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BA Athletics Club News Digest 31st January 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.

Monthly Mile (submit before Monday 14th February):

Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the Facebook prompt. The mile can 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.

Mile Participant Location Date How Measured Duration/Time Comment: e.g. event

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

Wednesday 26th January Five Mile Handicap

Run 4 26th January 2022        
  target actual faster slower 1st lap 2nd lap
Harjit Jhooti 1:00:00 1:02:24   2:24 31:30 30:54
Melanie Miller 1:00:00 1:02:32   2:32 31:30 31:02
Denis Foxley 0:50:00 0:46:00 4:00   22:50 23:10
John Scaife 0:52:30 0:52:05 0:25   26:00 26:05
Benita Scaife 0:52:30 0:52:05 0:25   26:00 26:05
Roderick Hoffman 0:47:30 0:47:21 0:09   23:30 23:51
Paul Watt 0:33:00 0:32:52 0:08   16:15 16:37
Julie Barclay 0:40:00 0:39:56 0:04   19:48 20:08
Running without looking at our watches we all managed quite even pace laps. I speeded up to finish paces ahead of Paul - mistake, I should have stayed at the same pace and even allowed Julie to overtake me. The impact on the series results will be interesting to see. Alan Anderson also pushed Ann round one lap. Thanks to Steve Newell for manning the clock.

The next round will be Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

Roderick Hoffman obo Steve Newell

January Track-on-Field results

There were none. We will shortly decide whether to boot or reboot this monthly activity.

BAAC Quiz:  Wednesday 26th January 2022, Bedfont

Quiz Night photoAfter the handicap run we had our annual quiz, hosted as usual by Linda Hillier supported by Steve. We were worried about numbers because Steve hadn't received any advice on attendance - but it turns out that Microsoft had been ignoring all of the baRunner forwarded emails (without notifying either end). This meant that insufficient food had been ordered, but fortunately the Duke of Wellington offer a take-out service so we had very generous second helpings at halftime.

Thanks of course to Linda for doing the quiz and Steve for ordering (and fetching) all of the food.

The quiz had six teams of three or four players and we managed to split the Taylors across two tables. This didn't stop them winning, but at least we've narrowed down to understand which of the Taylors are the quiz experts.  The win was with 98 points which was six points ahead of the next two teams. Those two teams had a very tight finish and the deciding question was in the final "odd one out" round.

A woolly Highland CattleAsked which was the odd one out of "Cow, Sheep, Goat, Llama"? the expected answer was Cow because "It isn't used for wool". The team that lost second place had suggested that a valid answer was Llama because "It isn't used for milk". However members of the audience were adamant that llama milk is a thing, and important in South America (and Google confirms that). However I'll leave on here another image from Google. That isn't me being a bad loser - the team with me in it came last by a significant margin so I'm clearly a very good loser.

Roderick Hoffman obo Steve and Linda Hillier

The next Club Evening is on 23rd of March when we'll be hosting our Club 2021 Awards Evening. There will be a run beforehand but then there will be time allowed to get ready for the evening of award celebrations. Food will be provided.

If you were the recipient of an award for the 2020 year could you arrange to have the award returned to Steve Hillier in time for engraving ahead of this year's event.

> Steve Hillier [using private email address due to previous problems]

Recent Activity Achievements

I picked up on 19 club members and friends reporting recent activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Fast walks 3miles Sun 00:46:20 Also on Thursday in 46:50.
Barry Walters Running 15km Lightwater Sun am 01:32:51 Did another long run around the Windlesham country lanes and after 45 minutes turned back for home. Began to struggle in the later stages. Conditions were frosty and dry with a slight breeze.
Ben Cooper Running 5km Vale of Glamorgan Fri lunch 00:23:25 I banged out this 5k on Friday very happy with the time relative to recent efforts. My PB seems unreachable now though!!
Benita Scaife Running 5km Menai freedom run Mon am 00:34:42 Having just missed parkrun by arriving in SYD on Saturday morning, we ran the course Monday morning from our son’s house. I had said this was 200 metres from the start/finish area. This proved an overstatement as there is a short alleyway I had not spotted on Google maps...
John Scaife Running 5km Menai freedom run Mon am 00:34:42 ... which leads to the park and which gets us to the start (by the bandstand in the photo) in 100 metres at most. We set off at almost exactly parkrun time (08:00) with the temp already climbing towards a forecast high of 31C and very humid.
Chris Kelly parkrun 5km Jersey Farm Sat am 00:39:38 Over to Hertfordshire for my brother-in-law's birthday... Popped into Jersey Farm parkrun for 39:38 of undulating enjoyment, before a very nice breakfast at the Potting Shed cafe
Clara Halket Walking 11.39km At the lakes Tue 02:48:50
Harjit Jhooti parkrun 5km Llyn Llech Owain Sat am Went to a Welsh parkrun. The name I can’t pronounce.
Julie Barclay Running 5km Woking Park Fri 00:30:00 Tom Rowley birthday run (see below).
Michael Ball Hill Work Sun 10 x120mtr hill sprints in 27 - 28 seconds.
Mike Dennison Running 21.26km To / from Hanworth Park Sun am 01:46:33 A beautiful run, cold, but lovely and sunny, 5k from home to Hanworth Park, where I marshalled for junior parkrun, then another 16.26k back home via a more scenic route afterwards! Coffee and toast to warm up when I got in. (5k in 24:46)
Paul Watt Running 11.4miles Rushmoor Sun 01:26:00 Three weeks until first ever half-marathon.
Petra Otto parkrun 5km March Sat am A bit of a lazy week due to other things getting in the way: just 1x exercise class, 1x gym, and 1x March parkrun. I wasn’t happy as I was 29 seconds slower than at Doncaster’s Sandall Park parkrun.
Piers Keenleyside  Race Marathon Phoenix Hopathon Winter Run Sat 05:06:21 I did my 179th marathon today near Sawbridgeworth. It was 8 laps up and down the River Stort. Found the trails a bit rough and muddy - so disappointing time. Picked up my biggest medal yet - we had a choice from leftover medals of previous events! ...
Pier's Mother-in-Law parkrun 5km Harlow Sat 00:56:53 ...Meanwhile Kathryn Keenleyside went to do Harlow parkrun and persuaded her mum, Bernie, to have a go. Bernie is 89 and she now has the age-group record at Harlow for 85-89 year old women with a time of 56:53 and age grade % 65.43.
Roderick Hoffman Running 16km Round-the-Block plus Sun lunch 01:50:00 Home to and from Western Road Southall Bridge and then the traditional Round-the-Block course in 0:37:22 (see below). No pictures so I'll include one of a walk this week at a now defunct parkrun course [answers on postcards please - but Dave Barnard will know].
Simon Turton Orienteering 11.7km Concorde Chase (on Hawley & Hornley Commons) Sun 01:35:00 My orienteering club’s big event of the season. Got out for my run at midday; nice weather and generally dry underfoot. Navigation not brilliant and made a few mistakes but I was pre-occupied with a foot injury I can’t seem to shake. Planning on resting it for a while now. Incl. 135m climb.
Stephen Taylor Cycling 30.30miles Windsor Castle and back Thur A bike ride for a change this week, Windsor Castle and back, 30 miles round trip.
Steve Hillier Cycling 16.5miles Hillingdon weekend Completed in the sunshine through Northolt, Hillingdon and Hayes End.

Week Achievements

Tom Rowley Birthday groupTom Rowley DaughterTom Rowley Birthday Run

Friday 28th January would have been Tom Rowley’s 95th birthday.

To commemorate, Paul and I met a few others at ‘Tom’s Corner’ in Woking Park: named because it was where he always stood, cheered and encouraged everybody around the Woking parkrun. On some days you can still faintly hear his whistles and laughs.

We were joined by Kay Trinder, Jacqui Musselwhite, Fiona Bishop and Barbara and Jo from Woking AC. Two VIP guests also joined us: Tom’s daughter Jan and his granddaughter Alice had flown in from Chicago to spend a week visiting family. For those of you who attended WARR in Chicago back in 2016, you may remember Jan and Alice.

We jogged the 5k parkrun course and then ‘toasted’ Tom with bubbles and cake in the bandstand.

The weather remained calm and as he would have liked, a good time was had by all.

Julie Barclay

When we were young

The last Tuesday in January always marked the day of the Round-the-Block race around the Cranford/Heston circuit around the then Concorde Centre sports club where we were based. The last race was held in 2020 and Jeremy Short remains its last winner, and Dave Barnard its last finisher.  It is one of only two events where I've ever been the first finisher - along with Mandavit parkrun in France and yes, that one has ceased operating also. I note though that the year I finished in first place I ran it ten minutes quicker than I ran the course on Sunday (not as a race).

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Results for Saturday 29th January 2022

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

Club parkrunner parkrun Run# Pos Time Age Grade PB? Comment
Sarah GORDON Belvoir Castle 3 249 0:43:08 47.72% 4 different "B" parkruns in a row / park#127, BA park #618
Paul WATT Bury Field 11 10 0:22:03 70.29% New Men's record and Age Grade (narrowly), park #65, Wilson Index 12
Julie BARCLAY Bury Field 11 40 0:26:32 70.10% New Ladies record, park #70, Wilson Index 13
Ian Haylock Bushy Park 862 79 0:20:46 71.59%
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 862 877 0:31:47 50.03%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 862 1246 0:56:54 40.45%
Steve NEWELL Clapham Common 115 634 0:44:52 43.83% Total of 8 BA runners, Steve has run there 6 times.  Wilson Index 115.
Alastair HESLOP Guildford Funnel Manager at Guildford
Trish MCCABE Gunnersbury 456 282 0:28:44 55.28% 4th run at Gunnersbury
David DUGGAN Hanworth 72 45 0:32:23 49.97%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 281 118 0:29:23 61.54% 150th run at Harrow out of 176 total parkruns
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 281 214 0:55:31 42.18% Tail walker at Harrow
John COFFEY Hazelwood 123 94 0:35:09 58.42% 97th run at Hazelwood
Alice BANKS Higginson, Marlow 91 79 0:29:05 70.77%
Melanie Miller Horspath 24 135 0:39:16 44.91% [and car park marshal] BA Ladies record
Christopher T KELLY Jersey Farm 94 211 0:39:38 39.11% 13th club runner to get a "J" at Jersey Farm [other "J"s are available)
Harjit Jhooti Llyn Llech Owain 382 40 0:32:04 54.99% 2nd BA runner (first since Aug14). Ladies record.  First parkrun in Wales
Petra OTTO March 237 115 0:44:20 49.40%
Bob BANNISTER Osterley 361 42 0:22:59 72.95%
Michael Dennison Queen Elizabeth 390 10 0:22:09 74.34% Men's and Age Grade record
Maria JOVANI Queen Elizabeth 390 25 0:24:11 66.30% Ladies record / 10 club runs by 10 different club members ("Q")
Murray Hogge Reading 538 15 0:21:45 74.41%
Ben Kelly Reading 538 17 0:21:47 59.22% 25th parkrun
Alan FRIAR Reading 538 163 0:32:41 60.17%
Barry WALTERS Richmond Park 687 178 0:28:17 59.87% first run at Richmond since 2015, fifth run of 2022
Jain REID Richmond Park 687 255 0:31:07 58.17% best parkrun since before lockdown
Roderick HOFFMAN Southall 4 Timekeeper at Southall
Judy TURTON Woodley 415 238 0:32:01 55.08% Also ran last week in 31:38

Running five parkruns in January hasn’t been a big deal in the past with two opportunities on New Year’s Day and then at least four Saturdays to follow but as we reach the end of the first month of 2022 a quick look back shows who has been fast out of the box to make the most of a fresh start as hopefully we move clear of Covid restrictions.  parkrun attendances are slowly recovering but are generally still well below pre-pandemic levels.  While some members (Denis Foxley, Roderick Hoffman, Chris Kelly) have been present as either volunteers or runners all five weeks only the following have hammered out 25km during the month – Bob Bannister, best 22:22:59 at Osterley;  Julie Barclay 24:15 at Raphael; Mike Dennison 19:54 at Osterley; David Duggan 31:11 at Hanworth; Murray Hogge 20:12 at Mile End;  Maria Jovani 22:10 at Osterley; Trish McCabe 28:05 at Rickmansworth; Melanie Miller 27:23 at Southall;  Petra Otto 43:51 at Sandall Park (Doncaster); Barry Walters 28:17 at Richmond Park and fastest, just, Paul Watt 19:51 at Raphael Park (Romford).  Melanie Miller has started the year in determined fashion with attendance at parkruns numbered #1, #2 and #3 already giving her a flying start on her quest to earn a Fibonacci badge in record time.

It has been observed that Steve Newell has been attracted to Clapham Common far more than any other member.  Steve often uses his bike and/or public transport to reach parkruns on a Saturday morning and has realised that the happy juxtaposition of his home, his local station, a suburban railway line to Clapham Junction and Clapham Common itself offers any amazingly almost effort free option to reach the start line with the option to gently cycle back by the Thames on the return journey.  In dry weather Clapham offers a flat two lap course and the start line and area has been moved to provide a far more enjoyable experience than the original.

There was just one new park added this week.  Sarah Gordon (43:08), no stranger to parkrun tourism, ran at Belvoir Castle which only started earlier in the month.  That makes 127 different parks for her and #618 for the club.  If you thought the previous total reported was 616 you were right.  A run by Simon Ashford (26:37) at Henlow Bridge Lakes in Bedfordshire last Autumn went unreported at the time.

Steve Newell

Other "J"s are available - As well as Jersey Farm I've run at Jersey (Channel Islands), Jells (Melbourne) and Jamaica Pond (Boston). Neil has also run at Jesmond Dene (Newcastle). There are then another 13 "J" parkruns worldwide including Jubilee near Durham.

Full club parkrun database - {read access to club parkrun database} - Download and explore (this is where I get most of my club stats from).

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

To the Editor:

This was received this week from a Run Director keen to promote their event. This then is being given more prominence than YOUR favoriate event, that might even be on the same date. Why don't you write in and tell me/us about the event you are planning on doing - perhaps even nominate it to be our Run-of-the-Month for the month that it is in?

Our race this year will take in a lap of Hastings Pier; there will also be free children's races afterwards on the pier; and there will be an extensive range of discounts locally on production of your race number; making this a great day out for the whole family!

Best wishes, Nick Brown (race organiser, club chairman Hastings Runners)


Hastings Runners flagship event returns after a covid interrupted absence for its 15th anniversary this year, and for the first time ever the route will include a 550 m loop of historic Hastings Pier on the outward leg. Apart from the start/finish outside Hastings Town Hall, the bulk of the race takes place on the seafront with a start time of 9.30 am. The event has raised over £56,000 during this period for St. Michael's Hospice to whom the race proceeds will be going.

The race has an entry limit of 600 with chip timing by Nice Work, and runners' race numbers will entitle them to 10% or more discounts for the whole family at many local tourist attractions, coffee houses, eateries, and on the pier etc. Full details will appear nearer the time on the event's website; see

The earlier start time, plus the huge attraction of running on the pier, free children's races between 11.15 am and noon on the pier, and the range of discounts available for runners and their families at tourist attractions, coffee houses etc, will make this a fantastic family day out especially for those from outside the area. See  for race entry details.

Prizes for 1-2-3 men & women; trophies for 1-2-3 men's and women's teams (3 to score); age category prizes with vets grouped in 5 year bands from M40 & F40 upwards; cash bonus for breaking previous course records (24.00 men; 28.50 women)

Please email if you would like any further information.

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