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BA Athletics Club News Digest 31st July 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

Results for Next Week

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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

Track & Field 2023 – the final sprint

The 2023 season has ended for BAAC.  Nine weeks and six matches after our opening throws and sprints at Battersea, the curtain came down at the pretty St Mary’s track in Twickenham.

The venue is a university, and we were competing against students as well as athletes of our own age.  Mike continued his excellent summer of sprints, once again tackling both 100m and 200m.  His son, Kenny, had a blistering run in the non-scoring 100m, just failing to take first place in a tight finish.  Steve closed his throwing season by hefting the full weight hammer and full-sized discus, then we enjoyed watching an impressive 4 x 200m relay zipping past on the track.

Rosenheim League Match 3, St Mary’s Twickenham

19th July 2023

Event BA Participant Our Agegroup Time/Distance Position
100m Mike Ball M60 17.0 6th
200m Mike Ball M60 37.14 6th
Hammer (7.26kg) Steve Hillier M65 14.17 6th
Discus (2kg) Steve Hillier M65 14.24 6th
100m Kenny Ball SM 11.4 4th
Final Men’s Rosenheim League table

Overall Tables League points Match points
St Marys 14.5 141
Kingston 13.5 134
Epsom & Ewell 13 143
Woking 11 120
Walton 8 107
British Airways AC 3 18
Steve Hillier

Club July Mile Results

July Mile result graphsDavid was fastest this month and Alan Friar gets the "taking part" prize. Both of these performances were at the pre-AGM mile at Feltham track at the beginning of the month.  Bob, Ian and Mike ran various times at the Arethusa Mile, as did I once. I say that they ran various times but Bob didn't show much variation with 7:09, 7:08, 7:07 and a best of 7:06. Ian and Mike tend to be very close - but I've noticed a trend that if they are very close at the same event then Ian will finish one second ahead of Mike.

Runners in Bushy Park sheltering under a tree.

The Arethusa Mile continues every Wednesday in Bushy Park for anyone who wants to run a mile on a quiet road circuit against others. It is unlikely to be as wet as it was last Wednesday [picture - results announcements]. The best club miles for August will be published in the 4th September digest.

Roderick Hoffman

Big Half 3rd September

Thank you for your responses to the requests for volunteers.  I'm pleased to say that we now have a full squad for the day, all others can save their volunteering energies for future events.

Steve Hillier

Recent Activity Achievements

17 members' achievements were communicated to me. Your achievement not listed? It could be because you didn't submit it.

Colleague Activity Distance Course When Duration Comments
Andy Rayner Various Cox Green Monday fast short walk in 10m 2s / Tuesday Cox Green and Park cycle 22m 30s / Wed XC 47m 7s / Thurs fast short walk 10m 7s / Sat two laps Cycle Cox Green and Ockwells in 32m.
Anne Bannister  Race 10km Elmbridge 10k Sun 23rd 00:58:04 Xcel, Walton. 1st lady FV65 age group.
Ben Cooper Floating 0.12km Dead Sea Sat 00:07:03 Floating in the dead Sea followed by drinks at the lowest bar in the world with my BA colleagues on a day off, highly enjoyable
Benita Scaife Running 6miles Burnham via Boulter's Lock Wed 01:16:19 We ran from home to Burnham via Boulter’s Lock and Taplow…
John Scaife Running 6miles Burnham via Boulter's Lock Wed 01:16:19 ...Photo shows the well maintained war memorial in Burnham Park at the south end of the High Street.
Bob Bannister  Race 10km Elmbridge 10k Sun 23rd 00:52:28 Xcel, Walton.
Emma Moreton Running 5km Disney Riverside Resort, Florida 5k unofficial parkrun at Disney Riverside resort! So hot, 5k was my limit!
Jain Reid Running 21km Richmond Park loop from Chiswick Sun 02:28:33 Sunday 21k loop of Richmond Park from Chiswick and back. Still walking the hills.
Julie Barclay Running 6km Amberley Sun 00:33:00 A gentle run around the village of Amberley. Littlehampton parkrun on the Saturday followed by two nights at Amberley Castle…
Paul Watt Running 6km Amberley Sun 00:33:00 we stayed in the area to see the World Jousting Championships at Arundel Castle. The jousts were very interesting.
Keith Johnson  Race Half-M Southampton Half Sun am 01:48:55 I was pacing again, this time for the 1 hour 50 mins group so would say that is job well done.  This was in addition to parkrun at Houghton Hall on Saturday morning which I took easy knowing that I had the half on the following day.
Melanie Miller Walking 14.65km Talliores to Annecy Tue 03:06:00 Via a very big mountain climb and thru the forest, nearly 15km military march style in heavy torrential rain isn’t fun by anyone's standard - needless to say I wos cream crackered by the time I reached Lake Annecy with the fast ‘strollers’…lol
Mike Dennison  Race 7km Bushy Park Fri Evening 00:28:27 The Wedding Day 7k race. My second best time on the seventh time I've run the race - well organised as ever, and lots of friends there running and volunteering.
Petra Otto Volunteering March parkrun Sat am Marshal at March Parkrun. Plus the usual, very challenging Tuesday circuits, with 1/2 minute planks between each exercise, and rounded up with 1 minute wall-sits. Twice gym as well.
Piers Keenleyside Running 20miles Ealing Tue 03:42:07 My first 20 miler since the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May. 3 laps of an Ealing Eagles 10K training route plus to/from home. Started 2nd lap with other Ealing Eagles [picture].  Kept to 11 minute mile pace to avoid aggravating my groin strain.
Roderick Hoffman Running 16km Grand Union, Foxton Fri am 02:05:23 From the top of Foxton Locks to the Market Harborough tunnel mouth and back. Tight for time I had to rush away without visiting the locks…but returned on Sunday (photo).
Steve Hillier Running 5.7km West Harrow parks Sun am 00:45:02 A gentle running circuit of different local parks this morning:  Newton Farm West, Newton Farm Ecology Park and Alexandra Park.

Week achievement photos

parkrun Results for Saturday 29th July

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

Club parkrunner parkrun 10th June Run# Pos Time Age Grade Comment
Scott DAVISON Bedfont Lakes 652 44 0:26:23 56.79%
Kevin HOLLAND Brooklands 155 287 0:36:05 52.52% 33rd run at Brooklands
Ian CUNNINGHAM Bushy Park 941 852 0:30:25 52.71%
Diana Smith Bushy Park 941 1322 0:48:44 48.87% just four seconds slower than last week
Fiona Bishop Cassiobury 377 116 0:24:42 82.05% run #246, first at Cassiobury, park #74. BA best age grade.
Ben Kelly Dallas Burston Polo Club 71 13 0:24:44 52.22%
Alastair HESLOP Guildford 336 Funnel Manager at Guildford
Joan FOXLEY Harrow 358 201 0:38:12 62.35%
Denis FOXLEY Harrow 358 Barcode Scanning at Harrow
Vera Simms Hastings 360 184 0:28:35 68.86% [Membership check]
Keith Johnson Houghton Hall 219 42 0:25:08 60.15%
Paul WATT Littlehampton Prom 150 16 0:20:44 76.05% first run at Littlehampton Prom, park #152. BA fastest male (from Ian Cockram)
Julie BARCLAY Littlehampton Prom 150 67 0:23:52 80.17% first run at Littlehampton Prom, park #155. BA fastest female and grade (from Caroline Cockram)
Benita SCAIFE Maidenhead 366 243 0:33:37 64.11%
John SCAIFE Maidenhead 366 244 0:33:38 51.83%
Petra OTTO March 309 Marshal at March
Roderick HOFFMAN Market Bosworth Country Park 31 120 0:31:45 51.86% first run at Market Bosworth, park #357. BA first male and age grade record (from Sarah)
Mike DENNISON Osterley 434 20 0:21:01 79.78% 3rd run at Osterley this year
Maria JOVANI Osterley 434 34 0:21:50 74.20%
Piers KEENLEYSIDE Osterley 434 122 0:26:17 64.43% 4th run at Osterley this year, Gunnersbury invaded by Travellers
Trish MCCABE Osterley 434 163 0:27:37 58.06% 51st run at Osterley
Alan ANDERSON Osterley 434 351 0:44:41 60.98% run #668,118th at Osterley, best time this year, best age grade% since 2018
Jeremy SHORT Osterley 434 358 0:47:39 34.24% 10th parkrun of 2023
Harjit Jhooti Pegwell Bay 462 172 0:29:52 59.82% first run at Pegwell Bay, park #91
Christopher T KELLY Reading 601 50 0:23:40 66.62% run #567, 405th at Reading
Jain REID Richmond Park 766 221 0:31:12 58.81%
Eddie GILES Salisbury 353 217 0:29:23 63.41% gap of five months - then two weeks in a row!
Sarah GORDON Sewerby 536 262 0:40:28 51.65% New BA park #749. First run at Sewerby, park #143
Frankie HOGGE Shipley Country 250 13 0:21:44 68.10% F1, run #97, first at Shipley Country, BA ladies record (from Sarah)
Murray Hogge Shipley Country 250 19 0:22:14 73.39% first run at Shipley Country. BA first male and age grade record.
David DUGGAN Snowden Field 139 40 0:35:18 46.65% run #471, first run at Snowden Field, park #129. First BA male.
Bob BANNISTER Stockley Country 29 39 0:26:57 63.39% 2nd run, PB by 21seconds.
Melanie Miller Upton House 241 336 0:39:31 45.21% third "U", park #126.  John Wright was tail-walker (v)
David Cowell Wollaton Hall 105 2 0:19:25 73.05% 80th parkrun
Steve NEWELL Wormwood Scrubs 555 142 0:44:52 45.77% Nelson 555, Gunnersbury cancelled on Friday afternoon - caravan invasion

parkrun Review 29th July 2023

Osterley Park attracted the biggest group of our members this week (6) who were led home by Mike Dennison (21:01, 79:78%) and Maria Jovani (21:50).  The attendance was up on the recent average because nearby Gunnersbury had been invaded by some caravans on Friday afternoon and the park authorities there withdrew permission for parkrun to take place. There is a possibility that Gunnersbury parkrun will be suspended this coming week as well – keep an eye on the parkrun UK cancellations website listing.  parkruns often have to make way for concerts, flower shows, triathlons, etc. at this time of year. Alan Anderson (44:41) maintained his recent improvement and is now down to within a minute of his best time at Osterley in his current age group.(85-89).

Obviously you can only claim a parkrun course pb by returning to a park and running faster than previously.  Bob Bannister (26:27) did just that at Stockley Country.  Others prefer to wander the land (or even the world) seeking out new experiences, visiting a particular parkrun, run once and never returning. Roderick Hoffman (31:45) took his total up to 357 different parkruns at Market Bosworth and over 300 of those have never seen him again!*  This week’s first timers (maybe only timers!) included Fiona Bishop (24:42, 82.05%) at Cassiobury and Julie Barclay (23:52, 80.17%) at Littlehampton. Julie has only revisited 12 of the 154 different parkruns she has visited.

Frankie Hogge (21:44) was first lady home at Shipley Country and is 2nd out of 263 in her age group there.

Sarah Gordon (40:28) went where none of us had been before and tried Sewerby parkrun on the coast near Bridlington which has been going since the Autumn of 2011.  There are still some little gems to be discovered.  The club total moves up to 749. Who will get the 750th? Probably next Saturday.

Steve Newell

Matters Arising

* My reason for being at Market Bosworth was partly to celebrate a Hoffman Club member achieving her "Bailey" - 100 different parkruns in her first 100 parkruns. It is true that whilst on track Hoffman Club members never get parkrun PBs or PWs!

Restricted Access parkruns

There is now a parkrun operating in Belgium! SHAPE parkrun, near Mons. But before you all invest in Eurostar tickets I need to warn you that it is a restricted access parkrun operated under the UK flag at a military base. There are a growing list of such parkruns - the first was on the Falklands (at Mount Pleasant, the one at Cape Pembroke Lighthouse is open to the public, in case you are passing through), then there are now two on Cyprus (Akrotiri and ESBA) and recently one started in Naples, in Italy but again operated as a UK parkrun (JFC Naples). Like with the parkruns operating at correctional establishments, it is possible to get an invite to these parkruns, but you do need to know someone. There are currently 32 parkruns running at correctional establishments, 23 in the UK (including two that club colleagues have run at), 2 in Ireland and 7 in Australia.

Another way in which access can be restricted is by putting a parkrun on an island with a restricted ferry service. Inis Meáin parkrun started on the Aran Islands in Ireland a couple of months ago but they had an invasion of world tourists on Saturday using a hired ferry boat. Events 2 through 8 had averaged 20 finishers but Saturday's event had 261. For local reasons this parkrun starts at 11am. That means that anyone walking the event in over one hour doesn't finish their parkrun until the afternoon!

Inis Meáin didn't have the largest increase in attendance across the parkruns on Saturday - nearer to home Bicester attendance grow from an average of just over 200 to 682 due to an influx of visitors from the National Vegan Campout at the Newark Showground, including 300 members of the parkrun group Vegan Runners. Note that both of these influxes had been carefully coordinated with the host parkrun including providing additional volunteers - though perhaps in both cases the actual number of visitors had significantly exceeded the estimates.

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

Letters to the Editor

Surrey County Combined Events, Steeplechase, Walks and Track Relays Championships 2023

Please find below a message to all clubs affiliated to Surrey County AA:-

Would you please make your Club Members aware that the entries for the Combined Events, Steeplechase, Walks and Track Relay Championships 2023 are now open on Opentrack via the following link:-

Many thanks.


Lynne Reed

Honorary General Secretary, Surrey County Athletic Association

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