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BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th October 2018


  • Wednesday 31st October - Winter 5mile Handicap - Bedfont Club from 18:00 (Club In-house Event #)
  • Thursday 1st November - November Dream Mile - Bath Road at 12:45 (November Run-of-the-Month #)
  • Saturday 10th November - Men's and Ladies Surrey League Cross Country Match 2 (Epsom Downs 15:00 / Nonsuch 11:00 respectively) #

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: First week of October.

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Trick or Treet pass outThis Wednesday...Winter Five Mile Handicap at the Bedfont Club from 18:00 #

The first five mile handicap run of the winter season will be from Bedfont Club this Wednesday and this is the Club In-house event for October.  The first runners will set off at 6 p.m. and the aim is for faster runners to start off later with the expectation of finishing within a five minute band around 7 p.m.

Following the trial run two weeks ago and the feedback received a few minor changes are being introduced -

  • 1) The start will be by a post a few yards along Hatton Road (towards Hatton Cross) rather than right at the club entrance,
  • 2) The stretch along the A30 between Clockhouse Roundabout and Stanwell Road will be along the quiet service road (West View) rather than the A30 footpath.  
  • 3) The finish will be inside the Bedfont Club carpark with the club clock in operation and there will be timekeeper present.
  • 4) For this first run runners may wear watches and refer to them during the run if they wish.  For later runs in the series runners may be asked to wear watches and self-time their finish on an honour basis if a volunteer timekeeper is not available.

Those who intend to run this week are asked to let Steve Newell know in advance by email.  Start times will set based on previous performances. Points will be awarded after each run and modest improvement month by month will be rewarded most generously.

The next runs before Christmas will be before the Hiller Quiz night on 21st November and then on 12th December.

Goblet and TankardChanging rooms and showers are available at the Bedfont Club.  Drink prices at the bar are very reasonable and on evenings when no free food is being provided you are allowed to bring your own sandwiches, etc. No food has been arranged for this week.

Steve Newell {}

IT WILL BE DARK - the pavements will be lit, but don't forget your reflective gear and head torches if you have them.

Don't forget to print out the attached "Trick or Treat Pass Out" and stick this on your front door. This will ensure that your house will not be targeted by the local hoodlums on Wednesday evening (not guaranteed - but running the handicap must be better than hiding behind the sofa with the lights off).

BUT, as an added incentive, this year's Handicap event comes with free gifts!  Each month Steve will decide which finisher is most deserving of a prize (so probably the nearest to their predicted time) and they can choose between the BAAC goblet or the British Airways pewter tankard pictured here (maximum one gift per person over the season).

Bedfont Club locationLocation of the club - see map - The club is the “Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club”.  It is on the East side of Hatton Road and the entrance to its large car park is opposite the Duke of Wellington pub. The postcode is TW14 9QT.

Roderick Hoffman

November Run-of-the-Month - Bath Road Dream Mile Thursday 1st November from 12:45 #

The event will start at 12:45 by the Newport Road Junction-->….Route( then heads back towards Waterside on the Bath road, stopping just before the Thistle hotel.

Either meet at the start or outside the WTS gym at 12:25 for a gentle jog to the start. It’s a self-timed event. email me afterwards with your time for the records. NEWCOMERS of all standards welcome. It is a 1.5mile jog to the start and 0.5 mile back from the finish if you are based at Waterside.

This event is held on the first Thursday of each month.

Neil Frediani {}

Osterley Park NOW run 24th October 2019

Osterley NOW runAt a very last minute I decided to join the Non-Office Workers run at Osterley and I must say that it was a very nice run in a beautiful location and great company too. We couldn’t have asked for better weather either. 

Steve Newell lead the group having previously researched about the new Osterley parkrun course that will start on the 3rd November. It seems a very flat 2 lap course and I predict it will be faster and less muddy than the actual one. It’s mainly run on gravel paths with the exception of the start and the finish near Osterley House.

Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the post run chat and coffee. 

Steve’s mentioned the next NOW run will be in three weeks' time at Gunnersbury Park.


Maria Jovani

Advance warning next men's Cross Country fixture at Epsom on 10th November #

The next Division 3/4 match of the Men's Surrey League will be held on Epsom Downs on Saturday 10th November. The start time is 3pm.
The location of the start/finish is at the Tattenham Corner end of Epsom racecourse (approximate postcode KT18 5PP). There are two nearby car parks. The nearest railway station is Tattenham Corner.

The course is two equal laps of open grassland and tracks, with a total distance of about 5 miles. Trail shoes or short spikes are probably the best footwear.

Holland Sports AC, West 4 Harriers, Epsom Oddballs and Vets AC have worked together to stage this fixture. I think everyone would agree that all clubs should make a contribution to the smooth running of the four fixtures in the season. We would appreciate some assistance on the day with marshalling on the course and finish funnel. Please let me know if your club can supply a helper.

We look forward to seeing you and your Clubs' teams on Epsom Downs on the 10th.

More details are at:

Let me know if you haven’t already, if you are interested in this or the January and February fixtures.

Neil Frediani {}

Club parkrun results for Saturday 27th October 2018

27th Octparkrunner Time parkrun Comment Age Grade
Caroline Yarnell 27:30 Curl Curl plus volunteer pacer 68%
Steve Newell 35:01 Gunnersbury M-321, 7th anniversary, record attendance 53%
Alan Anderson 34:56 Gunnersbury M-320, 7th anniversary, record attendance 65%
Ian Cunningham 23:01 Dublin Bushy Park run #350, 1st at Dublin Bushy, BApark#449 67%
Janet Cunningham 28:24 Dublin Bushy Park run #195, first at Dublin Bushy 64%
Petra Otto 36:05 March 49th run at March 58%
Maarten Stenham 20:58 Hazelwood M-5, debut parkrun for BA, club rec 66%
John Coffey 28:39 Hazelwood run #302, 27th at Hazelwood 67%
Alice Banks 43:01 Higginson, Marlow tailwalker 46%
Bob Bannister 23:07 Bedfont Lakes run #332, 277th at Bedfont Lakes 71%
Anne Bannister 29:48 Bedfont Lakes run #177, 146th at Bedfont Lakes 65%
Chris Evans 23:04 Bedfont Lakes run #216, 209th at Bedfont Lakes 66%
Scott Davison 23:17 Bedfont Lakes run #273, 226th at Bedfont Lakes 62%
Caroline Cockram 25:09 Bedfont Lakes run #332, 193rd at Bedfont Lakes 66%
Ian Cockram 25:51 Bedfont Lakes (pacer), run #451 58%
David Duggan 28:00 Bedfont Lakes (pacer), run #275 56%
Benita Scaife 30:47 Brueton first run at Brueton 65%
John Scaife 30:47 Brueton first run at Brueton 54%
Kay Trinder 20:55 Woking equals best age grade at Woking this year 83%
Paul Timms 25:21 Cirencester run #22, 12th at Cirencester 61%
Paul Watt 23:52 Frimley Lodge quicker than last week 63%
Maria Jovani 21:27 Lymington Woodside run #246, 1st run and 1st lady at Lymington, BApark #448 72%
Joan Foxley 38:50 Rickmansworth run #117, 4th at Rickmansworth 56%
Shelly Garratt 27:04 Clermont Waterfront run #3, park #3, first run since joining 63%
Chris Kelly 21:01 South Manchester best age grade score over this course 72%
Roderick Hoffman 30:19 Troon first run at Troon, park #248, BApark #450 52%
Ben Chaytow 22:24 Crane Park best run at Crane Park since June 62%
Eddie Giles 27:31 Salisbury run #105, 28th at Salisbury 63%
Alastair Heslop volunteer Guildford finish tokens
Denis Foxley 28:41 Rickmansworth run #114, 9th at Rickmansworth 61%

A distinctly chilly Saturday morning greeted many UK parkrunners this week and all but the hardiest must get used to leggings, gloves and long sleeves for the next few months.

Some of our newer members were in action.  Maarten Stenham who has run over one hundred times at Bedfont Lakes and has a useful parkrun pb of 20:30 at Crissy Field in San Francisco burst on to the scene by lowering the club course record at Hazelwood down to 20:58.  Shelly Garratt who ran for BA at WARR recently is also a member of Horsham Joggers, has moved on to Florida and recorded a 27:54 finish at Clermont Waterfront near Orlando.  Kay Trinder (20:55, 83.27%) equalled her best age grade score at Woking this year.

Our tourists continue to break new ground with Maria Jovani (27:18) adding to our collection at Lymington Riverside, Ian Cunningham (23:01) at the other Bushy Park (in the Rathfarnum district of Dublin) and Roderick Hoffman (30:19) at Troon on the Ayrshire coast.  Caroline Cockram (25:09) put in her best run at Bedfont Lakes since May.  Eddie Giles got over the line at Salisbury in 27:31 for the fourth time in 28 outings.  He should team up Caroline Yarnell who volunteered for a pacing role at Curl Curl in Sydney (27:30).

Alan Anderson (34:56) and Steve Newell (35:01) were part of a record attendance of 603 at Gunnersbury for the seventh anniversary of parkruns there.  It was the second busiest parkrun in London after Bushy(1271) and the attendance was higher than the record number of finishers at nearby Richmond Park (584), Fulham Palace (573), Wimbledon Common (578), and Clapham Common (601).  Bromley and Tooting Common have had over 600 several times and occasionally exceeded 800.  There are plenty of quieter parkruns still available although they tend to be more off-road and that can mean mud in the winter and sometimes hills as well!

Steve Newell

Updated parkrun stats - club parkrun stats

Eden Project HalfEden Project Half Marathon

Two weeks ago I took part in the 3rd of my autumn series of races near the sea following the Great North Run and WARR it was off to Cornwall for a race starting and ending at the Eden project. It followed trails and country roads on an undulating course with 1000' of climbing through farms and villages before beginning a steepish descent with a fantastic sea view at mile 12 to the finish in the bowl at Eden. I loved it and it was great value with a free pasty, pint, shirt and medal plus free entry for yourself and guests to the project.

Neil Frediani

And now for something completely different...

November 2-5 inclusive (Friday to Monday), 9am-3:30pm: Cranford Park Archaeological Dig. You are invited to join an experienced archaeologist on our first dig! This will concentrate on finding the remains of Cranford House, information much needed as we draw up plans for the restoration of the cellars. We shall also excavate in the former 18th century gardens, discovering what lies beneath the park.

All ages are welcome and no experience required. Training will be given by the archaeologist. It does involve a lot of kneeling and trowelling, so it is a good idea to bring a gardener's kneeler, knee pads (if you have them) and wear old trousers and shoes.  If you don't fancy kneeling, we need volunteers to wash the finds. Bring waterproofs, a snack and a drink - there is no cafe.

The dig will concentrate on finding the front wall, floor coverings and method of demolition of Cranford House. We shall also try to discover as much as we can about the former gardens, now very overgrown.

(The first day is likely to start a bit late as the top soil will have to be taken off with a digger before the trench is ready.)

The entrance to Cranford Park is off J3 of the M4, where it crosses the A312. The post code is TW5 9RZ. There is a small building near the car park with a toilet and kitchenette, which we shall open up at break times or for shelter. 

If you are definitely coming, do drop the archaeologist, Les Capon, a line on as it will be helpful to know how many trenches to open up to accommodate everyone. If you are not sure, don't worry, just turn up!  Do tell your friends! 

{from the Friends of Cranford Park}

Running shorts...

  • Dear Ed. XC today (25Oct) =37.15. conditions quite muddy in spite of glorious weather. Andy Rayner

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