BA Athletics Club News Digest 16th November 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
Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.
This Week's Events
Please help me by sending me 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
Facebook. These allow the
posting of a single image and some text and make it easy to flip through
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 Running, Jumping, Throwing Challenge - Submit by 5pm on Saturday
This week’s challenge is to complete a "Hexathlon" - six events testing your
running, jumping and throwing ability. You can try each event as many
times as you like during the week. You only need to declare your best
performance. The best five of your six events will count towards the final
standings, so if there is one discipline which you really don’t want to attempt,
- 1: Running (1) Shuttle run - Start behind the
first line, then run to a second ten meters away. Ensure that one foot
touches the ground beyond the line, turn and come back to the start.
Complete ten runs (100m) as quickly as possible. Record your time.
- 2: Throwing (1) Single arm throw - throw a tennis ball as far as you can,
with a run-up. Measure from the point of release to where the ball
first hits the ground.
- 3: Jumping (1) Standing long jump - stand behind a line, with your
two feet shoulders’ width apart. Swinging your arms, jump forward as
far as you can without falling backwards. Measure to where your heels
- 4: Running (2) 1000m - An unusual distance, a very long sprint
or a short middle-distance run. Record your time.
- 5: Throwing (2) Overhead throw - place your heels on the line, holding a football in two
hands. Bend your knees, then uncoil and throw the ball hard, high and
behind you. You need to record where the football first lands!
- 6: Jumping (2) Vertical jump - reach up as high as you can when
standing by a wall (or post). Then stand a little away from the wall, and
jump as high as possible using both arms and legs to assist in projecting the body
upwards and record your highest touching point (e.g. with a stick of chalk in
your hands). Record the difference between the two heights.
For full instructions please see:
Any queries - ask Steve.
Ed: The current deadline for entries is 5pm on
Saturday 21st November but I can see that getting extended - please ask Steve if
you are keen to do this event but don't think you can make the target.
We are back up to 19 runners taking part in the mile. Fairly well spaced this
month other than a slow Chris just 2 seconds ahead of Emma and both beaten by an
in-form Christine who wouldn't have been far off breathing down the neck of Bob.
Then Neil was just one second behind Jacqui, despite being over a hundred miles
to the north. Whilst Maarten was easily the fastest this month look at the
improvement that Eddie is achieving month after month - by February he could be
Street Sentences Results
||A FAB ALPHABET CHASE
||"Aaagh! Vultures!! How fast can we jog?"
||Or: "Sweep step, jog past the couch, reach bush and wave a flag!"
|Fran / Maarten Stenham
||"AS FAST AS FARRAH"
|Jakob / Maarten Stenham
|John & Benita Scaife
||BAAC TWO MAKE HASTE
||Facebook message is too criptic for me to work out phase intended.
||VAST GODDESS COOKS BENT BANANA!
||Six feet gap at all times, why gamble?
||Also: "My brisk steps fast walk challenge exacts limp."
||WOMAN CALLS CAT A FOX!
||Set out to get a "Fox" (with a Zebra Crossing for "X"), as I didn’t
find any real foxes I made do with a cat.
||TOOK A PLANE TO A PLANET
||Ref SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.
||We ran for words, Midweek Athletics Crocks
||DONALD TRUMP GOT A QUICK FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS CURE
So, 13 of us took part in this challenge, or 12 once you disqualify me for
being the judge and jury. But who is the winner of the most amusing or apt phase
or sentence? I was amused by Di Smith's entry though I felt that by starting
with "Aaagh!" she was rather rubbing it in about the number of streets starting
with vowels near where she lives. I also liked the ingenuity of Fran's entry -
making most use of the only vowels available, "A"s. But I'm not sure on the
truthfulness of the statement. The Scaifes were truthful, but not humorous,
whilst Amanda had a good phase but wasn't convincing that her shoes had actually
got that dirty. Alice was clearly trying to win favour by complimenting the
event and nearly succeeded but I have to go for Steve Newell's entry as winner
for being topical and humorous with it. Note that the count has now stopped and
the judge's decision is final, unless you plan to Trump me.
Club Christmas Event
You will have noticed that we've put an event into the diary for 16th
December as the "BAAC Winter Event". There are likely to be
two linked elements to this. We are unlikely to be allowed a social
meeting by then so we need to anticipate having a Zooming Christmas
Social. To save us having to simply stare at each of us wearing
Christmas Hats Steve Hillier is offering to organise some sort of quiz.
Neither he nor I know how this could work so if you've got any
experiences of what works (or what doesn't) in terms of interactive
quizzes over video links please let Steve know.
Quiz Ideas =>
And we'll also have a collaborative event. This will involve as many
individuals as are willing to volunteer to prepare a GPS letter during a run
earlier that week. We will then use the collection of letters generated in a
word or phase generating game (perhaps as a round in the quiz). More details
will follow once I've dreamt them up.
Collaborative Run =>
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 13th November to 16th November 2020
22 members and friends reported activities, lower than in recent weeks so maybe
I've missed some people but I don't have the legs to chase people up. 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.
||Marlow to Hurley
||With one running mate.
||SRG Lockdown Challenge
||"Earned me 2 points, but I think I’ll try something simpler next
||Extremely muddy. Also 4miles on Thursday in 56:30.
||Ladyhill Park and back
||Ran through Ladyhill Park before reaching the halfway turning point.
Felt quite good.
||BAMC (BA Maintenance Cardiff)
||Also 18:20 on Saturday and 18:34 on Friday. Sunday? Kept too busy by
Simon Turton. ED: Be thankful - nothing from Simon this weekend!
||Wycombe Rye freedom parkrun
||Included a couple of diversions due to flooding.
||Workout across the road. Mostly power walking with
8x30s20s10s intervals. Also Friday walk Savill Gardens 10.21km in
||To and around Virginia Water
||Rained non-stop. Was cold and windy. Meh.
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||With my daughter who beat me as I'd bought her new fast running
||Wycombe Rye freedom parkrun
||New café now structually complete with contractors clearing up the
||For Street Sentences - see above.
||Horsell Common, Woking
||Same as last weekend 5x 300 mtres trail course with hills 4 min
||20 times of 30 seconds run/30 seconds walk/jog. Friday to avoid the
rain. A couple of issues with dogs or dog walkers, but mostly quite
||Up north somewhere
||First 6 in 60 mins on road and the other 5 cross country and hilly
||Whittlesey parkrun route +
||Included the one mile BA run in the middle.
||For Street Sentences - see above.
||Chalfont St Peters
||Street-O. Got to the start at 14:45 wanting to finish before it got
dark near 16:00. Had to wait in the car for five minutes for the rain to
||For Street Sentences - see above.
||Ealing / Greenford
||A bit of a drizzly morning and an undulating course and my first run
of the season starting off before sunrise, or thereabouts.
||North Greenford Countryside Park
||With Linda. Time? Not really counting. Distance? 4
km? Finishing encouragement? A heavy shower.
||Widmer End circular route
||Via Great Kingshill.
Alistair Brownlee put in an impressive performance at a recent "World Cup"
series triathlon in Valencia and was in the leading pack throughout the swim,
bike and run stages just losing out by three seconds to current world champion
Vincent Luis (FR) after a sprint to the line.
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
irrespective of distance, but you should follow social distancing guidance
whilst you are there. Advice is to reduce public transport and shared
- The current English lockdown restrictions allow
you to run on your own, with people in your linked household (or "bubble"),
as part of child care or with one other person
- 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.
During the England lockdown the club is not allowed
to organise any club shared activities. When the "Tiers" are reintroduced Club members will be asked not to cross the third tier ("Very
High") boundary (in either direction) to attend a club organised event.
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