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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd August 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

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 late Sunday) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Next NOW event 31st August - Stockley Park parkrun course

This time last year we had a NOW event at Stockley Park to try out a possible 5km parkrun course. We are now expecting that parkrun to start before the end of the year but the course will be different, though still a one lap 5k. This NOW event will consist of a group jog round the new course. There will also be a shorter walking route available. We need to decide whether to meet in the centre as before, handy for the cafe and toilets, or to meet where the parkrun will meet and visit a (fairly) convenient pub after the NOW. Let me know if you are available, and whether you have a preference.

> Roderick Hoffman

Equinox 5k Bedfont Lakes 21st September

The annual Equinox 5km will be held at Bedfont Lakes on Wednesday 21st September. The course will be two anticlockwise laps starting and finishing by the Motte. We will be using the Bedfont Road car park (no toilets). Some may choose to do a warm-up/down run from the Bedfont Club house.

The changing rooms and toilets at the Bedfont FC in Hatton Road will be available before and after the run.

We will start in small groups from 6pm onwards.  Runners should select a start time which will allow them to finish by 6.45 pm.  Sunset can be expected at 7pm. [Timings to be confirmed once we are certain of the carpark closure time for that date]

> Steve Newell

Final Track and Field TeamTrack & Field - Rosenheim League Final Results

As reported last week, our ladies T&F team focused on the Vet’s League, producing a range of great results.  Our men’s team split themselves between the Vet’s and Rosenheim Leagues, and were successful in qualifying for this final ahead of four other clubs.

Race day coincided with the end of our second summer heat wave.  Amazing thunderstorms during the late afternoon cleared to provide a cooler evening and a wet track, with flooded throwing circles.

Our two supporters, Julie and Linda, were joined early on by Paul Watt.  An unfortunate injury in warm-up ruled Paul out of the 1500m, so the three cheered on our team in this high standard event.

We were lucky to be joined by new member Sean O’Keeffe, who took on the throwing duties for the evening.  Leaving behind his usual M60, 5kg weights, he launched the senior 7.26kg hammer and shot to respectable distances from the soggy throwing circles.

On the track, we acquitted ourselves well against athletes 35 years our junior.  Mike Ball produced 100m and 200m times consistent with his performances throughout the season, as did Steve Taylor in the 3000m.  Steve T also tackled the spirited 800m, while Steve Hillier ran his first competitive 400m in several years and he completed the programme by launching himself into a sandpit.

It proved a great social evening, and an opportunity to watch, and compete against, some very quick athletes and famous clubs.  Our eighth T&F competition of the summer brought our season to a close after three months.  Thanks to all of the ladies and men who have competed this summer, and we hope to see a few more of you on the track next May.

Rosenheim League Track & Field Final, Kingston 17th August 2022

100m Michael Ball M60 16.7 8th
200m Michael Ball M60 36.2 8th
400m Steve Hillier M65 108.3 7th
800m Steve Taylor M55 03:31.2 6th
3000m Steve Taylor M55 15:04.4 4th
Long Jump Steve Hillier M65 2.56 7th
Hammer Sean O'Keeffe M60 14.60 6th
Shot Sean O'Keeffe M60 7.40 8th
Final standings

1. Belgrave Harriers 84
 2 Woking AC 64
3 Croydon Harriers 57
4 Holland Sports 53.5
5 Epsom & Ewell 40
6 Walton AC 38.5
7 Hercules Wimbledon AC 27
8 British Airways 17

Ed: No shame in coming last - we beat all of the teams that failed to qualify.

Steve Hillier

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 16 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Walking 4miles XC circuit Sat 01:09:04 Last report for a while - plus Tues 16 Aug 3.5m cycle in 16:15 & Fri 19 Aug 3.5m cycle in 18:40 (strong wind)
Barry Walters Running 6km Bracknell Wed am 00:40:22 Easy 2k warm-up to the forest then 8x1 mins uphill with 1 min jog back recovery and 2k warm-down. +45 minutes later a one hour gym workout. In the evening did a one hour body balance session consisting of pilates, taI chi and yoga.
Benita Scaife Walking 4.5miles Shepperton Sat 01:30:00 Our activity on Sat was a walk with 15 other members of the BA mountain walking and trekking section before the annual "barbecue", hosted this year by a member living in Shepperton. We walked along the Thames and used the Sunbury Ferry (£2 one way)…
John Scaife Walking 4.5miles Shepperton Sat 01:30:00 get between the Sunbury and Walton banks. The only BAMWAT member at the event with a BA AC connection was former member Will Blair who some may remember. He is a regular at Guildford parkrun.
Clara Halket Running 8.08km Local Country Park Back to basics to build base fitness at the local country park. Walk warm-up and warm down, a short (8.08km) slow jogging session in between
Emma Moreton Running 13.6miles Brittany Sat 02:02:00 Half marathon in Brittany featuring road, trail and coastal path (thanks Strava maps!)
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M Clacton Half-Marathon Sun am 03:02:37
Julie Barclay Running 7.5km Wellesley Trail Tue 00:42:00 1.5k warm-up, 4.5k tempo run and 1.5k cool down along Basingstoke Canal.
Maria Jovani parkrun 5km Bushy Park Sat am 00:23:59 50th time pacing at parkrun to earn my 250th volunteer t-shirt.
Melanie Miller Walking 14.6km Seaford Head Sun 03:36:00 A lovely cliff top walk along Seaford Head taking in the breathtaking Seven Sisters range, an injured Gannet & an air show including a Chinook & Lancaster.
Michael Ball Athletics Meeting Kingston Wed pm 100 and 200 mtres at the Rosenhiem finals Kingston (see above)
Mike Dennison Running 27km Bushy Park Mon am 02:19:00 Marathon training still! Monday morning from 6:30 with 24km easy and the last 3km tempo. Really nice in Bushy and Home Parks that early, but quite a few runners out.
Paul Watt Running 5km Swanage Sun 00:30:00 Slow recovery run the day after the brutal parkrun, with a tight hamstring!
Petra Otto Training Week 3 of 'Shred' course. Mon: 1 hour weights. Wed:  1:1 with personal trainer (followed by me unexpectedly joining in a ‘Totally Shredded’ class after which I really felt ‘totally shredded’!) And then, finally, I did my normal High Intensity Interval class.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon +1.5miles Bath Two Tunnels Marathon Sun 04:47:33 This was my 190th marathon! A 2 lap course so we went through the old railway tunnels twice. One was about half a mile long and the other over a mile. Did about an extra 1.5 miles today after missing a turn. A bit hillier than I had imagined.
Roderick Hoffman Running 10km Thames bridges Wed 01:21:40 Thames path with all the bridges from "Tower" to "Vauxhall" (and then walked another 10km in the rain up to and including "Wandsworth").
Shelly Garratt Running Long Beach, CA Fri am Early morning beach run ‍♀️

Week achievements

Incase you were wondering - Petra's photograph is of her being thanked by the committee of the rabbit club she is a member of for attending their event instead of the March parkrun.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 20th August 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 607 65 0:29:58 56.51%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 607 101 0:38:55 52.89%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 620 179 0:28:42 59.52% Fastest Black Park parkrun for nearly five years.
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 544 255 0:39:47 51.74%
Mike DENNISON Bushy Park 890 64 0:19:45 84.14%
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 890 286 0:23:59 66.85% 24minute pacer at Bushy
Diana Smith Bushy Park 890 1120 0:50:14 46.62% 14 second PB
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Chipping Norton School 62 78 0:28:58 57.88%
Trish MCCABE Church Mead 20 60 0:30:47 51.60% Five seconds faster than last month's Queen Elizabeth. Fastest BA lady.
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 158 28 0:23:27 67.80%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 469 84 0:27:27 51.67%
Paul WATT Durlston Country Park 23 33 0:26:53 58.15% 199th parkrun. Has only been slower at 7. But fastest BA male.
Julie BARCLAY Durlston Country Park 23 70 0:31:12 60.47% 251st parkrun - has only been slower at 7. But fastest BA lady and best grade.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 440 Timekeeper at Guildford
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 310 195 0:51:49 45.19% Tail Walker at Harrow
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 310 Timekeeper at Harrow
John SCAIFE Hazelwood 151 54 0:27:34 62.58%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 151 104 0:35:58 58.43%
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 116 49 0:26:23 79.22% Equals PB from last September (better grade)
David Cowell Highbury Fields 493 20 0:18:44 75.09% Best BA male and highest grade (from Richard Ruffell)
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 171 28 0:24:45 60.54%
Harjit Jhooti Inch Beach 143 45 0:35:21 49.88% New BA parkrun #670
Steve NEWELL Letchworth 168 104 0:47:25 42.36%
David DUGGAN March 265 93 0:34:54 46.75% Running at March…on a Saturday when Petra is not involved.
Anne Anderson Osterley 386 195 0:48:04 61.93%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 386 196 0:48:05 54.38%
Ben Kelly Reading 563 61 0:23:39 54.55% Groundhog Day for Ben. Try again next week. (see below)
Jain REID Richmond Park 715 252 0:33:30 54.03%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 214 34 0:20:38 75.77%
James Mathews Rickmansworth 214 66 0:22:32 57.25% [non-member] 36 second PB.
Mark TAYLOR Rickmansworth 214 68 0:22:37 72.14%
Graham TAYLOR Rickmansworth 214 190 0:28:25 57.42%
Christopher T KELLY Sale Water 177 23 0:23:35 66.29% Best male time and grade (from Ray Hampton)
Melanie Miller Seaford Beach 101 204 0:37:19 47.25% BA Ladies record.
Roderick HOFFMAN Tidworth 8 86 0:30:44 53.09% New BA parkrun #669
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 431 121 0:30:54 54.80%

parkrun Review Saturday 20th August 2022

Trish McCabe (30:47) took time out from her "Londone" quest and became our latest member to try the steep inclines at Church Mead in Amersham. Her recent runs at Oakhill, Sunny Hill and Queen Elizabeth (Hampshire) will have helped her preparation. Half of the 100 or so runners there this week were first timers. Few are brave enough to return and try for a pb!

The standout performances this week came from David Cowell with a quick 18:44 at Highbury Fields (5+ laps for those who haven't tried it yet), Mike Dennison (19:45, 84.14%) at Bushy and Alice Banks (26:23, 79.22%) at Higginson, Marlow.

The club different events tally moved up to 670 with Roderick Hoffman (30:44) at Tidworth in Wiltshire and Harjit Jhooti at Inch Beach in Co Kerry.

John Taylor (20:38) was the fastest of a Taylor clan outing at Rickmansworth. John is eleven years into his parkrun career and a third of all his runs have been in the last twelve months.

Steve Newell

parkrun Returns

Fulham Palace parkrun will resume on 3rd September after a gap of seven months. Hammersmith and Fulham council have been resurfacing all of the footpaths. To start with it will be for one week only as Bishops Park will be hosting a charity event in 10th September. That event is the Ultra Challenge Thames Path event from Bishops Park, Fulham to Hampton Court Palace.  The towpath could be busy that Saturday as the annual Great River (rowing) Race from Greenwich to Petersham Meadows which attracts 400 boats and thousands of spectators is on the same day.

Tramore Valley numbersFrom the 17th September we should see a resumption of regular Saturday parkruns. Work on the Craven Cottage stadium expansion is nearing completion but the presence of constructors and their equipment will be evident for a few months yet. Fulham Palace parkrun is a flat three lapper and was regularly attracting 400 runners before the interruption.

The international tourists amongst us will be delighted to hear that parkrun Malaysia is back, after a gap of 128 weeks. Both Taman Pudu Ulu and Presint 18 restarted on Saturday and a third parkrun is due to start in a few weeks' time. Only three parkruns have had longer breaks in operation - Avery Beach in Canada returned after 129 weeks, Nahoon Point had a break of 185 weeks and last month Tramore Valley in Cork restarted after a gap of 338 weeks (pictured - showing steady numbers since the restart). Some parkruns, paused for the pandemic, have not yet restarted but are still not officially closed.

Also whilst one can't see Russian parkruns returning, not for a long while anyway, but the current closure of French parkruns is still seen as temporary.

parkrun Non-Tourist Achievement - The Groundhog Day

Ben Kelly had a Groundhog Day parkrun at Reading on Saturday. The Groundhog Day is when you run at the same parkrun venue consecutively and achieve exactly the same time. That's twice this year that Ben has had a Groundhog, having earlier achieved the same on 22nd January, also at Reading. The following table shows 66 Groundhog Day achievements by current members (although including periods of time when they may not have been members). I don't have everyone's data back-loaded so apologies to anyone who I've missed - please write in and tell me of your achievement. In the table below John Coffey has achieved Groundhog Days at three different venues. Trish McCabe has achieved the most - seven in total. 28 club members have had Groundhog Days. This is one parkrun achievement that I don't have and never expect to get - since I make a point of never running at the same parkrun venue consecutively.

Alan ANDERSON Bushy Park 01-Mar-2008 18-Apr-2009 14-Aug-2010
Alan ANDERSON Gunnersbury 04-Feb-2012
Alan FRIAR Reading 31-Jul-2010 17-Jun-2017
Alan FRIAR Woodley 05-Mar-2016
Anne BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 02-Nov-2013
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 19-Apr-2014 27-Sep-2014 09-May-2015 26-Mar-2016
Ben Kelly Reading 22-Jan-2022 20-Aug-2022
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 03-Dec-2016
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 18-Sep-2010 21-Jan-2012 03-Nov-2012 09-Feb-2013 #
Christopher T KELLY Reading 03-Aug-2013
Colin HAYLOCK Bushy Park 13-Jul-2013 * 07-Jan-2017
Dave DIXON Hackney Marshes 18-Nov-2017
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 16-May-2015
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 08-Nov-2014
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 08-Jul-2006 06-Sep-2008 05-Aug-2017 02-Feb-2019 # 02-Mar-2019 06-Apr-2019
Jain REID Richmond Park 05-May-2018
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 07-May-2022
Joe NOLAN Black Park 02-Jul-2011 18-Jun-2022
John COFFEY Bushy Park 08-Jul-2006 10-Sep-2011 13-Dec-2014 30-Sep-2017
John COFFEY Homewood 19-Nov-2016
John COFFEY Hazelwood 24-Aug-2019
Julie BARCLAY Rushmoor 23-Jul-2016
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 23-Mar-2013 16-Jul-2016 13-Jan-2018
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 12-Oct-2013
Maria JOVANI Old Deer Park 15-Mar-2014
Melanie Miller Fulham Palace 15-Oct-2016
Micheal BALL Woking 29-Aug-2015
Neil FREDIANI Bedfont Lakes 23-Oct-2010
Oliver MATHAI Bushy Park 30-Apr-2011
Petra OTTO March 09-Sep-2017
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 07-Apr-2018 30-Mar-2019 *
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 06-Oct-2018
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 31-Jan-2015 03-Feb-2018 06-Oct-2018 15-Jan-2022
Trish MCCABE Bedfont Lakes 23-Nov-2013 30-Nov-2013 21-Jun-2014 ** 23-Aug-2014 13-Feb-2016 05-Mar-2016 ** 23-Jul-2016

# Groundhog Day is observed on the 2nd February so Ian Haylock has had a Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day itself, and Bob Bannister had one where the first run had been on Groundhog Day.

* Both Colin Haylock and Piers Keenleyside have achieved Groundhog Days despite having improved age grade performances. This occurs when someone has a birthday between the two run dates. They still count as Groundhog Days.

** Trish has twice had a double Groundhog - the same time on three consecutive occasions. On the first of these in 2013 she had achieved a PB of 28:23 on the first run and then equalled it on the next two runs! Her next Groundhog, on 23rd August, were two runs of that exact same time (though she had improved her PB in the meantime). Then in 2016 she had more Groundhog Days including another double. I think that this adequately explains why Trish has now become a parkrun tourist.

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> Roderick Hoffman

Paul and Julie at DulstonDurlston Country Park parkrun report

On Friday Julie Barclay and I drove down to Swanage for a relaxing weekend by the sea. I said relaxing but that was before I had investigated the parkrun course at the Durlston Country Park more thoroughly….the locals even call it their ‘brutiful’ course.

The course consists of two loops each run twice and a there-and-back. Each loop has a large uphill portion therefore four steep hills and the there-and-back tries to trick us as it is mainly downhill but then you suddenly realise that it becomes all uphill on the return! We have all run, jogged and walked hills but these are steep: so steep that it is almost impossible to take advantage of the downhill. I am not sure which is best, running the two loops and not knowing what is to come or running them for the second time when you know what is to come….either way grit your teeth and continue breathing. This was my slowest of the year…even a very muddy Mole Valley in January was faster but after every parkrun, the sense of achievement and satisfaction takes hold.

On the plus side, this is one of the most beautiful courses around and on a sunny day, there is possibly nowhere better. The views are stunning and the air is fresh.

From a runners perspective it has all that you will need….toilets, a carpark and a lovely cafe that offers parkrun deals. I was going to recommend abseiling equipment and a parachute but as the course is gravel and tarmac, road shoes would suffice. A tough start to the weekend but well worth it….and a #23 as a bonus.

Paul Watt

Toughest and Easiest parkruns

Paul seems to have been taken by surprise by the toughness of Durlston - he shouldn't have been since in the digest of 21st March, the week it launched, I warned that it would be brutal and then in the digest of 4th July I warned that it had 200m of ascent vs only the 129m at Church Mead. Also both Harjit and Melanie ran it (or climbed it) on 9th April and have spoken about it since.

There is a compiled list of UK parkruns by relative speed ( Content Item ( ). This uses run times of parkrunners who run different parkruns to suggest which are easier to run fast or more difficult. There are many potential issues with this, but it should be roughly accurate - it reports Victoria Dock as the quickest parkrun and Great Yarmouth North Beach as the slowest. It only includes parkruns that started before this year so it doesn't currently include Durlston or Church Mead. Of parkrurns several members have done Henley-on-Thames is a 5.5 (high equates to slow) and is 686th of the 708 UK parkruns. Queen Elizabeth is a 5.0, Wendover Woods 4.5, Lloyd 4.4 (higher or lower depending on the moisture level in the mud), Sunny Hill 3.8. At the fast end Victoria Dock scored 0.8, Sutcliff 1.0, Dulwich 1.2, Northala Fields, Bushy Park and Woodley 1.7. Popular local Bedfont Lakes is a very average 2.6, 356th of the 708.

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor

Hello British Airways AC,

I hope you are doing well.

We are contacting you as a fellow running club, and we hope you don’t mind.

We are pleased to announce the return of the Marlow Half Marathon and 7 on the 6th November 2022 and it would be great if you could help us bring our races to the attention of your runners.

For over 30 years we have organised a great community event, well received by independent and club runners alike, and dedicating over £200,000 to deserving local charities and this year will be no different with our nominated charities being Marlow Ukraine Collective and the Samaritans.

To enter the race visit

If you can distribute amongst your members that would be perfect and as a thank you we are offering a 10% reduction on any group bookings of 3 or more. {anyone thinking of entering - let the editor know to see if we qualify for the discount}

Best regards and thank you.


Communications, Marlow Half Marathon & 7

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