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BA Athletics Club News Digest 17th August 2020
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Unrestricted races are still few and far between so the club continues to operate with Solo and Shared runs as listed above - for restrictions and advice see the Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.
Speedbird Ladies Race planned for 18:30 on 2nd September
The club is trying to get our lives closer to normality by hosting this year's delayed Speedbird Ladies race on Wednesday 2nd September on Harmondsworth Moor. We would like all members to get behind this if they can. Ladies should sign-up to run, Gents should sign-up to help or marshal.
The event needs to follow Covid secure processes and for that reason will be unlike the Speedbird Ladies races we've held in the past, but it should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience nevertheless. The format will be like the time-trial pilot we ran on 29th July. The course will be a single loop of just over 4k and runners will be set off at twenty second intervals with the first runner starting at 18:30 and the last by about 18:50. There won't be the usual medals and prizes at an awards ceremony afterwards, but there won't be a race entry fee either (though we will recommend a charity donation instead).
From today Steve Taylor will accept entries from club members and all ladies who have run with us since the lockdown started. Later on in the week we'll invite runners from previous years to enter. There will be a maximum field size of 60. All entrants, marshals and spectators must be registered in advance with contact details that will be passed on to "Test and Trace" if required.
Runners and spectators contact Steve Taylor - and include contact details and a representative 5k time for seeding purposes.
Marshals please contact Roderick Hoffman.
Note that the event has not yet been approved by all relevant parties and won't be held if it isn't, and that even if permission is given the event could be cancelled at short notice.
BAAC Membership may be due
We will shortly release the report that represents the club's status as at the end of last year, i.e. to the end of March 2020. Financially the club was doing well but the Coronavirus situation since will have a major impact on finances. The treasure's report shows that each year the club gets twice as much income from our London Marathon event marshalling than we do from membership fees. This year, to be reported on in 2021, no London Marathon events requiring our efforts have been held. Now, our bank balance remains healthy, in part because we have had fewer outgoings this year. But we would appreciate it if the people who run with us, or benefit from the club in other ways (such as through this digest), do pay a club membership fee. The basic fee for April through to March is only £9 so it has to be seen as good value compared to other calls on your money.
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This week's events
The Street-O Norbiton continues. All of the details were in last week's digest. So far only Amanda Coombs and myself have successfully loaded the App and run the course but hopefully a few more will try it this week.
On Wednesday we have our first NOW event for a long while with a visit to Osterley. I know of twelve of us who may be there (AC, BB, BS, BW, DF, JN, JSc, JSm, MB, PK, RH, SN). I need to know of others for the risk assessment (else if we see you in the park we'll have to send you to Coventry). If you want to use the National Trust carpark then you must book an arrival slot via https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house. Steve Newell and I are looking forward to meeting you all and whilst I don't want to put people off I probably should warn you that it could be wet. The cafe has tables behind the stable block and although these are outside they probably have umbrellas. I hope so anyway! In the cafe, whilst ordering your food and drinks, you do need to wear face coverings. But the good news is that the cafe is participating in the chancellor's "eat out to help out" incentive so a lunchtime snack could be quite cheap.
Steve Newell says "One option for the run is to try the Ross Barkley 5km in 10 unequal stages (averaging 500m) going round the 2-lap parkrun circuit. A GPS watch is not essential but a watch displaying seconds will add to the enjoyment. Covid19 is still in the area so the format will encourage social distancing. All runners (walkers) to attempt to rest for exactly 60 seconds at each of the five designated landmarks so 5km active time will be elapsed time minus nine minutes. There'll be the option to walk rather than run and just do one lap - 2.5km time minus four minutes. Meet by the steps at Osterley House for a 12:15 start."
This week's "normal" midweek challenge is the "Track on Field" 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m set or alternately the Ross Barkley 5k. In case there are too many other attractions I'll be allowing you to catch up on that next week - though next week the Scrabble Scramble is the priority (see below).
Midweek Challenge - Scrabble Rescramble (week of 24th August)
Next week’s midweek challenge returns to an event staged in April, which kept the legs, arms and brains of 24 competitors busy.
The event is open to runners, walkers, rowers and cyclists (outdoors and static). You will be allocated into teams of two. Your team aim will be to of collect as many Scrabble tiles as possible, then turn them into the highest scoring word or set of words. Here’s the plan:
I hope that makes sense!
SOLO Activity Achievement Weekend 14th to 17th August 2020
This week 26 colleagues reported activities, slightly more than recently and, thanks largely to two marathons / ultraruns, this week we had our highest recorded running/walking distance to date with 267.6km (so beating the 264.4km achieved by 33 of us over the 9th May weekend).
As well as the ultra-runners others of our members have returned to competitive events this week. Janet's 40.09metres didn't contribute to the total distance run last weekend but was an age graded hammer throw record for her. Adrian's mile time (in training) was nearly a minute faster than we've seen from anyone in the solo miles this year and his 2:08 800m race time would have seen him nearly lapping me based on my July Track-on-Field performance (but wouldn't qualify as a club record since he was running in the shirt of his first claim club).
And a late update - Denis Foxley ran for 1hour and 5 minutes in Ruislip words yesterday.
Some photos below, from Facebook for those without access - Janet, Jain, Simon, Clara and Neil.
Please submit your best exercise achievement of next 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):
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. The relevant law in England says that people can meet in groups of up to 30:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
For the club shared activities we need to continue to work with the social distancing gap of 2metres. Any member can organise a shared activity by following the England Athletics guidance, filling in the risk assessment form and notifying myself or Steve Hillier that you have done so in advance of the event.
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