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BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th February 2022

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2022 title.

Note the recent addition of two Rosenheim Track&Field League dates on 18th May and 15th June.

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.

Monthly Mile (submit before Monday 14th March):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can 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 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

Bumper Week - Two digests expected

There will be a second digest towards the end of this week. This will focus on the three big events that the Club is hosting over the next few months - the Cross Country in Tom's name on Sunday 20th March, the Speedbird Ladies race on Wednesday 11th May and the Concorde One Hour Race on Sunday 5th June.

 I had hoped to get some of that information ready for this digest but since I'm starting to type this in the departure lounge of Frankfurt Airport, and a further one hour delay has just been announced, time has gone against me.

Roderick Hoffman

Five Mile Winter Handicap - Run 5 #

A dry evening with a chilly breeze attracted six runners to Bedfont for the fifth leg of this winter’s 5 mile handicap series.  Denis Foxley took a bit of a tumble with about half a mile to go when the field was beginning to close up and runners prepared themselves for the final push to the finish.  Roderick Hoffman, Amanda Coombs and Michael Dennison all stopped to pick him up and make sure he was able to continue so thanks to them for their timely and thoughtful intervention for which they were all awarded a 30 second correction (the table below shows the adjusted* times).  Denis himself is still becoming familiar with the course and in spite of his fall still finished close to his target (before adjustment) gathering speed on the second lap.

Roderick Hoffman (46:58) was nearest to target and took maximum points again.  With only one run still to come (on 30th March) he has an unassailable lead but the other podium spots are still there to be fought over.  The best four runs out of six count towards the final points table.

Results target lap 1 (info only) finish points
Roderick Hoffman 47:15 23:13 46:58* 25
Maarten Stenham 38:00 18:08 38:14 21
Denis Foxley 46:00 24:06 46:14* 18
Amanda Coombs 45:30 22:01 44:55* 16
Michael Dennison 37:30 17:48 36:44* 15
Steve Hillier 55:00 28:07 59:17 14

Points Table after five runs:
run 1 run 2 run 3 run 4 run 5 total (best 4)
Roderick Hoffman 18 25 25 18 25 93
Steve Hillier 11 21 17 14 63
Julie Barclay 16 18 25 59
Denis Foxley 13 14 14 18 59
John Scaife 25 12 15.5 53
Benita Scaife 21 13 15.5 50
Amanda Coombs 15 17 16 48
Paul Watt 14 1 21 36
Maarten Stenham 10.5 21 32
Scott Davison 15 15
Michael Dennison 15 15
Harjit Jhooti 13 13
Steve Taylor 12 12
Melanie Miller 12 12
Jakob Stenham(J) 10.5 11

Steve Newell

Roderick adds: "On 30th March I'll be trying my best to be spot on so that I'll score another 25 points for a maximum of 100! See if you can stop me, before I get too big headed. To be fair, I have run well at the Handicap this season - my five performances have been 47:58, 47:23, 47:32, 47:17, 46:58 so fairly consistent and getting faster."

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 18 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 3miles Mon 00:46:55 In gale wind. Also Wed 23 Feb cycle 2.2 Miles in 18m 10s and Thurs 24 Feb jog 2.2Miles in 33m 20s.
Barry Walters Running 13km Lightwater Sun am 01:23:33 A steady run through to the outskirts of Chobham via West End village. After 40 minutes I re-traced my steps but slowed on the return. Conditions were dry and bright.
Benita Scaife Walking 8miles Marlow and back Sun Our activity was a walk from home to Marlow via Cookham Dean Common and Bisham Woods followed by coffee by the river in Higginson park…
John Scaife Walking 8miles Marlow and back Sun ...The change from 30C in Sydney to 3C in Marlow was a bit of a shock.
Chris Kelly  Race Half-M Wokingham Sun 01:46:37 With my son and daughter, Ben & Becca - their first Halfs. We all enjoyed the course, the event, and the weather - and finished nicely clustered - 1:46:37, 1:47:53, and 1:48:19 - with smiles all round.
David Duggan parkrun 5km South Woodham Ferrers Sat am 00:34:30 A scenic course on the edge of the River Crouch...just a shame about the mud and puddles.
Harjit Jhooti Running 10.12km Hanworth Sun am 01:10:13 A 10K run after volunteering at Hanworth junior parkrun. I’m recovering from a cold I was meant to run a half marathon but shortened it.
Jain Reid parkrun 5km Richmond Sat am 00:30:19 Gently easing back into running. Great to be back at last. parkrun at Richmond Park followed by volunteer park ranger duties. A lot of visitors out enjoying the ☀.
Melanie Miller Walking 11.5miles Cambridge Sat 04:35:00 A wonderful saunter snuffing out the sights and sounds, hustle and bustle of Cambridge, this, after an arduous parkrun at Storeys Field.  I wos cream crackered, in other words done!
Michael Ball Circuits Brooklands Sun pm This weeks activity circuits 5 x burpee pressups and 20mtrs shuttle runs x9 followed by a sunny afternoon walk around Brooklands
Mike Dennison Running 10.1km Hampton and Bushy Sun am 00:49:19 A 10k loop after Run Directing at Hanworth Junior parkrun. Beautiful weather for it today…
Neil Frediani Running 8.41miles County Durham Thur pm 01:46:36 My longest run since September. 400m from home I ran into a green BT junction box in the dark and jarred my back. Been out of action since. Luckily the High Cup Nick fell race I was due to run on Saturday was cancelled.
Petra Otto Treadmill Gym Too frosty for Parkrun this morning... Only gym, and treadmill set at 15% incline, now at 6.5km/hour.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M Wokingham Sun 01:54:49 With a flock of other Ealing Eagles. My best half for 2 1/2 years. Ealing Eagles ladies (team of 4) won the team prize.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5k Offenthal parkrun freedom run Sat pm 00:33:15 See below
Stephen Taylor Running 11.01miles Home from Bushy Sat am 01:57:21 In order to keep up the long runs in preparation for Edinburgh I ran back home after Bushy parkrun. It turned out to be a fairly tough run home as my legs were tired from the parkrun.
Steve Hillier Cycling 16miles Pinner, Oxhey Park, Headstone Also 8 miles walking
Steve Newell Swim 1600m Indoor pool Fri 00:52:15 Similar time to last week

Week Achievements

I had flown to Frankfurt to run a different parkrun and what would be my 7th in Germany, but on the morning of the run it proved to be too icy to be safe - though the promised doughnuts and coffee were not only delivered but were brought forward to 9am. I walked round the course from 9:30 and, as the photo shows, it was still treacherous in a couple of places - but was fine for an afternoon "Freedom Run".That's twice now I've flown to a European City and had the only run within reach cancelled due to ice. Perhaps I'll fly to Florida next week.

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 26th February 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 865 100 0:20:50 71.36% in 100th position, previously did that in 2007
Steve Taylor Bushy Park 865 527 0:26:20 59.87% 4th run at Bushy "I ran Bushy parkrun this morning as a friend of my wife was running her 100th there."
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 865 876 0:31:05 51.15% 449th parkrun
John COFFEY Bushy Park 865 1023 0:34:04 61.69% Meeting up with old (MV80) friends perhaps?
Diana Smith Bushy Park 865 1207 0:56:37 40.65% Tail Walker at Bushy / 10th parkrun
Sarah GORDON Canons Park 215 104 0:36:07 56.99% First run next to her old school, park #129
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 444 30 0:23:43 59.80%
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 121 182 0:49:05 40.07% Wilson Index creeps up to 121
Ray HAMPTON Exmouth 146 287 0:35:08 57.16% Fourth club member to make it down to Exmouth.
Paul WATT Great Denham 138 28 0:20:47 75.22% 1st parkrun in Bedfordshire and report writer too.  Club rec.
Julie BARCLAY Great Denham 138 60 0:24:13 76.81% park #76, club rec (F & grade)
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 419 Finish Tokens at Guildford. 245th Volunteer Credit (see below).
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 459 218 0:27:17 60.90%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 285 182 0:39:00 60.04% helping a novice round the course
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 285 183 0:39:01 46.35% helping a novice round the course
Maarten STENHAM Hazelwood 127 11 0:23:25 60.07%
Jakob STENHAM Hazelwood 127 26 0:26:00 58.85% [non-member]
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 146 34 0:23:31 63.71% 5th run at Houghton Hall this year, fastest so far
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 293 229 0:34:59 59.74% back from Australia
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 293 230 0:35:00 49.29% back from Australia
Christopher T KELLY Reading 541 171 0:43:30 35.63%
Ben Kelly Reading 541 181 1:08:32 18.82% Tail walker 
Jain REID Richmond Park 690 276 0:30:40 59.02%
Michael Dennison Sandhurst Memorial 40 1 0:20:51 79.70% First finisher (male)
Maria JOVANI Sandhurst Memorial 40 4 0:22:34 71.05% First finisher (female)
David DUGGAN South Woodham Ferrers 139 66 0:34:30 47.29% 1st run at South Woodham Ferrers, park #99
Trish MCCABE Southall 8 67 0:28:43 55.31% 1st run at Southall, park #79
Melanie Miller Storeys Field 29 338 0:37:51 46.59% run #82, park #57
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 72 19 0:22:55 68.80% PB   8th run at Tetbury, further 3 second improvement to his and the club's record
Barry WALTERS Woking 304 189 0:29:52 56.70% run #116, 4th at Woking, previous run was in 2015
Alan FRIAR Woodley 418 222 0:32:13 61.05% best at Woodley this year
Judy TURTON Woodley 418 238 0:33:18 52.95% pacing Hayley (or was it the other way round?)

We don’t get to celebrate a double first very often so hats off this week to Michael Dennison (20:51) first male and Maria Jovani (22:34) first female at Sandhurst Memorial.  Neither can claim a club record as Paul Prescott has run there in 19:33 and Julie Barclay 22:25. [In 40 runs the club has had 16 different club runners at Sandhurst but only Chris Kelly and Barry Walters have run a second time - I hope the team doesn't take it personally!]

David Duggan hasn’t always been a dedicated parkrun tourist.  He has logged 228 at Bedfont Lakes but he has turned up all over the place more recently and this week appears in the results (34:30) at South Woodham Ferrers in Essex (half an hour outside the M25) where runners get a view of the tidal River Crouch and the aptly named Marsh Farm.  David is now on 99 different parks, the same number as former member Caroline Cockram who has also run more than 200 times at Bedfont.  Guess where they probably won’t be next week!

Paul Watt (20:47) and Julie Barclay (24:13) visited Great Denham in Bedfordshire where a fairly new parish and housing estate has been established and has its own parkrun.  Those times are the new club records.

We had five runners among the 1213 finishers at Bushy this week including Ian Haylock who received the coveted “100” finisher’s token.  He has been 100th once before, in January 2007, when the course was slightly different and he was 25 seconds slower and there were fewer than 300 finishers in total. John Coffey (34:04) visited Bushy for the first time in over two years and the first since he joined the MV80 age-group. Diana Smith (56:37) was the tailwalker this week and has now reached double figures.  Ian Cunningham (31:05, pacing Janet) is now on 449 runs, 358 of those have been at Bushy. [John Coffey was our first runner at Bushy back on 24th December 2005. In total we've had 59 club runners run at Bushy and between them have run it 1,386 times (so that is 6,930km round Bushy Park)]

Trish McCabe (28:43) became the tenth member of the club to run at London’s newest parkrun – Southall.  The baby is now 8 weeks old and is attracting 150-200 runners each week.

The next club featured parkrun will be at Homewood (near Chertsey) on 19th March.  After that, the next one will now be at Guildford on 9th April and will be an opportunity to celebrate Alastair Heslop’s 250 volunteer shifts.  This means that the “cfp” at Wimbledon will now be on 21st May when there is a better chance of a dry course!  Suggestions for further into the future should be forwarded to John Scaife.

Steve Newell

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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Alastair Heslop reports that he is approaching his 250th volunteering occasion.

"Barring cancellations either on my part or by Guildford parkrun, 2nd April will be my 250th volunteering day overall, with 9th April being my 250th at Guildford.  I am RD on April 2nd and have decided to mark my 250th at Guildford by tail walking and so getting a "run" credit as well as a volunteer credit." Alastair

Members of the club will be joining him at the 9th April run/walk - but individuals are welcome to also join him there on the 2nd.

Roderick Hoffman

Letters to the editor

When I decided which parkrun to (try to) do near Frankfurt I aimed for the one that our Lufthansa friend Ralph Behrens hadn't done (he has run at 33 of the currently 42 German parkruns). He replied to my mail:

yes, Offenthal is the one I didn´t do yet.

I have posted a report from last weekend on [ask to join this if you have an interest in German parkruns]

And in addition I create weekly a map of parkruns in Germany [showing planned cancellations, but sadly not predicting weather related ones!]

Thank you again for teaching me [how to do the mapping]!

Have lots of fun and a safe travel!

I will be going to Denmark doing the remaining missing new parkrun Damhusengen. This will bring me up a bit in the mostevent list in Denmark…

Best regards,


Ralph is now in the system as having run all nine of the Danish parkruns, one of 12 parkrun tourists to have done so. His first experience with parkrun was watching us do the Root44 parkrun before the 2013 WARR.

Roderick Hoffman

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