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BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th October 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] [parkrun run by club members updated 4th October 2023]

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

Results for Next Week

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 (please submit your October Mile performance by the end of the month for publication in 6th November digest):

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: [no need to submit if your best mile is one of the Arethusa miles, I'll check the tables].

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

Events Attendance - which events might you come to?

As an experiment I've added a poll to the Facebook groups for club listed events to be attended in November and December. This is only an experiment for now, in part because I know that there are many members who don't use Facebook. If you do then please open the poll and tick the events you may attend...or if you don't expect to attend any please tick the "None of these events" option. I've left the poll open so that you could add additional events that you have entered, or comment if you want to ask or clarify something.

BA Runner Facebook Poll - November and December Events

Only seven people have updated the poll so far...we should be able to do better than that.

Winter Five Mile Handicap, Round 1 # Results

The new 5 mile handicap series got off to a promising start on a dry evening with a cool easterly breeze and aircraft noisily taking off across Hatton Road and the Bedfont FC clubhouse and carpark.  The airport seemed quite busy.  Let us hope Covid remains subdued throughout the winter.

It was a rather gloomy evening and dusk had descended by the time most runners got going.  The countdown clock was started based on a 7p.m. target for all runners.  Heavy traffic caused three runners to arrive late and they were given a two minute allowance to compensate.  The lack of a warm-up may have contributed to missed targets, albeit by less than a minute in all cases. Scott Davison (44:35), less familiar with the course than the others, beat his own target by a handsome amount.

Last winter's series winner Paul Watt (33:45) picked up where he left off with another good run. Most of the runners were slightly faster over the first of the two laps, on average by about a minute. Alan Anderson and Mike Coombs opted for the one lap version which will always be on offer.

Take-away pizzas and curries were enjoyed in the clubhouse afterwards.

The next rounds will be on Wednesday 22nd November and Wednesday 13th December. These evening runs will be well after sunset 
and runners should wear a light coloured/fluorescent top and a lightweight head torch (if available). Some runners may miss out while attending a Pilgrim Fathers re-enactment ceremony in America.  I'm sure they will have a tale to tell.

5M runners (2 laps) Start Half-way Finish 1st half 2nd half 5mile Faster Slower ranking points New target
Paul Watt 1:34:00 1:17:20 1:00:07 16:40 17:13 0:33:53 00:07 00:07 25 33:45
Julie Barclay 1:39:00 1:20:03 1:00:40 18:57 19:23 0:38:20 00:40 00:40 21 38:15
Stephen Taylor 1:48:00 1:25:00 1:00:57 23:00 24:03 0:47:03 00:57 00:57 18 47:00
Chris Kelly 1:45:00 1:22:08 1:01:13 22:52 20:55 0:43:47 01:13 01:13 16 43:45
John Scaife ** 1:50:00 1:24:10 0:57:06 25:50 27:04 0:52:54 00:54 01:48 14.5 52:45
Benita Scaife  ** 1:50:00 1:23:56 0:57:06 26:04 26:50 0:52:54 00:54 01:48 14.5 52:45
Amanda Coombs 1:49:00 1:25:04 1:01:54 23:56 23:10 0:47:06 01:54 01:54 13 47:00
Steve Hillier  ** 2:00:00 1:29:06 0:57:02 30:54 32:04 1:02:58 00:58 01:56 12 1:01:00
Roderick Hoffman 1:54:00 1:28:35 1:02:21 25:25 26:14 0:51:39 02:21 02:21 11 51:30
Scott Davison 1:47:00 1:25:16 1:02:35 21:44 22:41 0:44:25 02:35 02:35 10 44:15

** 2 minute adjustments due to late arrival due to traffic.


Alan Anderson jogged around one lap (2.5miles) in 39minutes,

Mike Coombs walked around one lap in 46:20.

Steve Newell manned the clock and pencil.


Steve Newell

Milocarians Cross Country BA teamMilocarians Cross-Country # Results

After a long break, BAAC made its second successful visit to Sandhurst in as many years, to participate in the gruelling Milocarians Cross-Country. It is a 6 mile route through some of the steepest ups and downs for an event.

The team put on an excellent show with 7 competitors taking part. The team was led home by Adam [177] who again showed a clean pair of heels to most of the competition. John [176] and Mark [175] packed closely together in 2nd and 3rd. Keith [178] over dressed for the occasion wishing he had not worn tights! Colin [180] doing his 2nd XC of the season placed 5th and Tim [179] started his season posing for the camera as he crossed the finish line. He needs to try harder. Our final finisher Denis [181] completed our formidable team and I am sure everyone can't wait 'til next year.

Thanks to Graham for the support and being the team photographer. I am sure he would have preferred running.

Paul Knechtl

Green Belt Relay Team News

We have entered our team, and are very pleased with the keenness of response from last year's returnees, but will of course be keen to hear if anyone else is interested, as we never know what may happen...


Regards, > Chris Kelly

Bigger transactions for the Treasurer

We have been advised by England Athletics that individual and club affiliation fees will rise next spring.  Fees payable by BAAC will rise from £150 to £200, the first rise in six years.  Individual charges go up from £17 to £19, for those of you who choose to pay for this as part of your annual BAAC subs.

EA are keen to confirm the benefits that membership brings, including public liability insurance and legal support, coach and official training, reduced race entry costs...and if we have enough EA members, more London Marathon places.  There are many more benefits quoted.  Please take a look at the EA website for further details.

Steve Hillier

WARR Charity Donation

With great pleasure, we announce a donation of $14,233.00 CDN to our 2023 Charity, LiveDifferent on behalf of the World Airline Road Race participants of 2023.

It is the mandate of WARR to give to a local charity each year. 10% of WARR members' registration fees and sponsorship funds raised are part of this donation.  In addition to these funds, we are very thankful to Team Captain, Teri Seaboyer from Air Canada and her team who have collected $1,500.00 CDN from Air Canada employees to add to the donation this year.  

Live Different has advised us that the money donated will go directly to a house build they will start this week.  This was not a planned build for this year, but after we advised them what we had planned to donate, they were able to organize resources to come together to build a home for a single mother in immediate need.  We are thrilled to be able to see a charity donation have a direct outcome for someone.

Your International WARR Committee (IWC)

Recent Activity Achievements

12 members' achievements were communicated to me (plus the Milocarians team).

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Cox Green Three reports: Tues 24th Oct XC in 70m, Wed 25th Oct fast walk in 49m 57s, Sat 28th Oct cycle Cox Green/Ockwells Estate in 19m 58s.
Barry Walters Various Bracknell Thur 00:28:13 A short walk in the morning with 5x2 minutes easy jogging towards the end. No injury reaction. In the evening managed a virtual Les Mills sprint cycle session for 30 minutes. This made it 6 cycle sessions in the week, totalling 50k.
Benita Scaife  Race 5km Serpentine Last Friday of the Month (Hyde Park) Fri 00:30:54 Benita and John did the October running of the Serpentine last Friday of the month 5k in Hyde Park in 30:54…
John Scaife  Race 5km Sepentine Last Friday of the Month (Hyde Park) Fri 00:30:54 ...Pictured with Piers who recorded an excellent 24:18. We spotted Adrian Haines warming up in the park and sure enough he appears in the results with a time of 18:29.
Christine Munden HITT Weekend 01:30:00 45 minute HITT class followed by 45 minute Boxercise class with a 15 minute break between.
Emma Moreton parkrun 5km Medina I.O.W. Sat am Medina IOW parkrun - PB and 2nd female .
Piers Keenleyside  Race Half-M River Thames Half (Walton-on-Thames) Sun 01:51:26 Route was mainly on the towpath to Hampton Court and back. Weather was good for 20 minutes, then it tipped it down for the rest. Had a bad twinge in my back after 2 miles and had to walk for a minute or two but managed to get going again at a slower pace and kept my back as straight as possible for the next 11 miles. Finished 2nd MV65-69.
Jasvir Singh Modaher  Race Half-M River Thames Half (Walton-on-Thames) Sun 02:30:13 Lovely course, enjoyable.
Jain Reid Running Half-M Walton-on-Thames Sun At the same time as the half marathon, not racing but as a more interesting training run with a couple of friends. We were hoping to run further after we finished but were soaking wet and cold so called it a day. I have to say I loved it though! Really enjoyed chatting with other runners on the way round. It's a nice casual event if anyone's interested for next year. Not a PB course given the terrain, with plenty of puddles if it's been raining, but nice to run along the river with water stops and facilities at hand.
Roderick Hoffman Running 11.5km Canal to Paradise Fields Mon 01:24:24 Run to the beaver enclosure and back. I would have done a loop but the beaver enclosure was fully closed to enable the introduced beavers to settle in. Photo is of Dover Waterfront parkrun.
Stephen Taylor Running 13.15km Hounslow Wed pm 02:24:45 It was a long weekend run for me, a loop that took me past the old Concord Centre. Still trying to shake off the remnants of a cold.
Trish McCabe  Race 10km Tenby 10k Sun 00:56:32 Tenby 10k race in all sorts of torrential weather, gale force winds, hail and heavy rain.

Week achievement photos

parkrun Results for Saturday 28th October

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment / TUE Comment
Christopher T KELLY Alexandra 118 97 0:23:18 67.67% BA record male time and grade (from Ray Hampton), run #580, park #82
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 664 35 0:27:21 54.78% park #437, 285th at Bedfont Lakes
Joe NOLAN Black Park 683 171 0:28:41 60.14% 3rd run with age grade over 60% this year at Black Park
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 954 77 0:19:56 75.17% sub 20 for 2nd time in a month
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 954 569 0:27:12 59.50% 417th run at Bushy
Diana Smith Bushy Park 954 1242 0:48:46 48.84% run #44, all at Bushy
Joan FOXLEY Church Mead 81 53 0:40:51 58.30% 5th run at Church Mead "My favourite. The ploughed field was really tricky as it was recently done planted - and there were small green shoots all over."
Ben CHAYTOW Crane Park 529 17 0:23:38 60.93% 291st run at Crane Park
Roderick HOFFMAN Dover Waterfront 8 84 0:30:10 54.59% Wet, very wet. Run #471, park #362, New BA parkrun #776.
Harjit Jhooti Five Arches 6 159 0:30:30 58.58% New BA parkrun #777.  West Country,
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 492 Barcode Scanning at Guildford, 325th volunteer credit
Oliver MATHAI Gunnersbury 544 327 0:28:48 61.23% 51st run at Gunnersbury
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Gunnersbury 544 524 0:35:30 47.70% 210th run at Gunnersbury, P-Index is 6
Steve NEWELL Gunnersbury 544 626 0:50:02 41.04% 149th run at Gunnersbury, 12th anniversary
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 170 100 0:28:42 73.93% 63rd run at Higginson Marlow, 5th out of 85 in her age group all time list
David DUGGAN Irchester Country 136 125 0:35:11 46.80% run #485, first at Irchester (nr Wellingborough, N Hants), park #133
Benita SCAIFE Jersey Farm 181 180 0:35:19 61.02% first run at Jersey Farm, park #109
John SCAIFE Jersey Farm 181 181 0:35:20 49.34% first run at Jersey Farm, park #117
Mike DENNISON Leavesden Country 53 7 0:21:24 78.35% 3rd out 93 in his age group all time list. BA best age grade (from Julie)
Maria JOVANI Leavesden Country 53 12 0:22:17 72.70% F1, 3rd /out of 182 in her age group all time list. BA best female (from Julie).
Emma Moreton Medina I.O.W. 569 31 0:23:31 66.41% 3rd run. PB by 45s. Improves own BA ladies record.
Elise LAWRENSON Nonsuch 556 513 0:34:30 47.44% run #241, 202nd at Nonsuch
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 447 94 0:25:45 66.34% run #481, 49th at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 447 296 0:49:07 55.48% run #681, 129th at Osterley
Murray Hogge Reading 614 15 0:21:47 75.59% run #353, 314th at Reading
Jain REID Richmond Park 779 410 0:44:17 41.44% run #148, 138th at Richmond Park
Sarah GORDON Sence Valley Forest Park 4 113 0:45:45 45.68% 350th parkrun, park #145,  BA first lady. (David Cowell attended inaugural)
Trish MCCABE Severn Bridge 183 101 0:27:06 59.16% first run at Severn Bridge, run #438, park #131
Melanie Miller Southend 512 203 0:39:55 45.34% BA first lady to run at Southend, park #140.  John Wright scanning barcodes.
Paul TIMMS Tetbury Goods Shed 156 16 0:23:21 68.67% run #111, 25th at Tetbury Goods Shed
Adrian HAINES Tilgate 529 6 0:19:31 79.42% run #88, 9th parkrun of 2023 - 3 of them have been at Tilgate
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 116 Finish Tokens at Wollaton Hall, 89th volunteer credit
Fiona Bishop Worthing 299 137 0:25:06 80.74% Improves own BA ladies record (whilst not being her own best)
Paul WATT Yarborough Leisure Centre 36 14 0:19:55 79.16% BA first male runner, park #166.
Julie BARCLAY Yarborough Leisure Centre 36 33 0:22:15 85.99% BA fastest female and best age grade (from Benita), park #169

parkrun Review 28th October 2023

The last Saturday of summertime always feels rather dark and this year it was damp as well.

There was one parkrun inaugural in UK this week and it was clearly a well-kept secret, attracting only 28 runners.  The name “Riverside Walk parkrun” doesn’t give much away so I’ll help you out.  The river is the River Wye and the run starts and finishes at Hay-on-Wye. Some of the course is on a former railway track. There is a pay carpark (£1-an-hour, not too bad), toilets nearby (30p) – entry to both needs coins, so travel prepared.

The relentless growth in the parkruns visited by club members continued this week with two more added to the collection.  The Covid interruption inevitably caused a long pause in 2020-21 but apart from that an addition of one or two almost every week has been typical for a while.  It may not be carbon neutral but it must be good for someone’s economy!

This week Roderick Hoffman (30:10) went to the helpfully titled Dover Waterfront which started a couple of months ago while Harjit Jhooti (30:30) went to the sixth running of Five Arches (in Somerset) and reached the finish just 20 seconds later (assuming that both started at 09:00 **).  This is another parkrun which uses the route of an old railway track.

The anniversary of the launch of Gunnersbury parkrun in 2011 is always a joyful celebration with Halloween in the background.  Take a look at the Gunnersbury parkrun news pages to see what I mean.  Can you spot Piers Keenleyside (heavily disguised) who missed the inaugural but has run there 210 times.  Twelve years on, former member Mike Lawrence (2011 time - 21:57, 2024 - 24:16) and Steve Newell (31:57, 50:02) were among the survivors.  The inaugural attracted 163 runners, this week hit a high point for 2023 with 640.  The highest attendances – 5 consecutive weeks at the start of 2020 with 700+ runners - have not been matched since Covid.

Elsewhere there were some good performances and club records continue to be improved upon. Adrian Haines (19:31, 79.42%) came in 6th at Tilgate, Paul Watt (19:55) met his match in his age group at Yarborough (Lincoln) where Julie Barclay (22:15, 85.99%) topped the age grading list. Ian Haylock (19:56) was in the top 100 at Bushy, Fiona Bishop improved the club record at Worthing (25:06, 80.74%) - she has been even quicker there when much younger and a member of a different club!

** Osterley is the only parkrun I know of which uses the bell in the Stables Clock Tower to signal the start each Saturday. [Ed: St Albans originally used the bell of St Albans Cathedral but they found that they needed more flexibility]

Steve Newell

Matters Arising - 777 parkruns by Club Members

new parkrun completions by year

This graph shows how we have got up to 777 different parkruns having been run by different club members. Since 2016 we have been adding between 80 and 90 most years, apart from during the Covid19 lockdown. We are not going to run out - there are now over 2000 parkruns in the world including over 850 in the UK. There have already been 137 parkruns added this year, including over 40 in the UK.

John Coffey ran Bushy Park back in 2005. Then from 2009 to 2011 several members added their local parkrun or a parkrun from a location they were visiting. I started my touristing in 2012, hence the blue block on the bottom of the chart from then on. But other members have made significant contributions, and these are indicated on the graph. Colours are consistent across the graph - but some members have the same or similar colours. Note that running a new club parkrun only counts if you were a paid-up member of the club when you ran it. The fastest finisher is listed where more than one ran the parkrun on the day. Volunteering is ignored, due to a lack of parkrun provided reports.

In terms of total contributions, I've added 200 to the total, David Duggan 44, Sarah Gordon 38, Steve Newell 35, Benita Scaife 35 (John another 11), Richard Ruffell 34, Neil Frediani 27, Melanie Miller 25 (since 2021), Piers Keenleyside 23, Chris Kelly 22, Paul Watt 19 (Julie another 6) and a total of 259 by 54 other members (13 contributing a single parkrun to the list).

The club map is currently up-to-date showing parkruns run by club colleagues including details of who ran each first. The nearest open access 5k parkrun to Heathrow, not yet run by club colleagues, is Wickford Memorial in Essex at 75km, then Peacehaven on the south coast and the University of Northampton at about 85km.


And some trivia - my two recent UK parkruns have been Derry City and Dover Waterfront. Dover is the British Isles parkrun where the sun can be expected to raise earliest on these winter mornings whereas Derry is where sunrise is latest - about 50minutes later. I can't confirm that by observation - on Saturday Dover Waterfront had 100% cloud cover and the rain to go with it.

Roderick Hoffman


Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download or save a copy, and explore at your leisure.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

Running Shorts

"Congrats to those 'mad' but brilliant Abingdon Marathon runners. Best regards, 'Hasbeen Rayner.' "

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