The logo of the baRUNNER website. HOME NEWS DIARY

baRUNNER - a website for the British Airways Athletics Club

The logo of the baRUNNER website.

BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st July 2014

Forthcoming Events:

  • Wednesday 23rd July - Club In-house Event - "Double or Quits" (see below)
  • Thursday 24th July - BA Fun Run 5k and kids race - Harmondsworth Moor from 16:00 - Runners, helpers and sponsors wanted
  • Thursday 7th August - Magic Mile Bath Road 12:45

New members and non-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 13th July).

Running related gossip and chat: Facebook "BA Runner" (link:

This news digest is being sent to you because you are on the BA Athletics Club email list.  To be removed please email us at Difficulty viewing this email? Read it off the website instead - Latest.shtml.  

Club In-house Event - "Double or Quits" Wednesday 23rd July - Concorde Centre at 18:00

This month's CIE is based on the 5 mile handicap we run during the winter, we will be running the same course so everyone should know the way. Rather than starting at your set time based on your previous months’ time and then aiming to finish as close to zero as possible, this time it is a race, so you will be aiming to beat your time by as much as you can. However this is the Ruffell Runaround, so there will be a twist, so join us on Wednesday to find out what that is and join in the run. We will be starting sharp at 6pm, so don’t be late.

Richard Ruffell

BA Fun Run - Course Map (click on map for higher resolution copy)

BA Fun Run course map

The BA Fun Run is raising funds for Cancer Research UK and 100% of funds are donated to the cause. Anyone who is neither running nor marshalling is invited to sponsor the event: .  Please mention baRunner in your message.

Track & Field – the final week of the league season

We started the week with the “friendly games”.  No, not the competition in Glasgow, but the Vets at Perivale.  Our team of Janet Smith, Tony Barnwell, Alan Anderson, Gary Rushmer and Steve Hillier took on the might of London’s over 35s, covered most events and age groups and did pretty well. 

The highlights were Tony and Alan’s battles in the Long Jump and Javelin, Gary’s good performances in the 800m and 3000m, and Janet and Steve throwing the longest distances in their respective Hammer competitions. 

This event is great fun, and recommended to all members next summer. 

Full results are awaited.

On Wednesday we moved on to the final Rosenheim league match at Woking.  Alan and Janet were unavailable, but the team was bolstered by the substitutions of Chris Kelly and John Coffey.  Tom Rowley was there to cheer us every inch of the way.

Our men had the task of overhauling Epsom to reach the Rosenheim Final.  Having beaten them in the last two matches, this wasn’t out of the question, but several teams were bringing back their university students at the end of term and the event had a youthful air about it.

The night started badly, with Epsom winning the 400m hurdles without opposition from BAAC.  However, we then went on to cover pretty much everything, running neck and neck with Epsom throughout the evening.  Steve and Tony shared the throws and the longer sprints, Chris and John ensured we scored good points in the 3000m, and Gary scored good points in pretty much everything else.  Gary’s long jump was an important season’s best. 

We finished with 4 x 200 relay.  Following a ten minute debate on the location of changeovers, which were different from any used in living memory, we completed the evening with an immaculate display of baton changing!

In the end, we were narrowly beaten to a place in the final.  Here’s to next year!

Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 19th July

19th July parkrunner time parkrun comment grade Frequency*
Ian Cunningham 27:08 Bushy Park 55% 685 132
Kerstin Luksch 24:32 Gunnersbury 61% 361 105
Alan Anderson 29:38 Gunnersbury run #319, 69% 361 105
Ian White 27:04 Bedfont Lakes run #25, all at Bedfont 54% 347 25
Chris Kelly 23:54 Reading run #197 61% 287 158
Joe Nolan 23:49 Black Park run #180 67% 254 167
Janet Smith 34:54 Black Park 47% 254 15
Tony Hird 24:53 Gunpowder run #67 59% 73 67
Tony Barnwell 31:48 Wycombe Rye 10th run at Wycombe Rye 57% 24 10
Richard Ruffell 21:44 St Albans 69% 14 12
Roderick Hoffman 25:31 Northala Fields 59% 6 2
Daniela Mayerova 28:54 Porthcawl park #8, run #13 51% 2 1
Steve Newell 31:49 Bexley** park #40, BA park #119 55% 1 1

* Total BA runs and the individuals runs at that parkrun.  High ranking shows loyalty at club popular parkruns.

** London Borough 22 of 26.

Times generally a little slower this week.  Weather conditions not ideal with heat and humidity and in some places mud and puddles adding to the difficulties.

Steve Newell ventured east to Bexley to run at the 119th park by BA runners and came away with the impression that although it started and finished in more or the less the same place there was more uphill than downhill!

Daniela Marilova ventured west into Wales to run at Porthcawl, one of the parks that Gareth Snook has visited in the past.

The inaugural Woking parkrun (Woking Park) has now been confirmed for Saturday 16th August.  They held a test event last Saturday with 30 runners.  Three clockwise laps and Tom Rowley assures there are no serious hills to tackle at all.  A CFp ?  Lifts in an electric car on offer.

Steve Newell (mainly)

Updated parkrun stats: 

Stragglers River Relay - 7th September 2014 - five legs of 4.75 to 6.53 miles.

The organisers of this event have sent us this reminder...

We are now accepting entries for the River Relay, which will take place this year on 7th September 2014. Race details can be found at and on the application document attached. The River Relay follows the now established 26.2 miles, 5 leg format which we have run over the last two years. I have attached the course map (overview and scroll down for individual stages), although we will have to make some minor amendments due to changes on the course. The one I am most aware of is at Walton Bridge, although this is a positive alteration with runners no longer having to cross over the busy main road and instead following a new path over the bridge and then under it on the South bank.

We have increased the price slightly from £8 to £10 per runner. Apart from some very minor expenses, all the money raised goes to charities nominated by the winning clubs. Last year over £1500 was raised and distributed, and I would if possible like to move this up to £2000.

Last year we had 38 teams and it would be great if we could move this up to 50, so please feel free to put in multiple teams or forward to other organisations. While most entries are from running clubs we also get teams from rowing and health and fitness clubs and groups just coming together for this event.

Please call or email for further info or send in your forms. Also to help with admin, drop me a mail if you are planning to enter even if you are not ready to submit the form so I can plan out on numbers.

This sounds a good event, and one that the Club Committee might be willing to support with a subsidy for members participating, but it would need a club champion willing to organise the team of five - including the on-the-day logistics.  Note that the date clashes with the Veterans Track&Field final and is a day after the Budapest Runway Run and the Surrey Road Relay (our total participation at all three of these not yet confirmed).

Let us know if you are interested.

Roderick Hoffman / Chris Kelly


re resolutions – I also did the Comrades Marathon (June 1st) in a time of 10:25:43 – not quite as decent a time as I wanted but OK’ish
Piers Keenleyside


If there’s an opportunity in the next newsletter, I’d like to thanks everyone at BA Athletics for my birthday card. A lovely surprise! Cheers

Dave Dixon

{Ed: The club is always pleased to acknowledge members as they enter a new racing age category - we smell the approach of club success and new age category records!}

News for the next BAAC News Digest?

Please send items for inclusion in the next Digest.  Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to us at,uk.

Club website:



Full Index