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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th July 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Results for Next Week

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.

Monthly Mile (please submit your July Mile performance by the end of the month):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be somebody else's formal event or even one mile within a longer run. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year: [no need to submit if your best mile is the pre-AGM mile or one of the Arethusa miles (see below)].

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by Sunday evening) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Arethusa Mile - Club run Wednesday 26th July - reminder

We are having a club run at the Arethusa Mile in Bushy Park this week. The Arethusa Mile is a free organised weekly run on a road circuit mainly around the Arethusa Statue Fountain near where the Bushy Park parkrun starts. If you haven't run this event before then you need to be there by 7:15pm to pre-register, my advice is to aim to be there by 7. The actual race starts at 7:30pm. The Bushy Park carparks should be open until 8:30 but if you want a leisurely departure then use the Clapperstile car park - accessible from Queens Road, Teddington - and then enter Bushy Park on foot via Clapperstile Gate and have a one mile warm-up to the start of the event.

More details on request.

>>> Roderick Hoffman

Great City Race Thanks (and more)

Good morning all, I hope you’re well. I just wanted to say a big thank you for your help in supporting the Great City Race last night and making it such a success. There was nothing but praise from our sector manager Jason and the LME team (understand some of you also had a chat with both Hugh Brasher & Hugh Jones). In the main, the general public (and competitors) were complementary of our efforts but there’s always a minority that are a little selfish but I know you rose above this.

Great City Race helpersBit of a roller coaster on the volunteer front with two dropping out at short notice but a bonus when Dave and Chariya turned up unannounced to help… then disappeared again, only to return after a stint helping on the course. It’s the first time at this event we’ve utilised a ‘dual tape’ and hopefully the use of the maillot jaune (OK, it was a tabard) helped avoid confusion on which side of the road runners were meant to be (I think I only messed it up once but the team recovered well). Post race, it was refreshment time and a bonus that we arrived just as they were clearing out the stock, so got to take a few beers home as the rain started.

Thanks again, it was fun.

Helpers were; Simon Turton, Steve Hillier, Roderick Hoffman, Jas Modaher, Neelam Kaur Modaher, Tejinder Singh Modaher, Sukhdev Modaher, John Scaife, Benita Scaife, Dave Rimmer, Chariya Rimmer, Denis Foxley, Joan Foxley, Chris Kelly & Jain Reid [some of whom were still there for the photo].

Simon Turton

Don't forget the Big Half on 3rd September - volunteers to >>> Steve Hillier 


With respect to the Vitality London 10000 on Sunday 24th September: For various reasons BAAC are not coordinating a team of volunteers this year but members / friends etc. are free to volunteer individually through ‘Rosterfy’: Invite > London Marathon Events Ltd. ( . You’d be helping between 08:30 – 14:00 and the London Marathon organisation will be providing staff to manage the sector you’d be helping on. It’s usually a fun event so why not sign-up? And let us know how you get on, under different management!

Simon Turton

Recent Activity Achievements

Only 12 members' achievements were communicated to me, but it is the holiday season. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Cox Green Tues 18th July local fast walk in 10m 11s. Thurs 20th July cycle Cox Green plus Ockwells in 20m 55s.
Ben Cooper Running 7.24km Tel Aviv, Israel Wed 00:49:20 Very slow very very hot trot around Herzliya Marina whilst I am in TLV looking after 2x 777s out here for maintenance.
David Cowell  Race 5km Sunderland Thur 00:17:48 Sunderland Harriers 5k road race.
Eddie Giles parkrun 5km Salisbury Sat am 00:30:09 "First run for nearly 6months at Salisbury after health issues. Started at the back of run then overtook 130 walkers & runners, so quite pleased. 214th of 344."
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:22:48 First female and “best finish position” (8th).
Jain Reid Running 17.54km Fulham to Kew loop Sun 02:00:06 Struggling to get back into it after a nearly a month off after Comrades followed by a few busy work weeks. Managed to get Weds mornings off to fit in a midweek run as well as parkrun and Sunday LSR. Hoping that going from 2 to 3 runs a week helps. Full of admiration for you early starters
Janet Smith parkrun 5km Reading Sat am The 600th Reading parkrun and bumped into a familiar face. It was my fastest parkrun since December ‍♀️
Joe Nolan  Race 5km Langley Park Series Wed pm 00:30:50 46th of 81 and a series result for attending all three.
Piers Keenleyside parkrun 5km The Cinder Track Sat am 00:26:46 Came 49th. Nice out and back course on an old railway line - not flat though - slight up hill on the way out and then gently down all the way back. Also Castle Howard 10k on Sunday - a complete mud-fest! 1:11:37.
Roderick Hoffman  Race 5km Langley Park Series Wed pm 00:31:52 51st of 81
Sarah Gordon parkrun 5km The Cinder Track Sat am Instead of chatting over coffee {and potentially meeting Piers} I ran back to watch the steam train go by - rather later than usual apparently.
Steve Hillier Running 3.9km Roxbourne Park Sun am 00:28:17 A different loop through Roxbourne Park.  Cloudy and warm.  the dogs are still friendly!

Week Achievement photos Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 22nd July

42 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Harjit Jhooti Alice Holt 463 258 0:40:36 44.01% first run at Alice Holt, park #90
David Cowell Alvaston 143 6 0:18:29 76.74% run #79, park #63, BA Men's record and Age Grade record (from Sarah).
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 651 8 0:22:48 67.98% F1, 267th run at Bedfont
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 651 53 0:28:45 58.90% run #468, 341st at Bedfont Lakes
Paul WATT Bexley 526 9 0:20:56 75.32% BA Men's record.
Julie BARCLAY Bexley 526 46 0:24:05 79.45% BA Ladies and Age Grade record.
Joe NOLAN Black Park 669 362 0:34:26 50.10% 384th run at Black Park, P-Index is 4
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 154 323 0:36:05 52.52% run #138, 32nd at Brooklands
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 940 99 0:20:59 71.41%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 940 441 0:25:32 62.79%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 940 1269 0:48:40 48.94% run #35, best this year
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 515 14 0:22:20 63.96%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 515 52 0:26:39 56.22%
Alice BANKS Eastleigh 597 127 0:28:35 73.12% first run at Eastleigh
Roderick HOFFMAN Erddig 265 84 0:33:24 49.30% Wrong parkrun! Had set off for Old Railway Trail - story below.
Daniela MAYEROVA Exmouth 218 338 0:33:17 45.67% [Non-member] Back from Hawaii.
Frankie HOGGE Finsbury Park 598 142 0:24:06 61.41% 2nd run at Finsbury Park. PB by 6 seconds, improves own BA record.
Oliver MATHAI Gunnersbury 532 210 0:27:25 63.59% 50th run at Gunnersbury
Steve NEWELL Gunnersbury 532 483 0:55:23 37.07% A walk round the "Festival Route"
Fiona Bishop Hanworth 144 21 0:25:48 78.55% F3, first run at Hanworth
David DUGGAN Hanworth 144 50 0:34:45 47.39%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 357 121 0:29:53 62.35%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 357 205 0:38:06 62.51%
Barry WALTERS Hazelwood 196 73 0:30:29 56.04% first post Covid run at Hazelwood
Melanie Miller Hockgraben 103 36 0:38:54 45.93% New BA event - Jumbo Jet #747 !
Trish MCCABE Kingdom 146 44 0:29:11 54.94% first timer at Kingdom, park #124
Benita SCAIFE Mile End 524 260 0:31:41 68.02% 3rd run at Mile End
John SCAIFE Mile End 524 261 0:31:42 54.99% run #300
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch parkrun 542 236 0:26:02 62.23% [New member, regular parkrunner at Nonsuch]
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 433 269 0:47:20 57.57% run #667
Murray Hogge Reading 600 40 0:21:21 76.42%
Ben Kelly Reading 600 101 0:24:15 53.26%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 600 102 0:24:18 64.88% 404th run at Reading (out of their 600 and his 566)
Janet Smith Reading 600 287 0:35:39 52.17% run #155, only 2nd at Reading
Jain REID Richmond Park 765 377 0:43:23 42.30%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 352 214 0:30:09 61.80% first run since February
Piers KEENLEYSIDE The Cinder Track 91 49 0:26:46 63.26% Didn't meet Sarah. New BA parkrun #748.
Sarah GORDON The Cinder Track 91 112 0:39:56 52.34% Didn't meet Piers
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 376 198 0:27:16 65.53%
Mike DENNISON Woodley 487 13 0:20:17 82.66% first run at Woodley, park #70
Maria JOVANI Woodley 487 30 0:21:53 74.03% first run at Woodley, park #67
Alastair HESLOP Guildford cancelled - had a weekend off.

parkrun Review 22nd July 2023

The count of different parkruns visited by members over the years in getting close to 750 and could have got even closer!  Melanie Miller (38:54) went to Hockgraben (Lake Constance, Germany, CET).  Piers Keenleyside (26:46) and Sarah Gordon (39:56) went to the Cinder Track. Whitby, Yorkshire, BST).  Roderick Hoffman (33:24) set off intending to run at The Old Railway Track in Llangollen where none of us have run but somehow ended up at Erddig a few miles away near Wrexham where the football team plays on a racecourse! Richard Ruffell ran there (and faster) some years ago so it's been ticked off before. There must be a story there.  The count is stuck on 748 for this week.

David Cowell (18:29, 76:74%) was our fastest runner this week.  He was making his first visit to Alvaston (Derby).  Other notable runs came from Mike Dennison (20:17, 82.66%) at Woodley, Paul Watt (20:56, 75.32%) and Julie Barclay (24:05, 79.45%) at Bexley, Ian Haylock (20:59, 71.41%) at Bushy, Alice Banks (28:35, 73.12%) at Eastleigh, Fiona Bishop (25:48, 78.55%) at Hanworth, Murray Hogge (21:21, 76.42%) at the Reading “600”.  Emma Moreton (22:48) was the first lady over the line at Bedfont Lakes.

Steve Newell

How I arrived at the Wrong parkrun

Erddig parkrun course obsticlesWhat is important on a Saturday morning (on a weekend off from helping at Stockley Country) is firstly, getting to the start of a parkrun course by the start time and secondly, then getting to its finish. I took a risk on Saturday relying on two rural buses to get me from my hotel in Chirk to Llangollen for the Old Railway Trail parkrun. I left my car in the hotel carpark because I wanted to walk back along the Llangollen Canal. It was a mistake. Google and the bus stop showed different times for the bus and a bus didn't arrive for either of them. I got on the bus that did arrive but it turned out to be an express service to Wrexham. But it didn't arrive like an express in Wrexham because it had to go round-the-houses to avoid a closed road. I almost caught the next bus from Wrexham to Llangollen (which would have got me to the start for 9:05) but the bus sailed past the stop without stopping (perhaps I looked "English"). I checked my phone at 08:40 and it told me that the start of Erddig parkrun was a 30minute walk I set off running and made it there as the Run Director gathered parkrunners together. She warned that the course was muddy, and I looked down at my "Rail Trail" road shoes, but in truth it wasn't too bad. It was also hilly but you got to run down the hill in the second km so you know what to expect from the up in the last km. And there may be obstacles on the course (pictured) but my run was uninterrupted and I made it to the finish. Then a most enjoyable breakfast and chat in the National Trust quality cafe, a dash back to the bus stop and I made it to Llangollen for 11:30, in time to start my walk and by chance to meet three of the parkrunners who had made the Old Railway Trail - including one who turned out to be a Hoffman Club member. A good day, including a workout of both mind and body!

Are You Free?

I'm also away from Stockley Country on 12th August as are both of the other people who have been Run Director there. Many BA club members have the experience of being Run Director so if you are available that day please let me know - either to be the Run Director or to take on another of the non-running roles whilst a new Run Director beds in. Otherwise we may need to cancel. >>> Let me know.

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor (in some cases "Intercepted by the editor", others "mislaid by the editor and then re-found")

I saw the mention in the latest digest of my Eiger E35 Ultra - thanks! I'm happy to have completed it and did scrap through the cutoff time towards the end. I honestly thought I was going to finish somewhere between 6-7hrs but the lack of training/taper this past 6 weeks plus the heat & elevation proved more of a challenge on the day. Course was fairly technical, with lots of tree roots, rocks, twists & turns, single track and sheer face drops and makeshift bridges. Huge kudos to everyone that finished the run, especially these doing the 50k and 101k options. I can’t even comprehend the pairs running the 250k with a cutoff time of 95hrs. There was great supportive energy in the town of Grindelwald and the Jungfrau region in Switzerland is spectacular!

James Edwards

On Sunday 9th I joined over 1000 others at Holkham Hall in Norfolk for the Outlaw Holkham 70.3 Triathlon. It was a very early start, with the race for the faster swimmers starting at 6am, for me I was in the water by about 6.30. The water was pretty murky but I found my way round and after 2000m and just under 40 minutes the swim was done and I was off on the bike for an undulating 56 miles round Norfolk. Certainly not the flat course you might think for Norfolk. It was warm, but not too hot for once. Back from the bike in 2hr 48mins at an average speed of 20mph. While in transition swapping my bike shoes for running shoes the loud speaker announces the winner coming in and I still had 13.3 miles to run! So ignoring that I was then off on to the quite hilly 3 lap run course. The sun decided now was a good time to shine, not what I wanted as the weather forecast was for a drop or two of rain at this point, which would have been much preferred. It was not my greatest run, with a few stomach cramps adding to the usual pain.

Overall finished in 5hrs 25mins, which was exactly 11 secs quicker than I did the same race 4 years ago, but to be fair it was a lot hotter that day. I was 3rd in my age group out of 32 which was a nice surprise and as this race was also the British Triathlon designated 70.3 (Half Ironman) British Championship race I was on the podium for a BTF medal as well. Overall I finished 381st out of 1106 finishers, not too bad as 95% of those were younger than me.

Richard Ruffell

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