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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th January 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.

Track-on-Field (by end of Sunday 30th January, 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 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

Ruislip Lido BeachWednesday 19th January NOW Ruislip Lido Report

I don't think that any of us took photographs with people in them so I've included a picture I took of the Ruislip Lido beach that day.

We had John & Benita, Piers, Denis, Barry, Steve Taylor, Melanie, John & Marion, Paul & Julie and myself. To give the journalists something to ponder Marion and Steve Taylor walked round the lake together. The rest of us ran round although Melanie was delayed by a traffic accident so joined us for the second lap and then did her second after most of us stopped - so M and John Taylor did the last lap together. The day was cold but otherwise conditions were good for the run and there was a good contrast between the open lake and the wooded sections. No one ventured into the woods.

After the laps most of us went to the cafe where we were entertained by the proprietor.  The automated order tracking system proved troublesome by issuing duplicate order numbers but I think that everyone did get what they ordered and seemed to enjoy the large variety on offer.

Ruislip Lido is very popular at other times of the year so the winter months was probably the only time we could have had a group run here, although we still had many moving obstacles to negotiate round on the run. If you have an idea of other ideal or interesting places for winter NOW runs then please contact Steve Newell. I believe that we are still to finalise runs for February and March. > Steve Newell

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC Quiz:  Wednesday 26th January 2022, Bedfont - Confirmation - have you told us to expect you?

It is difficult to order food and prepare enough answer sheets if we are uncertain as to who will attend.

The venue is the Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club, close to Hatton Cross.   Everyone is welcome, including non-members and non-runners (though there is the five-mile handicap run beforehand for those with a running bent, aiming to finish for 7pm). 

The quiz team size will be between four and six – come as a team, or join up with some others on the night.  No-one will be left out.  You will be tackling general knowledge and specialist questions, as well as some brain teasers!  We will be raising funds for our White Lodge charity (so bring along at least one £1 coin each).  The quiz will start at 8pm and have food provided.  Please contact Steve beforehand if you have specific dietary requirements. 

Any indication of how many might attend would be much appreciated - including apologies from regulars! 

> Steve and Linda Hillier 

2022 WARR - Honolulu, Hawaii

A number of colleagues have shown interest in this year's plan for WARR. For those who have missed the news this year's plan is the same as it was last year, and the year before, but with good reason to believe that it will go ahead this year. The venue will be Honolulu in Hawaii with a race day of Sunday 16th October. Advanced reservations (fully refundable) are being taken by the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. Use the link Queen Kapiolani Booking Link to access the WARR rate and conditions. Entry for the WARR event itself has not yet been announced although some of us have entries from previous years carried forward.

I've made my booking for a (very) long weekend although I noted that the website was giving no availability for the night of Wednesday 12th October. Former member Daniela Mayerova is currently working for Hawaiian Airlines, based in Honolulu.

Roderick Hoffman

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 20 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 2.2miles Sun 00:32:30 First jog of the year. Also fast walked the same distance twice on Tue and Fri in 37:30 and 38m.
Barry Walters Running 13km Lightwater Sun am 01:18:56 Ran to just beyond the Brickmakers Arms on the old Windlesham Relay course and after 40 minutes turned back for home feeling ok. Conditions were cool and dry with hardly any wind.
Benita Scaife Running 7.5miles Windsor Great Park Sun am 01:30:22 We ran in Windsor Great Park, starting at Queen Anne’s gate, past the Ranger’s gate and to the Chaplain’s Lodge where we had planned to turn left past Ox pond before climbing up the hill behind the copper horse and running the entire long walk to finish at the back of the castle....
John Scaife Running 7.5miles Windsor Great Park Sun am 01:30:22 ...The track was however closed and we had to detour round the hill, making our distance c. 7.5 miles. 1:30:22. The photo shows the section we weren’t able to access.
Chris Kelly parkrun 5km Reading Sat am No surprises from me - it was a Reading parkrun! But it was also my 500th - and Sarah's 50th - and I was *very* pleased to tick it off .  It's taken a while, but I guess that's normal! (also see below)
Clara Halket Walking 13.31km Local trails Sun 02:15:45 A very cold 13.31km walk on my favourite local trails
Denis Foxley Running 4.7miles Ruislip Woods and Lido Sun am 01:00:00 Muddy conditions
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:24:28 Back in the game with a Bedfont Lakes parkrun (knee on road to recovery)❤️‍
Harjit Jhooti Running 11.62km Rushmoor Sun pm 01:21:12 My longest run this year. Before this run I marshalled at the Farnborough half. Memories of flying as a passenger on a private jet into this airport.
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Bramhall Park Sat am Some parkrun tourism while working in Stockport ‍♀️
Joan Foxley Running 4miles Ruislip Woods and Lido Sun am 00:55:00 Muddy conditions
Julie Barclay Running 7miles Ash Sun 01:00:00 Now running pain free.
Melanie Miller parkrun 5km Great Salterns Sat am 00:39:59 First inaugural attendance plus writing of the run report (GreatSalternsParkrunReport01.pdf) before, or while, travelling to the Running Show in Birmingham!
Michael Ball  Race Lee Valley Indoor Stadium 60 mtres at the London Championships Lee Valley.
Paul Watt Running 12miles Ash to Wood Street Village Sun 01:36:00 Planned 8minute/mile and it worked.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km Sandall Park Sat am 00:43:51 parkrun tourism at Doncaster’s Sandall Park - battling with mole hills, slippy goose poo, frozen tarmac, and frozen and soggy mud. Two and a bit laps, incl a hill. Still managed a new Nordic Walking PB - 43:51. I was chuffed to bits with that (last week 46:15), especially on such a challenging course. Plus 2x gym, 1x a very challenging and energetic dance class (I thought it would be an exercise class).
Piers Keenleyside Running 16.5miles Sun am 02:43:24 Kept my RED January attempt well and truly on track with an 85.8 mile week finished off today with a 16 1/2 mile run done at an average <10 minute mile pace - the last half mile was at 8:34 pace.
Roderick Hoffman Running 10km Harrow Hill Sun pm 01:07:34 Practice run for the Harrow Hill race due in three week's time (see below). I didn't tackle Football Lane but did climb Peterborough Road twice running most of the way. No photo so I'll include the Tutu's café visited after the parkrun on double TuTu day.
Simon Turton Orienteering 10.29km Thame Sun am 00:58:04 You can see from the sign where I ventured to for another Street-O, courtesy of Thames Valley orienteers. Slightly undulating area and pleased with my run (just the one error). Bit cool weather-wise but fine when running.
Stephen Taylor Running 12.08miles Ealing / Canal loop Sat am 02:05:22 Stretching this week's only run a bit from last week and taking the scenic route along the canal again.
Week Achievements Julie and Paul at Raphel

Harrow Hill Race # Sunday 13th February

The Harrow Hill Race is our Run-of-the-Month for February #.  It is on Sunday 13th February with a start time of 10:30 from the foot of Football Lane. It starts with half a climb up the lane, then loops round and does a full climb up the hill. From then it's downhill all the way...well, apart from some undulations and a second climb up the hill up the not quite so steep but somewhat longer Peterborough Road. It is a great event and if you can manage the uphill then there is much downhill to be enjoyed. For details and entry see: Harrow Hill Race 2022 - Harrow Hill ( .

parkrun Results for Saturday 22nd January 2022

31 activities are recorded this week. With the odd exception this list is of people we believe are paid-up members so if your activity is missing it could be that that is in doubt...or it could be an error on our part. So, please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 455 232 0:27:35 60.24%
Benita SCAIFE Gunnersbury 455 377 0:32:28 64.37%
John SCAIFE Gunnersbury 455 378 0:32:29 52.59%
Steve NEWELL Gunnersbury 455 500 0:59:50 32.87% Tailwalker / Matching Chris Kelly's parkruns with his finish position
Michael Dennison Reading 537 8 0:21:00 78.41% first run at Reading, park #53
Ben Kelly Reading 537 22 0:22:03 58.50% new member
Maria JOVANI Reading 537 24 0:22:15 72.06% first run at Reading, park #52
Christopher T KELLY Reading 537 38 0:23:12 66.81% 500 runs in total spread over 59 parks
Barry WALTERS Reading 537 128 0:28:25 59.59% 8th run at Reading, has done 50 parks
Roderick HOFFMAN Reading 537 150 0:29:53 54.16%
Alan FRIAR Reading 537 192 0:33:50 58.13%
Sarah Kelly Reading 537 228 0:38:37 51.70% [non-member] run #50
Sarah GORDON Beacon 30 199 0:39:22 52.29% Run #280, park #126, First BA lady at Beacon (Lichfield) so sets record
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 578 25 0:22:43 61.92%
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 578 28 0:23:13 72.22%
Janet SMITH Bramhall Park 623 311 0:38:58 47.09% First BA lady so sets record
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 861 939 0:32:05 49.56%
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 440 38 0:24:22 58.21%
Melanie Miller Great Salterns 1 211 0:39:59 44.10% Initiating Wilson Index / New BA park #616 / BA records
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 413 Finish Tokens at Guildford
David DUGGAN Hanworth 71 46 0:31:11 51.90%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 280 99 0:28:44 62.94% 173rd parkrun (total)
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 280 187 0:40:28 57.87% 173rd Harrow parkrun
Murray Hogge Mile End 447 23 0:20:12 80.12%
Paul WATT Raphael 276 13 0:19:51 78.09% BA male and grade records, park #64
Julie BARCLAY Raphael 276 60 0:24:15 76.70% First BA lady so sets record, park #69
Jain REID Richmond Park 686 346 0:32:06 56.39%
Trish MCCABE Rickmansworth 186 181 0:28:05 56.56% 1st run at Rickmansworth, park #77
Petra OTTO Sandall Park 366 214 0:43:51 49.94% Sandall parkrun was formerly known as Doncaster
Kay TRINDER Woking 300 38 0:23:32 76.91% Woking reaches 300th
Jacqui Musselwhite Woking 300 81 0:25:23 68.61%

Bramhall parkrun (once in Cheshire, but currently in Greater Manchester) is one of the longest established of parkruns, having started in April 2008.  Janet Smith (38:58) ran her first parkrun earlier than most of us, at Bushy way back in 2006, so it has taken many many years for Janet and Bramhall to meet up for a brief encounter this weekend.  Our club record at Bramhall is held by Chris Kelly with 19:57 set on his only visit in August 2014 when he was up to a mere 200 parkruns in total. 

Roll on to this weekend and Chris Kelly (23:12) ran his home parkrun course at Reading finally taking his total to 500 which makes him eligible to buy a treasured blue running vest.  With stage managed precision his wife Sarah, a far more recent recruit to parkrunning, reached her 50 run milestone on the same day.  Club members there to help them celebrate included son and new member Ben Kelly (22:03), Maria Jovani (22:15) who lowered the club female record and Barry Walters (28:25).  Barry recently became the latest member to reach 50 different parkruns and once ran Reading in 19:50. Chris Kelly has held the club record at Reading with 18:40 for almost ten years.  Age shall not weary them, time just goes faster as you get older!

Gunnersbury parkrun team photoAt the other club featured parkrun Piers Keenleyside, John and Benita Scaife ran at Gunnersbury where Steve Newell tail-walked and came in 500th for the first time anywhere to support Chris Kelly from a distance.  The next “cfp” will now be at Southall Park on 12th February with the visit to Homewood now planned for 19th March.  Early reports from Southall parkrun suggest it is flat and friendly but everyone needs to be warned that the park does not currently have any working toilets.  Don’t rely on old maps!

Melanie Miller (39:59) sought out the inaugural at Great Salterns in Portsmouth which can’t have been a very well kept secret as 238 runners turned up along with 29 volunteers [Ed: Including Melanie as Run Reporter - see link above].  The club parks total moves on to 616.  Melanie’s "Wilson Index" is now 3.  She is also chasing the more intellectual "Fibonacci Sequence" so she is looking for a 21 and then a 34.  For those not familiar, the sequence applicable to parkrun is 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610 and 987 (Bushy Park is only on run 861, so it could be very crowded one Saturday in the spring of 2024).  As if running a 5km wasn’t exciting enough in its own right!

It is almost exactly five years since the inspirational Tom Rowley celebrated his 90th birthday at Woking parkrun.  This week saw Woking parkrun’s 300th edition and Kay Trinder (23:32) and Jacqui Musselwhite (25:23) were there to mark the occasion.

Paul Watt (19:51) with no responsibility for this column this week and time on his hands travelled to Romford in Essex (London Borough of Havering, to be clinical) with Julie Barclay (24:15) and set new club records at the gently undulating Raphael Park (pronounced Ray-Fell).  If Dagenham & Redbridge regain league status there could be a long jog into this area next season (good/bad news: after a 0:2 home defeat to Stockport Country, Dag & Red have slipped down out of the playoff places).  Thanks to Paul for his commentary over the last two weeks – there will be plenty more opportunities in the future!

 Indeed if anyone else would like to try their hand at weekly parkrun reporting just get in touch with the editor.

Steve Newell

Chris Kelly is the club's second member of the 500 club after Alan Anderson. Alan is currently on 606 (parkruns that is, not the football chat show). The next club member to reach 500 is likely to be Ian Cunningham, currently on 445 - so plans will be being made this time next year. Up to a year after that it could be like London Buses with myself (413), Bob Bannister (410) and Steve Newell (403).

Looking at parkrun globally 1,730 5k parkruns operated last Saturday. That is the most that there have ever been, even before the pandemic. The previous record was 1,713 on 1st Feb 2020. And the new record was despite many parkruns, including some whole countries, still not operating because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore (this is where I get most of my club stats from).

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Club Featured parkrun reports #

An elite group of four BA runners participated in Gunnersbury parkrun on 22nd January. Piers, Benita and John ran, while Steve was tailwalker.

The field of exactly 500 parkrunners overflowed from the path onto the grass at the start but the ground was firm all the way round, and the relatively mild (compared to Friday’s below zero) 6 degrees made for just about perfect conditions.

Coffee was then obtained from the kiosk on the museum terrace and consumed in an initially deserted conservatory in which heaters and blankets were provided, making for a very pleasant conclusion.

Reading parkrun club team photoJohn Scaife

Meanwhile at Reading parkrun Chris Kelly was in celebratory mood...

"Fabulous morning at Reading parkrun doing my Five Hundredth parkrun, with my wife Sarah notching up her Fiftieth. It did seem like a long time since the previous milestone - 250 weeks running (plus 71 other weeks...) - so I was very pleased to join the about 171 others in the 500 Club yesterday (including Reading's own Lorraine and Phil - and Ian!), and I have indeed ordered the T-Shirt already. Sarah is a later entry to the parkrun phenomenon - post hip-(h)op - but by managing to reach 50 on the same day, has enabled us to order two T's in one go! It was great to see a few friends visiting from my Club, British Airways - Mike, Maria, Barry, Roderick and Alan, and receive well wishes from others. And to share some cakey comestibles with all. I'd like to say Thanks to all the volunteers past and present at Reading parkrun, not least the EDs - Jamie Smith & Mark Saunders back at our first one in 2009 (good to see Margaret and David from that day!), Lucy, our inestimable Teresa (directing again today..), and current stars Ian and David, but also the many who have freely given any of their time, like Chris "The Bridge" Smith (whom I have passed maybe 1000 times over the years...). Thanks all!"

Chris Kelly (from Facebook)

Next Street-O Tuesday 8th February - Liverpool Street.

The venue for the next event in the winter Street-O series on the evening of Tuesday 8th February has been announced as The Railway Tavern which is near the entrance to Liverpool Street Station (Central Line). See StreetO Tuesday 8th February 2022 | London Orienteering Klubb for details.

Roderick Hoffman

To the Editor:

Is it possible for you to advertise in this week's digest that I have a place going begging for the Quicksilver, Hampton Court Half Marathon, on Sunday 20th February. Because of my current injury I will not be running and very happy to give my entry to someone else.

Many thanks,

> Julie Barclay

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