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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th February 2017


  • Thursday 2nd March - Dream Mile Bath Road from 12:45*
  • Sunday 5th March - Berkhamsted Half & 5M Fun Run*
  • Wednesday 15th March - Club In-house Event Heston Venue 18:00*.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at all of these events.  The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml [Updated Feb 24th].

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2016 Awards

The 2016 Awards evening was most successful. This was despite a number of absences due to illness and vacations including apologies received from Brian Forrester, Helen Smith, Deby Helsden and Christine Munden.

Despite the absences there were still 33 club members present.  The club provided food through a delivery of Pizzas and "non-cheese" alternatives.  Steve Hillier had guessed how many would be needed - and got the right number remarkably accurately - give that man an award…

Steve Newell started the evening by presenting the prizes for the winners of the Equinox 5k run last year.  Tom Rowley then spoke to thank everyone in the club for our attendance at his 90th birthday parkrun in January.

The first award of the evening was the Chairman's Award, presented by the Chairman, or this year the acting chairman Roderick Hoffman, to the club member who has made the greatest contribution to the club.  There was an obvious candidate this year and Brian agreed with the proposal. So this year's recipient is La La Land, no sorry, wrong envelope, Steve Hillier.  Steve's formal role as club secretary involves him administrating the club committee meetings and evenings like the awards evening.  However Steve also handles most communications between the club and many other bodies including…

  • The police,
  • St John Ambulance,
  • Hillingdon council,
  • London Transport,
  • BA Clubs,
  • Imperial College
  • and even the local Pizza delivery company.

John Williams, the club president, presented the remaining awards as follows:

The winner of the Brian Forrester 10K Trophy this year is a "young lad" who continues to show great promise.  He remains one of the most successful 10K runners this club has ever fielded, and highlighted his abilities with an impressive 36 minute run at WARR in the autumn.  He finished third overall in that race, and unlike in 2015, he managed to complete the event without breaking his ankle.  The award goes to Paul Knechtl.

The Alamo Trophy is presented each year to the team member with the most notable achievement at WARR, not necessarily involving running.  This year's winner was so by a unanimous decision by the committee.  It is being presented to a club associate who ran his first ever WARR race for the team in Chicago this year.  At 89 years of age he was the oldest man in the field as he ran round the 5k course to finish in a time of 54:26 - and notably ahead of 56 other finishers.  The year's Alamo trophy winner had to be Tom Rowley.

The Round The Block Trophy can be captured by devising, marshalling and taking part in BA events throughout the year.  The more you compete, plan or marshal, the more points you earn.  There was tight competition this year, with Trish McCabe a regular competitor for the ladies at CIEs.   Roderick and Steve Newell came close, representing the club regularly and organising Wednesday events.  They tied for second place.  The overall winner of the Round The Block trophy for the year is Steve Hillier.

To be continued...

The next couple of digests

I'm away in the States for two weeks.  I expect to publish the next couple of digests more or less to schedule BUT I will struggle to have the time or Wi-Fi capability to do much research for them.  SO please send me your results and stories in as complete a state as possible - by 9pm UK time each Monday.  If next Tuesday morning your in-tray has a blank email in it then don't blame other people.

Roderick Hoffman (

Veterans League Track&Field Fixtures

Mid-London Division

  • Mon 8th May Battersea
  • Mon 5th June Hillingdon
  • Mon 19th June Battersea
  • Weds 12th July Perivale

Four dates for your diaries  Steve Hillier will provide more details in a future week - including the qualifications needed to be a member of the team (likely to be positive answers to the following two questions - are you 35 or over? Would you like to run, throw or jump?).

Steve Hillier

Club parkrun results for Saturday 25th February

25th February family & friends time parkrun commentary grade
James Shoulder 20:42 Bedfont Lakes run #10 62%
Ian Cockram 25:52 Bedfont Lakes run #382 57%
Trish McCabe 26:59 Bedfont Lakes run #175 57%
David Duggan 28:29 Bedfont Lakes run #189 55%
Caroline Cockram 28:48 Bedfont Lakes run #262 57%
Piers Keenleyside 24:16 Bicester first run at Bicester 66%
Kathryn Keenleyside 40:30 Bicester first run at Bicester 47%
Ian Cunningham 24:39 Bushy Park run #278 62%
John Coffey 26:32 Bushy Park run# 228, 197th at Bushy 71%
Jonathan Cox 22:35 Crane Park run #301 69%
Ben Chaytow 23:15 Crane Park run #161 59%
John Taylor 20:17 Durham 13th out of 349, club record 73%
Marion Woodhouse 34:00 Durham run #24, 1st at Durham 51%
Alan Anderson 30:16 Gunnersbury run #446 71%
Steve Newell 36:38 Gunnersbury run #254 49%
Denis Foxley 26:36 Harrow run #67, 61st at Harrow 64%
Sarah Gordon 34:51 Leicester Victoria run #143, 11th at Leicester Vic 55%
Benita Scaife 29:42 Maidenhead run #63 65%
John Scaife 29:43 Maidenhead run #76 55%
Steve Taylor 25:14 Northala Fields run #58 60%
Marion Taylor 31:00 Northala Fields run #49 56%
Chris Kelly 21:11 Reading run #327 70%
Eddie Giles 27:27 Salisbury run #78, 3rd at Salisbury 63%
Steve Dodsworth 23:46 Sunderland run #107, 41st at Sunderland 64%
Linda Dodsworth 27:30 Sunderland run #102, 37th at Sunderland 58%
Sreeram Sethuraman 31:08 Upton Court run #105, 95th at Upton Court 43%
Alan Friar 28:05 Woodley run #226, 63rd at Woodley 64%
John Lennon volunteer Bedfont Lakes
Kerstin Luksch volunteer Gunnersbury
Tom Rowley volunteer Woking
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford

Firstly a little catch-up from last week when results from Fulham Palace were released later than all the rest and didn't catch the reporter's eye until after the digest had gone to press.  Five of our Bedfont Lakes regulars (Ian and Caroline Cockram, Trish McCabe, David Duggan and John Lennon) went on tour to Bishops Park and were caught on camera.  Visit the Fulham Palace parkrun website and check the news item for 18th February.  This week they were all back at Bedfont.

Our best result this week was achieved by John Taylor (20:17) at Durham to establish a new club course record.  He was 13th across the finish line out of a field of 349 which included Marion Woodhouse (34:00) making her appearance at a parkrun anywhere since 2014.

Our Reading regulars went their separate ways this week.  Chris Kelly (21:11) followed the main herd to the alternative winter course at nearby Dinton Pastures while Alan Friar(28:04) chose to run at his favourite alternate at Woodley where the attendance of 355 was close to the record of 387.

Piers Keenleyside (24:16) visited Bicester for the first time ahead of yet another marathon the following day.  He is making a habit of using a parkrun as a warmup for something longer the next day.  It will be interesting to see how many of our London Marathon runners make an appearance in the Spring Sunshine/April showers on 22nd April.

Steve Newell

Updated club parkrun stats

Thorpe Park Half Marathon 26th Feb - Results

Pos Race No Name Time Net Time Category Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos Club TOD
225 2787 GARY RUSHMER 01:33:15 01:32:53 V55 3 Male 204 BRITISH AIRWAYS 10:33:16
643 3127 GRAHAM TAYLOR 01:45:47 01:45:24 V55 11 Male 537 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 10:45:48
721 1987 CRAIG LUNNON 01:47:26 01:45:42 V45 40 Male 587 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 10:47:27
907 1109 NEIL FREDIANI 01:51:46 01:49:10 V60 3 Male 717 SHEPPERTON RUNNING GROUP 10:51:47
1140 2094 TRISH MCCABE 01:57:03 01:56:31 V35 40 Female 272 BRITISH AIRWAYS ATHLETIC CLUB 10:57:04
1504 2467 EMMA PARKES 02:03:39 02:01:56 V35 61 Female 448 BRITISH AIRWAYS AC 11:03:40
1589 1885 JOHN LENNON 02:05:11 02:04:40 V55 29 Male 1092 BRITISH AIRWAYS ATHLETICS CLUB 11:05:12
2348 2205 TRACEY MILLS 02:22:24 02:17:58 Female 545 Female 963 BRITISH AIRWAYS ATHLETICS CLUB 11:22:25

3009 finishers.  No report submitted.

Cambridge Boundary Run 26th February

Marathon #125. More off-road than I had imagined with about 10 kissing-gates to negotiate on the trails along with mud and soft grass paths and a few mini cattle grids. Often running into a very strong headwind. Finished in 3:44:59 - on my Garmin but suspect the official time may be a shade over 3:45. PB for this course which I ran for the first time 4 years ago in a time of 3:56:01.

Piers Keenleyside

Running Shorts

  • Roding Valley Half Marathon 25th Feb - Dave Dixon 01:22:53, 21st of 541 finishers (first in the 50-59 age category).
  • Goring 10k 25th Feb - Melanie Holman 00:53:23, 386th of 885 finishers.
  • Bramley 20/10 miler 19th Feb - John Scaife reports "Benita and I did the 10 with her leading the way in a pb 1:37:28 and me a second behind. Jasvir did the 20 in 4:05:39."

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