BA Athletics Club News Digest 23rd November 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
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.
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
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
Track-on-Field (by 5pm on the last Friday of the month):
Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month):
||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:
||Time or Duration
||Details or comment, and other achievements
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.
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.
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
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.
||Single arm throw
||Standing long jump
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.
||Around Hampton Court
||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!
||Extremely muddy. Also 10mile bike ride on Thursday in 47minutes.
||Interval session with 3 sets of 6x200m with 30 secs recovery and 2
mins between sets. Plus 3k warm-up and warm-down.
||BAMC (BA Maintenance Cardiff)
||Also 18:13 on Sunday and 18:53 on Saturday. Averaging creeping up
after my best form in the summer.
||To Bourne End
||Via public footpaths across Copas Brothers farm at Cookham (heavy
clay soil, v. muddy in parts) and Winter Hill golf course overlooking
||13 x 400m with 1 minute recovery between each. Plus 5 mile
cross-country on Horsenden Hill on Monday morning.
||On the ridges
||Bedfont Lakes freedom parkrun
||Ruislip Woods/Haste Hill Golf Course
||Of course golf course golfer free
||Followed by 60 minutes live online yoga class
||River Crane to Richmond and back
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||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!
||At MAF pace
||To Bourne End
||The golf course is owned and managed by the John Lewis partnership.
||Markyate, St Albans
||One run weekend due to work.
||With Fran, Laura and Jakob (see above)
||Windsor Great Park
||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!
||3x5sec 3x10sec 3x15sec 1x20sec
||Avoiding busy Bushy Park, taking the quieter roads and footpaths of
Lower Sunbury, with a loop round the London Irish home of Hazelwood
||Benson to NCL City Centre
||Initially collecting points and street names for a local challenge
then sightseeing and way-finding.
||Third of three runs in week - total 11.8miles. Seeing my consultant
on Wednesday, hoping I can continue to run up to 10k.
||Ealing, Kew, Richmond loop
||Slow - keeping heart rate below 120bpm.
||GU Canal & Brent River Loop
||Regular long run course - target of under 2 hours just missed.
||Bedfont Lakes freedom parkrun
||Stopped when the bleed from the burst blister come through the shoe.
||Warm-up before and warm-down after the 10x10m Hexathlon event. Also
10mile cycle on Sunday in 1:15.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
irrespective of distance, but you should follow social distancing guidance
whilst you are there. Advice is to reduce public transport and shared
- 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
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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