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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd June 2014

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Club parkrun results for Saturday 21st June

Many of our runners out and about in an unusually wide variety of parks this weekend.

Four of us gathered for the inaugural run at Northala Fields with its spectacular manmade mountains built from the spill from the old Wembley stadium.  Fortunately climbing the mountains is only seen as an optional challenge after the parkrun. The course itself is largely flat with just a couple of testing inclines.  Richard Ruffell was first of our runners across the finish line, setting a V50-54 record in 20:27.  This was Richards second best ever parkrun time and the only better one was achieved back in 2010 so was an inferior age adjusted result (WAVA 72.09% vs Saturday's 73.27%). Steve Newell also set an age category record (MV70-74, 29:34) but his recent record time at Southwark has been well and truly eclipsed this week.

Meanwhile Chris Kelly was on tour and had a good run at Congleton with a 4th place in 19:54 {"A new parkrun for me - Congleton - pleasant three lapper round Astbury Mere (no parking fee, but donations requested..) - en route Manchester - Reading.. un-dog-assisted." CK}.

Tony Barnwell and Richard Ruffell are now within just over three miles of gaining their red "50" running vests and chances are will achieve that three point one milestone before Gary "stay at home" Rushmore.

Steve Newell has now run in three-quarters of the London boroughs which host a parkrun and has 6 months left in 2014 to run in the remaining seven.  This means a few more trips to the Far East as Bromley and Bexley still need a visit.

Steve Newell 

21June2014 parkrunner time park comment WAVA
Jeremy Short 18:57 Crane Park run #47 80%
Chris Kelly 19:54 Congleton BA park #111 74%
Richard Ruffell 20:27 Northala Fields run #49, BA park #112 73% age cat record !!!
Colin Haylock 19:55 Bushy Park run #47 71%
Joe Nolan 23:23 Upton Court course pb 68%
Alan Anderson 30:24 Northala Fields run #315 68%
Ian Cunningham 22:18 Bushy Park run #152 67%
Alan Friar 28:42 Woodley first run for 2 months 61%
Kerstin Luksch 24:53 Gunnersbury leads female points table 60%
Tony Barnwell 30:16 Wycombe Rye run #49, course pb 60%
Roderick Hoffman 25:18 Northala Fields park #76 60%
Steve Newell 29:34 Northala Fields London Borough#21 (of 28) 60% age cat record !!!
John Bagley 24:06 Reigate Priory pb 59%
Monica Alonso 27:13 Guildford run #36 59%
Tony Hird 25:40 Gunpowder run #64 57%
Scott Davison 25:28 Bedfont Lakes run #89 55%
Gareth Hobby 28:10 Reading run #5 49%
Janet Smith 34:07 Black Park run #18, best of the year 49%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford finish tokens

Running at Northala Fields meant that Roderick, Steve and Richard all improved their placing's in the parkrun "most events" tables. Richard has run at 21 UK parkruns so is found towards the bottom of the UK table ( Steve and Roderick are also on the world table (, Steve Newell's 39 parkruns (with 6 inaugurals) just edges him onto the top half of the table and Roderick's 76 parkruns with 9 inaugurals puts him in 39th place on the table.  Whilst 76 parkruns is impressive it is overshadowed by number one on that list, Paul Freyne, who has now run at 195 different parkruns including 60 inaugurals including finishing just behind Roderick at Northala Fields.  Finishing higher up in 6th place was Ian Giggs who becomes the joint 14th parkrunner to have run at 100 different parkruns. Who is he joint 14th with? The founder of parkrun one Paul Sinton-Hewitt who run his 100th at Pomphrey Hill, Bristol on Saturday.  That was Paul's 201st parkrun.  His 200th was the previous weekend at Bognor Regis - I wonder if the royal connection was deliberate given that that parkrun day it was announced that Paul was to be given a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Grassroots Sports Participation. I thought that the write-up of that honour in last week's parkrun Newsletter was particularly good so I won't try to compete:
I will point out that 50,000 people were involved in parkrun in the UK last Saturday an increase from 30,000 one year ago, 16,000 in 2012, 10,000 in 2011 and just 5,000 in 2010.  The acceleration of parkrun may be slowing but with numbers up tenfold in just four years that is perhaps a good thing - think of all of those 50 and 100 shirts being shipped in from China! 
A final note back at Northala Fields.  There were 31 novice parkrunners running their first ever parkrun but at the other end the most experienced parkrunner at the event was our own Alan Anderson who with 315 parkruns to his name had run almost a year's worth of parkruns more than the second parkrunner Becky Thurtell (51 behind).  In total there are twenty parkrunners who have run more parkruns than Alan but he is an inspiration - at Northala someone asked if he had put out the course markers.  A more serious question perhaps would have been to ask whether anyone had put out the course markers at Gunnersbury this week!

Roderick Hoffman

Updated parkrun stats: 

Updated BA Family Parkrun map:

Ride London, August 9th/10th

In August we move on from the excitement of the London Marathon and the BUPA 10000 to the Ride London cycling event.  The 2012 Olympic cycle race from London to Box Hill, and return, managed to shut down North West Surrey for two days, but was widely received as a spectacular Olympic event.   The event was repeated last year, open to all-comers, and proved a great success.  This year, the event is back on August 9th and 10th.

 Thank you to those who helped last year, dealing with the mass fun event on the Saturday, and the Sunday race.  In 2014, the London Marathon organisation will again be involved in supporting the race, and this is where YOU come in.  The LM have a commercial interest in making the weekend a success, and they are keen that we support them.  Aside from the lunches and caps, we all know what helping out London Marathon means to the chances of securing guaranteed entries for the club! Please would you consider giving up some time on Sat 9th August, Sun 10th August, or both, to support these major events.  We will be based in Westminster, so public transport should not be a problem. Lots more information on the event is available at: If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible at

Many thanks, Steve Hillier


Some Thanks and Appreciation from White Lodge Centre to our members who consistently organise (and attend) our regular "Round The Block/Park" Events, Quizzes and Raffles on their behalf.

White Lodge 2012-2013.pdf

Hope you are doing well!

I am very involved, with Francois Pienaar - SA's Rugby legend - with the revitalised Cape Town Marathon ( It will be a wonderful event for the BA team to come and run.  We will have a whole range of running activities from a Corporate relay, to a PEACE 10km , Trail events and more ! ( and you can still fit in the Root44 parkrun)

Looking forward to hear from you 

Kind regards

Elana Meyer (Root44 parkrun Event Director and many other positions)

Anyone interested let me know - Roderick Hoffman

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