evening before. Great end to the week!
Harjit Jhooti  Race 10km Hampton Court Palace 10k November Sun 01:08:00 [from Facebook / event website]
Jacqui Haines parkrun 5km Woking Sat am Another Woking parkrun this week and enjoyed just moving the legs around the 3 laps with no pressure of how long it took but just to be running again after 5 months off is enough.
Jain Reid Running 20.55km Putney / Kew Bridge loop Sun pm Lovely river run/walk today, Putney to Kew Bridge loop 20.55k.
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Marathon Larnaka International Marathon Sun 05:57:38 [from Facebook / event website, translated from the Greek]
Julie Barclay Running 9km Rushmoor Mon 00:50:00 2.5k warm-up along Basingstoke Canal and then 3x1k and 2x500m reps and followed by 2.5k cool down.
Paul Watt Running 9km Rushmoor Mon 00:50:00 As Julie
Keith Johnson parkrun 5km Houghton Hall Sat am Achievement was my 100th parkrun AND also my 25th volunteer on the same day. Oh, and yesterday was a 22km run around the villages near St Albans in 1:52:00.
Neil Frediani Running 6.83miles Rowlands Gill, Gateshead Thur pm 01:35:18 Really enjoyable (strangely) longest run in a few months; featuring head-torches, torrential rain, steep paths which had become streams and a group of much younger runners. Feeling a bit hardier after wimping out of recent runs due to weather.
Piers Keenleyside Running 22miles Along the Thames Mon 00:04:07 Only managed to get out for a run twice this week due to a bad back from lifting heavy garden rubbish bags. On Monday I did my last long run before next weekend's Florence Marathon.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5000 Everywhere Sep-94 38 years My parkrun result on Saturday became the 5,000th run I've recorded in my Excel Running spreadsheet since Bill Gates satisfied my needs back in 1994. The runs total to 24,000 miles and 230 full days. The photo is from my 5,001st run - more postboxes, Perivale to Alperton.
Steve Hillier Walking Barcelona / Menorca Our exercise has been walking "Grand Old Duke of York" style: In Barcelona, down to Sagrada Familia, then up again; up to Park Guell, then down again; on Menorca, up to the top of the cliffs, and back down.
Tim Bellars  Race Half-M Sussex Downs Half Marathon Sat 02:17:00 Sussex Downs Half Marathon. Tough but enjoyable course with nearly 1700ft of elevation. My watch said 2:17 but the chip thinks 2:20. Felt good (given what I was drinking last night). Great prep for my marathon in two weeks

Week Achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 19th November 2022

34 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Sandy Newell Gladstone 479 50 0:24:27 59.37% [Non-member] Forgot his watch then ran fastest ever parkrun
Roderick HOFFMAN Gladstone 479 152 0:30:20 53.79% Club Featured parkrun: 3rd run at Gladstone
Benita SCAIFE Gladstone 479 184 0:33:13 63.87% 7th run at Gladstone
John SCAIFE Gladstone 479 185 0:33:14 51.91% 8th run at Gladstone
Steve NEWELL Gladstone 479 220 0:48:52 41.10% First ever parkrun on a 19th November. 3rd run at Gladstone.
Alice BANKS Alice Holt 429 99 0:28:54 72.32% First run at her namesake park, park #61
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 618 24 0:23:25 66.19%
Jakob STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 618 42 0:26:39 57.41%  
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 618 55 0:28:43 51.77%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 557 292 0:53:49 38.25%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 122 267 0:37:47 49.32%
Mike DENNISON Bushy Park 903 81 0:20:30 81.06% run #477
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 903 527 0:26:47 59.86% 375th run (halfway from Green to Blue)
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 903 852 0:32:10 49.84% run #480
Diana Smith Bushy Park 903 1088 0:50:37 46.26% run #24
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 480 19 0:23:40 60.35% run #313
Ben Kelly Dallas Burston Polo Club 47 14 0:23:20 55.29% run #56, 2nd at Dallas Burston
Paul WATT Edenbrook Country 29 16 0:20:35 75.95% First run at Edenbrook. 29 plugs a Wilson index gap
Julie BARCLAY Edenbrook Country 29 50 0:23:47 79.33% First run at Edenbrook. Me too, domestic harmony.
Melanie Miller Grove Fields 59 124 0:56:00 31.90% parkwalker at Grove Fields (also John Wright)
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 450 Timekeeper at Guildford for 88th time
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 323 Run Director at Harrow for 51st time
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 323 Barcode Scanning at Harrow for 15th time
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 184 20 0:23:30 63.76% 100th run, 45th at Houghton Hall
Trish MCCABE Leavesden Country 5 97 0:27:40 57.41% park #112. Fastest BA lady and best age grade.
David Cowell Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 197 2 0:19:13 73.20% run #58, park #48, new BA park #690 - 2nd place finish
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 398 238 0:48:09 54.31%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 576 203 0:38:29 40.62%
Jain REID Richmond Park 728 147 0:27:35 65.62% best time this year at any parkrun
Barry WALTERS Sandhurst Memorial 74 59 0:29:34 57.78% monthly visit to Sandhurst,  no pb this time
David DUGGAN Southall 46 44 0:32:57 49.52% 7th run at Southall, P Index is 6, Wilson Index 16
Frankie HOGGE Victoria Dock 150 30 0:19:47 74.81% first run at Victoria Dock, 9th different parkrun. BA fastest lady.
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 341 95 0:25:51 68.21%
Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 461 335 0:51:04 41.16% run #214, 106th at Wycombe Rye

parkrun Review Saturday 19th November 2022

Gladstone parkrun BA teamThe club featured parkrun at Gladstone Park, NW10 (Brent Borough) attracted a small club attendance supplemented by Steve Newell’s son, Sandy, whose last skirmish with BAAC was probably the Kempton Park half marathon in the mid 1980’s.  Fears of traffic jams and difficulties finding free parking nearby were misplaced although mile after mile of trundling along suburban roads at 20 mph in the ultra-low emission zone may have put some off.  The course itself is hillier than the average parkrun but on a good surface with only the last 100m on grass.  The next “CFp” will be at Osterley Park on 17th December.  The Christmas Day/ New Year's Day UK parkrun declared intentions are still far from complete but we do know that Osterley (5km version) will not be happening on 25/12 or 1/1. [Ed: Northala Fields will be running on Christmas Day (but not on New Year's Day) and I'll be the timekeeper as usual. The carparks can cost you a miserly £80 parking fine, but much less if you pay on the day].

David Cowell (19:13) ran at his 48th and the clubs 690th different parkrun this week at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea on the Northumberland coast.  A club record that might last for a while!

Frankie Hogge (19:47) visited the fast Victoria Dock parkrun and set a new club record (female).  The cable car from O2 is an extra attraction [Ed: Incase you don't like flying on Middle Eastern Airlines, this is now the IFS Cloud Cable Car. It should be free on Saturday mornings for parkrunners - but you probably have to insist.]

Keith Johnson (23:30) has reached the black vest qualifying target of 100 parkruns with his 45th run at Houghton Hall in Hertfordshire.  He has also run 27 times at St Albans and volunteered a total of 25 times including writing 17 run reports.

Jain Reid (27:35) endured a long spell out injured but ran her best time of the year at Richmond Park this week.

Where are they now? (an irregular glimpse of former members still parkrunning)

Sreeram Sethuraman (34:02), who used to run at Upton Court (123 runs), grabbed a PB at the challenging Sunny Hill parkrun in Hendon on his 23rd run there.  Onetime club treasurer Bill Byrne (25.30, 63.99%) was at Old Deer Park this week.  His contemporary Mike Lawrence who ran 21:57 at the Gunnersbury parkrun inaugural in 2011 was back recently for the 11th anniversary (23:50) as a VM65.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - Gladstone #

I wrote the parkrun run report for last Saturday's run: news | Gladstone parkrun, though there are more Stats and Dolly Parton lyrics than club mentions.

Roderick Hoffman

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> Roderick Hoffman

Stockley Country Park parkrun

We are getting closer to launching Stockley Country Park parkrun (and the addition of "Country" in the name is evidence of the involvement of parkrun HQ). We will be having a full dress rehearsal on a Sunday morning in December. Obviously we need volunteers and runners to join in the test - please let me know if you are interested in helping.

> Roderick Hoffman

I'm aware that there are several club members who are regular parkrunners and frequent tourists who have never run at an inaugural parkrun, perhaps because they are waiting for a local one to start up. I will not be broadcasting the start date for the Stockley Country Park parkrun, because it is parkrun policy not to do so for fear of attracting large numbers to the inaugural. However, I can say that those helping, including running, at the test event will be in a much better position to hear about the inaugural in the period leading up to it. Also, let me know if you have a different reason to want to attend the inaugural, and I'll see what I can do.

Ann Anderson: 4th July 1938 to 17th October 2022

Several club members attended the funeral of Ann Anderson held last week, accompanying Alan.

Ann Anderson photos

In the service Alan's son wrote and read the tribute which contained the following:

Ann Purdy was born in Putney in 1938. She continued to live there throughout the war even though other children were evacuated. She had memories of those war years. After schooling her initial job was hand-painting cups and plates but, although enjoyable, this didn’t pay well and needed to change careers to earn more money to support her ailing parents.

Her first “proper” job was at Chester Beatty Research in Fulham, where she met Alan Anderson who she married in April 1960 when she was 21 years old. Her longest job was with Thames Water, a job she loved, though she often remarked how she had wished she could of continued as a painter.

Her parents died in 1971 and 1976. As well as her two children, Ann loved her cats – especially a big bear of a cat, a Siamese called Ming. She liked to travel to places as diverse as Russia and South Africa.

“She liked to laugh despite all of the difficulties she faced in life and that is how I will always remember her; she set an example for us all”.


The photos are from the funeral booklet, apart from the one on the right which is a stock photo used by the parkrun organisation. It is commonly used to show that there are no barriers to taking part in parkrun. Because of that it is selected by many parkrun events to represent "The spirit of parkrun" on their home pages. Thus Alan and Ann can be seen the world over - including, for instance, on the home page of Ara Harakeke parkrun on North Island New Zealand - an event that won't go live until the 10th December (home | Ara Harakeke parkrun | Ara Harakeke parkrun). I also know to get hold of the photo to load it from the parkrun home page of Walton Prison in Liverpool - there really is no escaping Alan and Ann's influence!

Roderick Hoffman

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