BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th January 2021
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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
Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.
Due to the Tier 4 lockdown all shared runs are off the agenda until March or
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
Facebook. These allow the
posting of a single image and some text and make it easy to flip through
Track-on-Field and Ross Barkley exercises are both due at the
end of this week:
Track-on-Field (by 5pm on the last Friday of the month, to be reported on
Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month, will probably be reported on the week after):
||5km Cumulative Time
||Total Time Taken
||Recent 5k Time
||Details or Comments
||e.g. how you split up the 5km
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
This Week's Midweek Challenge - The Cooper Test Analysis
The Cooper test was designed in the 1960s to provide a guide to an
individual's aerobic capacity and thereby suitability for military service in
the infantry or, for our purposes, for endurance distance running rather than
The weather yesterday was totally unsuitable to almost everybody without
access to an indoor track so with better conditions expected later this week,
Steve Newell will still welcome any late results up to the end of the month.
Michael Ball did his stint at the height of the blizzard. When allowed we will
arrange a session at a track and make a group attempt at the exercise. All
you have to do is run as far as you can in 12 minutes.
|Results so far
|| VO2 Max
|| "standard "
|Maarten Stenham (M43)
|Chris Kelly (M55)
|Steve Taylor (M57)
|Steve Hillier (M66)
|Roderick Hoffman (M60)
|Michael Ball (M59)
|Barry Walters (M65)
The "standard" column shows the VO2 max for an average member of the
population of the same age.
There is different calculator for those doing the test on a rowing machine
and bodyweight is an extra factor in the equation.
The units for VO2 max are millilitres of oxygen per kilogram of body weight
per minute (mL/kg/min).
The results are plotted in the graph shown here. I haven't identified the
individual runners but it is easy to see who is who from the results above. Now,
it may look like it is downhill all the way from the age of 19 onwards but when
you think about it it should be easier to run downhill than uphill.
No entries from the ladies so I haven't had to calculate a ladies graph - but
if you want to check out your own result, and work out either how much further
you need to be able to run...or how much older you need to be...see the website
ExRx.net : 12 Minute Run.
2021 Virtual Relay London Marathon !
The whole running community seems in the doldrums now, the springtime
marathon season with it's numerous training events not happening now. More
and more seem to have lost the motivation to run sadly.
Well, I never intended or expected to repeat last years' event, but after a
number of requests have decided to go ahead again - the time is right to give
everyone a boost and try to repeat the success of last year - it was fun and so
many continue to talk about it. There are lessons learnt from last time
and some extra support this time should make it bigger and better and easier
(fingers crossed !). I believe it will conform with the Covid guidelines
in the previous format.
This will be organised under the BAAC banner and I hope that as many members
and friends will take part.
Plan to put more detailed information in the digest next week, entries open
through February and the event held on Sunday 14 March.
Take care all, keep warm and be safe
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 22nd to 25th January 2021
26 members and friends reported activities for this week. 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, and I'll try to include them all.
||Scavenger hunt finding things on a list including a discarded
shopping trolley, an Amazon Prime van and a purple car! Glad I did it
Saturday as everything would have been white thereafter!
||Jog through Virgin snow (no pun intended) (I call it Eine
Schneestrasselaufen!). Also 2.2mile fast walk on Thursday.
||A steady run to Lilyhill Park and back in cold conditions with some
icy patches on the tarmac.
||Long "easy" run as requested by Garmin coach, before the weather
||Round Hindley and Mount Farms
||Stayed close to home as the accurately forecast heavy snow turned
the mud patches of a couple of days ago into a crunch fest.
||East Gomeldon and back
||First run of the year outside ,very hilly road course.
||Snowy local park
||Staines and back
||Local walk on a sunny Saturday.
||Richmond Park and beyond
||I set out on a 12k MAF run, then it started snowing. Woo hoo! I
ended up running up to Richmond Park with a lot of picture stops. It was
stunning, fabulous day
||With my friend 'foxyloxy' hunting voles and burying them in the
||Round Hindley and Mount Farms
||Markyate near St Albans
||Snowfall scuppered Sundays plans and further snowfall Sunday night
has done the same for Monday.
||With the buggy (occupied) it was slower than usual and tough but
really fun. And also on Monday my 29th day running running, a 6.2mile run in
||Horseshoe Bottom Circular
||Lovely walk in the country into the woods along a track path and
down towards Brockenhurst and back on a disused railway and met by a
||Second run round the streets of Hampton, lots more cul-de-sacs and
trying to work out the best route without too many repeats!
||Tyne and back
||7miles downhill, 2miles flat then 6miles uphill.
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||A *very* slow walk, as I really loathe exercising in cold weather.
||In the snow. I let my heart rate go over 120bpm - to keep warm!
Using extra energy to deal with slippery conditions.
||Three and a half laps of the nearest field. Plus my snowman walk
from Sunday (pictured).
||Chiswick bridge and back
||Chilly run down to Kew bridge, along the river for a bit and back
||Snowy Sunday with Some Spectacular Snowmen Spotted.
of us appeared to be pleased that we had managed to do our long run of the
weekend on the Saturday whereas the other half appeared delighted that they were
able to do theirs in a snowy landscape on the Sunday or Monday.
The photo shows Jane's fox. Jane Harbert is the 68th different person to
provide a weekend performance since last March and has contributed a new
activity - Nordic Skiing.
Snowman. This was done as a walk in a snow covered field. Except for the
bit that I ran, which Garmin has highlighted in red.
In total there were about 437 events held worldwide, a small increase
from the previous weekend. This included 372 events across Australia. The
worldwide total only included two "UK" events, the two on the Falklands, because
Nobles (Isle of Man) is still subject to restriction and Guernsey had an
outbreak on the island which caused their event to be cancelled on the morning
of the run.
Meanwhile in Australia a new ladies all-venues parkrun record of 15:45 has been set by Lauren Reid.
If you were thinking about slipping down to Singapore to try one the parkruns
there, make sure you have plenty of time, plenty of money, don't start from here
(UK) and read this first...
Travel to Singapore is subject to entry restrictions:
- Travellers who have been in the UK 14 days prior to travel, including
for transit, will not be permitted to enter or transit Singapore. This
includes all long-term and short-term Singapore pass holders and those with
previous permission to travel to Singapore,
- Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are able to enter Singapore,
but must undergo 21 days of quarantine upon arrival (14 days in a
government- designated facility, followed by 7 days at their place of
residence), have a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Singapore and at the end of
their quarantine period,
- From 11:59pm on 24 January all arrivals in Singapore, from all
locations, will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival,
- all three parkruns in Singapore are still suspended so sticking on the
plane down to Sydney could be an option but you won't find yourself any more
welcome there and the quarantine fee for a compulsory two week stay in a
government hostel is 3000 Australian Dollars.
So, to borrow an expression from parkrunner Ronnie O'Sullivan (pb 18:08 at
Hackney Marshes), you're snookered !
BAAC will continue to provide lockdown virtual challenges for as long as
Central Line Street-O
Since none of us live in that "part of the city" we may not yet be able to
take part in the Central Line Street-O series recently announced, with initial
events from Bethnal Green and Loughton Underground Stations, but all events in
the series will be open for running up to 30th April 2021 so provided there is a
partial release by then we will be able to catch-up.
Central Line Virtual StreetO 2021 – Chigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering Club
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 do not
cross the "Tier 3" boundary (in either direction).
- Tier 4 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.
- 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 in Tier 4.
For when the situation changes 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. 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,
- 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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