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BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th March 2020


  • Thursday 2nd April Solo Mile @ your course, your time [see below]
  • Weekend 4th April - Weekend Solo run [see below]
  • Sunday 5th April - Virtual Relay Marathon [see below]

All face-to-face events are off for the time being but the club continues to operate with Solo runs - these ARE still permitted but see the Coronavirus footnote at end and the "Know the Law" item below.

New members and potential members of all fitness levels and abilities are welcome at these events. The full diary of club featured events is on the club website at: Diary.shtml. Last updated: 10th March/30th March but further cancellations expected.

* Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps] (parkrun details updated 12th February 2020) / # Club Points event.

Facebook: (formal "front window" club page), BA Runner Facebook Group (informal "back office", ask to join).

Inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at


What we have in common is a link to the British Airways Athletics Club. Within our number there are individuals in a wide variety of circumstances. Some may fall into the extremely vulnerable category, who have been advised to shield themselves and to not go out for any reason for 12 weeks. Some may be self-isolating because of symptoms that may indicate that they or a housemate has coronavirus. Others may not be in those categories but may be choosing to self-isolate more than as stipulated by the government. Some of us have jobs that are effectively on hold, and those self-employed will have concerns on their lack of income, but these people may be twiddling their thumbs whereas those with jobs that still require attendance may be struggling with a lack of time due to transport restrictions and issues with child care. Some of these members may be considered essential workers and at least one of us, Christine Munden, started a new job last week that is considered essential.

The number of us who can get out and exercise each week can be expected to vary but is very pleasing to see 29 colleagues lodge performances in last week's weekend SOLO run and 33 in this week's. However this digest goes out to over 100 other people. This is a message to them; please send in your best performance of next weekend for inclusion. It doesn't matter whether or not you are or ever have been a paid-up member or how slow you are or what activity you are doing. Join in, and let us know. And if I don't have enough space next week to include an Editorial then it'll be a win-win for all of us!

Roderick Hoffman - Acting Chair and Communications Officer

SOLO One Mile this Midweek! (see footnote for Coronavirus restrictions)

This week's midweek challenge is to record a mile time for the club's monthly mile event (previously the "Dream Mile", more recently the "Parkland Mile", this can be called the "Solo Mile").

On Wednesday or Thursday, at a convenient time for yourself and on a course where you should be able to distance yourself from anyone else, push yourself round a course of length exactly one mile (or record to when your GPS device records 1 mile). Preferably try to use a course that is flat and straight - or an out and back. The weather forecast is for a gentle to moderate breeze so it probably doesn't matter what direction you run in.  This could be done as part of a longer run BUT decide in advance what your mile course will be AND ensure that you have a standing start.

Please reply to this email, or forward it to, and fill in the following table before pressing send - by close of Friday 3rd April (or use the post for this run in the Facebook group).


Location of course:

Distance (must be one mile, 1.609km):

Run time (must be recorded):



(for instance "diversion to social distance")
Apologies for those without watches - submissions MUST include both time and the one mile distance measurement. Treadmills are allowed, but you must be running or walking (we wouldn't want to be beaten by anyone sitting down and cycling or rowing).

Roderick Hoffman

BAAC 2020 Virtual Relay Marathon – 5 April – starting 8am

A group from my local parkrun ran a virtual relay marathon last Sunday – what do you reckon on this for us, let’s say next Sunday  ….. WHO’S IN???

We could have the BA2020 marathon squad each run a mile in a set order, reporting in immediately on completion to hand over the virtual baton and see what time we could achieve.  We could take the idea a step further by having a second team (non-2020 marathoners) and see who wins!!!  Or, just a combined BA effort and challenge - so even if you have never run a marathon before is your chance to be part of running one ! Let's see how many we can get on board - we could top up with friends and even others we know worldwide !

Let me know if you are ‘IN IN’ by midweek to be sure we have a 'GO GO GO' situation and I will issue the final instructions !  It could be 1mile or more stints but only one outing (as per government guidance) per runner.  We will remotely control, preferably by setting up a new WhatsApp group, but happy to use Facebook, text or phone call.  For changeovers I will deduct 30s each time to compensate for any communications time delay.

Whatever route is up to you, whether that be part of a longer run you are doing, an out & back from home, laps around your garden or even on a treadmill !  I can probably give you a rough starting time in advance or will take preferences on this to fit your day.  It is to be a ‘live event’ and there will be a ‘virtual’ award to all participants !

Please register your interest quickly, latest by midweek...(e.g. end of Wednesday)

Wednesday Winter Handicap – Finale Results #

The COVID19 restrictions on mass gatherings coupled with the closure of the club at Bedfont forced the final of the winter handicap to be held as a virtual race with members self-timing themselves over a convenient course of between four and six miles.  Many chose to run five miles (or so) and I left those times alone.  Other times were adjusted to give a five mile equivalent.

Most members had run before earlier in the series but newcomers were allocated target times based on runs in earlier seasons and/or recent parkrun results.  The turnout of 14 runners was the best of the entire winter so maybe something positive will emerge from this wretched coronavirus episode.

Most runners reported runs slightly slower than usual and the usual practice of doubling the time by which slow runners miss the target was suspended this month. As a final twist all runners were asked to choose a number between 1 and 20 to be used like a Chance? card in a game of Monopoly.  The rewards/penalties were allocated randomly on Tuesday 24th March and tucked away until all results had been submitted.  The impact of the adjustments varied between cruel and kind but in fact made no difference to the final outcome.  2018/19 champion Maarten Stenham was closest to target on the night (and was the only runner ranked first twice during the season) but when the dust settled and the best four monthly scores (out of a possible six) were added up Simon Turton, ranked 2nd on the night, emerged as the winner of the series.  Roderick Hoffman and Gary Rushmer both ran on all six occasions and were separated by only half a point in second and third places.  Steve Hillier also ran in every month and altogether 19 members ran at least once during the winter series.

Chance? Penalties were applied as follows:

  • 1, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 – clear run, no time adjustment;
  • 2 – get lost (unfamiliar with route) add 1 min;
  • 4 – (to preserve social distancing) divert round a huddle of selfish panic shoppers at bus stop, add 2 mins;
  • 6 – road works, add 45 secs;
  • 7 – race situation develops up Hatton Road, gain 30 secs;
  • 8 – stop traffic to help old lady on zebra crossing, add 1min 30 secs;
  • 17 – traffic lights, add 30 secs;
  • 18 – miss finish!, back track, add 1 min;
  • 19 – feeling just great, gain 10 secs;
  • 20 - chasing hare all the way around, gain 1 min.
Run 6 results five mile target actual* chance? Adjustment adjusted time v. target ranking pts
Maarten Stenham 37:30 37:33 19 - 10 secs 37:23 0:07 (faster) 1 25
Simon Turton 38:15 38:07 1 nil 38:07 0:08   2 21
Roderick Hoffman 50:00 49:47 17 + 30 secs 50:17 0:17 (slower) 3 18
Ian Cunningham 43:30 42:48 18 + 1 min 43:48 0:18 4 16
Steve Hillier 54:00 54:30 13 nil 54:30 0:30 5 15
Steve Taylor 42:30 43:55 7 - 30 secs 43:25 0:55 6 14
Petra Otto 1:05:00 1:06:57 3 nil 1:06:37 1:57 7 13
Joe Nolan 49:45 51:58 3 nil 51:58 2:13 8 12
Kelly Davis 56:30 57:36 8 + 1:30 59:06 2:36 9 11
Chris Kelly 36:00 39:02 13 nil 39:02 3:02 10 10
Gary Rushmer 35:15 37:03 4 + 2 mins 39:03 3:48 11  9
Trish McCabe 46:30 51:13 13 nil 51:13 4:43 12  8
Benita Scaife 52:00 56:11 2 + 1 min 57:11 5:11 13  7
John Scaife 52:00 56:12 2 + 1 min 57:12 5:12 14  6
Five Mile Handicap 2019/20  
Final table run 1 run 2 run 3 run 4 run 5 run 6 total**
Simon Turton 21.0 19.5 17** 25.0 21.0 86.5
Roderick Hoffman 12** 16.0 16** 25.0 21.0 18.0 80.0
Gary Rushmer 18.0 19.5 25.0 17.0 15** 9.0** 79.5
Steve Hillier 11** 12** 21.0 15.0 14.0 15.0 65.0
Maarten Stenham 25.0 13.0 25.0 63.0
Steve Taylor 14.0 12.0 18.0 14.0 58.0
Trish McCabe 16.0 15.0 14.0 11.0 8** 56.0
Christine Munden 15.0 18 16.0 49.0
Chris Kelly 10.0 21.0 11.0 42.0
Benita Scaife 12.0 12.5 7.0 31.5
John Scaife 12.0 12.5 6.0 30.5
Richard Ruffell 25.0 25.0
Paul Prescott 10.0 14.0 24.0
Denis Foxley 13.0 9.0 22.0
Neil Frediani 10.0 10.0 20.0
Ian Cunningham 16.0 16.0
Petra Otto 13.0 13.0
Joe Nolan 12.0 12.0
Kelly Davis 11.0 11.0

** points discarded to leave best 4 from 6

Steve Newell 30 March 2020

Melanie missed the cut with her handicap run but provided the following report

On Friday starting at Richmond Gate I ran towards Kingston Gate, it being such a lovely day It brought people out in their droves with cyclists being the dominating group of exercisers. I then headed towards town and Market Place where I didn’t really see many peeps observing the 2m rule. After running round Kingston over the bridge I turned right towards The Swan pub where us Stragglers running club meet on a Monday night. Then I headed back towards the towpath and along it to Hampton Court. It became a fame of trying to dodge the many peeps that took advantage of one of the finest Spring days we have had! En route I saw 2 dog owners with 2 different breeds of black dog each unbeknownst to them seizing each other up observing the 2m rule and to my left I saw a lone canoeist sailing up the river towards Hampton Court which I got to eventually. Hence journeys end and a bit of ye old black dog feeling on a slower-than-usual-run but that's ye price u pay I guess when choosing a popular time and route along with all the other peeps!

Kingston River Run - 7 miles in 1:32:--.

Melanie Miller

SOLO park run review Weekend 28th/29th March 2020

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Run Time Comments
Steve Newell Rowing 5000m Home rowing machine Sat am 00:23:43 Age grade 75% [time and grade much better than recent parkruns!]
Barry Walters Walk/Cycle/Exercise 6k/4 miles The Lookout, Bracknell Sat 7.30am 01:01:48 Walked through the forest at a steady pace to Caesar’s Camp (An Iron Age Hill Fort dating back 2400 years) before heading back. Followed up with 20 minutes cycling and 15 minutes exercising.
Gary Rushmer Running 9.35m Round Heathrow (see below) Sat 09:01 1:12:09 First time done south and north runways with not a plane taking off or landing. Very strange.
Maria Jovani Running 7.19m To, round and from Crane Park early Sat 00:55:04
Janet Smith Running 16.8k Windsor Sat 02:10:00 Furthest I have run/walked for a very long time
Piers Keenleyside Cycling 20.1m Ealing to Hyde Park Corner and back Sat 02:01:42
Clara Halket Power Walking 5.57m On the army ranges Sat 01:12:00
Mike Dennison Running 5k Bushy Park (old parkrun course) 07:35 Sat 00:20:19 As part of a 13k run from home, total time 1:01:42
Simon Turton Walk 4.6m To Hare Hatch and back, taking in Wargrave 01:25:00
Denis Foxley Running 6m approx. Harrow Sat 1:04:00 approx 71st Birthday celebration
Christine Munden Running 5k Perivale/Greenford 1am Sun 00:32:04
Paul Watt  Running 5k Frimley Lodge Sat 10:00 00:21:44 Course Best
Julie Barclay Running 5k Frimley Lodge Sat 10:00 00:22:41
Sarah Gordon Walking 5.34k Cosby Sat 9:05 01:14:35 Comfortable walk with partner.
Roderick Hoffman Running 5k Rectory Park non-parkrun (big overlap with Northala Fields parkrun course) Sun 10:16 00:29:14 One minute faster than last week - perhaps helped by tailwind in 2nd half.
Eddie Giles Walking 2.5k A round trip of fields in Winterbourne Gunner and over the river Bourne bridge at Winterbourne Dauntsey With the wife (Eddie has also run 3x5k during the week)
Andy Rayner Running 2.6m XC Cross Country route Sun 00:36:59 Course PB (also ran it in 37:30 on Wednesday)
Steve Hillier Running 5.1k Eastcote Sat Sunset 00:35:13 Conditions mild and still (unlike Sunday's wind and snow)
Joe Nolan Treadmill 2k Home Sunday 00:14:03 Abandoned due to rainfall. Now repairing the roof.
Neil Frediani Running 3.18miles Ashford Sat 00:32:10 Also 5miles on Sunday in 53:37
John Scaife Running 5miles Bisham Woods / Cookham Dean Common Sun 00:56:58
Benita Scaife Running 5miles Bisham Woods / Cookham Dean Common Mon 01:56:57
Steve Taylor Running 13.1m Ealing Half Marathon Sun 08:38 02:12:45 Starting from front door & taking it easy. Hills in 2nd half.
Paul Brandon Cycle on turbo 13.2m/ My Garage 14:50 Sunday 29th 50mins Cycle with ‘great’ music.
Trish McCabe Internal workout n/a Home workout (see below) Sat & Sun 40mins + walking the dog as once a day external activity
Alice Banks Running <5k Carpenters Wood Sun Very windy.
Tim Bellars Running 8miles Regular 8miler Sun pm unknown Unfortunate watch stopping incident after 4 miles
Jain Reid Running 13.1k Chiswick riverside loop via Hammersmith & Kew bridges Sun 13:48 01:19:35 After Saturday's 19km run in Richmond Park - devoid of cars and cyclists.
Petra Otto Running 7.8k Fenland run Sat 01:25:00 Incredibly cold/windy (across the flat fens!). Also rowed 1,845m in 10:08 on Sun)
Keith Johnson Running 6.2km total Non ParkRun Course Around Highfield In St Albans Sat 09:00 00:31:50 5k time was noted as 25m02s (so faster than last week).
Adrian Haines Running 10k Crawley, Hawth Woods Sat 5:02pm 00:37:38 (and then followed it up with a 23.62km run on Sunday!)
Melanie Miller Running 5.1k Mon am 00:38:29
Chris Kelly Running 5k Reading<>Sonning Sat 09:51 00:38:54 New course PB!

Solo Run imageLots of uptake and variety in our weekend's SOLO runs. The list above is in rough order of submission and, obviously, we are all winners in this. Distances varied from 2k to 20miles (cycle). Also features rowing.

Please submit your best exercise performance of next weekend and keep this list going. You can use the same route or a better one - up to you. If your best exercise performance is on a bike or a rowing machine or up a flight of stairs (someone has posted on Facebook having spent 2:35:57 climbing her stairs 294 times for the height, and drop, from Snowden) ...then please submit to inspire us all.

I had no one offer me a "SOLO" run image, though my sister did submit a picture of a squirrel. So I had a second attempt as shown. Oddly this was liked over 360 times on the Facebook "parkrun laughs" group, which is more than the lady got for running 5k in laps of her Rome rooftop.  Send me any GPS trails you've put a message in.

Two additions to this - first of all the plot of Gary's run (several of you sent in plots of runs but I've selected Gary's to include because of his comment on an entirely air-traffic free run. Then there is Trish's workout schedule. Rather her than me to be honest.

LHR Course"I tried out my own made up skipping rope core workout, as follows:

  • Jump rope: 3 minutes 
  • Push-up: 30 seconds
  • Jump rope: 3 minutes
  • Mountain Climbers: 30 seconds
  • Jump rope: 3 minutes 
  • Sit-ups: 30 seconds 
  • Jump rope: 3 minutes
  • Squats: 30 seconds
  • Jump rope: 3 minutes
  • Burpees: 30 seconds
  • 3 minute rest

Repeat once more & repeat on Sun.

Plus two walks of the dog and binge watching the latest new releases on Netflix. 

That’s all folks...stay safe all!" 

Trish McCabe

Roderick Hoffman {submit by 5pm on Monday}

Where does it come from?

Since I have been running I have achieved and failed, run fast and not so quickly, have felt strong and have felt tired. Each one of these, and countless others, have been accompanied, at the time, by a very good excuse and occasionally by a valid reason.

Taking the obvious weather conditions, tiredness from shift work and the undulations on even the flattest course, I have always thought that training runs were just runs. As time progressed and I was training on what would be a parkrun course I would never attain the same times as on the same course on a Saturday morning. The reason I gave was that it was merely a training run even if the course was dryer and with less wind it was still a training run. I have trained harder and tried harder but still was nowhere near what a parkrun time would be. I decided that when running a race or a parkrun that the body was ready for the challenge as it always found an extra 5-10% from somewhere. Could it just be competitive spirit and a desire to do well or an adrenaline rush? Does anybody really know? We have all latched on to another runner who had unknowingly paced us round the course and I am sure that we have all picked somebody in front and made them a target to beat but when training, there is nobody to pick on.

This thought that training is training and racing is racing has started to erode this past week and the parkrun freedom runs are the reason.

I was not that interested in running them as I thought that they were just training runs but I am being proved to be wrong. During the current social climate the freedom run has come my rescue and I have run two in the past week. Strangely, I beat my personal course record on both runs but I am not sure how! I knocked one second off at Crane Park but more amazingly, I knocked 27 seconds off my best at Frimley Lodge after having run 25 parkruns there. There was no race environment, nobody to pace or anybody to chase. They are training runs as by running alone, they can’t be anything else therefore my previous thoughts have been rubbished.

Now the only thing left is mental preparation. I decided to attack the two courses and did well: I only had myself to race and just had to push as hard as possible. It was hard to maintain and I was pleasantly surprised by how I did.

I have determined that for all my past training runs, my mind had been in training mode. Now I am waking to the fact that if I want to run faster then I can without outside influences.

What does make anybody run faster at different times may not be scientifically proven but we have our theories, which could well be wrong. Could it be weather, terrain, fitness, tiredness, stamina, mentality or anything else? Who actually knows.

For such a simple natural activity running sure does throw up many questions.

Paul Watt

Ed: I'll add two points, firstly that some time is probably lost at Frimley Lodge due to the other runners at the start and on the first lap. But then secondly most training isn't a flat-out push to do the whole distance in as short a time as possible (or shouldn't be) but a series of faster and recovery periods to build up strength. So these solo freedom runs were not really training runs. The five mile course I did last week is one I run regularly, I've run it 45 times since 15th Sept 2017. Last week was the fastest time of those 45, equaling the time of that previous time (though I had been quicker before that).

Vitality Big Half race report

After volunteering at the Big Half for the first two editions, I decided to see it from the other side and run it this year. Weather conditions looked kinder than the previous 2 years.

The race route is practically flat. Probably the only two tricky areas were the cobblestone sections and the Limehouse tunnel, which is over 1 mile long. It seemed like an eternity to run through the tunnel and unsurprisingly it messed up with the GPS watch. 

To get to the start I took the underground, along with my running buddy Mike Dennison, from Osterley to Green Park and changed to the Jubilee line to get to London Bridge station. As we were approaching London Bridge more runners were filling up the underground carriages. At that point a London marathon déjà vu hit me.

The bag drop was straight forward. There were plenty of toilets around the area and we didn’t queue for long. At that point we headed to the start, crossing Tower Bridge, such an iconic landmark.

I was allocated to start wave A, given my predicted time of 1.35. Once we got to our pen we met Nick. It was nice to ease the initial race nerves with some familiar faces, a quick chat and a smiley picture helped. 9 o’clock and we were off. It took me just under two minutes to cross the start line and I easily got into half marathon target pace.

Miles were ticking fast, the body was responding well and the legs didn’t complain too much. 

7 miles into the race and we were crossing Tower Bridge again, this time heading towards the finish line. It was hard to believe that a few minutes earlier the place was packed with runners, lorries and portable toilets. It was all clear now.  7 miles done, 6 to go and still no sign of fading. There were time mats every 5k which helped with the maths after the GPS fail.

When I reached the 10 mile sign, the watch was showing me a sub 70. I knew at that point that I had to give my all if I wanted to keep a sub 7 min/mile pace. I told to myself, “one parkrun to go”. 

I tagged along with a couple of ladies and we kept pushing and dragging each other. Teamwork makes the dream work. 

As I crossed the finish line I couldn’t believe my watch. It didn’t take long until I got my text confirming my time, 1.31.31, smashing my previous personal record by almost 5 minutes. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate all the glory with Nick and with Mike. 

We headed to collect our bags. We were very lucky as our lorry didn’t have many runners waiting to have their bags handled out but others waited up to 50min. Something that has been addressed to the organisation to be improved next year. 

Maria Jovani

Stuck at home with nothing to do? Quiz progress

Apart from that DIY task you've been putting off...well you still don't need to find the spanner...

Confinement Quiz

Last week I attached the 30 question quiz kindly prepared by Linda and Steve Hillier. I also posted the questions in the Facebook group. On Facebook these have been seen by 66 people and at least 15 have contributed to say that they know one or more answers (but not to give them away). The most popular question to know the answer to was number 15: "2018 = H and M got M" and I'll give the game away by saying "Harry", "Megan" and "Married".

There are four questions that none of us on Facebook have got the answers to. Can you help? Let me know, or access the Facebook quiz at

Facebook BA Runner Quiz Question

The four that have us stumped are:

  • 03: 3= B M P
  • 21: 11 = C of E’s D N
  • 24: 13 = A M; N a D
  • 30: 1898 = H P, the L F T B

The original full list is here: QUIZ

Quiz by:

Linda and Steve Hillier

And another Quiz...with a serious race training topic

scroll down to start, 25 questions - quite tough !

Joe Nolan

Ed: I got 14 out of 25 right - that's your target. Take care with the "not"s in the questions.

Know the Law

These days as well as needing a coach to tell you how to run, you also need a lawyer.

The government make the laws of the land which we all have to follow. It is the job of judges to determine how the laws actually apply to real life circumstances (not the police, your neighbours, a telephone call-in host or even Michael Gove). The law on social distancing passed last week is described on this website page: . It states what all of us should be doing at this time to control the spread of Coronavirus and protect the NHS. It is important to be familiar with its content. The relevant statements for runners would appear to be (with my underlining):

"You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

These reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household."

How long you exercise for is NOT defined, nor is how far you can go away from your home within the exercise. The "minimising time spent outside" is an interesting clause. Does this mean that you should run very fast? I don't think so (but I'm not a judge), I think that this means that you should start your exercise shortly after leaving your house and return to your house as soon as you finish. So, does warming up, warming down/recovery count as part of the exercise or as unnecessary time outside? That may need a judge to determine, but be aware that the police may shoot first and ask questions later! So if you sit on a park bench for ten minutes after your run, the police may challenge you and issue you with a fine - you would then have to either pay the fine or state your case to the judge. The same discussion applies if you travel to a place where you can conduct your exercise. If you drive miles past clear open spaces to get to a popular beauty spot for your exercise you can expect to lose the case. But if you drive for five minutes from crowded shopping streets to get to an empty field you could hope to win - but expect to be challenged.

Leaving the house for exercise twice in one day is clearly outside the law. But that doesn't prevent you leaving the house for one of the other permitted reasons and travelling by bike or foot (notwithstanding the "minimising" clause - interesting though if you consider it safer for you to walk for 30 minutes than wait for and get the bus for 15 minutes). Note that undertaking Cycling AND Running within your exercise may also be deemed to be outside the law.

There isn't a list of acceptable exercises but many potential exercises would clearly be contrary to the aims of not spreading Coronavirus and protecting the resources of the NHS. So no Wrestling or Mountain Climbing please.

The law may be updated at any time. I will post to the Facebook group if such a change would appear to change what is said here or in the Coronavirus footnote below.

As well as the law there is public opinion - as known to be the gospel truth by your neighbours, phone-in hosts, Facebook posters etc.  There are some who think that exercise isn't a good enough reason to be outside at all, more think that it is OK but more than 30 minutes is excessive. You should respect their right to have such views, whilst knowing your rights as defined by the law of the land. Don't antagonise - walk, run or cycle away. At the end of this it would be unfortunate to have a reputation of being a quarantine breaker.

Roderick Hoffman

Coronavirus Warning Footnote

Exercise outside is still permitted and will boost health, well-being and sanity. "One form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household", "Parks will remain open for exercise" Boris Johnson, 20:30, 23rd March.

1. With respect to solo runs there have to be some "do nots":

  • Do not conduct a solo run 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,
  • Do not conduct a solo run if you consider yourself to be, or others consider you to be, vulnerable, such as being elderly OR with pre-existing health conditions.
  • Do not travel unnecessarily far to a location for a run - use a local or nearby park or leisure route. Your judgment is needed on this point, for instance it could be that your nearest park is busy with other people, but you live a short drive away from empty open countryside.
  • Do not meet up with others to conduct a solo run.
  • Keep 2m away from all others as you run.
  • If government instructions are updated to limit or prevent exercising outside your homes please respect such instructions - we should be fighting the virus, not authority.

2. If you are unwell yourself, potentially with 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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