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 22nd August 2016


  • Wednesday 24th August - Club BBQ & BAlympics event at Harmondsworth Moor from 18:00 (details below)*
  • Thursday 1st September - Dream Mile (anniversary event) - Bath Road 12:45*
  • Tuesday 6th September - Round the Park - Waterside/Harmondsworth Moor 12:30

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 (updated 22nd August).

*Club Event Map: [long Google-map hyperlink you would not copy]

Not for you, no longer interested?  remove me please.

Difficulty viewing this email?  Read it off the website instead - Latest.shtml. Running related gossip and chat: Facebook "BA Runner" (link:

BA Athletics Club BBQ Wednesday 24th August on Harmondsworth Moor - all welcome REMINDER Action for you

On Wednesday 24th August the club will be hosting a BBQ on Harmondsworth Moor.  All are welcome and there is no charge for members, families of members or for non-members (hopefully potential members) who have told us in advance that they may be attending.  There may be a modest charge for unannounced non-members on the day.

Event: There will be a training event beforehand under the guidance of our ace coach Joe Nolan. "BAlympics Night!  Just when you thought the Olympics were done & dusted, we will be having the real closing event for this year!  To compress this into just one hour it will comprise:

  • warm up & training brief,
  • handicapped 2k race on a slightly undulating trail course, incorporating hurdle and high jump sections!,
  • warm down,
  • field throwing event, based on accuracy rather than distance.

The gold medal awards ceremony will take place during the BBQ."

BBQ: Clara Halket will be providing a basic BBQ for meat eaters and vegetarians.  If your needs are specialist then let us know.  We'll also provide a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.

Location: We'll meet at a slightly different location than normal to enable us to explore a new area of Harmondsworth Moor.  See the map below or print the higher resolution version from this link. The location is also marked on the club map - see link above.

To get there by road enter Moor Lane FROM HARMONDSWORTH VILLAGE - from the roundabout that connects A3044 Hatch Lane to Holloway Lane turn down High Street, pass the Five Bells pub on the right (next to the church), and after another 400m there is a narrow bridge and there is parking in the road on the right hand side both before and after the bridge - on a single yellow line but permitted from 16:30. 

The BBQ location is in the park area on the right immediately after the bridge.  We are likely to be using the picnic tables 50 meters into the park. Follow the Athletics Club banners!

Location from Waterside: Leave Waterside by the backdoor and exit towards Harmondsworth Village.  The BBQ location is in the park area immediately in front of you as you reach Moor Lane.

Timing: Try to get to the BBQ location for 18:00 for the training event.  The BBQ will probably be timed for soon after 19:00

And if it is wet?  Rain is not expected but in any case we have deliberately chosen a location where we could easily move to the Five Bells Pub!  But the training event will take place whatever the weather.

What do you need to do? TELL US TO EXPECT YOU (please, NOW, even if you are only 51% likely to make it)

eMail me at and say how many of you and any special food requirements and if you have any questions.
Roderick Hoffman, Joe Nolan, Clara Halket

2016 BBQ Location Map

Ladies Surrey League Cross Country matches for 2016/17 season

Hi Ladies,

Here are the dates for next seasonís Surrey League Ladies Cross Country matches for your diaries. Finer details will be circulated for each match nearer the time.

  • 15th Oct - Nonusch Psrk, Cheam - 6 kms - hosted by Epsom & Ewell H
  • 3rd Dec - Mitcham Common - 6 kms - Clapham Chasers
  • 14th Jan - Ham Fields, Ham - 8 8kms - The Stragglers
  • 11th Feb - Farthing Down, Coulsdon - 8 kms - South London H

The timetables for each match are 12 noon - Combined Divs 1 & 2. 

Hope to see seasoned and new faces this year! If you have any queries do drop me a line at, or text/call on 07833433211.


BA Clubs - any questions? Action for you

Your committee are looking to open a conversation with BA Clubs, to find out what facilities we are going to have access to going forward.  If you have any questions you would like answered by BA Clubs, please let me have them, so that we can cover as much ground as possible.


Steve Hillier (Athletics Club secretary)

Results of the 5th Grand Prix on Monday 15th August 2016


  • Eddie Giles         MV65        33.18   (MV65 record to be ratified)
  • Steve Hillier        MV60         34.6
  • Tony Barnwell    MV70         46.0

Discus:- all 1kg

  • Steve Hillier        MV60         21.83m
  • Eddie Giles         MV65        21.76m   (MV65 record to be ratified)
  • Tony Barnwell    MV70        12.74m

A stunning evening on the track (blue skies & sunshine) saw just 3 club members in the 200m & Discus and a couple of records to round the events off with. A big thanks to Lesley Giles for her timekeeping in the 200m & scribing on the Discus result sheet.

Eddie Giles

Club parkrun results for Saturday 20th August

20th August family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Scott Davison 23:44 Bedfont Lakes run #175 60%
Trish McCabe 27:32 Bedfont Lakes run #147 55%
Ian White 27:44 Bedfont Lakes run #32 54%
John Lennon 28:10 Bedfont Lakes run #218 55%
David Duggan 30:47 Bedfont Lakes run #161 50%
Joe Nolan 29:03 Black Park run #270, 29' pacer ? 56%
Janet Smith 34:49 Black Park run #52 49%
Ian Cunningham 28:01 Bushy Park run #253 54%
Ben Chaytow 21:55 Crane Park run #142, 120th at Crane Park 62%
Steph Owen 30:53 Gadebridge New member: run #2, 1st run at Gadebridge 48%
Roderick Hoffman 27:49 Great Notley 1st run at Gt Notley, park #165 56%
Piers Keenleyside 24:00 Gunnersbury run #141 66%
Kathryn Keenleyside 36:50 Gunnersbury run #11 51%
Denis Foxley 26:07 Harrow run #45 65%
Joan Foxley 35:43 Harrow run #40 59%
Eddie Giles 25:27 Northala Fields best age grade at Northala 67%
Colin Russell 23:26 Oak Hill run #25, 24th at Oak Hill 58%
Ian Cockram 25:52 Old Deer Park 4th run at Old Deer Park 57%
Steve Newell 32:44 Old Deer Park 6th anniversary 55%
Caroline Cockram 38:41 Old Deer Park plus volunteer photographer 42%
Sarah Gordon 36:53 Poolsbrook 1st at Poolsbrook, park #67 51%
Paul Watt 21:17 Rushmoor run #23, 12th at Rushmoor 70%
Julie Barclay 21:56 Rushmoor run #79 79%
Christopher Kelly 24:02 Sth Manchester run #299, 3rd at Sth Manch'r 62%
Steve Dodsworth 23:29 Sunderland run #80 64%
Linda Dodsworth 27:18 Sunderland run #75 58%
Daniela Mayerova 30:49 Tilgate 1st time at Tilgate, club rec(F) 48%
Kevin Holland 30:49 Woking run #58, 30th at Woking 56%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper
Jonathan Cox volunteer Bushy Park

Our members were scattered far and wide again this week with the usual cluster at Bedfont Lakes.

Sarah Gordon (36:53) was at Poolsbrook in Derbyshire to add to her and our collection of parkruns, now up to 282.  Steph Owen (30:53), who joined us very recently, ran at Gadebridge.  Her previous parkrun experience was limited to a single run at Upton Court in 2015.  Daniela Mayerova (30:49) made one of her occasional appearances in UK at Tilgate where Adrian Haines still holds our club record with 17:52.

Ian Cockram (25:52), Caroline Cockram (38:41) (volunteer photographer) and Steve Newell (32:44) were at Old Deer Park in Richmond to celebrate the sixth anniversary.  Steve's time might look a bit slow but was wet and windy and better than his time at the inaugural in 2010!

Roderick Hoffman (27:49) kept the scoreboard ticking over with his first visit to Great Notley (Braintree) [Roderick comments - "In 165 parkruns visited this was the first where I had to touch an eagle on the way round!"].  Chris Kelly (24:02) was in South Manchester for a third time and should be back at Reading next week for his 300th run.

Eddie Giles (25:57, 67.13%) ran at Northala Fields for the sixth time.  That is the best age grade score he has achieved there.

Our fastest runners this week were Paul Watt (21:17) and Julie Barclay (21:56) at Rushmoor.

If the future volunteer roster at Guildford is to be believed Alastair Heslop will be leaving all the technical tasks to others next week and heading out round the course as tail-runner.  

Steve Newell (

Updated parkrun stats:

Steve Newell

parkrun "I am Team GB" Action for you

On Saturday 27 August 2016, hundreds of thousands of people across the UK will be looking for ways to get out and get active in their local community. Brought to you by The National Lottery and ITV, supported by the British Olympic Association and Join In, I Am Team GB will be the nationís biggest ever sports day. parkrun is part of this venture so as well as running or volunteering at your local parkrun do what you can to encourage others you know to join in and expect there to be an above average number of new runners at each parkrun.  At the parkrun I was at last Saturday we were encouraged to wear red, white and blue for the occasion. Remember that our club vests have red, white and blue on them!

Please tell me where you'll be running this Saturday - on Thursday I'll be posting a note on the BA network encouraging others to run at parkruns on Saturday and I'll name check any club colleagues known to be running at each.

Roderick Hoffman (

PS as well as Alastair running at Guildford, Chris doing his 300th at Reading and parkrun Sweden starting up another interesting run to attend could be Tring because it is their 100th run and they are going to be running their challenging course in reverse.  It'll confuse the cows as well as most of the runners!

Running Shorts

Leila's Run at Wheathampstead - 21st August

Marathon number #113 completed today - Leila's Run at Wheathampstead. A bit long at 26.96 miles and hilly with 1350 feet of climb over 4 laps - split about 50:50 between road and trail. Needless to say the hills got to me and each of the four laps was slower than the last - finished in 4:25:00

Piers Keenleyside 

The South Bucks 10k Road Race on Sunday 2nd October is one of many events over the year we hire our finish clock for.  Fred Ashford, race secretary and friend of this club, tells us that this year there is also a one lap 5k option. More info:

Next Digest?

Results, news, pictures, feedback, jokes, stories - send it to us at

Club website:



Full Index