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BA Athletics Club News Digest 3rd August 2020
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Solo Events Calendar
Unrestricted races are still few and far between so the club continues to operate with Solo and Shared runs as listed above - for restrictions and advice see the Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest. For the shared activities we need to continue to work with the social distancing gap of 2metres. Any member can organise a shared activity by following the England Athletics guidance, filling in the risk assessment form and notifying myself or Steve Hillier that you have done so in advance of the event.
Midweek Challenge - The Heathrow and Solo Miles
It is the first week of a new month, so it is time for our mile runs. There are two choices this week - you can either join us at Heathrow on Wednesday for a run on the traditional Bath Road "Dream Mile" course OR you can do your own one mile course and send me the time.
Heathrow Bath Road Dream Mile - Wednesday 5th August start time 12:45. This offers a straight mile on well maintained pavement with no side crossings. There are usually a few pedestrians but on the whole we have the course to ourselves.
Starting at the eastern end of the course on the south pavement of the A4 Bath Road near Newport Road and the Heathrow Fire Station (what3words "///scrap,define,drop") with the finish at the parking sign post before the pump (not the post with the camera) ("///stroke.slides.comet"). Free street parking is available in Harmondsworth Village but allow plenty of time for your warm-up jog to the start. Alternately you can park next to the finish for a relatively small fee for an hour. Please tell me to expect you since I will need to fill in the risk assessment form to cover all those present.
If you are unable to join us on the Bath Road on Wednesday then you are welcome to run a solo mile elsewhere at any time on Tuesday through 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. Please submit your result to me by the end of Friday.
Club Time-Trial - results
Last Wednesday 18 of us ran on the same course at roughly the same time and for most of us that was the first time we had run together in four months. We also had David Duggan supporting me on timekeeping and both Harry Wild and Tom Rowley were there to marvel at seeing people running on the same course.
To help us remember who we all are, from left to right in the socially distanced photograph we have: John "every which way" Scaife, Benita Scaife, Amanda Coombs, Scott Davison, Denis Foxley, a group of picnickers nothing to do with us, Alan Friar, someone hiding behind a beard claiming to be Graham Taylor, Simon "still at BA" Turton, Julie Barclay, Paul Watt, Steve Newell, Roderick "race director" Hoffman, Harry "always ready in case he is needed" Wild and David "marshal" Duggan. Thanks to Neil "memories are made of this" Frediani for the photograph.
The format of the event was a time-trial designed to avoid a mass start, a mass finish or bunching on the course. The course was the unusual length of 4.3k - determined as the longest single loop that could be designed on Harmondsworth Moor without venturing out to Saxon Lake. The course was winding and it was undulating with five distinct climbs. The club owns 33 yellow-board arrows and I deployed 32 of them on the course to indicate each turn and the very occasional straight. Despite the arrows, and the contents of five large bags of flour, John still managed to go astray and passed other runners head on.
The fastest runners on the day were Mike Dennison and Maria Jovani. I had found 5k times for everyone and used these to reduce the likelihood of people running round together. It is pleasing to see how many of us finished in the 99% to 101% range against those 5k times.
No Covid-19 incidents were reported. The same format is being proposed for a Speedbird Ladies Race to be held around the end of August.
109 Year Loss
After the event, and entirely separate from it, Neil and I enjoyed a drink in
the Five Bells with around six running colleagues. For me it was a drink to mark
the start of my 60th year, for Neil it was the end of an era since he has now
left BA after 36 years' service. Julie Barclay and Paul Watt were also running
with us last week for the last time as BA employees - after a combined service
length of 73 years. The club does still have active BA employees amongst its
membership, but these are starting to become few and far between. All three of
Neil, Julie and Paul intend to stay as members of BAAC...though we may not get
to see Neil in the flesh very often as he moves to Newcastle this week.
Future Midweek Challenge - Street-O Norbiton
Next week's midweek challenge will be another Street-O event but this time instead of visiting the postboxes near you I'm asking colleagues to run a specific Street-O course in Norbiton and use an App to record their progress.
The image shows the location of the map with the circles showing control points. You are allowed to start your run at ANY of the control points. You then have one hour to pass by as many of the other controls as you can, and to get back to where you started from. If you take longer than one hour then time penalties will apply. The App, if correctly installed and started(!), will track your run and will bleep loudly when it gets close enough to the centre of each control point to count. If you have a Garmin watch and don't want to run with the phone there is a Garmin download which will also perform the function but it is said to be more fiddly to set up than the App.
I will let you do your "Midweek" run at any time next week from Tuesday 11th to 5pm on Monday 17th.
More details in next week's digest - but something for you to think about between now and then. You can pair up if you like, but do so within Covid-19 guidelines.
PS: If you want a head start then you can find out how to download the APP from https://slow.org.uk/about/poc/
PPS: And for those of us who take part in the regular South London Street-O series there is the news that this year's series is expected to start in September - though it may do so with an App run option.
SOLO Activity Achievement Weekend 31st July to 3rd August 2020
This week 24 colleagues recorded weekend activity achievements (although there is a hint that others were also active but didn't report, or did report but I didn't spot their reports).
CaniCross is added this week (this is where your run is enhanced by one dog power) and also a "normal" inside swim.
Please submit your best exercise achievement of next 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):
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 says that people can meet in groups of up to 30:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
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