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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th April 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 Sunday 8th May, to be reported on in the following digest) [but see below for shared "Track on Field" Thursday 5th May]:

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

Concorde One-Hour Race - Decision needed

It is six weeks to go before our planned Concorde One-Hour race on Sunday 5th June. To be honest, it is not selling well - we've only had a dozen sign up for it including four club members, and orders need to be made next week. We, the club committee, need to decide this week whether to go ahead with it as planned, or to take costs out of it or cancel it altogether. You can help us make the right decision by letting us know if you intend to enter but haven't got around to it yet. Although the Early Bird Entry period ends next Sunday anyone who lets me know this week, through this link to me, that you will be entering I will extend the Early Bird rate period for you (it is £22 or £20 +6%). Let me know, even if you have contacted me before. Note that we need runners, not volunteers! Let me know by end of Wednesday please.

> Roderick Hoffman

Event entry and details: Concorde One Hour Race - Concorde 1hr (

Ride London 29th May

After a COVID break, Ride London has returned.  The routing is new, but the race still has a central London finish.

British Airways AC has staffed a pedestrian crossing close to the finish in every year since the race started, in 2013.  This year, instead of looking after a location in Whitehall or Parliament Square, we will have a prime spot next to the Tower of London, as the riders pass heading for the finish on Tower Bridge.

London Marathon will provide us with lunch packs and, if it helps, coach transport from the Heathrow area.

We have some volunteers, but we are still need more people to make the crossing viable.  If you can help, please could you drop me an email so that we can register our team in good time.

Thank you!

> Steve Hillier                

Osterley Bluebells NOW 20th April report

There was a good turn out at Osterley last week for our latest NOW event. A dozen of those featured in Melanie's photograph below ran out to the Bluebells at the end of Long Wood, then via Brunel's "Three Bridges" on the canal returning via Osterley Lane. We ran up the full set of Hanwell Locks and Norwood locks (8 in total, so about 70ft climb) in an odd circuit because you don't perceive going down anywhere - like you are in an Escher painting (the illusion is because having gone down to go under the motorway you think that you have gone up on the other side, but you haven't). As well as the runners Steve Newell led a walking group of six including Alan and Ann Anderson who made it to the start of Long Wood before returning. Whilst they missed out of the bluebells at the end of Long Wood those on the bank just before the motorway were equally impressive and, whilst these displays were good, there were better to be found in London this year (see below).

Osterley NOW group photo

18 was a good turn out for a NOW event and we look forward to the next - Steve Newell will welcome suggestions and offers to host. At the moment we are considering a suggestion from Andy Raynor for Cox Green, Maidenhead.

> Roderick Hoffman

Mile results for April

So, only three of us recorded a mile run for April. Steve Hillier is getting faster as the track season gets nearer. I returned with an average time for me after missing my first mile for eons in May. Steve Newell had a pleasant fast walk through the grounds of Chiswick House. Hopefully we'll have a few more entrants for the May mile - remember that you can use your times from group miles run such as the Ealing Mile (6th). May mile times should be reported on in the 16th May digest.

Club Mile results

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 12 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements, so I added some extra photos to the montage.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Tue 00:55:00
Barry Walters Running 13km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:24:30 An easier run around the Swinley Forest and heathland area this week as feeling tired. Conditions were very dry with a slight breeze in places.
Jain Reid Running 10km Richmond Park Sat am 01:06:33 My longest run since last May - 10k combining a reverse run around Richmond Park park run, then joining everyone else for the real thing.
Julie Barclay Running 5km Basingstoke Canal Sun 00:25:30 Recovery run home after handing out the finish tokens at Queens Parade Junior parkrun
Keith Johnson  Race Half-M Dorney Half Sun 01:48:59 49th place overall with a 3rd place in my age category.
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Brooklands Sat am 00:26:48
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Jubilee Sat am 2nd sub 30(just) parkrun in 2 weeks at Jubilee parkrun in Spennymoor. The park is really called Victoria Jubilee park so can I use that as the V in the parkrun alphabet challenge??
Paul Watt Running 11miles Wood Street Village Mon 01:21:30 Faster training run
Petra Otto gym Hard gym workout, plus tailwalker at March Parkrun.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Shakespeare Marathon (Stratford-upon-Avon) Sun 04:01:59 My 184th marathon. 4 minutes slower than Manchester 3 weeks ago. Tougher two lap course today - 200 feet more elevation and about 7 or 8 miles on trail - an old railway line.
Roderick Hoffman Mixed Walk/Run 14km Brentwood (GBR 13) Sun 02:13:00 Ran four and a bit miles of my forthcoming Green Belt Relay leg, missed a turn but found a photo-opportunity, then mainly walked back.
Stephen Taylor Running 14miles Ealing to Thames and back via canal 02:36:37 Another long slow run along The Thames, to Eel Pye via Long Wood and back along the canal. 14 miles 2:36:37.

Week achievements

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 23rd April 2022

32 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 590 17 0:23:18 68.81% 6th run at Bedfont Lakes this year
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 590 43 0:25:51 64.86% very similar age-grade%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 590 95 0:31:52 64.59% very similar age-grade%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 527 237 0:34:03 60.45%
Micheal BALL Brooklands 94 116 0:26:46 59.90%
Roderick HOFFMAN Brundall 267 101 0:31:10 51.93% park #324, with lots of Hoffman Club members.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 873 216 0:23:15 68.39%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 873 1092 1:01:07 37.66% [non-member] Tail walker at Bushy Park
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Chipping Norton School 46 42 0:30:21 55.24% Worrying - 4th run at CNS, slower every time.
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 452 19 0:22:57 61.80% run #295, 247th at Crane Park (best this year)
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 452 52 0:27:14 54.16%
Janet SMITH Dinton Pastures 129 181 0:36:12 50.69% best age grade so far at Dinton Pastures
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 427 Finish Tokens at Guildford
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 293 Barcode Scanning at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 293 [non-member] Barcode Scanning at Harrow
Jakob STENHAM Hazelwood 135 41 0:26:35 57.55%
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 135 123 0:46:06 43.56% bone dry course, too hard for Rugby!
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 102 171 0:47:52 43.00% Tail walker at Higginson
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 154 60 0:26:01 57.59% 12th run at Houghton Hall this year
Neil FREDIANI Jubilee 54 32 0:29:54 56.08% run #268, 1st at Jubilee, park #67, BA park #643
Melanie Miller Kagerzoom 34 29 0:37:46 46.69% First Dutch parkrun. BA park #642, Fibonacci number (34)
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 301 186 0:32:00 66.30% 48 secs quicker than last week
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 301 187 0:32:01 53.88% 48 secs quicker than last week
Adrian HAINES Mallards Pike 55 3 0:19:50 77.48% Men's and Grade record from David D.
Petra OTTO March 249 109 1:01:28 35.63% Tail walker at March
Paul TIMMS Milano Nord 211 36 0:22:53 68.90% Male record from Ian Cockram but not the grade record from Caroline.
Francesca Hogge Mile End 460 34 0:20:49 71.10% 3rd lady across finish line
Murray Hogge Mile End 460 35 0:20:50 77.68%
Barry WALTERS Old Deer Park 523 82 0:28:52 58.66% 2nd run at ODP
Anne Anderson Osterley 372 275 0:48:53 58.95%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 372 276 0:48:54 51.50%
Christopher T KELLY Reading 549 206 0:36:28 42.50%
Michael Dennison Richmond Park 698 24 0:20:20 81.72% run #449, 4th at Richmond Park
Jain REID Richmond Park 698 291 0:33:02 54.79% run #88, 82nd at Richmond Park
Eddie GILES Salisbury 289 145 0:27:23 67.01% 4th run at Salisbury this year
David DUGGAN Southall 16 43 0:32:47 49.77% 400th parkrun, 1st at Southall, park #104
Paul WATT Sunny Hill 89 7 0:21:27 72.88% First run at Sunny Hill. Doesn't take time or grade record from Richard Ruffell but close.
Julie BARCLAY Sunny Hill 89 20 0:25:53 71.86% First run at Sunny Hill. BA ladies record.
Harjit Jhooti Woking 312 198 0:33:26 52.74% Run #151, park #45
John COFFEY Woking 312 215 0:35:03 59.96% 396th parkrun
Alan FRIAR Woodley 425 193 0:34:33 56.92% 298th parkrun

We don’t get to celebrate both St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday with a parkrun every year and it won’t happen again until 2033 so its pleasing to report that there was a huge turnout of members this week making the most of the opportunity.

David Duggan reached a landmark of 400 runs this week and he completed Southall for the first time, his 104th different venue.  It was week 16 for Southall Park and numbers are well down on the early weeks when tourists were attracted by the novelty of samosas at the finish.  There have been fewer than 100 runners recently and visitors should be able to find a parking space without difficulty.

Paul Watt (21:27) and Julie Barclay (25:53) visited Sunny Hill in Hendon for the first time.  Sunny and Hilly this weekend with a fresh breeze adding to the challenge.  Former member Sreeram Sethuraman (40:04), now with Datchet Dashers, was also there for the tenth time.  Richard Ruffell clings on to the club record with 21:18.

A couple of members ventured to Europe this weekend.  Melanie Miller (37:46) visited Kagerzoom, near Leiden, Netherlands on the right week to nail Fibonacci number 34 (she still needs to find a 21) BA park #642.  Paul Timms (22:53, 68.9%) was in Italy running at Milano Nord for the first time and clipped a full minute off the club record set by Ian Cockram but the age grade record stays with Caroline Cockram (69.41%) in 2018.

Neil Frediani (29:54) continues to explore his new playground and this week went to Jubilee Park in Spennymoor. BA park #643.  The park’s name dates back to Victorian times but will come in handy for this summer’s celebrations for Queen Elizabeth. 

Adrian Haines (19:50) was our fastest runner this week and lowered the club record at Mallards Pike in Gloucestershire set by David Duggan a few weeks ago.

Roderick Hoffman (31:10) attended a rally for Hoffman Club and Bailey Club members at Brundall (Norfolk) - the venue chosen by a certain Dan Sayer (26:00) who was running his hundredth park/parkrun and was born nearby. Fizzy wine flowed as part of the initiation ceremony.  See Brundall parkrun website for more news and photos. John Scaife holds the club record there with 24:37.

There was one new 5km parkrun in UK this week – Edenbrook Country Park in Fleet (Hampshire) attracted 224 runners to the inaugural overseen by Darren Wood (803 parkruns – 400 of them at Frimley Lodge and still aged under 40!).

Steve Newell

parkrun Ask and Offer

As you know I'm in a team setting up a parkrun for Stockley Park. Since we are getting close (e.g. funding agreed) we are planning a team volunteer take-over at Northala Fields parkrun for 18th June [Northala's birthday as well]. Unfortunately I can't make it - my Ozzie sister is visiting the UK and will be running her 100th parkrun in the Leicester area and I'm committed to join her (having got her into it!). But, to show willing, I'm looking for someone to stand in for me as a [non-running] volunteer at Northala Fields on 18th June! Someone perhaps who might subsequently volunteer once or twice at Stockley Park once we are underway. Any offers? > Roderick Hoffman

Several club colleagues have run at Victoria Docks parkrun. For those who haven't yet there is an added incentive - anyone showing a barcode at the Emirates cable car before 10:30 on a Saturday morning can travel for free (usually about £5 for adults, and even those with Freedom Cards and price caps are normally charged). The parkrun start is literally under the cable car. The event course is currently a double out and back along the north side of the dock (up to and back from ExCeL).

PS And answering Neil's question - no, you cannot use "Jubilee" as a "V" even if the park's name starts with "V". There are five "V" parkruns in the UK, but they are not evenly spread - two in London (including Victoria Dock right next to London City Airport), two in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland. There are only four "J"s, but two of them are in the North East region and Neil has now done both of them.

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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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