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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th August 2019


  • Tuesday 3rd September - ROM Round-the-Park on Harmondsworth Moor at 12:30 # NEXT WEEK
  • Thursday 5th September - Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45
  • Wednesday 11th September - NOW Runnymede, Egham from 12:00

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year BUT NOT this Wednesday (see below).

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at most of our events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 29th July.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 12 August 2019) / # 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

100km Relay for BA's 100th Celebration on Thursday 26th September

Note the following. We need individuals linked to the running club to support this venture - by running, helping and/or recruiting other individuals or teams. Please contact me and/or use the email in the text to let me know what you could do to help us, or respond on Facebook.  Note that this is also a private celebration of twenty years since the club organised an equivalent 100mile relay at the same location!

 The BA Athletics Club is hosting a 100-km Relay running event to celebrate the centenary of British Airways. This is being held on Thursday 26th September 2019 to coincide with National Fitness Day. The Relay will be held around the BA Head Office at Waterside, Harmondsworth on a 1km loop course over a 12-hour period, from 0700hrs to 1900hrs. Groups and individuals linked to the airline or Heathrow are invited to participate along with groups from across the airline.

Teams: Teams can be of between 10 and 100 participants. The more people you have in your team the less each person will need to run, e.g. if you have 100 people in your team, each person will only have to run 1-km. Each team will appoint their own team manager, provide own sustenance (food/drinks) and cover the 100-km within the 12 hours. To enter a team, please email with your Team Name and number of participants by 15th September (but please advise us as soon as you think you may be entering a team). Team managers will submit their team lists (name and distance intended to be covered by each person) one week before the event.

Individuals: Participation by individuals is welcome. Please email and tell us the distance you would like to cover and your approximate time for this, your availability during the 12 hours and what your link is to the airline, airport or area. We will try to place you in an appropriate team.

Entry Fee: Free entry, however we recommend a minimum donation of £5.00 per team, proceeds to be donated to White Lodge, a charity supported by the British Airways Athletics Club. Teams are welcomed to use the event to raise funds for their chosen charities should they wish to do so - BAAC will validate the distance covered. It is not a requirement of participation. In return for the free entry please note that there should be NO expectation of medals, T Shirts or other giveaways! Access (e.g. parking and availably of toilets) is a challenge yet to be overcome, but we are working on it and knowing numbers will help with the solution! Participation will be entirely at own risk though at minimum there will be Health&Safety reps on hand.

Support staff are also welcome.

Course: 1km loop to be manned by volunteers from the Athletics Club for the duration of the event.

We don't know how this will work out! We may end up with one team of ten club runners doing the relay or ten teams and 500 runners involved. Whatever, it should be a great experience. This is NOT a race, slower participants are welcome, although the 100k distance will need to be covered in the 12 hours of the event.

Roderick Hoffman

Wednesday - Club run on Harmondsworth Moor

The Bedfont Club has a revenue generating football match on on Wednesday so instead of meeting there we will run on Harmondsworth Moor instead. The map below shows key points in pink. It promises that it won't be as hot on Wednesday evening as it is at the front end of this week - there might even be some refreshing drizzle around 8pm!

Harmondsworth Moor Run map

  • Park in Moor Lane (free and unrestricted after 16:30) - entry from Harmondsworth (or park next to the Five Bells and walk down - and if you need to use their loos tell them that we'll be in later),
  • Meet at 18:00 at the signpost next to Swan Lake,
  • We'll probably conduct our warm-up in the "Secret Garden", if you are late arriving and you can't find the Secret Garden then meet us where we start the ladies race instead.
  • Then we'll go for a jog around the Moorland - the course shown with arrows is about 4.5k long and is suggested but may need to be altered due to 3rd runway sounding work,
  • Five Bells from 19:15 for refreshments and food (not provided).

Note that Steve Newell and I will be getting there early, from about 17:00, to check out the course to be used for the 100km relay event.

Roderick Hoffman

Approaching the sharp end of the track & field season…

The Track & Field leagues may be over, but we still have a couple of Grand Prix events to complete.  August’s event involved running the bend at Uxbridge track, followed by hurling the spear as far as possible.

The first event saw Simon sweep to victory in the 200m, battling against a strong breeze in the finishing straight.  Steve and Roderick kept him in their sights.

We then moved to the infield. We started with much discussion about javelin weights, the appropriate grip on the binding (fork grip anyone?), and how best to bring the arm through when throwing.  We then dispensed with the theory, concentrating on chucking the javelin as far as possible.  The good news is that we improved across our six throws, so practice does seem to work!

Uxbridge track, 19/8/19 200m Javelin (700g)
Simon Turton V50 34.0sec 11.76m
Steve Hillier V65 36.0sec 17.04m
Roderick Hoffman V55 46.9sec 13.65m

There is one more Grand Prix to go:  Sep 16th  100m + Long Jump

Come and join us for this rare opportunity!

Steve Hillier

Club In-house Event – Wednesday 21st August – Street Orienteering - Report

It's been a long time since I've planned a Street-O for BAAC but the resurgence of monthly mid-week events organised by South London Orienteers prompted me to set this one up. Technology has also improved and a base map is now a lot easier to generate, meaning more time can be spent selecting suitable 'control' sites. I wanted to cater for all abilities so ended up choosing 38 control sites of mainly post boxes, fire hydrant signs and lampposts (and Freddie Mercury's blue plaque; don't know where it is in Feltham? should have come orienteering!). Armed with maps and clue sheets, competitors set off to try and visit as many controls, worth varying points, as possible, wary of the fact that any time over 60 minutes would incur penalties. As with all orienteering events there were healthy debates on route choices taken, location of controls etc. at the finish but everyone seemed to enjoy the event and hopefully now have a better appreciation of the roads and footpaths that surround our new training ground at Bedfont.

  Time Score Penalties Total
Roderick Hoffman 00:59:52 540 0 540
Steve Taylor 00:57:41 420 0 420
Steve Gurd 00:57:25 390 0 390
Chris Kelly 01:00:03 370 1 369
Steve Hillier 01:02:03 340 41 299
Judy, Hayley & Charlotte Turton 00:55:48 270 0 270
Christine Munden 01:02:00 310 40 270
Neil Frediani 01:06:27 360 129 231
Maarten, Jakob & Francesca Stenham  00:59:03 210 0 210
Harry Wild 01:02:00 120 40 80
Alan Friar 00:59:30 70 0 70
Alan & Anne Anderson 01:16:00 110 320 -210

Simon Turton

This is the map, showing the route that Roderick took as a red line, and he ran anti-clockwise around this. If you want to get a copy of the map without the suggested route print this PDF for the Map and this for the Clue Sheet - but you'll have to assume that you have got all of the answers right!

Club Street-O Bedfont map

For those who are tempted to try one of the winter season events I thought it worth explaining my thought process for the route I ran. Before I saw the map I guessed that the reason Simon had moved the start away from the club house was so that we could run deep into Feltham as well as extending into both East and West Bedfont. I therefore had already decided to go west from the start and make it a circular route - I could have gone east but had I gone south I would find myself cutting the map in half and being in danger of returning the same way I went out - both bad news for visiting new controls. So I went out via control 20 to control 30 and note that I only collected control 10 on the way because I was running right past it - it isn't worth spending 30 seconds gathering a 10 point control! It was just about worth diverting to control 21 - in retrospect it took me two minutes to collect this control so perhaps I should have run past. 40 was a good control to get and I spotted that there was a path opposite, not marked on the map, that would be a shortcut to 36 - I had the experience and confidence to take this. 19 to 25 then taking great care to find 44 (I'd been in this group of houses before and so I deliberately walked some of this to avoid making a mistake). Whilst walking I planned to get 37, 52, 33, 14 and 29 in that order - all good points apart from 14 which was on the way and that sequence minimised the distance run (52 being the difficult one to fit into a route). In retrospect I should have diverted after 29 under the railway (I know that subway) to get 35 and 51 and return the same way to 43. I would have had to cut out control 41 later but would be 40 points up. I was on the home stretch now and was able to get 34, 38 then 41, and 18 on the way. I knew that I was very tight for time but I was just able to get 31 (quicker than 39) but didn't have the 30 seconds needed to stop by 11 - had it been worth 20 points OR an easy to find Red Postbox I might have tried and risked a few time penalties.  I ran 5.39miles (8.7km) in 59:52.

This year's winter Street-O series starts off at Hampton Wick on 10th September (details to be confirmed). It is worth trying to do this one because it can be run before it gets dark - yes, most of the Street-O series has the added complication of being done with streetlights and head torches!

Roderick Hoffman

Club parkrun results for Saturday 24th August 2019

Member 24th August 2019 parkrun  ↓ Pos  ↓ Time  ↓ Grade↓ PB↓ Comment
TRUE Janet Smith Aylesbury 215 00:35:50 49.21% 1st run at Aylesbury, park #38
TRUE Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 71 00:27:04 72.72%  
TRUE Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 36 00:24:15 67.90%  
TRUE Caroline Cockram Bedfont Lakes 57 00:26:12 63.99%  
TRUE Ian Cockram Bedfont Lakes 40 00:24:44 60.58% run #490
TRUE Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 30 00:24:05 60.28%  
TRUE David Williams Black Park 130 00:25:19 54.71% New member, run #130, 123rd at Black Park
TRUE Andrew Jordon Bramhall Park 55 00:23:31 64.28% 1st run since Christmas Day
TRUE Ben Chaytow Brickfields 9 00:22:37 61.24% 1st run at Brickfields, park #23, BApark 519
TRUE Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 177 00:22:12 70.42%  
TRUE Christopher T KELLY California Country 184 00:46:18 32.90% 1st run at California Country, park #48
TRUE Gareth SNOOK Cardiff 140 00:22:25 69.74% 1st run since July 2018
TRUE Mike Dennison Cranleigh 6 00:20:17 79.79% M-6, 1st run at Cranleigh, park #8, club rec
TRUE Maria Jovani Cranleigh 9 00:21:08 73.90% F-1, 1st run at Cranleigh, park #39 club rec(F)
TRUE Denis Foxley Darlington South Park 213 00:29:55 58.94% 1st run at Darlington Sth, park #10, BApark #517
TRUE Trish MCCABE Deerpark, Carlanstown 17 00:28:25 54.55% 1st run at Deerpark, park #45 ,BApark #518
FALSE Daniela MAYEROVA Exmouth 201 00:28:04 53.27% former member, 12th run at Exmouth
TRUE Kay Trinder Frimley Lodge 54 00:21:16 81.90% run #130, 1st at Frimley Lodge, park #15
TRUE John Lennon Guildford 368 00:32:21 48.74% 5th run at Guildford
TRUE Oliver MATHAI Gunnersbury 165 00:24:53 67.38%  
TRUE Sarah GORDON Harlow 170 00:35:59 54.70% 1st run at Harlow, park #110
FALSE Joan FOXLEY Harrow 189 00:38:07 58.42%  
TRUE John COFFEY Hazelwood 75 00:28:55 68.01%  
TRUE Maarten Stenham Hazelwood 38 00:25:16 54.82%  
TRUE Kelly Davis Hazelwood 99 00:32:09 46.66%  
TRUE Steve NEWELL Higginson, Marlow 152 00:39:21 48.16% run #368, 6th at Higginson Marlow
TRUE Alice BANKS Killerton 151 00:26:53 74.27%  
TRUE Neil FREDIANI Leazes 148 00:29:17 55.72% 1st run at Leazes, park #51, BApark #520
TRUE Benita Scaife Mile End 282 00:30:59 65.41% 1st run at Mile End
TRUE John Scaife Mile End 283 00:30:59 54.12% 1st run at Mile End
TRUE Stephen K TAYLOR Northala Fields 151 00:26:52 57.69%  
TRUE Barry WALTERS Old Deer Park 14 00:21:32 76.47% 1st run at Old Deer Park, park #43
TRUE Alan & Ann ANDERSON Osterley 260 00:41:00 66.54% assisted wheelchair rider
TRUE Alan ANDERSON Osterley 261 00:41:00 57.32% provides wheelchair assistance
TRUE David DUGGAN Prospect 112 00:28:59 54.86% run #323, 1st at Prospect, park #71
TRUE Jain Reid Richmond Park 309 00:34:11 50.95% run #55, 53rd at Richmond Park
TRUE Richard RUFFELL Sunny Hill 2 00:21:18 73.40% M-2, 1st run at Sunny Hill, park #88
TRUE Roderick HOFFMAN Sunny Hill 31 00:31:30 50.48% 1st run at Sunny Hill, park #281
TRUE Micheal BALL Woking 112 00:25:48 60.59% 143rd run at Woking (5th anniversary last week)
TRUE Murray HOGGE Wycombe Rye 77 00:23:06 68.25% 1st run at Wycombe Rye
TRUE Frankie HOGGE Wycombe Rye 76 00:23:05 64.12% 1st run at Wycombe Rye

Volunteers include...

24thAugust 2019 parkrun Role
Zoe Ostley volunteer Bedfont Lakes Run Director
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford Barcode Scanning

The bank holiday weekend and more settled warm weather encouraged widespread tourism with our members turning up at no fewer than 24 different parkruns.  Fresh ground was broken on a personal and in some cases a club level in various parts of the country. Several new club records were set.

Mike Dennison (20:17) and Maria Jovani (21:08) were “first-timers” at Cranleigh and improved on the previous club records there.
Kay Trinder (21:16, 81.9%) ran at Frimley Lodge for the first time.  Our only 80% run this week.

Denis Foxley (29:55) ran at Darlington South for the first time. Ian and Caroline Cockram  had previously run there but long before they joined us.
Alice Banks (26:53) ran at Killerton for the first time and set a new club record (F). It is one of the parks where Brian Bennett’s fine performances will be remembered. He ran 23:16 there as a 73 year old.

Andrew Jordan (23:31 at Bramhall) ran for the first time since Christmas Day last year. Chris Kelly holds the club record there with 19:57.

Ben Chaytow (22:37) was at Brickfields in Dublin and came 9th out of 77 runners.  His first parkrun in Ireland.

Richard Ruffell (21:18) achieved a rare second place at Sunny Hill just a week after his fine Ironman finish in Sweden. It was Richard’s 88th different park.  Roderick Hoffman (31:30) was there as well and moved onto 281.  He is still clinging on to a slot in the worldwide top 20 (just) {Roderick adds - it is my parkrun ambition for this year TO drop out of the top twenty - I may succeed over the next two weeks with a run at Hanworth on Saturday and then missing a parkrun due to WARR}.

Neil Frediani (29:17) ran at Leazes in Newcastle upon Tyne which only started up last week.  His Wilson Index was 2 already and stays there! He needs multiples of three to extend his score - 3, 6 and 9.

The BA Club total has moved up to 520 so reaching 600 at some stage cannot be ruled out.

Steve's parkrun stats - club parkrun stats - UPDATED

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Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Position Bingo

Oddly Position Bingo is less of a thing than the Wilson Index and Seconds Bingo. But it is worth a mention since by finishing in 2nd place for the first time ever Richard Ruffell has now finished in all finish positions from 2nd to 29th.  I'm recommending to Richard Les Dougnes near Bordeaux in France. Saturday's first place time there was 23:18. Or an adventurous trip to Moberley in Montana, USA - any one of us would have been first finisher there on Saturday (sub 50 minutes) and Richard's Sunny Hill time would have been first finisher there in each of the last six weeks.

Who else has impressive records? Including performances when not a member:

  • Ben CHAYTOW has finished in all positions from 2nd to 36th,
  • Bob Bannister has finished from 24th to 80th,
  • Chris Kelly has finished from 2nd to 47th,
  • Ian Cockram from 6th to 64th,
  • Maria Jovani from 4th to 46th (this is overall finish position - I don't have ready figures for gender position),
  • Murrey Hogge from 2nd to 42nd,
  • Scott Davidson from 8th to 48th.

There is a lack of first finishers in the above list. We do have them in the club...but those that have finished first haven't finished in the "minor places" often enough! Gary Rushmer has finished in all places from first to 16th. Also David Bird has finished first once, twice two times, third three times, fourth four times and sixth six times. He needs to finish fifth another two times to add to this record.

Roderick Hoffman

Running Shorts:

Back to basics, dear Ed. My cross country yesterday in 39.37. Andy Rayner. P.S. My son, Ian, doing the Maidenhead Half next weekend. 

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