BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th April 2021
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This Week's Solo Events
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News@barunner.org.uk. Some events, such as the
weekend achievement, will have "Prompts" set up in
These allow the posting of a single image and some text and make it easy to flip
through everyone's entries.
Solo Mile (submit before Monday 12th April):
Run one mile and send me your time or add the details to the
Facebook prompt. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing
your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs over
year. Alternately join in at Feltham on Thursday.
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
This Week's In-Person Events - please register in advance.
Please provide suggestions.
On Thursday 8th April at Feltham Track we'll have an in-person one mile run.
The start will be at 12:30 so please arrive before that to conduct your warm-up
and any other preparation. It is important that we know how many people to expect at these events -
please register your interest even if you are only a 'possible'.
>Roderick Hoffman (register interest)
Future In-Person events - last week's Bedfont Lakes run attracted 16 of us
and the Winter Handicap nine. It'd be good to have one "in-person" event each week from now
on - at a variety of times and locations. I've raised a poll in Facebook to see
who is interested in what events. Please use this to suggest your attendance and
you can also add your own suggestion. All will be discussed on Wednesday evening
at our club committee meeting.
Winter Handicap - Third Run Result
The third run of the winter 5 mile handicap series was held in good
conditions on Wednesday 31st March 2021. With the Covid19 lockdown in
England having been imposed just after Christmas this was the first opportunity
of the year to hold a group activity (albeit socially distanced). The 2 x 2.5
mile lapped course introduced because of the road works near Feltham Station was
retained although access to the football club car park was blocked and the runs
started and finished on the Hatton Road footpath with the distance between three
lamp posts added. It is planned to hold a fourth and final run on
Wednesday 28th April.
Runners were again encouraged to run the course without referring to a watch
and the majority slowed measurably on the second lap so debutant Harjit Jhooti
is to be congratulated on a very steady run with almost identical splits.
Amanda Coombs again ran a well judged five miles close to her target. Paul
Watt lowered his course record to 34:21 while Julie Barclay set a new ladies
mark of 36:44. Former event record holder Gary Rushmer made his first
appearance of the season and ran an encouraging first lap but retired to prevent
aggravating what we hope was just a minor muscle strain.
March Ross Barkley Results
||Sonning Thames Loop
Just two results this month - including my slowest Ross Barkley ever, perhaps
because I did it whilst others were running the same course at a constant pace
resulting in me not fully recovering before setting off again each time.
New Month, New Year
Reminder: As usual, 1st April is the start date of the new Athletics Club
year. £9 for BAAC and £15 for England Athletics - so you need to submit either
£9 or £24 - same rates as last year - and the same BAAC bank account too. Many
thanks - from your Treasurer,
(Treasurer@barunner.org.uk). Thanks to those already paid,
submitted, or scheduled!
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 2nd to 5th April 2021
This week 26 results are listed for members and friends and it is
great to see that four of them were in three actual races - racing
against other people, in the flesh!
||Ardingly 5k RACE - didn't feel great so the time was
actually quite respectable.
||Repeat of the 1mile every hour for 12 hours event. Not any
easier than when I did it in December, although the weather was
better [great achievement, but 25seconds slower]
||Great conditions and PB. Also 43:10 3miles on Thursday.
||Conditions were dry underfoot with a cool breeze blowing.
Felt ok and completed second half quicker, might have been
slightly more downhill.
||Nothing to shout about. Felt rubbish, did rubbish! [Ed: but
you were out there!]
||Regular route to Marlow
||Passes the Brick and Tile Works at Pinkneys Green (National
Trust). This started in the early 1800s and produced terracotta
tiles as well as bricks [and the dragon on Alice Bank's roof].
||Up a few hills, and around some skittish ponies - steady
||Base run this lovely sunny morning with 2km warm up walk
taking in the military trails and heathlands, 21.53km/2:31:03
||Ruislip Common and Lido
||Joan also ran, doing 4 miles in about 55 minutes.
||4 day streak
||4 day run streak over the Easter weekend which I’ve never
done before. Included a (not)parkrun, 8 miler and speedwork. 18
||Brookwood Cemetery (Woking)
||Able to meet up with Julie, Paul, Tom R and Kay at
Brooklands parkrun course. A windy one.
||Richmond Park and back
||My usual Chiswick to Richmond Park circular. Didn't look at
my watch so MAF went out the window.
||I graduated from Couch to 5k on Friday. Will try to keep up
the 30 min runs at least once a week.
||Regular route to Marlow
||The route has benefitted from the dry spell. What were mud
pits a month ago are now dry but pleasantly soft underfoot,
enabling our fastest time this year.
||St Albans 10k
||RACE - See below and further down
||Kempton Park Half Marathon
||Worst half marathon RACE I have ever done, freezing cold and
windy, multi-laps. My thigh hurt so bad I nearly quit with a
mile to go. Still, I got round thanks to Emma Caudwell and we
finished with smiles!
||Symondsbury circular via Golden Cap
||A golden sunny day, 692 meters of climbing in the round trip
from Symondsbury return via Chideock but views to die for. A
grand day out as W&G wud put it!
||Horsell Common, Woking
||5 x laps trail circuit with hills 70 second ish with 4mins
||The best (though shortest) run of five over the weekend.
Total distance covered over 34km.
||St Albans 10k
||RACE - Lifetime PB. See below
||Ealing to Richmond Lock and back
||My usual Sunday 10 miler again taking in Kew Bridge and
Richmond Lock. Averaged pace of 10:53 with heart rate of about
130 (well above MAF prescribed rate of 120).
||Woodley South Street-O
||Richmond and back
||A nice run down to the Thames and back in the cool morning
||Yeading Brook to South Ruislip
||The mud is drying out and I returned with (almost) clean
trainers. I was accompanied by a brisk NorthEasterly wind,
very welcome when behind me.
Jane Harbert also said "You all put me to shame with your exercise
efforts. I'd love to run 12 miles over 12 hours but couldn't even manage
that in 12 days!" but neglects to say how many times the rest of us
would have fallen over on the Nordic skis had we tried her exercise.
I ran the Woodley South
Street-O that Simon reported on having run twice over the previous
month. How did we compare? Simon's best distance and time for all of the
controls was his second run at 55:10mins and
10.9km. My performance for all of the controls was a slower 1:10:25mins
but a shorter 10.2km. We compared routes and over one portion of the map
they differed...but not by 700m. Simon was using his smart phone for his
results whereas I was using my Garmin watch (each using the "MapRunF"
application, my Garmin recorded an even shorter 10.02km). So what is to
be believed? I'm inclined to believe the time generated by each device
but not the distances. Smart phones generally measure your location and
distance travelled using triangulation to nearby phone masts whereas the
Garmin uses triangulation to distant satellites. However it is the
raison d'être of Garmin watch GPS to be accurate whereas with
Smartphones it is more of an afterthought. My guess is that I probably
ran further than 10.2km and Simon less than 10.9km and that perhaps I
ran about 200m shorter than he did. But still much slower.
What a good week this has been with some restrictions lifted
and the chance to run with or against others having returned. To
renew old acquaintances and rivalries is something that we have
all been missing. Whether a social get-together or competitive
racing, it is great being able to run again.
The week started with the usual well organised Bedfont winter
5 mile handicap on Wednesday evening where nine of us met to
run/jog the course and shake off some of the cobwebs. This was
quickly followed by Julie and I competing in the St. Albans
Easter 10k on Friday. As mentioned last year, a very well
organised event on a very user-friendly course....well worth
entering if you like 10ks.
All I am saying is that it is so good to have these runs
available again and long may it last.
In the St Albans 10km there were 542 competitors including 81 in Paul's age band of
which he finished 17th, and 56 in Julie's with her finishing
BA Athletics Club Records - 10km
The table below shows the club records held for the 10k distance.
To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and timed and the
runner has to be a paid-up member of the club and running in a club vest (or in
an in-house organised event - but on an accurately measured course). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may
need permission from their first claim club for them to run in a BA vest and
claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different
|ROAD - LADIES (OPEN)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV35)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV40)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV45)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV50)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV50)
||St Albans 10k
|ROAD - MEN (OPEN)
|ROAD - MEN (MV40)
|ROAD - MEN (MV45)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50)
|ROAD - MEN (MV50)
|ROAD - MEN (MV55)
|ROAD - MEN (MV60)
|ROAD - MEN (MV65)
|ROAD - MEN (MV70)
If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best
shape possible. New records or questions:
*John Coffey's MV60 record of 39:12 (so well under 40 minutes!) was covered
in issue 64 of Round-the-Block but only because John submitted an article
himself. Indeed there is an article on current records in that issue that
reports John to hold the record at 39:31, set in April's Watersplash event.
Clearly he went even better in June. John had just hit 60 and was making a
determined effort to capture club road records many of which had been set and
held by Tom Rowley. John ended up with a near complete set - just missing out on
the Marathon (now held by Ray Hampton) and the 5k (set and held by Brian
**Julie's time in the St Albans 10k last week has not yet been ratified but
does appear to be a new FV50 record. Well done, though you may not get a
Christmas Card from Helen this year.
WARR 2021 Survey - feedback required
"WARR", the World Airline Road Race", is well featured in the 10k records
listed above. Both the 5k and 10k have been well contested events over many
years. The first WARR was held in 1982. Last year has been the first year since
then without a WARR event. The International Committee responsible for the event
is currently considering what to do this year and has raised a questionnaire to
get everyone's views. The link to this is here:
and the survey closes on April 10th. If you are airline staff or you have
considered attending previous WARR events then please provide your feedback.
Di Smith's Challenge
hoping to raise some funds for the Stroke Association through their
"Stride for Stroke" challenge. All I have to do 1.2 million strides in
120 days - simples!! If anyone feels like sponsoring my efforts, even if
it's only a couple of quid or a fiver, I'd be very grateful.
Di's "Stride for Stroke"
Di has featured recently in these pages since she still holds club records
for the 1 Mile (FV45) and Marathon (FV45). She is taking on this challenge
whilst, or as part of, recovering from a stroke in 2018 and also having had both
hips replaced. 10,000 steps a day for 120 days will be a tough challenge in such
circumstances so please consider giving her encouragement.
Last Saturday parkrun had another recent record with 507 events and 55,876
participants plus 5,322 volunteers.
Junior parkrun is due to restart in the UK on Sunday (for under 11s only) -
initially only at a limited number of venues, where the teams and landowners are
ready, but more should swiftly follow.
The date for UK 5k parkruns to return is still 5th June depending on the
government roadmap being met and each team and landowner being willing and
The government has confirmed that we will enter
stage two of the roadmap out of lockdown on 12th April. This stage makes no
difference to what we can do exercising outside, although it is more likely that
we will be able to get a drink or a meal after we exercise - albeit only in
groups of up to six (or two households) - but we will be able to sit down!
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.
- 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
but you are advised to stay 'local' (defined as "in
the village, town, or part of the city where you live."), you are also
advised to minimise the amount of time spent outside your home and
you should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are out. Further
advice is to reduce public transport and shared car journeys and
if reinstated do not
cross the "Tier 3" boundary (in either direction).
- Current rules allow informal groups of up
to six (or two households) to meet outside and exercise
- 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.
Shared club activities are permitted.
Any club member is permitted to organise
a shared activity. We recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although
"1meter+" can be followed during the activity itself. Until everyone has had the opportunity to be protected
by the vaccine all participants should continue to follow the social distancing
rules. 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,
- If the tiers are reintroduced then 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 activity perform a review of the risk assessment and log and pass
on any issues or lessons learned.
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