BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th March 2021
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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.
Club Event Map:
[Clickable link to Google Maps]
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.
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 - Spring Equinox 5k on Saturday morning
At 09:37 on Saturday 20th March the northern hemisphere switches from what has
been a dreadful winter into what will, hopefully, be a glorious summer. To
celebrate we are holding an event to spring from winter into summer. Please join
Date – Saturday 20th March / Time – 09:30AM / Course – a 5k course near you.
Traditionally BAAC has held an autumn Equinox 5k run but in the absence of
the ability for us to meet up and run together will he holding a virtual spring
Equinox 5k simultaneous run/race instead.
The Spring Equinox 5K virtual race is scheduled to start at 9:30am on the
20th March. All runners should be prepared to start at the same time. The only
exception will be for key workers or shift workers who, if they ask really
nicely, will be allowed to complete their 5k run beforehand (NOT after) to get
their time included in the results.
You will need to plan a 5k route near to where you live. The route needs to
be as close to 5k as you can make it so use a GPS watch or route mapping website
to create your 5k route and be familiar with your route and where the start and
finish point is. Or use your GPS watch as you run so that you know when you have
covered 5k. Under current Covid-19 restrictions you could meet up and exercise
in your family group or with one other runner. Runners will mostly be running
different routes so even if you run around a playing field it won't be a level
playing field. A nearby parkrun course may be an option chosen by some runners -
but try to avoid others doing a (not)parkrun.
All runners will need to be able to use WhatsApp and have access to it at the
start and end of the race. Email Steve Taylor the following details at least two
days before the event and preferably earlier. Entries by the end of Thursday
Send this information:-
Name – Age (on 20th March) – Gender – Mobile number.
Steve will create a WhatsApp group of all the runners specifically for this
race and the start of the race will be announced on this group. You will
be given a runner number by Steve to use in the WhatsApp group. Remember your
runner number, you will need it to announce when you finish the race, there
won’t be any bibs.
- At 9:30am on race day the start will be announced with a GO message on
WhatsApp at exactly 9:30am. There will be countdown messages from half an hour
before and leading up to the start so that you’re prepared and can check that
you’re receiving messages.
- Start running as soon as the GO message is received and not before.
- Once you have finished your 5k run, message the WhatsApp group with just your
runner number, e.g. "22" (no times, no pictures, just your number).
The order that the runner numbers appear in the group will be the provisional
finish order of the race so once you have completed your distance and stopped
your watch you need to grab your phone and message your number as quickly as
possible. The only exception is for key workers and shift workers who can submit
their time to Steve beforehand if they are unable to run at 09:30 on the 20th
due to work commitments - BUT to avoid disqualification don't tell anyone else
After all of the runners have finished the race Steve will message that the
race is ended and runners can then message him with their number and finish time
for him to crosscheck with and include in the final results, e.g. "Runner 22 –
Time 25:45 - at Bedfont Lakes". Don’t message your time until the race is ended
to avoid any congestion on the messaging group. Steve will merge the times with
times from any key workers and message back the full results.
The winner and/or gender age group winners will receive top bragging rights
and a place of mention in the BAAC digest.
The WhatsApp group will be deleted within two weeks of the end of the race.
This is the same format that was used back in May last year.
Track is Back - Summer 2021!
Yes, it’s true, a new season of Track & Field is almost upon us. After
a year of lockdown and limited activity, we hope to return to track action this
spring and summer. We can offer competition for all standards, whether you
are a beginner, a star sprinter, a field athlete, or a veteran. Please
come along and enjoy something from the T&F menu.
We compete in the Rosenheim League, and in Southern Veterans League.
The latter gives a chance for everyone from 35 to 95 to compete against their
peers in age graded events. These are all located in the West London area.
Here are the planned Veteran’s dates for this summer:
- Mon 10th May, at Battersea track, hosted by Serpentine AC
- Mon 7th June, at Uxbridge track, hosted by Hillingdon AC
- Mon 21st June, at Battersea track, hosted by Herne Hill Harriers
- Wed 7th July, at Perivale track, hosted by
Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC
Rosenheim League matches are being proposed for Wednesday 30th June
(Battersea) and also July, August and September dates.
All are yet to be confirmed and are subject to progress along the government
roadmap but we are looking forward to seeing you there!
We will also be announcing some track&field training sessions shortly.
Steve Hillier and others
Dates will be added to the diary soon (hint!)
2021 Virtual Relay London Marathon - BAAC Results
||Megan Chaytow (FJ10)
||Jakob Stenham (MJ)
||Francesca Stenham (FJ)
|26 (1.2 miles)
||00:07:00 (for 1 mile)
I was the first runner off at 08:00 and I was nervous as I gathered at the
start line knowing that I had a virtual crowd of 16 other runners around me.
Perhaps that spooked me a little since I ran slower than I had done in my March
mile earlier in the week.
However the BAAC team was very quickly ahead of schedule - Jain had predicted her time for a
"MAF" run but I suspect that idea went out of the window as the adrenalin of a
real event kicked in. Our total predicted time had been 3:46 but we actually finished
in 3:32:10. Jacqui Burke was most accurate in her prediction - being just four
seconds out. Jacqui was one of six from Hillingdon Triathletes welcomed to
complete our team - my appeal last week had brought in the last two runners we
needed and whilst some others then offered it was too late to adjust the teams
and include them. Please heed the lesson!
ran at different places - for instance I was at the Spikes Bridge (not)track,
the Stenhams had a four leg relay at Feltham track, Harjit was outside the BA
As a team we finished down "The Mall" in seventh place. All seventeen teams
finished with Selby Striders finishing first in 2:47:48. That was less than half
the time of the slowest team...but it wasn't all about speed.
Joe Nolan, overall organiser, writes: "I’m really
lost for words on how well it has gone …it became a true marathon festival that
has been rolling for many weeks already and I am sure for many more in our
minds, and a great distraction from the daily grunge-news and the other thingy !
Time to celebrate now, everyone who took part is a top class winner and achiever
and should be proud of themselves."
Thanks in particular to the BAAC team manager and WhatsApp coordinator
Steve Newell assisted by Jacqui Burke for the
Amanda Coombs put together the montage of
photographs and Jacqui Musselwhite also writes...
"Yesterday’s mile was great fun so thanks to all that organised it. It was
good to wear the BA vest again. I think the last time I wore it was when we did
the Virtual Marathon in 2020.
Tom Rowley [centre picture] had marked out a mile for me last Saturday in
Woking Park which I practised on Saturday 13th but it had a 100m downhill start
so I said I’d have to move the start forward 100m so that it wasn’t a ‘cheat’
mile as it needed to be flat. So good old Tom got to the park early Sunday to
re-mark another flat mile route and it took him 40 minutes to measure the mile
with his wheel and mark it all up and he pulled a muscle in the process. Bless
him. So the mile route was perfect and I ran it with my 17 year old son Tom who
managed his first ever mile in 6.12. I was about a minute later in 7.11 and Kay
Trinder dropped in on her long run to help me along for the last lap but I
managed a sprint finish weaving in and out of children on bikes and pushchairs!
My daughter Vicki took control of the WhatApp."
February Solo Mile Results
I hadn't intended to include Sunday's mile performances in with this month's
Solo Miles but I had my arm twisted. The table below includes those who did the
relay mile and who have run
four or more times since last April. Last April is when we started the monthly solo miles.
Looking back over the twelve months 43 participants have
recorded at least one run. Steve Hillier and I have managed to run every
month. Michael Ball missed just the first one, Stephen Taylor and Denis Foxley
have missed two and Melanie and Barry have missed three. Mike Dennison holds the
best time with 05:40 and amongst the ladies Maria Jovani has 6:15.
The next mile will be in the week of 8th April and it is to be hoped that
we'll have an in-person option that week.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 12th to 15th March 2021
22 results listed this week for members and friends and some regulars
did the VLMR run without posting something longer. [And Adrian Haines has just
posted that he did a 13.21km run in 50:53 on Saturday]
||Also on a windy Thursday in 43:30.
||Including the virtual London Marathon relay leg 3. Started
steadily and was just under 8 minute pace at ¾ of a mile. Picked
up speed over last ¼ mile to finish in 7:36.
||Another 5k PB. Proper windy out there especially along the
perimeter fence between BAMC and the terminal building.
||Just before the finish the route passes the end of York
Road, home of Maidenhead United FC who play in the National
||Run 4 miles every four hours for 48 hours.
||Very muddy. Joan and I jogged different routes.
||Blustery day on a Chiswick to Richmond Park 15k. Some
sheltered bits. Some in a wind tunnel .
||..."The York Road ground is officially acknowledged as the
oldest continuously used football ground in the world, having
first seen the game played there in 1871."
||Ash and Rushmoor
||A very long prep for the 1mile on Sunday. With Paul.
||Including the VLM relay leg. Also 5.25km on Saturday in
||Virginia Water/Windsor Great Park
||Chilterns / Ridgeway
||Very hilly towards Princes Risborough, loved seeing the
lambs at Bledlow. Also 8 miles on Sat in the Surrey Hills round
aptly named Wintersfold.
||120 100 80 80 100 120 mtrs 5 min between runs at Bracknell
||My fastest 5k for about a year, in new running shoes, and
having had my first vaccination - I think the shoes had more
effect on the speed!
||Burning enough calories for an ice cream.
||A few miles further than planned, too much slippery mud for my
road shoes, some scrambling but made it to 15miles. Didn't enjoy
the first 12.
||Ash and Rushmoor
||A very long prep for the 1mile on Sunday. With Julie.
||Ealing to Richmond circuit
||Fastest time on this route since January 2020.
||Complete circumnavigation of the UK mainland - see below for
||Woodley South Street-O
||Bit annoyed as planning meant I should have got all the
controls but missed one near the finish. Still, running well and
nice to engage the brain on a .
||Ealing to Richmond circuit
||Definitely a windy run especially along by the river and
coming back through Gunnersbury Park.
at Liverpool I walked round the Welsh coastline (I know that I was really there -
sorry Ben and Gavin but it
was boggy and exposed in South Wales), around Devon and Cornwall, all
the way along the south coast, round Kent, crossed the Thames, round
East Anglia (into that biting North Sea winds!) and then up round Scotland
where it was hilly and showery. I then hugged the coast back down to
Liverpool. It's on Garmin so it must be true. [On the "parkrun laughs"
Facebook group the image of this walk got 366 likes, far more than
recent jokes and stories posted on the group! It makes me wish I'd done
Cardigan Bay better but overall I was pleased with how this turned out
considering I'd only thought of it the evening before]
BA Athletics Club Records - The Half Marathon
The table below shows the club records held for each age group for
the Half-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). 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
|ROAD - LADIES (OPEN)
||Windsor Gt Park
|ROAD - LADIES (FV40)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV45)
|ROAD - MEN (OPEN)
||Bath Half Marathon
|ROAD - MEN (MV40)
|ROAD - MEN (MV45)
|ROAD - MEN (MV50)
|ROAD - MEN (MV55)
|ROAD - MEN (MV60)
|ROAD - MEN (MV65)
|ROAD - MEN (MV70)
Last week I listed the full marathon. I've always considered that the full
marathon and half marathons are very different events. This is shown perhaps by
the fact that only one of us, John Williams, holds a record at both half and
full marathon distances. John Coffey, I note, has been using a time machine to
set some of these records. Either that or our record keeping is suspect (more
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:
*Andrew Eynon's achievement was flagged in issue 56 of Round-the-Block though
there was no event write-up. But given the number and frequency of
half-marathons in the 90s and 00s and scattered club participation that it not
What can men do to stop women feeling threatened by men
when out running?
Fortunately, major incidents are very rare though they get a great
deal of attention. But sadly, minor incidents are too common and get
minimal publicity and can lead to major incidents. Women can and do lots of things, but they shouldn't have to, and
since the problem is 'men' the emphasis here is on what men can do to
reduce the threat and any danger. All men could and should contribute to
When you encounter a women runner you may know that you are no threat
to her, but she cannot know that. Things you can do to improve the
- Wear distinctive clothing with your face clear - nothing is
worse than all dark and bland with a scarf across your mouth
(nowhere do you need to wear a face covering whilst exercising
- As you approach her, cross the road if feasible or run on the
side of the road rather than the pavement,
- If approaching from behind make a noise when you are still some way behind her
- a cough perhaps (easy to do and also clears the pavement of
pedestrians fearing Covid-19). Don't make the first she hears of you
being loud footsteps immediately behind her, or nothing at all until
you barge right by her,
- Before passing an "on your right" (or "…left") is appropriate
but don't expect instant understanding so leave a gap,
- If approaching from the front then again be prepared to run in
the road or cross over. Do look up and acknowledge the approaching
runner with your eyes or a quick wave as if to say "I've seen you
and you've seen me" - but don't stare or comment. After you pass
her don't look back (if she is worried by your presence she will
look back to check that you aren't doubling back…the last thing
she'd want to see would be you eyeing her up),
- Offer to run with friends - at the same pace. Any paring makes
things better - woman/woman, man/woman, man/man,
- If you are involved in an event consider the design of the event
to minimise dangerous or worrying situations [for instance our
winter handicap runs generally have the faster runners (mainly men)
catching up with the slower runners. Thus a slower women runner will
spend most of the run with a known running colleague within sight
There are also activities that men can do to change the culture so
that fewer men trespass on women's rights. We should all be prepared to
question male attitudes and comments. Every little effort can lead to improvement.
Club Crossword from 1991
The following crossword is from a Round-the-Block issue in early 1991. It was
set by John Scaife. Some of the clues and answers may be somewhat localised and
dated but the puzzle can still be attempted. I managed to get 15 answers but
after a posting on Facebook last week a relatively recently joined colleague has
said that they have completed it - so the pressure is on John and others!
I do have an answer sheet which I'll publish next week - and you can ask for
clues on Facebook.
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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