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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th April 2020

Events - see below:

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Solo Events Calendar

Week of Monday… Midweek Challenge Weekend Challenge Weekend Solo Run
13th April "Northumberland" Solo 10k and 5k # [CIE] none Best weekend exercise achievement
20th April Your-Street-O challenge [see below] London Marathon Day Marathon Relay # [ROM] [see below] Best weekend achievement (if not in the relay)
27th April What 3 Words challenge? none Best weekend exercise achievement
4th May Solo Mile none Best weekend exercise achievement
11th May tba* none Best weekend exercise achievement
18th May Track-on-Field [T&F GP day]
1500/800/400/200/100 # [CIE]
Green Belt Relay solo
team run # [ROM]
Best weekend achievement (if not in the relay)
25th May tba* none Best weekend exercise achievement

All face-to-face events are off until at least the end of May, 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.

* Please suggest formats for runs with the "tba" in the above table.

Roderick Hoffman

2020 BAAC Solo Exercise Survey

What are you up to during this period of solo exercising? And is the club doing the right things to support you?

I've set up a survey to ask those sorts of question and to give us some responses to help us review what we are doing. The survey is here: and is open to all digest readers whether you are members of the club or not. Please open the survey and answer at least the first few questions to give us feedback and confidence. I'll summarise the responses and include them in next week's digest. Thank you.

Any concerns or queries - email me: Roderick Hoffman

Midweek SOLO Named 10k and 5k results #

23 runners took part in this week's midweek challenge - either a 10k or a 5k course. Some participants had difficulty with the distance so the results below are based on speed for those doing 10k or longer, and those doing between 5k and under 10k. I've adjusted some of the run names to avoid clashes with established events (such as the Boston 10k). You will note two pairs of runners achieving the same speed over their runs - again we can only imagine the sprint finishes we would have had, had we been cheering them on!

10k Results

Position Runner Name Grand Event Name Distance Time Speed (m/km) Comment
1 Chris Kelly Sonning 10k 10 00:43:50 00:04:23 Beautiful morning beside the Thames. Some social distancing required. Two laps of the Sonning 5k parkrun course.
2 Ian Cunningham Tythe 10k 10 00:52:07 00:05:13 To the source of the Rythe.
3 Maarten Stenham Thames 10k 10 00:53:03 00:05:18 With Jakob who got a 10k PB!
4 Stephen Taylor Brent River 10k 10 00:55:57 00:05:36 Surprisingly warm with plenty of midges to dodge.
5th equal Scott Davison Heathrow 10k 15 01:27:00 00:05:48 I turned right from Cargo and ran the perimeter of 9.3miles around LHR in a time of 1h27min !! Saw 3 planes and 3 police cars…
5th equal Tim Bellars Bletchingley 10k 10 00:58:02 00:05:48  
7 Harjit Jhooti Unnamed 10k 10 00:58:25 00:05:50 First lady
8 Trish McCabe Parkway 10k 10 00:59:25 00:05:56 With hill on the pedestrian bridge over the Parkway, and the subway underpass also.
9 Neil Frediani Hadrian Way 10k 10 01:01:08 00:06:07 Staines-Stanwell-Ashford 10k. No flies at the reservoirs today but there were big flies at the airport (2 in 5mins).
10 Piers Keenleyside Boston-Manor 10k 10 01:01:31 00:06:09 Using an Ealing Eagles club training route through about 6 different parks in Ealing including Boston Manor Park.

5k Results

Position Runner Name Grand Event Name Distance Time Speed (m/km) Comment
1 Mike Dennison Ormonds 5k 5 00:20:07 00:04:01 Running every road of the local Hampton 'Ormonds' estate…
2 Gary Rushmer Twin-Rivers 5k 5.57 00:26:19 00:04:43 Too hot to run 10k.
3 Simon Turton Loddon 5k 5 00:23:45 00:04:45  
4th equal Julie Barclay  Normandy 5k 5 00:25:33 00:05:07 Gentle run on road and military ranges / First lady
4th equal Paul Watt Normandy 5k 5 00:25:33 00:05:07 Gentle run on road and military ranges
6 (just behind) Bob Bannister Laleham 5k 5 00:25:38 00:05:08 From Staines into Laleham village and then back along the river
7 Jacqui Musselwhite Brookwood 5k 5 00:27:15 00:05:27 Head wanted to do a 10k, but body said no so stopped at 5k. Another lovely sunny evening though.
8 Anne Bannister Laleham 5k 5 00:27:47 00:05:33 From Staines into Laleham village and then back along the river
9 Roderick Hoffman Cyclic 5k 5 00:28:11 00:05:38 3 and a bit laps of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit (including the undulating section four times).
10 Steve Hillier Yeading-Brook 5k 5 00:30:59 00:06:12 The inaugural run of the Yeading-Brook 5K was won last night comfortably by Steve Hillier.  He had a big lead, as no further runners have finished as yet.
11 Sarah Gordon Not-blossom not-5k 8 00:53:41 00:06:43 Missed seeing the blossom trees and missed the 5k point.
12 Janet Smith Bluebell 5k 5 00:36:49 00:07:22 Just before the rain came.
13 Barry Walters Lookout 5k 5 00:40:13 00:08:03 Included 10mins jogging
14 Petra Otto Manor 5k 6.8 01:00:00 00:08:49 Approximate time

Roderick Hoffman

This week's Midweek Challenge - Your-Street-O

The Midweek Challenge this week is a "Your-Street-O" event - with the objective of visiting as many of the controls on your map within ONE hour (90 minutes if walking). You will need to pre-enter this so that I have enough time to prepare the maps needed. I sent out twenty maps yesterday to those I knew were interested. I could prepare some additional maps tomorrow (Tuesday) so if you want to give this a go between Wednesday and Friday let me know your postcode ASAP please.

For those who have entered - send me the results, for instance by filling in this table and forwarding to
Date Run or
Time (max...
run 60m,
walk 90m)
Number of Controls
Comment (please list controls visited, in order, or attach GPS trail)

Please submit by the end of Friday to enable me to correlate the results.

Roderick Hoffman

Next week's Midweek challenge will probably be based on the What 3 Word locations...I just need to think about how this would work. If you don't know what I mean about "what 3 words" then check out where I live on this map: . Yes, living at "transit envy wacky" is obviously saying something about me...but what three word locations do I run to? And how can we form that into a running challenge? We'll find out next week.

BAAC 2020 Virtual Relay Marathon – Sunday 26th April - Reminder #

Joe's organised event is THIS Sunday. The last update from him spoke of there being five complete teams of 26 runners including one of BAAC members & associates (though I think we were still two short). reminder - each team member will be running one mile in sequence with start and finishes being communicated via WhatsApp or other electronic means.

Let Joe know by the end of tomorrow (Tuesday) if you want to be included in this event (and remember that it is a club points scoring event).

Joe Says:

"Even though many of us are managing to keep fit and our minds positive in the current situation I am in touch with quite a lot of runners (including some of our marathon squad) who are finding motivation difficult. I mentioned this event to a number of them and it has certainly sparked great interest and they have put their running shoes on again and are out training. To mark the original 2020 London Marathon day I am organising a number of teams to run a ‘live’ virtual relay marathon, preferring teams to comprise 26 members each running 1 mile.

It is free entry ! Runners can request an approximate start time after 8am. Your runs would be local to you, can even be on a treadmill, and of course we can have participants worldwide!  I already have small groups in Scotland and Berlin onboard!  Again, just to be clear, you can still do your longer runs but just report in your mile stint being completed and in what time, to hand over the ‘virtual baton’ to the next runner.

If you cannot run on the Sunday morning then contact me nevertheless because I am allowing some ‘out of time’ runners who can do individual stints the day before. 

There will be a special certificate issued to all competing, and we will be able to look back in the happier times to come that we ‘proudly, but safely, ran London 2020 despite Corona!'). Please email me directly to confirm your interest – I cannot take entries via the Facebook group."

Joe Nolan

PLUS - This is a Charity Fundraising Opportunity

Charities are being hit hard because of the postponement of the London Marathon and other fundraising opportunities.

Next Sunday a team of BAAC runners will be running in the 2020 Virtual Relay Marathon in place of the London Marathon. There will be 26 of us in the team and we'll each be running one mile, as solo runs but in sequence as a virtual relay. This is a good opportunity to raise funds for one of the charities that won't be earning their usual contributions from events such as the London Marathon. I've set up the following JustGiving page for the BAAC team. This is through the "2.6 Challenge" scheme and for "White Lodge", one of the club's preferred charities. Please sponsor us and encourage your friends and relatives to do the same.

You are of course welcome to contribute to a different charity through a different mechanism - if you let me know through a private message I can keep track of the total contribution we will be making on Sunday. I doubt it will hit the £20million mark but every little helps!

Roderick Hoffman

SOLO activity achievement weekend 17th to 20th April 2020

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Run Time Comments
Alice Banks Running 6k Maidenhead Thicket Sun lunch 50mins Approximate time, due to not turning off Strava.
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sun 00:49:25 Back to muddy basics (so not as fast as Thursday's 0:48:49)
Barry Walters Walking 5k The Lookout, Bracknell Sat am 00:40:21 Wet conditions included 10 minutes jogging.
Benita Scaife Running 5miles Bisham Woods / Cookham Dean Common Sun 00:49:12
Bob Bannister Running 10k Staines 10k race route Weekend 00:51:24
Chris Kelly Running 5k Reading <=> Sonning Sat am 00:39:27 Few more people to skirt around.
Chris Stockwell Walking 13.84miles Windsor Great Park Mon am 04:01:00 It was so peaceful in Windsor Park this morning that I was out longer than intended for my pre-breakfast stroll.
Clara Halket Yoga workout Sat Personal Instructor led yoga session (a member of the household is a qualified yoga teacher - and takes photos too!).
Eddie Giles Running 5k Winterbourne Gunner - Wiltshire Sun pm 00:24:50 Figure of 8 course, lanes, fields, hill
Jacqui Musselwhite Running 12.5k Woking and back Sat am 01:10:00 It’s busy on the Basingstoke canal especially at weekends so easier to run on the quiet roads to ensure at least 2m social distancing. A beautiful weekend.
Jain Reid Running 19k Richmond Park Sun lunch 01:59:55 Sunny
John Scaife Running 5miles Bisham Woods / Cookham Dean Common Sun 00:49:13
Julie Barclay Running 5k Frimley Lodge Sat 00:22:26
Keith Johnson Running 5k Non ParkRun Course Around Highfield In St Albans Sun am 00:24:51 From 6.5k total
Kelly Davis Running 5k Staines Reservoir loop Sun 00:38:24 Paced? By little buddy, on bike.
Maria Jovani Running 5000m Feltham Track Sun 00:19:55 First sub 20 of the year. Also ran 21.4km around the airport in midweek in 1:44:37.
Michael Ball Hill Sprints Local Sun 3x3 80m hill sprints following extensive ground exercises.
Mike Dennison Running 5k Local streets Sat pm 00:20:16 Another not a parkrun round different streets, with a 3k cool down afterwards. After the morning rain.
Neil Frediani Running 5k Fordbridge Park Sun 00:30:58 parky rainbow Garden Parky (pb)
Paul Brandon Turbo Cycle 21.4k My Garage Sun pm 00:50:00 Turbo, 8*90 sec hard 90 second recovery
Paul Watt  Running 5k Frimley Lodge Sat 00:21:25 Third course record in four weeks! Do I laugh or cry?
Petra Otto Running 5k Whittlesey parkrun Sun untimed Following cycling 2.5 miles there (also return). No times noted. These days, I don’t run for time anymore, as not to aggravate my back.
Piers Keenleyside Cycling 17.1miles Into Deserted Central London Sun am 01:21:25 Deserted central London.
Roderick Hoffman Running 10.93miles Grand Union Canal and Brent River loop Sun lunch 02:11:24 Quite busy in places but nowhere impassable.
Scott Davison Running 5miles Block course from home Sun 00:44:34 Sun was out
Simon Turton Walking 5.4miles Around East Berkshire Sat Overcast but didn't rain. Quite a few people walking round the village when we started but hardly saw a soul when we were out on the paths.
Stephen Taylor Running 13.13miles Ealing Half Marathon Sun am 02:09:15 Why does it never feel any easier? [perhaps because you ran it 3.5 minutes quicker?]
Steve Hillier Running 4.15miles Local parks including Bessingby Fields Sat 00:43:05
Steve Newell Indoor Rowing 6800m Equivalent to Boat Race distance Sat am 29:09.3 Course PB. This was equivalent to "slack water".  Rowing races on the tidal Thames are normally held with the current giving the crews a bit of a push.
Trish McCabe Running 5miles Seven local streets Sun pm slow jog Spelling out the word "parkrun" (see picture).

Clara home yogaTrish "parkrun" street names.Mixed weather over the weekend with some having rain on Saturday, then cold on Sunday morning but really nice conditions on Sunday afternoon. Some of us are keeping good form - look at the 5k times of Maria and Paul. Maria didn't post a time for the Midweek Challenge but it looks like she'd have been well in front had she done so.

Slightly fewer of us posted me about their weekend achievements (unless I missed a batch). There were still 30 of us in the above table and between us we ran or walked a total of 222km (plus the cycling, rowing and other exercises).

Same again next weekend? Submit your best performance 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).

Your Name Event Distance Location Day/Start Time or Duration Details or comment, and other achievements
  e.g. Running          

Roderick Hoffman {submit by 5pm on Monday}

parkrun Update

When parkrun was suspended on a worldwide basis last month an astounding 143 runners were left stranded on 249 runs, just one short of the olive green vest they had been striving for for several years.  Two of our members - Zoe Ostley and Neil Frediani are in that list.  Further on up, only two runners are on 499.  One of them is the veteran Burnham Jogger Tony Merritt who has run many times at Black Park, Maidenhead, Woodley, Upton Court and scores of other parkruns around West London and beyond.  Let us hope that all those affected get the chance to run a Saturday morning 5km at least once more, one day. (#DFYB)

Steve Newell

NEW Colours Quiz

Here is Linda Hillier's numbers quiz.  For those people who have an aversion to numerical problems and who prefer to visualise the issue, try this one!  Some clues are obvious, some are tough, and it's just a bit of fun!  Enjoy.

Colours Quiz

On Facebook ( ten of us have had a go but none of us have managed to get the following four. Have you? Let us know. The Facebook item will have our answers added later on this week.

7: Green F; P S I
14: Crimson = S L in ‘S W’
20: White and Blue N M at K
24: Blue R M in V

Roderick Hoffman

Coronavirus Warning Footnote

In the UK exercise outside is still permitted because it will boost physical and mental health. The relevant law in England states, "No person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse...a reasonable excuse includes the take exercise either alone or with other members of their household". The word "need" is not defined, and you could be challenged on your interpretation. In line with government guidance; whose purpose is your health, the health of those around you and reducing demand on NHS and other services; we advise you as follows:

  • Do not conduct a solo run if 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,
  • Do not conduct a solo run if you consider yourself to be, or others consider you to be, vulnerable, such as being elderly OR with pre-existing health conditions,
  • Do not travel unnecessarily far to a location for a run - use a local or nearby park or leisure route. Your judgment is needed on this point, for instance it could be that your nearest park is busy with other people, but you live a short drive away from empty open countryside,
  • Do not meet up with others to conduct a solo run,
  • As you run keep 2m away from all others - by default diverting around them (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. For club solo relays events we will not include distances of more than half marathon length (21km),
  • If government instructions are updated to limit or prevent exercising outside your homes please respect such instructions - we should be fighting the virus, not authority.

If you are unwell yourself, potentially with the virus:

  • Put your needs first...
  • but please let me (Roderick Hoffman) or Steve Hillier know of your condition/status, BUT we will keep it to ourselves UNLESS you ask us to pass information on.

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