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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th September 2020
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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.
This Week's Midweek Challenge - Bedfont Lakes Results
At the last-minute last week's digest introduced a Bedfont Lakes parkrun as a midweek challenge. This was due to the cancellation of the Speedbird Ladies race and because I had heard of two groups planning private runs at Bedfont the next day. Those two groups combined as shown in the photograph.
Others also managed to run at Bedfont during the week, including Maarten who jumped the gun by fitting his run in on the Monday! In total 14 of us ran Bedfont Lakes parkrun course last week (plus five other friends of Kelly) - not a bad turnout for a last-minute addition.
Hopefully, we'll soon be able to run Bedfont Lakes parkrun and at other regular parkruns on a Saturday morning. This is today's announcement from parkrun CEO Nick Pearson "Following detailed conversations with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Sport England, and Public Health England, I am delighted to announce that we intend to reopen parkrun and junior parkrun events in England toward the end of October this year. " [Doesn't yet cover Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland].
This Week's Midweek Challenge - The 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.
There isn't a shared run option this month.
Surrey League XC – An Update on the 2020/21 Season
England Athletics is aiming to release COVID-19 compliant cross-country guidance for competition organisers week commencing 14th September.
In the meantime, organisers at Surrey League have been working hard to secure some racing for us this season. As well as awaiting EA guidance, another hurdle they face is that a number of the league’s regular venues are not granting permissions for XC events in 2020, including the Royal Parks.
The news is that unfortunately all races planned for 10th October are cancelled, both men’s and ladies. However the following fixtures remain on the calendar, with venues to be advised.
I will provide another update when there is more information to share.
I would encourage any ladies who haven’t joined us for cross-country to contact me at Ladiescaptain@barunner.org.uk so that we can build a big team for when we get back to competitive running!
You will gather from the above that Amanda has agreed to step up to be our ladies captain, taking over from Clara who has run with the position for many years. Clara remains on the committee and keeps her club email address of Clarapn@barunner.org.uk. She is now on the committee "without portfolio" but if we needed a captain for ultra-runs Clara's name would be first on the list.
To make up for a lack of cross-country races in October we propose to organise our own. This will be an internal club event (members and friends) and will probably be round our usual course in Cranford Park. We are considering the weekend of 17th/18th October to give our Virtual London Marathon runners a real break. This event will count as this year's "Round-the-Park" annual event, and thus be the CIE for October.
NOW Wimbledon Windmill wander reminder for 16th September
Non-Office Workers event next week - meet at the Windmill carpark for 12 noon. Car parking charges are by donation using £1 or £2 coins. A good excuse for those who have given up using old fashioned money to clear out their purses. Suggestion is £1 per car per hour. Toilets are open, outdoor cafe is open.
SOLO Activity Achievement Weekend 4th to 7th September 2020
This week 27 colleagues reported activities. For only the third time everyone's reported activities included running or walking.
Please submit your best exercise achievement of next weekend by filling in the following form and sending it to me OR replying to the message on Facebook (or any other messaging format to me):
Multiple Freedom Runs
One freedom parkrun this week hasn't been enough for Julie and Paul, enjoying their freedom from the working week. I also joined them on Thursday at Banstead Woods for a run around that course (pictured) and they had run at Brooklands the previous day. Since then they have been to various other parkrun courses (for example with Jacqui at Woking on Saturday) and hope to complete their tenth in ten days this Thursday.
The International Triathlon Union World series for 2020 which usually includes a race in and around Leeds was reduced to a single sprint distance (half x Olympic) race in Hamburg this year held on 5th September. We all know why! Lucky to get any race at all.
Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) triumphed in the women's event and is the new world champion. She finished 9 seconds ahead of former champion Flora Duffy (Bermuda). They were two of just a handful of triathletes who were able to produce a sub 17 minute 5km run to follow the 750m swim and 20km bike ride.
Strong running proved essential in the men's race as well. Two time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee was leading after the swim and was part of a leading breakaway bunch on the bike ride but could finish only 9th. Alex Yee (GBR, age 22) emerged from the main pack on the bike and produced the fastest 5km run of the day (14:24) to finish in 5th place only 11 seconds behind the winner, Vincent Luis of France. The first 15 of the 65 men racing completed their 5km run leg in under 15 minutes. Some readers may have come across Alex Yee, he has been first home in Surrey League XC fixtures in recent seasons and has done 13:26 for 5000m on the track this year.
The Tokyo 2021 Olympic program will include a mixed team relay for the first time. In Hamburg Georgia Taylor Brown and Alex Yee were joined by Barclay Izzard and Jessica Learmonth. Each competitor completes a mini triathlon (300m swim, 6.3km bike and 1.7km run) in about 20 minutes before handing over to the next teammate (female-male-female-male). Podium positions: France (1h 18:25), USA (1:18:33), Great Britain (1:18:59). For the technical - the water temperature was 17.6 deg. C and wetsuits were allowed.
South London Street-O - in September at Kings Cross
The traditional series of South London Street-O starts again this month. The first event of the 2020-21 series is a free virtual event, using the MapRun app we have been using recently. The location is Kings Cross and you have until the end of September to do this run. For details and the map see: https://slow.org.uk/category/streeto/ .
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 30:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
For the club shared activities we recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be followed during the run itself. Any member can organise a shared activity by following the England Athletics guidance, filling in the risk assessment form and notifying myself or Steve Hillier that you have done so in advance of the event.
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