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BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd November 2020

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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. We intend and expect to hold the December 5-mile handicap run on Wednesday 9th December at the Bedfont Club. We probably won't be able to socialise afterwards, but please try to make the event. It will be good to see you.

Roderick Hoffman

This Week's Events

Track-on-Field will be reported on next Monday and Ross Barkley the week after - but you can do your runs anytime until then. Please help me by sending me your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to 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):

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month):

Your Name Date Run Location Cumulative time for 5k distance Details or comments
  e.g. total time taken

Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday) or use the Facebook prompt that will be added on Friday:

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

Roderick Hoffman

Midweek Hexathlon Running, Jumping, Throwing Challenge - Results

Last week’s challenge was meant to be fun, as well as being a track and field training exercise.  The ten who took part tackled some new challenges with great success, sometimes in grotty weather.  The best five performances by each athlete counted towards their final score.
The shuttle run, ten lengths of a ten metre course, was won by young Fran.  Her superior turning technique meant that she just pipped her seniors, Mike D. and Roderick, into 2nd and 3rd places.

Throwing a ball provided a strong win for Mike D.  The tennis ball proved more “floaty” than a cricket ball in windy conditions, but Mike managed to gain control.  Our top lady was Laura, who brought to bear her goalkeeping distribution skills to achieve the longest throw.

The standing long jump puts many muscles to the test. Our springiest competitor was Mike B., with Maarten just seven centimetres behind.
The kilometre run is unusual.  We try and tackle it each Spring at the start of the T&F season, then put the distance to one side, but it is a great distance to train at to gain endurance for the 800m. Once again Mike D. took the spoils.  Amanda was the quickest lady and third overall, while Jakob was the fastest junior, just one second behind Amanda.

Overhead throw – great if you can find a dusty football in your shed.  It requires balance and long arms.  Reportedly Steve N. kept his dog-walking neighbours entertained with his useful efforts, as he took bronze in the men’s group.

Vertical jump.  A test of technique, and how to measure.  Do you use chalk, or masking tape, or ask a friendly observer to help?  For the third time, Mike D starred in this event.

Shuttle run Single arm throw Standing long jump 1000m run Overhead throw Vertical jump Position
Time: Dist (m) Dist (m) Time: Dist (m) Dist (m)
Mike Dennison 34.0 41.0 1.53 03:32 (Not done) 0.35 1
Steve Hillier 35.0 31.85 1.66 (05:33) 15.69 0.33 2
Amanda Coombs 34.48 (20.57) 1.58 04:44 12.85 0.25 3
Michael Ball (41.5) 27.20 1.87 05:02 12.60 0.22 4=
Maarten Stenham 36.0 19 1.8 03:53 15.5 (Not done) 4=
Jakob Stenham 35.39 (14) 1.63 04:45 8 0.28 6
Roderick Hoffman 34.1 24.19 1.27 04:59.8 (Not done) 0.19 7
Fran Stenham 33.5 (14) 1.37 05:50 5.25 0.21 8
Laura Stenham 43.2 21 1.33 (Not done) 12.25 0.18 9
Steve Newell 52.0 (Not done) 0.72 09:24 12.7 0.13 10

Steve Hillier

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 20th November to 23rd November 2020

This week 26 members and friends reported activities. There are a few gaps again, including by two members who were actually seen by a third - but I can only report what I'm told about.  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.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Amanda Coombs Running 10.22km Around Hampton Court Sun am 01:03:05 A steady run for the Shepperton R.G. lockdown challenge. More straightforward than last week’s, but incredibly busy in the park and along the towpath. 2 points!
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sun 00:52:40 Extremely muddy. Also 10mile bike ride on Thursday in 47minutes.
Barry Walters Running 11km Swinley Forest Sat am 01:05:23 Interval session with 3 sets of 6x200m with 30 secs recovery and 2 mins between sets. Plus 3k warm-up and warm-down.
Ben Cooper Running 3.79km BAMC (BA Maintenance Cardiff) Mon 00:18:00 Also 18:13 on Sunday and 18:53 on Saturday. Averaging creeping up after my best form in the summer.
Benita Scaife Running 5.5miles To Bourne End Sun 01:03:32 Via public footpaths across Copas Brothers farm at Cookham (heavy clay soil, v. muddy in parts) and Winter Hill golf course overlooking the Thames.
Christine Munden Track session 5.2km Sun 13 x 400m with 1 minute recovery between each. Plus 5 mile cross-country on Horsenden Hill on Monday morning.
Clara Halket Running 9.37km On the ridges 01:23:00
David Duggan Running 5k Bedfont Lakes freedom parkrun 00:31:59
Denis Foxley Running 5.5miles Ruislip Woods/Haste Hill Golf Course 01:06:00 Of course golf course golfer free
Emma Moreton Running 5k (not)parkrun 00:25:00 Followed by 60 minutes live online yoga class
Harjit Jhooti Running 28.03km River Crane to Richmond and back Mon 03:15:23
Jacqui Musselwhite Running 5k Rushmoor Freedom Run Sat am 00:25:14 Plus 24.5km cycling on Sunday in 1:54 and promised my daughter I'd be up at 7am for a 10k run on Monday!
Jain Reid Running 10k Richmond riverside 01:25:22 At MAF pace
John Scaife Running 5.5miles To Bourne End Sun 01:03:32 The golf course is owned and managed by the John Lewis partnership.
Keith Johnson Running 10.8km Markyate, St Albans Sat am 00:52:40 One run weekend due to work.
Maarten Stenham Hexathlon Laleham Park Sat pm With Fran, Laura and Jakob (see above)
Melanie Miller Walking 14.3km Windsor Great Park Sat Up the Long Walk which turned out to be an extra long walk finishing in the dark  - distracted by some sounds in the tree by the ‘pond’ - talking pheasants!
Michael Ball Hill Sprints Maclaren, Woking 3x5sec 3x10sec 3x15sec 1x20sec
Mike Dennison Running 10km Lower Sunbury Sat am 00:47:03 Avoiding busy Bushy Park, taking the quieter roads and footpaths of Lower Sunbury, with a loop round the London Irish home of Hazelwood parkrun.
Neil Frediani Running 7.5miles Benson to NCL City Centre Sun Initially collecting points and street names for a local challenge then sightseeing and way-finding.
Petra Otto Running 3.1miles Third of three runs in week - total 11.8miles. Seeing my consultant on Wednesday, hoping I can continue to run up to 10k.
Piers Keenleyside Running 10miles Ealing, Kew, Richmond loop Sun 02:07:07 Slow - keeping heart rate below 120bpm.
Roderick Hoffman Running 17.45km GU Canal & Brent River Loop Sun lunch 02:00:02 Regular long run course - target of under 2 hours just missed.
Scott Davison Running 5k Bedfont Lakes freedom parkrun Sat pm 00:25:25 All OK
Simon Turton Running 5km Mon 00:27:00 Stopped when the bleed from the burst blister come through the shoe.
Steve Hillier Running 4km South Ruislip Sat 00:28:33 Warm-up before and warm-down after the 10x10m Hexathlon event. Also 10mile cycle on Sunday in 1:15.


Roderick Hoffman

parkrun News

parkrun is up and running again in Namibia but the run at Windhoek which is based on a golf course was cancelled this week because, guess what, a golf tournament was taking place!  After 2nd December, it may be possible to fly there via Frankfurt or Johannesburg but there no direct flights from London at the moment. Quarantining (7 days) on arrival can be avoided by having a negative Covid19 test result (nb £private, not NHS !) less than 72 hours old.  Allow 24 hours for the journey.  A nearby street is named after sprinter Frankie Fredericks.

...and the really good news...... if you could get a direct flight back from Namibia there would be no need to self-isolate on arrival back in England.

Steve Newell

Ed: Certainly easier than taking the six-months job with the army my mate has taken in order to run at Cape Pembroke Lighthouse every other week.

Another positive, shown in the graph, is that the number of locations operating parkruns has increased every week since parkrun resumed in September. 11,256 individuals finished one of the 117 parkruns last Saturday. It originally took over seven years to build parkrun up to that size.

Masters And Maidens Alan Blatchford Memorial Marathon

I know nothing, does anyone have any memories or ideas about the following:

Firstly is this the same club that also took runners from the British Aerospace payroll and not just British Airways? Either way maybe you can help..

I've recently found myself responsible for a model of the Masters And Maidens Alan Blatchford Memorial Marathon held late 70's early 80's. The race was held around Guildford and Godalming but not by their AC. Desmond Yeabsley was a British Aerospace draughtsman at that time and a very keen runner, so he made a model of the race. He passed away in the 90's and after collecting dust in the family I saved it from the skip earlier this year. It's a great piece of history. I've tried Waverley Harriers and GGAC with no joy. It needs a home but more important info on it.
Any ideas or leads would be grateful. Worst case though is I give it to Guildford museum.

Thanks, Mark Shorter

Let me know if you do.

Roderick Hoffman

Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes from last week underlined or struck-through] (no changes)

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 health conditions,
  • You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance, but you should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are there. Advice is to reduce public transport and shared car journeys,
  • The current English lockdown restrictions allow you to run on your own, with people in your linked household (or "bubble"), as part of child care or with one other person
  • 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 Hoffman) or Steve Hillier know of your condition/status, but we will keep it to ourselves unless you ask us to pass information on.

During the England lockdown the club is not allowed to organise any club shared activities. When the "Tiers" are reintroduced Club members will be asked not to cross the third tier ("Very High") boundary (in either direction) to attend a club organised event.

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