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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th October 2020
For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at email@example.com.
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.
This Week's Events
Please help me by sending me your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to News@barunner.org.uk. There are currently two ongoing midweek challenges and also various virtual races you may have taken part in for which it may be difficult for me to see your result.
Track-on-Field (by 5pm on the last Friday of the month):
Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month):
Weekend Achievement (by 5pm on the Monday:
BAAC AGM 2020
Unfortunately, we have been unable to arrange our annual get together to be in one room this year, so we are going to do the next best thing. Our review of 2019/20, and our look forward to next year, will be available to everyone by Zoom, on Wednesday evening from 8pm. Please polish up your laptops, hang your favourite painting on the wall behind you, and join in.
It is important we get together to obtain your support for your new committee, as they start planning for the next year.
See you there!
Agenda: BAACAGMAgenda 2020.doc
Issued Report: BAAC 2020 committee annual report v2.docx
Please join us on Wednesday for a chance to see and hear us, and for us to see and hear from you. I hope that this picture from our recent committee meeting doesn't put you off.
One advantage of this arrangement for the AGM is that we can offer an open bar. At any stage of the evening just drag yourself away from the screen, open your fridge and help yourself.
The agenda is linked to above and in the initial items we'll be reporting on the last 18months. These will be summaries from the report we circulated earlier this year - also linked to above. I intend to summarise my 569 word section into a single 17 syllable Haiku...so if you want the detail please make sure you have read the report! If you don't want the detail - then make your dash to the fridge a quick one.
See you on Wednesday,
Roderick Hoffman (Acting Chair)
Five Mile Handicap Result for Wednesday 21st October #
The first round of the Wednesday Winter Handicap was held on 21st October over a new 2 lap 8km course starting and finishing at the Bedfont Club.
Runners were able to use the newly painted changing rooms but the club house was closed. With the area being under Tier 2 Covid-19 restrictions indoor socialising would not have been possible anyway. Weather conditions were good for running but there some large puddles caused by rain earlier. Chris Kelly established a course record of 36:03. Newcomer Amanda Coombs was unfamiliar with the course and possibly unaware of Joe Nolan's status as a pace guru and ran away to set a women's course record of 44:50.
The next round is scheduled for Wednesday 18th November and arrangements will be confirmed in the Digest on Monday 16th. The event has traditionally been run on Wednesday evenings over the winter. Further rounds are scheduled for 9th December 2020, 27 January 2021, 24 February and 31 March (in BST). The best four scores out of a possible 6 count towards the final table.
Points are awarded after each run according to how close runners finish to their target time with the system favouring those who judge their pace to achieve a modest improvement.
First Round Results:
A dozen of us had shown interest in attending what would have been this year's WARR in Hawaii last weekend, before the event had to be cancelled last June. The free format virtual event has attracted at least thirteen - but wasn't able to compete in terms of climate, culture and company.
|Roderick Hoffman||10k||01:03:00||Savill Gardens||Also a 5k in 0:28:55|
|Monica Alonso||5k||Savill Gardens|
|Helen Smith||5k||Savill Gardens||Memories of great WARRs attended|
|Marion Woodhouse||5k||Savill Gardens|
|John Taylor||5k||Savill Gardens|
|Mark Taylor||5k||Savill Gardens|
|Graham Taylor||5k||Savill Gardens|
|Liz Latter||5k||Savill Gardens|
|Ben Cooper||5k||00:26:00||Pentwyn||In locked down Wales, first "WARR"!|
|Steve Newell||5k||01:01:44||Gunnersbury||Combined age >150, WARRs together >20|
|Sue Newell||5k||01:01:44||Gunnersbury||Combined age >150, WARRs together >21|
|Sarah Gordon||5k||Cosby||Remembering Sydney 2007|
|Charlotte Habgood||5k||Eltham||In locked down Melbourne|
Please advise me if you also did a 5k or 10k virtual WARR run with a photograph of yourself in a WARR shirt as proof.
This week I only picked up on 23 members and friends reported activities. Perhaps too many of us are still recovering from last week's one-mile walk. Three people submitted their activities after 8pm on Monday. Please try to make future submissions by 5pm, or 6pm at the latest.
|Amanda Coombs||Swim||5k||Walton Xcel Indoor Pool||Sat||01:53:17||Swimathon|
|Andy Rayner||Running||2.2miles||Sun||00:31:00||Also the same on Thursday in 30:46|
|Barry Walters||Running||11km||Swinley Forest||Sat am||01:08:45||Interval session 6x800 plus 1x200 with 1 minute rec. 3K warmup and warmdown.|
|Ben Cooper||Running||5km||Pentwyn||00:26:00||With niggling foot injury and Welsh lockdown...but for virtual WARR2020|
|Benita Scaife||Running||5miles||To Bourne End||00:55:14||With John|
|David Duggan||Running||5k||Bedfont Lakes||Sat am||00:33:09||Went freestyle on a new 5km route. After a slow start, each km was progressively faster...can’t complain|
|Denis Foxley||Running||Ruislip Woods||Sun||01:09:00||Very muddy|
|Emma Moreton||Running||5k||Laleham||00:23:37||With "hot yoga" as the warm-up exercise (yoga in a 40degree sauna)|
|Harjit Jhooti||Walking||17.3km||Cape Cornwall||Fri||04:48:12||Cape Cornwall to Pendeen Lighthouse|
|Jain Reid||Running||7.34km||To Richmond Park||Sat am||00:51:11|
|Joe Nolan||Running||5km||Black Park freedom parkrun||Sat am||00:30:28||Ran on my own this week before anyone else there !|
|John Scaife||Running||5miles||To Bourne End||00:55:14||Celebrating Isambard Kingdum Brunel's Maidenhead to Wycombe via Borne End railway|
|Keith Johnson||Running||12.1km||Markyate, St Albans||Sat am||01:00:00|
|Michael Ball||Sprints||Track||3rd track session of the week 200 150 100 150 200m 3min between runs, 15min rest, 200m and 10min rest, then 150m and gym|
|Mike Dennison||Running||12.07km||Bushy Park||Sun am||00:57:40||With quite a mixture of weather - sunny, windy, drizzly and heavy rain in turns. Also hill repeats in Richmond Park on Sat am.|
|Neil Frediani||Running||10km||Up north somewhere||Fri am||01:10:13||Early, hilly, windy, chilly and dark.|
|Petra Otto||Walking||9km||Across the fens||02:00:00||Also a gym session including a 2 mile run.|
|Piers Keenleyside||Running||10km||Ealing to Brentford||Sun||01:11:00||PW…but still able to run.|
|Roderick Hoffman||Running||8km||SW Wycombe Street-O||Sat|
|Simon Turton||Running||11.53km||Fitzrovia Street-O||Sun||00:57:53||20 Controls and 560 points. Then walked the Camden Streetspace Challenge (8.5km)|
|Steve Hillier||Running||5km||Rayners Lane/Eastcode/South Ruislip||Sun||00:26:04||Ross Barkley 5k but with gusty wind and increasingly driving rain on the way shortening the intervals a bit.|
|Steve Newell||Walking||5km||Gunnersbury Park||Sat am||01:01:44||For virtual WARR2020|
|Tony Barnwell||Running||5k||Rickmansworth parkrun freedom run||Fri||00:37:26|
Since it is no longer viable for BA Clubs to operate gyms, they are selling off their gym equipment. This includes big items like Treadmills and Spin Bikes and small items down to Skipping Ropes. My guess is that some of these will go for bargain prices. BA Clubs will be trying to maximise the money it gets back from these items but on the other hand it wants to complete the sale quickly and there may not be a secondhand market for this quality of equipment at this time. Please consider and bid quickly since the club have said they want to conclude within days.
Link to list: click here to access the updated document. The "Int. Guide" column represents the minimum that the club think they will be able to sell the items at.
Pictures of each item: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ESeM1IzJJtLDbpjWFXxO0qMZv_nwyPZq?usp=sharing
Send bids to firstname.lastname@example.org
There were 88 parkrun results posted last week - almost double the number from the 45 the week before. Things would appear to be moving in the right direction.
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 outside in groups of up to 6 or, in COVID secure circumstances, up to 30 or more:
If you are unwell yourself, especially if you have symptoms of the virus:
For club shared activities we recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be followed during the activity itself. Any club member can organise a shared activity. To legitimize a run with more than six participants:
Club members are asked not to cross the third tier ("Very High") boundary (in either direction) to attend a club organised event.
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