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BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th March 2021

 For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at

Events Calendar - online here


Shared events are now ON with two this week, a shared mile on Thursday of next week and a NOW "Cooper Test" run planed for lunchtime on 21st [new date]. See the specific diary items for details. Not everyone will be able to attend so the plan is to continue with solo run reporting for the time being.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

This Week's Solo Events

Please help me by sending in your results, for instance by filling in the tables below and forwarding to 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 everyone's entries.

Ross Barkley 5k (all those since early March will be reported on next Monday):

Your Name Date Run Location 5km Cumulative Time Total Time Taken Recent 5k Time Details or Comments
    for comparison 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:

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

Roderick Hoffman

This Week's In-Person Events - please register in advance.

On Tuesday 30th at Bedfont Lakes we are organising a run around the parkrun course. Meet near the Clockhouse Lane entrance, near the traditional parkrun start, at 18:00. That car park closes at 20:00, the one the far side may close at 19:30 but should be OK for this event. Some of us will be doing a straightforward jog around the 5k course and some of us will be doing a 5k "Ross Barkley" sprints session around the course. Anyone (including Kelly and I) can do either event or even one lap of each! Please follow the social distancing guidance before and after the event. Register your interest either by mailing me or use Kelly's Facebook event: .

On Wednesday 31st we have the next run in our Five-Mile "Winter" Handicap series. Meet at the Bedfont Club from 18:00 to finish your five-mile run for 19:00. We expect the car park, changing rooms and showers to be available - the bar won't be. The course will be the simple two-lap course introduced at the start of this series. Please register your intention to come by replying to me or using the "Sign-up" option in the calendar entry. This will be a "#" club points scoring event. At the moment Steve Newell and I have listed the following (a previous time in brackets): Steve Hillier (54:30), Amanda Coombs (44:36), Julie Barclay (38:00), Paul Watt (34:48), Roderick Hoffman (52:06), Chris Kelly (36:00), John Scaife (43:00), Joe Nolan (46:30).

It is important that we know how many people to expect at these events - please register your interest even if you are only a 'possible'.

>Roderick Hoffman (register interest)

Athletics Club Virtual Social Scattergories Quiz - Report

Our March Zoom social included a Scattergories quiz.  Competitors were challenged to come up with a list of items which started with a specific letter, and described a particular subject, e.g. Films starting with “S”.

 Despite some controversy over what constitutes an artist (should we have said painter?), and trying to identify biscuits starting with “J” (no, that one’s a cake), the 18 competitors were still talking to each other at the end of the evening.  Congratulations to the winning team of Mike and Amanda Coombs for their excellent final score of 96. 

Let’s hope we can achieve a “face to face” summer social!

Linda and Steve Hillier

Attendees were Steve Taylor, Steve Newell, John & Alice Banks, Graham, Abigail, Madeline & Dawn Taylor, Janet Smith, Paul & Kay Brandon, John Taylor & Marion Woodhouse, Chris Kelly, Amanda & Mike Coombs and the Hilliers. The Chairman/Comms Officer forgot...and had to send his apologies the next day.

March Track-on-Field Results

March Track-on-Field results

Five of us managed the Track-on-Field this month. Steve Hillier is the only person to have managed the event every month over the twelve that this has been running for. I've managed eleven months, Denis and Michael nine and Stephen eight. Next would be Barry Walters with six. Over that period 22 of us have recorded a result in at least one month and 92 results have been recorded in total. The next graph shows everybody's best results over the last year (as times, rather than speeds). Note that the 100m, 200m and 400m use the scale on the left whereas the 800m and 1500m use that on the right. I've listed participants in order of their best 400m time.

Best track-on-Field times

Roderick Hoffman

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 26th to 29th March 2021

A late addition to last week's achievements, but a notable one: Mike Dennison reported running a 5k Bushy Freedom run on Friday in  00:19:54. This was the 10th Anniversary of his very first parkrun - run in 26:48 without proper running kit.

This week 23 results are listed for members and friends.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Running 8.38km West Chiltington Common Sat pm 00:32:02 A post vaccine tempo tester
Amanda Coombs Swim Hampton Pool Mon am 00:30:00 Managed to get a slot at Hampton Pool this morning for a very gentle 30 minutes. First swim since October. Good to be back!
Andy Rayner Running 4miles XC Sun 00:52:15 Saw a Simon Turton 'Doppelganger!' By Jove! He hadn't come all the way from home?! Also Fri 2.5 wet and windy miles in 31:30.
Barry Walters Running 10km Martins Heron Sat am 00:55:50 Steady run in cool conditions. Second 5k was quicker than the first 5k.
Ben Cooper Running 11.02 Cardiff Sun am 00:59:51 5 min warm up followed by 6 miles at 4min run 30sec walk (Garmin coach training, not my choice) then 4 minute walk home.
Benita Scaife Running 5.2miles Maidenhead Fri 00:59:45 Our weekend activity (on Friday) was the longer of two regular routes that finish at Saints Cafe opposite St Marks hospital in Maidenhead.
Clara Halket Running 25.7km Blackdown Hills Sat 02:38:56 1st long run post #gogginschallenge (the 4x4x48) on a lovely sunny morning along the military trails and the Blackdown Hills.
Denis Foxley Running Ruislip Woods 01:05:00 Joan also ran for 50 minutes. I'm giving Denis the benefit of the doubt in his mistype of an "M" for the "J" in his wife's name, I don't suppose Joan will.
Emma Moreton Running 12km Staines and back Nice chatty pace!
Harjit Jhooti Walking 22.79km Swinley Forest Sun pm 05:25:59 Walk around Swinley Forest , past Prince Edwards house and Broadmoor Hospital. [Ed: on another time and day you might have met Barry sprinting past]
Jain Reid Running 22.94km Chiswick Richmond Loop Sun am 02:51:00 "Honest Gov. - I wasn't really at the beach during lockdown - my sunburn was obtained in Barnes."
Jane Harbert Swim 2.5km Silverthorne Recreation Centre (Colorado). 00:53:00 This distance is always my goal but I rarely reach it as the swim appointments are supposed to be 45 mins. Jane swam due to the snowy conditions (pictured).
John Scaife Running 5.2miles Maidenhead Fri 00:59:45 This one passes the Thatched Cottage pub, a landmark on many of the routes given out in normal times by Maidenhead AC “routemeisters” on evening meetings.
Melanie Miller Walking 15.19km Polseden Lacey Sat pm 04:26:00 A lovely hike to Polesden Lacy then Ranmore route to Norbury Park finally ending at Great Bookham in beautiful weather. Friday walked 11km Effingham Way getting wet to the core.
Michael Ball Running 3.49miles Pyrford Sun am 00:33:20
Mike Dennison Running 21.3km Bushy / Hampton Court Sun 01:41:01 A bit longer run for a change today. It was nice out, but still rather blustery, and rather quieter out than I expected it to be.
Neil Frediani mixed Run/Walk 10miles Up north somewhere Sun 01:50:00 10 very slow miles in gales yesterday. Considering the amount of walking involved 11min/miles seems quite good.
Paul Watt Running 5k Rushmoor Freedom Run Sat 00:20:10
Piers Keenleyside Running 5k Ealing Common & Walpole/Lammas Parks Sat am 00:29:27 My fastest 5K for over a year and with no groin pain. Managing to run 50+ miles a week now using the MAF where 80%+ of my mileage is at 120bpm or less.
Roderick Hoffman Running 7.4km Wandworth Orienteering Event Mon am 01:02:28 Celebrating the end of the stay-at-home order with the March Wimbledon Orienteering event. Got lost, muddy, fell once but had fun.
Simon Turton Running 11.47km Maidenhead SW Street-O Sun 01:00:00 See below. Also saw an Andy Rayner lookalike.
Stephen Taylor Running 13.12miles Ealing Canal Loop Sat 02:13:19 I headed out along the canal today, via Bulls Bridge and Perivale. Chilly into the wind but great running weather.
Steve Hillier Running 5.2km Roxbourne Park and Eastcote. Sat 00:34:31 Breezy.

Weekend Achievement photos Simon Turton reported that on Friday "I repeated the Woodley South street-o. Having run under the hour 2 weeks ago but inadvertently missed a control so righted that wrong with a clean sweep in 55:10 mins, 10.9km.

Today (Sunday) I ran the Maidenhead SW street-o; controls more spread out but running well. All ok until I reached the ‘finish’ but it didn’t register. It was only when checking the map after the run I noted the planner had split the start and finish; never seen this before in street-o."



Roderick Hoffman

BA Athletics Club Records - 800m

The table below shows the club records held for each age group for two laps round the metric track, the second event of the Ross Barkley.

To qualify as a record the event has to be competitive and timed and the runner has to be a paid-up member of the club and running in a club vest (or in an in-house organised event - but on an accurately measured course). Members for whom BA is a second claim club may need permission from their first claim club for them to run in a BA vest and claim the record (so the same performance cannot be claimed by two different clubs).

TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (OPEN) 800m Sarah Bond 02:21.0 ASCA Dublin Sep-99 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV35) 800m Jane Harbert  02:45.0 Rosenheim Kingston Jul-99 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV40) 800m Unset
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV45) 800m Lesley Macaskill 02:46.2 Jan-98 Current
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50) 800m Jacqui Musselwhite 02:43.5 British Masters Birmingham Aug-19 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50) 800m Jacqui Musselwhite 02:43.2 World Vets Malaga Sep-18 GB Vest
TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV55) 800m Julie Barclay 02:50.6 Rosenheim Walton Jul-18 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (OPEN) 800m Tim Brennan** 01:55.1 ASCA Paris Jun-89 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV40) 800m Paul Toms 02:06.1 Rosenheim Jun-94 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45) 800m Paul Toms 02:06.1 Rosenheim Jun-94 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45) 800m (indoors) Adrian Haines 02:01.0 European Masters Torun Mar-15 GB Vest
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50) 800m Malcolm Field* 02:18.6 Rosenheim Final Kingston Aug-05 Previous
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50) 800m Adrian Haines* 02:06.5 Music Festival Nashville May-19 NEW
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50) 800m Adrian Haines* 02:03.5 World Masters Malaga Sep-18 GB Vest
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV55) 800m Alan Friar 02:39:00 Grand Prix Eton Jul-07 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV60) 800m Alan Friar 02:39:00 Grand Prix Eton Jul-07 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65) 800m Brian Bennett 02:54.1 Grand Prix Eton Jul-07 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV70) 800m Brian Bennett 02:57.3 Grand Prix Eton Jun-10 Current
TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV75) 800m Alan Anderson 03:38.9 Rosenheim Eton Jul-10 Current

 If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best shape possible. New records or questions: .  We are currently checking two claims for records of those published in recent weeks.

Roderick Hoffman

*There are three rows shown for the 800m MV50. The previous record was set by Malcolm Field in 2005. Adrian ran faster in 2018 but in a GB vest so although this merits a mention it doesn't count as the club record. But Adrian ran faster than Malcolm's time in 2019 so does now hold the record. Jacqui also has separate club and country entries for the FV50.

**Round-the-Block Issue 16, July 1989, included the announcement that the club would start collating its records. Allan Smith was announced as the person to do this...but replaced in the same announcement with Graham Taylor. It is now the responsibility of Paul Brandon. In that same issue the ASCA results from Paris were printed including Tim's record setting 800m performance - finishing 3.9 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. He also won the 400m (though only by 0.6s) and there were also wins that day by "Golder" in the 200m and Barry Walters in the 5000m. As a men's team we were narrowly pipped for first place by SAS, 50points to our 47points. There was no ladies competition that year. NB "ASCA" is the organiser of intra-airline competitions primarily run between European Airlines.

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 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 health conditions,
  • 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 if reinstated do not cross the "Tier 3" boundary (in either direction).
  • Current rules allow informal groups of up to six (or two households) to meet outside and exercise together.
  • 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.

Shared club activities are permitted.  Any club member is permitted to organise a shared activity. We recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be followed during the activity itself.  Until everyone has had the opportunity to be protected by the vaccine all participants should continue to follow the social distancing rules. 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,
  • If the tiers are reintroduced then 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 this template,
  • 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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