BA Athletics Club News Digest 4th January 2021
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Unrestricted races are currently off so the club continues to
operate with Solo and Shared runs as listed above - for restrictions and advice see
Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.
As a new lockdown has just been announced we need to
anticipate that shared runs are now off the agenda until probably March. We may
also be restricted in the duration of exercises and the ability to travel to
them. More details when they emerge.
Club Event Map:
[Clickable link to Google Maps]
This week's Events
Please help me by sending me your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and
News@barunner.org.uk. Some events, such as the
weekend achievement, 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
There is no specific midweek challenge this week, it is the mile next week. But
you are welcome to get a head start on the new year with a mile, the
Track-on-Field or even an early Ross Barkley. Personally, in the last five days
having done the round LHR run, a double parkrun, the Ross Barkley and two GPS
Art walks I'm not going to mind being locked up at home for a few days! Though I
may need an extra supermarket trip to stock up on more chocolate and wine.
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that
will be added on Friday:
||Time or Duration
||Details or comment, and other achievements
Looking Backwards [Editorial]
We are all glad to have got 2020 out of the way and we won't look back fondly on
the year of the virus. But remember that we did achieve many great things in the
year, of which the list below is just a selection. Well done all for being
amongst the survivors.
Club Participation over 2020
The club would be nothing without its members and so looking back at 2020 I'm
focusing on club participation.
The first aspect of that is the "Round-the-Block" points table. This records
participation at the events that the club choses to focus on - our Cross Country
and Track & Field matches (do you remember them?) the Run-of-the-Month, the Club
In-house Event, our marshalling duties and so on. With so many events cancelled
this last year, and movement constraints, this has been a struggle, but we have
still managed to have 32 points scoring events [2019: 51] and 102 members and friends have
recorded points at least once  and 58 two or more . In December Chris Kelly became
the 9th club member to score ten or more points - joining myself, Steve Hillier,
Steve Newell, Stephen Taylor, Simon Turton, Gary Rushmer, Amanda Coombs and Neil
Frediani on the top steps of the podium . Three members fell short by just one
The full final Round-the-Block listing for 2020 is available here
Shared Excel File (read only).
The numbers in [brackets] above show the drop in participation numbers from
2019 but it isn't all bad news. I've been monitoring participation at a larger
set of events over the year - so for instance including the weekend exercise
achievement and midweek challenges. The graph below shows how well the club has been
doing week by week. In the early days of lockdown we had fifty performance
reports per week (note that some individuals may be involved more than once each
week). Recently the numbers have been down to about 30 each week and this
reduction probably reflects a number of points including that the role of the
club's events are not as important for mental health now than at the start of
lockdown. But it still demonstrates that we have a large number of willing club
The club will continue with the Weekend Exercise Achievement reports and with
the various midweek challenges - and we are always open to suggestions for new
Looking Back positively
What activity related events can we look back at 2020 and say, "That was
There are some great photos on Facebook for some of these achievements but sadly
the latest Covid-19 announcements have bitten into the time available to me to
prepare the digest this evening.
||Virtual London Marathon relay team, leg 26 (the long one) (Sunday
||Thanks to Roderick, Steve Newell and Joe Nolan for making it
||"Your Street-O" challenge (Midweek Challenge, late April)
||I enjoy Street-O and I was very pleased that I was able to bring it
to the club and had 25 members and friends taking part - running from
their homes to their nearest dozen or so postboxes.
||357 days active, 643 hours, 6,967miles covered. [I guess that much
of that was on the bike]
||Virtual London Marathon (4th October)
||13 laps with friends, on the wettest day ever!
||Finishing the Doha Marathon in January after things went horribly
||First BA lost my bag so the evening before I had to go out and buy
running shoes, socks and shorts. We had gone there expecting
winter sun but the start of the marathon was marked by a huge thunder
storm with buckets of rain. This left the course flooded with huge
puddles 6 inches deep. The course was 4 out and backs along the 5k sea
front - the 'Corniche'. After 2 hours my cheap sopping wet running shoes
started to rub my heals and for the last 6 miles I was in agony with
them now red-raw. I finished in a shade under 5 hours!
||The London Classics, almost.
||The Marathon went virtual as did Ride London and the Serpentine swim
was cancelled completely leaving me to do my own 2 mile open water swim
||Red Rock Canyon marathon just outside Las Vegas
||Toughest and proudest event though a personal worst marathon time on
a beautiful but brutal course in the midst of a torrential downpour!
Beyond that I maintained my position as 3rd fastest old bloke in our
village in our (virtual) 5 mile race and took part in one of the very
few races that actually happened in September - a very pleasant local
10k. I finished the year running a virtual ultra over 3 weeks managing
over 230km so there is life in the legs yet!
||W55 Hammer PB
||I managed to break my W55 Hammer PB throwing 42.65m in October. I
only had 4 competitions this summer so was happy to throw my furthest
||It has to be my favoured 800m track race in August at Worthing.
Bearing in mind that training was like extended winter training due to
COVID. I did one speed session a few days before in Chartres, France. I
would have been pleased with 2:15 ,but on the night ran 2:08 as a 53
||London indoor Championships at Lee Valley (Jan)
||I really enjoyed competing in the London championships indoor at Lee
valley back in January BC (before Covid).
||Cross Country double
||Two consecutive days in January running my last two real races, both
cross country with two different teams, were probably my best moments.
Made even better by flying to Cape Town shortly after the second. Also
of note were my two longest runs of the year in 6days at the start of
March, I guess that was before everything got cancelled.
||Blenheim Palace Triathlons on 12th September
||Four back-to-back triathlons at Blenheim Palace on 12th September.
My photo suggests I was the last to leave, and I probably was!
|John & Benita Scaife
||December Daily Dash
||Our achievement was the December Daily Dash. Minimum 5k run or walk
every day in December to raise funds for Sue Ryder palliative care and
bereavement support. We are in the Maidenhead AC team on Justgiving.
||Surrey Mercer Half Marathon March 2020
||1st ever half marathon in under 2hrs 30mins. The medal took two
weeks longer since it had got stuck on a slow boat from China.
||Big Half half marathon in March
||Achieved my half marathon PB of 1:31:02 at the Big Half with Maria
Jovani back in March, although the virtual London Marathon was also
memorable, particularly for the weather. Also managing to run 1751 miles
in the year (over 400 more than I'd run in 2019) - up until now I've run
more each year than the previous one, but I'm not sure I'll be able to
do that this year!
||Local run improvement
||Well, 2020 was meant to be the year I took running seriously again.
I signed up to WARR, joined this group and found motivation to put in
2-3 times my usual mileage on a regular basis (a big achievement in
itself). My most proud achievement is setting my PB on my lunch break
run getting down to low 17minutes. Last year I thought it would be nigh
on impossible to crack 18! At the height of summer my average time for
the year dropped to 17:59, its crept back up now though I've lost some
speed since August.
||SVP 50k trail run (August)
||I managed a 5k, 10k and half marathon PB before lockdown hit and was
excited for the marathons ahead as I felt on a roll. Then came lockdown.
I will be honest, I struggled even to leave the house, let alone run.
Motivation without the prospect of events was at an all time low.
Living on my own and not working since July made me feel very isolated.
So probably my favourite moment was my first actual event following
lockdown (August) - the SVP 50k trail run. With staggered starts every 6
mins it was still thrilling to be part of an organised event again. It
was also my furthest run to date (50k) and my 50th marathon, through
stunning Suffolk scenery (surprisingly hilly in places). I took it easy
with a lot of stops and walk breaks which meant it was a lot more
enjoyable than racing it - the smile on my face said it all. I'm
grateful for the New Year opportunity to reset and excited for whatever
|Jagjit Singh *
||PPE Fund Raising Challenge
||2020 was a really challenging year, although I managed to run 34
full marathons. What I'm most proud of is when I ran 800 kilometres over
May and raised £4000 for PPE for NHS staff in 3 local hospitals. I feel
proud to be a member of British Airways running club. I wish you and
your families a very happy New Year and I hope I can see you soon.
* We don't hear often from Jagjit but he is always there when we need
marshals. He has also sent me some photos showing how he has also been involved
with delivering medicines for elderly people and shopping for them from April
through to August. There are also others amongst us who have done considerable
support work over the last nine months - such as Clara who has been working
shifts in a local hospital, Christine who has been helping to ensure that all of
us (or at least those in West London) can rely on the postal service and Kelly
trying to ensure that education continues as much as possible. Well done to
everyone, including the quiet ones.
Reminder - the Ross Barkley is where you cover the 5km distance in a single session but split it down into short lengths or sprints with good recoveries between each section. You should still run a net flat course and shouldn't use the prevailing wind for your advantage!
||Treadmill at the (still open here) gym - 10x500m with 2m jogs
||parkrun course, with some soft sections. 20x250m with 1m recoveries.
Three results this month with Steve being the participant most improved compared
to a recent normal 5k time.
Round Heathrow Event - Solo and Virtual # Results
||Course and comment
||Starting and finishing at Hatton Cross. Managed to keep my feet dry
with the one detour on Harmondsworth Moor when the path ahead was
flooded. Slightly longer route in Stanwell via The Rising Sun pub & Oaks
||Anti-clockwise from Cranford. Witnessed by Gary Rushmer at half-way!
||Minimal loop from BA TBC - just fitted in within a lunch "hour"!
||Alternative course - to and around Richmond Park, at MAF pace.
Covid restrictions prevented this from being the usual group run but five of
us still recorded a finish to earn valuable club points.
December GPS Art Challenge
All of the artworks from last week this are now available for viewing in the
Facebook photo album at
Facebook BARunner Page photo album . This should be viewable by anyone so you are free
to pass on the link to friends and families. Those shown below are entries
received this week.
John and Benita produced a fine Christmas Tree though sadly Storm Bella
had taken out one of the limbs.
Michael has produced a simple snail though he suggests that like last
week's Swan this was unintended.
Ben's depiction of a shoe was the only thing that jumped out at him when
he considered what to draw within streets local to himself.
Janet has drawn a hammer to mark the event that has given her so much
success over her athletics career. I'll hazard a guess that this is her
largest ever hammer throw.
Finally a couple more from me, both done as walks.
The Wolf above is drawn on a particularly large canvas, 11 miles in
length. The fishing lakes in Northala Fields are ideal to shape ears and
the nearby bend in the canal form the front of the face - and that sets
the scale for the rest of the figure.
The final exhibit is not an original piece but was originally paced out
and cut into the chalk hillside near Uffington (now near Swindon). This
was originally created 3,000 years ago and without the aid of GPS and
without having an image traced in Google Maps.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 1st to 4th January 2021
This week 24 members and friends reported activities. Please try to make future
submissions by Monday 5pm, or 6pm at the latest, either by email to me or using
the "Prompt" in Facebook.
||Short Heathrow Loop over lunchtime from TBC - see above.
||Back on the Ironman challenges
||Tres muddy. Also 2.2miles on Tuesday in 30:50 and on Sun in 30:40.
||Coral Reef and beyond
||Ran over the Coral Reef bridge and on before turning round. No time
taken as watch requires new battery.
||BAMC - CWL route
||New year, new route. GPS verified 5k, much faster than I thought I
was capable of!
||To Bourne End
||Unplanned to Bourne End. We left bound for Marlow but after a
1/4mile the mire was over the top of our trail shoes and we diverted to
BE via Cookham. As we descended Winter Hill we saw that Cock Marsh
ahead of us was inundated…
||Roxbourne Park and Nature Reserve
||With some very muddy bits.
||First (not)parkrun of 2021.
||Waterloo to Putney
||Too cold today to do the original plan of the 16 bridges walk that I
did in the summer.
||Chiswick to Battersea
||I was expecting rain/snow so was pleasantly surprised with a
gloriously sunny winter day and enjoyed seeing a few Xmas trees on some
of the boats.
||To Bourne End
||...We crossed the boardwalk that spans the seasonal lake, leading us
to the railway bridge over the Thames with a footpath linking the
Cookham and Bourne End banks.
||With Paul, the stretch from the River Wey to Brookwood (more on this
in a future issue)
||Windsor / Datchet
||Wandering round Windsor to Datchet along the river then back thru
Xmassy Eton a nice crisp sunny Sunday
||10x25sec hill sprints
||A standard 11 miles for me, round Bushy Park and the riverside - not
as busy as I expected it to be, maybe the dampness earlier put some
||In the snow and ice. 2 falls, loads of scratches, -5c windchill.
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||Includes a 2.54 mile walk to the town centre for shopping. My slow
run (first one this year) was a full circle around the edge of our town.
Saw the first daffodils in full bloom.
||Ealing to Richmond and back
|| It brought my weekly mileage to over 50 for the first since
September 2019 - over 15 months ago.
||Osterly and Northala Fields
||1st January freedom parkrun double. Start times of 12:03 and 13:02.
||A parkrun sandwich - to, round and back from Northala Fields parkrun
||Exploring secluded paths and streams mostly in Hillingdon, including
Lime Tree Park in Northolt.
Street-O Series Update
There have been four events in this year's winter series and in the series
table I am currently sitting at the dizzy heights of ninth place. However, top
of the tree is currently Simon Turton. Yes, if the series had to be suspended
with immediate effect then Simon would be the champion. There is a next event
planned, within Richmond Park for anytime in January, but with the latest
lockdown just announced we can expect the situation to change - I doubt if the
South London Street-O series counts as an "Elite Sport". And do I hear calls
from the Turton household of "Stop the count!".
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
provided social distancing advice is kept to. The
switch of London from Tier 3 to Tier 4 means we are no longer able to organise
club runs. Everyone in Tier 4 is also subject to a "Stay at Home" order so
unnecessary travelling should be minimised. It is still permitted to travel for
your exercise but you should be avoiding public
transport where you can. [to be updated
once the latest lockdown rules are published]
- Do not exercise outside the house if you have
been asked to isolate or you are unwell, particularly if you have
symptoms of the coronavirus such as a fever, or if you share a house with
someone who has these symptoms, or if you consider yourself to be vulnerable, such as being elderly
or with pre-existing
- You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces
irrespective of distance, but you should follow social distancing guidance
whilst you are there. Advice is to reduce public transport and shared
car journeys and do not cross the "Tier 3" boundary
(in either direction), [to be updated once the
latest lockdown rules are published]
- Tier 4 rules only allow you
to exercise on your own, with people in your linked household (bubble), as
part of child care or with one other person.
- As you exercise, keep 2m away from all others
including those you run with as well as those you meet on the run, by default diverting around
those you meet (don't leave it up to them to avoid you),
- Do not push yourself too far, this may weaken your defences against the
virus and/or increase the probability of requiring assistance. We all have
different limits so you need to judge what would be too far for you,
- If government instructions are updated to limit or prevent exercising
outside your homes, or to meet with fewer people, please respect such instructions - we should be fighting
the virus, not authority.
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
- Put your needs first...
- but please let me (Roderick
Steve Hillier know of your condition/status, but we will keep it to
ourselves unless you ask us to pass information on.
For club shared activities we recommend the social
distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be
followed during the activity itself. Club activities
are not permitted in Tier 4 or during full lockdown. In other tiers any club member can organise a shared
activity. To legitimize a run with more than six participants:
chairman (Roderick) or the
(Steve Hillier) must be notified in advance that the event is taking
- One of the participants must be a paid-up member of the BA Athletics
Club and must be prepared to perform the duties of a "Covid-19 Coordinator",
if more than six attend we recommend that that member wears a BAAC top or distinctive clothing,
- Participants, and the activity, should not
cross the "Tier 3" boundary or the "Tier 4"
boundary (in either directions).
- A risk assessment has to be raised based on
- The considerations within the risk assessment must be followed,
- After the run perform a review of the risk assessment and log and pass
on any issues or lessons learned.
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