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BA Athletics Club News Digest 18th January 2021
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 the Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest. Due to the Tier 4 lockdown all shared runs are off the agenda until March or April.
Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]
This week's Events
Please help me by sending me your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to 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 everyone's entries.
This week's Midweek challenge is the Cooper Test, see later. But I'll also open up for entries in the Track-on-Field and Ross Barkley exercises both due at the end of next week:
Track-on-Field (by 5pm on the last Friday of the month):
Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month):
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:
This Week's Midweek Challenge - The Cooper Test (12 minutes) reminder
Basically the test is very simple; See how far you can run in 12 minutes (to the nearest 10 metres or 11 yards). The time, along with gender and age, can then be used to calculate VO2max and a general rating (e.g. good, average, poor). VO2max stands for maximal oxygen uptake and refers to the amount of oxygen your body is capable of utilizing in one minute. It is a measure of your capacity for aerobic work and can be a predictor of your potential as an endurance athlete. Although there are many factors that affect your VO2max, it is a commonly accepted measure of cardio respiratory fitness.
Ideally the test is carried out at a 400m/440yd running track with markers on the inside of lane 1 every 10m. Athletes should warm-up for at least 10 minutes and be advised not to start too fast as those who maintain a good but sustainable pace will obtain the best results. Please act responsibly, don't set off too fast and send your result to Steve Newell (time, gender and age).
Ed: Please take this seriously with a good ten minute warm-up, recover, then a standing start for an intense 12minute run over a flat course on which you can measure the distance covered.
January Monthly Mile Results
Eight runners this month and for most of the week it was Amanda who was edging out the boys at the front but then first Adrian posted his time and then Caroline joined in for the first time from Australia. There was a big contrast in the conditions between Caroline's run and Neil's in the Northumberland snow.
In terms of all time records for this event, going back to last April, Maria Jovani remains our fastest woman with 6:15 in Bushy Park last August. Caroline secures second place and then follows Julie Barclay (6:51), Emma Moreton (6:55) and Christine Munden (6:59) all with times under 7minutes.
Mike Dennison has our fastest male time with 5:40 in Bushy (and three other times under 5:50) followed by Paul Prescott (5:43) and surprisingly back in third place Adrian with his 5:51. Perhaps worth pointing out though that Adrian's run this month was part of a single session of five separate miles which he averaged at 5:59. Gary Rushmer (5:58) and Chris Kelly (6:02) are our only other male runner to have beaten Maria's time.
It came as no surprise to receive an email on Saturday confirming the cancellation of the Surrey League cross-country season, following the latest national lockdown. “The feedback from England Athletics is that cross-country nationally has been pretty much a ‘write-off’ with only 4 licenced races having taken place across the whole of England in 2020/21.”
Here’s to brighter days ahead, and hopefully a return to a full cross-country programme this coming autumn.
You may be aware of the UK Athletics consultation on equal opportunities and the equalisation of race distances for men and women in cross-country running. Already 7,500 people have taken the survey. If you haven’t done so and would like to have your say, the survey takes 5 minutes to complete and closes on 29th January.
Five Mile Handicap Series Dilemma
We are unable to meet this month for our Five Mile Handicap event, and it is unlikely that we will be permitted to meet on next month's scheduled date. We have been able to do two of the winter series events - in October and December. So we have had to decide what to do for the series.
We have decided to continue with the aim of completing the 'winter' series with at least two more in-person events or more if they can be fitted in (perhaps this will be known as the "Covid winter series", particularly if it ends in August). We are assuming that there will be a two-month period whereby the club will be permitted to organise Covid-safe internal events but before open events start up. Whether that will be March and April, or June and July, we can't tell yet so we won't schedule anything but we will review this each month.
It will be good to be able to meet up with club runners of all abilities for the handicap events - to include the thrill of the chase (or being chased), pace judgment from beginning to end, psyching out your nearest rival, the final chase up Hatton Road and then wondering if you had arrived back at the car park too soon. Although probably running on your own most of the way round you will be aware that you were also part of a race against other runners and also your own limitations (admitted and acknowledged).
On the same principle we could also try to fit in a BA Club Cross-Country Championship in that two month bridging period - but obviously it would be pointless to propose a date for that now.
Roderick Hoffman obo the Club Committee
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 15th to 18th January 2021
This week we've got four entries from last week that didn't make the cut last digest (at least one of which, from Melanie, was sent on time).
Then 22 members and friends reported activities for this week. 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, and I'll try to include them all.
Newsflash: Kelly's glove has been found, it is soggy but expected to make a full recovery.
There was a UK inaugural last Saturday! Mount Pleasant parkrun on the RAF base in the Falklands become the second parkrun on the islands. It is logged as a restricted access parkrun since there are restrictions on who is allowed to enter the base though I'm informed that most islanders can apply for access. But if you are a tourist then Cape Pembroke Lighthouse remains the better bet. Oddly Mount Pleasant also has an unusual start time of 12:00. There were definitely some who ran both parkruns on Saturday including driving or being driven the 80km between them. However only one result will be allowed to stand.
Most parkruns in the Australian State of Victoria restarted last Saturday meaning that almost all Australian parkruns have now restarted - 361 versus the record 380 on 29th February last year. That includes a number of new parkruns including S.S. Koopa Trail parkrun near Brisbane which attracted 391 runners to its inaugural on Saturday.
Meanwhile at Curl Curl parkrun in Sydney one of our number, Caroline Yarnell, earned a volunteer credit.
Overall there were 428 events held on Saturday (and three Australian Junior parkruns on Sunday) with 53,405 participants and 4,594 volunteers. It may now be a while until there is a further significant increase but parkrun will be back in other countries before too long, including here.
Training Camp in Dordogne/Bergerac
A reminder that I asked for any interest in a trip later on this year with running training as the excuse for a stay in the Bordeaux area.
There is space for some photographs this week...
The property is regularly rented out and includes 5 bedrooms. Adrian can let you know relevant costs and details.
Contact me in the first instance if you are interested in the training camp idea or for a family for a whole property hire.
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.
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
Shared club activities are not permitted in Tier 4. For when the situation changes 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. To legitimize a run with more than six participants:
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