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BA Athletics Club News Digest 5th October 2020
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Events Calendar - online here
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.
Diary and Events
In the distributed version of the digest you may need to click on the diary heading to open up the full online version. You can also access the diary from our website at http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Diary.shtml.
I've added the 39th World Airline Road Race virtual run. This 5k or 10k (in a WARR shirt) can be run anytime up to the 25th October.
Any difficulties, questions or suggestions - please get in touch via Events@barunner.org.uk .
This Week's Events
Send me your results for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to News@barunner.org.uk:
Solo / Shared Mile:
Run one mile and send me your time. I'll then produce a fancy graph showing your time this month compared to those of other people and previous runs this year. No one has offered to host a shared run so there isn't the option this month.
Next Week's Midweek Challenge - We need your help for a record attempt!
This week we are asking you just to run a mile, but next week the midweek challenge may appear to be even easier, we simply want you to walk a mile, any mile, on any course and at any time in the week. Now, 35 of you registered results in this week's digest, up from last week's 24. The most we've ever had is about 48, in the week of the virtual marathon relay in April. However the club has got about 100 members and close friends, and this digest is distributed to the email addresses of at least 200 different people. So, next week, for the easy one-mile walk challenge let us see how many of us can submit a time. I would hope that the total will be a record nearer the 200 than to 24.
For some of you, completing a mile may be a challenge enough, but others will want a performance challenge as well. If you expect to quote a walk time of less than about ten minutes (so faster than 6mph) please "take steps" to ensure your walking style is valid. We don't have enough officials with the club to assign judges for each walk attempt, so you have to self-monitor.
Now, would I teach a chicken to lay an egg? You all know how to walk, but powerwalking can be as alien to us as laying an egg:
In the results, I may highlight the time taken by participants but it may be to highlight the slowest since I suspect that they will have had the bigger challenge!
Please plan to take part in this record attempt next week.
Last Week's Midweek Challenge - Ross Barkley
You may have noticed that the training has paid off and Ross scored for his new club Aston Villa in the rout of Liverpool at the weekend.
The BA club has had five "Ross Barkley" runs over the last month, two by Eddie, and I've reproduced below all of the club results I'm aware of:
Note that there is no right-nor-wrong with the Ross Barkley. It is up to you to decide what works for you to fit in 5ks distance in a single session - either to achieve a good Ross Barkley time, or to undertake an exhausting training session that fits into your overall fitness plan. The Liverpool defenders are now adopting a 100x50m session over a 45minute duration, to be repeated 15 minutes later.
All Ross Barkley performances will now contribute to October's report, which will be published in the digest of 2nd November.
Virtual London Marathon 2020 (April's "Run-of-the-Month" #) Results
Results by club members and friends include the following. Well done to all. Apologies to those missed off - but please let me know.
Note that Clara ran from midnight because that was the only way she could fit a long run in prior to reporting for duty to operate a Heathrow to Dallas flight! Fancy walking the Atlantic Ocean just after completing a marathon! And she reported that her run was at "Lightwater" - nobody else reported anything about the water having being light.
Whilst running his marathon, or shortly afterwards, Stephen became a grandfather. So more than one family member had the hard work to do, and the congratulations to be recieved.
London Marathon 2021
Well done to everyone who took part in yesterday's Virtual Marathon.
Next year's race will be on Sunday 3 October 2021. Entries are now open, and will close on Friday 9th October at 17:00. BAAC receive an allocation of places for members and marshals who have been unsuccessful in this ballot. We don't know how many we are likely to be given in 2021, but it is likely to be fewer than usual.
If you think you may want to run in next year's race, please apply to London Marathon this week. Most 2020 runners have deferred their entries to 2021, so with fewer places left, competition for places will be fiercer than ever!
Enter online now: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/how-to-enter/ballot-entry/
Also Rans: SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 2nd to 5th October 2020
This week 17 members and friends reported activities in addition to the 18 who ran the vVLM, so 35 in all (plus other colleagues helped some of the vVLM runners without reporting in themselves - please correct this since I'm happy to credit you with club points #).
Kings Cross Street-O - September
Three of us took part in the first organised Street-O event of the season around Kings Cross. Our performances are as follows:
There were 22 finishers in the event, not including those like Amanda who failed to get back to the start. The guy at the top scored 770 points from 30 controls with no time penalties. The map shows the course he took and also the course that Simo nran - Simon can be pleased that he did get one control that the winner didn't!
Both Amanda and I had problems getting some of the controls to register - particularly those at the foot of tall buildings. I was able to take a photograph of the answer at control "25" ("3 Pancras Square", below) yet my Garmin reports I circled it with a radius of 51metres - it needed to get to within 30m to register. Amanda's report is below. But, despite this, we both enjoyed the run. The picture left shows control "26", "The Hardy Tree".
The second event of the series is expected to be around Fitsrovia (so near and around Goodge Street tube station) and has been penciled in for Tuesday 13th October but will probably follow the same format with performances accepted to the end of October.
I have been away in London for a couple of days so thought I'd take the opportunity to try the Street-O on Wednesday evening. Now that I am home I can sit down and evaluate what went right and what went wrong!
I had planned an 8.53km route taking in 15 controls for 350 points, which I thought wasn't overly ambitious and would be achievable given my inexperience and the fact that I didn't know the area at all. I started off really well, getting the first 7 controls ahead of time. But yes, then came control "25". I ran round and round Pancras Square but was unable to pick up a bleep. Eventually I gave up but I was now running short of time. Next I ran through St Pancras station. I had previously Goggled the Paradigm statue (control 30) so I knew what it looked like, found it, ran round it but didn't pick up a bleep and wasn't credited with that either. I actually ran all the way round the statue, so would have claimed that too, had I finished the challenge.
Then two more successful controls, before it all went wrong! I couldn't find the sculpture of Thomas Coram (control 23) despite being outside the building. I gave up on that, saw Russell Square, ran in there to the centre, couldn't pick up control 54, slipped on the wet grass (yes, another accident, but I wasn't hurt this time), ran out of the square to try to find Birkbeck University (33) but the roads didn't correspond with my map. I was completely lost. I sat down, switched off the app and gave up.
When I got back to the hotel I looked at my route with Mike. He spotted that I hadn't been in Russell Square at all, I had been in Brunswick Square! Essentially, I lost concentration when I couldn't find 23 (hadn't run quite far enough for that control). I was dashing around in a panic because I was running out of time having wasted so much time in Pancras Square. What I should have done was stopped, taken a breather, looked at the map and my phone properly and taken back control of the situation. I am a little annoyed with myself because I very nearly got to the end of my route and back to the coffee shop, but oh well.
Orienteering is a great concept and I have really enjoyed the planning and running (mostly) of the two I have done. I am never going to win because my sense of direction is not great and I am not fast enough, but it's great fun taking part.
Five Mile Winter Handicap - Wednesday 21st October
The winter five mile handicap returns on Wednesday 21st October.
There is the hope that members will be able to run the established pavement route starting and finishing at the Bedfont Club and that the changing room/showers will be available. It is also hoped that there will a socialising opportunity afterwards in the Bedfont Club bar or the Wellington Arms on the other side of Hatton Road. Catering operations to be confirmed. Covid-19 rules will apply and may well vary from month to month! Bring a mask with you on the evening.
The handicap/target times in force after run 5 of the 2019/20 series will be used unless members request a revision of at least one minute. New runners should send a predicted time to Steve Newell before starting a first run. Handicaps are then adjusted after every run.
A league table will be maintained throughout the winter. The system rewards those who manage modest improvements month on month. The best four scores out of a possible six will count towards the final result.
The normal format is for slower runners to start first and everyone else to follow so that there is close finish at 7 p.m. For example a 9-minute miler will be expected to take 45 minutes and will start at 6.15 p.m.
There will also be a simple "walking" route of two and a quarter miles for those that prefer.
Program for the winter:
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 relevant law in England says that people can meet in groups of up to 6 or, in COVID secure circumstances, up to 30 or more:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
For club shared activities we recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be followed during the activity itself. Any club member can organise a shared activity. To legitimize a run with more than six participants:
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