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BA Athletics Club News Digest 27th July 2020

Events - see below:

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Solo Events Calendar

Week of Monday… Midweek Challenge Weekend Challenge Weekend Solo Run
20th July Track-on-Field 1500/800/400/200/100
(results below) + Ross Barkley 5k
none Best weekend exercise achievement
27th July (Wed 29th) Neil Roderick Celebratory run evening (details below)   Best weekend exercise achievement
3rd August Heathrow Mile and Solo Mile   tbd
August Events Any suggestions or requests? Suggestions for an August Run of the Month?

All unrestricted races are off until the end of July, but 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.  For the shared activities we need to continue to work with the social distancing gap of 2metres (see next section). Following England Athletics guidance enables us to operate activities with insurance. Any member can organise a shared activity by following the guidance, filling in the risk assessment form and notifying myself or Steve Hillier that you have done so in advance of the event.

Roderick Hoffman

This Week's Midweek Challenge - A Club Time Trial on Harmondsworth Moor from 18:00 on Wednesday 29th July

This week's run will be a pilot of a Time Trial format that we could use for the Speedbird Ladies event if we decide to go ahead with that before the end of August. Wednesday's event will follow the Covid-19 guidelines of England Athletics/Run Britain as permitted by the law and government guidance.

In particular ALL participants (including spectators) must be registered in advance and must be sent an electronic briefing to avoid the need for a pre-event briefing in the field. Therefore if you are interested in this event you must tell me so by 18:30 on Tuesday. I'm currently expecting 19 of us with initials AC, BS, CK, CM, DD, DF, GR, GT, JS, MD, MJ, NF, RH, SD, STu, STy, SH, SN, TM.

The electronic briefing contains full details of the event but in short runners will be set off at 15 second intervals on a 4.3km single loop course. Overtaking is allowed (though running side-by-side isn't). The course will be well marked. There are no facilities at the carpark or start/finish area.

Some of us will meet afterwards at the Five Bells in Harmondsworth, including to celebrate Neil Frediani's last week as a BA employee and my 60th birthday. It is forecast to be a nice evening so we'll probably be in the garden. The pub has a hand cleaning station at the entrance and may insist on the collection of contact details for Test and Trace. The pub is not currently serving food other than pub snacks but they don't mind us bringing our own. I've already bought some Jaffa Cakes! 

Roderick Hoffman Tell us to expect you please

Midweek Challenge - Track on Field Results

Name 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment
Barry Walters 00:07:53 00:03:49 00:02:02 00:00:53 00:00:28 Felt quite strong during this hard workout.
Emma Moreton 00:06:11 00:03:23 00:01:31 00:00:42 00:00:24
Denis Foxley 00:07:35 00:03:59 00:01:55 00:00:51 00:00:22 A slow 400 and 200, I should have left a longer gap after the 800.
Michael Ball 00:07:23 00:03:42 00:01:42 00:00:45 00:00:17 800m and 400m were long - times corrected.
Roderick Hoffman 00:07:45 00:04:00 00:01:51 00:00:50 00:00:22 Feltham track. V60 PBs set in all events
Bob Bannister 00:05:55 00:03:08 00:01:26 00:00:36 00:00:17 Full set of 5 PBs (completed in 30 mins) and first time under six mins for 1500m. Happy Days!
Steve Hillier 00:08:33 00:04:23 00:02:00 00:00:42 00:00:24 Very tired by the end!
Stephen Taylor 00:07:20 00:03:42 00:01:44 00:00:46 00:00:23 At Spikes Bridge old track (a tarmac path around the outside of the old track so longer than 400m)

July Track-on-Field ResultsThe first graph suggest that a 130m race would have been interesting - with five of us recording the same speed (extrapolated that is, between 200m and 100m speeds): Emma and SteveH slowing down, Me and Denis speeding up and SteveT staying at the same pace.

The second graph shows that Bob continues to improve - and the improvement each month is accelerating! Barry is getting better, Michael is going the wrong way and the rest of us have our ups and downs.

Stephen Taylor has discovered why I, having run at Spikes Bridge in April and May, have now switched to Feltham.

Roderick Hoffman

July Track-on-Field Improvement

"Ross Barkley 5k" Results

Participant Date Venue Time Comment
Scott Davison 22-Jul-20 Bedfont Lakes 00:24:11 It was a lot harder than I thought all this stop start ! Avoided the hills but hot. Finished with a time of 24-11 so not much difference.
Amanda Coombs 23-Jul-20 00:20:45 It was hard work, and I was actually out of the house for nearly 45 minutes!
Alan Friar 24-Jul-20 Reading parkrun 00:24:55 In 16 sections. More enjoyable than the normal parkrun.
Steve Newell 25-Jul-20 DNF Definitely struggling with speed and endurance at this stage!
Eddie Giles 25-Jul-20 Parkwood Gym, Salisbury 00:23:32 Empty gym just right!! 10 x 500m with 30 secs in between.

So, five of us gave the Ross Barkley a go, with mixed results. I was going to suggest this as an option for the week each month we have a Track-on-Field scheduled but perhaps everyone should do this as a one-off challenge one week?  I found that having done my Ross Barkley last week I was better prepared for the shorter Track-on-Field.

Roderick Hoffman

SOLO Activity Achievement Weekend 24th to 27th July 2020

This week 23 colleagues recorded weekend activity achievements.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Run Time Comments
Amanda Coombs Cycling 9.7miles Wey Navigation to Woking Sun 01:11:00 Family bike ride
Andy Rayner Cycling 10miles Sat 00:49:00 Still on the cycle plan. Improving; and in windy conditions.
Barry Walters Running 10km Swinley Forest and back Sun am 00:52:13 Started slowly but picked up the pace on the second half of run.
Ben Cooper Running 3.79km BAMC (BA Maintenance Cardiff) Sat 00:17:28 Best (and driest?) of three runs over four days. In midweek also ran 8.5miles in 1:12:09.
Benita Scaife Running 4.5miles Pinkneys Green to Marlow Sat 00:52:47 Slower than of late because someone took a tumble on the steep Thames escarpment in Quarry Wood.
Christine Munden Running 7k Ladbrook Grove Sat am 3k planned at 5:17 pace - achieved 15:50!
Clara Halket Running Savill Gardens Fri "Downroute Runners" run
Denis Foxley Running 5km Pinner Park Sun 00:30:04
Eddie Giles Running "5km" Parkwood Gym Sat 00:23:32 "Ross Barkley 5k" run
Harjit Jhooti Walking Cliveden House Grounds Sun Recovery walk (in the rain) following marathon distance run on Thursday (my first) in 5:13:48.
Jain Reid Walking 13.09km Shopping Sat 01:47:51 A brisk walk to Decathlon for a run vest I can hopefully use soon!
Joe Nolan Running 1mile Wraysbury/Sunnymeads Sat am 00:10:15 Too busy working to allow any more, unfortunately !
John Scaife Running 4.5miles Pinkneys Green to Marlow Sat 00:52:48 Took a tumble on the steep Thames escarpment in Quarry Wood so slower than of late.
Keith Johnson Running 10.55km Sun am 00:53:55 Just the one activity for me this weekend due to work.
Maria Jovani Running 5miles RR Handicap Course Sun am 00:37:19 After a few weeks injured, today I finally managed a decent pain free run.
Michael Ball Running Bracknell Sun Weekend activity track session at bracknell and return to gym
Paul Watt Running 5km Rushmoor Freedom Run Sat 00:20:37 Last parkrun/Freedom Run as BA staff.  Julie Barclay and I both retire on 31st July.
Petra Otto Running 5.2km Stamford’s Burleigh Golf course Sun Plus first one-hour gym session since lockdown.
Roderick Hoffman Running 8.56km Ealing Street-O Sun pm 01:01:29 A rerun of the Street-O from last December - in the light and light rain. Outscored my previous run.
Simon Turton Running 10km Wargrave, Sonning and Charvil Sat am 00:54:00 Gave blood last Monday and still lacking energy on Sat.
Stephen Taylor Running 16miles "Ran Somewhere" Sat 02:45:17 Map and details not available on Garmin over the weekend (should be OK now).
Steve Hillier Running 5.6km Three Boroughs Sat 00:34:08 Harrow, Hillingdon and Ealing.  Not particularly pretty, a bit of a climb, run in the rain, but a change of scenery!
Trish McCabe Duathlon 7miles/27miles Osterley Park / Ealing Parks Sun 7 mile run / 27 mile bike ride. Made the most of my one day off being outdoors.

Gyms get a few mentions this week, but not so indoor swimming pools (and softplay centres remain closed also).

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):

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

Roderick Hoffman {submit by 5pm on Monday}

parkrun Update

New Zealand parkrun continued with 29 venues open after last week's floods receded.  Attendances were up slightly week on week but were still down overall by around 25% against pre-lockdown figures.  But it is still winter there.  The 3,347 runners included 164 first timers and it was good news too for the milestone T-shirt factory workers.  Time to crank up the looms to produce 9 red "50", 2 black "100" and an olive green "250".

Yorkshire girl Hannah Oldroyd (18:03, 82.36%) is making the most of her life in New Zealand.  This week she was the fastest finisher at Blenheim parkrun on the South Island where she already holds the female course record with 17:36.  She has been first female in all of her last ten parkrun appearances and first overall in five of those.

Steve Newell

Quiz Results

Linda's latest quiz doesn't seem to have got us stumped in the same way that the previous Colour's quiz did. On Facebook all of the questions were quickly flagged as answered and a couple of people emailed in full solutions. Looks like we've been spending the lockdown dreaming of shopping. All of the answers are in the link below but here are the answers to some of the questions that fewer people had answers to...

  • 02: Tries to get favours with copper on this planet? (6,2,5) - Answer: Currys PC World
  • 14: Sterling getting good exchange rate (14) - Answer: Poundstretcher
  • 31: Young lady comes out with headless chicken and pork joints (9) - Answer: Debenhams (Deb, 'en, hams)
  • 04: Hang around with a flower (8) - Answer: Waitrose
  • 05: High moral standards, Or scientific rules (10) - Answer: Principles
  • And I'm the only person who didn't know that there is a shop on the High Street called FatFace. Will it be covered by Boris's clampdown on unhealthy foods?

Shop Around Quiz Answers

Lottery Win!

Dear Supporter,

Our Lottery 'win' !

We’re pleased to report that Cranford Park’s bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has been successful, with £2.28 million awarded by the NLHF towards an enhancement project costing £3.47 million. This will mean a new era for the park, with improvements to and restoration of natural and historical features. A big thank you must go to all members of Cranford Park Friends, especially the regular volunteers, members of the Committee, History Group and the Bid Steering Group who, working over the last 7 years, have made this a reality. Also Hillingdon Council officers at every level, especially our Project Manager Chairman Baker whose dedication to the cause has finally paid off. Well done everyone and thank you, NLHF!

More details:


Bob Barton


To what extent this will help, or hinder, our plans to run in Cranford Park, often the location of our own cross-country events, is not yet known. But if nothing else then at least they will have a toilet block!

Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes from last week underlined or struck-through]

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 if social distancing advice is kept to. The relevant law in England says that people can meet in groups of up to 30:

  • Do not exercise outside the house if 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 meet with up to five other persons for your exercise outside the home, and in some situations up to 30. Club organised events 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.

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