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BA Athletics Club News Digest 1st June 2020
Events - see below:
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Solo Events Calendar
All side-by-side races are off until at least the end of June, but the club continues to operate with the Solo runs listed above - these ARE still permitted but see the updated Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.
* Please suggest formats for runs with the "tba" in the above table.
This week the challenge is simple - just run one mile and submit your time, for instance by filling in the table below and forwarding to News@barunner.org.uk, by the end of Friday. The mile could be measured by GPS on your watch or by your phone and ideally should be a straight or circular route rather than an out and back due to recording issues at the turnaround point. Run on tarmac unless you'd prefer a different surface, or live close enough to an underused track.
I raised a Facebook poll on these challenges (https://www.facebook.com/groups/636199849751546/permalink/3099470773424429/) and I was surprised to see that the Solo Mile is currently the joint most-popular event, with the virtual 5k race, both with 16 votes. "Your-Street-O" is in third place with 13 votes. The reason for this poll is to get a feel for what events we might want to repeat during this lockdown period but also what we might want to continue with after the lockdown finishes. The poll will remain active and you can change or add to your "votes".
Next week we have a "Street Spelling" event as the midweek challenge. Those active on the parkrun Facebook groups will know what to expect from this, but in short you will be given a word and your objective will be to visit local streets whose initial letters spell out the word you have been given.
This will be done as a competitive event. You will be able to choose when you do this during daylight hours on Tuesday 9th through to Thursday 11th. At that time you will be sent a selection of three eight letter words and you can choose any one of them to run. Reply within an hour with your chosen word and start running because the clock will be ticking from that moment on. Once you get back home text to say you have finished and the clock will stop. If possible you should be able to provide a GPS trace of your run and photographic evidence of each street sign but allowance will be made for those without smartphones. There will be two winners - the person who completed the task in the shortest time and the person whose route was shortest (which could be won by a walker). Anyone unable or unwilling to leave their house at this time are allowed to compete to be the "shortest route" winner by plotting the route they would have used.
We need you to pre-enter this event, this is so that we can assign you a starter (of myself, Simon Turton and Jain Reid). Please send me the following details this week. I will allow late entries next Monday though perhaps with restricted start times:
I will send entrants full instructions over the weekend. If you are entering this (and I hope you do) then, obviously, it will be worth your while getting familiar with the various streets, roads and alleyways around you before your start time. I recommend a close examination of Google maps AND a non-virtual street survey.
Later this month Amanda Coombs has offered to organise a local run, more details nearer the time. I've moved my "I Spy" event to a weekend. In this you will be asked to spot various things as you run and I'll raise a poll in Facebook to ask for ideas on what we could be trying to spot.
Midweek Challenge Virtuality 5k Run Report and Results
Wednesday 27th was only two days after the Vitality 10k was due to be run so BAAC instead created the Virtuality 5K run. Instead of having a midweek activity to complete this would be run as a race where we all start at the same time on the same day. The exception being for shift workers or key workers who could complete their run beforehand. The idea was that WhatsApp would be used to start the run and, as near as possible, time the finishers as they reached for their phones, post race, and messaged that they have finished.
We had 27 entries with three runners completing their runs before the event.
Steve Newell, who is not able to get outside for runs at the moment, rowed 5K on his indoor rowing machine and posted a PB time of 19:45 as a challenge for any runner to beat.
Race day was hot with some people in the WhatsApp group questioning the sanity of running in the heat but in the end it cooled slightly but was still a hot run just the same. There was also talk of pre-race nerves as the time approached. First across the virtual finish line, according to WhatsApp, was Chris Kelly, very closely followed by Gary Rusher with Emma Moreton finishing first for the ladies. Timing using WhatsApp proved tricky as I was relying on the notification beep from WhatsApp web to press the timer button on my stopwatch app, when I discovered that messages that came in close together didn't always beep, which meant I had to pay more attention to the screen.
Once all the runners had finished I collected their actual times to refine the results. I'm sure that Chris Kelly would be disappointed to find that Gary had actually recorded a faster time than him and jumped into first place.
First overall was Gary Rushmer for the men and Emma Moreton for the ladies.
Other changes in finish order saw the Scaife's move ahead of Sarah Gordon, and Kelly Davis move ahead of Petra Otto. Other than that the order was unchanged. There were some close times too, with only 8 seconds between Simon in third and Emma in fourth and a further 5 seconds to Bob Bannister in 5th. Only 6 seconds between Steve Taylor in 7th and Trish McCabe in 8th. Only 3 seconds between Amanda Coombs in 14th and Alice Banks in 15th and also 3 seconds between Roderick Hoffman in 18th and Harjit Jhooti in 19th. John and Benita Scaife finished their usual 1 second apart. Good runs at the back of the field meant that nobody took more than twice as long as the first place finisher, with the exception of Piers Keenleyside, who walked the event in 'full wiggle bum mode'.
Shift workers may have had the advantage of being able run in cooler
temperatures, maybe helping Trish to a good time. Christine Munden may also have
gained an advantage by running with, or chasing after a fellow co-worker and
young Polish lorry driver who accompanied her run.
The Steve Newell challenge, to beat his rowing time, was narrowly missed by Gary, being just 7 seconds outside Steve's time, but notably inside Steve's previous 5K rowing PB as he had not been sub 20mins before this event.
Fastest finger award for the shortest time between their actual finish time and the finish message appearing on WhatsApp goes to Roderick, who only took 8 seconds to send in his message (too much time spent on his phone in lockdown?).
Slowest finger award to Piers Keenleyside, who took 3mins 4secs to message in his finish as he miscalculated the distance and had to walk a further 200m back to his car to get his phone. Gary took over 2mins also.
Hopefully an enjoyable event in the absence of many other races to take part in.
See the full results below:
SOLO activity achievement weekend 29th to 1st June 2020
31 colleagues recorded weekend activity achievements which is par for the course, despite a couple of regulars missing this week. In total, over the last 11 weeks 53 different colleagues have submitted 315 achievements (excluding the two weekend special challenges).
Several of us ran with family members or relatives. From this week we can run with family members AND relatives - or with friends. It'll be interesting to see how the pattern will change next weekend. Again, submit your best exercise achievement of the weekend by filling in the following form and sending it to me OR replying to the message on Facebook (or any other messaging format to me).
Surrey League Ladies Cross Country
This communication is from Surrey League Ladies Cross Country. I picked out the relevant information relating to the coming season (2020-2021). If you are interested in running this season, please do drop me (Ladiescaptain@barunner.org.uk) an email and pencil the dates in your diaries.
parkrun won't be happening anywhere in June but amazingly an average of 500 people are still signing up to get a barcode every week during the lockdown. (Worldwide, of course).
Hackney Marshes and Crystal Palace have silently passed their tenth anniversaries. Hackney Marshes has always been flat and fast - Male record (Pail Martelletti) 14:40, female (Naomi Taschimowitz) 16:35, overall average 26:03; Crystal Palace is hilly and you need to be able to run freely down a steep slope to get a good time - male record (Nicholas Torry) 15:26, female (Justina Heslop) 17:23, overall average 27:20. The Hackney Marshes event has been run 507 times and Crystal Palace 478.
Meanwhile Gunnersburyfriends.org has reported a fire in the cafe which, from the pictures, looks like it could take months to fix.
PS Cycling is allowed in Richmond Park again from Tuesday 2nd June but with restrictions. Only before 10am or after 4 pm (Mon - Fri) and only on some of the roads. Key workers at any time for commuting.
Standard Chartered Great City Race 2020
Hot off the press, Standard Chartered Great City Race:
Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes underlined]
In the UK exercise outside is permitted because it will boost physical and mental health and because the risk of catching Coronavirus outdoors is very low if social distancing advice is kept to. The relevant law in England has been updated (1st June 2020) and now says what you can't do, rather than only allowing you do do a limited number of things. The sections that refer to the activities of the club are "Restrictions on movement" and "Restrictions on gatherings". In short you can't stay overnight anywhere other than at home and you can't meet with more than one other person indoors or more than five other persons outdoors. Taking into account the law and official guidance we advise you as follows:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
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