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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th June 2021
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This Week's and Future Solo Events
Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to 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 everyone's entries.
Solo Mile (submit before Monday 14th June):
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 me at the in-person event this Thursday 10th June at Spikes Bridge Park, West Ave, Southall (UB1 2AR) with a planned start time for the mile of 12:20. Parking is straightforward, facilities are few.
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:
Black Park Orienteering this Wednesday 9th June Details
We will use the permanent Orienteering Course at Black Park on Wednesday 9th June with starts from 18:30. Since all participants need to have a map printed for them you'll need to let me know to expect you. At the moment I'm hoping to see Chris Kelly, Alice Banks, Steve Hillier and Simon Turton but all are welcome and no experience is required, indeed those with no experience are wanted.
The start is adjacent to the Sam Remo Kiosk which is next to the car park (which is to the north of postcode SL3 6DS). This is a pay car park - you can park for free in laybys on the A412 but from personal experience I don't recommend that.
Participants will run singularly, or in pairs if they wish. Runners can choose to do the short course (from 2.7km in length) or the longer course (from 4.7km in length). Runners will be set off at intervals so that the previous runner cannot be followed (no slip-stream running in this event!). You need to use the map to navigate to each of the marked control points in sequence and then return to the start. Most of the time you will be running on the established paths of Black Park (as used, for example, in the Black Park parkrun). To get to some of the controls you'll have to venture into the wooded areas and you may also find that some woodland or meadow shortcuts can be achieved between controls. The map will show some out-of-bounds areas but these will be clear on the ground also. Controls are wooden posts on the top of which are printed a letter and a number. Having navigated to a control you will be expected to write down the number and letter marked on the control. You will be able to study the map before the start. Your time will be from when you leave the start area to when you get back to the start area having recorded all of the controls. If you can't find one or more controls then carry on - a time penalty will be given for each one missed (the time penalty will be large so it is worth searching for each control).
You will need to have a pen or pencil to write down the controls. You may benefit from having a compass - I don't use a compass when orienteering since I find it easy to remember where I am on the map. However you may find that if you've lost your way you can more easily find it using a compass to tell you where north is. Electronic navigational aids should not be used during an orienteering event - although you may use a simple compass app on a smartphone if you don't have a physical compass (e.g. from the Play Store - "Just a Compass (Free & No Ads)" from PixelProse SARL). I will bring a physical compass that I can lend out.
The park closes at 20:00 so we may find that facilities are closing as we finish. The cafe and toilets should be available at the start.
Maidenhead Thicket NOW 16th June 2021 details
Alice has planned a 5k route (slightly more or less if we take a wrong turn in the thicket) for the 16th June, starting and finishing at Stubbings Nursery (https://www.stubbingsnursery.co.uk/directions/). John will also join us and take those who wish to walk on a shorter route. There is a nice café at the nursery that serves coffee, cake and sandwiches etc. Parking is free and there is plenty of space available. Hope this all sounds ok.
Marshalling Requirement - 20th July in the city for 18:15 to 20:15.
The STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE (5km) (www.cityrace.co.uk) returns on TUESDAY 20th JULY. COVID safety measures will be in place for both volunteers and competitors. We’ve been invited again to run two Disley Shuttles at 3.5 km and 4.5 km as well as continuing to support the course around the Bank of England (2.5 km).
I need 25 helpers across the 3 points. Race start is 19:15 with road closures going in at 18:30 and it is usually all over by 20:15. We’ll meet outside MOORGATE tube at 18:15. They'll be a T-shirt for everyone (face masks and hand-gel will also be available) but not surprisingly no post race hospitality this year. The Club will however get a good donation, which helps keep membership costs down.
Registration will be through ‘Rosterfy’ but don't worry if you're not familiar with this as so for now I just need an email if you’re able to help.
Thanks in advance for your continued support.
Simon Turton > SimonT@barunner.org.uk
New Dates - including AGM / Awards Evening
Wednesday 14th July at the Bedfont Club (Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social Club, Hatton Road. TW14 9QT) from 19:30 for 20:00. This is subject to the government roadmap step four having occurred previously and please note that some social distancing measures may be required. The proposal though is to hold a combined 2021 AGM and the 2021 Awards Evening with speeches, elections and the handing over of trophies. Food will be provided and there will be a pay bar. Whilst there may be a room occupancy limit, we doubt that we will threaten to exceed it so please plan on being there that evening - but please let us know that you'll try to make it.
Because we'll be handing out the awards during the evening obviously we need to collect the trophies back in. Steve Hillier should be in touch with you to arrange that - please be proactive if you can.
There will be a mile event held at the Feltham Track from 18:00 with the changing rooms available before and after.
Proposed BAAC 40th Anniversary Event - Wednesday 22nd September (to be preceded by our annual Equinox 5k event). Please reserve this date in your calendars.
The club calendar has also been updated with dates for proposed Track and Field matches and for the first Winter Handicap of next winter!
Meet the Committee - Clara Halket
All of the committee and their posts and roles are listed on the club website at: British Airways Athletics Club Committee (barunner.org.uk). The picture below was taken during last week's Committee Meeting, via Zoom.
BA Athletics Club Records - Shot put
It is clear that this set of records belong to Steve in the mens and Janet in the ladies - age having been their only barrier. Note that the weights thrown can vary by age group and competition so may not be directly comparable.
To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately measured and the participant has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in an in-house organised event). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to compete in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs).
* As I type this Steve and Janet are probably putting the shot in this evening's first Track & Field match of the season. Steve currently shares the record for his current age group with Eddie Giles - could he go 1cm further this evening and claim the record outright? We'll have to wait until next week to find out.
** As an MV70 Tony was putting a 4kg shot hence this record is not comparable with those of the younger MV65 age group.
If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions: Stats@barunner.org.uk .
Roderick Hoffman obo Paul Brandon
Letters to the editor - relating to Ron Hill 1938-2021
Kelly writes: On the subject of Ron Hill - apart from my admiration for the
man - first and fastest Boston Marathon winner from UK - and as an owner of a
large number of his socks, tracksters etc.... I grew up in Manchester, where he
ran to/from work each day, and I very much enjoyed his autobiographies, which I
"inherited" from the Club library. I was very pleased to see a pic of him
running along Stockport Road followed by the number 169 bus - which I used to
get home from (primary) school each day - I can't honestly claim I saw him - but
Ed: I couldn't find the image referenced by Chris, so you'll have to make do with a Chinese tram.
Andy Rainer also wrote in: Being of a certain era, Ron Hill was the man to inspire eejits like me.
The planned English parkrun return is still targeted for Saturday 26th June though parkrun will make a decision based on the situation this Friday, taking into account those parkruns that either have or have not permission to restart. The decision may or may not be conditional on the government's Step 4 decision due next Monday (14th). Currently 75.5% of English parkruns have permission to restart and these represent 79% of parkrunners. There are areas where several nearby parkruns have not been given the go ahead including in London and Newcastle - but the better news is that today permission has been confirmed for several parkruns near the club's core base - i.e. Bedfont Lakes, Gunnersbury, Hanwell and Bracknell parkruns. During the week last week, I did a freedom run at Brixworth Country (pictured), just north of Northampton, and that parkrun is another that has been given permission this morning.
A map showing which parkruns have been given permission to return is here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1FvA7B8b_6Aqy2FsrhLmTJgnSH9HOgrp1&usp=sharing . The map will be updated during the week.
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