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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd October 2017


  • Wednesdays, see immediately below
  • Thursday 2nd November - Dream Mile, 12:45, Bath Road
  • Saturday 11th November - second Cross Country matches of the season - Ladies at Nonsuch / Men at Roundshaw Downs (tbc)

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.  The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml.

*Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at  A big down-under thank you to the many contributors this issue!

Future Wednesdays' Schedule

This week - 25th October - A five mile timed run round a new clockwise course in the Hatton, Feltham and Bedfont area.

  • Meet at Green Man pub for a 6.15 start.
  • There is plenty of free parking (after 5.30 p.m.) in Green Man Lane.
  • Course (see club map - link above):
  • Start near Green Man (junction of Faggs Road/Green Man Lane)
  • Faggs Road - (cross junction at Staines Road) - Harlington Road West, turn right into Hounslow Road, bear right into New Road (avoiding railway bridge) - bear right into Bedfont Lane and then turn left into Staines Road.  Cross over Staines Road when safe to do so and keep straight on right up to Clockhouse Lane roundabout.  Follow footpath round to right onto A30 (heading towards London) - turn right into Stanwell Road and then left into Hatton Road.  Cross over when safe to do so and keep on Hatton Road almost as far as Hatton Cross.  Bear right into Steam Farm Road and into Faggs Road. 
  • Finish near Green Man. 
  • Green Man has food and drink but sadly no showers.

Next Week - 1st November:

  • We have changing rooms and showers booked at Cranford Community School.  Large free car park - barrier inbound lifts automatically.  Code (if necessary) will be provided to exit.
  • Steve Newell will offer to time people round a five mile circuit from near the school entrance very similar handicap course used for several years.
  • Plan to start running at 6.15 p.m.
  • Committee meeting will also be held in the school (bring own food and soft drink if attending, alternately head down the Queen's Head with your discount card)

Wednesday 8th November - Annual Quiz at Five Bells, Harmondsworth preceded by a run in the Waterside/Harmondsworth area.

15th November onwards - will depend on negotiations with Imperial College over getting our old changing rooms and showers back.  These have started and are going rather better than Brexit.  It may boil down to a question who pays and how much!  

Steve Newell

Two International Invitations for Nov / Dec

Both recommended - let me know ASAP if you are interested in either - Roderick Hoffman.

ASCA Cross Country now finalized!

All in the ALSAA Sports Complex [alongside Dublin Airport].

Friday 17th Nov - 20:00 Captains' meeting. For those not involved in that meeting, our facilities include a big bar, snooker, pool and darts, 10 lane ten pin bowling and a restaurant.

Saturday 18th:

  • 11:00 Ladies Race - 3 miles (5k).
  • 11:30 Men's Race - 5 miles (8.33k),
  • 12:00 onwards - snack,
  • 14:00 Awards Presentation,
  • 16:00 Lunch.

The package price is €50 pp, payable at the Captains' meeting.

Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport...

The rates are €109 single, €119 twin/double & €149 triple room per night, all include full Irish breakfast.

Below are the steps for booking the rooms in the 4 star hotel beside the terminal building and 8 minutes walk from the competition venue.

  • Go to homepage
  • Click on Promotional code (top right of page) and enter Promotional code ASCA2017 and press go.
  • Click on dates required and complete booking.
  • An automatic booking reference will be generated when completed.

There is a very good bus or taxi service into the city (10k) from your hotel or ALSAA.

KLM CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS [FREE races, with transportation from Schiphol included!]

SATURDAY 16th December 2017 at the “Langevelderslag” Beach + Dunes

Dear airline colleagues,

You are hereby invited for the KLM Road Runners 2017 club championships.  The location of the beach/dune run is Langevelderslag about 20 km south west of Schiphol airport. The race distances are 6km and 10km. The start of our event is at 15:00 for the 6km and 15:10 for the 10km (there is also a children's run at 14:30). Directly after the start, the race goes north following a winding footpath. After a few kilometers and a challenging climb over the dunes the race returns to the finish following the sandy beach.
The 6km runners finish at the beach centre; the 10km runners will run an additional smaller loop.

There are awards for male seniors and masters, female seniors and masters on both distances and every finisher will receive a special KLM Road Runners souvenir.  All runners take part in a free lottery with many fine prizes. The award ceremony starts at 17:00.

A free bus service will be available. It will pick-up runners from Schiphol airport (AMS) at 13:30. We will also take care of transport back to the airport. The bus will return at 17:30 to Schiphol airport.

If you want to join us for our run on the beach and dunes than please sign up via Participating in the race for invited airline runners and family is FREE!!

After the Race we continue with a buffet BBQ dinner and if you decide to stay for this dinner you can sign up also via . The costs are €26,- for the buffet dinner per person. (Children under 13 are € 13,50).

Payment:  This year we ask the attendance for the dinner to pay upfront (no cash payment on race day). This can be done via a normal EU bank transfer (Swift / iban), see registration website for details.

Also for those runners who will stay for the dinner we will organise transport to Schiphol Airport.

Hope to see you at the beach and dunes on the 16th of December.

Met vriendelijke groeten / kind regards,

Cornelus van der Pol + Frank Jegers

KLM Road Runners

World Airline Road Race 2018 Announcement


Welcome home from another successful WARR and thank you to Ghana and his team from Singapore Airlines for hosting such an outstanding event.  We hope to have the finalized race results out today or tomorrow.

I have attached 2 flat sheets for printing and advertising WARR 2018 in your airline {summary details below}.  We hope to have registration open in mid November 2017 and registration will be required again prior to receiving the hotel discount code.  We will also release Air Canada and Jazz discount codes and other offers at the same time.


Jen Zimmer WARR, Chair

From Sea to Sky...

Jazz Aviation in conjunction with Air Canada, and with the assistance of Tourism Victoria, will be hosting the 2018 World Airline Road Race from 26th to 29th of September 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

When I'm home from my travels I will load up and post links to a presentation showing the course and other details.  The races will be on the Saturday morning, at the same time as the local parkrun (again) and nearby, though not on the same course.

You could stay on the holiday island for another week and do the parkrun on Saturday 6th and then run the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2018 (with various distance events) on Sunday October 7th.

Alternately there will probably be a WARR organised Cross-the-Rockies train ride after the WARR event is over - terminating in Calgary.  More details when published. 

Roderick Hoffman (WARR Team Captain)

Club parkrun results for Saturday 21st October

21st October family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
Ian Cunningham 22:02 Nonsuch Park run #303, 12th at Nonsuch 70%
Trish McCabe 27:07 Nonsuch Park 1st at Nonsuch, club rec(F) 56%
Janet Cunningham 29:13 Nonsuch Park run #161, 12th at Nonsuch 61%
Alan Anderson 32:47 Nonsuch Park run #479, 1st at Nonsuch 68%
Steve Newell 35:17 Nonsuch Park run #285, 2nd at Nonsuch 52%
Roderick Hoffman 27:11 Tannum Sands 1st run in Queensland, AU 58%
Neil Frediani 31:01 Hermanus, ZA park #33, BA park #370 52%
Dave Dixon 17:51 Hackney Marshes M-6, 6th run at Hackney 85%
Paul Watt 22:39 Forest of Dean run #59, 1st at Forest of Dean 66%
Julie Barclay 22:47 Forest of Dean club course record (F) 77%
Kerstin Luksch 22:09 Gunnersbury run #236 68%
Jonathan Cox 23:06 Crane Park run #328, 38th at Crane Park 67%
Scott Davison 23:37 Bedfont Lakes run #223 60%
Chris Evans 24:17 Bedfont Lakes run #180 62%
Piers Keenleyside 25:13 Oxford run #180, 2nd at Oxford 64%
John Coffey 26:41 Bushy Park run #256, 219th at Bushy 71%
Ian Cockram 27:09 Homewood 3rd run at Homewood,  pb 54%
David Duggan 27:29 Bedfont Lakes run #221 57%
Alan Friar 28:28 Woodley run #246, 76th at Woodley 64%
Caroline Cockram 28:35 Homewood 4th run at Homewood, pb 57%
Benita Scaife 31:10 Maidenhead run #93 63%
John Scaife 31:11 Maidenhead run #106 53%
Sarah Gordon 31:43 Leicester Victoria run #168, 15th at Leicester Vic 60%
Janet Smith 33:59 Peterborough run #79, 7th at Peterborough 51%
Anne Bannister 54:20 Bedfont Lakes tailwalker 35%
Bob Bannister volunteer Bedfont Lakes finish tokens
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford timekeeper

Parts of the British Isles were being blasted by Storm Brian this weekend and there were 29 cancellations on Saturday including Osterley Park.  The weather there had moderated sufficiently by Sunday for the junior (2km) event to go ahead as normal.

The club featured parkrun for the month was at Nonsuch Park near Cheam.  Although popularly considered as part of Greater London it is currently governed as part of Surrey. The parkrun was established there in September 2011.  Works to part of the park dictated that we used a three-lap course (normally two laps), pretty flat and partly on grass.  Ian Cunningham (22:02) was first to finish and his club record of 21:09 is safe for another week (but Paul Knechtl has it on his radar!)  Trish McCabe (27:07) set a female club record and comfortably bettered a time recorded by Caroline Cockram some time ago.  Alan Anderson (32:47) was having his first run at Nonsuch for the first time and that time places him 3rd out of seven in his age group.  The next club featured parkrun will be at Bedfont Lakes on 25th November when experienced pacers will be helping to guide visiting runners round the two-lap course.

Our day had started in the southern hemisphere with Roderick Hoffman (27:11) at Tannum Sands in Queensland, Australia.  This parkrun is near Gladstone and well north of the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.  Later, and across the Indian Ocean in South Africa, Neil Frediani (31:01) was at Hermanus on the Garden Route in the Western Cape with cool fresh air coming up from Antarctica.  Those two tourist exploits brought the club total to 370 different parkruns visited so far.  We have added more than 70 in the last twelve months.  Previously it took us about a year and a half to add 70 so we are far from reaching a saturation point, we are actually still accelerating.  To put us in our place there is one individual, Paul Freyne (unattached), who has a personal total of 379 and is currently adding to his total at the rate one of one per week.

For sheer speed this week we looked to our usual suspects with Dave Dixon (17:51, 84.69%) braving the strong breeze at Hackney Marshes and Julie Barclay (22.47, 77.4%) making her first appearance at Forest of Dean.  That was the best age grade score of the day at Forest of Dean which Tom Rowley would like to remind everyone is in Gloucestershire.  Paul Watt (22:39) also had a good run but the club course record remains with Richard Ruffell (21:47).

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats

Some reports from parkrun travellers...

Forest of Dean parkrun

After realising that a family break near Gloucester included a Saturday morning, we looked to see if there was a parkrun local to Westbury-on-Severn. We found that we had a choice of a few but after examining distance from base, course routes and conditions, we opted for Forest of Dean and we are so glad that we did. Julie Barclay, her sister Vera and me, Paul, were first timers at this run but unfortunately so was another: "Storm Brian" arrived that morning and the entire forest seemed to shed its leaves in twenty minutes! Tom Rowley was not with us this week and a good job too as the wind would have played havoc with his two remaining hairs.

The course is challenging in these conditions with the mandatory undulations, tree roots, leaves and mud adding to the challenges of the strong wind. All things considered, it is a lovely course that does make you work quite hard. Not a course for a p.b. but Julie's 22:47 (top age-grading today and a BA club record), Vera's 26:29 and my 22:39 are times that we are quite pleased with. Two laps through the woods in fresh West Country air is worth doing and is highly recommended.

Paul Watt

Going the extra mile

In doing our most recent eight parkruns Benita and I have travelled a combined distance of 118,342 kilometres.

  • Menai, New South Wales
  • Maidenhead
  • Heritage Harbor, Illinois
  • Maidenhead
  • Knocknacarra, County Galway
  • East Coast, Singapore
  • Darwin, Northern Territory
  • Maidenhead

All distances great circle so very probably understated.

John Scaife

Freedom in Queensland

Although I've run six parkruns in Victoria, until this week I hadn't run a single parkrun in Queensland, and there are currently around 77.  I was only going to be here for one week, and that can only have one Saturday, so what was I to do?  Well, the answer was I'd "Freedom run" some of the other parkruns.  A freedom run is where you take advantage of the planned parkrun course on a day or time other than that of the official parkrun - timing yourself.  So this week I've run at the following:

Town of Seaside (note no "The") - an interesting run up,down and back up the esplanade where you don't get to see the sea once!  Though I could hear the waves breaking behind the protective sanddune barrier. Knowing where to turn wasn't easy - partly because the map and the description contradicted each other!

Hervey Bay - Another esplanade out and back run but this time you could see the sea throughout and the path was marked with metal plates every 0.5k so starting at "0" you knew you had to turn at "2.5". But a narrow esplanade shared with all sorts of other users - two kids on push scooters proving the most difficult to overtake! Hamilton would have cursed to his engineer, "Weaving!"

Maryborough - Three small loops in the Lions Park and a 2k out and 2k back around the parameter of the golf course.

Noosa - I'll discover tomorrow, if I allow my alarm to go off at 06:00 again!

Oh, and as for the Saturday parkrun, I had aimed to run at Gladstone QLD, to match with my previous runs at Gladstone (park) in London.  I booked a cheap motel nearby - which had no WiFi - but I knew where the course was so the previous evening I checked that I could find the start of it.  I succeeded, and the conditions of the start looked fine, but thought that I ought to just check out that all was OK in the world so camped in a local Mall to use their WiFi.  I quickly discovered that the part of the course I couldn't see was under water and so Gladstone QLD was cancelled. I took that in my stride - getting up twenty minutes earlier to make it across to the next nearest parkrun at Tannum Sands where I had a most enjoyable run and was made very welcome in the cafe afterwards.

Roderick Hoffman

PS You may say I'm on holiday so I ought to be enjoying myself, including having late nights, but for some reason the clock is odd in Queensland - it is well into spring yet at 6pm it is already dark! At 6am it is bright, the world is awake and I've two hours before it gets too hot (or too wet) to be out in the open. A big encouragement to get an early 5k in before visiting the parkrun cafes for breakfast!

Petra Otto's travels

Firstly, a big well done on your WARR race, which must have been quite an exciting experience for you all.

I noticed that my Parkrun result for the 14th of October had been omitted, which was probably due to the results not having been established until the evening, due to our March Parkrun Race Director having encountered some technical issues {Ed: quite a few parkruns had technical issues last week so they were probably not of local origin}.

Immediately prior to the March Parkrun, I had attended a speed session with March AC, which had us run for 2 minutes fast, followed by 1 minute jog. It was pretty tough going, I thought. We then drove to the March Parkrun, where my by then wobbly and pretty tired legs managed a respectable run (for me) in 32:06 minutes (64.12%).

Then on Friday I flew out to Munich, to take part in the Germeringer Stadtlauf 10 km, which took place on Sunday, 22nd of October.

I had an unexpectedly (for me), much faster 10 km run there this year, compared to last year, knocking 5 minutes off, finishing in 1:03:38. I came home with a very lovely trophy and certificate, literally by default, being the only lady in the O/65’s {Ed: you beat everyone who turned up to run against you - other O/65 ladies were perhaps scared off by your presence and ran other events}.

For me, the conditions had been pretty perfect, despite there having been quite strong winds, and a temperature of only 10 degrees C. We had 20 degrees C the day before!!!

Petra Otto

And how is Brian Forrester?

Brian Forrester turned 80 last month.  We haven't seen him at the club for a while, and we know that he has been unwell, so I'm sure many of you would like an update.

He is currently in hospital where he is being treated for diabetics and a wound to his foot. Linda Hillier visited him recently and reports that the hospital care seems good, and it doesn't look like they are going to rush him home because they are not sure about him looking after himself. 
Simon Turton, and Paul and Sarah Knechtl have also visited, whilst Paul Brandon has dropped by Brian's flat to make sure that it has not been abandoned, and to pick up his birthday cards! 

More visitors are welcome - though note that Brian is better on some days than others, and still has his hearing difficulties.  He is at the West Middlesex, Crane Ward, and visiting hours are 14:00 to 20:00.

Thanks to all for visiting and making Brian feel remembered by the club that meant so much to him.

Roderick Hoffman

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