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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd January 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

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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 Sunday evening) or use the Facebook group prompt:

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

Wednesday's Handicap Run

Join us at the Bedfont Club for the January 5 mile handicap run (2.5mile walk also possible). Our aim will be to start our runs so that we finish at 7pm. Changing rooms, showers and the bar will be available afterwards.

Cross-Country Matches Chobham Common Report

Mens Cross Country TeamThe Men

As Tanya did an excellent report for the ladies which really captured the conditions of the course, I can only add what was left on the men's WhatsApp group to give you the 'nitty gritty':

"Well done on Saturday! That was wet underfoot." - Steve Hillier

"And we've all got the mud to prove it - shoes, shorts, vests, and a bit behind my ear!? Great day." - Chris Kelly.

"…it wasn’t the easiest place to get a parking spot, the weather was sh*t but everyone that said they would, turned up and ran….well done." - Mark Taylor.

Maarten Stenham

The final fixtures of this year's Surrey League are scheduled to be at Morden Park on the 11th February 2023, Men at 12pm and ladies at 2pm. Let Amanda and Paul know that you'll be there.

Recent Activity Achievements

18 club members and friends' achievements are listed below. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Walking Local Park and Cox Green Fri 00:34:30 Just two fast walk reports. Both to local park (half mile) around park and then Cox Green per se. Fri 20 Jan and Sat 21 Jan in 34m 30s and 34m 44s. P.S. It ain't 'alf 'ot Mum!
Barry Walters Running 8km Bracknell Wed am 00:51:04 Ran a steady effort from home in the morning to Martins Heron railway bridge and back in cold conditions. In the evening did 40 minutes in the gym followed by a one hour body balance (tai chai, pilates and yoga) session at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife Running 3.8miles Corona Park, Flushing Meadows, New York Tue 00:41:20 A big park with two lakes but surrounded by huge infrastructure including LaGuardia Airport, the Billie Jean King Tennis Arena site of the US Open, the New York Mets baseball stadium, and…
John Scaife Running 3.8miles Corona Park, Flushing Meadows, New York Tue 00:41:20 ...the sad remains of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Coffee kiosk in the middle of the park staffed by a lady who spoke not a single word of English.
Clara Halket Running 8.07km Country Park Sun am 00:45:34 Post night shift freezing morning run and ice crunchy underfoot at the country park. It was lovely to go stretch the legs. Now to enjoy the first day of Chinese New Year
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bushy Park Sat am 00:21:56 5k PB / parkrun PB / Bushy PB of 21:56. So happy to get an official sub 22 and beat my overall parkrun PB set in 2019!
Jain Reid Running 25km Thames and Richmond Park 02:48:00 25k run trying to avoid slippy bits along towpath. Richmond Park stunning as ever
James Edwards Running 31.8km Vale coastal path from Llantwit Major through to Bridgend Sun am 03:49:00 Event I was due to run today was cancelled so had to get out and go for an explore. Found a 400yr old coastal lookout with tight 15m spiral staircase which was cool. Started in the dark 6:30 and temp was -6 throughout.
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Wendover Woods Sat am First parkrun at Wendover Woods. The uphills were hard but the views were good . Still trying to get fit after the Christmas bugs. Baby steps ‍♀️.
Julie Barclay Running 5km Rushmoor Sun 00:29:00 Slow freedom run [Ed: 'Slow' by Julie's standards] around Rushmoor whilst watching the Farnborough Half-Marathon runners.
Michael Ball Running Lee Valley Indoor Stadium This week's activity indoor training session plyometrics and circuit training also went to Lee Valley London athletics Competition
Paul Watt Running 9miles Farnborough Sun 01:20:00 From Queen’s Parade Junior parkrun through Farnborough and Frimley home.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 10Miles Fred Hughes 10 miler, St Albans Sun 01:21:44 See below
Roderick Hoffman Running 11.57 Grand Union Yeading to Perivale Sun pm 01:22:13 With great difficulty got myself out to do a longer run despite the cold and icy conditions.
Simon Turton Orienteering 10.06km Inter Club competition in the New Forest Sun am 01:16:55 Real orienteering today, first proper O in almost a year due to injury so good to get out although a tad cold on Sunday morning . Most marshy areas were crossable due to the frozen ground but got my feet wet in a few places.
Stephen Taylor Running 8miles Ealing Weekend 01:24:43 This weekend's long run, just a local run and no chance of avoiding the frosty pavements.
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 2000m Back on dry land 09:26.9 2000m Indoor Rowing 9:26.9
Steve Waite Orienteering Trosley Country Park Thur eve 01:00:00 Night Orienteering, Trosley Country Park, Thursday eve, 60 min score event, Kent Night Cup week 12, North Downs hillside, bit chilly!

Piers reports, "I did the Fred Hughes 10 miler in St. Albans today with a bunch of Ealing Eagles and finished in 1:21:44. Very frosty for most of the run and we had to watch out for icy patches all the way round. I was 21st of 57 in the V60 - 69 age group. The overall winner broke the course record in a time of 49:40 - under 5 minute miles all the way! I saw Jasvir Singh at the start, he finished in 1:55:11. And just spotted Keith Johnson in the results - 1:12:43."


Week Achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 21st January

33 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Joe NOLAN Black Park 643 323 0:31:17 54.61%
Emma Moreton Bushy Park 914 206 0:21:56 70.67% All parkrun PB by 30s and best grade by 2.5%. Bushy PB by 101seconds.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 914 353 0:24:02 66.71% run #491
Diana Smith Bushy Park 914 1392 1:07:21 34.77% Tail Walker at Bushy (one of seven, must have been a battle to be last over the line, but the published results show Diana as the 'last' winner)
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 489 30 0:23:46 60.10%
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 170 308 0:39:50 39.25% Reading flooded! 10th run at Dinton Pastures
David Cowell Eastville 191 13 0:19:28 72.86% New BA parkrun #701. On their 'B' course due to ice.
Roderick HOFFMAN Great Dunmow 168 45 0:31:32 51.74% Unexpected day off to do another 'Great' parkrun (my 5th Great). park #348, New BA parkrun #702.
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 506 226 0:27:21 61.30%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 331 217 0:59:50 39.81%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 331 Run Director at Harrow
Harjit Jhooti Langebaan 291 130 0:42:27 42.09% 2nd week at Langebaan. Daniela is the other club member to have run there, and she also ran two consecutive weeks.
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 300 297 0:38:06 54.86% 321st parkrun at L.Victoria's 300th (her 34th there).
Paul WATT Mote Park 31 6 0:21:44 71.93% Setting BA men's record. Park #120
Julie BARCLAY Mote Park 31 19 0:23:41 79.66% Breaking Melanie's BA Ladies' record and Grade record, park #124.
Mike DENNISON Osterley 407 14 0:20:12 82.26% run #488
Maria JOVANI Osterley 407 35 0:23:14 69.73%
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 407 84 0:25:42 65.89% run #445
Scott DAVISON Osterley 407 120 0:27:34 53.93%
Trish MCCABE Osterley 407 142 0:28:25 56.42% run #399
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 407 170 0:30:04 53.82% run #131, 37th at Osterley
Anne Bannister Osterley 407 211 0:33:22 62.64%
David DUGGAN Osterley 407 218 0:33:38 48.51% run #443, 6th at Osterley, P-Index is still 6
Steve NEWELL Osterley 407 282 0:47:14 42.52% run #449, 11th at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 407 284 0:48:28 53.95% 98th run at Osterley, Still finishing in the top ten of BA runners at Osterley.
Neil FREDIANI South Shields 426 135 0:30:46 54.50% First run at South Shields. The Doddsworths hold all the BA records.
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 117 19 0:23:00 69.13%
Janet SMITH Wendover Woods 156 192 0:40:10 46.31% first run at Wendover Woods
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 350 169 0:27:50 63.35%
Melanie Miller Woodgate Valley Country Park 73 185 0:39:55 44.76% Setting BA ladies' record.  Run #125, park #99
Benita SCAIFE Wycombe Rye 469 289 0:33:28 63.40%
John SCAIFE Wycombe Rye 469 290 0:33:29 51.52%
Fiona Bishop York 444 201 0:24:49 80.46% 1st run at York, run #221,  park #62, still needs an "E" and a "Q"

parkrun review for Saturday 21st January

This week the weather was calling all the shots but before we get into that I just wanted to report on significant progress which crept under the radar next last week.  Melanie Miller has been chasing down the Fibonacci sequence for a while and was the latest of several club members to try the fast and flat Edinburgh course along the promenade at Cramond, enjoy views of the Forth bridges and nail run number 610.  The other parkruns in her Fibonacci collection are: Great Salterns(1), Southall(2), Bartley Park(3), Dallas Burston Polo club(5), Bury Field(8), Broadwater(13), Church Mead(21), Kagerzoom(34), Chasewater(55), Hazelwood(89), 144 not yet done, Seaton(233), Alice Holt(377) and Edinburgh (610).  So just one more to do until Bushy run 987 becomes the must have experience sometime in 2024.  If anyone has actually got a full house please let the editor know.

The cold and wet weather caused more than 100 cancellations this week including several near LHR such as Bedfont Lakes, Southall, Stockley Country and Northala Fields so perhaps it wasn’t surprising that the biggest group of members headed for Osterley Park and the popular two lap flat course with a free parkrun carpark and good café.  Former BA staff member Geoff Miles was there sporting his blue “500” vest for the first time. Mike Dennison (20:12, 82:26%) scored the best age grade of the week. Local MP Ruth Cadbury (Lab) was on barcode scanning duty.

David Cowell (19:28) was our fastest runner this week.  He broke new ground at Eastville (Bristol).  Roderick Hoffman (31:32) also went to where no member has run before, not for the first time, and took the club total to 702 at Great Dunmow (Essex).  The others in his “Great” collection are Great Denham, Great Lines, Great Notley and Great Salterns.

Recent joiner Fiona Bishop (24:49, 80.46%) was also over 80%, a reward for travelling to York and securing the only “Y” currently on offer in UK.  Emma Morton (21:56) ran her fastest ever parkrun, at Bushy (course pb by 101 seconds!).  Paul Watt (21:44) and Julie Barclay (23:41) set new club records at Mote Park (Maidstone).

Steve Newell

I was pleased to discover that by checking the Stockley Country course on Friday morning and realising that we couldn't host a safe parkrun on the Saturday we had cancelled early enough to enable people to make other plans. Not only did I make it to Great Dunmow but I discovered at the breakfast table a group from Hadleigh parkrun who had also been planning on attending Stockley Country. We currently expect to operate this Saturday, since the forecast says that the ice will have gone.

Quiz question - which country had the most parkrunners last weekend? The answer depends on your definition of 'most'. Whilst there are more parkrunners in the UK than any other country, when you work out the parkrunners per million heads of population the UK has 1,550, Ireland has 2,020 and Australia has the most with 2,341 - 50% more than the UK. On the same scale the USA has just 7. I think I know them personally.

Roderick Hoffman

And Eddie reported "Salisbury parkrun is cancelled for the 3rd week in a row due to the Churchill Gardens being under water from the river next to it. Maybe there should be a wild river park swim starting up!!" Eddie Giles

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Dorothy and FredLetters to the Editor - some good news

Dorothy has happily reported that she is now Mrs. Dorothy Cook Harding, having married Frederick Harding.

"I have good happy memories to remind me of Martin who was well known to Fred, since Martin and I met Fred and Joyce in 1991 in Ashford. Martin will always be part of my life. My faith in Jesus Christ reassures me that Martin is no longer in my past but is part of my future. Jesus came to take Martin home, so I see Martin, and my friend Joyce who was the wife of Fred, having gone on ahead. Fred and I will follow and join them one day. After two years of such sorrow it is good to be happy again.   Fred is a real Londoner.

All the very best to you, and greetings to all those who knew and remember Martin and me."


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