BA Athletics Club News Digest 8th March 2021
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
Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.
Due to the Tier 4 lockdown all shared runs are off the agenda
until at least 29th March. Hopefully shared runs will restart then,
including with the Winter Handicap run on Wednesday 31st March.
Expect news of the Rosenheim Track&Field league matches shortly. Matters are
in hand but need to be confirmed with venues.
Club Event Map:
[Clickable link to Google Maps]
Editorial - Disappointment
Sorry, but I have to express my disappointment at the news that Joe has
not been able to get a full BAAC members and friends team of 26 for the virtual London Marathon Relay due from 8am next Sunday
We are only asking you to be part of a team running one mile each, and
there is nothing to stop this just being the first mile of a longer run.
If you are still able to volunteer please let Joe know ASAP =>
2021VirtualRelayLM@gmail.com. Joe has got 16 other teams for this
- all full!
At the same time, have you notified Chris Kelly of your interest in the
Green Belt virtual Relay for 15th / 16th May? =>
This Week's Events
Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and
News@barunner.org.uk. Some events, such as the
weekend achievement, will have "Prompts" set up in
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 15th March):
Run one mile, perhaps as a rehearsal for your leg of the Virtual London
Marathon Relay, 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
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that
will be added on Friday:
||Time or Duration
||Details or comment, and other achievements
Midweek Challenge - Street Suffixes - Results
The latest event in the Streets series has now been completed. Between the
eleven of us we collected 49 different suffixes, plus "No Suffix". And that was
only those that I permitted - several others had been claimed but rejected by
the judge. Piers in particular got in a pickle claiming that "Barnes Pikle" in
Ealing used a valid suffix. The judge didn't agree. All eleven of us found an
Avenue, a Close, a Crescent, a Drive, a Gardens and a Road. No way could Sarah
find a "Way" or "Waye", but the rest of us did. Two of us couldn't find a "Lane"
and two of us a "Walk". There were 17 suffixes with only one example found in
total. The only "Chase" we found between us was "The Chase" found by Melanie
which had to count as a thoroughfare without a suffix. Commiserations to Jain
Reid who had researched the suffixes around her and plotted 36 of them on a
map...and then ran out of time to do her run. There is a lesson to be learnt
||Time per Suffix
||Distance per Suffix
results are shown in the table above and in these two graphs. It is obvious that
being towards the bottom right of each of these graphs is a better result - more
suffixes collected and shorter time or distance to gather each one. The dotted
line shows the average of all of the results submitted.
In the "Time" competition the performances that have most exceeded the
average performances are, in 1,2,3 sequence, Amanda's short run, Simon's run and
then Pier's longest run. Amanda (long run), Melanie (3rd run) and the Scaife's
run are quite close for fourth place.
In the "Distance" competition the 1, 2, 3 is the same but Steve Newell comes
fourth from nowhere and Sarah Gordon edges Melanie for fifth place.
For all of these "Street" events I've excluded private roads and buildings.
The reason for that is because with private properties naming conventions go out
the window and someone could have an unfair advantage because, for instance,
they lived next to an industrial estate with blocks named after people or
alphabetical animals. In this "Suffix" challenge I have had to stand my ground on this. In
two of the pictures below Melanie was "not a'mews'ed" (her pun) to not be able to
include the one on the left whereas I was unable "to rain on Pier's Parade" (my
joke) since these two are clearly council street signs (unlike the building sign
behind which is more typical of "Parades" and the like). Have I been consistent
and fair to all? Well, it has been difficult, particularly when Denis submitted
"Dickson Fold" within his set. Is "Fold" a valid suffix? I'm sure there will be
other examples in Lancashire. But it certainly ticked the box for me,
perhaps because this shortcut was the path I frequently trod when visiting my
first girlfriend back in the 1970s.
Club Virtual Social & Quiz
Remember to put the date of Wednesday 24th March into your diaries for a BAAC
Social Quiz starting from 8pm. Details nearer the time.
Ross Barkley February Results
||5x500m & 10x250m
Just three of us over the last month or so. Next month we may do something
different - perhaps meeting in Bedfont Lakes to do a Ross Barkley together
around the Bedfont Lakes course but as a Hare and Tortoise event with some
participants doing a standard run instead. It could prove interesting...and
BAAC 2021 Virtual Relay London Marathon (BAAC Team Manager Steve Newell)
- Tuesday - info pack / final instruction to all runners [may include
rough start times for each runner or this could be worked out during the
- The team Whatsapp group will be set up by Saturday (hopefully before),
- Sunday 07:35 TM WhatsApp final briefing followed by team WhatsApp team
briefing (or at least TM announcements in most of the team members sleep),
- Sunday 14 March – live running - 8am (first leg) start,
- Sunday evening - WhatsApp or Zoom party (tbc).
Remember we still need some additional team members (at least two) - please
contact Joe now:
Roderick obo Joe and Steve.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 5th to 8th March 2021
Only 19 results listed this week for members and friends though some regulars
recorded their Street Suffixes runs instead.
||First go at my Cross-Country course since Autumn. Very muddy
and many water pools. Also 3 miles in 42:55 on Thursday.
||Remarkably even paced run over the undulating course.
Halfway time was 43-15 with second half completed in 43-08.
||I've been out running every day due to my 4x4 shift falling
Fri-Mon. This was the longest, but very happy with all 4!
||Flackwell Heath is on a ridge between the Thames valley and
High Wycombe, and the last 2 miles of the route is a testing
climb up from riverside Bourne End.
||Tokyo Half Marathon (virtual)
||...currently standing in 258th position, but declining as
the other results 'come in'.... Hey Ho.. [now 280th of 2076
finishers, though the winner is claiming 48minutes]
||Busy weekend, managed to fit in a 30-minute weighted hula
hoop workout and 15-minute of shoulder and arm strength exercise
plus 15-minute stretching.
||Chiswick to Richmond
||Usual run extended a little as part of my street sign suffix
||Over Angler Mt (hill) Silverthorne
||Not enough snow to call it a snow ride as roads are clear.
||Wikipedia reports that in 2006 the village hall staged the
Scouts' Christmas pantomime Treasure Island. Nothing has
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||St Albans area
||And 8.2km run on Saturday in 40:49.
||Chilterns Amersham / Little Missenden
||Lovely hike passing streams, quaint villages, railway
bridges and returning via the woods only to be greeted the other
side by the most magnificent sunset.
||Taking in a few local parks and open spaces - Hatherop Park,
Hanworth Park, Leitrim Park, Hounslow Heath and Crane Park. A
change from just running streets!
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||Long time goal achieved..sub 20!
||Ealing to Richmond Lock and back
||Went a reasonable pace (for me) across the other miles
(10:30 ish a couple of times). MAF training slowly paying off
and no injuries.
||Around Hillingdon Hospital
||Postbox orienteering including one that proved harder to
spot from a distance (picture below).
||Bowsey hill, near Wargrave
||With the girls and back in time for the European athletics!
||Ealing HM route
||It doesn't get any easier.
Golden Postbox - Celebrating Natasha Baker, gold medal winner in the
2012 Paralympics in Equestrian Freestyle.
BA Athletics Club Records - The Marathon
The table below shows the club records held for each age group for
the Marathon. 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 or, in the case of the Marathon, in a charity
fundraising vest). 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). The men's records appear to have been well contested but the ladies less
so. If you know better
please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New
records or questions:
|ROAD - LADIES (OPEN)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV35)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV40)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV45)
|ROAD - MEN (OPEN)
|ROAD - MEN (MV40)
|ROAD - MEN (MV45)
|ROAD - MEN (MV50)
|ROAD - MEN (MV55)
|ROAD - MEN (MV60)
|ROAD - MEN (MV65)
|ROAD - MEN (MV70)
|ROAD - MEN (MV80)
* I looked up in the Round-the-Block edition for details of Amy's record -
over eight minutes under the previous record set by Betty Green in New York in
1985. I struggled. But on page 85 of the July 2000 edition 56 I found that Amy's
time had been listed, including that her first half was completed in 1:22:24
which is well under our ladies half marathon record, but it wasn't documented at
the time that it was a record of merit.
** I then looked up the men's records. I don't have the Round-the-Block with
May 1987's results but I did for April '89. Again, John William's impressive time
was simply listed with no comment attached. Who is to blame for that? One has to
start with the editor of the Round-the-Block...one John Williams. Modest man is
he. You'd never get the editor of this digest passing on an opportunity to
mention his own performance such as his best marathon in 1985 of just over 3:33
Those of you who get parkrun updates will have learnt that parkrun hopes to
re-launch on the England mainland on Saturday 5th June (and also Junior parkruns
for under 11s on 11th April ). The hope is to re-launch in Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland at around that time but the different assemblies and
regulations make announcements not yet possible. In truth "5th June" means "No
earlier than...5th June" with the 5th June being the third Saturday after the
government's roadmap "Stage Three" start. Individual parkruns will still be
subject to getting local permissions and sufficient volunteers - and could be
subject to additional social distancing protocols.
The four "UK" parkruns that have been held this year continue to stutter
along - just one being held last weekend what with local lockdowns and storms in
the South Atlantic. There was a brand new reason for one of the Australian
parkruns to have a late cancellation last Saturday - a boat beached on the
course! Well, what do you expect at "The Beaches parkrun"? 433 events were held
last week, down on the previous week's recent record of 459 because New Zealand
has had to go back to lockdown.
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
- 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 only allow you
to exercise on your own, with people in your linked household (bubble), as
part of child-care or with one other person. You
are advised to exercise just once per day and to minimise the variety of
people you meet over the weeks of lockdown. Exercising your pet is allowed
in addition, but only on your own. The "Rule of
Six" will be reinstated on 29th March so from then on informal groups of up
to six (or two households) are allowed to meet outside and exercise
- 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
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 not permitted until 29th
From then any club member may be 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:
chairman (Roderick) or the
(Steve Hillier) must be notified in advance that the event is taking
- 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
- 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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