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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd July 2019


  • Tuesday 23rd July - NOW run - Hanwell from 12:00 (see below)
  • Wednesday 31st July - Mile races and AGM (see below) #
  • Thursday 1st August - Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45.

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year including this Wednesday - but over the summer numbers will be low so let me know to expect you.

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: 4th April.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 22nd July) / # 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

Brian Bennett

A large number of us attended last week's service for Brian Bennett who died on 29th June at the age of 78. The opening music was, of course, the theme from Chariots of Fire and our President, John Williams, reflected on Brian's running achievements and reminded us of all aspects of Brian's personality. Donations where collected for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Brian is missed.

Roderick Hoffman

Hanwell NOW locationNOW Event on July 23rd at 12:00 at Hanwell

Meet at the Bandstand type structure near the car park at the end of Church Road Hanwell (W7 3BZ or see Club Map). Public transport with trains to Hanwell or Drayton Green, or buses to Ealing Hospital or the E1, E3, 92 or 282. The car park is free but small. Church Road is "residents only" but other local roads are available to park in between 10 and 3.

There is a cafe next to Hanwell Zoo.

There is a Facebook event with other details:

Roderick Hoffman {}

Mile Races # and AGM on Wednesday 31st July


18:00 Meet in the Bedfont Club carpark, change into kit, jog or drive to the Feltham Track. See the club map for the most direct route to walk or jog to the track - distance 2km,

18:30 Elite Mile Race for those expected to beat 07:30,

18:40 Not-quite-so-elite Mile Race for those slower than 07:30,

19:00 Return to the Bedfont Club, shower and change,

19:30 Food - provided by the club (plus pay bar throughout evening),

20:00 AGM - to include a Chairman's selection process that will be more nail biting but hopefully with a better conclusion than the Conservative Leadership Contest. Probably,

21:00 Members Forum - tell us what you think.

Please tell us to expect you (but if you don't, then please turn up anyway). You can tell us either my emailing me and telling me which race you'll be in and whether you are to be catered for OR use the Facebook Event to provide the same information. For the Facebook event you do need to have a Facebook account and to have requested membership of the "BA Runner" group via .

Roderick Hoffman

Great City Race Thanks

Just a short note to thank you for making last night’s Great City Race another success. As I mentioned to some of you, the City Race is a doddle to marshal compared to the Marathon but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have an important job to do and that frenetic 20 mins or so of operating the sweeps and kindly requesting pedestrians wait a few minutes for the runners to go through (some being more amenable than others!) was much appreciated.  

 I hope you enjoyed the post-race hospitality in the salubrious surroundings of Armoury House; it’s a good opportunity to catch up with everyone and the sea of ‘Volunteer’ T-shirt wearers was quite a sight (anyone get a photo?).  

Thanks again for your help and hopefully I’ll be able to count on your support again in 2020.  


Simon Turton

Club points update

To the club points table I've added in the points for the Great City Race and the recent Haworth parkrun volunteer takeover, not to mention all of the recent track & field events.

Whilst the top of the table looks familiar we do have a new leader - Steve Hillier now edges ahead of me (29pts to 27pts) thanks to the 23 scoring events he has taken part in (I've only done 14). Not far behind is Steve Newell (23pts) and then Simon Turton (18pts) just one point ahead of Neil Frediani and Graham Taylor. Chris Kelly is a relative non-mover - the Comrades Marathon may have been a great achievement but wasn't recognised as a club event - perhaps he and Ian Cunningham should have proposed it as the June Run-of-the-Month!

But to those seven we now have another six club members securing the ten points they need for recognition here.  So well done and thank you to Paul Brandon, Christine Munden, Benita Scaife, John Scaife, Joe Nolan and Harry Wild.

There are then four club members needing just a single point for such recognition - and the next points scoring event is the mile race before the AGM next week. Reminder: 1pt for running, 2pts for helping but not running and 4pts for setting up the event.

The table currently lists 235 people who have helped or participated so far this year with 82 having done so at more than one event. There have been a total of 498 instances of a club colleague or associate participating at a points scoring event.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 20th July 2019

This week's table leads with two results missed from the previous week. There are manual processes for publishing and corrected parkrun results and for our extraction of those results. If your result is missing or is incorrect in this table (compared to the parkrun issued results) then please tell us so that we can ensure that the BA database is up to date. 

Member 20th July 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Zoe OSTLEY Brooklands 219 00:38:00 48.29% 13th July - Missed last week
TRUE Bob Bannister Hanworth 46 00:28:16 57.72% 13th July - Missed last week
TRUE Bob Bannister Black Park 351 00:30:06 54.21%  
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 381 00:30:42 54.13% 300th run at Black Park
TRUE Zoe OSTLEY Black Park 571 00:37:08 49.42%  
TRUE Trish MCCABE Black Park 419 00:31:33 49.13% run #290, 4th at Black Park
TRUE Sarah GORDON Braunstone 276 00:34:49 56.53%  
TRUE Paul TIMMS Cirencester 33 00:24:30 63.27%  
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 191 00:25:39 63.61% run #240, 160th at Gunnersbury
TRUE Scott DAVISON Hanworth 21 00:24:26 59.41% PB   pb, 12 second improvement
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 173 00:39:18 56.66%  
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 54 00:28:47 68.33%  
TRUE Steve NEWELL Higginson, Marlow 132 00:39:45 47.67% Wilson Index up to 46
TRUE Kay Trinder Homewood 9 00:21:32 80.88% PB   pb, 8 second improvement (after 5 previous attempts to improve)
#N/A Paul SINTON-HEWITT Lac de Divonne 5 00:21:32 73.22% Has run with Ian and Caroline 3 weeks in a row!
TRUE Ian Cockram Lac de Divonne 11 00:24:05 62.21% 5th parkrun en France
TRUE Caroline Cockram Lac de Divonne 22 00:29:18 57.22% 5th parkrun en France
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Macclesfield 38 00:24:02 64.49% run #387, 1st at Macclesfield, park #43
TRUE Benita Scaife Maidenhead 207 00:33:16 60.92%  
TRUE John Scaife Maidenhead 208 00:33:17 50.38%  
TRUE Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 82 00:51:45 40.39%  
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Medina I.O.W. 156 00:30:20 51.98% 1st run via a hovercraft, park #277
TRUE Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 155 00:27:41 55.99% run #115, 77th at Northala Fields
TRUE Steve Hillier Northala Fields 243 00:31:25 53.37% First parkrun for 14 months
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 262 00:42:37 64.02% assisted wheelchair team
TRUE James Shoulder Osterley 58 00:24:28 52.72% run #48, 2nd at Osterley
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Reading 29 00:21:29 70.91% run #439, 342nd at Reading
TRUE Jain Reid Richmond Park 364 00:56:20 30.92%  
TRUE John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 19 00:20:28 74.43% First time ever 3 weeks of parkruns in a row!
TRUE Barry WALTERS Rickmansworth 42 00:22:20 73.73%  
TRUE Marion WOODHOUSE Rickmansworth 315 00:32:16 56.10%  
TRUE David DUGGAN Tonbridge 292 00:29:08 54.58%  
TRUE Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 47 00:22:42 74.74%  
TRUE Micheal BALL Woking 121 00:26:31 58.96%  
TRUE Mike Dennison Wormwood Scrubs 15 00:20:43 78.12% 1st run at Wormwood Scrubs
TRUE Maria Jovani Wormwood Scrubs 29 00:22:34 69.20% 1st run at Wormwood Scrubs, club rec (F)

Volunteers include...

22ndJuly 2019 parkrun Role
Alastair Heslop Volunteer Guildford Time keeper
Ben Chaytow Volunteer Crane Park Run director

The outstanding result this week was achieved by Kay Trinder (21:32, 80.88%) at Homewood.  She was the first female to cross the line and set a new age category record (WV50-54) after five previously unsuccessful attempts.  Paul Knechtl holds the men’s club record at Homewood with 18:38 (76.65%), Maria Jovani set a new female record there with 20:57 (74.54%) last month.  This week Maria Jovani set a new female over the damp grass at Wormwood Scrubs with 22:34.

Club secretary Steve Hillier doesn’t run at parkrun very often and we shouldn’t make any predictions based any statistical information.  I note though that he has now run on eight occasions and four of those have been at Northala Fields.  The weeks between the end of the Rosenheim league season and start of the league football season can make some people a bit restless.  Not long to go now.

Ian and Caroline are flagged as having now run five events in France. That currently puts them on the French "Most Events" table. There are only 33 runners listed including Roderick with 6 events.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

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

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Tim at the Fussen MarathonFüssen Marathon - Sunday 21st July

On Sunday 21st July I ran the Füssen Marathon (2 hours drive south of Munich) otherwise known as the Königsschlösser Romantik Marathon. That morning the weather was about 16 degrees and light drizzle which was a relief as it was 32 the day before and forecast 32 the day after! The setting was beautiful. The track was mostly of road on walking/cycling trails through woods and around two lakes. Basically flat as a pancake too. This did mean a PB was on the cards. Personally I was looking for a 3:30 and that would have been achievable if I had maintained my training since my last marathon at the beginning of June. Unfortunately in my old age I am getting complacent and with training runs of no more than 8 miles a Sub 3:45 would be hard. (A few pints of Bavarian beers the night before didn’t help either!)

I started well completing 10k in 48 mins and halfway 1:45 then the wheels fell off. Around 16 miles in lack of training showed and I was starting to feel it. Around 20 miles I was doubtful I would sub 4 hours. Fortunately with 4 miles to go I got a second wind and was able to up my pace. This was a lovely marathon in a beautiful part of Europe. Forests, lakes, rivers and castles made it amazing (hence Romantic Marathon!) 

Overall I was pleased with a finish time of 3:53:23 which knocked 1:30 off my veteran PB. 

Cheers, Tim Bellars

Letters to the Editor

Dear Ed.   Piers! Snowdon! I know that refreshment cafe. It saved me on my way down in 2017. Running out of water, etc, Water, hot chocolate plus Mars Bar! The massive difference between Piers and I was that I was walking so I am a softee! Andy Rayner.

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