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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th June 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 title.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

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

Results for Next Week

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.

Monthly Mile (please submit your June Mile performance by the end of the month):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be somebody else's formal event or even one mile within a longer run. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over the last year:

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

Weekly Athletic Achievement (by Sunday evening) or use the Facebook group prompt:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

2023 Speedbird Ladies Results for Wednesday 21st June

This was a very successful event on a gloriously hot Wednesday evening on the very scenic Harmondsworth Moor course. And with numbers up from last year and costs down we will probably be able to make a £112 donation to the charity White Lodge.

The event was made possible by the helpers - thank you to all - myself (Run Director), Clara Halket (including as Tail Walker), Paul Brandon (First Aider), Steve Taylor with Marion (Results), Chris Kelly and Denis Foxley (Timing Team) and Paul Watt, Steve Newell, Mike Dennison, John Coombs, Piers Keenleyside, Simon Turton and Mark Taylor as marshals. Ken Saunders was our Event Auditor as usual.

Julie Barclay was injured but agreed to walk round with Clara in order for BA to record a team result. We had a new winner this year in Alex Slotwinska but full credit to last year's winner Veronika Gill in coming third this time - she won last year's August's race then discovered she was two months' pregnant and clearly the birth of the child in February and subsequent care has made training a challenge. 

Results Individuals

Place First name Last name Team name Category Time Award
1 Alex Slotwinska Kings College London F Senior 21:52.5 First Overall
2 Mandy Leach Runnymede Runners F 45 22:13.2 First F45-54 / 2nd overall
3 Veronika Gill Datchet Dashers F 35 22:35.9 First F35-44 / 3rd overall
4 Mandy Ruks Walton AC F 35 22:45.7 Second F35-44
5 Emma Moreton Shepperton Running Group F 35 22:47.9 Third F35-44
6 Alison Jessopp Datchet Dashers F 45 23:29.2 Second F45-54
7 Helen Hart Hart Road Runners F 45 23:34.4 Third F45-54
12 Carrie Holman Shepperton Running Group F Senior 24:28.8 Awarded First Senior (2nd to first placed finisher)
16 Patricia Thomas Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC F 55 26:42.8 First F55-64
17 Carol Jones Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC F 65 27:05.7 First Over 64
19 Lauren Dawson Ealing Eagles Running Club F Senior 27:53.6 3rd Senior
20 Venda Goodey Runnymede Runners F 55 28:14.6 Second F55-64
23 Amanda Coombs British Airways AC F 55 28:57.3 Third F55-64
38 Sharon Crichton F 65 34:37.4 Second Over 64
44 Janet Smith British Airways AC F 55 38:44.2
48 Julie Barclay British Airways AC F 55 53:59.2

Results Teams

Team name Subteam Sum of Time Sum of Place Award
Datchet Dashers A 01:10:03 19 First Team
Shepperton Running Group A 01:11:46 28 Second Team
Runnymede Runners A 01:13:55 31 Third Team
Ealing Eagles Running Club A 01:20:39 51 Fourth Team
Shepperton Running Group B 01:27:39 69
Runnymede Runners B 01:28:27 73
Shepperton Running Group C 01:32:37 87
Hayes and Harlington Road Runners A 01:36:22 97
Datchet Dashers B 01:39:16 98
Hayes and Harlington Road Runners B 01:53:17 128
British Airways AC A 02:01:41 115

Photographs by Pippa Cumber.

Speedbird Ladies Race photographs

Roderick Hoffman

Track & Field 2023 – biting Ewell and sunny Battersea

Our latest Rosenheim league fixture took place at the Epsom and Ewell track on the 14th.  We were warned to prepare ourselves for the biting midges close to the river, but I for one escaped unscathed.  Just two of us again did battle with the might of Kingston, St Mary’s, Walton et al.  Mike continued his consistent times at the sprints – interval training is paying off.  Steve had a tough night with the Javelin.  Three throws landing flat necessitated a safety-first approach for the final throw to get the points. 

Rosenheim League Track & Field, Ewell 14th June 2023 

100m Michael Ball M60 17.1 5th
200m Michael Ball M60 35.7 6th
Hammer (7.26kg) Steve Hillier M65 14.35 4th
Javelin (800g) Steve Hillier M65 4.52 5th
The action moved to the Vet’s League at Battersea track on the 19th.  Mike had by now suffered an injury, but three of last year’s team had become available to swell our ranks on the banks of the Thames.   Sean O’Keeffe showed his field expertise in the Discus and High Jump, while Ian Haylock cruised around the 1500m on a hot evening.  Fiona Bishop was keen to tackle several distances, running the 400m and 1500m, and posting a good time in her specialist 2km walk.  Steve Hillier redeemed himself slightly, with a better Javelin throw, and substituted for Mike in the 100m.

Full results awaited. 

Our final two matches are shown below.  I hope we can get out a big team out for both.  Please let me know if you are available. 

  • Vets League, Perivale, July 12th 
  • Rosenheim League, St Mary's Twickenham, July 19th. 

>>> Steve Hillier 

NOW run Runnymede

There is a NOW run planned for this Thursday 29th June.

Meet at 12.00 at Runnymede Riverside car park (NT) which is opposite the Magna Carta Tearooms (also NT) on the A308. Postcode is TW20 0AE but make sure you use the NT car park and NOT the Pleasure Ground car park which has the same postcode but which is 2km further east, close to the M25 and the Runnymede Hotel. What3Words users head for ///curvy.horses.snap.

Runnymede photoThe route heads initially east on a good path beside the Thames before crossing the road to head across a grassy meadow towards Cooper's Hill. The climb up Cooper's Hill is strenuous but for those choosing to do it the reward is a stop at the beautiful Air Forces Memorial which is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This is a social not a competitive event and there is no shame in walking up the hill; you won't be the only one. There are however opportunities to avoid some or most of the climbing by turning right across the meadow and back towards the tearooms. With any of these options there are interesting stops en route at Writ in Water, the Magna Carta Memorial and the Jurors. The distance to be run, including the hill, will be approximately 5.5km.

There is path laying work going on in the area of the Writ in Water and Magna Carta memorials. Everything is still accessible but the works areas are fenced off and some minor detours around these will be required.

For those who can stay we will meet back at the tearoom afterwards - and those who choose not to go up the hill can take a seat and wait for us (photo). Finally, if you tell John to expect you then he'll know to wait for you!

>>> John Scaife

Pre-AGM Mile

Next week we have the AGM and as a warm-up we'll have our traditional pre-AGM mile event. This year we'll make our way to the Feltham Track - some may choose to change at the Bedfont Club or just meet there and jog over from 18:00 (2.2km).

There will be a walking race from 6.15 p.m. (slow, medium or fast walking permitted) and a running race at 6.30 p.m. (or as soon as the last walker has finished, if later).

Please plan on joining us.

Roderick Hoffman and Steve Newell

Big Half 2023 Sunday 3rd September

 Our club supports the London Marathon Events organisation in marshalling five events during the year.  On Sunday 3rd September we have been invited to return to Greenwich.  We will be looking after the pedestrian crossing close to the end of the Big Half race at the Cutty Sark.

This year, the race incorporates the trial for the World Road Race Championships. 

The day is hectic, but fun and rewarding, and gives you the best possible view of the race. 

We need twenty volunteers who are prepared to give up their valuable time.  If demand is sufficient, we will lay on transport from Bedfont to Greenwich. 

Please could check whether you are available for this event, and contact me as soon as possible, so that we can put together a marshalling team. 

Thank you,  

>>> Steve Hillier 

Recent Activity Achievements

12 members' achievements were communicated to me. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner mixed Run/Walk 3miles Cox Green Fri 01:07:00 Tues fast walk Maidenhead to home 41m 30s. Thurs two cycle laps of Cox Green (15m and 17m 30s). Friday 3Miles aprox XC in 67minutes.
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Cookham Dean Common + Mon 00:52:51 We ran from home to Marlow via Cookham Dean Common (pictured) and Bisham Woods on Monday…
John Scaife Running 4miles Cookham Dean Common + Mon 00:52:51 ...Benita’s calf strain seems to have abated, though we took it real easy just in case. Cooler today.
Elise Lawrenson Cycling London to Brighton Sun 03:50:00 "Hi new member here" - London to Brighton on 25th June. 3hrs 50 with stops for bacon rolls . Really lucky with the weather, it was great fun.
Emma Moreton  Race 5km Speedbird Ladies Wed pm Speedbirds 5th place on a super hot evening!
Julie Barclay Running 12km Thames Tue 01:05:00 Steady run from Molesey, over Hampton Court bridge, along the river to Kingston bridge and back.
Keith Johnson Running 10km Northampton 10k Sun 00:54:20 I was the 55 minute pacer for the Northampton 10k event. Came in at 54m20s so I think I can safely say “job done”. Was a hot and humid run especially with the backpack flag as well.
Melanie Miller Walking 10km Mantova, Italy Thur 02:10:08 A beautiful 10k meander sorry brisk walk in 32 degrees heat…but well worth the venture out as stunning scenery coupled with a beautiful old city!
Paul Watt Running 9miles Farnborough Sun am 01:12:00 Run from home and through Mytchett, Frimley and Farnborough to Queens Parade junior parkrun. Julie and I were the tail-walkers.
Roderick Hoffman Walking 19.38km Kennet & Avon canal Fri 03:54:22 "Just" a walk from Reading to Aldermaston along the Kennet and Avon canal but in doing so I met and exceeded my "Canalathon" target of 365 canal and river miles since 1st July last year.
Simon Turton Volunteering London Stadium Sat/Sun Volunteering at the London Stadium for the Major League Baseball London Series (Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals). Plenty of walking and circa 36000 steps across the weekend. Great atmosphere, really enjoyed
Trish McCabe  Race 10km Lions Martial Races Sun am 01:03:00 Martian 10k Race on Horsell Common near Woking on 25/6 in a time of 1:03. It was brutally hot conditions [Ed: probably hotter than it gets on Mars]


Week achievement photos Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 24th June

41 activities are recorded below. Please get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Trish MCCABE Aldenham 346 53 0:28:56 55.41% first run at Aldenham, park #122
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 647 58 0:26:53 62.99% run #464, 338th at Bedfont Lakes
David DUGGAN Bedfont Lakes 647 109 0:34:53 47.20% run #466, 233rd (50%) at Bedfont Lakes.
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 647 126 0:46:34 44.88% run #288, 198th at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 665 247 0:30:20 56.87% run #425
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 936 114 0:20:58 71.46% last parkrun not at Bushy was Kingston as a NY double in 2017!
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 936 967 0:34:08 46.97%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 936 1207 0:53:35 43.70% run #34, all at Bushy
Frankie HOGGE California Country 153 42 0:23:50 62.10% run #94, 11th at California
Christopher T KELLY California Country 153 64 0:25:42 61.35% Back in the old country at California.
Murray Hogge California Country 153 121 0:29:34 55.19%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Chipping Norton School 104 49 0:28:12 60.05% 8th run at Chipping Norton School, P-Index is 6
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 511 50 0:26:28 56.61% 87th run at Crane Park
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 511 Run Director at Crane Park
Ben Kelly Dallas Burston Polo Club 68 17 0:24:14 53.30%
Alastair HESLOP Frimley Lodge Barcode Scanning at Frimley Lodge. Guildford cancelled, then reinstated, but Alastair committed to Frimley.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 353 125 0:29:31 63.13% Fastest time this year.
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 353 196 0:38:08 62.46%
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 192 134 0:56:28 36.36% tailwalker (v), Wilson Index edges up to 192 (from 191)
Sarah GORDON Leicester Victoria 321 281 0:38:12 54.71% 35th run at Leicester Victoria
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 361 181 0:30:02 58.05% 129th run at Maidenhead
Petra OTTO March 304 98 0:43:01 51.76%
Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 399 114 0:28:25 56.42% two weeks in a row at Northala which celebrates #400 next week
Oliver MATHAI Osterley 429 80 0:26:50 64.97% Only 4s slower than last week's PB. Run #82, 3rd at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 429 262 0:46:37 58.46% best time at Osterley this year, Over 80's rally at Bushy next week
Paul WATT Pymmes 563 5 0:20:12 78.05% 249th parkrun. BA fastest man.  Park #147
Julie BARCLAY Pymmes 563 29 0:23:12 82.47% BA fastest lady (Fiona retains best age grade), park #151
Jain REID Richmond Park 761 300 0:44:38 41.11% back at Richmond after five weeks away (Comrades, etc.)
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 577 127 0:32:51 55.86% Faster again.
Barry WALTERS Sandhurst Memorial 103 152 0:37:25 45.66% run #178, 11th at Sandhurst Memorial
Harjit Jhooti St Albans 533 347 0:32:21 55.23% run #203, first at St Albans, park #87
David Cowell Stockley Country 24 6 0:19:45 71.81% BA fastest male, first under 20mins. Biggest turnout at Stockley Country (155) since Week #8 - C25k programmes. 11 very first timers.
Mike DENNISON Thames Path, Woolwich 8 25 0:19:48 84.68% BA Men's record and grade record. Event age category record by two minutes! Park #68.  Wilson Index is still 6
Maria JOVANI Thames Path, Woolwich 8 63 0:21:53 74.03% BA Ladies record. Park #66
Roderick HOFFMAN Thames Path, Woolwich 8 260 0:29:34 55.19% LonDone restored, park #355
Sue Dennison Thames Path, Woolwich 8 307 0:31:58 57.40% [non-member]
Kate SAYERS Thames Path, Woolwich 8 408 0:41:51 47.03% [non-member] 2nd run at Woolwich
Melanie Miller Treviso 248 30 1:00:18 29.63% run #147, park #121, new BApark #740
Fiona Bishop Woking 372 105 0:25:10 80.53%
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 372 180 0:28:14 63.28%
Micheal BALL Woking 372 189 0:28:40 56.45%

parkrun Review 24th June 2023

Melanie Miller (60:18) was at Treviso parkrun (North of Venice) this week, a new run for the club and taking our total to 740 different parkruns.  John Wright also volunteered.

Alastair Heslop added to the growing list of parkruns where he has been a volunteer, with a barcode scanning role, at Frimley Lodge and chalked up his 308th volunteer shift.  The Guildford parkrun looked unlikely to happen but the travellers occupying Stoke Park left with enough time to restore normality and over 300 runners were there, but Alastair honoured his Frimley Lodge commitment.  He expects to be barcode scanning at Guilford next Saturday.

London’s newest parkrun – Thames Towpath, Woolwich – was the Elizabeth Line destination for Mike Dennison (19:48), Maria Jovani (21:53) and Roderick Hoffman (29:34) all making their first visit. Roderick is “Londone” again. David Cowell (19:45) was just 3 seconds faster (than Mike) at Stockley Country – the first sub 20 minute run at Stockley by one of our members.

There will be a rally and photocall for all parkrunners aged 80 and over at Bushy Park next Saturday (1st July).  Alan Anderson will probably be our only representative and be hitting his old stomping ground in good form – he achieved his best time (46:37) this year at Osterley.  Paul Watt (20:12) and Julie Barclay (23:12, 82.47%) bettered previous club records at Pymmes.  Fiona Bishop (25:10 at Woking this week) recorded at 24:01 (83.14%) at Pymmes in April.

The men’s parkrun record (on any course) had been held by Andrew Baddeley (13:48) with his run at Bushy during the London Olympics in 2012; until this week. Andrew Butchart (13:45), himself an Olympian and Scottish record holder at 3000m, 5000m and 10000m, zoomed round the flat and fast Edinburgh course.  Is he a regular parkrunner?  Let’s just say that officially he had never run at one previously.

Steve Newell

Other Matters Arising

Thames Path Club RunnersAt Thames Path, Woolwich I wasn't expecting to know anyone but I spent my time chatting to club colleagues, ex-BA Kate Sayers and non-running partner Neil Cottrell, a guy I once shared a flat with in 1982 and a guy in a Perivale shirt I'd also chatted to at Stockley Country last week. And the photographer was Bruce from Northala Fields who is well known for taking the official parkrun photos such as the one with Alan finishing with Ann.  And I should have been chatting to the locals. You are never alone at parkrun.

Halfway through the year and that was my tenth parkrun. Obviously my total has been constrained this year due to Stockley Country.  Paul Watt and Julie Barclay have managed 31, Harjit Jhooti and David Duggan 27, Melanie Miller 26. Then with 25 we have Alan Anderson, Trish McCabe, Mike Dennison and Maria Jovani. Four club members have registered just one parkrun this year to date - Paul Knechtl, Simon Turton, Judy Turton and Eddie Giles but, that is as many as Andrew Butchart has run, so count the quality rather than the quantity.

Browsing other tables I note that despite her expertise as a parkrun volunteer timekeeper Joan Foxley has run 260 parkruns but has never finished in a time of "...and 16 seconds", Alice Banks is missing a "17 seconds" over 229 parkruns and Harjit has run 203 parkruns but has never finished with a time of "...and 1second".But both Julie Barclay and Paul Watt have two gaps despite their large number of parkruns.

In the place bingo Steve Newell has a gap of _97th place (including 197th, 297th etc.) over his 469 runs. He has finished _52nd ten times! Scott Davison has several gaps but has finished _25th 17 times (though in Scott's case his distribution of finish positions is strongly influenced by the size of the parkrun he normally runs at, and his speed).


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Roderick Hoffman

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