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BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd October 2018


  • Wednesday 24th October - Non-Office Workers run Osterley Park from 12:15 (see below).
  • Wednesday 31st October - Winter 5mile Handicap - Bedfont Club from 18:00 (Club Inhouse Event #)
  • Thursday 1st November - November Dream Mile - Bath Road at 12:45 (November Run-of-the-Month #)

New members and potential 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. Last updated: First week of October.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 2nd week of October) / # Club Points event.

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This Wednesday...

...October 24th, there is a LUNCHTIME Non-Office Workers run at Osterley...

The plan is to meet in front of Osterley House at 12.15 p.m. and then run one lap of the "new" parkrun course (being introduced on 3rd November) so about 2.5km.  Map available on Osterley parkrun Facebook { }.  Thereafter explore some of the paths on the other side of the house.  The good café and toilets are well placed.

The car park is free to National Trust members and blue badge holders, otherwise £7 for the day (cash only).  Note that the parkrun waiver does not apply on a Wednesday!.  Plenty of cycle hoops. 

There is free parking in Jersey Road to the East of Thornbury Road from 12 noon onwards and also Osterley Lane, from Tentelow Lane on Norwood Green.  If parking outside the park be prepared to walk/jog half a mile from there. 

Please let Steve Newell know in advance if you are planning to join in. email {} or txt to 07880 905535

We don't expect people to go to the Bedfont Club in the evening - though the bar is open. If you do want to use the changing rooms before or after your own run then contact me to arrange access.

Roderick Hoffman

# Club Points Update

So far this year there have been forty club points scoring events and the club diary notes another seven before the end of the calendar year, including the first Five Mile Handicap event and the next Dream Mile. At each event club members and friends score one point for running, two points for marshalling (only) and four points if they are the main organiser for the event.

For the end of the year it looks like Steve Newell and myself will be battling it out to be top of the table and therefore win the end-of-year "Round-the-Block" Trophy. But Neil, Steve and Joe have kept us honest this year. 18 club members have scored ten or more points and there are another nine who should make it up to ten points by the end of the year. 244 people are listed as having helped the club at least once this year and 87 of those have run or helped at two or more events.

Row Labels Sum of Points Count of Event
Steve Newell 38 19
Roderick Hoffman 38 19
Neil Frediani 26 19
Steve Hillier 25 18
Joe Nolan 24 11
Chris Kelly 20 13
Graham Taylor 19 13
Paul Brandon 18 9
Trish McCabe 18 15
Harry Wild 16 8
Steve Taylor 14 9
Simon Turton 14 6
Alan Anderson 13 11
John Scaife 13 10
Benita Scaife 12 9
Paul Watt 10 8
John Coffey 10 7
Clara Halket 10 4
Four people 9 8 or 9
Five people 8 4 or 5
60 people 2 to 7 2+ events
157 1 or 2 1 event

Roderick Hoffman

Marshalling 2019 # {for next year's Round-the-Block points competition}

In 2018 our club and friends made a huge effort to marshal a series of races.  We've had many "thank yous" from runners and organisers, but one more won't hurt...Thanks a million!

Emma Moreton was one of our team at the Vitality 10K, and she has provided these useful tips to runners from marshals.  I'm sure you'll recognise her thoughts:

Our main marshalling event is obviously the London Marathon on April 28th, but here's a heads-up that the year starts with the "Big Half on March 10th.  The event was first run in 2018, and we had a few challenges (not least a blizzard two days before) but our team in Greenwich came through.

After Christmas we'll be asking for volunteers for both events.  This is a reminder to put the two dates in your new diaries.

Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 20th October 2018

20th Octparkrunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Adam Moquet 17:13 Fulham Palace M-8, run #8, 6th at Fulham Palace 76%
Adrian Haines 18:27 Horsham M-6, run #47, 9th at Horsham 81%
Maria Jovani 20:35 Upton Court F-1, course pb, club rec (F) 75%
Chris Kelly 20:35 Reading run #402, 314th at Reading 73%
Julie Barclay 22:47 Frimley Lodge F-3, 27th run at Frimley Lodge 78%
Scott Davison 22:55 Crane Park run #272, 29th at Crane Park 63%
Ian Cunningham 23:26 Bushy Park run #349 66%
Paul Watt 24:14 Frimley Lodge run #87, 17th at Frimley 62%
Chris Evans 24:24 Homewood 1st run at Homewood, park #5 62%
Oliver Mathai 24:43 Gunnersbury best run  at Gunnersbury this year 68%
Ian Cockram 24:47 Bedfont Lakes run #450 60%
Alice Banks 26:06 Renton (Seattle) 1st run at Renton, club rec(F), park #32 75%
David Duggan 26:15 Bedfont Lakes run #274 60%
Piers Keenleyside 26:18 Gunnersbury run #208, 142nd at Gunnersbury 62%
Eddie Giles 27:41 Salisbury run #104, 27th at Salisbury 63%
Trish McCabe 28:11 Bedfont Lakes run #256 55%
John Coffey 28:23 Frimley Lodge 1st ever run at Frimley Lodge 68%
Benita Scaife 30:40 Gladstone Park 4th run at Gladstone, course pb 65%
John Scaife 30:40 Gladstone Park 5th run at Gladstone 54%
Sarah Gordon 33:07 Braunstone 62nd run at Braunstone 59%
Caroline Cockram 33:12 Homewood 6th run at Homewood 50%
Steve Newell 34:14 Fulham Palace best parkrun time & % so far this year 54%
Alan Anderson 34:40 Gunnersbury run #530, 293rd at Gunnersbury 66%
Petra Otto 35:15 Manor Fld, Whittlesey 2nd run at Whittlesey 59%
Roderick Hoffman 35:31 Wendover Woods park #247, BApark #447 44%
Tony Barnwell 41:34 Wycombe Rye run #179, 84th at Wycombe 46%
Joan Foxley 55:28 Harrow tailwalker, 100th "run" at Harrow 39%
Bob Bannister volunteer Bedfont Lakes marshal
Anne Bannister volunteer Bedfont Lakes marshal
Ben Chaytow volunteer Crane Park run director
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper
Steve Taylor volunteer Northala Fields

A week after his debut for our cross-country team, BA fun run winner Adam Moquet (17:13, 75.5%) put in one of his occasional appearances at the very flat Fulham Palace parkrun in cool calm conditions to be our fastest of the day by some way.  Fulham Palace was celebrating its fifth anniversary and will be our next club featured parkrun on 1st December.  The course there has varied a bit over the years and earlier versions were definitely short but it is now the full 5k.  Travel advice will be posted nearer the time.

Adrian Haines (18:27, 80.5%) ran at Horsham for the first time this year.

Maria Jovani (20:35) was at Upton Court to achieve a pb over the course and set a new female club record.  Julie Barclay (22:47) is planning a winter of longer runs after her track season and hopes to improve her times at Frimley Lodge under the watchful eye of Tom Rowley. John Coffey (28:23) enjoyed his first run at Frimley and plans to try it again.  It remains to be seen how heavy the going gets at his current favourite, Hazelwood, over the winter.

Wendover Woods parkrunRoderick Hoffman (35:41) continues to try out new courses at home as well as abroad and found the new course at Wendover Woods near Aylesbury challenging to say the least.  Roderick is planning to complete his 250th different parkrun at Severn Bridge (M48) on 10th November.  The course starts and finishes in Wales (dual language signs) with the turnaround point high over the river on the English side.  High winds or fog may feature.  Tolls for cars (£5.60) crossing the bridge are only charged for travel into Wales and will be scrapped on 17th December.  Pedestrians and cyclists may cross the rivers Wye and Severn for free. {Roderick adds - whilst I'd be delighted if anyone was to join me on the 10th November, for those who do cross-country please make the league matches that day your priority}.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Roderick - yes, the course at Wendover Woods is indeed challenging (though that is not the full reason for my slow time). My Garmin reported a total climb of 105m over the 5k which is a little more than at nearby Tring.  The course is very different from Tring in that the meeting point and start/finish is towards the top of the ridge so the first half of the course is generally downhill - but of course everything that goes down must also come back up. There are NO flat sections! If you are not descending then you are climbing!  See picture - the course will be down there on the right in just a moment.  It is a single lap course and the surface is mainly packed gravel paths though some is more broken-up than one would like. Very pleasant woodland with the occasional hint of good views. It is possible to run the course fast - the fastest round the course over the first six weeks have recorded times of 18:11 (men) and 20:05 (ladies). The second best age grade is 80.69% by former BAAC member Sharon Kassemzadeh - though I note that she was two minutes slower than she runs at flat Rickmansworth.

And from Tom...

On Sat. 20th Julie Barclay/ Paul  Watt and John Coffey ran at Frimley Lodge.  Julie increasing her mileage thro the winter but still trying to duck under 22.00 at this course and although running well missed by running 22.47 to finish 1st 0/55 (3rd lady) then ran home 4 mile before her 1.00pm late shift.

Paul running his first competitive run in three weeks with no training, while waiting for the hospital report on his leg; he finished 96th in 24.14.

John has promised himself he wanted to try the course for quite a while so I went along with him.  His verdict was he liked the course and had a good run to finish 1st 0/75 (238th o/a) and will return for a PB.  Total parkruns 491.

Tom Rowley

Janet at Hammer Decathlon4th WTC Hammer Decathlon Championships

On Friday 13th October I travelled up to Derby to compete in this little known event.  I had never heard of it until recently.  The competition consists of throwing 10 different weight hammers as far as possible, having 3 throws with each.  Points are then allocated depending on distance and age grade.

For the women, the weights thrown were 2kg, 2.5kg, 3kg, 3.5kg and 4kg on long wires, then 5kg, 7.5kg, 9.08kg, 10kg and 12.5kg on short wires.  As you can imagine, when we reached the 12.5kg, there wasn’t a lot of energy left to throw it very far.

My final score was 4026 points which was a new World Record in my age group.   I really enjoyed the event and will be back again next year to defend my title!


Janet Smith

Great South Run (10 miles) results


Name BIB Club Pos Finish Time
Bob Bannister 3210 Runnymede Runners 2485 01:20:57
Kylie Hepker 14282 British Airways AC 6027 01:33:13
Trish McCabe 8327 British Airways AC 6449 01:34:33
Anne Bannister 3212 Runnymede Runners 8941 01:42:22
Tracey Mills 11235 British Airways AC 13095 01:59:16

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  • Dear Ed, my XC 9th Oct 37:14. My XC today (16th Oct. 36:30). Andy Rayner

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