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BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th November 2021

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

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For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Piers has suggested the Serpentine New Year's Day 10k for the January Run-of-the-Month. Are there any other views or suggestions?

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.

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

Five Mile Winter Handicap run 2 #

A rather thin turnout on a chilly evening with a fresh which was actually quite good for running.

I don't know where everyone else was but Roderick ran and was closest to his target time (38 seconds fast) and Steve Hillier was next (84 seconds fast). Roderick speeded up by 12 seconds in the second lap whereas Steve Hillier slowed by a minute and a half. Julie Barclay was nursing an injury and chose the one lap walking option.

Paul Watt also had a niggle and chose to help Steve rather than run - you can see from the week achievement report below that the rest was successful for him.

The next handicap run will be on Wednesday 15th December and the run in January (26th) will be followed by the winter Hillier Quiz evening with some food at the Bedfont Club.

Steve Newell / Roderick Hoffman

Track-on-Field November Result

November Track-on-Field results

Three of us undertook the Track-on-Field challenge this month and with a familiar pattern Steve Hillier proved to be the club's gazelle at the 200m distance but at no other. I edged Denis on all distances but I note that recently he has been a minute faster on parkruns and five mile runs. The three of us must arrange to run against each other on a track for this challenge one of these months.

Roderick Hoffman

Bushy Club Featured parkrun runnersBushy Club Featured parkrun - Report #

The threat of hostile conditions failed to deter 976 parkrunners from participating in the 853rd running at the cradle of parkrun this morning. These included eleven BAAC members and family, the men led home by Mike Dennison in 20:01 and women by Maria Jovani in 22:50. Completing the team was volunteer tail-walker Di Smith.

In the end we were spared the sleet showers that book-ended the event, and by 09:30 there was even a glimmer of watery sunshine to illuminate the impressive stags moving in the bracken and visible from the course.

Afterwards a few of us donned extra insulation before enjoying coffee from the kiosk while Steve Newell entertained us with selected episodes from his 15 Ironman triathlons in 10 countries.

John Scaife

Photo (Maria) - a selection of club runners and friends.

40th Anniversary Club Clothing Update

We've now taken delivery of the first order of the 40th Anniversary Club Clothing. The initial distribution process for these will be our December in-person events including at the Bedfont Club on Wednesdays 8th, 15th and 22nd. You do not need to pre-order (yet).

40th Kit Sweat Shirt40th Kit Technical Tee40th Kit Bandanna

Both the Sweatshirt and Technical Tee-shirts feature the standard club logo in full size on the back. The Sweatshirts have a full price of £18 but each club member can purchase one for £10. The Technical Tees have a full price of £13 but again each club member can buy one for £7. You must be a paid up member to have the discount prices and note that such member requirements will be given priority over those for non-members and additional requirements. We will place a second order in January so all requirements should be satisfied - distribution being the main challenge for some. Preferred payment is by electronic transfer to the club account - we'll provide you with details when you collect your shirts.

Multifunctional Bandanna - use it to keep the sweat out of your eyes, to keep your neck warm, ladies to tie your hair back, men to cover that bald patch, as an emergency facemask for shops and public transport or as a face cover for bank robberies (not recommended - the BAAC logos might give you away). The Club Bandanna is a free item from the Chairman ("Happy Christmas"). I'll distribute these to club members and supporters as I meet them and with each 40th anniversary shirt order. Distribution to other locations will be trickier but should be possible. I have 100 of these so anyone who wants one should be in luck and many who don't want one will get one anyway!

>Roderick Hoffman

# Club Participation Points Update

November had five club scoring events: "Joe's" Run-of-the-Month, the cross-countries, and last week's Five Mile Handicap and Club Featured parkrun. Consequently another two club members achieved the ten point recognition threshold - so well done to Mike Dennison and Benita Scaife (showing your husband the way home, as usual). There are four members on nine points but with every chance of getting another point since there are five events up for scoring at over December. The four club members on seven points and the eight on six may have more of a challenge but remember that helping without running can score you two points at in-house events. At the top it continued to be very close between myself and Steves H and N - each trying to get theirs as the first name on the new Tom Rowley trophy. It is also very tight for fourth place with five colleagues on 16 to 19 points.

Activity Achievements over the week 22nd to 28th November 2021

18 club members and friends reported their week activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Mon 00:52:14 Two jog reports please: two of my 4 M XC. Mon 22 Nov= 52m 14s (very muddy); and today Sat 27 Nov= 56m 46s (quagmire!).
Barry Walters Running 8km Lightwater Hike Sun am 00:58:59 Ran over to Deepcut Military ranges in freezing conditions and did a very hilly out and back run. Felt quite good and enjoyed the views when I got to the top of the hills.
Benita Scaife Walking 10km Hurley to Marlow and back Fri 02:00:00 Our weekday activity was a Thames Path walk from Hurley to Marlow and back, taking in part of the Higginson parkrun route…
Clara Halket       Sun   A short period of snow flurries yesterday, today icy cold. Still, managed to get out to start winter base fitness training.
David Duggan parkrun 5km College Park (Washington, USA) Thur am 00:31:35 Thanksgiving parkrun at College Park parkrun outside Washington DC - a time of 31:35, then some barcode scanning as Thanksgiving produced over double their usual turnout (300+ compared 130ish)
Denis Foxley Running 4miles Pinner & Hatch End Sat 00:40:00 I went for a 4 mile, 40 minute run round Pinner and Hatch End yesterday after timekeeping at Harrow parkrun.
Emma Moreton Walking 8km 8k dog walk and knee is definitely feeling better!
John Scaife Walking 10km Hurley to Marlow and back Sat 02:00:00 ...A beautiful rainbow appeared over Marlow bridge just as we left to return to Hurley.
Keith Johnson  Race 5miles Hatfield 5 Sun 00:37:44 "I had a feeling there was someone else there as there were cheers on course for 'BA'. "
Melanie Miller Walking 10.15km Moors Valley to Ringwood Sun 02:04:40 A lovely forest walk from Moors Valley to Ringwood for the Xmas entertainment and lights switch-on.
Michael Ball Hill Work 6x80m Each hill sprint in 16 to 19 seconds.
Mike Dennison  Race 10km Ranelagh Harriers 10k Sun 00:39:41 Last race of the year for me. It was cold and there was a bitter wind at times, but I managed to get under 40 minutes for the first time, so a new 10k PB of 39:41.
Neil Frediani  Race 4.11miles Aykley Heads XC Sat pm 00:47:13 4 miles of tough undulating and slippy cross-country in snow, sun and always gales. Luckily there are no team points on offer without a full team so I was able to drop out after 2 of 3 laps and have some chocolate brownie.
Paul Watt  Race 5miles Hatfield 5 Sun 00:32:24 A PB for five miles.
Piers Keenleyside Running Nothing of note to report this week - only done around 12 miles in total with 4 very short (and slow) runs.
Roderick Hoffman Walking 5km Brueton parkrun course Sat am 01:00:00 The actual achievement was getting through a blizzard from the cancelled Oaklands parkrun to the Brueton parkrun start, prior to the discovery that Brueton was also cancelled. I did break the walk at the open café.
Sarah Gordon parkrun 5km Bedworth Sat am An adventure! [see below - in the parkrun report]
Stephen Taylor Mixed Cycle/Run Ealing to Bushy parkrun and back Sat am Not much running this week, largely due to a cold, but did join the other BA runners for the Bushy parkrun on Saturday. A chilly run with an even chillier cycle home afterwards.

Week Achievement photos 

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun results for Saturday 27th November 2021

36 runs and volunteer efforts are listed below, including three non-runners and an approved double - get in touch if your activity is missing.

Club parkrunner parkrun Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
David DUGGAN Anacostia 18 00:31:01 52.18% 3rd US parkrun in 8 days. BA park #609
Trish MCCABE Bedfont Lakes 68 00:30:05 52.30%
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 37 00:25:40 57.47%
Bob Bannister Bedfont Lakes 33 00:25:03 66.93%
Maarten Stenham Bedfont Lakes 17 00:22:41 62.01% run #199
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 3 00:20:06 64.51% M-3, best time at Bedfont so far this year
Sarah GORDON Bedworth 63 00:39:32 51.26% See report below
Joe NOLAN Black Park 166 00:30:21 55.79%
Barry WALTERS Bracknell 78 00:28:31 59.38%
John Lennon Broadwater 113 00:34:52 45.98%
Di Smith Bushy Park 972 00:53:21 43.14% Tail Walker at Bushy
Steve NEWELL Bushy Park 954 00:44:52 43.83% run #398
John Scaife Bushy Park 814 00:33:58 50.29%
Benita Scaife Bushy Park 712 00:31:37 66.10% run #199
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 627 00:29:33 53.81%
Stephen K TAYLOR Bushy Park 352 00:25:37 61.55% cycled from Ealing, hard work getting home
Maria Jovani Bushy Park 162 00:22:50 69.56%
Mike Dennison Bushy Park 45 00:20:01 82.26%
Ben Chaytow Crane Park 17 00:23:13 61.09%
Alastair Heslop Guildford Timekeeper at Guildford
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 133 00:46:40 49.32% Tail Walker at Harrow
Denis Foxley Harrow Timekeeper at Harrow
John COFFEY Hazelwood 66 00:34:53 58.86%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 55 00:27:31 54.03% run #63, 9th at Houghton Hall (Beds)
Julie BARCLAY Markshall Estate 63 00:26:09 71.13% Wilson Index up to 10, first parkrun in Essex
Paul WATT Markshall Estate 20 00:21:28 72.20% BA park #608, first parkrun in Essex
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 220 00:49:22 51.01% Assisting Anne.
Anne ANDERSON Osterley 219 00:49:11 58.59% 49th parkrun
Alice BANKS Queen Elizabeth 38 00:31:41 64.97% park #49, first in Hampshire
Christopher T KELLY Reading 112 00:37:45 41.06%
Harjit Jhooti Rickmansworth 170 00:32:26 54.37% first run at Rickmansworth, park #29
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 46 00:24:06 72.27%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE n/a Intended parkrun cancelled
Roderick HOFFMAN n/a Oaklands and Brueton parkruns both cancelled late
Neil FREDIANI n/a Windy Nook cancelled
David DUGGAN College Park 111 00:31:35 51.24% US Thanksgiving Day parkrun (Thursday 25th).  BA park #607.


Topping and tailing the results table this week - David Duggan took advantage of the extra parkruns in USA at Thanksgiving and ran at College Park in Maryland on Thursday (31:35, 51.24%).  That took David to 93 different runs and the club to 607.

On to Saturday (aka parkrunday) and cold and windy weather in UK caused lots of cancellations either because of fear of unsafe conditions developing or in several cases because the routes were actually blocked by fallen trees.  Roderick Hoffman had travelled to the Midlands and switched from his intended run to his backup but that was called off as well at short notice.

Paul Watt (21:28, 72.2%) and Julie Barclay (26:08, 71.1%) travelled to Markshall Estate parkrun near Colchester which started recently to raise the club score to 608.  The first parkrun they have done in Essex. By nailing a “run #3” Julie’s Wilson Index has leapt from 2 to 10.  The Markshall Estate website home page is one of several to feature a photograph of Alan Anderson (we believe at Gunnersbury!) – have a look.

John Coffey (34:53) ran at Hazelwood for the 92nd time.  He holds the MV75-79 record there with 27:08.  After almost 16 years of parkruns his Wilson Index is 15!

Alice Banks (31:41) had never been to a parkrun in Hampshire and chose the challenging Queen Elizabeth Country Park.  She is now on 49 parks.  Her Wilson Index is 8.

Late in the day the news filtered through that David Duggan(31:01, 52.2%) had run along yet another new park run (for him) - the Anacostia Riverwalk trail in Washington DC - so that makes it 94 for him and 609 for the club.  David has now run at 14 different parkruns in USA (including Raleigh Durham which he ran before joining us).

Steve Newell

Sarah Gordon reports "An adventure! I was halfway to Birmingham to meet Roderick when the blizzard arrived! The planned parkrun Oaklands cancelled, I crawled back along the motorway and stopped at Bedworth which was one of the few that was foolhardy enough to go ahead despite the weather. Volunteers must have been freezing!"

Had Sarah not set off down the motorway but instead turned up at her local Braunstone she'd have had it cancelled on her at 08:50, too late to go to the other Leicester parkrun.

The weekend's cancellation map ( ) shows the consequence of a storm front sweeping its way across the Midlands from the north west from 7am onwards (so course inspection time). The early ones to be hit cancelled because of strong winds. Then there were cancellations due to "weather conditions". But by the time the storm front got to Oaklands and Brueton the cancellation reason was clearly due to snow. Bedworth had had an early inspection and the course was declared fine. They did almost change their mind as 9 o'clock approached but went ahead with it. The data in this map is dependent on the filings made by parkrun run directors - these will not always be accurate so, for instance, Windy Nook is still showing as having been on.

Roderick Hoffman

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