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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th February 2019


  • Wednesday 27th February - Five-Mile Handicap # and Club Awards evening at The Bedfont Club (see below) *
  • Saturday 2nd March - Ladies Surrey League final match at Lloyd Park, Croydon from 11:00 (more details below) #
  • Thursday 7th March Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45 *

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year.

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. Last updated: 11th February.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 5th February) / # 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

Reminder - Wednesday Awards evening and Five-Mile handicap (please respond if you have not already done so)

This Wednesday 27th, we have the British Airways AC Awards evening.  A dozen awards are handed out to those members who have achieved the most over the 2018 year.  The Awards Evening will be held at The Bedfont Club ( Timing are:

  • 18:00 February Five Mile Handicap (runs to finish for 19:00) see next #,
  • 19:30 Food provided by the committee for members and guests, cash bar,
  • 20:00 Awards followed by social,
  • 22:30 End

Please let us know to expect you, so that we can order the right amount and variety of food.  Either reply to me Roderick Hoffman or to the Facebook event at: . If you are a regular, but don't expect to be able to make it, please also let us know so that we don't cater for you.

Five-Mile Handicap

The next round of the club winter five-mile handicap is this Wednesday 27th February. Start times are based on the intention to have a close finish back at the Bedfont Football Club car park at 7 p.m. Those who have already run in the series this winter will have a start time based on earlier performances.  Any newcomers will be given a mutually acceptable time guided by recent parkruns or other 5km/10km/5 mile races.  Please email Steve Newell {} in advance.

Northala NOW run participants20th February NOW run at Northala Fields

Last Wednesday saw a very successful Non-Office Workers run around Northala Fields. Nine of us gathered for the run including Tony Barnwell on just his second run after a long layoff. We ran around a variant of the parkrun course - a simpler route proposed by myself, but rejected due to worries of the potential condition of one of the paths used (though with no issue on this occasion). Shortly after finishing Chris caught us having run from work, but after obtaining an authorising signature and having the team photo taken, he ran back to return to work.  The rest of us had a more leisurely lunch at Santos' Remo Cafe before marching up the spiral on the tallest mound to admire the view.  The park was busy - it always is but particularly last week due to half-term but there was plenty of space for all of us even in the cafe.

Photo left to right - Steve Newell, Chris Kelly, Alice Banks, Benita Scaife, John Scaife, Christine Munden, Steve Hillier, Tony Barnwell, Roderick Hoffman and Piers Keenleyside.

The next NOW event will be on the 20th March, the first day of Spring, at Brooklands. A run around the area within the old motor racing circuit, including a photo-opportunity at the Concorde guardian angel, will be followed by a visit to the Brooklands Museum - first stop the cafe!

Roderick Hoffman

SURREY LADIES CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE - 4th Match, Sat 2nd March 2019 at Lloyd Park at 11.00am

Hosted by Striders of Croydon, Croydon Harriers & South London Harriers 

Address:  Lloyd Park, Coombe Rd, Croydon CR0 5RA

Race Start Time: Division 2 race at 11am, U17/U15s 12pm, U13s 12.30pm, Div 1 at 1pm

Travel / Parking: You are advised to arrive by tram as the easiest way of getting to the start. Alight at Lloyd Park Tram stop, which is adjacent to the start. Lloyd Park is on line 3 running from Wimbledon to New Addington via East and West Croydon stations for easy access.

If you come by car, we attach some information about the parking options available. Please pass this on to anyone you know is coming to the race and encourage car sharing.

Refreshments – Café on site near to the start/finish. Please remove muddy shoes and use the changing rooms next door if you need to get changed. DO NOT GET CHANGED IN THE CAFE. 

Toilets and changing facilities - are adjacent to the Cafe.

First Aid – Supplied by First Aid Cover Ltd.

Course - The adults course is approximately 5 miles long made up of 2 laps over varying and in parts hilly terrain. The route is all on grass/trails and is suitable for spikes and can be muddy/waterlogged underfoot. There are some exposed tree roots, overhanging branches and rutted sections of the course. U17s/U15s do one lap. U13 do 1 lap of 2 miles.

Let Clara know if you are able to make it or to ask for further details.

Clara Halket

Club parkrun results for Saturday 23rd February 2019

23rd FebRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Kay Trinder 20:56 Woking F-1, 90th run at Woking 83%
Jacqui Musselwhite 23:11 Woking run #74, 63rd at Woking 72%
Julie Barclay 23:41 Woking run #154, 20th at Woking 75%
Paul Watt 27:01 Woking run #98, 7th at Woking 56%
Joe Nolan 32:18 Black Park improving streak now 6 weeks 51%
David Duggan 337:25 Feltham (HMYOI) run #296, inaugural by invitation only 42%
Sarah Gordon 33:07 Fire Service College 1st run at Fire Service College, park #105 59%
Piers Keenleyside 28:47 Fire Service College run #227, 2nd at Fire Service College 56%
Becky Thurtell 24:57 Fire Service College (nm) run #486, park #261 75%
Steve Newell 38:06 Wormwood Scrubs run #346, 5th at Wormwood Scrubs(#400) 49%
Chris Evans 23:25 Bedfont Lakes run #229, 222nd at Bedfont Lakes 65%
Scott Davison 23:32 Bedfont Lakes run #291, 237th at Bedfont Lakes (#498) 61%
Anne Bannister 27:58 Bedfont Lakes run #191, 156th at Bedfont Lakes 70%
Zoe Ostley 53:15 Bedfont Lakes run #223, 155th at Bedfont Lakes 34%
Ian Cunningham 25:34 Bushy Park run #368, 299th run at Bushy Park 61%
Jonathan Cox 28:34 Crane Park run #379, 84th at Crane Park 55%
Ben Chaytow 32:27 Crane Park run #223, 192nd at Crane Park 43%
John Coffey 29:41 Hazelwood run #318, 39th at Hazelwood 66%
Tony Barnwell 44:14 Higginson, Marlow run #182, 2nd at Marlow 44%
Benita Scaife 31:22 Maidenhead run #142, 72nd at Maidenhead 64%
John Scaife 31:22 Maidenhead run #163, 75th at Maidenhead 53%
Petra Otto 47:38 Manor Fld, Whittlesey run #79, 7th at Whittlesey 44%
Jeremy Short 24:27 Osterley Park run #110, 22nd at Osterley Park 64%
Trish McCabe 27:14 Osterley Park run #275, 15th at Osterley 57%
Alan Anderson 42:49 Osterley Park run #542, 12th at Osterley 53%
Chris Kelly 24:28 Reading run #422, 328th at Reading + barcode scanning 62%
Maria Jovani volunteer Bedfont Lakes run director
Alice Banks volunteer Higginson, Marlow run director
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow token sorting
Joan Foxley volunteer Harrow token sorting
Roderick Hoffman 229:02 Zielona Gora (Poland) run #337, park #363, BA park #473, "Z" 57%

The best performers this week were from Tom’s stable at Woking.  Kay Trinder (20:56, 83%) was the pick of the bunch and she had run the last-Friday-of-the-month Hyde Park 5km in 20:00 the day before.  After a week in Kiev Paul Watt (27:01) managed to run round for the first time this year.  Joe Nolan (32:18) is also returning from injury but managed to improve his time at Black Park for the sixth week in a row.

David Duggan (37:25) was in a celebrity line-up at the inaugural parkrun at Feltham Young Offenders Institution (on the other side of the railway tracks by Bedfont Lakes) {also see below}.  Parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt (27:27) led the inmates round the course.  Judging by the times it seems a fair bet that shoe laces had been tied together to make sure the guards didn’t get left behind.  Checking the volunteer roster it has been suggested that the timekeepers were a gang of crooks.

The other new park in the club collection was added by Roderick Hoffman at Zielona Gora in western Poland.  This may be just one episode of a developing international story – for now we will just say he can include “Z” in his alphabetic parkrun collection (not yet available in UK).  Sarah Gordon (33:07) became the second member to run at the Fire Service College and established a club female record.  Piers Keenleyside (28:47) was also there but failed to improve on his previous time – maybe a marathon in the Spanish sunshine six days earlier had something to do with that. Club friend Becky Thurtell was also there but at best the three only exchanged nods.

Steve Newell (38:06) continues to attend parkruns celebrating multiple centuries (100’s of runs) and this week dropped in at the never overcrowded Wormwood Scrubs for their 400th.  The course has been straightened out a bit, is now the full 5000m and includes a longer pleasing downhill finish.  For the second successive week Steve was lapped by a young woman who went on to be first finisher overall.  Other century runs in the offing include Bedfont Lakes (500) and Harrow (200), both on 9th March and the big one at Bushy (800) in early August.
This time next year we will be looking forward to the first ever leap day parkrun – 29th February 2020.  To anyone who cares about this kind of thing I suggest you start making plans now.  There won’t be another 29th February on a Saturday until 2048 and that could be too late for some of us.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

Feltham parkrun

Over the past few weeks, Bedfont Lakes parkrun has been assisting Feltham parkrun core team with preparations for the launch of their parkrun. Feltham parkrun is located within the Feltham Young Offenders Institution and at its closest point is approximately 60 metres away from the Bedfont parkrun route and therefore believed to be the closest two parkruns in the world!

As part of the Bedfont core team, I was privileged to be invited to attend the inaugural Feltham parkrun, along with parkrun representatives, business partners and community links. In the days prior to the event, we had submitted security information and having arrived at 8.00am we were taken through airport style security which ensured we did not have GPS/smart watches or mobile phones with us.

Approximately twenty runners and five volunteers joined the 'locals' to produce a total number of participants of thirty runners and twelve volunteers. The pre-run briefing explained there had been a last minute need to change to the course - originally it was going to be five laps of an enclosed area of playing fields, however in the past few days a new fence had been erected dividing the playing fields into two. The course had therefore been revised and remeasured, resulting in the number of longer laps being reduced to 4.5 (this may change again in the future) - without any of the runners wearing a GPS watch, it was strange to be totally in the hands of the Run Directors' briefing as to the route and not knowing the speed/distance you were running. The course is mainly on grass, with a section of concrete path being included when traversing between the playing fields. Whilst running and around the finish area there was a typical parkrun atmosphere between all participants, with encouragement being given to each other, high fives along the section where people ran in both directions and general discussion about the run when finished.

As stated earlier, I regard myself privileged to have been invited to this event. The overall experience combined what I have experienced all over the world with parkrun, along with communicating with those who are completely new to the parkrun family.

David Duggan


As expected California Country parkrun was launched and was successful despite the large crowd who turned up - 392 parkrunners (including 93 new parkrunners and those without barcodes).  It was one of four regular parkruns that started in the UK last Saturday. That is in addition to the limited access parkruns including Feltham. The parkrun representatives at Feltham included Paul and Joanne Sinton-Hewett and Paul enjoyed his third ever first finish after Les Dougnes last year and then at Pymmes in 2011. It has been suggested on Social Media that the only reason Paul was able to finish first is because he was running against those that got caught! The guests were certainly not inaugural chasers - for most including Dave it was their first UK inaugural.  Paul's first ever parkrun inaugural run was at Bedfont Lakes in 2009 and since 2013 he has averaged just one per year, and every other one of those is overseas.

Next Saturday there are SIX inaugurals of UK regular parkruns.  Yes, I've counted them twice as part of my forecasting activity. One of them, Groe, is in the middle of Wales near the settlement of Builth Wells. This is miles from anywhere else, the nearest existing parkrun is Newtown 25.4 miles away as the dragon flies. My forecast for them is for 61 runners at their inaugural - and I may have been generous. So, if you are desperate to get to a UK inaugural, start making your plans. But I'll warn you - I've just checked and Google recommend the quickest public transport route takes six and a half hours and includes a two and a half hour bus journey from Cardiff.  Nevertheless I'm sure you'll be most welcome.


Tom's Diary

With four ½ marathons (Hillingdon, Thorpe Park, Wokingham and Brighton) on a very busy day for hundreds of volunteers/officials.

A couple of results to report:

On Friday 22nd Kay Trinder ran 20.00 minutes in the Brooks Serpentine 5k in Hyde Park, her best 0/50 time and age graded 85.4%   Point of interest the first lady and 0/55 was Clare Elms who ran a course record and a 99% grade in 17:39.

At Woking on Sat. a special day for a former staff retired member and colleague dispatcher of Julie/Paul Mike Cussan who was running his 100th in 33.19 so a celebration.

Other members were 1st lady Kay Trinder in 20.56; Jacqui Musellwhite 56th in 23.11; Julie Barclay was 64th in 23.41 who had been in Kiev for a week and retuned Fri. with Paul who ran his first 5k since December the 10th (Osterley) and been injured since but managed to get round in 27.01.

Tom Rowley

Colin and ImpOn My Travels

I took this photograph of an Imp statue in Zielona Gora. It is obvious who it is modelled on (inlay).

Roderick Hoffman

Running shorts...

  • I completed the Wokingham Half marathon on 24/02/19 in a time of 2:08:02. It is a very pleasant route and was an enjoyable run in the sunshine. I used this run as a warm up for The Vitality Big Half on 10/03/19 which will be my second half marathon of the year. Trish McCabe

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