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BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th August 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 8pm Sunday 18th September):

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

Stockley Park NOW event Confirmation for Wednesday 31st August from 12:00

We are going to be joined by a couple of the team who, with me, are setting up Stockley Park parkrun.  For that reason I’m keeping it simple and we’ll meet at the car park to be used for the parkrun. This is the location text that will appear on the parkrun page:

"The car park has post code UB7 8BU and what3words "heap.cake.most. DO NOT follow signs to 'Stockley Park' which is a business location towards the far side of the course from the start / finish area. The event car park is at the end of Chestnut Avenue, off Apple Tree Roundabout on Falling Lane. For those who know the area this is about a kilometre south of Hillingdon Hospital and can be reached via the A4020 Uxbridge Road or the A408 Cowley/West Drayton High Road, or head north from Junction 4 of the M4.

There is no charge for the car park."

Please note that there are no facilities at or near the car park.

We will meet in the car park at around 12 but we won’t set off promptly. Also initially we’ll walk 100m to the east (out of sight) to where the parkrun will start and finish. After another chat most of us will jog together around the single lap 5k parkrun course. Steve Newell will walk the measuring wheel around a shorter 2 to 2.5km loop to be used as a fallback 2lap course for the parkrun.

After the parkrun I hope you can join me at The Hut Pub (2 Old Orchard Close, Uxbridge, UB8 3LH, 2 mins drive) which is a family run pub with a large beer garden and a Thai menu. .

Let me know to expect you, and I'll know to wait for your arrival.

> Roderick Hoffman

London Marathon Lift?

I've had a message from Sally Collins (Runnymede Runners Chairperson) that they are hoping to put on a bus to the London Marathon start on 2nd October, and are wondering if any BAAC runners would like to jump on board.

It will be leaving the Staines Council Offices about 7am and going to Blackheath.

There will probably be a modest charge.

Anyone interested should text Sally on 07912 032728

She needs an idea of numbers by midweek this week.

Cheers all,

Joe Nolan

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 14 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements this week. I've added a few people to the email list recently so a reminder that you are all welcome to submit an exercise achievement each week or at anytime - you don't need to be a club member and you don't need to have done a double marathon - just something athletic that has pleased you.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Barry Walters Running 6km Bracknell Tue am 00:43:33 Easy 2k warm-up to the forest followed by 10x1 mins uphill with 1 min jog back recovery and 2k warm-down. In the evening did one hour of Pilates, at my local leisure centre.
Ben Cooper Running 4.44km Cardiff Airport Fri lunch 00:23:01 I did one lap of my usual route around CWL terminal and carparks on Friday lunchtime. The GPS failed for most of the route but the guesstimate distance isn't bad, usually around 4.4k.
Chris Kelly  Race 56.6miles Comrades Sun 10:52:44 Comrades 2022 - 56.6 miles in 10:59:16. Brilliant experience. Started steady and enjoyed the downhill second marathon as much as possible, got the bus home. [more below]
Clara Halket Mixed walk/run 9.5km Army training trail Sun 01:23:00 Over an hour's workout on the undulating army training trail, over 9km logged in total. Met some cows too
Jain Reid Mixed walk/run 18km Thames Kew to Fulham and back Sun 02:07:43 A local 18k run-walk river loop. Lots of other smiley runners out.
Julie Barclay Running 7miles Basingstoke Canal and Wellesley Trail Sun am 01:03:00 Long steady run before barcode scanning at Queen’s Parade junior parkrun
Melanie Miller Walking 10km Amersham and Shardeloes Lake via woods Sat 02:55:00 Lovely walk after Parkrun thru blackberry fields and sunflowers sun full flowing walked about 10k. [photo is, obviously, from the earlier parkrun]
Michael Ball Running 6.22miles Woking / West Byfleet 01:00:30 Thought I'd give 10k a go this week
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Prudhoe Riverside Sat am 00:28:49 3 runs this week, that is my complete training plan for a hilly 10k race tomorrow . Highlight was another pb at Prudhoe Riverside parkrun. Picture was taken during my drive back from club training on Wednesday.
Paul Watt Running 10.4miles Rushmoor Sun am 01:22:32 Longer steady run before timekeeping at Queen’s Parade junior parkrun
Petra Otto Training Last week of the Shred course Monday = weights & core; Wednesday = 1:1 with personal trainer, followed by additional ‘Totally Shredded’ / High Intensity Intervals. Friday = *additional* ‘Body Combat’; Saturday = Circuits, followed by tail-walker at March parkrun. Definitely fitter now, and 4 lbs down!!!  The photo depicts the ‘survivors’.
Roderick Hoffman Running 12.7km Thames Eton to Staines Sun 01:38:16 Continuing my Thames Path traverse with the Eton to Staines section - though the photo is from the previous Laplow to Eton section as I walked and so took photos on the way.
Stephen Taylor Open water swim 2km Denham 01:00:00 For a change my first open water swim of the season. With Swim Serpentine fast approaching it was time to move the weekly swim outdoors to Denham. 2k in an hour and the water wasn't that cold either.
Steve Hillier Cycling 9km Harrow and Hillingdon Parks Weekend No running this weekend, just house moving (Toby&Sarah, not us) and cycling.

Week achievement photos

Roderick Hoffman

Chris Kelly at Comrades finishComrades Marathon

Having said above that you don't have to have done a double marathon to register an achievement that is just what Chris Kelly has done. He reports on the weekend:

"It looks much better than it might have been... I was in the 'G' Start, due to a slow qualifier, and didn't cross the start line for six minutes. At the finish, I joined up with the big 11 hour "bus", led by Jeff, and although I had doubts, he did lead us into the stadium and we all crossed the line at/by 10:59:20!! Close!

Looks like the chip timing gives me the six minutes back, but if I had been a minute later, the medal would have been a different colour!

At the Durban Point parkrun on Saturday, I met an amazing chap, Louis Massyn, who shared the record for most Comrades, with 47 (until today, when the other guy got one more!). Imagine my surprise when their photographer asked me to pose for a picture on my own (there are only two 500 T-shirters in SA!)

Louis has had a knee op recently that prevented him running Comrades - but he's hoping it won't stop him finishing London when he comes in October!"

Chris Kelly

parkrun Results for Saturday 27th August 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Maarten STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 608 25 0:24:19 58.33%
Jakob STENHAM Bedfont Lakes 608 47 0:27:05 56.49%
Joe NOLAN Black Park 621 167 0:28:31 59.91% Last week was the fastest for nearly five years, this week Joe is even faster!
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 545 194 0:36:20 56.65%
Alastair HESLOP Broadwater 440   Marshal at Broadwater (Guildford cancelled)
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 112 226 0:38:09 48.84%
Harjit Jhooti Church Mead 21 115 0:42:10 41.82%
Melanie Miller Church Mead 21 120 0:43:36 40.44%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 470 42 0:27:04 54.93%
Paul Sinton-Hewitt Dietenbach 43 38 0:34:37 47.14% [non-member] 500th run (also Joanne H-S, 500th parkrun and in same time)
Christopher T KELLY Durban Point 90 146 0:40:13 38.87% Jogging round with Comrade Sarah, ahead of Sunday's double marathon. BA parkrun #671.
Mike DENNISON Edenbrook Country 19 10 0:19:43 84.28% BA best grade and male time.
Maria JOVANI Edenbrook Country 19 35 0:22:18 71.90% BA best female time.
Alice BANKS Hanworth 101 13 0:26:05 80.13%
David DUGGAN Hanworth 101 40 0:34:26 47.39%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 311 179 0:37:49 61.92% Three little ducks, 222nd parkrun.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 311 Finish Token Support at Harrow
John COFFEY Hazelwood 152 79 0:36:14 58.00%
Steve NEWELL Hogmoor Inclosure 162 176 0:50:00 40.17% First BA runner to visit twice.
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 172 54 0:25:54 57.85%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 318 129 0:29:16 58.94%
Petra OTTO March 266 98 0:59:42 37.30% Tail Walker at March
Anne Anderson Osterley 387 236 0:50:02 59.49%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 387 237 0:50:02 52.27%
Neil FREDIANI Prudhoe Riverside 225 88 0:28:49 58.18% 8second PB
Ben Kelly Reading 564 71 0:25:08 51.33% Broken out of the Groundhog Day cycle.
Frankie HOGGE Reading 564 102 0:26:40 55.50%
Murray Hogge Reading 564 103 0:26:41 60.65%
Jain REID Richmond Park 716 221 0:30:25 59.51%
Steve Waite Riddlesdown 532 130 0:40:12 45.65% First run since November 2021.
Anne Bannister Rushmoor 331 197 0:29:34 69.62%
Barry WALTERS Sandhurst Memorial 64 94 0:30:07 56.23%
Paul WATT Seaford Beach 102 12 0:20:13 77.33% 200th parkrun. 6:40 faster than last week. BA fastest male from John Taylor (after two weeks).
Julie BARCLAY Seaford Beach 102 45 0:23:46 79.38% 7:26 faster than last week. BA best grade from John Taylor and fastest lady from Melanie Miller (after just one week)
Vera Simms Seaford Beach 102 117 0:28:21 68.43%
Janice JONES Seaford Beach 102 143 0:29:55 60.50%
Roderick HOFFMAN Southall 34 Barcode Scanning at Southall
Trish MCCABE Walthamstow 418 71 0:27:45 57.24% Closer to Londone. First and therefore fastest BA female.
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 60 4 0:19:19 72.82% 11second PB. Improves own BA record.

parkrun Review Saturday 27th August 2022

One achievement I omitted to mention last week was Trish McCabe joining the Cowell club (100 different parks). She has moved quickly on to 101 with a visit this week to Walthamstow which completed her tour of North London.  She established a female club record of 27:45.

Alice Banks (26:05, 80.13%) enjoyed her first run at Hanworth, her 58th different parkrun. That time places her 3rd out of 30 in her age group all time list at Hanworth.

Harjit Jhooti (42:10) and Melanie Miller (43:36) became the latest members to complete the challenging course at Church Mead (Amersham).  It will be interesting to see whether times get slower over the winter.

There have been club runners at Seaford Beach for three consecutive weeks. On Saturday Paul Watt (20:13) set a new club record, bettering the 20:53 of John Taylor, two weeks ago, whereas Julie beat the ladies' best set by Melanie Miller last week.

David Cowell (19:19) chopped 11 seconds off his pb at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham where he was 4th home. He is 17th of 369 in his age group there.

Mike Dennison(19:43) visited the already popular Edenbrook Country parkrun in Fleet for the first time and recorded the 2nd fastest time by a 60+ year old there (97 in the age group already after only 19 weeks!).  Maria Jovani (22:18) was our fastest lady this week and she is 9th out of 200 in her category there.

Steve Newell

parkrun 500 club

There are now 294 members of the parkrun 500 club with five new members on Saturday including Paul Sinton-Hewitt and Joanne Sinton-Hewitt.

parkrun Non-Tourist Achievements - consecutive runs

I've never run at the same parkrun twice consecutively. But who is at the other end of the scale? Who has run the most consecutive times at the same parkrun?

The answer is not Alan Anderson whose best series in the 181 runs at Bushy Park. This series ended on 11th June 2011 when Alan ventured out to run at Bedfont Lakes on 25th June 2011. For most of Alan's run of 181 the only parkrun operating was Bushy Park and when he ran his 181st that represented just over 50% of the 360 parkruns ever run at Bushy Park. 25th June 2011 at Bedfont Lakes was the occasion of my first parkrun since I'd organised the club's first Club Featured parkrun there and Alan agreed to join in. Since then Alan has moved his elegance first to Gunnersbury and then to Osterley but has been willing to run elsewhere. His longest series at Gunnersbury has been 34 and at Osterley 24.

If it isn't Alan then who is it? The table below shows that Murray Hogge, one of our Green Belt Relay stalwarts, ran 264 consecutive Reading parkruns up until 27th April 2019. He has run some other parkruns since but the next time he runs at Reading he will be celebrating his 300th run there.

Nine existing club members have had consecutive series of 50 or more runs [this is of those members for whom I've back-loaded all of their data - there may be others; let me know]. Bob Bannister is next with 104 runs at Bedfont Lakes - so two year's worth. Scott Davison has 86 also at Bedfont Lakes and Chris Kelly has 76 at Reading (in distance equivalent to nearly six Comrades races). In the table Ian Haylock features three times with series of 72, 70 and 60 each at Bushy Park.

Current Club Member parkrun Event  Until Date Event Run # Non-Tourist Runs
Murray Hogge Reading 27-Apr-19 481 264
Alan ANDERSON Bushy Park 11-Jun-11 360 181
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 22-Jun-13 211 104
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 03-May-14 253 86
Christopher T KELLY Reading 10-Sep-11 100 76
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 12-May-12 410 72
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 31-Dec-16 660 70
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 16-Aug-14 115 64
Micheal BALL Woking 03-Dec-16 116 61
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 17-Nov-07 168 60
John COFFEY Bushy Park 01-Aug-09 261 59

None of the long series of runs in the table are ongoing. Considering ongoing series, of members who have recorded a run in August, it is again Ian Haylock who leads the way with 46 at Bushy Park (does he never go on places with parkruns?) followed by Keith Johnson at Houghton Hall (33) and then Steve Waite at Riddlesdown (31).


Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

> Roderick Hoffman

parkruns Visited - tell us about parkruns other club members may be tempted to visit

Hogmoor Inclosure

I am the first club member to return for a second visit to Hogmoor Inclosure. The area is being re-badged as Prince Philip Park. The large free car park is now accessible from Hogmoor Road rather than via the industrial area and it seems to have been given a postcode GU35 9EU. There are long-term road works in the area so allow a few extra minutes if you are tempted. The two lap course features forest trails and sand dunes and not much of it is level! The run on 10th September has been cancelled.

 Steve Newell

Church Mead parkrun photoChurch Mead (stolen from Facebook)

I’m reading about lots of different parkruns…well done everybody…yet none on Church Mead (Amersham)…being a relatively new one and fairly local as well as a much needed Fibonacci number for this weekend it seemed to tick all the boxes though it got mixed reviews from those that had already done it! So it simply had to get checked out!

Of all the descriptors 'brutal' was not one of them though that’s exactly how I’d describe it…after the first-timers briefing guy described the course ‘layout’ my heart sank! This was going to be tough as the l-o-n-g uphill drag sucks the life out of your legs, even though the downhill s-t-r-e-t-c-h is a relief albeit ‘short lived’ coming into the second lap..but there again Amersham is famed for its hills so what do you expect…not a PB course at any rate…definitely one of the hardest parkruns I have done and wouldn’t advise in winter when wet as I'd expect more than a few casualties resulting!

Lovely volunteer team as always. Thanks to Harjit Jhooti and Russell Search for joining me on this occasion

Melanie Miller

Triathlon News

Triathlon has featured in both the Commonwealth and European Multisport Games recently with plenty of TV exposure and a fair degree of British success. Former Olympic champion (2012, 2016) Alistair Brownlee hardly got a mention but don't assume he has retired completely. He has battled through injuries and surgery and recently won a very competitive but under-televised full distance 'Ironman' event in Sweden by 8 minutes, polishing off his performance with a 2:40 Marathon distance run. The victory earned him a place in the starting line-up at the 'Ironman' world championship in Hawaii (Big Island), in October - the week prior to this year's WARR.

Steve Newell

Letters to the Editor

Steve Vincent writes in: "After the disappointing cancellation of this event earlier this year, I am pleased to be contacting you again regarding South London Harriers open 5-mile cross-country race, the Alf Shrubb Memorial Race to be held on Saturday 22nd October 2022 over Farthing Downs / Happy Valley in Coulsdon, Surrey. If any of your members would like to take part in this race then they would be most welcome."

An entry form has been provided - let me know if you are interested. Costs £8 with "secure changing and showering facilities available in our clubhouse and free tea and cake for all finishers, as well as a very reasonably priced bar that will be open after prize-giving has concluded".

What's happening at Cranford Park?

After successful excavations in 2021, Cranford Park's community Archaeological Dig is back! Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. The dig takes place daily (except Mondays) from Saturday 3 until Sunday 18 September, from 9am to 3pm. With guidance from AOC Archaeology, we'll be investigating the former kitchen garden of Cranford House. To register an interest or book a session email

As the park is currently closed to vehicles, please enter using one of the pedestrian entrances.

A separate community event is being planned in the park on Sat. 17 September, from 1 until 5:30pm. More details to follow!

Cranford Park enhancement: The National Lottery Heritage Fund project to improve the park is proceeding well. Work is concentrated around the historic stable courtyard and the site of Cranford House, where foundations for a new cafe, that will also provide access to the old cellars, are taking shape. Scaffolding has been erected around the stables so that repairs to its walls and roof can take place. Thankfully, the recent large fire (which got national publicity) was not in Cranford Park itself but on adjacent grasslands. It wasn't able to take hold in the park due to the vigilance of park users and the building contractors Quinn London, and thanks to regular monitoring by London Fire Brigade.

Bob Barton, secretary,

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