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BA Athletics Club News Digest 26th October 2020

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Events Calendar - online here


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. 

Roderick Hoffman

This Week's Events

Please help me by sending me your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to 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):

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:

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

Virtual Races

Event Date Distance Time Comment (replace text)
Virtual WARR2020 (#) by yesterday 5k or 10k [if not listed below] Result and photo to be posted on Facebook.
v Vitality 10,000 (ROM #) by or on 1st Nov 10k   Result to be submitted.
Marlow Striders vHalf and v7mile races by or on 1st Nov Half Marathon or 7Miles   Result to be submitted. Counts as # if you don't do the Vitality.

Roderick Hoffman


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

Steve Hillier (Club Secretary)

Committee Meeting Zoom PicturePlease 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 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:
Target Participant Actual New target Points
54:00  Steve Hillier 54:30      54:30      25
44:00  John Scaife    42:45    43:00      21
37:30  Chris Kelly      36:03    36:00      18
50:00  Roderick Hoffman 47:20    47:30      16
50:00  Joe Nolan        46:22    46:30      15
50:00  Amanda Coombs 44:50    45:00      14

Steve Newell

Virtual WARR2020 #

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.

Participant Distance Time Location Comment
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.

Roderick Hoffman

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 23rd to 26th October 2020

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.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
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

Roderick Hoffman

BA Clubs Gym Equipment Sale

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:

Send bids to

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Update

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.

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. 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:

  • 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 still to avoid public transport and shared car journeys,
  • In England you may normally meet with up to five other persons for your exercise outside the home. Club organised events, in COVID secure circumstances, can include more. Do not share athletics equipment and continue to maintain the social distancing with anyone you do meet up with. You are recommended to minimise the total number of different people you meet with over the days and weeks,
  • 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.

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:

  • The chairman (Roderick) or the secretary (Steve Hillier) must be notified in advance that the event is taking place,
  • 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,
  • A risk assessment has to be raised based on this template,
  • The considerations within the risk assessment must be followed,
  • After the run perform a review of the risk assessment and log and pass on any issues or lessons learned.

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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