BA Athletics Club News Digest 28th December 2020
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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.
Most of us are now in "Tier 4" and that prevents the
club from organising any shared runs. But exercise is
permitted and encouraged, and you are allowed to do so with your
family or with one other person, and if necessary travel to and/or from the
location of your exercise.
Club Event Map:
[Clickable link to Google Maps]
This week's Events
Please help me by sending me 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
Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month):
||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
Looking Forward [Editorial]
Nobody had 20:20 vision when it came to this year but what about 2021? The
following are my predictions, based on some knowledge of the science.
I am an optimist but I can't see it getting much better before March or
April. Sorry, but it will continue to be a bleak winter with tight
restrictions, large numbers of infections and many deaths, including
possibly of people you know.
But in March, parallel to the start of Spring, there will be signs of
improvement and I think that freedoms will very quickly become
reestablished. By then most of the particularly vulnerable people will
have been vaccinated and with over 90% of them protected the number of hospitalisations and deaths will
fall. In April there will be
significant conflict as people who have been cooped up and kept apart
for over a year decide that they have had enough. There will still be
constraints, but increasingly these will be ignored and not enforced.
There will still be deaths due to coronavirus, including amongst those
who were unable to take the vaccine, but the hospitals will no longer be
under the pressure withstood throughout the winter.
Come the summer constraints will be rescinded and the country will open
up and return to a normal, albeit one with changes such as voluntary
working from home and online shopping established as more the norm.
Travel within the country will be encouraged. Foreign travel will still be problematical - it will be difficult to
prove that you have had a vaccination (and note that you may be able to
carry the virus, even if you are yourself protected from it) and the
countries you may want to visit may be less progressed with vaccinating
their vulnerable groups.
Club runs should be back from March onwards, major sporting events
should be held from late spring although large crowds of spectators might not
be allowed until late summer, and all local races will run as normal from early summer.
It is unlikely that parkrun will return to the UK mainland before the
summer - the issue being that before allowing quiet parkruns to restart,
parkrun HQ want to be able to allow over a thousand unannounced
strangers to crowd together in Bushy Park and exchange tokens, and that
will be considered unacceptable until the summer.
Next winter there will be a further wave of the virus but it should only
have a minor impact due to the rollout of a booster for the original
vaccines that also covers the new variants identified over the summer.
Those are my thoughts for the new year...but I don't advise you to plan your
wedding dates based on them.
Looking Back positively
Next week we'll be in 2021 and we won't have many good memories of 2020. But
I'd like us to take with us one positive from that year - so look back over the
year and let me know your best exercise achievement of the year. It may be total
mileage over the year, or the number of occasions that you were active, or
perhaps a particular distance or time on one occasion. Or perhaps your best
achievement was raising some money for a cause or getting someone else to do
something. Whatever, let me know and we'll see some of the positives we can look
back at 2020 for.
Email me or respond on Facebook:
BA Runner | Facebook Prompt
three competitors this month for the ninth and last Track-on-Field of 2020.
Steve Hillier continuing his 100% record for the event and Michael and I our
seventh and eighth respectively. All three of us had a slow month - we were all
carrying the Christmas turkey rather than chasing it. My run felt
particularly messy, I started with the 800m but 250m round I realised I'd set
off too fast and decided to make it the 400! Then I did the actual 800 followed
by the 200, then the 100 which was the only run I felt I'd done myself justice,
and then finally the 1500. My speeds don't say the same thing though - a better
200m than I normally do albeit after a slightly slow 400. Steve Hillier shows
once more that he is a fine 200m sprinter but he has a problem getting up to
speed on the 100m, and this month Michael was a bit the same.
The third graph this month shows each persons' average speed for each event,
for those of us who have done Track-on-Field at least four times. This is
interesting, though I'll leave it to each individual to mull over what their
line says about their running. Let's hope that in the late Spring or early Summer
we can all get together at a track and see how well we can perform when we are
racing or pacing each other! The 150m event looks particularly interesting -
I'll be one of those running it so I'll be glad not to offer to be timekeeper.
We will have another Track-on-Field next month which will be reported on in
the digest of Monday 1st February.
Round Heathrow Event - Solo and Virtual #
You are all welcome to attempt the round Heathrow run or walk as mapped in the
Directions and Map PDF
with the proviso that you can start and finish anywhere and you can do the run
anti-clockwise provided you don't expect the directions to be useful. The event
is this month's Run-of-the-Month so make sure that you let me know that you have
done it. If you are unable to make this course you are welcome to do an
alternative 12mile or 19km circuit and advise me accordingly. See last week's
digest for more details.
December should be Magic GPS Art Challenge
have some entries for our art exhibition. I particularly like Michael Ball's
entry of a Swan. Especially since he didn't run this shape deliberately. It goes
to prove that you don't have to be an artist or put a great deal of thought into it beforehand
to draw something worth looking at. Indeed I put a lot of effort into planning a
dinosaur that involved a nine mile walk over (and in) soggy ground and having shared it
with my sisters (only) they remarked that it looked more like a wolf in
kangaroo's clothing. I'm intent on doing it better before next week's digest.
||Piers has used his local street layout to update his calendar,
hopefully to a better year that this one was.
Maarten is still in
this year - which he reminds us is the year of the Rat. Amanda is still
on Christmas and comes baring gifts - showing the advantage that sports
pitches can offer to this type of challenge (provided they are not in
||Steve Newell's artwork is more abstract - he calls it "Slalom Run"
(whereas I see a pool table). He used the row of newly planted trees to
assist his design.
Sarah Gordon reports that "The squirrel is a lucky
layout of local streets which makes GPS Street art a fairly simple
challenge so I added to it with a bit of free art in the local park. I
had a plan but the resulting animal was not quite what I intended to
||Hopefully these examples will inspire you to have a go. Remember,
you don't need to sign your name against them.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 25th to 28th December 2020
This week 26 members and friends reported activities. 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.
||12x400m each in 75 seconds or less [Not quite a "Ross Barkley", you
must have been taking it seriously!]. Also 13.19km in 52:51 on Sunday to
burn off the Christmas fat.
||For GPS Art (see above)
||Coral Reef, Bracknell
||Ran easily over the Coral Reef bridge and back in cool conditions.
||With my 7y/o on his bike we managed 4.5km in 36 minutes. When I got
home I still felt good so went out for a second jog this time only 3.6km
in 21 minutes.
||St Marks Hospital
||From Pinkneys Green to St Marks hospital in Maidenhead via the
Thicket, to visit the café opposite (take-away).
|| In the winter sun, and discovered the path between the
reservoirs in Stanwell.
||Including going up a very steep and muddy hill to the top of Pinner
Hill by the golf course.
||Completion of 1,000 miles for the year.
||Osterly parkrun course
||Including crossing Barnes Bridge.
||My latest comeback... first trot since November, kept moving at
least, no walks !
||St Marks Hospital
||One of its few claims to fame of Pinkneys Green is that the first
Girl Guide troop in the world was started here in 1910 by Agnes
||Markyate, St Albans
||Also 8.45km in the same area on Sunday in 0:42:25.
||First mile of 35?
||GPS Art exercise (see above)
||Lovely woodland return where we saw many deer, a few horses, a pig
and a couple of baby goats.
||Including a 17 second 100m.
||General Roy's Baseline
||To and then between the two cannon markers for General Roy's
measurement baseline for the first triangulation of Britain (see also
||Up north somewhere
||Dark, foggy, then dark, muddy and of course hilly. Just finished,
having planned on 8 miles.
||Frimley Lodge freedom run
||It felt quite good, for a change.
||Rectory Park (alternative Northala Fields parkrun)
||Running from the other side of the parkrun, and in the opposite
direction, I probably passed about 100 Northala Fields parkrun regulars.
||For GPS Art (see above)
||Busy parks [same description but different route to Piers]
||Track-on-Field run (see above)
304 5k parkruns were held last Saturday, the same number as the previous
week. Some New South Wales events didn't restart as planned due to a small
Covid-19 outbreak. But there were an additional 82 events that had been held the
previous day, on Christmas Day itself. There is no doubt that parkrun is
properly back across New Zealand and Australia (other than Victoria and some
areas in NSW). There will be New Year's Day parkruns this Friday but inline with
the decision taken by parkrun HQ last June participants will only be allowed to
register one result.
Training Camp Idea - respond please
We will soon be able to plan running with others and even visiting foreign
locations for running opportunities. Let us be optimistic and think of a
time perhaps in early summer when we can do that. Adrian Haines has a suggestion
- a group of us could fly together to Bordeaux (nb: nearest parkrun Les
Dougnes), hire a car and stay at his mansion at Dordogne (near Bergerac). This
could be for a "running training camp" though I'm sure that sampling from the
local wineries would also prove a priority and the location is probably equally
good for walking or cycling. Flights would either use BA concessions or cheap
"Hotline" specials designed to get the world flying again. When I say "mansion",
there are a total of five bedrooms and a potential capacity for 12 (with
sharing). And I probably should mention the swimming pool. Adrian has sent me
photos but this issue is already picture heavy, so perhaps next week.
If you might be interested let me know, it would be useful at this point just
to test the temperature.
- Take care and enjoy the Christmas break. Joe
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
switch of London from Tier 3 to Tier 4 means we are no longer able to organise
club runs. Everyone in Tier 4 is also subject to a "Stay at Home" order so
unnecessary travelling should be minimised. It is still permitted to travel for
your exercise but you should be avoiding public
transport where you can.
- 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
irrespective of distance, but you should follow social distancing guidance
whilst you are there. 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.
- 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.
For club shared activities we recommend the social
distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be
followed during the activity itself. Club activities
are not permitted in Tier 4. In other tiers any club member can organise a shared
activity. 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 run perform a review of the risk assessment and log and pass
on any issues or lessons learned.
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