BA Athletics Club News Digest 29th March 2021
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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]
This Week's Solo Events
Please help me by sending in 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
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
||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
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
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
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.
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
This week 23 results are listed for members and friends.
||West Chiltington Common
||A post vaccine tempo tester
||Managed to get a slot at Hampton Pool this morning for a
very gentle 30 minutes. First swim since October. Good to be
||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.
||Steady run in cool conditions. Second 5k was quicker than
the first 5k.
||5 min warm up followed by 6 miles at 4min run 30sec walk (Garmin
coach training, not my choice) then 4 minute walk home.
||Our weekend activity (on Friday) was the longer of two
regular routes that finish at Saints Cafe opposite St Marks
hospital in Maidenhead.
||1st long run post #gogginschallenge (the 4x4x48) on a lovely
sunny morning along the military trails and the Blackdown Hills.
||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.
||Staines and back
||Nice chatty pace!
||Walk around Swinley Forest , past Prince Edwards house and
Broadmoor Hospital. [Ed: on another time and day you might have
met Barry sprinting past]
||Chiswick Richmond Loop
||"Honest Gov. - I wasn't really at the beach during lockdown -
my sunburn was obtained in Barnes."
||Silverthorne Recreation Centre (Colorado).
||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).
||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.
||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.
||Bushy / Hampton Court
||A bit longer run for a change today. It was nice out, but
still rather blustery, and rather quieter out than I expected it
||Up north somewhere
||10 very slow miles in gales yesterday. Considering the
amount of walking involved 11min/miles seems quite good.
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||Ealing Common & Walpole/Lammas Parks
||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.
||Wandworth Orienteering Event
||Celebrating the end of the stay-at-home order with the March
Wimbledon Orienteering event. Got lost, muddy, fell once but had
||Maidenhead SW Street-O
||See below. Also saw an Andy Rayner lookalike.
||Ealing Canal Loop
||I headed out along the canal today, via Bulls Bridge and
Perivale. Chilly into the wind but great running weather.
||Roxbourne Park and Eastcote.
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,
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
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
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (OPEN)
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV35)
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV40)
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV45)
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50)
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV50)
|TRACK & FIELD - LADIES (FV55)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (OPEN)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV40)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV45)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV50)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV55)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV60)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV65)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV70)
|TRACK & FIELD - MEN (MV75)
If you know better please send us your claim - we want to get these in the best
shape possible. New records or questions:
Stats@barunner.org.uk . We are currently checking two claims for
records of those published in recent weeks.
*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
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
- 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
- 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.
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:
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,
- 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
- 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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