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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd September 2019


  • Thursday 26th Sept - Replacement 100k club run at Savill Gardens (see below) #,
  • Saturday 28th Sept - Club Featured parkrun at Upton Court hosted by Barry Walters (see below) #,
  • Thursday 3rd Oct - Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45.

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year BUT NOT THIS WEEK due to the event the following day.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 29th July.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 23rd Sept 2019) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office" - ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Thursday 26th September - Club 100k run - Windsor Great Park #

Bishopsgate course mapThis is the replacement event to the previously planned 100k relay. Instead we are meeting in Windsor Great Park and between us running 100k together in celebration of BA's 100 year history - and raising our glasses to the history afterwards.

Logistics: We will meet at the Bishopsgate entrance to Windsor Great Park at 12:00. Each participant will then do between one and three laps of the course before retiring to the Fox and Hounds for a drink and sustenance.

Getting There: There is a bus "8" that runs between Heathrow T5 and Windsor/Slough, stopping at Coopers Hill just to the east of the map section. However it is far easier to get to Bishops Gate by car. Remember also that whilst the map is connected to Windsor via "The Long Walk" it is a very long walk - probably 5k to 6k from the train station. By car, approach the area either via Runnymede or via Old Windsor and head for the postcode of the pub -TW20 0XU (Bishopsgate Rd, Englefield Green, Egham). The pub is on your left. Beyond the pub and also on the left, up to the white gates ahead of you, are free parking spaces which should be ample for our need. It is possible to turnaround at the gate. We will meet at the park map just beyond the gate.

The Course: Mainly on park roads but with very little traffic and the Duke no longer drives. The recommended direction is anti-clockwise (but since BA flies in all directions some individuals may choose to run clockwise). Directions for anti-clockwise: Straight on for 200m, ignoring the bridle path on the left but then turn left onto the road. Follow this road for over 1k until you get to the next gate, Cumberland Gate. Go through this and then turn left and go diagonally on the grass path (not the road). This leads to a bridge you can see clearly ahead. The bridge marks 2k. Turn right just before the bridge to follow the path anti-clockwise around the lake. This has an undulation at one point. Along the straight edge of the lake you may sight the Obelisk the lake is named after. At the end of the straight section (3k) keep following the road which bears slightly left and passes the Obelisk to your left. Keep on the road / track between the architecture of the Savill Garden Kitchen and its large (pay) car park. Stay on the track all the way up the side of the park until you reach the Bishops Gate to complete one lap of near enough exactly 5k.

Specifics: The following members have signed up to do the distance specified. Let me know of any changes or additions. We would like a few more runners (or walkers):

Roderick Hoffman 10k 2 laps  
Piers Keenleyside 10k 2 laps Saving himself for Sunday's Ealing Marathon
Alice Banks 5k 1 lap  
Simon Turton 10k 2 laps  
Steve Taylor 5k 1 lap Now doubtful
John Scaife 5k 1 lap Willing to do a second lap if required
Benita Scaife 5k 1 lap  
Neil Frediani 15k 3 laps  
Christine Munden 5k 1 lap  
Clara Halket 15k 3 laps Willing to do more
Maartin Stenham 15k 3 laps  
Steve Newell 5k 1 lap  
Denis Foxley 5k 1 lap Just announced as the presses rolled!

Total pledged - 110km.

If runners want to do more than 3 laps/15k could they start earlier so that we can all be at the pub together afterwards - and let me know your plans so that we don't look out for you at the start. Even better, plan your first lap so that you are back at the start around 12 then we can take a group photograph.

Anyone who is unable to run, or can't get out before 13:00, is welcome to join us at the pub from about 13:15.

Roderick Hoffman

Wednesday 18th September (after 6 p.m.) - Equinox 5km at Bedfont Lakes #

For the second year the Equinox 5km was held at Bedfont Lakes. The course had been refined since 2018 and consisted of two laps of 2.5km run anticlockwise starting and finishing near the base of the Motte and handily placed close to the Bedfont Road carpark. Much of the track is along the stony path used by parkrun and there are some undulations. The event was run in warm evening sunshine with only a light breeze and with no puddles. Runners were started in small groups (slowest first, fastest last). Simon Turton (23:08) was quickest on the night and like most others slowed slightly over the second lap. Denis Foxley (who has not run the Bedfont Lakes parkrun at all) was the only runner to achieve a negative split. Neil Frediani who is very familiar with the venue managed the most even pace.

The course is entirely off road and unlit.  It would be possible to move the start and finish to be near the Clockhouse Road entrance and carpark where toilets are available.  This would be further from the club HQ at Bedfont FC in Hatton Road though on this day most people used cars to get between Bedfont and the Lakes.

2 laps (5km) 1st lap split 2nd lap split start lap 1 lap 2
Simon Turton 23:08 11:23 11:45 05:00 16:23 28:08
Maarten Stenham 25:25 12:22 13:03 03:00 15:22 28:25
Jakob Stenham (jnr) 25:27 12:22 13:05 03:00 15:22 28:27
Neil Frediani 28:07 14:02 14:05 02:00 16:02 30:07
Denis Foxley 29:08 14:36 14:32 02:00 16:36 31:08
Roderick Hoffman 30:32 15:11 15:21 02:00 17:11 32:32
Steve Hillier 31:31 15:22 16:09 00:00 15:22 31:31
John Coffey 31:33 15:33 16:00 02:00 17:33 33:33
Christine Munden (F) 31:52 15:18 16:34 00:00 15:18 31:52
Kelly Davis (F) 33:44 16:27 17:17 00:00 16:27 33:44
Chris  Kelly (walking) 39:44 19:45 19:59 00:00 19:45 39:44

Thanks to Joe Nolan for course setup and breakdown and Harry Wild for timekeeping.

Steve Newell

Club Points Update

Since the previous update (22nd July) four more club members have contributed to key club events sufficiently to deserve recognition here - so thank you to Maartin Stenham, David Duggan, Michael Ball and Clara Halket. Seven more members are poised on eight or nine points so could make the ten-point target soon. The next few points scoring events are the 100k run on Thursday (newly added), the Upton Court Club Featured parkrun on Saturday and then the Surrey League cross-countries in September.

I've now stormed to the top of the table with 38 points following my contributions at the Round-the-Park and WARR events. Steve Hillier is next and he is still leading the way in number of events with 28, though he is now away for a few weeks to allow the rest of us to catch up. 94 people have scored points at more than one event since the 1st January.

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 21st September 2019

Member 21st Sept. 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Mike Dennison Bedfont Lakes 7 00:20:06 80.51% M-6, run #385, 9th at Bedfont
TRUE Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 91 00:27:43 71.02% run #208
TRUE Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 31 00:23:24 70.37% run #364, 299th at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE Benita Scaife Bedfont Lakes 152 00:32:43 61.95% 2nd run at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 10 00:21:03 61.36% run #48, 35th at Bedfont Lakes
FALSE Paul SINTON-HEWITT Bedfont Lakes 76 00:26:14 60.61% paced by Ian Cockram
TRUE Caroline Cockram Bedfont Lakes 89 00:27:40 60.60% run #372
TRUE Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 45 00:24:23 59.54% run #318, 249th at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Bedfont Lakes 90 00:27:40 58.98% run #237, 150th at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes 75 00:26:13 57.15% run #494, 293rd at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 124 00:29:42 53.54% 211th run at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE John Scaife Bedfont Lakes 153 00:32:43 51.25% 2nd run at Bedfont Lakes
TRUE Kelly Davis Bedfont Lakes 218 00:47:21 31.68% running with Chloe (JW10)
TRUE Joe NOLAN Black Park 377 00:31:45 52.34% 20th run at Black Park this year
TRUE Tony BARNWELL Black Park 625 00:47:00 41.84% run #192, 1st at Black Park this year
TRUE Barry WALTERS Bracknell 30 00:23:35 70.46% run #79, 4th at Bracknell
TRUE Eddie GILES Braunstone 143 00:26:23 66.84% run #127, 1st at Braunstone, park #20
TRUE Micheal BALL Brooklands 67 00:25:32 61.23% run #160, 8th at Brooklands
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 466 00:24:50 62.95% run #394, 315th at Bushy
TRUE Sarah GORDON Conkers 381 00:33:30 58.76% run #241, 4th at Conkers
TRUE Trish MCCABE Crystal Palace 286 00:28:29 54.42% 1st run at Crystal Palace, club rec(F), park #45
TRUE Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 178 00:25:04 65.09% Pre Serpentine Swim
TRUE Ben Chaytow Hanworth 23 00:24:42 56.55% run #244, 2nd at Hanworth
TRUE Denis Foxley Harrow 155 00:28:52 61.09% best parkrun of 2019
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 240 00:36:31 60.98% one second slower than last week
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 79 00:28:59 67.86% run #345, 65th at Hazelwood
TRUE Steve NEWELL Houghton Hall 149 00:39:55 47.47% run #371, park #113
TRUE Petra OTTO March 137 00:38:58 54.45% run #102, 61st at March
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 299 00:41:31 65.72%   (assisted)
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 300 00:41:31 56.60% run #569, 37th at Osterley
TRUE Christine Harriet MUNDEN Osterley 238 00:33:00 50.20% run #19, 1st at Osterley
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Osterley 231 00:32:07 49.51% Stopwatch Bingo 100%*
FALSE Charlotte HABGOOD Osterley 298 00:40:15 44.39% Roderick's other sister
TRUE Murray HOGGE Reading 67 00:22:32 69.97% run #269, 268th at Reading
TRUE Frankie HOGGE Reading 66 00:22:32 65.68% run #42, 41st at Reading
TRUE Christopher T KELLY Reading 392 00:48:56 31.13% still walking, 350th time at Reading
TRUE Marion WOODHOUSE Rickmansworth 287 00:32:36 55.52% run #43, 13th at Rickmansworth
TRUE John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 288 00:32:36 46.73% run #21, 8th at Rickmansworth
TRUE Paul TIMMS Ruimsig 21 00:23:35 65.72% 1st run at Ruimsig, BA park #527

Volunteers include...[remember, we can only guarantee to include your volunteer efforts if you email us about them]

21st September 2019 parkrun Role
Maria Jovani volunteer Bedfont Lakes Run Director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford Timekeeper

This Saturday the club’s parkrunners failed to maintain the momentum of the previous weekend and although the numbers were still well up, pbs were thin on the ground.

In terms of quality Mike Dennison (20:06, 80.6%) led the way at Bedfont Lakes which attracted the largest group by far.  Mike is top of tree as far as the VM60 group there is concerned.

Trish McCabe (28:29) went to the hills of Crystal Palace park for the first time and established a female club record there.  The in-form Eddie Giles (26:23) was on a similar mission at Braunstone in Leicestershire but even Roderick Hoffman’s male club record of 26:08 remains intact.  Alice Banks (25:27) was quicker than both of them when she ran there in 2015.

Paul Timms (23:35) continued his South African trip with a run at Ruimsig to the north and west of Johannesburg.  The club total has crept up to 527. 

Denis Foxley (28:52) recorded his best parkrun time of 2019 at Harrow.

On what could have been classified by some as the last weekend of summer, Steve Newell (39:55) ventured up the M1 to Houghton Hall near Luton and was horrified to find himself competing with a Santa outfit clad runner.  Apparently, there are only 13 more parkrundays before Christmas.

There was a surprise cancellation at the pretty Hogmoor Inclosure this week after an unexploded WW2 bomb was discovered on Friday.  The bomb disposal squad came and did their business and after careful preparations triggered an explosion which was heard in Basingstoke, 14 miles away.  Parkrun should be back as usual this Saturday.  Osterley parkruns meanwhile have been cancelled this coming weekend to allow filming to take place.

Barry Walters (23:35) who will be hosting the club featured parkrun at Upton Court this coming Saturday went to a warm-up run at Bracknell which most find a little harder than it looks.  If you haven’t been to Upton Court for a while please be advised that we are asked not to park at the Slough RFC clubhouse so give yourself a bit of extra time. 

* Roderick Hoffman finished in '07 seconds and thereby completed his parkrun Seconds Bingo card on his 364th run. The average runner achieves bingo on their 291st run. The answer to "Life, The Universe and Everything" is "42" which is also the number of seconds that Trish McCabe needs to complete her Seconds Bingo card. She is currently the member with the most runs, 297, without achieving Bingo. John Lennon is next, on 291, and needs an '00.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

Full club parkrun database - {read access to new club parkrun database} - UP TO DATE - Download and explore.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Club Featured parkrun - Upton Court Saturday 28th September #

If you fancy a change of parkrun location this Saturday why not try the club featured event at Upton Court. The course is flat and fast and 2 laps of roughly 3k on grass and 2k on tarmac paths and takes in splendid views of Windsor Castle. Located near Slough, follow the brown signposts to the park where there is a free carpark about a 5 minute jog away from the start area.  Facilities near the start/finish include toilets, changing rooms, showers and refreshments afterwards. Sat Nav to the main car park is SL3 7LX. It would be great to see lots of BA vests there this Saturday. We will try to get a group photo before the start.

Barry Walters

parkrun Penetration

The good news is that between us we have run at 522 different parkruns which represents 31.1% of the total (excluding restricted access parkruns and those that have ceased operating). The bad news is that there are 1155 parkruns, or 68.9% of the total, that we have not yet run. But perhaps that is also good news, we will never run out of new parkruns!

We haven't run in either of the Malaysia parkruns. We have only run in 2 (2.8%) of Russia's 72 parkruns. With South Africa we have only managed 5% and Poland not much better at 8.6%. We have run at 60.4% of the UK's 661 parkruns (399) but we have a better penetration in France having run at 87.5% of their 8 parkruns (who can get to parkrun de Fontainebleau, 50km SE from Paris, to complete the set?). This year we had been at 100% with Japan but since then seven parkruns have (or will shortly) start so our percentage is down to 12.5%. All of these figures and more are held in the Club parkrun database and the club map is currently up to date showing all of the parkruns and in red those yet to be done by BAAC members.

Roderick Hoffman

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