BA Athletics Club News Digest 22nd March 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
Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.
Club Event Map:
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This Week's Events
Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and
News@barunner.org.uk. Some events, such as the
weekend achievement, will have "Prompts" set up in
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, to be reported on
following Monday (29th)):
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that
will be added on Friday:
||Time or Duration
||Details or comment, and other achievements
Next Week's Events - in person! Please register in advance.
From next Monday restrictions are relaxed allowing us to organise club
activities. The stay-at-home order is rescinded. Anyone is allowed to meet outdoors either as two households or in
groups of six. Additionally, the club can organise events with manageable numbers
provided that Covid-19 controls are applied.
We are planning two such events:
On Tuesday 30th at Bedfont Lakes we are organising a run around the parkrun
course. We will not be running as a pack nor conducting a "race". Instead, Kelly
Davis is organising a straightforward jog around the course and I am organising
a simultaneous "Ross Barkley" sprints session around the course. Anyone
(including Kelly and I) can do either event or even one lap of each! The "Ross
Barkley" run will consist of splitting the course into short stretches of 200 to
400metre lengths and doing these as sprints. We'll then recover for one minute
or more before starting the next sprint. So, we may restart as those doing the
course at a constant speed reach us - perhaps giving the impression of a hare
and tortoise race! We will meet one hour before the car parks close. Currently
the car park closing time is 18:30 so we'd be meeting at 17:30 near the Clockhouse Lane entrance and car park. This may change to 18:30 for a 19:30
close after next
weekend's clock change. Please stay tuned for better information on this.
Register your interest either by mailing me or use Kelly's Facebook event:
On Wednesday 31st we have the next run in our Five-Mile "Winter" Handicap series.
Meet at the Bedfont Club from 18:00 to finish your five-mile run for 19:00. We
expect the car park, changing rooms and showers to be available - the bar won't
be. The course will be the simple two-lap course introduced at the start of this
series. Please register your intention to come by replying to me or using the
"Sign-up" option in the calendar entry. This will be a "#"
club points scoring event.
It is important that we know how many people to expect at these events -
please register your interest even if you are only a 'possible'.
>Roderick Hoffman (register interest)
Editorial - One year post parkrun post
Most of us who regularly participated at parkrun had their last
opportunity on Saturday 14th March 2020 so this weekend marked the one
year anniversary of parkrun being closed to us. How have we been coping
in the meantime? In this week's digest, for all the 5k runs undertaken,
I've made a comparison with each participant's most recent parkrun time,
be it from 14th March 2020 or earlier. Some of us have improved!
parkrun is currently expected to return in England on 5th June.
In my case perhaps I won't be seeing so many post boxes post that date!
Athletics Club Virtual Social Quiz Evening - This Wednesday
Make a date in your diary to attend the club lockdown quiz and social.
Here's a chance to catch up with your friends, and tackle a "Scattergories"
quiz. Lots of fun for all the family! We look forward to seeing you
this Wednesday evening.
Here are the Zoom details:
...and if needed:
- Meeting ID: 837 1107 9815
- Passcode: 458385
Linda and Steve Hillier
Spring Equinox 5k - Results #
||Ealing Common and parks
||A very local course
At 09:30 on Saturday Steve Taylor typed "GO" into WhatsApp and moments later
each of us were off on our runs. Apart from Denis who was still tying his
shoelaces and Piers who didn't have his eyes focused on his watch. We all had
different courses to run other than the Scaifes who ran together at Maidenhead.
My course overlapped with Steve Taylor's but he had done his run a day or two
earlier so that he could monitor the rest of us on the day. The "Rectory Farm"
course is similar to the Northala Fields parkrun course except it starts on the
opposite side of the course and runs the other way. I noticed perhaps twenty "parkrunners"
on my way and I suspect others running in parkrun locations saw the same. We had
decided on the 9:30 Saturday start because at precisely 09:37, as we were
finishing our first km and starting the second, the Earth shifts in its orbit
around the sun switching the northern hemisphere from an astronomically defined
"winter" to "summer". We weren't basking in sunshine at the end but it was dry
throughout and most of us took pleasant photographs of our surroundings after we
finished. Marion was unable to run due to a knee problem hence was able to take
more photographs on the way round (below).
Jacqui, supported and encouraged by Tom, was first finisher and upon
finishing messaged everyone that she had done so. As each of us approached the
line we could feel our phones vibrating with every finisher before us so had the
incentive to push hard to the line to avoid there being another one. The closest
finish appeared to be Denis just edging me by 12 seconds but once the final,
self-timed, times were added to the results Denis was seen to be 27 seconds
faster (those shoelaces at the start!). Steve Taylor awarded me the fastest
finger prize for having the shortest time between the actual time and the
Looking back to March 2020 three of us achieved near enough the same time on
Saturday as our last parkrun time (myself and the Scaifes). Three of us had
improved (Amanda, Steve Taylor and narrowly Denis, though that assumes that the
parkrun starter would have waited for him to do up his shoelaces). The rest of
us were slower - Jain was doing a MAF run so her slower time over a relatively
short distance wasn't a surprise. Marion of course was walking on Saturday.
Thanks to Steve Taylor for manning the WhatsApp.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 12th to 15th March 2021
21 results listed this week for members and friends, and some regulars only
did the Equinox 5k run.
||Late result from last weekend.
||Approximate time. Getting ready for next week's handicap
||Thurs 18th March
||Wearing the Brian Forrester red T-shirt in his honour.
Also Sunday 4mile XC in 52:30.
||Conditions were good with hardly any wind and I managed to
pick up the pace in the last 3k.
||Vale of Glamorgan
|| Including a 1 mile segment at 7.03.
||Bourne End Route
||This crosses the Thames via the railway bridge that carries
the Marlow branch line…
||To/from hospital for shift work.
||Ruislip Woods and Common
||Pleased with the time with a gentle start and fast finish!
[see also below]
||MAF run. Using roads rather than Thames side path to avoid
the crowds on such a sunny day.
||Lake Dillon (frozen)
||Bourne End Route
||...Brunel built the original wooden bridge in 1854 but this
was replaced by the current steel bridge in 1895. The
cantilevered footbridge was added in 1992.
||St Albans area
||Also 10km on Saturday in 54:36
||Barnes via Putney
||In addition to the Equinox run in the morning.
||11 short sprints on grass.
||From Epsom Downs. Forgot to "start" at start so probably 3
miles or more.
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||[slightly slower than the PB last time - see below]
||Circumnavigating home town
||5 miles jogged, 1.25miles walked.
||To complete Roderick's Dormers Wells post box challenge that
he posted about a couple of months ago.
||51 post boxes visited in my latest orienteering run.
Including confirmation that North Ealing is not flat!
Recent weekend achievement 5km runs vs 2020 parkrun times
||00:22:50 (Bedfont Lakes)
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||00:21:44 (Northala Fields)
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||00:21:15 (Northala Fields)
Again, comparing recent 5k times with parkrun times from March 2020 we are
doing all right, or in Paul's case, very well indeed.
BA Athletics Club Records - Five Mile Road Races
The table below shows the club records held for each age group for
the Five Mile distance. Next week we return to racing together over five miles
and whilst the Handicap course probably won't count as accurately measured for
record purposes this will still present an opportunity to see how we each
measure up against the best the club has had.
To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and timed and the
runner has to be a paid-up member of the club and running in a club vest (or in
an in-house organised event - but on an accurately measured course). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may
need permission from their first claim club for them to run in a BA vest and
claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different
|ROAD - LADIES (OPEN)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV40)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV45)
|ROAD - LADIES (FV50)
|ROAD - MEN (OPEN)
|ROAD - MEN (MV40)
|ROAD - MEN (MV45)
|ROAD - MEN (MV50)
|ROAD - MEN (MV55)
|ROAD - MEN (MV60)
|ROAD - MEN (MV65)
The men's records appear to have been well contested but the ladies less so.
If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best
shape possible. New records or questions:
*Helen Smith's record was set on the Berkhamsted course which many of us will
remember consisted of a steep climb up the side of the hill followed by a steep
drop into the finish. Those doing the Half Marathon on the same day did have a
flatter bit in the middle. As a club incentive to enter the event and finish
well, Richard and Bridget Ruffell offered us showers and a Sunday lunch
afterwards. Ten of us took advantage of the Ruffell's generosity that year. For
those who remember those lunches well and are thinking of dropping by once the
stay-at-home order is rescinded please note that the Ruffells have recently
Club Crossword from 1991 - Solution
Amanda submitted a correct solution - just one answer differed from that
provided back in 1991. Neither John Scafe who set this crossword, nor Steve
Newell who was adjudged the winner in 1991, submitted an entry this year.
try again in 2051.
Books on parkrun
I have the following three books relating to parkrun on my shelves. Each is
recommended though for different reasons:
- "parkrun / much more than just a run in the park" Debra Bourne -
published in 2014 so now showing its age but a detailed examination of the
history of parkrun and every aspect of parkrun up to then. Also the only one
of the three to mention me and my parkrun exploits!
- "PARKRUN / A CELEBRATION" Paul Duke and others - a book specially
designed to sit on your coffee table.
- "how parkrun changed our lives" Eileen Jones - published last month and
covering all aspects of parkrun including those that have developed since
Debra Bourne's book was published - for instance chapter 11 is on "not
parkrun" written since the March 2020 lockdown.
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.
- Do not exercise outside the house if you have
been asked to isolate or 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, or if you consider yourself to be vulnerable, such as being elderly
or with pre-existing
- You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces
but you are advised to stay 'local' (defined as "in
the village, town, or part of the city where you live."), you are also
advised to minimise the amount of time spent outside your home and
you should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are out. Further
advice is to reduce public transport and shared car journeys and
if reinstated do not
cross the "Tier 3" boundary (in either direction).
- Current rules only allow you
to exercise on your own, with people in your linked household (bubble), as
part of child-care or with one other person. You
are advised to exercise just once per day and to minimise the variety of
people you meet over the weeks of lockdown. Exercising your pet is allowed
in addition, but only on your own. The "Rule of
Six" will be reinstated on 29th March so from then on informal groups of up
to six (or two households) are allowed to meet outside and exercise
- As you exercise, keep 2m away from all others
including those you run with as well as those you meet on the run, by default diverting around
those you meet (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,
- If government instructions are updated to limit or prevent exercising
outside your homes, or to meet with fewer people, please respect such instructions - we should be fighting
the virus, not authority.
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
- Put your needs first...
- but please let me (Roderick
Steve Hillier know of your condition/status, but we will keep it to
ourselves unless you ask us to pass information on.
Shared club activities are not permitted until 29th
From then 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. Until everyone has had the opportunity to be protected
by the vaccine all participants should continue to follow the social distancing
rules. To legitimize a run with more than six participants:
chairman (Roderick) or the
(Steve Hillier) must be notified in advance that the event is taking
- One of the participants must be a paid-up member of the BA Athletics
Club and must be prepared to perform the duties of a "Covid-19 Coordinator",
if more than six attend we recommend that that member wears a BAAC top or distinctive clothing,
- If the tiers are reintroduced then participants, and the activity, should not
cross the "Tier 3" boundary or the "Tier 4"
boundary (in either directions).
- A risk assessment has to be raised based on
- The considerations within the risk assessment must be followed,
- After the activity perform a review of the risk assessment and log and pass
on any issues or lessons learned.
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