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BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th November 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.

Monthly Mile (submit by end of Sunday 11th December):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the prompt in Facebook. The mile can be 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 Sunday evening) 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 - It's gone quiet, is the footy on?

Very little to report on this week, perhaps you are all glued to the box. Contributions for next week invited. Or just some correspondence (I'm boycotting the World Cup until Saturday, nothing ever happens in these first round matches anyway).

> Roderick Hoffman

NOW Syon Park 30th November 2022 - Reminder

This Wednesday the midday midweek run/jog/walk for "Non Office Workers" will be based on Syon Park, Brentford on Wednesday 30th November. Anyone and everyone is welcome - noone will be "working in the office" when they meet in the carpark.

The vehicle entrance to the park is from Park Road to the south.  There is a large free car park and a garden centre which has toilets and a cafe. The post code is TW8 8JF and what/three/words is "fend.trips.dare". Those attending should aim to meet at the garden centre entrance at 12 noon.

There will be a group jogging together and some walking also. Those who don't want to do either could just meet us in the cafe from 13:00.

> Roderick Hoffman

Winter Handicap 2022-23, run 2, Wednesday 23rd November 2022 #

A cool evening with a hint of moisture in a light breeze greeted the runners for the second leg of this winter’s handicap series.  Unusually, Julie Barclay chose to run a warm-up lap starting at 6 p.m. and Alan Anderson started with her but walking from the outset.  This prompted a reminder that the target times are based on previous performances during the current season and that runners can only freely choose a target on their first run.  While runners should normally start so that a target beating run will bring them to the finish just before 7 p.m. it is the actual elapsed times that are used when the rankings are calculated.

Results target half way 2nd half finish rank determinant pos points target next run
Roderick Hoffman 53:30 26:06 25:33 51:39 1:51 4 16 51:30
Benita Scaife 51:00 26:45 27:40 54:25 6:50 6= 13.5 56:00
John Scaife 51:00 26:38 27:47 54:25 6:50 6= 13.5 56:00
Amanda Coombs 47:30 24:30 23:51 48:21 1:42 3 18 48:00
Stephen Taylor 43:00 20:54 21:27 42:21 0.39 1 25 42:15
Julie Barclay 39:00 19:53 20:05 39:58 1:56 5 15 39:30
Paul Watt 34:30 17:08 17:04 33:38 0:52 2 21 33:30

Alan Anderson walked one lap in 44 minutes – walkers are always welcome and should plan to start at 6.20 p.m.

Total points after two runs: Paul Watt (46), Stephen Taylor (43), Julie Barclay (36), Roderick Hoffman (32), Amanda Coombs (31), Jacob Stenham (15), Maarten Stenham(14), Benita Scaife (13.5), John Scaife (13.5).

The next run will be held on Wednesday 14th December 2022.

Steve Newell

Recent Activity Achievements

18 club members and friends' achievements are listed below. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Cycling 3.5miles Sat 00:21:38
Barry Walters Running 7km Bracknell Tue am 00:47:08 Ran an easy 2k warm-up on tarmac from home. Then did 4x4 minutes with a one minute recovery and then a 2k warm-down run back . In the evening did a one-hour body conditioning workout at my local leisure centre.
Benita Scaife  Race 5km Hyde Park Fri 00:30:56 Our activity was the Serpentine last Friday of the month 5k in Hyde Park, our first since July. Lovely sunny day for it. 30:56.
John Scaife  Race 5km Hyde Park Fri 00:30:56 As Benita.
Di Smith parkrun 5km Bushy Park Sat am Last but by no means least! Last, because I was a Tail Walker at Bushy Park this morning, but by no means least, because it was both my 25th ‘run’ and my 25th volunteering. Yay!
Emma Moreton  Race 10km Poleden Lacey 10k Sun 01:00:00 Polesden Lacey 10k - my second time doing this event and I took a wrong turn adding 600m on (but beat my previous time by 4 minutes ). {Ed: On the aptly named "Ranmore Common"}
Jacqui Haines parkrun 5km Copenhagen Sat am Today I am in Copenhagen for a pre-Xmas treat with the kids. Very lively here. Managed a parkrun with my daughter.
Jain Reid Running 10.35km Richmond Sat am 01:07:51 A double parkrun for me to celebrate a friend's 300th.
James Edwards Running 4km BAMC Wed 00:21:43 4km lunch run @ BAMC finding new trails ❄️
Julie Barclay Running 11km Ash, North Camp Sun 01:03:00 Recovery run after the hilly parkrun at Brockenhurst on Saturday
Paul Watt Running 11km Ash, North Camp Sun 01:03:00 As Julie
Michael Ball Steps Stuttgart Wed This week I'm in Stuttgart for the Christmas market.  My exercise is 130 steps stair running up 4 times, walk down recovery.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am Apart from March parkrun this morning, just the usual gym work during the week. I’ve been struggling with arthritis, and now also recently diagnosed osteoarthritis in my groin, which makes walking painful at times.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Florence Marathon Sun 03:58:20 Great running weather - cool but sunny all day and quite a flat course. Slower than I had hoped but recovering from a bad back. On the plus side I was 14 minutes quicker than my 2019 time.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5km King's College Track Tue 00:24:22 "Ross Barkley 5k" run - 12 x Imperial laps, then 1x150m to complete the distance. Plenty of recovery between the laps.
Steve Hillier Running 5km Yeading brook Sun 00:37:00 We've spent a week walking the cliffs of Menorca. I rounded it off today with a 5km run along Yeading brook in 37 minutes. Very muddy and slippery in places.
Steve Newell parkrun Wilson Index 160+ My aim at the start of 2022 was to reach a Wilson Index of 150.  That was achieved and is currently over 160. I plan to continue and reach at least 200, perhaps 250 would be a sensible place to stop and do something else! Also for 2023 to reach P Index level 8, maybe even 9.
Tim Bellars Running 12miles North Downs Sun 02:02:00 12 mile cross-country run on a very wet almost submerged track along the foot of the North Downs. Dodged the rain. Bring on my marathon next Saturday!!!

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 26th November 2022

38 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 619 15 0:22:46 68.08% best time this year at Bedfont Lakes
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 619 90 0:32:07 64.09%
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 619 128 0:54:18 31.18%
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 619 130 0:54:21 29.50% Tail walker at Bedfont Lakes
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 558 Marshal at Braunstone
Paul WATT Brockenhurst 406 15 0:22:06 70.74% BA Male record, park #110
Julie BARCLAY Brockenhurst 406 41 0:25:46 73.22% BA Ladies and grade record, park #114
Vera Simms Brockenhurst 406 62 0:29:34 65.61% run #72, park #30
Roderick HOFFMAN Brockenhurst 406 71 0:31:12 52.30% 449th parkrun, park #342
Janice JONES Brockenhurst 406 76 0:31:55 56.71% run #166, park #77
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 123 256 0:37:46 49.34% run #122, 19th at Brooklands
Diana Smith Bushy Park 904 1070 1:04:05 36.54% 25th run and 25th volunteer (Tail Walker)
Frankie HOGGE California Country 122 4 0:20:12 73.27% F1, 34second PB on 8th run at CC
Murray Hogge California Country 122 5 0:20:13 80.71% 33second PB on 8th run at CC
David Cowell Clair 422 4 0:19:29 72.20% BA Male and grade record
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 481 44 0:26:28 53.97%
David DUGGAN Ed Austin Regional 11 23 0:34:33 47.23% run #433, park #114, New BA Event #692, report writer. 50th run this year (already).
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Fælledparken (Copenhagen) 510 54 0:28:34 61.73% first run Denmark, park #18,  New BA event #691
Ian CUNNINGHAM Frimley Lodge 596 74 0:24:20 65.89% first run at Frimley Lodge, event #60
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 451 333 0:50:34 34.48% 11th "run" (parkwalker at Guildford)
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 324 115 0:29:55 61.34% 200th run (total)
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 324 183 0:38:24 60.98% 200th run at Harrow
Steve NEWELL Hazelwood 165 88 0:51:03 39.34% slightly longer but less soggy four lap course this week.
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 130 38 0:26:42 78.28% 44th run at Higginson
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 185 23 0:23:23 64.08% 101st run, just outside PB
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 331 258 0:33:08 64.03%
Petra OTTO March 278 75 0:49:11 45.27%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Mura di Lucca 137 18 0:26:45 62.68% First parkrun in Italy. Takes BA men's and grade record from Neil.
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 399 275 0:53:03 49.29% Osterley run 400 next week (before the Osterley 10)
Ben Kelly Reading 577 33 0:23:34 54.74%
Jain REID Richmond Park 729 253 0:32:41 55.38%
Christopher T KELLY South Manchester 580 239 0:40:30 38.60% 7th run at South Manchester, almost 10 years since first
Stephen K TAYLOR Southall 47 25 0:26:12 60.69% First run at Southall, park #17 [Since January Southall has been Steve's nearest parkrun, just 2km away, but it has taken him to week 47 to get there, but see below]
Melanie Miller Tetbury Goods Shed 111 108 0:38:35 46.31% First BA lady at TGS, park #90
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 445 93 0:28:24 60.15%
Mike DENNISON Winchester 412 25 0:20:45 80.08% 2nd run this year at Winchester (previously once per year)
Trish MCCABE York 434 246 0:27:52 57.00% run #389, park #113, "Y", alphabeteer (UK) badge, just "X" and "Z" to find.
David DUGGAN Clermont Waterfront 405 85 0:33:26 48.80% US Thanksgiving Day Special on Thursday 24th November.

Piers at Mura di Lucca parkrunparkrun Review Saturday 26th November 2022

There was a warning posted this week that car parking charges at Gunnersbury Park will be increasing soon and not just in line with inflation but DOUBLING (to £1 an hour).  The park is switching to RingGo (cashless).  There is some good news.  Profits from the parking revenue will be spent on the footpaths along the southern side of the park which have been incorporated into all of the various parkrun courses used over the years since 2011.  The cost of each metre of refurbished footpath is estimated at £180 with work due to start in the Spring of 2023.  Early in the last century the nearby stretch of the A4 through Brentford was known as the Golden Mile.  I’ll let you know when the new path is ready for us.

Frankie Hogge (20:12) is the first lady of California this week with pb run chopping 34 secs of her previous best time there.  Murray Hogge (20:13, 80.17%) was just one second behind with our best age-grade score of the week.

David Cowell (19:29) was our fastest runner this week with a 4th place at Clair parkrun (Haywards Heath) with a time which lowered the club record by several minutes.

Jacqui Musselwhite (28:34) visited her first parkrun in Denmark this week and ran at the long established Faelledparken in Copenhagen.  David Duggan has been on a seasonal visit to Florida taking in the Clermont Waterfront Thanksgiving parkrun (Orlando area) Jacksonville on Thursday(33:26) and then nipping over to the Ed Austin Regional parkrun (Jacksonville) on Saturday (34:33).  He has done 50 parkruns in 2022 already and it is still only November!  The club total has moved on to 692.

Piers was at Lucca near Florence ahead of his marathon the following day.

Our most fancied tourist destination this week was Brokenhurst with five members all running there for the first time.  Club members at Brockenhurst parkrunPaul Watt (22:06, club rec) was followed in by Julie Barclay (25:46,club rec (F)), Vera Simms (29:34), Roderick Hoffman (31:12) and Janice Jones(31:55).  Roderick Hoffman’s total of 342 different parkruns keeps him in 25th place in the worldwide list of parkrun tourists.  There are currently 10 runners who have run at 400 or more different parkruns.

Denis and Joan Foxley have been enthusiastic supporters of Harrow parkrun since it started in the Autumn of 2015 volunteering on many occasions as well as running when they are able.  This week, with a stage-managed double act, Denis completed his 200th parkrun (plus 125 volunteer credits including 51 as Run Director) while Joan completed her 232nd and 200th at Harrow itself (plus 88 volunteer credits).

Trish McCabe (27:52) chose a non horse racing day to visit York parkrun and collect her “Y” and complete her 24 letter alphabet based on UK events. Eight club members have now run at York, just once each. Some members have travelled abroad for a “Z”.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - parkruns completed this year and 2022 Bingo

Including the specials David Duggan has now completed 50 parkruns this year and, as we know, also gets lots of volunteer credits as well.

Next highest achievers are Paul Watt and Julie Barclay on 47, Mike Dennison and Barry Walters with 46, Trish McCabe and Maria Jovani with 45, Melanie Miller on 43, Steve Newell and John Scaife on 41 and Benita Scaife and Roderick Hoffman on 40. There are another five Saturdays in December plus the option of at least one special event (on Christmas Day). But please volunteer if you are able to, including for roles that prevent you running at 5k events.

And achievements are better when there is a random element as well! Of the above, the following have achieved a complete row in the 2022 Seconds Bingo Card:

  • David Duggan with 2, 12, 22, 32, 42 and 52. Also David only needs "55" to complete the 50s column.
  • Steve Newell with 1, 11, 21, 31, 41 and 51.
  • Trish McCabe needs "46 to complete her 40s column.
  • Jain Reid may have only done 37 parkruns but she has a full 2022 Bingo row with 00, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50.

Steve Taylor's run to and from Southall

I can see from "Strava" that Steve didn't run the direct 2.4km route between his home and his nearest parkrun - he ran there and back in 8km each way so with the parkrun 21km in total.

Roderick Hoffman

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> Roderick Hoffman

Stockley Country Park parkrun

I will say this only twice...We are getting closer to launching Stockley Country Park parkrun. We have a full dress rehearsal on a Sunday morning in December. Obviously, we need volunteers and runners to join in the test - please let me know if you are interested in helping. Thanks to those who have contacted me already.

> Roderick Hoffman

I'm aware that there are several club members who are regular parkrunners and frequent tourists who have never run at an inaugural parkrun, perhaps because they are waiting for a local one to start up. I will not be broadcasting the start date for the Stockley Country Park parkrun, because it is parkrun policy not to do so for fear of attracting large numbers to the inaugural. However, I can say that those helping, including running, at the test event will be in a much better position to hear about the inaugural in the period leading up to it. Also, let me know if you have a different reason to want to attend the inaugural, and I'll see what I can do.

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