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BA Athletics Club News Digest 15th June 2020
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Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solo Events Calendar
All side-by-side races are off until at least the end of June, but the club continues to operate with the Solo runs listed above - these ARE still permitted but see the Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest. There are no updates to this - the maximum group size is still six and the club would have no insurance cover were we to organise a face-to-face event. Hopefully we can start to return to side-by-side training and events in July.
This week's "Midweek Challenge" is another "Track-on-Field". In one exercise session see how many of the five events 1,500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, and 100m you can do, at speed and with the objective of better than halving your time from one to the next (so if you run an 8 minute 1,500m, try to do under 4 minutes for the 800m, well under 2 minutes for the 400m, perhaps 50s for the 200m, and 20s or less for the 100m). You don't have to do all of the events, you can do those you do in any order and you can do them on any day up to and including Friday BUT all the ones recorded need to be done in the same exercise session (you can't do some one day, and the rest the next). You will need a watch and you may be able to visit a quiet but open stadium (like Feltham's) or use a park with a path with 100m posts or you will need to have a GPS watch measuring in meters - some watches may have useful "auto-lap" capabilities. Treadmills are allowed, but you must be running or walking. Send me the results, for instance by filling in the table below and forwarding to News@barunner.org.uk?Track_on_Field:
Next week's Midweek Challenge will be a "Local Run" event, being organised by Amanda Coombs. Details next Monday but this will be another explore the neighbourhood type events. You'll start from home (or a different predetermined location) and run for 45 minutes (or walk for 75) on a route that you have planned to take in a number of local attractions.
In the week of 29th June, so including Thursday 2nd July, we have the July Solo Mile. I'm hoping that some of us will be able to run this together at Harmondsworth. If this is permitted then I'll announce details next Monday. The week after Steve Taylor will be organising another virtual 5k or similar.
Midweek Challenge Street Spelling Results and Report
We had 18 competitors in the Street Spelling event which was last week's Midweek Challenge. I think that we all had a good time and found local streets we probably hadn't run to before (or run the complete lengths of, in some cases). Thank you to Simon Turton and to Jain Reid for helping with the admin on this event - particularly to Jain since on the day she was unable to do the run herself due to work commitments. All of the results are listed in the table that follows.
When it comes to the winners I had a big problem because one of the competitors owned up to having explored some ambiguity in the written rules - the wording hadn't specified that you had to start at your house (and in fact that was in part deliberate because I didn't want to exclude anyone who might have wanted to start from their place of work). It would be unfair to say which participant had tried to exploit the instructions I had written for my event...except that it was my elder sister, so I will. Her raw result would have had her in first place...but with any penalty applied I would then be in first place! I explained the infringement to Simon and Jain, without mentioning who it was and the impact on the results, and they agreed with each other than the actions broke the spirit of the rules and the time taken to run to, and from, her home to the starting point needed to be added in. Consequently, the winner on fastest time goes to myself, Roderick Hoffman with Gary Rushmer second. Steve Hillier was pipped by Gary by just 3 seconds so finished in third place. On shortest distance we have a clear named winner in Steve. But which Steve? Steve Hillier this time edges into second place by 50 meters from Stephen Taylor but it is Steve Newell who made it to the top of the table with a distance of just 2.73km - clearly all of that rowing practice has sharpened his navigational skills (though note that he did run his chosen course).
I'll try to organise another one of these perhaps towards the end of July. If anyone wants to organise their own event, perhaps with members of other clubs, then I've updated the instructions here.
I-Spy Weekend Activity # (run-of-the-month)
This weekend we have something a little different (though you are welcome to report your weekend achievements instead). Saturday marks the longest day so this activity is to do the longest run or walk you can AND to ensure that you stay interested and aware of your environment tick off items you see as you go. Some examples of the items are given below - the full list is currently on this page BUT this will be updated up until 17:00 on Friday with suggestions that you make to the list on Facebook (or email me if you don't use Facebook). Later on this week I'll add some example pictures.
If anything isn't clear, or you have suggestions to make, then get in touch.
SOLO activity achievement weekend 12th to 15th June 2020
This week, the same as last week, 27 colleagues recorded weekend activity achievements. The compilation of this table does involve quite a bit of searching through Facebook so if I've missed your achievement consider whether you've provided it to me in an easily "digestible" format. Looks like we were just 2seconds off a world record - better get those adjudicators in again...
* Adrian points out that the "Ross Barkley 5k" is a tongue-in-cheek way of achieving a 5k PB by covering the 5k in any number of short sprints with as much recovery between them as you need, only recording the time sprinting. The Chelsea footballer first posted his 16:11 5k time on Strava without such a caveat. Once people had worked out how he had run such a time it has become a bit of a joke challenge, although it is still a challenge. Adrian's achieved it by running 25x200m with 90seconds recovery between each (compare with Clara above - who did 25x1000m with 60seconds recovery!). Adrian should be in good shape for this week's Track-on-Field challenge, albeit it is only 3k in total.
Finally, a couple of geometric shapes from our GPS trails this week - Amanda's swimming Triangles and my 2+2pi Circle.
Again, including if you are taking part in the I-Spy, submit your best exercise achievement of the 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):
parkrun is still suspended in every country until at least the end of this month but with Rugby matches (with spectators) now underway in New Zealand (where, of course, it is now winter and wholly appropriate) the possibility of a resumption is being discussed.
Meanwhile more people are still signing up and over 800 new barcodes were issued last week alone even though there is no prospect of being able to use one for a few more weeks yet. Leading the way with 14 was Chevin Forest in Yorkshire which was just about to have its inaugural when the portcullis was lowered (13 weeks and counting). After the initial panic buying (remember ?) all ingredients mentioned in cake recipes are now obtainable. Anniversaries we have just missed include Wormwood Scrubs (9 years), Tilgate (8 years) and Crane Park (8 years).
Ed: At the weekend I walked round the full course of Church Mead parkrun in Amersham - a parkrun so new they hadn't had their inaugural before the lockdown started. This is a parkrun for tough guys - with 140meters ascent, hence more than at Sunny Hill (91), Tring (100), Wendover Woods (105) and even Lullingstone (129). You've been warned.
Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes from last week underlined or struck-through (none)]
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 if social distancing advice is kept to. The relevant law in England has been updated (1st June 2020) and now says what you can't do, rather than only allowing you do do a limited number of things. The sections that refer to the activities of the club are "Restrictions on movement" and "Restrictions on gatherings". In short you can't stay overnight anywhere other than at home and you can't meet with more than one other person indoors or more than five other persons outdoors. Taking into account the law and official guidance we advise you as follows:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
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