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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th April 2021

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Roderick Hoffman

This Week's Solo Events

Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to 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 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 the last year. Alternately join in at Feltham on Thursday.

Participant Location Date Start Time Duration/Time Comment

Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:

Participant Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
e.g. Running

Roderick Hoffman

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.

   Target actual difference points Lap 1 Lap 2 Slowed by
Amanda Coombs 44:30 44:17 00:13 25 21:37 22:40 01:03
Paul Watt 34:45 34:21 00:24 21 16:54 17:27 00:33
Steve Hillier 54:30 55:06 01:12 (x2) 18 26:00 29:06 03:06
Julie Barclay 38:00 36:44 01:16 16 18:10 18:34 00:24
Steve Taylor 44:00 41:49 02:11 15 20:47 21:02 00:15
Harjit Jhooti 54:30 50:53 03:37 14 25:20 25:33 00:13
Roderick Hoffman 50:00 52:14 04:28 (x2) 13 24:08 28:06 03:58
Gary Rushmer 40:00 dnf 05:00 1 18:09 dnf

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.

Steve Newell

March Ross Barkley Results

Date Run Participant Location Net Time Total time Comment
2-Mar-21 Chris Kelly Sonning Thames Loop 00:21:14 10x0.5km
30-Mar-21 Roderick Hoffman Bedfont Lakes 00:27:34 00:42:48 16 sections

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.

Roderick Hoffman

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, Chris Kelly ( 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!

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Running 5km Ardingly Showground Mon am 00:17:35 Ardingly 5k RACE - didn't feel great so the time was actually quite respectable.
Amanda Coombs Running 12miles Phoenix P12 Sat 01:46:27 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]
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sun 00:48:50 Great conditions and PB. Also 43:10 3miles on Thursday.
Barry Walters Running 15.5km Swinley Forest Sat am 01:27:42 Conditions were dry underfoot with a cool breeze blowing. Felt ok and completed second half quicker, might have been slightly more downhill.
Ben Cooper Running 5km Cardiff Sat pm 00:27:43 Nothing to shout about. Felt rubbish, did rubbish! [Ed: but you were out there!]
Benita Scaife Running 4.5miles Regular route to Marlow Fri 00:45:17 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].
Chris Kelly Running 13.1miles Local 01:50:13 Up a few hills, and around some skittish ponies - steady progress.
Clara Halket Running 21.53km Ranges Sun am 02:31:03 Base run this lovely sunny morning with 2km warm up walk taking in the military trails and heathlands, 21.53km/2:31:03
Denis Foxley Running 5.5miles Ruislip Common and Lido 01:07:00 Joan also ran, doing 4 miles in about 55 minutes.
Emma Moreton Running 18miles 4 day streak 4 days 4 day run streak over the Easter weekend which I’ve never done before. Included a (not)parkrun, 8 miler and speedwork. 18 miles total.
Harjit Jhooti Walking 8.66km Brookwood Cemetery (Woking) Sun 03:16:36
Jacqui Musselwhite Running 5km Brooklands Able to meet up with Julie, Paul, Tom R and Kay at Brooklands parkrun course. A windy one.
Jain Reid Running 20.73km Richmond Park and back Sat am 02:20:37 My usual Chiswick to Richmond Park circular. Didn't look at my watch so MAF went out the window.
Jane Harbert Nordic Skiing 6.35miles Keystone Gulch 01:39:00 Beautiful weather.
Janet Smith Running 4.74miles Datchet Fri am 01:08:55 I graduated from Couch to 5k on Friday. Will try to keep up the 30 min runs at least once a week.
John Scaife Running 4.5miles Regular route to Marlow Fri 00:45:17 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.
Julie Barclay Running 10km St Albans 10k Fri 00:45:50 RACE - See below and further down
Kelly Davis Running 13.3miles Kempton Park Half Marathon Sat 02:39:00 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!
Melanie Miller Walking 16.1km Symondsbury circular via Golden Cap Fri 05:26:07 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!
Michael Ball Sprints Horsell Common, Woking 5 x laps trail circuit with hills 70 second ish with 4mins between runs.
Mike Dennison Running 5km Sunbury/Hampton/Bushy Sat 00:20:32 The best (though shortest) run of five over the weekend. Total distance covered over 34km.
Paul Watt Running 10km St Albans 10k Fri 00:42:17 RACE - Lifetime PB. See below
Piers Keenleyside Running 10miles Ealing to Richmond Lock and back Sun 01:49:02 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).
Roderick Hoffman Running 10.2km Woodley South Street-O Sun 01:10:25 See below
Stephen Taylor Running 13.13miles Richmond and back Sat am 02:11:09 A nice run down to the Thames and back in the cool morning air.
Steve Hillier Running 3.5miles Yeading Brook to South Ruislip 00:38:39 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.


Weekend Achievement photographs

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. 

Roderick Hoffman

The return

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.

Paul Watt

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 5th.

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 clubs).

ROAD - LADIES (OPEN) 10k Amy Stiles 35:26 WARR Vancouver Oct-99 Current
ROAD - LADIES (FV35) 10k Angela Smith 38:08 WARR Hamburg Sep-89 Current
ROAD - LADIES (FV40) 10k Unset
ROAD - LADIES (FV45) 10k Lesley MacAskill 40:29 WARR Vancouver Oct-99 Current
ROAD - LADIES (FV50) 10k Helen Smith 54:12 WARR Sydney Oct-07 Old
ROAD - LADIES (FV50) 10k Julie Barclay 45:50 St Albans 10k St Albans Apr-21 New**
ROAD - MEN (OPEN) 10k Barry Walters 30:15 WARR London Oct-85 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV40) 10k Allan Hardy 33:23 WARR Washington Oct-88 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV45) 10k John Coffey 34:49 Elmbridge 10K Walton Jul-87 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50) 10000m Malcolm Field 38:31.0 Vets AC  Battersea Sep-05 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV50) 10k Allan Hardy 36:01 Concorde 10K Cranford May-97 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV55) 10K John Coffey 37:54 Staines 10K Staines 1997 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV60) 10k John Coffey* 39:12 Datchet Dash Datchet Jun-02 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV65) 10k Brian Bennett 44:02 Yately 10K Yateley Jun-07 Current
ROAD - MEN (MV70) 10K Alan Anderson 53:53 Concorde 10K Cranford May-08 Current

If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions:

Roderick Hoffman

*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 Bennett).

**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

Di SmithI'm 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 Smith

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.

parkrun Return

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 ready.

Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes from last week underlined or struck-through]

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 health conditions,
  • 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 together.
  • 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 Hoffman) or 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:

  • The chairman (Roderick) or the secretary (Steve Hillier) must be notified in advance that the event is taking place,
  • 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 this template,
  • 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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