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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd February 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Unrestricted races are currently off so the club continues to operate with Solo and Shared runs as listed above - for restrictions and advice see the Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.  Due to the Tier 4 lockdown all shared runs are off the agenda until at least 29th March. Hopefully shared runs will restart then, including with the Winter Handicap run on Wednesday 31st March.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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, 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 the last Friday of the month, to be reported on next Monday):

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

Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month, will probably be reported on the week after):

Your Name Date Run Location 5km Cumulative Time Total Time Taken Recent 5k Time Details or Comments
    for comparison e.g. how you split up the 5km

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

Roderick Hoffman

This Week's Midweek Challenge - Streets A to Z - Results

Streets A to Z logoThe results from this are now in and shown in the table and graph below. Quite how I defined the "Finish Line" drawn in Orange on the graphs is now explained at the foot of the instructions; good luck at understanding this: British Airways Athletics Club Street AtoZ Instructions (

In short I'm assuming that the good arrangements of streets near me mean that my distance performances for a number of different letter counts defines a good performance hence anyone that does better than me has done a great performance and the difference can be used to define the winner of the event.

So in terms of distance covered Steve Newell and Piers Keenleyside were first and second (and Piers was also third with his second, longer, run). Both tackled getting the most letters possible so it is possible that the finish line was biased towards them (for my run I did have to travel a mile out of my way west to get my "Q" and a mile out of my way north for a "V" which may have handicapped my results). Each of Steve and Piers live in relatively densely packed parts of London.

Participant Type Letters Time Distance km Time per letter Dist per letter Result D. Result T. Comment
Ben Cooper Weekend 9 00:07:45 1.66 00:00:52 0.18 -0.049 0.011 >>> Best time result
Michael Ball Midweek 9 00:10:07 1.74 00:01:07 0.19 -0.064 -0.051
Melanie Miller Midweek 10 00:36:40 4.42 00:03:40 0.44 -0.358 -0.310 Time estimated for extra 0.8km
Emma Moreton Weekend 11 00:17:05 3.40 00:01:33 0.31 -0.183 -0.089
The Stenhams Midweek 11 00:34:09 4.09 00:03:06 0.37 -0.258 -0.252 With the kids on their cycles
Amanda Coombs Midweek 12 00:13:40 2.64 00:01:08 0.22 -0.038 0.003 Fourth best distance AND time result
Steve Hillier Weekend 12 00:25:11 3.38 00:02:06 0.28 -0.125 -0.140 First attempt
Chris Kelly Midweek 12 00:26:15 4.88 00:02:11 0.41 -0.275 -0.150
Alice Banks Weekend 13 00:28:49 4.83 00:02:13 0.37 -0.212 -0.134
Neil Frediani Weekend 14 12.56 00:00:00 0.90 -0.720 n/a No time provided
John and Benita Scaife Midweek 15 00:48:24 7.45 00:03:14 0.50 -0.301 -0.184
Sarah Gordon Midweek 17 00:48:29 6.53 00:02:51 0.38 -0.125 -0.116
Mike Dennison Weekend 18 00:32:49 6.83 00:01:49 0.38 -0.093 0.008 >> Second best time result
Amanda Coombs Weekend 18 00:35:36 6.29 00:01:59 0.35 -0.057 -0.011
Simon Turton Weekend 19 00:38:08 7.17 00:02:00 0.38 -0.062 0.005 > Third best time result
Stephen Taylor Midweek 21 01:01:56 10.00 00:02:57 0.48 -0.111 -0.047
Melanie Miller Weekend 21 02:05:00 12.08 00:05:57 0.58 -0.215 -0.213
Piers Keenleyside Midweek 24 01:33:04 10.63 00:03:53 0.44 0.028 -0.054 >> Second best distance result
Steve Hillier Cycle 25 16.10 00:00:00 0.64 -0.145 n/a Distance only due to cycling
Steve Newell Weekend 25 02:19:22 10.79 00:05:34 0.43 0.079 -0.120 >>> Non-council sign deducted. Best distance result
Piers Keenleyside Weekend 26 01:50:20 13.62 00:04:15 0.52 0.019 -0.037 > Third best distance result

When it came to time there were more people in contention, reflecting in part that I'm not the fastest runner in the club - but also good to see great performances collecting ranges of letters from 9 to 19. Ben Cooper, over in Cardiff, got the best result with Mike Dennison a short way behind. I hope that Ben lives in one of the flatter areas of Wales else he must be superhuman to have done so well running between random streets. Obviously Mike had been down every street in his area over the last few weeks so knew exactly where to run. Simon got the third best time result - collecting 19 different letters in a relatively rural area.

Credit to Amanda Coombs whose first midweek run earned her fourth place in both time and distance competitions.

Streets A to Z Results Graph

In March we'll have a similar Street challenge but this time collecting as many different street sign suffixes as possible - i.e. "Road", "Street", "Avenue" etc. This will probably have the same variable time, distance and count format since this allows competition between densely populated and rural areas.

Roderick Hoffman

Meet the Committee - Alan Friar

Alan Friar - Membership Secretary

Photo of Alan FriarMy name is Alan Friar. As membership secretary, I report to the committee on the numbers and details of BAAC members. My job is also to encourage people to join the club and to renew their membership annually.

I have been associated with the BA running club since the early 1980’s when it was formed. Between 1979 and 1986, I finished seven marathons and my best time was 2:58:37 in the 1982 New York City Marathon. My hardest effort was coming first with a gale blowing in the 2005 Dorney Dash 10K, over 60 age group in a time of 41:44. With age catching up, I now enjoy doing a slow parkrun on Saturdays when circumstances allow.

When not running my other activities are playing golf and going on nature walks looking out for rare plants, butterflies and birds.

Other ways I help the running club are by marshalling at the London Marathon and for a number of years, I’ve been deputy to the Sector Manager along the Embankment.


SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 19th to 22nd February 2021

Although I've only listed 25 results for members and friends below some others did their Streets A to Z run over the weekend.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Amanda Coombs Running 8.16km Shepperton/Sunbury loop Sun am 00:44:31 Great running weather.
Andy Rayner Running 3miles Sun 00:43:40 Shorts weather for 'Schultz!'. Also same distance in 44:05 on Thursday.
Barry Walters Running 13km Whitegrove Sat am 01:14:03 Much better effort this week as I managed to maintain the steady pace throughout the run. No second half slowing.
Ben Cooper Running 5.05km Cardiff Sun am 00:26:20 Following Garmin coach, 5min warm up, 2 miles at 4min fast run 30sec walk, 5 min cool down.
Benita Scaife Running 3.5miles To St Marks Hospital 00:38:55 Through the Thicket to St Marks Hospital in Windsor…or was it Slough…or perhaps Reading?
Chris Kelly Running 10miles Dunsden Hill & Binfield Heath 01:35:33 Got a bit sticky and muddy on the top, 111metres gained.
Clara Halket Running 30.43km Blackdown Hills Sat am 03:25:51 A lovely morning playing in the woods of Blackdown Hills. Some hill sprints and recovery walk but mostly running.
David Duggan Running 12.99km Laleham Sun am 01:43:18 Although London Marathon is 7 months away, the legs will need plenty of training before then .
Denis Foxley Running 5miles Ruislip Woods and Golf Course Sun 00:59:00 With Joan. Very muddy.
Jain Reid Running 22.18km Chiswick / Richmond Park Circular Sat 02:52:04 Included a nice patch of sunshine.
Jane Harbert Nordic Skiing 4.5miles Silverthorne Recreation Centre (Colorado). With Ian Monk (or someone who looks remarkably like him, Albert Einstein perhaps - pictured below).
John Scaife Running 3.5miles To St Marks Hospital 00:38:55 The words "Maidenhead Union", carved into the lintel of St Marks Hospital, were covered up during WW2  to confuse any invading Germans who may not have known where they had landed.
Keith Johnson Running 14.5km Markyate near St Albans Sun am 01:15:00 Just the one run this weekend due to work commitments.  Started at 09:45 in lovely mild conditions.
Kelly Davis Running 5km Stanwell Sun 00:35:54 Quicker! FINALLY! Also good for VO2! The training is paying off. Even my injury seems to have suddenly gone! Ever have a run where you are just so darn happy?
Melanie Miller Walking 14.45km Chorleywood Chenies & The Chess Valley Sun 04:02:58 Wos fine till we crossed into The Chess Valley, super muddy there and hardly the right footwear but a lovely walk thru road and woodland terrain.
Michael Ball Sprints Also including weekly legs and upper body workout circuits.
Mike Dennison Running 17km Bushy & Home Park 01:23:05 After all the street running, I returned to the parks! Bushy Park was quite busy, but Home Park was quieter. It was much warmer too, and not as blustery as most recently!
Petra Otto Walking 6.11miles Whittlesey to Coates exploration 01:58:52 A total of 15.02 miles walked since Wednesday, when I entered the Virtual London Marathon. Not feeling too fit, yet.
Piers Keenleyside Running 10miles Ealing Parks Sun 02:00:00  At 12 minute mile pace to keep heart rate low - at 130 bpm (although MAF target is 120 bpm).
Roderick Hoffman Running 13.86km Northolt Park / Rayners Lane Fri 01:36:20 A postbox chase ticking off all of the boxes within 1/2mile or so of Alexandra Avenue - 34 in all. Included twice running, non-stop, past Steve Hillier's house.
Sarah Gordon Running 8.87km Weekend Streets A to Z run Sat 01:52:54 See above
Simon Turton Running 11.16km Woodley East GPS-O Sun am 00:58:53 I was able to get to all but two of the controls scoring 570/600 pts within the hour. Need to do some more stamina work though as I was puffed!
Stephen Taylor Running 13.14miles West Ealing Sat 02:13:59 I made it back up to HM distance using the first half of last year's V.London as the route. A mild day and a bit windy but much better than the recent cold runs.
Steve Hillier Running 5km Through Field End Rec. Sun am 00:34:25 It's the same route as usual but now named to show that I passed some grass and a skatepark!
Steve Newell Running 5km Gunnersbury Park Fri am 00:50:55 A 5km at Gunnersbury Park, the first since September. Lots of dogs and slower walkers. The car park was pretty full but it is still free!

Melanie's Chiltern Walk

Jane and Albert

^^^ Melanie's Chiltern View


<<< Jane and Albert

Roderick Hoffman

BA Athletics Club Records - 100m

The table below shows the club records held for each age group for the 100m event. To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and timed and the runner has to be a paid-up member of the club and running in 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 run in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs). Note also that our records will also show, in addition, a better performance by a club member in a National Vest (whether they be first or second claim), though there are no examples of this in the 100m. In the table below the status "NEW" indicates that the records have recently been updated with these records and if they replaced a previous record that one is noted with status "Previous". Status "Unset" means that this record has not been claimed. Ladies in the age range 40 to 45 might eagerly await news of this year's Rosenheim Track&Field series!

TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (OPEN) Anne Hurn 12.5 ASCA Dublin Sep-99 * See below Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV35) Jane Harbert  15.1 Jan-98 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV45) Lesley Macaskill 17.1 Jan-98 Previous
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV45) Jacqui Musselwhite 15.7 Vets League Battersea Jun-18 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50) Jacqui Musselwhite 15.6 Vets League Battersea Jul-19 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV55) Julie Barclay 16.7 Vets League Battersea Jun-19 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (OPEN) Manolo Bello-Cano 11.1 LBH champs Finsbury Park Jun-01 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV40) John Coe 12.3 Jan-98 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45) Eddie Giles 12.9 Rosenheim Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50) Eddie Giles 12.9 Rosenheim 2006 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV55) Eddie Giles 12.9 Rosenheim ??? 2006 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV60) Eddie Giles 13.9 BA Champs Eton Jul-10 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65) Brian Bennett 14.8 Grand Prix Eton Sep-08 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV75) Alan Anderson 20.1 Rosenheim St Marys Jun-14 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV80) Harry Wild 28.30 Grand Prix Eton Sep-14 NEW

If you know better, or suspect that you may have broken one of these records, please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions: .

Roderick Hoffman

* Anne Hurn in the 1999 Dublin ASCA not only set the BA record but it was also the ASCA record and she did the same in the 200m. And then (nothing ever changes) she had to write up the whole Track&Field meet event for the Round-the-Block newsletter hence wasn't able to highlight her own achievement! So, 21.5 years late, well done Anne (where is she now?). [Ed: There was also a full write-up in the Round-the-Block by Colin Bloomfield which gave Anne plenty of praise, and mentioned the running]

Event Management Questionnaire

My daughter Suzie is in her third year of Events Management at Plymouth and doing some research for her dissertation on "Impact of Terrorism and COVID-19 on Event Attendee Motivation" - she has prepared this questionnaire, so if anyone has 5-10minutes and is inclined... it would be much appreciated....

Chris Kelly

Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes from last week underlined or struck-through] (no changes)

No Changes due to today's announcements - though Monday 29th March will probably be a key date for the return of club activities.

In the UK exercise outside is permitted because it will boost physical and mental health and because the risk of catching Coronavirus outdoors is very low provided social distancing advice is kept to.

  • Do not exercise outside the house if you have been asked to isolate or you are unwell, particularly if you have symptoms of the coronavirus such as a fever, or if you share a house with someone who has these symptoms, or if you consider yourself to be vulnerable, such as being elderly or with pre-existing health conditions,
  • You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces but you are advised to stay 'local' (defined as "in the village, town, or part of the city where you live."), you are also advised to minimise the amount of time spent outside your home and you should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are out. Further advice is to reduce public transport and shared car journeys and do not cross the "Tier 3" boundary (in either direction).
  • Tier 4 rules only allow you to exercise on your own, with people in your linked household (bubble), as part of child-care or with one other person. You are advised to exercise just once per day and to minimise the variety of people you meet over the weeks of lockdown. Exercising your pet is allowed in addition, but only on your own.
  • As you exercise, keep 2m away from all others including those you run with as well as those you meet on the run, by default diverting around those you meet (don't leave it up to them to avoid you),
  • Do not push yourself too far, this may weaken your defences against the virus and/or increase the probability of requiring assistance. We all have different limits so you need to judge what would be too far for you,
  • If government instructions are updated to limit or prevent exercising outside your homes, or to meet with fewer people, please respect such instructions - we should be fighting the virus, not authority.

If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:

  • Put your needs first...
  • but please let me (Roderick Hoffman) or Steve Hillier know of your condition/status, but we will keep it to ourselves unless you ask us to pass information on.

Shared club activities are not permitted in Tier 4.  For when the situation changes any club member may be permitted to organise a shared activity. We recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be followed during the activity itself.  To legitimize a run with more than six participants:

  • The chairman (Roderick) or the secretary (Steve Hillier) must be notified in advance that the event is taking place,
  • One of the participants must be a paid-up member of the BA Athletics Club and must be prepared to perform the duties of a "Covid-19 Coordinator", if more than six attend we recommend that that member wears a BAAC top or distinctive clothing,
  • Participants, and the activity, should not cross the "Tier 3" boundary or the "Tier 4" boundary (in either directions).
  • A risk assessment has to be raised based on this template,
  • The considerations within the risk assessment must be followed,
  • After the activity perform a review of the risk assessment and log and pass on any issues or lessons learned.

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