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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd August 2021

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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.

Track-on-Field (by 5pm on Saturday 4th September, to be reported on in the following digest):

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by midnight on 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

NOW This Wednesday - Stockley Park

Stockley Park - trying out a new 5k route, being planned for a series of 5k runs. I also have a 3km walk route in mind.

Meet at, or soon after, 12:00 in the carpark in front of the Travelodge Hotel to run round from about 12:20. Postcode UB11 1FL.

Parking is free for up to three hours for users of the hotel or cafes so ensure you have a drink after the run.  There is a choice of Costa, Greggs and Subway outlets or we may choose to go to the hotel bar. Both Costa and the Hotel have toilets.

Let me know to wait for you at the meeting place - a short distance from the start for the run.

Roderick Hoffman

40th Anniversary Event

A quick reminder that we will be celebrating the club's 40 year history at the Bedfont Club on 22nd September. Thanks to the generosity of a club member we will be funding both food the drinks that evening. All current and former club members are welcome as are friends of the club. Please let us know to expect you. Unlike for our previous 35 year celebration we are not sending out search teams to find historic members but please pass the message on to those you know through email or word of mouth.

The evening will have an Equinox 5k event at Bedfont Lakes from 18:00 and the celebration itself will be from 19:30 at the club.

Roderick Hoffman

Only One Tom Rowley

Whilst a sad occasion, it was good to meet up today with many club members, too many to list, at Tom's funeral. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to be there, and those who were there in spirit as well.

Roderick Hoffman obo the whole club

London Marathon Events 2021 and 2022

FINAL CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: London Marathon; 03 Oct 2021

I’ve had a good response for helpers but am a little down on numbers due in part to people catching on activities they weren’t able to do during lockdown and some taking the opportunity to run the marathon virtually. If you are able to help please contact me ASAP as the organisers want to finalise by WED. 25 AUG. Please email Thank you for your continued support.

 Simon Turton

2022 TCS London Marathon


I hope you are keeping well and life is returning to something approaching normal. We are deep into planning for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October.

As a vital member of our workforce for the event, we wanted to share the proposed date for next year's TCS London Marathon. Pending final sign-off from local authority stakeholders, the date for 2022 will be Sunday 2 October. We hope to return to our traditional April date in 2023.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,


Workforce Coordinator

London Marathon Events

The Big Half is back!

Big Half MarshalsAfter a gap of eighteen months for COVID, this East London half marathon returned with a bang on Sunday.  More than 10,000 runners took part.  The race forms part of the London Marathon portfolio, and includes a relay and a mile.

Sadly, a recovery from a bout of COVID slowed (but didn’t stop) Harjit Jhooti in the relay event.  She visited our crossing, proudly wearing her medal. Injury has curtailed Jain Reid’s training, so she kindly switched to join our marshalling team at the Cutty Sark crossing point.  Under the expert leadership of Eddie Ketterick, nearly thirty BAAC members, friends and new volunteers kept the races flowing and the pavements free from log jams. 

The weather was mostly kind to the athletes and marshals, with just the odd shower and reasonable temperatures.  It was certainly warmer than the first time we marshalled this race, during the thaw of the “Beast from the East”.

It’s a great event, and I’d encourage you to either enter, or join our marshalling team for the next running in 2022.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help.

Steve Hillier

...and Melanie for the photograph.

Award Winners (part 2)Club Awards for 2020 (continued)

The Awards for performances across 2020 were presented on the awards evening. All those presented on the night are listed here: baRUNNER News Trophies page. Here are some more details on four of the awards given out on the night:

Alamo Trophy 2019

The Alamo trophy is presented each year to the team member with the most notable achievement at WARR, not necessarily involving running. There wasn’t a 2020 WARR, but as 2019’s winners weren’t able to collect their trophy last time, their story bears repetition.

Our winners had caught a train from their Amsterdam hotel to the WARR celebration.  However, on leaving the station they were attracted to a venue they could see across the way, which had large crowds outside and a queue to get inside. By this time other WARR airline members, looking for the WARR event, had followed them to this venue too.  

It seems that most BA runners had chosen to head elsewhere.  It was only when they were apprehended by the bouncers, that our heroes realised that everything wasn’t quite as it seemed.  They failed to get into the rave, at 4 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon, so instead chose to find their way to the WARR event. 

The winners of the Alamo trophy are Clara Halket and Trish McCabe.

Men’s Cross Country Challenge Trophy

This trophy is presented to the man who had most success last year with our cross-country team.  The calculation of this award winner takes account of age, appearances and placings during the winter season 2019/20. 

Neil Frediani and Gary Rushmer worked hard to encourage good participation.  As a result, competition for this award was fierce, with 23 runners competing in at least one race.  As well as the four Surrey League events, the men competed in the extremely hilly Sandhurst event, and the somewhat flatter Cranford Park race. 

Everyone put in a big effort in tough conditions, with Simon Turton and Michael Ball turning out five of the events.  The team sometimes ran in a complete deluge.  Paul Knechtl consistently led us home in Surrey League matches.   

The winner of the trophy was first BA runner on the treacherous Sandhurst course, he was never out of the top four BA runners, and just pipped PK to the title.

Our top male cross country runner is ………………Mike Dennison.

Ladies Cross Country Challenge Trophy

We had fifteen lady runners during the 2019/20 season, and the six events saw three different lady winners.  This represented a bigger team than the previous winter, and our results in the league reflected this enthusiasm.

There were good cameos by Jacqui Musselwhite and Emma Moreton, each taking a win in the tough conditions.  However, three sisters led the way, and they have even introduced the next generation of lady runners to our club.

Our trophy winner led the ladies through the mud at Priory Park, Mitcham, Wimbledon and Cranford.

This year, the winner of the Ladies Cross country trophy is ….Julie Barclay.

BA Cross Country Championship 2020

Each year we present a trophy to the winners of our annual cross country in Cranford Park.  As we haven’t been together for such a long time, we haven’t been able to celebrate the 2020 winners until today.

On a mild February morning, a couple of weeks before the world was turned upside down by COVID, a determined field of ladies and men set off to lap Cranford Park.  Our lady winner completed her two laps, but didn’t hang around to bask in the glory.  She set off to chase the leading men around a third lap, finishing overall fourth on the day.  She just failed to pip Paul Watt and Simon Turton for second.

Meanwhile, our men’s leader cruised to victory. 

The trophy is shared by the first lady and man BA finishers, who were….
2020:  Julie Barclay & Gary Rushmer
Note that the 2021 trophy will be presented at the next awards evening, for 2021.


Thanks to Steve Hillier for the words and Paul Brandon for taking the photographs. My job, remembering to smile, should have been the easier one.

Roderick Hoffman

Rosenheim League Track & Field – Kingston, August 18th

Steve and Janet at RosenheimThe third Rosenheim League match of the season took place at Kingston last week.  The events have become “open” meetings this year, which takes away the inter-club competition, but encourages people to try different events and perhaps surprise themselves!  Our BA squad of five competed enthusiastically, establishing three new club records, while enjoying a good social evening.

Michael, Paul and Julie sprinted well on the firm Kingston track.  Michael’s son, Kenny, sprinting for Woking AC, achieved the best graded men's performance in any event during the evening, running 11.8 in the 100m and 23.8 in the 200m.  The 100m was rated as 83% compared to the world record.

Unusually, the organisers decided to include a mile rather than a 1500m race.  Undaunted by the additional 109metres, Julie and Paul established new age group club records for the mile.  Julie’s run was highlighted by the timekeepers as one of the best age graded performances in any event on the night, at 85%.

The field events were popular, with a large number of men and ladies tackling hammer and discus.  Janet competed in a particularly strong ladies hammer competition, finishing first Lady Vet. 

In gathering gloom, Janet and Steve managed to conceal their best Javelin efforts.

We have one meeting left this summer.  Please take this last opportunity to have a go at a track or field event in a no pressure environment:
Wednesday 1st September, Rosenheim match at Walton track. Let me know if you would like to take part.  Thanks!

Steve Hillier

Rosenheim League
Track & Field
Kingston 18th August 2021
Event BAAC Athlete Time / Distance Place
100m Michael Ball M55 16.3 2nd M55
200m Paul Watt M55 32.4 1st M55
Michael Ball M55 34.8 2nd M55
Julie Barclay W55 38.1 1st Vet
Mile Paul Watt M55 05:50.1 1st M55 CR
Julie Barclay W55 06:31.6 2nd W55 CR
Javelin 600g Steve Hillier M65 13.65 1st M60
500g Janet Smith W55 13.09 1st Vet
Hammer 3kg Janet Smith W55 36.38 1st Vet CR
5kg Steve Hillier M65 19.92 1st M50

Activity Achievements for the week 16th to 22nd August 2021

23 activities recorded - and in addition Joan Foxley reported her and Denis' parkruns as their best activity of the week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Walking 4miles XC Sat 01:00:00 Muddy - Plus Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri= 1 Mile walk/ 3 Mile cycle each day, no times.
Barry Walters Running 8km Swinley Forest Fri am 00:53:34 Felt tired after a hard week and managed to successfully avoid a herd of cows on my route.
Ben Cooper Walking 72.5km Westminster   Whole week I took my family to Westminster for our "summer holiday" this week, did a lot of walking for an 8y/o, my feet are killing now
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Dinton Pastures Country Park 00:45:33  two laps of Black Swan lake at Dinton Pastures country park. Approx. 4 miles 45:33. I walked one lap and finished about 5 minutes before her.
Clara Halket Running 48miles Local Sun/Mon 48hours Run jog walk 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. My 4th #4x4x48 #gogginschallenge completed, 2nd one this year. Now to foam roll and feet up
Emma Moreton Running 18miles Thames path 02:40:00  For VLM. These long runs require a lot of mental prep but I only have 2 more long ones to go!
Harjit Jhooti  Race 4.7miles Big Half Relay Sun am Post covid race! Isolation finished yesterday after a rough time with covid. Did legs 1 and 2 of the Big Relay. It felt like I had done 100 miles not 4.7 miles  
Janet Smith Throwing BMAF Championships, Derby Sat Happy girl . 8 weeks off training due to Tokyo and moving house must have done me good - golds in Hammer, Discus and Weight throw.  HT 40.51m, DT 27.73 , WT 12.20m.
John Scaife Walking 2miles Dinton Pastures Country Park 00:40:00
Julie Barclay Running 9miles Aylsham Thu 01:25:00 Bure Valley Run
Keith Johnson Duathlon 5k/22k/2.5k Dorney Lake Fri 01:20:00 5k run, 22k bike followed by 2.5k run. I came 29th out of 170 finishers.
Kelly Davis Running 18.1km Round Heathrow Airport Sat 02:25:00 Ran round the Airport on the Perimeter Road and it felt so great. Took it slower and barely walked. Just over 11 miles and still smiling. After the week I had I just needed to get out of my head.
Maria Jovani  Race 13.1km Big Half Sun am 01:45:14 Running under alias.
Melanie Miller Running 14.1km Walton Thur am 01:57:16 VVLM Long Run ‍♀️ prep
Michael Ball  Race Rosenheim @ Kingston Wed evening 100m and 200m races.
Mike Dennison  Race 13.1km Big Half Sun am 01:28:27 4th in category. New PB.
Neil Frediani Running 13.15miles Staines-upon-Thames Sat 02:33:06 Could have run more. After a poor 9.6miles on Thursday. Manchester Marathon (in 6 weeks) here I come.
Paul Watt Running 9miles Aylsham Thu 01:25:00 Bure Valley Run
Piers Keenleyside Running 16miles Grand Union Canal Thur 02:51:15 Trying to average 11 minute miles and keep my heart rate at 120 bpm - was slightly over at 123 bpm.
Roderick Hoffman Running 15km Paddington to Greenford Fri lunch 01:50:00 On the canal from Paddington (reached via a visit to the Marble Arch Mound, flattering picture below) to Greenford. Harder work than it should have been.
Simon Turton Orienteering 10.46km Crown Wood, Bracknell Wed pm 00:59:18 Street-O in an area I lived in 25 years ago. It didn’t go according to plan…. visited two controls twice and got cut to pieces ploughing through vegetation in an area marked as open running .
Stephen Taylor Running 15miles Loop centred on Greenford Sun am 02:29:02 No interesting destinations this weekend, just plodding out a 15 mile run as part of the marathon training schedule.
Steve Newell Walking 5km Local Wed 00:54:57 ...and the good news is that the Fullers Brewery shop is open for business again.

Weekend Achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 21st August 2021

28 runners and volunteers below - get in touch if your result is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Benita Scaife Abingdon 193 00:31:09 67.09%
John Scaife Abingdon 209 00:31:50 53.66% See below
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 76 00:28:51 70.25%
Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 23 00:24:03 69.72%
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 110 00:33:28 48.36%
John Lennon Bedfont Lakes 118 00:35:08 45.64%
Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 128 00:38:10 36.86% Pacing or chasing Francesca (1st parkrun)
Joe NOLAN Black Park 262 00:32:04 52.81%
Julie BARCLAY Blickling 76 00:23:39 78.65% 200th run
Paul WATT Blickling 29 00:21:34 71.87%
Richard RUFFELL Buckingham 24 00:21:44 73.16% No longer a member, but not yet completely forgotten.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 275 00:23:37 67.33%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Chipping Norton School 74 00:29:24 56.52% Not pleased (!) to note that his little sister ran faster at Sedgefield parkrun.
Alastair Heslop Guildford Timekeeper at Guildford (Maddie being Run Director)
Monica ALONSO Guildford 262 00:29:53 58.28% First parkrun since June 2019
Steve NEWELL Hanworth 46 00:46:06 42.66%
Denis Foxley Harrow 77 00:28:18 63.90%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 144 00:36:44 62.66%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 86 00:31:42 64.77%
Trish MCCABE Hazelwood 51 00:27:16 57.70%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 56 00:25:43 57.81%
Maria Jovani Kingston 31 00:21:46 72.97% F1
Mike Dennison Kingston 6 00:19:25 84.81% PB   PB by 14 secs. 5th consecutive PB at Kingston
Emma Moreton Medina I.O.W. 83 00:24:16 63.05%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 234 00:44:18 56.85% Assisting Ann throughout.
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 233 00:44:18 65.05% Not flagged as assisted, though it was.
Roderick HOFFMAN Osterley 133 00:29:16 55.30%
Ben Chaytow Porthcawl 287 00:29:44 47.31%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 297 00:37:42 41.11%
Frankie HOGGE Reading 17 00:20:26 72.43% PB   F1 by 9 secs. PB by 15 seconds.
Andrew William Jordan Walsall Arboretum 58 00:23:31 65.34%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 72 00:23:40 73.59% 96th parkrun so starting to think about that "100" shirt.
Sarah GORDON Wollaton Hall 186 00:37:57 53.40% New BA parkrun

Mike Dennison (19:25, 84.81%) is finding the Kingston parkrun increasingly to his liking these days, improving on each of his last five visits and lowering the club record yet again.  He is now 6th out 329 in his age group at Kingston  His time and age grade were identical to his performance at Chippenham two weeks ago.  At Chippenham he is top of his tree with a 22 second advantage of his nearest challenger. [Ed: And his and Maria's runs were only done as warm-ups for the next day's half!]

Maarten Stenham (38:10) is introducing his young family to parkrun and this week Francesca (38:07,JW10) made her debut over 5km at Bedfont  Lakes, graduating after 86 junior 2km parkruns, mainly at Hanworth and Osterley. Big Brother Jakob (26:53, JM10) was up ahead and had enough energy to be first boy home at Osterley junior parkrun (8:43) on Sunday was well.

Sarah Gordon (37:57) ran at Wollaton Hall (Nottingham) for the first time. It was a new one for the club and the 119th for her personally.
Paul Watt (21:34) and Julie Barclay (23:39, 200th run) set new club records at Blickling in Norfolk.  Denis Foxley (28:18) ran at Harrow, his first parkrun since lockdown, similarly John Scaife at Abingdon (see below) while Monica Alonso (29:53, Guildford) was at a parkrun for the first time in over two years. Emma Moreton (24:16) ran at Medina, IOW for the first time. Her 21st park and a new club female record.

Ben Chaytow (29:44) accompanied his daughter Megan (29:41) round at Porthcawl, it was the first run there for both of them. Megan has a couple of dozen junior parkruns at Bushy and Moormead to her name. The club records at Porthcawl are held by Gareth Snook (21:01) and Daniela Mayerova recorded a 28:54, though she may not have been a club member at the time.
 Steve Newell (46:06) got round Hanworth (run number 51) and his Wilson Index has moved up to 80.  The next progress report is not likely until late Autumn and will be weather dependent!

Steve Newell

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John Scaife says...

Abingdon today was my second run of any kind since my fractured metatarsal, and the foot felt OK although I have been shocked at how much fitness I have lost in 6/7 weeks of no exercise at all. 5k suddenly feels like a very long way. In contrast Benita is running well and achieved an age grade of over 67% today despite the long tufty (and wet) grass which comprises much of the course. The start/finish is adjacent to Abingdon bridge, across which we found a nice independent cafe with excellent coffee and pain au raisin. The large council car park right next to the start offers 2 hours free parking, so overall a very satisfactory experience.

John Scaife

Bure Valley

On Thursday morning Julie and I drove to the Blickling Estate in Norfolk to visit this wonderful Tudor mansion which is the birthplace of Anne Boleyn. Coupled with our interest of Tudor England, it accommodates a second interest, namely parkrun.

On the Thursday of our arrival we drove the two short miles to Aylsham where we boarded a narrow-gauge steam train to Wroxham. The very picturesque 9 mile journey took a leisurely 45 minutes which was most enjoyable and took me back to my plane-spotting past as it trundled past the now closed RAF Coltishall. We bought one-way tickets as we had read that there was a walking/cycle path along the tracks entirety and yes, we ran back. The track was never more than a metre wide and we only stopped twice to allow cyclists past and apart from the train also passing us on its return to Aylsham we saw no other signs of human activity: just fields, woods and streams. It took us 1:25 to return but a lot longer to recover from….

On Saturday we ran the Blickling parkrun which was 200m from our hotel, the lovely Buckinghamshire Arms. Again a beautiful rural setting that makes running a fantastic activity, yet this course does contain the only hill in Norfolk which on lap two told me that the nine-miler was still having an effect on me! Numbers scanned and back to the hotel for breakfast - perfect.

If in East Anglia this is a must-do run, the train is a must-do experience and Blickling Hall has to be visited.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay

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