BA Athletics Club News Digest 12th April 2021
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This Week's and Future Solo Events
As life opens back up the need for solo events should reduce, but we will
continue with some of them for a while yet:
- We will continue to collate the Weekend Exercise Achievement each week.
- We will include solo miles and solo track-on-field performances in the
monthly challenges (in conjunction with in-person events). I'll no longer
promote a monthly "Ross Barkley" though you are welcome to do this as one of
your weekend efforts.
- I will try to have a monthly "Solo Challenge", April's being the Street
Sentence Challenge launched below.
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.
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
In-Person Events - please register in advance.
Please provide suggestions and offer to organise.
No one is organising an in-person event this week so there isn't one. Next
week on Wednesday, from midday, we'll be meeting at the Kings College Track just off Kings
College Road in Ruislip for an in-person Cooper Test (how far can you run in 12
minutes). This is likely to be followed by a gentle but longer warm down run in
the local area and then refreshments from the cafe next to the track -
please register your interest even if you are only a 'possible'.
>Roderick Hoffman (register interest)
Future In-Person events will be added to the diary as organisers put
themselves forward. Expect there to be a in-person track-on-field organised for
the week of 26th April.
Street Sentence Challenge - between today and 25th April
solo challenge 'sentence' for April will be to use the street-signs near you to
construct a sentence that could be from a book. For instance [pictured]
"Will, the Norman king of Britannia, saw the Dane in his Viking longboat
approach over the North Sea". You are allowed to add in punctuation and small
words and use any consecutive letters from the local street signs collected
within 40 minutes running or 60 minutes walking and I'll forgive small errors
such as spelling or tenses. But note that anyone who submits a list of places,
animals, objects or even road names will be sent to the back of the class.
Please read the full instructions before attempting this: Event_Street_Sentence.shtml. This
challenge will run for two weeks from today until the end of Sunday 25th April. All
submissions must be in by the end of that Sunday so that judging can take place
on the Monday. I'll be happy to allow two entries per person.
queries? >Roderick Hoffman
April Mile Result
results for the April mile including five run together at Feltham last Thursday.
Or at least we started together - Paul lapped me just after I'd completed my
second lap so he had finished a long time before I did. Had Ben and Bob been at Feltham
with Julie then social distancing measures would have had a greater
Paul Watt was our fastest runner this month and his time has only been beaten
in the last year by Mike Dennison (5:40) and Paul Prescott (5:43). But perhaps
Paul would have been quicker had he not just taken the Vaporflys out of the box?
Adrian Haines has announced he'll be racing over the mile distance next weekend
- his best for us over the last year has been 5:51 but his target this weekend
will be sub 5!
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 9th to 12th April 2021
This week 24 results are listed for members and friends.
||PREVIOUS WEEK: Final check of a Street-O Simon is setting up for
his Orienteering Club.
||Thames and back
||A more gentle run down to the river and back with my running
||First proper orienteering event for a year and made a right
royal mess of it. Basics all went out the window in place of
running like a headless chicken ... BUT it was nice to be back
in the forest.
||Orienteering event (due to have been run in February but too
far away for me to have justified travelling to). Oh deer - had
to miss control 12.
||5K time trial with Ealing Eagles - my quickest 5K since 7th
March 2020 (my last parkrun at Gunnersbury).
||Crane Park freedom parkrun
||Lifetime PB but nothing to do with the new Vaporfly shoes!
||Starting in cloud, then glorious sunshine then blizzards.
||River and Bushy Park
||Good weather for running.
||Great Missenden Circular via Speen
||Lovely walk in the Chilterns, sunny one moment, snowy the
next. Bit of Jack 'n' Jill too up and down but through nice
woodland places enhanced by magnificent scenery.
||St Albans area
||Hoping for more running chances next weekend!
||Crane Park freedom parkrun
||Wycombe Rye freedom parkrun
||Just an occasional damp patch – a complete change from the
||Not entirely MAF but still mostly aerobic.
||Taking Emily for her first 5k on her birthday weekend.
||The paths have changed from mudbaths to baked clay in just a
week! [Ed: "baked" or "frozen"?]
||Paris virtual marathon
||Completed the Paris Virtual Marathon this lovely Sunday
morning on a mix of trails and roads around local towns and
villages - Now waiting for the medal .
||Henley and back
||Along the river to Henley then back over the tops - lots of
people out - especially golfers - pent up demand I guess....
||A cold and breezy morning.
||Wycombe Rye freedom parkrun
||"Garmin coach" planned "run walk run" again but I don't
enjoy having to focus on my watch so much, decided to "run run
||Felt quite strong during this effort. Conditions were good
with hardly any wind.
||Carrying the Union Flag in honour of HRH The Duke of
Edinburgh (God Save The Queen). Also one minute slower on Friday
in good conditions and without the flag.
||2x 500/1min/400/1min/300/30s/200 - Getting ready for a track
mile next week.
Meet The Committee - Amanda Coombs
Coombs - Ladies Captain
I was first introduced to BAAC some years ago by Neil Frediani, and I
was honoured to take over the role of Ladies Captain from Clara Halket
in 2020. My main focus within the club is to manage the winter
cross-country league matches. I am also involved with the Ladies
Speedbird 5K which we host at Harmondsworth Moor, and other club
in-house and external events.
My background is in gymnastics and later swimming. I competed in the
pool for many years, but it wasn’t until I had retired from swimming,
established a career, married and had children that I took up running as
it is such a wonderful sport to fit around a busy life. Before long, I
decided that as I could run and swim, I’d try triathlon. Triathlon has
been part of my life for over 20 years. I don’t excel at any of the
individual disciplines, but within the sport I have had several
age-group wins. My greatest achievement (to date) is when I completed
Ironman UK for my 50th birthday. I can think of easier ways to celebrate
I particularly enjoy trail and cross-country running, and I volunteer
as a guide runner for British Blind Sport. Here at BAAC I hope to grow
the women’s cross-country team and increase involvement in all of our
BA Athletics Club Records - Pole Vault
As thoughts turn to summer months and a return to Track & Field
competitions let us start looking at
the club's track and field records. The table below shows the club records held for the
pole vault. I'm sure that several of you will have been practicing this event
during the winter lockdown so upon the resumption of serious events we can hope to quickly smash some of these marks. There is currently capacity in NHS
To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and accurately
measured and the
jumper has to be a paid-up member of the club and wearing a club vest (or in
an in-house organised event - though I suspect that we have never held an
in-house pole vault). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may
need permission from their first claim club for them to jump in a BA vest and
claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (OPEN)
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (OPEN)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV40)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV55)
If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best
shape possible. New records or questions:
* Whilst the listing of this event is part tongue-in-cheek this is a serious
event included in the occasional track & field match and some of our members
have been prepared to give it a go. In July 2018 we had a large ten-strong
turnout at Walton for the last Rosenheim match of the season including Kay who
doubled up at the 3,000m and the pole vault. Her mark, of 2:10, beats all of the
club's men other than Mike Pryce, from back in July 2000 [although we have also
have the open men's high jump record at 2.11 set by Mark Roach - but he wasn't
handicapped by having to run up with a pole].
** Ian Monk will probably be surprised to see that he holds a club record but
he does, though only this one, and with the use of a pole. His partner, Jane Harbert, still holds eight, but
not including the pole. They are both well and were last seen on Facebook in a
Mexican resort...though earlier in the week they had been on the Colorado ski
slopes, with poles.
BA Clubs feature
Those who get the BA Clubs newsletter will have seen that our Handicap run
the other week has been featured. For those who don't get it...
Your BA Clubs APRIL update
parkrun returned in the UK last weekend with 49 results having been published.
More events will return in future weeks. Many events posted record numbers,
despite participants being restricted to under 11s. About 1 in 4 were doing
their first ever junior parkrun. There were no "silly" attendance numbers (high
or low) with the largest (160) being at Surbiton where marshals included
previous club members Ian and Caroline Cockram. Amongst the finishers were
[pictured] Oscar Davis doing his first ever parkrun and sister Chloe celebrating
her birthday with her 72nd.
Over at Osterley, David Duggan got the club's first marshalling credit for
over a year and others amongst the volunteers were familiar names including
Kirsty Bingham, Arlene Gallagher, Geoff Miles and Joanne & Paul Sinton-Hewitt.
In Ealing, Pitshanger Juniors was the third to be held in West London.
Hopefully more will soon follow.
Courses for Officials
BAAC are prepared to financially support members who wish to train to be an
official or coach. Here is a new invitation to take part in an Officials
As we are now able to plan T&F meetings for the coming 2021 Track and
Field season, the need for technical officials will return!!
Because of the difficulties in arranging face-to-face courses,
England Athletics have now introduced “Level 1 virtual classroom”
courses for most disciplines which are run over Zoom.
Details of these courses can be found on the England Athletics
The cost is £20 per candidate and places are limited.
Please encourage any interested adults from your club to keep
checking the website as new courses are being added at frequent
If you have any queries, please contact me.
Margaret Nelson – County Officials’ Education secretary – email@example.com
Yours sincerely, Wendy Letheby, Surrey Club
Please contact the BAAC committee if you are interested in getting involved.
The government has confirmed that we will enter
stage two of the roadmap out of lockdown on 12th April. This stage makes no
difference to what we can do exercising outside, although it is more likely that
we will be able to get a drink or a meal after we exercise - albeit only in
groups of up to six (or two households) - outside, but we will be able to sit down!
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 allow informal groups of up
to six (or two households) 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 permitted.
Any club member is 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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