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BA Athletics Club News Digest 20th July 2020
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Solo Events Calendar
All unrestricted races are off until at least the end of July, but 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. For the shared activities we need to continue to work with the social distancing gap of 2metres (see next section). Following their guidance enables us to operate activities with their insurance. Any member can organise a shared activity by following the guidance, filling in the risk assessment form and notifying myself or Steve Hillier that you have done so in advance of the event.
Update on Return to Shared Activities / Shared runs plans including Wednesday 29th July
England Athletics has now issued guidance allowing a return to restricted activities at grassroots level by affiliated clubs. On the positive side this allows the club to be in control of allowing events with unlimited numbers participating and on any venue - there are admin activities to be carried out and obligations on club officials and participants but this should open the door to many shared activities. But on the bad news side England Athletics is still insisting that there are no measures that can be adopted to enable the 1m+ social distancing rule as opposed to the 2m standard. So for instance in their Track and Field guidance they insist that lanes are used throughout every race and with every other lane left empty. This limits races to a maximum length of 800m and just 4 competitors on a large track, on a four lane track you could only have two. This is in contrast to the stance taken by the regulators and this is shown by the Football Association having had its grassroots proposals agreed by the government with no social distancing gaps whilst the ball is in play. I have complained to English Athletics, as I'm sure others have also, but so far there has been no justification given as to why EA is taking a far more cautious line than the government allows. The government stance is driven by the science taking into consideration the level of virus in the community.
The club wants to continue to follow the guidance of English Athletics but clearly needs to examine if this is appropriate given the 2m constraint. On Harmondsworth Moor, for instance, rarely is the path wide enough to allow overtaking so in a race the leader into the first corner would become the winner - all those having overtaken having been disqualified and banned from future events.
However, we would still like to go ahead with plans that include holding a Speedbird Ladies "race" around the end of August. The format that could work for this would be a time-trial. This would involve setting up a single lap course and setting runners off with gaps between them. There could be the occasional need to overtake in this, which we would have to turn a blind eye to (!), but there would be no need for competitive runners to bunch or run side-by-side.
Next week's run, on Harmondsworth Moor, probably from 6:30pm, would be an ideal opportunity to trial that format so I would like as many of you as possible to try to make that event - remember that it is a celebratory event for my 60th birthday and for Neil Frediani leaving the airline. You do need to register in advance that you will probably be there. I need to work out a suitable loop course but a length of about 3k is likely. Let me know ASAP and I'll email you to tell you more about the specific event and our requirements from you on the day. Hopefully it will be a nice evening and we can retire afterwards to the garden of one of the Harmondsworth Pubs where the agreed safe social distancing requirement is less than that of England Athletics.
Midweek Challenge - Track on Field (or "Ross Barkley 5k")
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 running faster in each shorter event. 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. 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:
I will be doing this event at Feltham, probably late Thursday morning. Please let me know if you would like to join me (I would need to fill in the risk assessment form, so you do need to tell me).
If you don't want to do the fixed distances as above then I'm giving you a second option this week - the "Ross Barkley 5k". You may recall that Adrian Haines did one of these a couple of months ago. During the early days of lockdown the Chelsea footballer had posted a surprisingly fast 5k time. Investigation followed and he admitted that it had been a series of sprints covering 5k though interspaced with recovery. So to do a "Ross Barkley 5k" that is what you need to do - for instance, on a known 5k course such as a parkrun course, set off fast and as you approach your limit note a tree or lamp post alongside the course and pause your watch. Then get your breath back (take as long as you need) then jog back round and up to the marker and start the watch again for another fast section. I did one of these last Friday with 17 sections and delivered a "5k" time of 24:06 (compared with my previous weekend's virtual race time of 28:30 on the same course). But I need to give you a warning - this is not an easy option - you'll get a 5k time to boast about afterwards but don't plan on being up to much for the rest of the day!
Midweek Challenge - Street Respelling Results
Another successful event with the top threes on time and distance being shared by six different participants! And everybody got negative distances. Well done to first placers Mike and Steve Newell, especially Steve for including the beer purchase on his travel. The popular words were clearly Javelins and Quotable. I wonder if participants challenged themselves to get the "J" and "i" or the "Qu" rather than go for an easier word?
PS I also did a street spelling run on Thursday in which I visited the entire AtoZ of streets (including two different Zebra Crossings for "Z" and "X"). This took me 0:43:23 and 6.48km. It is good to see that only one of us took longer than this and no one had to travel further to get their eight letters.
SOLO Activity Achievement Weekend 17th to 20th July 2020
This week 28 colleagues recorded weekend activity achievements.
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):
New Zealand continues to be the only country where parkruns are operating. Attendances were slightly down for resumption week 3, partly due to one cancellation (Whangarei) caused by flooding (thunderstorm). Boris Johnson has broadcast a vague promise/hope that UK will be back to normal by Christmas (nb his constituency doesn't actually have a parkrun so …..).
Thinking ahead a bit - the Track & Trace team will have it easy if somebody runs at Bushy one Saturday and tests positive for the virus the next day. Just check the results and call up (text or email) 1000+ people from the parkrun database and instruct them to self isolate for two weeks (i.e. miss the next two parkrun Saturdays). What about unknown runners? Procedures may need to change with runners without a barcode not being allowed into the start area. Suggest you arrive at least ten minutes earlier than usual. Ed adds - this is a difficult area because what you don't want to achieve with any new processes is an increase in interaction either before or after the run and arriving early and having checks for non-barcoded runners would do this. But in any case England Athletics rules currently say that the 1,000+ Bushy runners have to be spread over 2+ km with no overtaking allowed (or, thinking out of the box, across a 2+ km front thereby needing a large field 2km by 5km).
Claygate 5 (virtual)
Last week we had a virtual 5 mile race in our village on the same course as the traditional Claygate 5. I was very pleased to finish as 3rd fastest Super Vet (over 50), matching my place from last year, finishing in 35:40. The race managed to make a significant contribution to local charities – one bonus of a virtual race is no costs for timing / chips / medical support etc.!
HI, hope this finds you well.
Attached is a quiz which the club might like to try – particularly good if they are retail junkies.
40 cryptic clues to shops, emporiums and the like on the High Street in the UK.
Ed: I'll get this set up in Facebook to check if between us we know all the shops but for now please get a head start.
EA Virtual 5k - Club Team Results
The club got team results in the EA Virtual 5k last weekend. Our top three men (for team BAW) were Maarten Stenham, Keith Johnson and Scott Davison and finished 228th team out of at least 256 teams [I'm always suspicious when the last row in a table has the magic number "256"] and our Ladies Amanda Coombs, Harjit Jhooti and Sarah Gordon finished 114th of perhaps 120 teams.
Well done all.
Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes from last week underlined or struck-through]
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 replaced (3rd July 2020) and now says that people can meet in groups of up to 30. However England Athletics has not yet updated their guidance hence our advise remains largely as it was (but should shortly change):
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
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