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BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th January 2019


  • Wednesday 30th January - Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club from 18:00 (see below) *#
  • Thursday 7th February - Dream Mile on the Bath Road at 12:45 *
  • Saturday 9th February - Men's and Ladies' Surrey League Cross Countries at Lloyd (14:00) and Richmond Park (13:00) respectively #

We meet at 18:00 at the Bedfont Club on most Wednesdays throughout the year.

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. Last updated: 10th December.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 10th December) / # 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

Round-the-Block Race Tuesday 22nd January 2019 Results #

Position Runner Time 2018 Time
1 Scott Davidson 26:06 n/a
2 Neil Frediani 28:45 28:57
3 John Bliss 29:16 n/a
4 Chris Kelly 30:30 23:26
5 Roderick Hoffman 31:10 29:32
6 Steve Hillier 34:02 n/a
7 Benita Scaife 34:53 32:40
8 John Scaife 34:53 32:40
9 Steve Newell 41:03 41:52

On not a bad lunchtime for running nine of us, the same number who ran this event in 2018, raced against the clock before the snow front hit. Fortunately for me the snow front was well beaten since I was able to have a meal and drink in the Queen's Head after the race and then collect up the course signage and as I collected in the last arrow the front arrived - good timing.

Compared with last year the six of us who ran both all got slower except for Steve Newell who was accompanying a slower Alan Anderson last year and Neil Frediani who boasts an improvement of 12 seconds. Take that into the next event Neil...

Roderick Hoffman

January Five Mile handicap this Wednesday 30th January #

30th January 2019 Start time Clock start
Alan Friar 18:05:00 1:55:00
Benita Scaife (F) 18:06:30 1:53:30
John Scaife 18:06:30 1:53:30
Steve Hillier 18:08:30 1:51:30
Lydia Bennett (F) 18:09:30 1:50:30
Kelly Davis (F) 18:10:00 1:50:00
Roderick Hoffman 18:11:00 1:49:00
Trish McCabe(F) 18:11:30 1:48:30
Neil Frediani 18:18:30 1:41:30
Richard Ruffell 18:19:30 1:40:30
Simon Turton 18:22:00 1:38:00
Maarten Stenham 18:23:00 1:37:00
Chris Kelly 18:24:10 1:35:50
Paul Davis 18:25:00 1:35:00
Harry Wild 2M walk  

Anyone else is welcome to join us - be ready to give Steve your predicted five mile time. Each month the best result (usually the nearest to their predicted time) gets a choice between a BAAC Goblet and a BA Tankard (maximum one per competitor over the series). Since Simon, Alan F and Maarten (to be presented) have already won one of these the chances of winning are going up!

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

WARR is coming - to Amsterdam for September 2019

Jane Taylor getting fitDon't forget to mark September 5th through 7th in your event calendars as the dates for this year's World Airline Road Race in Amsterdam. Race Registration will be possible from April 2019. 

Details haven't been released yet apart from the date and that the event will share some of the facilities with the KLM Open Golf Championships which is being held at "The International" golf course which is just to the north east of Schiphol Airport.

So, follow WARR Veteran Jane Taylor's example and start getting fit now!

Roderick Hoffman

{photo stolen from the Jan/Feb edition of Hillingdon People}

Club parkrun results for Saturdays 24th January 2019

24th JanRunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Kay Trinder 21:01 Woking F-1, run #117, 89th at Woking 83%
Alice Banks 28:41 Marlborough Common first run at Marlborough Common, park #35 69%
Roderick Hoffman 27:36 Catford first run at Catford, club record, park #259 57%
David Duggan 32:42 Sunbury (VIC, AU) run #292, 2nd at Sunbury + finish token support 48%
Maria Jovani 22:34 Bedfont Lakes F-1, first timer briefing, pacer 69%
Scott Davison 23:36 Bedfont Lakes run #287 61%
Chris Evans 24:44 Bedfont Lakes run #226 61%
Bob Bannister 26:11 Bedfont Lakes run #345, 286th at Bedfont 62%
Trish McCabe 28:53 Bedfont Lakes run #272, 160th at Bedfont 54%
Kelly Davis 34:30 Bedfont Lakes run #77, 52nd at Bedfont 43%
Anne Bannister 35:23 Bedfont Lakes run #187, 153rd at Bedfont 56%
Joe Nolan 35:05 Black Park run #314, 285th at Black Park 47%
Sarah Gordon 37:44 Braunstone run #218, 68th at Braunstone 52%
Ian Cunningham 24:46 Bushy Park run #364, 295th at Bushy 63%
Steve Newell 37:32 Clapham Common run #342, 2nd at Clapham Common (pb) 50%
Jonathan Cox 28:24 Crane Park run #377, 82nd at Crane Park 56%
Ian Cockram 25:00 Finsbury Park first run at Finsbury Park, park #74 59%
Caroline Cockram 40:07 Finsbury Park first run at Finsbury Park, park #74, clubrec(F) 41%
Neil Frediani 28:34 Gladstone Park first run at Gladstone Park, park #45 57%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford funnel manager
Emmanuel Brousse 28:20 Hadleigh run #53, 10th at Hadleigh 50%
Joan Foxley 39:06 Harrow run #130, 109th at Harrow 57%
Denis Foxley volunteer Harrow run director for 27th time, 64th volunteer shift
Lesley Chamberlin 28:21 Hazelwood run #185, 11th at Hazelwood 67%
John Coffey 30:02 Hazelwood run #315, 36th at Hazelwood 64%
Maarten Stenham 29:13 Hazelwood run #157, 18th at Hazelwood 47%
Benita Scaife 32:32 Maidenhead run #141, 71st at Maidenhead 61%
John Scaife 32:39 Maidenhead run #162, 74th at Maidenhead 51%
Petra Otto 34:38 March run #76, 55th at March 60%
Chris Kelly 25:42 Reading run #419, 325th at Reading 59%
Jain Reid 31:37 Richmond Park run #41, 39th at Richmond Park 55%
Marion Woodhouse 32:09 Rickmansworth run #36, 8th at Rickmansworth 56%
Julie Barclay 23:19 Rushmoor F-5, run #151, 42nd at Rushmoor 77%
Jacqui Musselwhite 23:35 Rushmoor run #73, 3rd at Rushmoor 71%
Paul Watt 44:57 Rushmoor run #96, 47th at Rushmoor 34%
Eddie Giles 27:49 Salisbury run #110,32nd at Salisbury 63%
Alan Friar 30:38 Woodley run #269, 86th at Woodley 61%

Shock Horror Headline this week...

The world’s most prolific parkrunner, Darren Wood, didn’t run this week which meant that the quarter of a million people who did run caught up by one.  It is anticipated that his total of 705 (374 at Frimley Lodge, 257 at Bushy Park, 20 at Rushmoor plus a few tourist visits) will resume its upward path again very soon.  He is 70 ahead of his nearest rival Neil Sunderland who has run over 500 times at Banstead Woods.

Kay Trinder (21:01) was our fastest runner this week coming in first lady at Woking with another age grade score over 80%.  Alice Banks (28:41) established a female club record on her first visit to Marlborough Common where the parkrun started last September.  That time places Alice 3rd out of 19 in her age category there.

Roderick Hoffman (27:36) lowered the club record at Catford on his first visit there.  He is closing in on “Lon-Done” club membership again.  There are currently 53 parkruns in London boroughs. For more info look at

Just to illustrate that parkrun tourist travel doesn’t always mean going somewhere new David Duggan (32:42) was in Sunbury (the one to the north and west of Melbourne, Australia which has an average attendance of 99.9) for the second time and lingered long enough to earn a volunteer credit for finish token support!

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun Stats - club parkrun stats

Reasons to run parkruns one, two, three

There are many reasons to run parkrun but for those who have the option to visit different parkruns there is also a reason for choosing which week to run a particular parkrun.

I ran at Catford in part to get closer to being "Lon-Done" (again). But I chose last Saturday to run there because it was their 40th running of that event. This Saturday I'll be at Sutton Park in my birthtown of Birmingham on their 26th running of the event. I have never before run on either the 26th running of an event nor on the 40th running. This will therefore mean that my "Wilson Index" will have those gaps filled in and once I'm able to find and run at an event on its 32nd week my Wilson Index will go up to 41. But how do I know which events are approaching week 32? As you can imagine there's a website for that - check out for the Wilson Index and various other tourist challenges.

Roderick Hoffman

Feltham parkrun

Feltham parkrun is starting up soon but it won't be one that you can just turn up and run at since it is being held within the grounds of, for for the occupants of, Feltham Young Offenders Institute. Nevertheless it is interesting that the course that will probably be used for the Feltham parkrun will be on the other side of the railway line from the Bedfont Lakes parkrun - and the two will of course be running simultaneously.  At their nearest the two courses may be only 60 meters apart - out of sight perhaps, but not out of earshot!

Steve Newell points out that about 30 years ago several of us visited the Feltham YOI to take part in the "Breakout Biathlon", part of the BTA London Region Triathlon winter series when the BA Munchman was the flagship event.  The inmates were all locked in the buildings but were cheering/jeering as we ran out through the gates (which were firmly closed behind us!).  The bikes were racked in the carpark so after the first run leg we didn't re-enter the fortress again.  I think it was probably organised by a member of Thames Turbo who was working for the prison service at the time.

Does anyone reading this remember any more details?

Roderick / Steve

From the past - The Millennium Mile (St Swithin's Day, 15th July 1999)

This summer will see the 20th anniversary of the Millennium Mile held at Waterside (rather than Harmondsworth Moor) on a working day in July 1999.  The attempt was to set a corporate record for the 4 x1 mile (mixed) relay and was the launch event for the BA Clubs Millennium celebrations.  BA Clubs paid for the first aid cover.  Email had only just been introduced for the majority of staff and without it wouldn't have been possible.  With an event stretching over about 12 hours many people juggled shifts and used flex time to the max to fit in a run when they could during prearranged timeslots.  I remember by late afternoon because the average runner had been a bit conservative we were getting ahead of schedule and came close to not having a fresh runner ready but we never actually stopped.

We had two teams and the baton was passed between runners each mile.  The course had two dead turns and a running handover between runners.

The gold team consisted of 100 different runners all strictly either serving staff (not contractors) and pensioners.  Simon Turton ran leg 1 starting at 06:45 and then leapt in his car for Gatwick to depart at 10:10 to Miami on duty!  Over the day John Taylor was our fastest in 04:48, PK next in 05:00 and then Barry Walters with a V40 record of 05:07.  99 runners into the event and Steve Newell knew that the 100 was going to be achieved so was able to run the last leg - finishing the 100th mile in a total of 11 hours, 36 minutes and 8 seconds (average time 00:06:58).

The silver (Clubs) team had fewer than 100 different runners and some people ran more than once - Dorothy Cook ran the first leg, James Bond the 50th (no, not that one) and John Taylor was allowed the glory leg due to his fast time in the gold team.  Contractors and family BA Clubs members ran in the silver baton team.  Some gold team runners also put in a leg for the silver team. Their time was slightly slower at 11 hours, 38 minutes and 42 seconds.

Steve Newell

A fuller write-up, and the full results, are available in the printed "Round-the-Block" club magazine, Issue 53, October 1999. I'll have this edition at the Bedfont Club on Wednesday. Roderick

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