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BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th May 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.

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

Concorde MedalsVolunteer Call for Concorde One-Hour Race - Sunday 5th June

The medals have arrived for next Sunday's Concorde One Hour Race - and they look just like my simulation. I've got 80 of these to give away on Sunday. We are allowing a maximum of 50 entrants (currently at 25) so we should have enough for all the participants, the children of participants doing the children's race and have enough left over for the volunteers (though my mum has already asked me for one for her!).

Let me know to expect you as a helper, or enter the event to see how far you can run in the hour.

Entries and fuller details:

Helpers: > Roderick Hoffman

The main volunteer duties will be to marshal the children's race and to record lap times of runners in the one-hour event.

Ride London Thanks and Report

Steve Hillier has other things to be catching up on today, so the report on our involvement in yesterday's event will be documented in next week's digest. In the meantime thanks to Steve for organising our involvement. 

British Airways 5K Handicap event, Weds 25th May, results and report

Six members took part in the revived "Northumberland 5k" around Bedfont. The run was organised on a pursuit basis with the slowest starting first and the hope of a close finish around 7 pm. It was time to welcome back Tony Barnwell (54:16) who was accompanied round by Steve Hillier. Roderick Hoffman (29:29) had them in his sights. Stephen Taylor (25:32) achieved the best net time. Jacob Stenham (26:12, junior) and Maarten Stenham (same time) blamed poor navigation for not being closer.

For reference the runners started by post "HWI706", outside the primary school in Hatton Road, and finished on the foot/cycle path between the allotments and the school by the nearest mature tree to Hatton Road. (See last week's Digest for map).

Timekeepers Steve Newell and Simon Turton.

Runners, helpers and family members then retired to the Bedfont Club for some good food supplied by the Duke of Wellington across the road.

Steve Newell

Club Evening 22nd June

We have the Bedfont Club booked for Wednesday evening for 22nd June. Does anyone want to organise an event that evening? Either a run from the club house or perhaps either at Bedfont Lakes or Feltham track. I'm away that week but can answer questions and handle suggestions. This is your club.

> Roderick Hoffman

Future NOW Events

Would anyone be put off attending a NOW event within the London ULEZ zone (inside North and South circular roads) on the grounds of the extra cost incurred?

Reply to me.

> Steve Newell

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 14 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Barry Walters Running 10km Swinley Forest Sun am 01:06:01 Just a steady effort over Swinley Forest and heathland today. Slowed a bit over the second half of the run. Conditions were cool and breezy.
Ben Cooper Running 1Mile Local (Cardiff) Fri lunch 00:06:52 Last week's planned op has been postponed so I ran a timed mile on Friday, not too far off my best this year. 4.3k total distance. Also slogged around 5.9k today
Benita Scaife Running 4miles Pinkneys Green Fri pm Our activity was a pub run we organised for Maidenhead AC members from/to the Golden Ball pub. 23 people and one dog completed the route of approx. 4 miles (Plotaroute route 1913664)…
John Scaife Running 4miles Pinkneys Green Fri pm ...This was followed by dinner and drinks in the pub garden. The intake of beer (Brakspears Oxford Gold) seems to have caused the top of my head to emit an unearthly glow.
Chris Kelly Hill Walking 30miles Lake District Weekend 16:00:00 OMM Lite weekend, Lake District. 30 miles and 6000ft in 16 hours over 3 days. Feeling: knackered! Gotta keep nudging Sarah every so often so she doesn't drift off the M6!
Julie Barclay Running 10km Basingstoke Woods and Canal Tue 00:56:00 Good run through the Ash ranges and along Basingstoke Canal.
Melanie Miller Walking 12.64km Hartland Sun pm 03:29:22 Lovely walk re everything Hartland: Abbey…Walled Garden…Beach Walk beautiful weather
Paul Watt  Race 5km Portsmouth Lakeside 5k Series Wed 00:19:59 First 5k race of the year and pleased to break 20minutes. This is not on the parkrun course.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am 0:50:22 A very slow, and very niggly ‘ParkWalk’ this morning, plus the usual gym. I have a seriously bad acceptance problem when it comes to the many aches and pains of late, and exercising has become a kind of constant struggle these days…
Piers Keenleyside Running 21.37km Venice Lido Sun am 02:19:17 Ended up with bruised and bloody knees and elbows after a trip on a rough concrete path. Stings a bit but should be OK for next weekend's marathon in Stockholm.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5km Black Park freedom parkrun Tue 00:33:00 Not my best run - I meant to follow the parkrun course but accidently took a couple of short cuts hence ended up doing the last 200m through the carpark. But a good photograph afterwards.
Simon Turton Marshalling Ride London Sun am Great day helping at Ride London. Big up to Steve for organising, Paul for team leading and the whole BAAC crew. There was lots of praise from the riders for the volunteers on the course.
Stephen Taylor  Race Marathon Edinburgh Sun am 04:48:02 My first non-London marathon. I started OK but after not many miles it was all downhill. Except it wasn't downhill. It was a bit undulating with a headwind from the mile 18 turnabout. I plodded from there to the finish. I'm happy that I finished, running the whole way, but probably not enough training in the bank to hold the pace.
Steve Hillier Cycling 8miles Bushy Park and Hampton Court Fri 03:00:00 A guided cycle tour of these locations, possibly familiar to parkrunners?  Lots of deer in the corners of the park, 241 Tudor chimneys on Hampton Court Palace [Ed: "Give or take a flue!"].

Week Achievement photos

Don't we get around! 

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 28th May 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Phil Howard University Parks 16 155 0:24:41 64.96% [non-member] 4th parkrun (all at different locations)
Alice BANKS University Parks 16 211 0:26:56 76.42% BA ladies and grade record.
Kerry Eastwood University Parks 16 252 0:28:33 53.59% [non-member / GBR team member]
Paola Howard University Parks 16 294 0:29:29 63.99% [non-member] 4th parkrun (all at different locations)
Roderick HOFFMAN University Parks 16 302 0:29:40 54.55%
Benita SCAIFE University Parks 16 363 0:32:36 65.08% All the 2s, 222nd parkrun.
John SCAIFE University Parks 16 364 0:32:36 52.91%
Paul PRESCOTT Bedfont Lakes 595 8 0:20:31 63.36%
Bob BANNISTER Bedfont Lakes 595 29 0:24:01 69.81%
Emma Moreton Bedfont Lakes 595 31 0:24:14 63.48%
Anne Bannister Bedfont Lakes 595 114 0:38:43 53.16%
Maria JOVANI Bedfont Lakes 595 136 0:56:20 28.46% Tail Walker
Sarah GORDON Bedworth 143 128 0:34:13 60.16% Improves upon her own BA age grade record
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 99 234 0:36:20 51.28%
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 878 104 0:20:41 71.88%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 878 1194 0:50:28 45.61% [non-member] Not tail walking. Equals PB.
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 457 12 0:22:31 62.99%
Scott DAVISON Crane Park 457 40 0:26:23 56.35%
Joe NOLAN Crane Park 457 68 0:30:10 56.63%
Paul TIMMS Gloucester City 137 28 0:22:35 70.41% New BA parkrun #650.
Paul WATT Hampstead Heath 500 38 0:21:35 72.43% Hampstead Heath's 500th parkrun. BA male and grade record.
Julie BARCLAY Hampstead Heath 500 133 0:26:22 70.54% BA ladies record.
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 298 164 0:36:30 64.16% [non-member] Stretching further away from Denis' total.
John COFFEY Hazelwood 140 89 0:34:39 60.65%
Steve NEWELL Henley-on-Thames 178 38 0:50:22 39.87%
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 159 32 0:23:45 63.09%
Michael Dennison Kingston 559 9 0:19:25 85.58%  
Petra OTTO March 254 113 0:50:22 43.48%
Trish MCCABE Pymmes 506 68 0:28:21 56.03% First BA lady at Pymmes
Murray Hogge Reading 553 29 0:21:35 74.98%
Jain REID Richmond Park 703 257 0:29:29 61.39% First time under 30 minutes since the restart.
Christopher T KELLY Rothay Park 46 105 0:48:06 32.22%
Barry WALTERS Sandhurst Memorial 52 67 0:28:59 58.42%
David DUGGAN Southall 21 69 0:31:47 51.34% PB by exactly one minute.
Ian CUNNINGHAM Tilgate 455 239 0:34:24 46.22%
Jacqui Musselwhite Woking 317 81 0:24:22 72.37%
Melanie Miller Woolacombe Dunes 112 124 0:49:43 35.47%

There was plenty of tourism this weekend as the weeklong jubilee holiday got underway. There was a great gathering at University Parks in Oxford which is getting very popular with an attendance this week of over 400. Six members new and old were running there all for the first time - Phil Howard (24:41), Alice Banks (26:56), Paola Howard (29:29), Roderick Hoffman (29:40), Benita Scaife (32:36) and John Scaife (32:36). Their tourism ratios are interesting with Phil and Paola 4 from 4 and potential Hoffman candidates, Alice Banks 55 out 192, Roderick 326 out of 425, Benita 82 out of 222 and John Scaife 90 out of 245.

University Parks parkrun group photoFurther afield, Chris Kelly (48:06, 63 out of 515) was at Rothay Park in the Lake District.

Several members are edging towards their century of different parkruns (the "Cowell"). Julie Barclay is now 89/239, Trish McCabe 89/364, Paul Watt 85/187.

Those already over 100 include Steve Newell (120/420) and David Duggan (105/405).

Mike Dennison equalled his pb at Kingston with 19:25 worth over 85%.

Alastair Heslop had a rare week off - Guildford parkrun was cancelled due to the presence of caravans in the park.

Steve Newell (still with PC problems hence the short report this week)

The unofficial club featured parkrun...

The unofficial Club Featured parkrun on Saturday was University Parks in Oxford [pictured]. Although claiming to be over from the US West Coast for his brother's wedding the Howards were using their time well with the parkrun and meeting friends and then getting to Monaco on Sunday for the Grand Prix. John Banks walked a lap of the parkrun course. Kerry Eastwood was there by chance as was Eleanor Bailey, who both me and John/Benita know through tourist encounters.

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Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

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