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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th October 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Events marked "*" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Have you spotted that we'd put in a Christmas Social event for the evening of Wednesday 22nd December? Please put that in your diaries.

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 end of Sunday 31st October, to be reported on in the following digest):

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

Editorial - your contribution?

I thought that last week's digest was excellent, one of my best, particularly the "mishmash" London Marathon reports. Thanks to Emma Moreton who provided feedback agreeing and I also had feedback from Mike Thorn. But silence from everyone else. 

Also in last week's issue I asked for help planning a new Concorde event...I've had no offers. And this week on Facebook I've asked about volunteers to help set up a new parkrun at Stockley Park...and again no offers have been made (though in truth I wasn't expecting any).

The reports below on the Maidenhead parkrun and on the NOW have been written by me - but others were there also? I'm grateful for those that do contribute to the digest - for instance find another football club run from Paul below and Steve Newell is now back on dry land and contributing. But how about you finding something to contribute over the next few weeks? Remember that this is your club and your weekly digest.

Roderick Hoffman

Five Mile Winter Handicap - 27th October from 18:00 at the Bedfont Club # Let us know to expect you

2020 Winter Five Mile Handicap CourseThis week we are returning to the Bedfont and Feltham Football and Social Club in Hatton Road, near Hatton Cross Tube Station for the first of this year's Five Mile Handicap runs. This will be the first of six runs over the winter months. Please attend if you are able to.

This year we are repeating the use of the two lap "2020/21" course featured in the map. This course is (relatively) easy to navigate and it only has the one traffic light controlled junction to cross (at the Tesco entrance). In terms of navigation just keep turning right apart from at that Tesco entrance and the five or so small roads prior to the clearly labelled "Kingston Avenue" (shortly after you pass "The Beehive" on the left). The course has been accurately measured at two and a half miles in length and we will expect runners to do two clockwise laps to make up the five mile distance and walkers to do one lap. The course starts and finishes in the carpark which has a variable surface and usage. Steve Newell may suggest that we run the event as the two pure loops instead.

The concept is that each person will start their run or walk at the appropriate time so that if they run to form they will finish at exactly 7pm. Steve Newell will assign points according to how closely to your predicted time you finish. The handicap should be run without consulting your watch, though you may wear one for your own records. Start times will be indicated on the club clock which will be counting down time so that it would reach zero at 8pm. If you expect to run five miles in 55 minutes then your start time will be when the clock shows 01:55:00.  If you then finish in 58 minutes the clock would then be showing 00:57:00 hence we'd see that you were three minutes slow.

Wednesday is due to be dry and very mild for the time of year (15 degrees). Sunset is at 17:45 so it will be dark for most of the run (and for subsequent runs) so please wear your night running gear including head torches if you have one.

The club changing rooms will be open from about 17:30 and the rooms and showers will be available after the run. We have the function room booked for a drink after the run but note that there is no food available at the Bedfont Club - though you are welcome to bring in or order your own.

The event will run more smoothly if we know who will be coming so please advise us if you are considering attendance - we'd rather allow for you and have you not turn up than the other way around. So, let us know your likely attendance, whether you'd be doing the five mile two-lap course or just the one lap, what you would estimate your run/walk time to be.

>Roderick Hoffman

Retired Runners Lunch - Monday 13th December

It is being assumed that no new lockdown will have been imposed and this year's Retired Runners Lunch will be at the Steam Packet pub on Strand-on-the Green, W4 just downstream from Kew Bridge.  We will probably just go for the pub lunch menu.  We have booked an upstairs room overlooking the river, the tide will be on its way out.

Car parking is possible nearby.  Buses stop at Kew Bridge.  Trains on the Hounslow Loop (Windsor Lines) stop at Kew Bridge (frequency reduced at the moment).  Gunnersbury station (Overground and District Line) is not an impossible walk away. 

The pub is just inside the new ULEZ so for those with non compliant cars wanting to avoid the £12.50 daily charge advice is available.  Some low traffic neighbourhood schemes are also in operation but nasty fines can be avoided with a bit of careful route planning.

Please let Steve Newell know if you are planning to attend what is usually a merry occasion and an opportunity to catch up with those we don't see at WARR or the Red Start every year anymore.  Partners welcome.

>Steve Newell

NOW, Aldershot: from 12:00 on Wednesday 20th October

NOW Aldershot runnersTwelve of us managed to meet at the designated carpark at close to the appointed hour despite the main road to the carpark having been closed from the previous day.

Road closed photo 

Team photo by Melanie Miller. From left to right - Kay Trinder, Jacqui Musselwhite, John Scaife, Benita Scaife, Simon Turton, Julie Barclay, Steve Hillier, Barry Walters, Paul Watt and Roderick Hoffman.NOW Aldershot river Wey bridge

We followed Paul and Julie's route along the Wey River Navigation then to a 1500m loop and returned to the carpark, just over 5k in all. We then walked parallel to the road closure to get to the Lake House Cafe which was expecting us. After a good lunch and chat we made it back to the carpark - catching the rain on the way back. But overall a very good run.

We are likely to have another NOW run towards the end of November but this isn't yet in the diary.

<<< I liked this scenic shot of reds and greens - Benita running through the road bridge alongside the River Wey Navigation.


Roderick Hoffman with thanks to Paul Watt & Julie Barclay for setting this event up.

Activity Achievements over the week 18th October to 24th October 2021

Only 15 club members and friends notified me of their best achievement last week.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Alexandra Foster  Race 10km BUCKS EPIC TRAIL 10k 01:38:00 Really, really tough. Proud to complete a week after Beachy Head Half Marathon on a badly blistered ankle. 'Hills' are now a swear word !
Andy Rayner Walking 4miles XC route Fri 01:03:26 Very muddy. Also 2.5 miles cycling on Thursday.
Denis Foxley Running 5miles Ruislip Woods and Common Sun 01:00:00 Suffering from a bit of a cold.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat 00:23:16 Fastest time this year.
Harjit Jhooti parkrun 5km Harrow Sat Met Denis (and Joan)
Joan Foxley Running 4.5miles Ruislip Woods and Common Sun 01:00:00
Julie Barclay  Race 5miles Nonsuch Park Sun 00:39:50 MABAC Cross-country league
Kelly Davis Trip Whilst walking I had a great trip the other day! Fell over walking and fractured my ankle. Thank god it wasn't three weeks ago. I'll be out for a little while though .
Melanie Miller Walking 16.21km Whitmore Circular via Bank Sun 03:33:45 Did a walk as part of the New Forest Walking Festival a circular one from Whitemoor thru lovely woodland and streams
Michael Ball Sprints Woking track Back training at Woking 10 x 150 metres 1 min between runs and circuit training
Paul Watt  Race 5miles Nonsuch Park Sun 00:37:12 MABAC Cross-country league
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Southend Pier Sun 04:42:51 Piers running his namesake marathon. See below *.
Roderick Hoffman Running 1000miles Year to date Sun 185:08:00 Reached my standard year running target during my 12km run on Sunday. My stretch target is 1200miles.
Stephen Taylor Cycling 20.13miles Ealing to Maidenhead Sat 01:25:07 As we've already had a photo from Maidenhead parkrun with me on it here's my bike ride to get there. [Ed: And Steve presumably did another 20miles bike ride to get home]
Steve Hillier Cycling 9miles Northolt and Hillingdon Fri


* Not great but could easily have been a DNF after my groin got bad last Sunday at the Cabbage Patch 10. Started off at 11 minute mile pace which was reasonably comfortable and did not seem to be making the injury worse. Managed to go faster on the return legs of the 1.2 mile stretch of pier we were running on as there was quite a stiff southerly breeze. We had to do 11 out and backs to make up the 26.2 miles. Managed a negative split and placed 40th of 78 finishers.

Week Achievements

[The top row are Maidenhead parkrun photos by Catherine Hutt (more at Maidenhead parkrun event 275 23.10.2021 - Google Photos). She also took photographs of myself and the others, but not good ones...though I'm blaming the material rather than the artist]

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 23rd October 2021

Club Featured parkrun - Maidenhead 23rd October #

Maidenhead CFp BA teamFrom left to right - Graham Taylor, Caroline Akazou, Steve Hillier, Roderick Hoffman, Mark Taylor, Stephen Taylor, Trish McCabe, Guilaine Sheward.

Our regulars at Maidenhead were missing - Alice Banks (71 runs) was in Spain and the Scaifes (102 and 100 runs) were called away due to a death in the family. I was making my second appearance at Maidenhead - all the others pictured were there for the first time. 16 other club members have run at Maidenhead, up to three times, but not on Saturday.

Despite our electronic navigators being convinced that the M4 was closed (it wasn't) we managed to meet up with sufficient time to get a photo before the start.  We ran the "Bee" course because the normal course had wasps on it. Mark finished well, but not well enough to trouble Barry Walter's club records. Former member Caroline finished next (and yes, I did ask if she fancied rejoining our ladies' cross-country team but she was non-committal).

Four of us retired to the Toby afterwards for coffees, and for me a fried breakfast.

For a fuller report on the actual parkrun, including bonus stats, read the official parkrun run report news | Maidenhead parkrun (written by me).

The next Club Featured parkrun is due to be on 20th November at Bushy.

Roderick Hoffman

All Club parkrun Results

42 runners and volunteers are listed below - get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Mark TAYLOR Maidenhead 20 00:22:51 70.82%
Caroline Akazou Maidenhead 54 00:24:39 63.35% Former member
Stephen K TAYLOR Maidenhead 90 00:26:26 59.65%
Guilaine Sheward Maidenhead 143 00:29:05 62.23% 399th run
Graham TAYLOR Maidenhead 146 00:29:13 55.39%
Trish MCCABE Maidenhead 168 00:30:07 52.24%
Roderick HOFFMAN Maidenhead 177 00:30:37 52.86% 2nd run at Maidenhead, course PW by 5 minutes.
Steve Hillier Maidenhead 241 00:35:19 48.37% 9th parkrun, first since restart.
Kate Sayers Maidenhead 295 00:46:25 41.22% BA or exBA (known there as Katherine Sayers). 50th run (as Tail-walker)
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 16 00:23:16 66.12%
Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 26 00:24:44 67.79%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 44 00:26:46 75.72%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 203 00:28:48 58.80%
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 103 00:26:52 63.03% 99th parkrun (& faster again), 100th planned for Bracknell on 30th.
John Lennon Broadwater 210 00:34:55 45.92% PB   Further 44s improvement.
Maarten Stenham Brooklands 19 00:22:00 63.94% PB   PB by over 2 minutes
Mike Dennison Bushy Park 61 00:19:44 83.45% Best BA age grade of 1351 runs (beating PK's Jul2017 grade and Adrian's Dec16 grade).
Andrew William Jordan Bushy Park 219 00:23:19 65.90%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 605 00:28:36 55.59%
Paul WATT Charlton 22 00:20:34 75.36% Best BA men's grade, 7th "C" for "Pirates"
Julie BARCLAY Charlton 59 00:23:03 80.69% Best (first) BA ladies time and best grade. W55 course record.
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 36 00:25:28 57.92%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 58 00:27:42 51.20%
David DUGGAN Cyclopark 65 00:31:44 51.00% 2nd BA runner to visit Cyclopark after Keith Johnson
Alastair Heslop Guildford Run Director at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury Marshal at Gunnersbury (saving himself for the Pier)
Denis Foxley Harrow 92 00:28:07 64.32%
Harjit Jhooti Harrow 137 00:32:26 53.70%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 166 00:36:51 62.46%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 87 00:33:57 60.48%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 28 00:23:45 62.60%
Maria Jovani Kingston 104 00:26:04 60.93%
Petra OTTO Manor Field, Whittlesey 57 00:49:43 44.05%
Murray HOGGE Mile End 18 00:19:38 82.43% PB   299th parkrun, PB by nearly 2 minutes. Improves own BA record & grade.
Frankie HOGGE Mile End 17 00:19:38 75.38% PB   PB by nearly 2 minutes. Improves own BA record.
Sarah GORDON Newtown 109 00:34:46 58.29% New BA run (#595)
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 280 00:44:47 64.35% (Assisted)
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 281 00:45:29 55.37% Assisting Anne, though out-sprinted by her at the finish. 597th parkrun.
Christopher T KELLY Reading 74 00:24:22 63.61%
John TAYLOR Rickmansworth 25 00:20:36 75.24%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Rushmoor 58 00:23:03 75.56%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 118 00:27:07 66.69%

As the club and parkrun mature we are not seeing so many of our members reach the T-shirt winning milestones these days so it good to report that club stalwart Barry Walters (26:58 at Bracknell) is on the brink of his black vest after all these years. No such thing as a free T-shirt these days of course but he will qualify for the privilege of being allowed to order one for £16 (free postage, worldwide).  Last Saturday over 400 runners/walkers reached the 100 runs mark and it will probably be the same again this coming Saturday.

Further on up, only 15 people in the whole world have reached 600 so far but Alan Anderson, on 597, is likely to join them within the next few weeks. No free T-shirt for him to look forward to though, there isn't even one for reaching 1000 (yet).  Most of those who got to 500 before him are still going. Indeed, former member Dave Tyas (22:12 at Bushy this week) has slipped past and now reached 610.  

Former member Zoe Ostley was on 249 before the Covid lockdown and has since resigned.  Like with Neil Frediani, the opportunity to qualify for an olive green vest was a long 70 weeks in coming but both have made it now.

In more normal times Chris Kelly (488th run - 24:22 at Reading) would have reached 500 by now but is steadily getting there.  367 of his runs have been at Reading - there might have been more if the course wasn't prone to winter flooding.  His last pb at Reading (18:40) was just before the London Olympics (though to be fair, no one at BA has run faster and Chris's best age-grade was set in July 2013 and almost equalled in 2018).  Reading was one of the first parkruns adopted by our members back in 2009.

Steve Newell


Between us we have now done 595 different parkruns. So, will we get to 600 this weekend?  The club map shows the parkruns no one has run at, indicated with red trees. On the other hand you are welcome to join Barry at Bracknell on Sunday to celebrate his 100th run (I wonder if Barry will be providing celebratory sandwiches for everyone?) or go to Gunnersbury for their 10th birthday run (they have had 443 runs since they started - our top three runners there are Steve Newell on 141 runs, Piers Keenleyside on 176 and, of course, Alan Anderson on 304 runs).

And, if you are interested in helping set up a parkrun at Stockley Park - please let me know. I'm happy to provide more information before you commit yourself.

 >Roderick Hoffman

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore (this is where I get most of my club stats from).

Fulham 1 : Paul & Julie 2 (away win)

At the beginning of the week it was looking as if it would rain until Christmas and the thought of planning another football ground run started to slide down our ‘to do’ list. Suddenly, my app showed Thursday as being dry, but windy, and we had managed to stay warm and dry during Julie’s NOW event the day before, Thursday started looking like it was worth the risk. Decision made and Fulham’s Craven Cottage was chosen.

The usual routine for a West London club: car at Hatton Cross, Piccadilly Line to Charing Cross and a run from Trafalgar Square. This time the toilet was needed before we set off and are there any…..? No public toilets and the coffee shops had code-locks on theirs. No problem if you pretend to read the menu above the till and then slipstream a legitimate customer….not into the actual cubicle though!

We set off at a very busy 08:55 and the 5.4 miler took us 50 minutes along similar routes of those to Chelsea and Brentford. They all take us towards Harrods but on Thursday we followed the Old Brompton Road from there to Fulham.

You will have seen that we include a selfie of us with the respected clubs crest but when I asked a steward if I could do the same he said that it is against Fulham policy to allow photos of the ground!!? We just walked a minute up the street and took one anyway [Ed: Which we may get to see next week?]. For those interested, the new stand is not yet complete and the path between the ground and the river is still closed. It is open in the other direction and we walked along the river to Hammersmith for the train back.

Paul Watt and Julie Barclay

Not the WARR Weekend

This would have been the WARR weekend in Hawaii. But it wasn't to be. Perhaps next year. Chris Stockwell has dug out some photos from when we were there in 1984. Here are three of them - featuring both me and Chris:

1984 Hawaii Photographs

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