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BA Athletics Club News Digest 24th August 2020
I'm not at home this week so this digest may be slightly compromised in its construction and distribution. For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unrestricted races are still few and far between 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.
Reminder - Speedbird Ladies Race on 2nd September on Harmondsworth Moor
This is still planned for 2nd September but still not yet confirmed by all relevant bodies. We would like all members to get behind this if they can. Ladies should sign-up to run, Gents should sign-up to help or marshal.
The event needs to follow Covid secure processes but should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience nevertheless. The format will be like the time-trial pilot we ran on 29th July. The course will be a single loop of just over 4k and runners will be set off at twenty second intervals with the first runner starting at 18:30 and the last by about 18:50. There won't be the usual medals and prizes at an awards ceremony afterwards, but there won't be a race entry fee either (though we will recommend a charity donation instead).
This year's Ladies Race is "Invitation Only" - for club members, runners from previous years and those of clubs we have members associated with. If anyone would like to invite someone beyond that list, please contact Steve first to check how we are doing on numbers. There is a maximum field size of 60. It is a condition of participation (and of our race license) that all entrants, marshals and spectators must be registered in advance with contact details that will be passed on to "Test and Trace" if required.
Runners and spectators contact Steve Taylor - and include your contact details and a representative 5k time for seeding purposes.
Marshals please contact Roderick Hoffman.
Note that the event won't be held if it isn't confirmed by all relevant bodies, and that even if permission is given the event could be cancelled at short notice.
More details including course map: http://www.barunner.org.uk/Event_Ladies.shtml
NOW Event - Osterley Park on Wednesday 19th September
Last Wednesday saw a Dirty Dozen Covid-clean Twelve attend our first NOW event for over six months at Osterley Park. Pictured, on our best social distancing behaviour, are (left to right) Bob Bannister, Steve Newell, Barry Walters, John Scaife, Piers Keenleyside, Michael Ball, Roderick Hoffman, Amanda Coombs, Dennis Foxley, Benita Scaife, Steve Hillier and Janet Smith. Amanda's Mike took the photo.
We also chatted with the NT General Manager for Osterley and he made us most welcome - inviting us to send him registration numbers for the car park next time we wanted to drop by. Truth is he is missing the parkrun crowd!
We all ran, or at least traversed, the Osterley parkrun circuit. Most did two laps, SteveN and myself doing just the one. Of those doing the full 5k some did it "straight", others did it as a Ross Barclay.
Another NOW event is being considered for Wimbledon, meet near the windmill,
for Wednesday 16th September. It is possible that we'll have a formal club
challenge that week of an "Equinox" 5k so the Wimbledon NOW run could count for
This week's events
Last week's "normal" midweek challenge was the "Track on Field" 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m set or alternately the Ross Barkley 5k. That is continuing this week with results to be included in next week's digest.
Norbiton Street-O Results
Six colleagues coped with the MapRunF app and the Norbiton Street-O map and recorded a result.
The app and course remain available so participants can do this again and new participants can also see what they can achieve. Similar Street-O courses are available for the Wimbledon and Battersea areas and there are also Marlow and other Thames Valley maps. See the back issues of these digests for instructions on the App.
The app can also be used for more traditional Orienteering formats.
Midweek Challenge - Scrabble Rescramble (reminder)
This weekís midweek challenge returns to an event staged in April, which kept the legs, arms and brains of 24 competitors busy.
The event is open to runners, walkers, rowers and cyclists (outdoors and static). You will be allocated into teams of two. Your team aim will be to of collect as many Scrabble tiles as possible, then turn them into the highest scoring word or set of words. Hereís the plan:
I hope that makes sense!
PS When Steve sent this to me he only had the five entrants plus myself - BW,
JSm, PB, RH, SN, STu.
St Albans 10k - a real event!
On Sunday, Julie and I ran in the St. Albans 10k. It was our first competitive 10k this year and we were very impressed with the organisation and communications that allowed it to take place. There were many changes to what we would normally experience that were necessary to obtain the official authorities and approvals.
You initially had to declare an anticipated finish time and those who
declared sub-50 started at 09:00 and the over-50 minute runners at 10:15.
We both declared 45 minutes and had green numbers and had to wait in pen number 5 which was coded green.
Pens 1-4 were for runners who had declared quicker finish times and pen one started proceedings at 09:00. As mentioned, there were 50 in each pen but runners were started in groups of ten with 20 second intervals.
Julie and I were green numbers 407 and 408 within the green pen housing 401-450, as numbers were also seeded. We had declared the same time and so were therefore starting together....we eventually got underway at 09:12.
Distancing was the big concern and nothing more could have been done. In
short, it was organised based on the times declared by the runners....the event
was split into two races, directed into colour-coded holding-pens, split into
groups of ten that started 20 seconds apart.
The course was flat with km markers, mainly on tarmac path and very well marshalled.
Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the event and were really thankful to be part of an organised race after so much time.
We are already looking forward to next year's event.
Paul Watt & Julie Barclay
575 finishers. The results were a bit difficult to process, including being in two halves, so apologies to anyone missed.
SOLO Activity Achievement Weekend 21st to 24th August 2020
This week 26 colleagues reported activities with a total running/walking distance of 335kms, a new record for the group. People must be training for marathons...or really long walks. The graph excludes some of our relay events undertaken on weekends.
The photograph on the left shows Simon at the end of his run at the start/finish in Higginson Park, being photo-bombed by no less than Sir Steve Redgrave!
Petra reports "Unfortunately, I had fallen off my ladder, so Iím still licking my wounds on my back, left elbow and lump at the bottom of my head. Otherwise, allís well!!! "
And on the right is Kelly's Turkey.
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):
Victoria Dock 5k - 25th or 26th September
I announced previously an intention to run at Victoria Dock around the ten-year anniversary of the 2010 WARR event. Anyone is welcome to join me. It is now obvious that UK parkrun won't be back by then so we don't have the option of simply running the Victoria Dock parkrun on Saturday 26th September. So instead we have to decide whether to do our own run that morning, or to do a run on the actual anniversary date on Friday 25th September (obviously a working day so not convenient for some, and we'd have to meet later in the day to avoid travelling in the rush hour). Let me know if you might be interested in attending on either date and, if so, which would be your preference. We may also need to compromise on the exact course run but I'm sure we'll cope.
Relaxation of Covid-19 Restrictions
England Athletics have revised their guide to competitive track & field events with a slight relaxation of the restrictions - including accepting that it can be relatively safe to run in adjacent lanes. See: https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/08/EA-Return-to-Track-and-Field-Competition-Guidance-updated-21-Aug-2020.pdf
Summary of Changes (for competitions from 22 Aug):
Last week I had messages from two club members we don't hear from very often - Georges Tychowski and Malcolm Field. Both were too modest to boast about their recent exercise achievements, but it was good to hear from them.
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 relevant law in England says that people can meet in groups of up to 30:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
For the club shared activities we need to continue to work with the social distancing gap of 2metres. Any member can organise a shared activity by following the England Athletics guidance, filling in the risk assessment form and notifying myself or Steve Hillier that you have done so in advance of the event.
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