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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th March 2019


  • Wednesday 27th March Five Mile Handicap at Bedfont Club from 18:00 #*
  • Thursday 4th April Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45 *
  • Wednesday 10th April "Watersplash" 10k (and 5k) club races from the Bedfont Club from 18:00 #*

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 20th March) / # 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

Five-Mile Winter Handicap Wednesday 27th March #

The final run of the winter 5-mile handicap will be held on Wednesday 27th March from the Bedfont Club.  With the start of summer time delayed because of Brexit (now getting the blame for absolutely everything) runners will start in daylight but probably finish in the gloom.

Maarten Stenham (89 points) who has run every monthly since October looks like being the overall winner but there will be runners up prizes and Roderick Hoffman (67), Steve Hillier (66), Simon Turton (62) and defending champion Trish McCabe (62) all in with a chance to win one of the last pints brewed by Fullers and there is still a chance to win a tankard (if you haven't already).  Nineteen members have already completed at least one run with Paul Knechtl (31:12) setting a new course record in February.

Runners will start in line with previous runs with the expectation of a close finish at 7 p.m.  Changing rooms, showers and bar available before and after the run.

Steve Newell

WARR Amsterdam Locations

Some details have been added to this year's World Airline Road Race in Amsterdam. We now know the venue for the Race Packet Pick-ups and the venue for the Meet & Greet and T-Shirt Party events - these in a brewery no less (or at least a former brewery and site of the Heineken Brewery Experience Tour).  Three "Host" hotels have also been announced, but KLM acknowledge that many participants will find themselves accommodation across Amsterdam - for instance my Australian sister is busy booking a houseboat.

There is still some ambiguity over the exact location for the race course and the venue for the Awards Dinner event has yet to be announced. I don't think that there is any doubt about these - just some details need to be worked out before they can be announced.

The website states that we will be able to register for the event from "April" so expect further details to be added soon. Visit to check.

The venues that have been confirmed have been added to the club map - [Clickable link to Google Maps].

A quick reminder that whilst WARR is primarily an airline event and the major awards are reserved for current and retired airline employees all are welcome and there are some specific non-airline awards.  The races are a 10k road race followed by a 5k road race on the same morning. You are welcome to specalise on one of the two races or run both.

Obviously Amsterdam is easy to get to by flight, boat or train.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this year's event.

Roderick Hoffman

Wednesday 20th March NOW run at Brooklands report

We met, we ran and we Concorde!

To be honest it did take us a while to meet up because around the location all of the mini-roundabouts look the same - you can go east, north, south or west but only the one exit off from one of the roundabouts leads to the right car park. Chris Stockwell and I trusted our sat nav navigators and arrived correctly, Chris so early he had already walked round one lap of the course before I got there just before the appointed hour. Alice gave up trying to find the right exit and parked at the Brooklands Museum instead and ran over from there.  Barry found the right exit on his second attempt but Steve and Christine took at least three attempts and two phone calls before they also arrived.  Once assembled we ran a lap of the parkrun course, then gathered for the team photograph {on Facebook and here next week}, and then some of us did a second lap whilst others headed off early to the museum. At the museum we negotiated for our BA discount and then headed straight for the cafe. After a generous lunch we split - some to get the Concorde Experience, some to checkout the Motor Racing and F1 Museum and others to explore the Bus Museum. We then gathered again at four to start our journey home - with varied experiences of London Rush Hours Traffic (I do not miss that aspect of my working life!).

The next NOW event will be on Wednesday 17th April at Headstone Manor in Harrow where after a run we'll see what Harrow has to offer in the way of Heritage.  

 Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 23th March 2019

23rd MarchRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
James Shoulder 19:24 Bedfont Lakes #502 M-2, run #39, 26th at Bedfont, parkrun pb 66%
Caroline Yarnell 22:52 Curl Curl #310 run #63, 55th at Curl Curl 81%
Maria Jovani 19:44 Northala Fields #250 F-1, course pb, club records (all genders) 79%
Jacqui Musselwhite 24:09 Tamar Lakes #233 run #76, park #10, club rec (all genders) 69%
Roderick Hoffman 28:38 Watermeadows #6 park #276, BA park #482 55%
Chris Evans 23:29 Bedfont Lakes #502 run #233,226th at Bedfont Lakes 64%
Paul Davis 21:37 Bedfont Lakes #502 run #133, 90th at Bedfont Lakes 63%
Graham Taylor 25:56 Bedfont Lakes #502 run #12, 4th at Bedfont Lakes 61%
Ian Cockram 24:47 Bedfont Lakes #502 run #472, 285th at Bedfont Lakes 60%
Bob Bannister 27:23 Bedfont Lakes #502 run #350, 290th at Bedfont Lakes 60%
David Duggan 28:55 Bedfont Lakes #502 run #300, 198th at Bedfont Lakes 55%
Colin Haylock 33:12 Bushy Park #781 run #70, VI guide 44%
Scott Davison 23:50 Crane Park #363 run #295, 34th at Crane Park 60%
Barry Walters 22:03 Ellenbrook #151 run #67, park #34 75%
Steve Newell 35:42 Gunnersbury #379 run #350, 137th at Gunnersbury, 2018 sb 52%
John Coffey 30:28 Hazelwood #54 run #322, 43rd at Hazelwood 65%
Benita Scaife 31:34 Maidenhead #209 run #145, 74th at Maidenhead 63%
John Scaife 31:42 Maidenhead #209 run #167, 77th at Maidenhead 53%
Trish McCabe 27:46 Osterley #285 run #279, 16th at Osterley 56%
Alan Anderson 41:42 Osterley #285 run #545, 15th at Osterley 55%
Sarah Gordon 31:21 Oxford #378 run #225, park #106, 2018 sb 63%
Chris Kelly 22:34 Reading 476 run #426, 322nd at Reading 67%
Jain Reid 29:07 Richmond #606 run #45, 43rd at Richmond, 2018 sb 60%
Neil Frediani 26:34 Rickmansworth #108 run #221, 1st at Rickmansworth, park #46 61%
Julie Barclay 22:41 Rushmoor #239 run #156, 44th at Rushmoor, 2018 sb 79%
Paul Watt 25:26 Rushmoor #239 run #101, 48th at Rushmoor, 2018 sb 60%
Michael Ball 24:51 Woking #229 run #147, 134th at Woking 63%
Tony Barnwell 44:17 Wycombe Rye #342 run #185, 86th at Wycombe 44%
Caroline Cockram volunteer Bedfont Lakes
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford run director
Alice Banks volunteer Higginson, Marlow run director
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow timekeeper
Joan Foxley volunteer Harrow barcode scanning

We had a couple of sub-20 minute runs this week with James Shoulder (19:24) recording a parkrun pb at Bedfont Lakes and Maria Jovani (19:44) taking over as club course record holder at Northala Fields.  That time places her 4th (out of over 400) in her age group there.
Jacqui Musselwhite (24:09) is still in Devon on a family mercy mission and ran at Tamar Lakes faster there than any of us have done before.
Roderick Hoffman (28:38) came back to UK to visit a newish parkrun at Watermeadows in Towcester, South Northamptonshire better known as a horseracing venue.  BA park #482.

Former member Caroline Yarnell (22:52) greeted the southern hemisphere autumn at Curl Curl in Sydney.  Still going well after all these years in exile.

After the NOW visit to Brooklands (VC10, etc) on Wednesday, Barry Walters (22:03) was inspired to drive to Ellenbrook Fields In Hatfield and try the parkrun there based on the birthplace of the De Haviland Comet flown by BEA and BOAC.  Richard Ruffell still holds the club record there with 21:21.

The event run number now being provided along with the parkrun name to help anyone taking up the “Wilson Index” challenge to plan ahead.  If this means absolutely nothing to you then have a look at this website .

There was no milestone T-shirt achieving run this week but some members reached landmarks on the way with Bob Bannister (350), Steve Newell (350) and David Duggan(300).  The “500” club is still exclusive but will welcome its 50th member any week now.  Ian Cockram is now on 472.  Alan Anderson has moved on to 545.

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

Dear Cranford Park User...

There has been lots of work going on behind the scenes, towards the park's Round 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Surveys and consultations are a necessary part of the process. Your views on the park are needed for an on-line survey by Hillingdon Council. Please let them know what you think of it, how you use it (or not), and what kind of park you want in the future (including cafe and event options). It will just take a few minutes to complete:

Thank you (closes on April 16).

Regards, Bob Barton Secretary, Cranford Park Friends

And the phase "If you don't ask, you don't get" applies for improvements to the park to make it more suitable for runners with or without a tailor-made parkrun course!  A cafe, toilets and better car parking is already listed but could be very restricted if delivered the wrong way. 

Tom's Diary

A quite week-end from the Woking area. Jacqui Musselwhite still in Devon ventured to another Woolacombe park run for her first attempt at the Tamar Lakes 5k and came away very pleased to finish 1st female (23rd /a) in 24.09   Julie Barclay and Paul Watt ran their local Rushmoor owing to late shift pattern Julie ran a 0/55 park run PB time of 22.41 to finish 1st 0/55 (4th lady or 71st o/a) out of the 478; Paul really pleased still no leg problems and his time improving almost weekly.  Today ran 25.26 his best since June last year and finished 162nd.

Eastleigh 10k results - Kay Trinder 1st 0/50 in a PB time of 41.13, 250th overall (Kay being a native of Hampshire visits family for the day).

Tom Rowley

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