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BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th January 2023

Events Calendar - online here

Events marked "#" are points scoring for the club's participation trophy - for the 2023 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 12th February):

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. There are lots of events on next do that mile this week to get it over with.

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

Wednesday's Handicap Run Report

The fourth (of six) runs of the winter handicap series was held from the Bedfont Club on Wednesday 25th January 2023.  The weather was described as hostile, wintry – chilly with showers, some heavy.

Congratulations to all who took part.  All gathered in the bar afterwards to warm up!


Run 4: Wednesday 25th January 2023 Conditions: Hostile, wet and cold Overall v Target   Ranking    
  clock start half-way 2nd half 5mile time faster slower points determinant rank clock half clock fin
Roderick Hoffman 1:51:30 24:56 25:08 50:04 01:26   16 01:26 4 1:26:34 1:01:26
Stephen Taylor 1:42:30 22:00 22:42 44:42   02:12 15 04:24 5 1:20:30 0:57:48
Maarten Stenham 1:40:00 19:32 19:27 38:59 01:01   18 01:01 3 1:20:28 1:01:01
Julie Barclay 1:39:00 18:56 19:04 38:00 01:00   21 01:00 2 1:20:04 1:01:00
Paul Watt 1:33:30 16:28 16:51 33:19 00:11   25 00:11 1 1:17:02 1:00:11
Timekeeper: Steve Newell

Stephen Taylor incorporated the run into a program concentrating on longer distances and was the only one not to hurry to the finish ahead of schedule.  He retained his place at the top of the points table.

Winter 5 mile handicap points table after 4 runs:
  Oct Nov Dec Jan total
Stephen Taylor 18 25 25 15 83
Paul Watt 25 21 0 25 71
Julie Barclay 21 15 0 21 57
Maarten Stenham 14 0 18 18 50
Roderick Hoffman 16 16 0 16 48
Amanda Coombs 13 18 0 0 31
Steve Hillier 0 0 21 0 21
Jacob Stenham 15 0 0 0 15
Benita Scaife 0 13.5 0 0 13.5
John Scaife 0 13.5 0 0 13.5

The best 4 runs (of a possible 6) will be used to decide the overall winner at the end of March.

The next run will be held on Wednesday 22nd February with the finale on Wednesday 29th March.  Clocks change to BST on Sunday 26th March 2023.

Steve Newell

Recent Activity Achievements

14 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 3miles Maidenhead to Cox Green Fri Untimed. After picking up bike from repair shop, steep hill to start. Hope everyone enjoying our 'tropical?' weather??
Barry Walters Running 10km Bracknell Last Sat 00:55:38 A frustrating morning with 3 unsuccessful attempts to find a parkrun operating. So ran from home over to Swinley forest and in cool, still conditions had an enjoyable run on the rock hard surface, managing to avoid the icy patches. 
Clara Halket Running 10.84 00:50:13 Another 10km logged for #Run31 #kentsurreysussexairambulance on the way home from hospital night shift at Blackdown Hills. Very cold, could feel the icy dew on the face ,,
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Bedfont Lakes Sat am 00:22:42 Bedfont Lakes parkrun 22:42 not a PB but my highest age grade achieved at Bedfont Lakes.
Jain Reid Running 30.69km Big loop round Richmond Park Sun 03:30:02 A longer training run in the lead up to Seville Marathon in 3 weeks. Loop from Chiswick taking in the riverside, Richmond Park and a bit of Wimbledon Common.
Janet Smith Throwing Madeira Masters Champs in Funchal A warmish weather competition. I threw well and came away with 3 golds in Hammer, Discus and Shot Putt. It's a long season to the European Masters at the end of September.
Julie Barclay Running 7km Alice Holt Forest Sun 00:42:00 Course-check ahead of February NOW run. Ran the 5km and the 2km loops. Ground quite firm with no mud.
Paul Watt Running 7km Alice Holt Forest Sun 00:42:00 As Julie
Michael Ball parkrun 5km Woking Sat am 00:26:57 This week's achievement best parkrun result since 2019
Neil Frediani parkrun 5km Sat am 00:33:11 Relatively slow due to a dodgy hip/side strain. This was my northern club's grand prix event for January. We had a great turnout with close to 30, including volunteers.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Marrakech Marathon Sun 04:10:04 My 8th time and 196th lifetime marathon. Probably set off too fast with the first 10K done in 51 minutes. Also the groin strain came back, after I had been free for about 18 months.
Roderick Hoffman Running 18.58km Paddington to Yeading via canal Sun pm 02:16:44 My irregular run on the canal from Paddington to home. The bus and Elizabeth Line train took half the time to get me to Paddington, but only half.
Stephen Taylor  Race 5miles Bedfont Winter Handicap Wed pm 00:44:38 The wet and cold 5 mile handicap was my best for this week. 44:38. I'm sidelined for a while now with Covid yet again. ☹
Steve Hillier Walking 12km Austin, Texas No running in the past few days, but we've done plenty of long walks around hilly Austin. The longest included finding Lady Bird Lake, Texas BBQ, the bat bridge and Rainey Street music district.


Week Achievements 

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 28th January

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 626 13 0:22:42 68.28% Fastest at Bedfont since April 2019, 3rd fastest ever at all venues.
Joe NOLAN Black Park 644 266 0:31:22 54.46%
Sarah GORDON Braunstone 569 236 0:34:26 60.70% 115th run at Braunstone
Alastair HESLOP Broadwater 71 Timekeeper at Broadwater (Guildford cancelled early)
David DUGGAN Bury Field 60 40 0:36:14 45.03% 1st run at Bury Field (Newport Pagnell), park #117
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 915 312 0:23:48 62.96%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 915 887 0:30:20 52.86% run #492, 5th at Bushy this year (already)
Neil FREDIANI Chopwell Wood 54 66 0:33:11 50.53% run #290, 6th at Chopwell Wood
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 490 62 0:26:40 55.75%
Ben Kelly Dinton Pastures 171 51 0:23:43 54.39% Reading still flooded
Christopher T KELLY Dinton Pastures 171 247 0:37:37 41.56% with Sarah Kelly who is now on 99 runs
Steve NEWELL Dinton Pastures 171 280 0:49:51 40.29% run #450, Wilson Index moves up to 172
Fiona Bishop Eastville 192 175 0:25:33 78.15% Sets BA ladies record and improves upon David's Grade record from last week.
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 332 131 0:30:11 60.80%
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 332 201 0:38:44 61.49% Next week is Harrow event #333. The Foxley's may avoid it!
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 137 102 0:52:43 39.65% tailwalker
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 193 32 0:23:27 64.46%
Harjit Jhooti Langebaan 292 73 0:37:20 47.86%
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 340 228 0:33:20 63.65%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 340 229 0:33:21 51.72%
Mike DENNISON Newbury 498 19 0:20:11 82.33% First run at Newbury. Takes BA Men's and Grade record from Barry Walters.
Maria JOVANI Osterley 408 57 0:24:18 66.67%
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 408 79 0:25:33 66.28% run #446
Anne Bannister Osterley 408 170 0:31:24 66.56%
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 408 284 0:51:57 50.34% 99th Osterley run
Paul WATT Peckham Rye 389 16 0:19:56 78.43% BA Men's record, park #121
Julie BARCLAY Peckham Rye 389 68 0:22:43 83.05% BA Ladies record and grade record, park #125.
Jain REID Richmond Park 740 188 0:27:47 66.05%
Melanie Miller Severn Bridge 144 241 0:37:41 47.41% 100th different event (Cowell Club membership) and Fibonacci completion.
Trish MCCABE Stockley Country 3 116 0:29:10 54.97% 400th run, "Londone" status regained
Geoff Miles Stockley Country 3 160 0:32:17 55.29% [non-member] Celebrating his 500 club membership with his 502nd at a new parkrun.
Roderick HOFFMAN Stockley Country 3 Timekeeper at Stockley Country
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 118 36 0:22:43 69.99%
Barry WALTERS Upton Court 454 64 0:27:19 62.54% Corrected result
Jacqueline MUSSELWHITE Woking 351 125 0:26:06 67.56%

parkrun review Saturday 28th January 2023

Last week’s Fibonacci series query triggered a quick response from one member, Julie Barclay, who completed the 14 run challenge back in December.  Melanie Miller ticked off her last number on Saturday. Quick research shows that John Coffey and Chris Kelly are on 13 while Paul Watt and Steve Newell are down on 12. Julie’s collection was 1-Sandhurst Memorial, 2-Brooklands, 3-Markshall Estate, 5-Sutcliffe, 8-Broadwater, 13-Great Salterns, 21-Crissy Field (California), 34-Henlow Bridge Lakes, 55-California Country (not in the same country as California!), 89-Sunny Hill, 144-Bedfont Lakes, 233-Canons Park, 377-Southwark and 610-Greenwich.  John Coffey needs a “377”, Chris a "610".

Melanie at the Severn Bridge parkrunA quick look at the parkrun global stats (courtesy of Elliott Line) shows that Trish McCabe was one of 28 clocking their 400th run (at Stockley Country), Steve Newell was one of 16 reaching the 450 mark (at Dinton Pastures) and just 8 joined the 500 club. Ian Cunningham (30:20 at Bushy) is just 8 weeks away from joining that elite group while Dennison (20:11 at Newbury) is only 3 behind him on 489.  Beyond that, the 9 people who have reached 700 all ran again this week.  Early retirement is so last century – sorry.

Paul Watt (19:56) and Julie Barclay (22:43) continue to visit (new to them) London parkruns and set new club records.  This week it was at Peckham Rye.  Paul Timms also clocked 22:43 on his 19th visit to the Tetbury Goods Shed.  The rejuvenated Emma Morton was just one second faster than Julie, finishing in 22:42 at Bedfont Lakes, the third fastest time at any of her 300+ parkruns. Her age grade scores (68% - 70%+) in 2023 are better than ever before in ten years of parkrunning.

Melanie Miller (37:41) visited Severn Bridge, her 100th different parkrun venue and joins the Cowell Club [the picture, stolen from Facebook, will be instantly recognisable as from the Severn Bridge parkrun by all those who have been there].

Steve Newell

Stats and challenges overload

For those interested in such things...

I've updated my club parkrun database to include or improve on Position Bingo, Wilson, Fibonacci and Prime Number challenges. Highlights from each of these in turn:

Position Bingo is noting how many finish positions you've had over your parkrun career, recorded as 0 to 99 and including position 100 as "0", 101 as "1" and so on. The target, of course, is to have finished in all positions. Alan Anderson has achieved this - over his 641 parkruns, though I think he only did so on 23rd April of last year when he finished at '76, 276th at Osterley (immediately behind Ann). Ian Cunningham has suggested that I know more about his parkruns than he knows himself so I will tell him here that in his 492 parkruns he has also achieved the Position Bingo, securing his last position '65 on the last day of last year 31st December at Bushy Park. The number of parkruns undertaken is clearly a factor towards achieving Position Bingo but it isn't the only factor.  Chris Kelly, despite his 546 parkruns, is still 9 positions short of the ton - Chris' mistake is clear to see - he keeps finishing 8th! 27 times in fact, 19 times at Reading, 4 times at Woodley and once at Henley-on-Thames plus a 108th and a 308th at Reading and a 308th at Dinton Pastures just last week. It is a problem being fast at a smaller parkrun than Bushy! Many of us are much closer to 100 than Chris. David Duggan is on 98, needs a '74 and an '83. Similarly Joe Nolan, needing a '15 and a '42. I need a '28 and a '93. And then we get to Steve Newell - Steve currently has 99 positions but is in need of a '97. Anticipate at his next finish Steve carefully counting the runners ahead of him to engineer finishing 97th, or 197th, or at Bushy 1097th. The chart shows absolute positions by all club members. This peaks at position 19, occurring 152 times then declines in a relatively smooth curve, halving to about 75 occurrences by position 100. We've had 44 first finishers and the same number of 142nd finishers.

Club Positions Chart

The Wilson Index is to have run at all parkruns with a run number from 1 upwards. The tab on the spreadsheet now covers the first 100 event numbers. The only one of us who exceeds 100 is Steve Newell and he knows he is on 172. The next highest is me on 58 then Julie Barclay on 26. But a quick mention for Chris Kelly - although he is only on 19, from 21 onwards he has a run of 75. So once he finds an event #20 he will jump his Wilson Index to 95. How can one find what events will be at their event #20? As you would expect, there are online resources to help. Such as: Google Docs Spreadsheet [answer: UK 11th March, Leavesden County or Lordship Recreation Ground, assuming no cancellations in the meantime].

The Fibonacci Challenge is to run at event numbers that occur in the Fibonacci series. Since there are fewer of these this is an easier challenge to accomplish once you've run at an event "1". The Fibonacci series is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and so on (each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two). The challenge does not require you to run twice at inaugural runs. The 14th number in the challenge is 610 which is the highest that can be achieved today. Bushy is due to have the next number in the sequence, 987, next year. Julie Barclay and Melanie Miller are our only members to have done all 14 numbers. Chris Kelly needs 610 and John Coffey 377.

 The Prime Number Challenge is to have run at event numbers that are prime numbers, starting from 2 then 3, 5, 7, 11 and so on. Currently 156 of these are possible, the highest being 911, although Bushy adds another one every so often. Steve Newell has run at the first 39 prime numbers, up to 167, so may be searching for a 173 next. Chris Kelly has done 24 and then Melanie Miller has done 18. But across the whole range Alan Anderson has done a sequence of all 49 prime numbers from 127 to 401 and in total Chris Kelly has run at 89 of the 156 prime numbers possible.

Roderick Hoffman

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