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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th June 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

Editorial - not the best

Not the best digest this week, but I'm on holiday and so preparing this on my laptop and the Brits have been playing (and winning) at Wimbledon on the television to distract me. Offer to do better!


AGM Approaching Fast

BAAC will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Bedfont Club next week, on Wednesday 6th July at 20:00.  Please make all efforts to attend – we will hear reports on the club’s successes in 2021/2, elect a new committee, and discuss subscriptions for future years and any other burning issues. The bar will be open and the club will be providing food - probably sandwiches for a change.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the AGM without running a mile beforehand #.  If you want to take part in that event, please let Steve Newell know. 

See you there!

Steve Hillier (Hon Sec BAAC)

The current chair adds:

The members standing for election are myself, Steve Hillier, Chris Kelly, Amanda Coombs, Alan Friar, Paul Knechtl, Steve Taylor and Clara Halket. With Steve Newell and Simon Turton also involved it sounds like the committee will be full...but it isn't, there is still space for you to get involved which would enable us to spread the workload thinner and to benefit from your different views and wisdom to improve committee decisions. Also we would like others to be getting experience for when some of the current committee members decide to hang up their running shoes. Contact Steve if interested, or have a quiet word with any of us.

Roderick Hoffman

Monopoly Event Wednesday 22nd June - Result; Triumph of the Battleships #

Wednesday’s hot sun ensured that all competitors were well-toasted at the end of forty minutes shuttle running.   The task: To collect the highest value Monopoly tokens for your team, shuttling them back to Linda at GO!  Three treasure troves of tokens were available:  High values were a distant run, medium values not quite so far, and lowest values…you get the picture. 

The Scottie Dogs started well, with an early capture of Mayfair from marshal Steve T, who was stationed at distant Plesman House near the A30.  The Battleships sailed determinedly, however, and soon collected some railway stations and lower value London streets.  At the end of the allotted time, we returned to the clubhouse so that the Stenhams junior could evaluate the scores. No recounts were required; it was confirmed that the Battleships had comfortably sunk the Scottie Dogs.

Thanks to Steve Taylor, Laura Stenham and Linda Hillier for their busy marshalling duties.

£3600 £1910
Martin Stenham Steve Newell
Jakob Stenham Steve Hillier
Francesca Stenham

Steve and Linda Hillier

Important - Volunteers Needed for Tue 19th July #

As previously advised, the STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (5km) ( returns on TUESDAY 19th JULY. I’ve currently got 12 volunteers, so short of the 25 the organisers are needing and I need to finalise this week. They'll be a T-shirt & jacket for everyone and whilst hospitality has been pared back, they’ll be a drinks voucher each to exchange in the grounds of the HAC; a nice social setting to relax post race.

Thanks in advance for your continued support. 


> Simon Turton

Ed: Supporting these events enables the club to keep its membership fee low and provide generous member benefits. If you can help then please let Simon know ASAP. The evening is usually easy and enjoyable.

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 15 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week. No pictures, because I'm away from my editing software, so I've included picture descriptions instead.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Barry Walters Running 5km Swinley Forest Sun am 00:32:01 Ran a steady effort over Swinley forest and back and felt okay and followed this with a one hour workout in the gym this morning.
Benita Scaife Walking 6.6miles Adirondack Mountains 03:00:00 Our activity was hiking the Buck Mountain Trail in the Adirondack mountains, upstate New York…
John Scaife Walking 6.6miles Adirondack Mountains 03:00:00 ...From the Forestry Service parking area at the trailhead to the summit is 3.3 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. [Picture shows us on the summit with Lake George in the distance]
Emma Moreton Running 11km Thur am Hill run battling insects, brambles, nettles and overgrown ferns. Got bitten and scratched but best start to the day! [photo of Emma disappearing into the undergrowth]
Joe Nolan Running 5km Black Park Tue 00:33:00 Slow training trot … it was a long day !!!  You have to have set yourself a reward beforehand as motivation for afterwards ! [picture of Joe enjoying a large "Full English" at the San Remo Café]
Julie Barclay parkrun 5km Uckfield Sat am 00:26:25 A rehab run with some easy jogging, threshold and a walk up one of the hills! A good strengthening course…100% off-road, mostly grass and dried mud with countless ups and downs.
Keith Johnson  Race 10km Summer Solstice 10k (St Albans) Tue 00:46:48 Been a busy week this week showing the colours for BAAC, this St Albans race, Saturday's Houghton Hall parkrun and Sunday's Welwyn 10k in 48m29s.
Melanie Miller Walking 11km Switzerland Thur am 02:52:00 midweek stroll into Bern via the famous (Banksy like) footbridge a real draw with tourists. [photo of a graffiti filled foot tunnel]
Paul Watt parkrun 5km Uckfield Sat am 00:21:29 A savage cross-country..not my cup of tea but a lovely place nevertheless. It has hills, a pond, WW2 pillbox, ducks, cows…what more could you ask for? The delight of parkrun being that all courses are different.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am Tail walking at March, rather than my local Whittlesey, because I find March more interesting. Furthermore, I’d usually go to the gym there afterwards, followed by a lovely Costa ☕️, Sainsbury’s and Lidl weekly shop. It’s become a nice habit now.
Piers Keenleyside  Race 26.5miles Hertfordshire Hobble Sun 06:41:00 Starting and finishing in Buntingford. This was an LDWA (Long Distance Walking Association) event for walkers and runners. As usual they make sure we don't go hungry with checkpoints in village halls with drinks, sandwiches, cake and biscuits together with a meal once we had finished! Marathon #188.
Roderick Hoffman Running 8.4km The Cinder Trail (Whitby) Thur am 00:58:18 Ran The Cinder Trail as a freedom parkrun plus a bit more. Well recommended. After the turnaround you realise that the first half was gently uphill so the second half is easier. [Photo shows Whitby Abbey viewed from the Larpool Viaduct]
Shelly Garratt  Race 26.2miles Brighton Trail Marathon Sat Survived 26.2 miles of South Downs hills yesterday thanks to my daughter Ellen Kenworthy for making sure I got there on time and putting up with all my pre-race jitters ‍♀️❤️ [Not currently members but both Shelly and Ellen are coming to Hawaii for WARR]
Stephen Taylor Running 15miles Ealing including Northala Fields Sat am 02:34:00 I planned a route that went through Northala Fields. I was only about a minute behind the start of the parkrun so it would have been remiss not to include it.
Steve Hillier Running 6.7km Slough and Eton Sun 00:46:50 An amble around Slough and Eton, including passing some of the school playing fields and following the Jubilee river.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 25th June 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 599 21 0:24:13 63.52% First lady (3rd time at Bedfont, but first since November 2019)
Joe NOLAN Black Park 612 194 0:29:18 58.30%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 536 205 0:34:14 60.13%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 103 200 0:35:51 51.98% PB by 18seconds.
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 882 79 0:20:52 71.25%
Maria JOVANI California Country 100 35 0:22:02 72.77% run #355, park #56
Paul TIMMS Cirencester 150 41 0:25:10 63.18%
Michael Dennison Colby 328 7 0:20:22 81.59% 58 second PB (vs run in 2015). BA Men's and Grade record.
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 461 14 0:22:45 62.34%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 461 57 0:27:25 54.22%
Bob BANNISTER Edenbrook Country 10 68 0:23:56 70.06% BA Men's and Grade record.  Run #425, park #38
Barry WALTERS Edenbrook Country 10 181 0:28:57 58.49% 4th run at Edenbrook, his new favourite ?
Anne Bannister Edenbrook Country 10 239 0:32:32 63.27% BA Ladies record, run #255, park #33
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 434 Barcode Scanning at Guildford
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 476 209 0:27:07 61.83% 299th parkrun
David DUGGAN Hanworth 92 37 0:32:50 49.70%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 302 87 0:28:30 64.39% [*] run #187, 161st at Harrow
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 302 149 0:36:47 63.66%
John COFFEY Hazelwood 143 79 0:34:06 61.63% [*]
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 143 94 0:58:36 34.27% Tailwalker at Hazelwood
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 163 33 0:24:25 61.37%
Melanie Miller Lac de Divonne 200 42 0:37:12 47.40% [*] first run at Lac de Divonne (France), run #95, park #70
Neil FREDIANI Leazes 69 128 0:29:26 56.96% Same time as last week…but at a different parkrun. Improves own club Grade record.
Roderick HOFFMAN Leazes 69 131 0:29:42 54.49% park #329
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 310 197 0:32:08 66.03%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 310 198 0:32:09 53.65%
Petra OTTO March 257 135 0:54:56 39.87% Tailwalker at March
Frankie HOGGE Mile End 469 20 0:19:53 74.43%
Steve Taylor Northala Fields 350 199 0:32:56 48.28% In the middle of a 15mile run, started parkrun one minute late.
Trish MCCABE Osterley 381 124 0:28:48 55.15%
Anne Anderson Osterley 381 251 0:51:11 56.30% [Non-member]
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 381 252 0:51:12 51.07%
Jain REID Richmond Park 707 170 0:29:46 60.81% 97th parkrun
Paul WATT Uckfield 96 8 0:21:29 72.77% BA club parkrun #651, Men's and Grade record, park #89
Julie BARCLAY Uckfield 96 40 0:26:25 71.42% BA Ladies record, park #93
Ben Kelly Woodley 433 64 0:23:40 54.51%
Tony BARNWELL Wycombe Rye 440 347 0:50:01 42.02% [*] comeback continues - quicker than last time
Joe NOLAN Black Park 611 186 0:29:52 57.20% [late result from last week]

I start this week with a general warning that more and more parkruns (5km and 2km) are being cancelled to make way for other local events in our public open spaces,  It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the UK parkrun cancellations website Cancellations | parkrun UK which is updated regularly and lists known cancellations three weeks ahead.  If you are planning further ahead you may find the volunteer roster for a particular parkrun will show if a cancellation is expected in the next six weeks or so.  Facebook may also carry alerts.  As an example, Osterley parkrun which is a popular choice for an occasional visit by our members has been suspended for the next three weeks and Fulham Palace is to remain dormant for at least another month.

Frankie Hogg (19:53) was our fastest finisher this week, she was the first lady home at Mile End where her best time of 19:38 places her 22nd out of over 1000 in a very competitive age group. Maria Jovani (22:02) went back to California Country (Berks) after a three year gap to be part of their 100th run celebrations.  Mike Dennison (20:22) visited Colby in Pembrokeshire after a seven year gap and improved his time by almost a full minute.  He is second out of more than 200 is his new age group there.

Paul Watt (21:29) and Julie Barclay (26:25) continue to roam widely and visited Uckfield in Sussex and established club records.  Club parkrun 651.

Emma Moreton (24:13) was the first female across the line at Bedfont Lakes for the first time this year.  Bedfont Lakes will be hosting a parkrun for the 600th time next Saturday.

Melanie Miller (37:12) travels widely and this week became the latest member to appear at Lac de Divonne in France, very close to the border with Switzerland and near Geneva.

The Edenbrook Country Park parkrun which celebrated its 10th week last Saturday is proving popular and is already averaging over 300 runners a week. To be fair nearby Rushmoor does seem to get cancelled quite a lot. The evidently fast two lap course is reportedly subject to occasional flooding but no problems so far. The club records set this week belong to Bob Bannister (23:56) and Anne Bannister (32:32).

As we enjoy midsummer here it can only mean it is midwinter in the Southern Hemisphere.  Former member Caroline Yarnell still does an occasional parkrun – her most recent at Cairns (Queensland) last month was comfortably under 30 minutes.

Next Saturday (2nd July) is the club featured parkrun at Church Mead in Amersham, Bucks.

Steve Newell will be on holiday in the areas  mentioned in the Shipping Forecast for the period covering the parkrun days on 9th and 16th July.  If anyone would like to become guest reporter for a couple of weeks, please get in touch with the editor.

Steve Newell

[*] Recent members for whom it hasn't been confirmed they have re-joined this year are marked thus [*]. Note that the supply of information from the bank account is problematical so it could be that some of you have already paid your subs, but the information has either got lost or hasn't filtered through yet. Please let me know if you have been flagged but consider yourself to be a fully paid-up member. On the other hand if you don't intend to renew please drop membership secretary > Alan Friar a polite note to say so, so that he knows not to chase you.

Club Featured parkrun #

Next Saturday, 2nd July, Church Mead parkrun in Amersham. Meet before the start for the "before" picture.

Warning - this parkrun is probably the toughest in the South East area with two ascents of the hill.  If the thought of the toughest parkrun in the SE has you looking up the phone number for the Samaritans then there is a flat alternative this week (though not a "Club Featured" one):

Joe Nolan writes, "Next Saturday is pacing day again at Black Park parkrun - anyone wanting to pace a particular time can just turn up on the day to volunteer and will receive both run and volunteer credits. New pacers will be briefed and can be paired with more experienced. Anyone wanting to run a particular time only needs to stick with the pacer with that target time - it couldn't be easier!

Also, the Samaritans are having an awareness day at Black Park on Saturday - expect a record crowd and lots of goodies being given away!"


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Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the Editor

Monthly Mile update...

Ian Haylock reports "I’m also doing Arethusa Mile (although not this week ). It runs from May -> September starting near the Diana Fountain.

  • 8th June  5.59
  • 15th June 5.47"


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