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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd May 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

Concorde MedalVolunteer Call for Concorde One-Hour Race - Sunday 5th June

Well, what else could you be doing that morning? You will have spent the whole of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday watching celebrations about the Queen on the TV and you'll have the prospect of a Jubilee Garden Party from late lunch onwards. So take a break and come to the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit between 08:30 and 12:30 for the Club's first Concorde One Hour Race.

Let me know to expect you as a helper, or enter the event to see how far you can run in the hour.

Entries and fuller details:

Helpers: > Roderick Hoffman

The main volunteer duties will be to marshal the children's race and to record lap times of runners in the one-hour event. There aren't many entrants so there won't be much to do...but we do need a minimum number of volunteers for the event to succeed.

Green Belt Relay Report 2022

The BA First Class Loungers made an in-person re-appearance at the 24th GBR last weekend, 14-15 May, and once again enjoyed good weather, fine dining, and the mild peril associated with delivering 11 runners to 11 starts, picking them up again from the finishes, and providing 3 marshalling points along the way. After keeping ourselves in reasonable shape with virtual events for the last two years, it was good to get back on the roads, SatNavs at the ready, for a Tour of the Shires.

 There were several outstanding performances - including two Stage Wins for Frankie Hogge - the first time one of our runners has picked up two in the same year!  Closely followed by two runners - Vicky McFarlin and Maria Jovani - finishing second in their gender. In addition, both Maria and Frankie set new GBR-wide Age Category Records!  Frankie #3 Senior - 1:18:38 (1:20 quicker) and Maria #15 VW45 01:11:17 (7:39 quicker!)  So they join our existing Stage Winners, Mark Taylor and Dave Dixon, and our current VM50 record holders Dave Dixon and Duncan Wright.  There was also another Corporate Club competing this year, Boston Consulting Group, with two youthful teams one of whom finished ahead, and one behind us. Sadly for them the Corporate Trophy is retired now, and spends most of its time relaxing in green pastures, like an increasing number of the team in possession of it.

Stage Start Miles Difficulty BAAC Runner RunCat Time Position GenPos Pace
1 Hampton Court Palace 12.7 6 Hogge, Murray V50 Men 01:34:11 13 12 07:25
2 Staines 9.42 3 Hogge, Josie Senior Women 01:18:59 34 11 08:23
3 Boveney Church 11.2 5 Hogge, Frankie Senior Women [record] 01:18:38 9 1 07:01
4 Little Marlow 11.8 10 Dennison, Mike V50 Men 01:55:10 31 26 10:01
5 Great Kingshill 13.5 10 Dixon, Dave V50 Men 01:39:30 17 14 07:22
6 Chipperfield 8.5 3 McFarlin, Vicky V45 Women 01:06:17 8 2 07:48
7 St.Albans 11.6 7 Cunningham, Ian V50 Men 01:31:36 22 19 07:54
8 Letty Green 10.7 4 Wright, Duncan V50 Men 01:12:59 9 9 06:49
9 Dobbs Weir 10.2 7 Jovani, Maria V45 Women 01:23:52 23 6 08:13
10 High Beach 9 6 Hoffman, Roderick V50 Men 01:38:00 39 26 10:53
11 Toot Hill [to end of day one] 7.5 3 Eastwood, Kerry V35 Women 01:16:04 35 13 10:09
12 [Day two] Blackmore 10.75 6 Dixon, Dave V50 Men 01:14:00 7 7 06:53
13 Thorndon Park 6.6 2 Hoffman, Roderick V50 Men 01:09:16 39 22 10:30
14 Cranham 9 4 Eastwood, Kerry V35 Women 01:29:00 42 12 10:28
15 Stone Lodge Indoor Bowls 9.4 6 Jovani, Maria V45 Women [record] 01:11:17 12 2 07:35
16 Lullingstone Park 13.1 10 Wright, Duncan V50 Men 01:44:10 13 12 07:57
17 Tatsfield 10.5 7 Dennison, Mike V50 Men 01:16:22 16 14 07:16
18 Merstham 9.6 9 Cunningham, Ian V50 Men 01:41:05 37 29 10:32
19 Burford Bridge 8.4 7 McFarlin, Vicky V45 Women 01:11:17 21 5 08:29
20 West Hanger 6 1 Hogge, Josie Senior Women 00:47:05 26 9 07:51
21 Ripley 8.4 2 Hogge, Frankie Senior Women 00:57:15 8 1 06:49
22 Walton Bridge 7.1 1 Hogge, Murray V50 Men 00:48:23 12 10 07:32

 Nevertheless, all the team got stuck in and produced some gritty performances - managing a top half 20th out of 44 teams. From the experienced Vets slogging up and down the 1,000s of feet that grace some of the runs (if anyone new fancies Lullingstone next year, its available...). To our newest guest runner Kerry Eastwood - who kindly pointed out that we needed to stop marshalling so that we could get her to her first ever start on time (I maintain that we did get her to that start line - literally - on time, although I admit she did miss the briefing...).

 Ian Cunningham produced a strong finish to his first leg - pipping a (former) friend and one-time-team-mate on the line (no hard feelings!); Josie Hogge managed to get the right answer to the Question of Life, the Universe and Everything "How many bridges must a runner cross on Stage 2"; Dave Dixon was early for at least one of his Stages, and completed them both; Mike produced a blistering downhill finish on his second leg into Merstham to hopefully dilute the memories of the up-hills of his first; Murray was slightly miffed to find a Cricket Match in progress on his route to the new finish at the Bushy Park Sports Club; and Roderick picked up his much-lusted-after Stage Winner T-shirt from last year, when he was the first, last and only runner to arrive at the Hawker Centre finish line due to the virtuality of the 2021 event.

Green Belt Relay photo montage

Most of us enjoyed the well-deserved dinner and drinks in Essex (although Ian didn't get most of his first choices, due to staff shortages, food shortages, and assorted other excuses).  We enjoyed the company of ex-runners Barry Walters and Graham Taylor, who supported us in our vehicle relocation and marshalling duties, and were very pleased to be cheered along by Mark Taylor, Steve Newell, James & Jono McFarlin, and Sarah, Julie and Amanda.

 Massive thanks to Peter, Alex, and all the Stragglers for all their hard work putting on such a marvellous event. And to all the other teams for providing an excellent competition and getting us all round safely.

Captain Chris Kelly (23-May-22)

Roderick's photographs:!Ao4wOv9pbDU1iP0IADt6OOQ7HJCt7g?e=RPYOBA

Official Green Belt Relay video:

Stage 4 Marshalling Team

May Monthly Mile Results

May mile results

A magnificent seven participants this month and, it has to be said, a range of times with some participants having to run for twice as long as others! Had we all run on the track then Mike would have been the only one of us not to have been lapped by Adrian, and Stephen and I would have been the only two to finish in the same straight. Comparing with runs over the last year or so some of us had good runs, some bad, and some exactly the same (well, 1 second slower for Bob, and Mike's last four runs have ranged between 5:48 to 5:44).

All mile results from now will go towards the June report which will probably be published in the digest of the 20th June.

Roderick Hoffman

Track & Field 2022 Ė a good start to the season

The first week of our competitive T&F season involved matches in both the Veteranís and Rosenheim Leagues.

Last Monday the British Airways team travelled to the Vets match at Battersea, and produced a string of high-quality performances and several individual victories.

Jacqui Musselwhite produced the fastest 100m V50 time of the evening, while Michael Ball maintained his swift form having moved up into the M60 category.  Both also ran well in the 400m, joined by Fiona Bishop, who warmed up for her specialty longer events by also sprinting the 400m.

Fiona then moved up to the 2000m walk, winning in fine style, before finishing off the evening with the 1500m.  Fiona has added to her collection of club records.

We also competed strongly in the field events:  Janet Smith rotated to a win in the discus and won the shot competition with a new club record, while Steve Hillier covered discus, shot put and long jump.  The long jump competition brought the evening to a close in fading light, with Hillingdon ACís 83-year-old competitor the last to make the leap into the sand.

Competition then moved to Kingston, for the Wednesday Rosenheim event.  BAAC fielded just two athletes, but our performances meant that we finished mid table.  Steve again tackled discus, before switching to the javelin runway.  Ian Haylock made a welcome return to track competition with a strong run in the 3000m event.

Our next competitions take place on June 13th and 15th.  Come and join us at Uxbridge and Epsom.  Full details in the digest next week.

Vets League Track & Field, Battersea, 16th May 2022

Event Comp.Group BAAC Act.Group Time/Distance Position Note
100m W35A Jacqui Musselwhite W50 16.6 4th
100m M60 Michael Ball M60 16.4 5th
400m W50 Jacqui Musselwhite W50 81.7 3rd
400m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 103.8 5th CR
400m M60 Michael Ball M60 85.4 5th
1500m W60 Fiona Bishop W60 07:16.2 3rd CR
2000m walk W60 Fiona Bishop W60 12:53.1  1st CR
Discus W50 Janet Smith W55 26.46 1st
Discus M60 Steve Hillier M65 22.52 5th
Shot W50 Janet Smith W55 8.52 1st CR
Shot M60 Steve Hillier M65 7.42 5th
Long Jump M60 Steve Hillier M65 2.45 5th
Rosenheim League Track & Field, Kingston, 18th May 2022

Event BAAC Group Time/Distance Position
3000m Ian Haylock M50 11:51.0 3rd
Discus Steve Hillier M65 16.82 2nd
Javelin Steve Hillier M65 15.55 3rd

The competitions now take a break for a few weeks, but please let me know if you can take part in the next rounds:

  • Mon 13th June, Vets League, Hillingdon Track, Uxbridge
  • Wed 15th June, Rosenheim League, Epsom

> Steve Hillier

British Airways 5K Handicap event, Weds 25th May reminder

Remember that we are meeting at the Bedfont Club this week to run a 5k handicap event. See last week's digest for the single lap street circuit that we are using. The aim is for us to all finish on the dot of 7pm. Consider your most recent parkrun time and arrive in time to get ready to start that amount of time before 7pm.

Entries are welcome on the evening, but if you know you are going to come along, please could you let us have your expected 5k time in advance.


> Steve Hillier/Steve Newell

We will meet in the bar afterwards.

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 21 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements. In the detail (not always included) four of you mention medical procedures...we must be getting old. Contact Adrian for details of his practitioner.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines  Race 1mile Stirling University Monument Mile Fri PM 00:04:53 Struggling with Long Covid but saw a Kinesiologist from end of March. Got me back training. Massive improvement. Fastest mile for 4 years and put me on the UK M55 all time list at number 5Super pleased. First track race for a year.
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sun 00:53:30 Also Wed 18 May-2M cycle; Thurs 19 May-3M cycle. No times.
Barry Walters Running 11km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:14:15 This run started ok but I began to struggle with 3k to go. I ended up walking the last 2k being dehydrated. Luckily a friendly cyclist supplied me with some much needed fluid. Must take on more liquid next time.
Ben Cooper Running 5km Cardiff Airport Fri lunch 00:24:33 Best effort was this 5k. Also ran 6.7k Sunday but slower pace. Having a small operation this week so unlikely to be running for another couple of weeks .
Benita Scaife parkrun 5km Wimbledon Common Sat am See below
Clara Halket Exercises 63 Home Thur am 63 Ordinarily I would have been running my new age in kilometres on this day. Unfortunately this year the right leg is not playing ball, so this morning I was up early for 63 10kg squats, 63 lunges, 63 core, 63 pushups. That'll have to do for this year.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:24:35 parkrun #290: Bedfont Lakes, 3rd female.
Jacqui Haines Athletics Meeting Vets League, Battersea Mon pm It was good to be back running on the track on a sunny warm evening. Comfortable in the 100m but the 400m was a shock to the system. It can only get better! I enjoyed it anyway. 5 weeks until Masters World Champs in Finland so Iíve got some serious work to do.
Jain Reid Running 10.21km Thames path Sun am 01:09:00 Gradually increasing mileage. Managed 10.2k river run in the sun ☀️ over Putney and Hammersmith bridges.
Joe Nolan  Race 5km Langley Park 5k Summer Series Wed 00:34:25
John Scaife parkrun 5km Wimbledon Common Sat am See below
Julie Barclay Running 5Miles Chester-le-street Thur 00:48:00 A gentle early-morning run along the River Wear and around Durham C.C.C.
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Woking Sat am 00:27:23 Back at Woking.
Mike Dennison Running 10.2km Bushy Park Sun 00:48:25 Back in Bushy Park after the exertions of the Green Belt Relay last weekendÖand Saturday's parkrun (see below).
Neil Frediani  Race 2.01miles Up north Thur 00:20:06 First run after 4 weeks of packing, lifting, carrying and unpacking. A relay leg in a team of 3. 8:15 for the first, downhill, mile and 11:43 for the uphill mile (pictured).
Paul Watt Running 5Miles Chester-le-street Thur 00:48:00 A gentle early-morning run along the River Wear and around Durham C.C.C.
Petra Otto gym Weekly gym sessions, plus marshalling at March Parkrun. Hoping for a GP appointment on Tuesday, to understand current problems and potential solutions.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Richmond Park Marathon Sun 04:48:04 I was 41st of around 80 finishers.  About half the number of usual runners in this race today. My 186th marathon and 7th in Richmond Park. Hilly and too hot!
Roderick Hoffman  Race 5km Langley Park 5k Summer Series Wed 00:32:28
Simon Turton Walking 13.5km Paley Street and Cox Green Sat am 02:30:00 Taking in the cafe at Ockwells Park and White Waltham airfield (thatís a two seater Hurricane in the distance, the only one in the world). Nice route and nice weather.
Steve Hillier Walking 7km Babcock Hythe, Oxfordshire Thames walking with Linda. Also 15 miles cycling, Grand Union Canal, Hayes & Greenford.

Weekly Achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 21st May 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Ian CUNNINGHAM Wimbledon Common 739 250 0:28:19 56.15% Club Featured parkrun (see below)
Barry WALTERS Wimbledon Common 739 273 0:28:55 58.56%
Janet CUNNINGHAM Wimbledon Common 739 371 0:33:16 57.52% [non-member]
Benita SCAIFE Wimbledon Common 739 382 0:33:52 62.65%
John SCAIFE Wimbledon Common 739 383 0:33:52 50.94%
Joan FOXLEY Wimbledon Common 739 418 0:38:11 61.33% [non-member]
Trish MCCABE Banstead Woods 712 114 0:30:12 52.59%
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 594 10 0:20:29 63.47%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 594 36 0:24:35 62.58%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 594 47 0:26:16 56.15%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 607 267 0:30:58 55.17%
Michael Dennison Bushy Park 877 54 0:19:28 85.36% 452nd parkrun - best ever age-grade result at any parkrun. His 2nd fastest ever Bushy parkrun. The club's fastest Bushy parkrun since the restart.
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 877 212 0:22:10 67.07%
Maria JOVANI Bushy Park 877 440 0:24:44 64.82%
Christopher T KELLY California Country 95 52 0:25:18 61.26% PB - over 12 minutes faster than at any of his previous eight runs at CC.
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 456 14 0:22:45 62.34%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 431 Run Director at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 471 245 0:27:37 60.71%
Dave DIXON Hackney Marshes 549 10 0:18:59 82.35% 25th parkrun - his first being in 2010 and this the first since October 2019. Has only once been lower than 11th place (and that was his first, after he turned up at the start 15 minutes late).
Melanie Miller Hackney Marshes 549 245 0:40:57 43.06%
Harjit Jhooti Hackney Marshes 549 246 0:40:58 43.04%
David DUGGAN Hanworth 87 45 0:32:12 50.67%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 139 101 0:35:39 58.95% 400th parkrun
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 139 115 0:47:13 42.53%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 158 19 0:23:28 63.85%
Paul WATT Jubilee 58 3 0:20:49 75.10% Neil's records didn't last long.
Julie BARCLAY Jubilee 58 18 0:25:36 72.66% BA Ladies record.
Petra Otto March         Marshal at March parkrun
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 376 41 0:23:54 70.15%
Anne Bannister Osterley 376 125 0:29:24 70.01%
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 376 189 0:36:36 44.22% 4th parkrun of the year - faster each time.
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 376 223 0:59:12 44.17%
Anne Anderson Osterley 376 224 0:59:16 48.62% [non-member / assisted]
Murray Hogge Reading 552 50 0:23:20 69.36%
Jain REID Richmond Park 702 248 0:30:30 59.34%
Sarah GORDON Watermead Country Park 34 250 0:33:40 61.14%
Jacqui Musselwhite Woking 316 67 0:24:14 71.87%
Micheal BALL Woking 316 128 0:27:23 58.55%
Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 435 382 0:55:09 38.11%

Club Featured parkrun at WimbledonDavie Dixon reached his 25 milestone so eligible to buy a shirt! He is 6th out of 479 in his age group at Hackney Marshes, one of the fastest parkruns. But despite his sub-19 minute time he doesn't get the performance of the day award which has to go to Mike Dennison for his best ever age-grade achievement.

Tony Barnwell - 99th run at Wycombe, 2 mins faster than his previous one. We are hoping to see Tony at the handicap run on Wednesday.

Trish McCabe is up to 88 parks after visiting Banstead Woods, one of the longest established parkruns with over 700 editions. Julie Barclay is also on 88 after visiting (Victoria) Jubilee park this week.

Steve Newell (with PC problems hence the short report this week)

Club Featured parkrun Wimbledon Common - Saturday 21st May

Coffee and cake in the sun at the Windmill Cafe after Wimbledon Common parkrun. There were 7 of us in total - the 4 in the picture (including Kiki the dog), Benita who took the picture plus Barry Walters and Joan Foxley. There was also a runner in an old BA vest - Richard Bird, either he or his daughter or both used to be BA employees.

John Scaife

And another featured parkrun next week...

There will be an unofficial Club Featured parkrun on Saturday at University Parks in Oxford. Friends of the club Paula and Phil Howard are over from the States for a wedding and are warming up for the speeches with a local run. All are welcome. Course and location details: course | University Parks parkrun .

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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