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BA Athletics Club News Digest 21st December 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 the Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest. This weekend we had the announcement of a new variant of the virus that appears to be spreading faster despite the social distancing measures taken. Until this new virus variant is better understood please use extreme caution before meeting with others, including for exercise. Exercise is permitted, and is encouraged, and you should still be allowed to do so with your family or with one other person.
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.
Track-on-Field (by 5pm on the last Friday of the month):
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:
Club Christmas Social and Hillier Christmas Quiz
The ZOOM snapshot shows the 17 of us who joined in the Christmas ZOOM and online Quiz last Wednesday, and that clearly we were into the spirits.
Linda and Steve hosted a quiz with 50 questions (worth a total of 67 points) and the winners on the night appeared to be a tie between Neil & Barbara, and John & Marion, who both scored 54 points, an excellent 81%. The quiz questions, and answers, are available here.
Thanks to Steve and Linda Hillier (Quiz
Masters), and Steve Taylor (Zoom Master).
Christmas Collaboration Event - Letters #
Last week 29 members and friends used their run or walk to generate a letter which produced the following set. We then tried to make any sense of these letters.
Participants were: Alice Banks, Amanda Coombs, Benita Scaife, Charlotte Habgood, Chris Kelly, Chris Stockwell, Emma Moreton, Fran Stenham, Harjit Jhooti, Jain Reid, Jakob Stenham, Janet Smith, John Banks, John Scaife, Laura Stenham, Louise Cosby, Maarten Stenham, Maria Jovani, Melanie Miller, Mike Coombs, Mike Dennison, Piers Keenleyside, Roderick Hoffman, Sarah Gordon, Sarah Stovell, Simon Turton, Stephen Taylor, Steve Newell and Steve Thomas (all of whom get a club point).
Best entries for the anagram? I suspect that the best ones are still out there but these three are worthy of mention:
And two just in today:
But no one worked out the original message that I had in mind when I gave out the 28 letters (with an extra "L" added)
'L!, BAAC WISHES YOU A BETTER NEXT YEAR
Round Heathrow Event - confirmed (but solo and virtual) #
The Tier 4 announcements mean that we can no longer organise groups to run or walk around Heathrow however that does not mean that we can't go ahead with this event! But it does mean that if you do it you'll have to do it solo, in your families or paired up with one other person. To facilitate that I have put together a detailed guide of directions. This is based on a start at the Bedfont & Feltham Football & Social club in Bedfont Lane and undertaking the event clockwise. The directions will be much more difficult to follow if you do the event anti-clockwise. The directions file is a PDF with one page of directions with some photographs and then two pages of maps (with the directions repeated). The total distance is 12 miles or just over 19km. For the record, as a walk, this took me 4.5hours and I used the shops in Harmondsworth to buy lunch. If you discover that to be too far you can get back to Hatton Cross from Harmondsworth (7miles, via 350 bus and tube) or Harlington (9miles, 90 bus). However note that we are being asked to minimise our use of public transport at this time so you shouldn't set off on a trip if it is likely you'd need to use public transport to complete it.
This is the last points scoring event of the year so please let me know if you do it. If you live too far away, or in a different tier, or for any other reason can't take on this particular course - then you may do it virtually instead by walking or running 12 miles or 19km and let me know how long it took you.
December should be Magic Art Challenge
Following the success of the letters challenge it is high time this club had an art competition. So, between now and Monday 4th January see if you can use GPS or phone tracking to draw something that can be recognised from above. This could be a kid's scribble, a Picasso classic or perhaps some letters spelling out a word (your signature is a good one to try). Parks and other open spaces are good for free format drawings but it helps if there are football pitches and trees to help you keep track of where you are. Street Layouts can make surprising good pictures with a bit of thought beforehand...or a lot of imagination afterwards!
No, it isn't easy, but you will get better with practice. You'll note from my image here that it can be done - it is supposed to be an Aardvark though perhaps it is closer to a Kangaroo...but I did avoid it looking like a Mouse. I did this as a walk and this was the second attempt, and I took advantage of the layout of this particular park, as you can tell from the Satellite photo version.
Good luck...and have some fun.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 18th to 21st December 2020
This week 21 members and friends reported activities. 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.
303 events recorded results last Saturday, a modest increase on the week before due to up to 40 New South Wales parkruns restarting. More New South Wales parkruns may start this week (including on Christmas Day, such as Caroline Yarnell's local parkrun Curl Curl). Victoria is now expected to start all of its parkruns on Saturday 17th January - their reward for a five month lockdown far stronger than ours has ever been.
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 switch of London from Tier 3 to Tier 4 means we are no longer able to organise club runs. Everyone in Tier 4 is also subject to a "Stay at Home" order so unnecessary travelling should be minimised. It is still permitted to travel for your exercise but you should be avoiding public transport where you can.
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
For club shared activities we recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be followed during the activity itself. Club activities are probably not permitted in Tier 4. In other tiers any club member can organise a shared activity. To legitimize a run with more than six participants:
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