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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th July 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.

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

langley Park location mapLangley Park Orienteering - Wednesday 10th August

Last year we did a club evening orientation run using the permanent markers of Black Park. I gave runners an hour to get as far into the course as they could, and then navigate back to the start. Some of us proved better than others. Langley Park also has a course for which I have the map. The carpark closes early, 5pm, so I need to check on the feasibility of parking nearby, such as in the laybys off the A412. In the meantime could you let me know if you might be interested in this event.

>Roderick Hoffman

Speedbird Ladies Race - Wednesday 3rd August #

Don't forget to:

> Roderick Hoffman (Speedbird Ladies Race Director)

TCS London Marathon 2022 - 02 October 2022

It’s been a busy year at London Marathon Events (LME) and we’ve still got to squeeze in both the postponed City Race and Big Half before the TCS LONDON MARATHON on the 02 OCTOBER (the event reverts to April in 2023). Last week I emailed the helpers from 2021 and I’ve had a great response but there’s always space for more! It doesn’t matter if you’ve helped just once before or many times; every year me, LME, the competitors and spectators appreciate your hard work that makes the day such a success. Yes it’s a long day but it’s so rewarding; we wouldn’t want it any other way!

As always, time is of the essence, so if you’re able to respond in the next 7 days it’ll give me a good idea how we’re doing on the 120+ helpers we need. Please email me at:

Simon Turton

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 15 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Cycling 100km England and France Wed 100km bike ride. 8k to Gatwick. Then the rest from Bordeaux airport to my running camp (450m elevation gain and in just under 4hours). A little cooler than the UK today. Only 32 degrees
Andy Rayner Walking Tue 00:37:40 Mon 18 July= fast walk-8 mins., Tuesday 19 July= fast walk-(our park, etc)-37 mins 40s., Wed 20 July=cycle 1.5miles.(no time). Thurs 21 July cycle 3,5m= 16m 57s., Sun 24 July 4 miles fast walk, XC= 58m 30s
Barry Walters Running 6km Swinley Forest, Bracknell Wed am 00:48:14 Did a hill session consisting of 8 reps with jog back recovery over Swinley forest in the morning followed by a one-hour gym workout. In the evening had an easy swim at the leisure centre.
Chris Kelly Running 22miles South Downs Sun am 05:00:00 Up early on Sunday for 22 miles inside 5 hours near Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Not getting any faster yet... But a nice day for it.
Clara Halket Running 6km Local Country Park Sat Early morning 6km slow run at the local country park on very quiet trails. Slowly rebuilding my running fitness. Happy with the progress so far
Emma Moreton Running 10km Polesden Lacey Sun 01:04:00 Polesden Lacey organised 10k run (free, every 4th Sunday of the month). Managed to miss a turning point but did some extra (hilly) laps of a section to make 10k!
Jain Reid Running 15km Thames path Sun am 01:47:58 Via Putney and Chiswick Bridges.
Julie Barclay Running 5miles Norfolk Wed 00:50:00 Rehab run of 10minutes easy, 30minutes tempo and ten minutes easy
Michael Ball Hill Sprints Back on the hill sprints 5x80mtrs, 1x120mtrs
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Prudhoe Sat am 00:28:57 A choice of 3 runs, 2 bike rides and a swim this week. Best event was a pb at my local parkrun, a week after my pw. Maybe training does work after all. The youngster helped propel me through the 29min barrier with a race which he won, at the end.
Paul Watt Running 10miles Norfolk Wed 01:20:00 10mile tempo run between Tilney All Saints and other small villages.
Piers Keenleyside Running 11.5miles Ios, Greek Cyclades Islands Mon 02:32:41 Across the mountains of Ios from Manganari beach in the south, back to Ios Port and a cooling dip in our hotel swimming pool. Time slow but with about 30c heat, strong winds and 1953 of elevation to contend with.
Roderick Hoffman Running 6.69km Kidsgrove to Middleport (Harecastle Tunnel) Sun 01:00:31 One of my slowest recent runs but in heavy rain and into the wind with navigational challenges due to no signage and paths overgrown with nettles and brambles, but brought my Canalathon challenge up to 105miles (my target, with a week still to go).
Stephen Taylor Running 19miles Ealing circuit Sat am 03:26:14 An early start without breakfast to avoid the heat and took a route through some of Ealing's parks. I was fine until I got to mile 15 and hit the wall. I decided there was no other option than to bail out at mile 16. I reached 15.95miles and running past Gunnersbury Park as parkrunners were leaving and I bumped into Maarten and family. They had done parkrun there, not their home one either. With a bit of encouragement from Maarten I plodded on and finished up at home having clocked 19 miles. Thanks for the encouragement Maarten, you were right, I'd be fine, well, a bit stiff maybe. But what a strange coincidence.
Steve Hillier Cycling 33.4km Uxbridge/Grand Union Canal/Bulls Bridge/Greenford Sun am 02:00:00 With a brisk SW wind blowing, I decided to head into the wind for the first half, returning with the wind behind me.

Week achievements Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 23rd July 2022

37 activities are recorded this week. Please get in touch if your activity is missing. If [*] appears in the comment then please ensure that you have paid your subs and let me know.

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 603 43 0:27:17 56.38% run #298, Wilson Index is 2
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 603 123 0:47:54 33.47% Tailwalker at Bedfont Lakes
Paul WATT Belvoir Castle 26 5 0:21:56 71.28% run #195, park #93, Wilson Index stays at 16. Men's and Grade record (from Sarah Gordon)
Julie BARCLAY Belvoir Castle 26 15 0:27:09 69.49% F1, run #247, park #97, Wilson Index 21, Ladies record.
Joe NOLAN Black Park 616 206 0:29:48 57.33% Wilson Index is zero
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 886 103 0:21:21 69.63% Wilson Index is zero
Ben CHAYTOW Bushy Park 886 226 0:23:15 61.00% Wilson Index is zero
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 886 430 0:26:27 60.11% Last parkrun in the 55-59 category.
Christopher T KELLY California Country 104 119 0:37:48 41.36% run #520, 10th run at California, Wilson Index stays on  19
Melanie Miller Charlton 41 139 0:35:49 49.23% run #99, park #74, Wilson Index stays on 11
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 142 314 0:49:35 40.50% Wilson Index up to 144
Daniela MAYEROVA Exmouth 167 257 0:31:17 48.38% Non-member but will be joining us in Hawaii.
Maarten STENHAM Gunnersbury 479 119 0:24:38 57.58% run #215, first at Gunnersbury, park #13
Jakob STENHAM Gunnersbury 479 161 0:26:02 58.77%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 306 153 0:37:50 61.89%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 306 Timekeeper at Harrow
Vera Simms Hastings 306 159 0:28:25 68.27% age grade % improvement
John COFFEY Hazelwood 147 73 0:35:32 59.15% [*], Warning - Hazelwood cancelled on 6th August
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 112 73 0:27:13 75.63% 198th , Wilson Index is 8
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 167 22 0:23:49 62.91%
Scott DAVISON Hove Promenade 284 294 0:28:19 52.50% 3rd run along Hove Promenade
Sarah GORDON Hunstanton Promenade 74 47 0:35:36 57.82% New BA park #666, run #299, park #133
David DUGGAN Kensington 163 43 0:34:22 47.48% New BA park #667. Not in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - this one is in the United States in Washington.
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 313 174 0:31:50 66.65% 115th run at Maidenhead
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 313 175 0:31:51 54.16% Wilson Index stays on 2
Barry WALTERS Nonsuch 494 390 0:29:07 58.16% first run at Nonsuch, park #57
Anne Anderson Osterley 382 219 0:48:26 61.46%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 382 220 0:48:27 53.97% Filming has finished at Osterley, Wilson Index is 2
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 220 79 0:28:57 57.92% 17second PB, run #275, 8th at Prudhoe
Trish MCCABE Queen Elizabeth 414 64 0:30:52 51.46% Queuing for the alphabet, Wilson Index 5
Jain REID Richmond Park 711 188 0:30:21 59.64% 101st parkrun, Wilson Index is zero
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 210 173 0:28:15 55.34% club run is at Rickmansworth in two weeks' time
Eddie GILES Salisbury 302 116 0:26:19 69.73% Wilson Index is 2
Mark TAYLOR St Mary’s 90 7 0:21:44 75.08% First parkrun in Dorset, 75% age grade, BA Men's and grade record from Paul Timms.
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Stevenage 250 123 0:28:38 58.56% 2nd run at Stevenage, most parkrun experience there this week
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 93 15 0:22:37 70.30% 18second PB and improves his own BA grade record.
Roderick HOFFMAN Trentham Gardens 22 217 0:31:57 51.07% New BA parkrun #665.   Run #432, park #332

Parkrun review Saturday 23rd July 2022

This week marked the first anniversary of the resumption of parkrun in England after the Covid interruption.  parkrun had already restarted in Northern Ireland on 26th June, and restarted in Scotland on 14th August 2021 with Wales a week later still but the reopening of some events was delayed for several weeks and sadly, some, like Tring, were never to restart.  The National Trust had become so alarmed by the hundreds of alphabeteer tourists converging on the pretty and popular Yeovil Montacute (“Y”) every Saturday that permission to restart was denied and the core team had to shift 15km away to Frogmary Green Farm, losing the "Y" in the move.  This leaves us with York (Racecourse) as the only “Y” in the country and the parkrun doesn't happen on Saturdays when there is horse racing!  I mention this because Trish McCabe (30:25), who has taken up several parkrun challenges, chose the seriously undulating course at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire this week to collect her “Q” and now has unbroken sequence from “A” to “W”.  Trains to York do not run in very hot weather [and the drivers may be on strike next Saturday]!

parkrun is not a race but issues on the fringe can be very competitive when it comes to landmarks and milestones.  Roderick Hoffman (31:27) ran on a full stomach at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire to maintain his 24th ranking in the worldwide most events list on 332 different parks.  That was a new one for the club along with Sarah Gordon (35:36) on Hunstanton Promenade and David Duggan (34:22) at Kensington (MD, USA).  Melanie Miller (35:49) visited one of the newer parkruns in east London at Charlton and needs just one more for the coveted black vest.
Julie Barclay (27:09) was first lady home at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, her 97th different parkrun venue and looking likely to be the next member to join the Cowell club.  She volunteered to write the report so read all about it news | Belvoir Castle parkrun [and the report for us below].

Vera Simms (28:25) returned to Hastings after a gap of 4 years and improved her age grade if not her time.  Ian Haylock (21:21) has a three-digit parkrun number and was at Bushy for the 334th time.  In 2019 he finished in 19:19 twice, he ran a 20:20 earlier this year, a couple of 22:22 finishes back in the first decade.  The 900th Bushy parkrun still looks set to happen at Halloween [Ed: If crowding at event 888 doesn't cause a cancellation].

Hopes that the Fulham Palace parkrun might resume at the start of the new football season have been dashed and the cancellations continue right through August while tarmac paths are resurfaced.  Fulham have their first ever Premier League clash with Brentford on 20th August (3 pm).  Warm up games before that include Brentford v. Man Utd (17:30 on 13 Aug) and Fulham v Liverpool (12:30 on 6th Aug).  Not easy!

Maarten Stenham (24:38) travelled the length of Hounslow borough to the parkrun at Gunnersbury for the first time.  Just so nobody is left in any doubt after reading parkrun or other websites, Gunnersbury Park is wholly within and makes up 20% of the total area of Brentford.  Don’t be misled by mentions of South Ealing or the Acton postcodes associated with certain buildings!  Did anyone actually hear Gary Lineker say that Brentford was only a bus stop in Hounslow?

Steve Newell

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> Roderick Hoffman

Tourist Parkrun Reports - Belvoir Castle parkrun #26

Julie and I visited Belvoir Castle just before last Christmas and were really taken by the beautiful building with glorious countryside and stunning rural views. We knew that we would one day return but at the time did not realise how soon our return would be. A week after returning, we discovered that it was soon to host parkrun and the first event was held on 15th Jan 2022. We knew that we were spending a week near to King's Lynn in July so planned to drive the 70 miles to Belvoir for the usual Saturday morning exertions. This visit also ticked the box for a new county and gave us a nice low #26 for our Wilson indices too.

Belvoir Castle

We watched some YouTube videos of the course and researched online, as you do, in preparation for the event. Come Saturday morning however, it all went out of the window!

Julie and Paul at SandringhamWe knew that there were two courses, a Winter and a Summer, but nowhere does it state that the Summer route does not enter the Castle grounds! Therefore, all the research into the route, the running surface, which shoes are best etc. was a fruitless exercise. The winter course is all on path/tarmac within the grounds but the Summer there-and-back course starts across the street…..500m downhill along a grassy cobbled farm-track and then 2km uphill to the turnaround point. A lovely 2km downhill but then the 500m up again. Very tough with a very uneven surface making this course far harder. Point proved by the fact that, apart from the M75, all course and age-grade records were set in the Winter.

The other things to note about Belvoir Castle should you visit are that,

  • It is pronounced ‘Beaver’,
  • The postal town of Grantham is in Lincolnshire but the course is in Leicestershire - should you be looking to parkrun in each of the 47 counties that host an event,
  • Meeting place and race briefings are in the castle carpark,
  • The carpark is free until 10:00 but parking is totally free for volunteers,
  • Toilets are in the castle carpark,
  • Cafe, kids play area and quirky stores are opposite in ‘The Engine Yard’,
  • Race shoes in the winter but off-road or trail shoes for the Summer course.

I hope that this is of value to anybody who may wish to attend this very tough yet very scenic event.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay

The The first picture is of Belvoir Castle. The second is from the previous week showing Julie, Jan, Paul, Olivia and Vera at Sandringham.

Hint - this is an invitation for you to write an equivalent report about your next tourist parkrun - and please include a photograph of the venue and yourself so that we can get to know each other better.

Where to run on Saturday?

Ian Cunningham writes "I’ll be celebrating my 469th parkrun and, more importantly, my first as a VM60-64 on 30th July. All are welcome to share Prosecco and cakes – sunshine guaranteed"

Ed: Average attendance at Bushy is well over 1,000, so Ian's offer is very generous - though you may find the cups and plates provided are very small.

parkrun Region Progress

And more from Steve on parkrun challenges...

Trish Londone ProgressAccording to (updated as of 9th July) Trish McCabe has done 50 of the 59 London parkruns while Julie and Paul are on 31 having recently got over the halfway mark. Both Roderick and Steve are fully "Londone", along with about 100 others.

Trish’s 9 to do are illustrated on their map and clockwise from the top are:

Sunny Hill, Oak Hill, Walthamstow, Harrow Lodge, Foots Cray Meadows, Hoblingwell, Orpington, Bethlem Royal Hospital and Riddlesdown.

Roderick gets a mention for being our only member over halfway (82) to visiting all 112 runs in South East.  Only two people have the full set – Nick Sirs and Danny Norman.

Neil Frediani is now appearing in the North East stats having been to 17 of the 33.

Sarah Gordon is listed in the East Midlands with 37 of the 47 in the region.

Steve Newell

And Piers reports that his mother-in-law also did the Stevenage parkrun and got the 90-94 women's age category record.

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