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BA Athletics Club News Digest 7th December 2020
For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unrestricted races are currently off 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.
Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
This week's Events
Please help me by sending me 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 / Shared Mile (submit by end of Friday 13th December):
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 this year. No one has proposed a shared run option this month.
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:
Ross Barkley Results
Reminder - the Ross Barkley is where you cover the 5km distance in a single session but split it down into short lengths or sprints with good recoveries between each section. You should still run a net flat course and shouldn't use the prevailing wind for your advantage!
At Steve's suggestion I have compared the Ross Barkley time to a recent 5k time run by each individual. This enables the calculation of a "performance" figure. I would suggest that this shows the efficiency of the "Ross Barkley technique" as well as the effort of the runner - i.e. shorter lengths and longer recoveries will lead to better performances. However, Eddie clearly excelled the other four of us this month. The next Ross Barkley report will be in the digest of the 4th or 11th of January.
Winter Five Mile Handicap - This Wednesday #
This will be the second run of this year's Five Mile Handicap series. Please let me know to expect you and then arrive in time to get ready for your run - setting off so that you finish at around 19:00.
This year's course is shown in the map. The two and a half mile circuit to be used is easy to navigate, avoids crowded areas and it only has the one traffic light controlled junction to cross - that of Tesco first reached at one mile. You will cross that junction twice so make the assumption that you will be held up once. In terms of navigation just keep turning right, apart from that Tesco entrance and the five or so small roads prior to the clearly labelled "Kingston Avenue" (shortly after you pass "The Beehive" pub on the left). The course has been accurately measured at two and a half miles in length and we will expect runners to do two clockwise laps to make up the five mile distance and walkers to do one lap.
The concept is that each person will start their run or walk at the appropriate time so that if they run to form they will finish at exactly 7pm. Steve Newell will assign points according to how closely to your predicted time you finish. The handicap should be run without consulting your watch, though you may wear them for your own records. Start times will be indicated on the club clock which will be counting down time so that it would reach zero at 8pm. If you expect to run five miles in 55 minutes then your start time will be when the clock shows 01:55:00. If you then finish in 58 minutes the clock would then be showing 00:57:00 hence we'd see that you were three minutes slow.
Wednesday's weather forecast is to be cool, 4 degrees, with a small chance (7%) of light rain but little wind. It will of course be dark so please wear your night running gear including head torches if you have one.
We ask that you arrive ready to run but if you need to change out of work gear then the club changing rooms will be open from about 17:30. After your run you are welcome to use the changing rooms and showers but we need to have some Covid-19 controls. The men's changing room incorporates both the "Home" and "Away" changing rooms and our assessment is that each of these can accommodate five men at one time. Ladies will use the referee's changing room (that has also been revamped) but recommended use should be one at a time.
The event will run more smoothly if we know who will be coming so please advise us if you are considering attendance - we'd rather allow for you and have you not turn up than the other way around. So, let us know your likely attendance, whether you'd be doing the five mile two-lap course or just the one lap, what you would estimate your run/walk time to be and whether you are likely to use the showers afterwards.
Covid Tier 2 controls mean that we are not allowed to socialise after the run - although the Duke of Wellington is available across the road should you want to celebrate your run within your bubble with a substantial meal and optional drink.
Christmas Collaboration Event - Sat 12th to Wed 16th December - 'Letters' join together ("Let Us", get it?) ! #
At the moment I've got about 20 volunteers willing to draw GPS/Phone Tracking letters in their run or walk between Saturday and the following Wednesday. I've also heard from a number of individuals, who don't have tracking capability, who have offered to draw the spaces we need between the words. The initials of the volunteers for letters are:
AC (+M), PK, JSm, EM, MD, MM, AB, JR (+LC, SS & ST), MJ, ST, SG, SN, HJ, B&JSc, CS and RH. [If I've missed you from this list - please remind me]
On Tuesday or Wednesday I'll be sending out further details to those I've heard from, including the letter I'd like them to draw, but first of all I'd like to get a few more volunteers - my target is to get nearer 30. Please let me know that you are up to this. In total we'll have a good selection of letters drawn and we can then have a competition on the Wednesday evening to rearrange some or all of the letters into a good phase or sentence.
Let me know you can draw a letter > Roderick Hoffman
# Club Round-the-Block Points Update
I've updated the Round-the-Block points table with participation at recent club events and we are delighted to give recognition to Amanda Coombs who has now achieved the ten point threshold, the eighth club member to do so this year. The "year" ends at the end of December so there are just three events left to enable other to join us at the top - the three events being this week's Five Mile Handicap, the Collaboration Event for next week (see above) and then the Round Heathrow Event described below. There are three members who should be trying to fit in one or two of these but I'm not saying who, until they achieve the level!
Round Heathrow Event on Wednesday 30th December #
It has become traditional for us to have a round Heathrow event on a midweek day between Christmas and New Year. This year's event will be on 30th December and all are welcome.
The total course is approximately 19km long and is shown in the picture though this is subject to revision on the day (we are allowed to get lost, provided we find the course again later). Some sections may be muddy. Very few sections have traffic - in particular the section south of the airport is between the two rivers so completely traffic free.
Where we will start and finish is yet to be determined and it could be that we have more than one start location with some participants joining in when we reach them. And/or some may run the route clockwise verses the more traditional anti-clockwise. It may be possible to set up an official refreshment point. Some participants may plan to do only a portion of the circuit. Get in touch, express interest and we'll talk things through.
This year's event can be either a walk or a run. The walkers will probably start at 11am and the runners at 12am. The walkers will probably stick together. The runners may do so also - provided their natural speeds are similar.
Sadly we probably won't be able to socialise together in one of the pubs afterwards, though individuals can seek nourishment and refreshments in the company of their bubbles.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 4th to 7th December 2020
This week 25 members and friends reported activities. Please try to make future submissions by Monday 5pm, or 6pm at the latest, either by email to me or using the "Prompt" in Facebook.
You will have seen in previous weeks that Jain and Piers are both trying the MAF method. Jain added the comment this week "Still persevering with MAF. I can now officially walk much faster than I can run. Struggling to make sense of it but I'm trusting in the science!". Piers meanwhile was perhaps more successful at keeping his MAF low since he didn't submit a run at all. Perhaps someone could explain or provide a link to an article on the subject.
Christine's submission was late this evening but did include this photograph. My suggested caption is "Go, on your marks, get set" but perhaps you have another idea. Fell free to send in alternative captions, or other photographs that could have humorous captions added. After all it is the season to be jolly.
Bob Graham Round
The Bob Graham Round is a fell running challenge in the English Lake District to conquer the 42 fells.
Triathlon News - PTO Daytona Challenge
The Professional Triathletes Organisation held the inaugural championships as
part of the Challenge Daytona weekend in Florida on 6th December. 61 Men
and 56 women raced separately but over the same distances (swim 1.24 miles, bike
49.52 miles, run 10.78 miles).
In the men's race pre-race favourite and Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee had a good swim and was leading throughout most of the bike ride averaging over 29 mph. After a mile and a half of the run he was back in the lead but soon afterwards pulled up with severe leg cramps and retired. Gustav Iden (USA) who had been over a minute behind at the start of the run took up the running with eight miles to go and held on to win in 3:05:06 ahead of the fast finishing Matthew Hanson (3:05:57) who had overtaken the leading British competitor, George Goodwin (3rd, 3:06:09) in the closing miles. 46 men finished, 15 didn't. Five men completed the almost eleven mile run in under an hour.
The male and female winners each won $100,000 and all the leading triathletes were well rewarded. Everyone outside the top 20 who finished got $2,500.
255 events recorded results last Saturday. parkrun restarted in South Australia - so the only Australian states where it has not restarted are New South Wales (due 19th December) and Victoria (not yet announced).
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:
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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