BA Athletics Club News Digest 30th November 2020
For future weeks: inclusions, with photos, please to Roderick Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This week's Events
This week will be quiet with only the Ross Barkley and the weekend achievement
due to be reported on next week. 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):
||Cumulative time for 5k distance
||Details or comments
||e.g. total time taken
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
The shackles are off and we can meet to run together from Thursday onwards.
We can expect December to be busy including the following:
- Solo Mile to be done by the end of Friday 11th or soon after - with an
optional shared run if anyone wants to set this up,
- Winter Five Mile Handicap from the Bedfont Club on Wednesday 9th
December with a planned run finish time of 7pm (details next week),
- Christmas Collaboration Event from 12th to 5pm on Wednesday 16th (see
below) to be followed by Club Winter Zoom with quiz and chatter,
- Round Heathrow Run or Walk on Wednesday 30th December (details next
Christmas Collaboration Event - Sat 12th to Wed 16th December - 'Letters'
need lots of club runners and walkers to volunteer to make some letters for a
Club Christmas project, using GPS or phone tracking. The picture shows some I
made earlier (as walks in the first lockdown), in these cases these are all on green public spaces within a mile of where I
live, but you would be welcome to draw the letters anywhere including on street
layouts. The letters in my example range from 100m to 250m in height. Yours can
be any size from 100m upwards - but the larger the better! Also your letters can
be any way up (I'll produce a final print of all the letters collected with them
rotated to be the right way up). I would also ask for the GPS/track to be
"clean" - you can run elsewhere but don't cross your letter (unlike the "K" in the
picture) and also try to ensure that the letter is quite large relative to the
rest of your run - I'll do any highlighting necessary.
I would like lots of club members and friends to offer to draw an assigned
letter. Obviously you would need GPS or phone tracking capability. Please let me
know that you are up to this and from early next week I'll assign you a letter to draw. In
total we'll have a good selection of letters drawn and we can then have a
competition that evening to rearrange some or all of the letters into a good
phase or sentence. That could form part of the planned Club Christmas Zoom that
Let me know you can draw a letter > Roderick
Track-on-Field Result for November
Seven results for the Track-on-Field this month.
was clearly the fastest this month, then Eddie though Eddie is relatively slower
over the longer distances - though his course choice may explain that (see
Emma was the "most consistent" though that isn't to be expected over different
length courses - but her courses perhaps had variable winds. Steve showed the
biggest improvement in speed for the shorter distances - though still has a
relative problem over the 100m. I need to work on my 200m speed - perhaps meet
up with Michael and see how well I can keep up as the distances get shorter.
Month on Month
looking at average speed we can see that Steve had a good run this month but the rest
of us don't have much to write home about.
a good location for the track-on-field is more difficult for some than others. I
had it relatively easy this month with my first visit to the Kings College Track
in Ruislip where the only difficulty is working out where to start and finish
your metric distances on an imperial track. Eddie had it harder...
Figsbury has 3 rings to the site. The outer ring is a 1000m circle
which I used for the last few runs. The inner ring is an 860m
circle with a straight path across of 300m. So this time I used the
path across for the 100 & 200 with the same times as before and the rest
of the distances I used the inner ring.
The big trouble with the
inner ring at this time of year is that there
is a massive grass mound between the 2 rings. As the sun goes down
over the mound the shadow causes the grass to be difficult to see clearly.
was a big dash down from there to home before darkness.
remote up there, next time I may have to get a miners lamp on my head!!
Also pictured is the Feltham track where Michael ran this week, the Spikes Bridge
circuit which Stephen and I have used in the past and the portion of the Thames
Path that Emma has used.
SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 27th November to 30th November 2020
This week 23 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.
||Sunbury and Thames
||Another complicated run yesterday for the lockdown challenge.
||Also run on Thursday 2.2miles in 31m. Tying to compete with Mr. H. Harrow
||Ran a new circular undulating course around the woods at a steady
pace in good conditions.
||BAMC (BA Maintenance Cardiff)
||Also 18:27 yesterday - This is the first month since April where
I've failed to do under 18 minutes.
||A road run including Shoppenhangers road, skirting around the north
and west Maidenhead and finishing in the town centre for a takeaway
||Hanger Hill park
||1km circuit with steep uphill stretch - did as many loops as I could
||Started off walking but felt good and went for it.
||Staines to Laleham
||The initial plan was 5km at Bedfont Lakes at 7:45am, but after the
alarm went, I went back to sleep Feeling guilty I doubled the distance
||10mile and 15km PB
||Christmas Street Spelling theme
||Rushmoor Freedom Run
||Following last Monday's successful very early 10k with my daughter -
easy in 1:04.
||Attempting MAF pace - so very slow time, pace 8.34/km.
||The name derives from Shoppenhangers Manor, dating back to the 13th
Century though the building demolished in 2007 was put together in 1915.
||Deepdene Trail, Dorking
||5x25s hill sprints x2
||With Maria Jovani. My fastest 5k for quite a while.
||Up north somewhere
|| I started this week well with a head torch 10k at 6:30 this
morning, roads, trails, mud and hills.
||A 10 mile slow run at MAF pace - HR less than 120bpm
||Northala Fields "Ross Barkley" 5k
||Gave up the RB at 2/3 distance so not the fastest this month.
||Wimbledon Common "Street-O"
||Certainly harder trying to find a feature without the benefit of a
visible control in it but on the whole went OK and I enjoyed my run.
||Rayners Lane/Eastcode/South Ruislip
||Ross Barkley (reported on next week). Also Cycling with Linda this
weekend - 17miles in 2 hours.
parkrun restarted in Queensland, Australia last Saturday which added a
hundred events to the total so now 218 are operating. Also, thanks in part to a
couple of new events over the last couple of weeks, Japan had their highest ever
number of runners with 804 runners over 21 events.
The elite triathletes of the world (aka Planet Earth) are following the
examples of earlier generations of golfers and tennis professionals by forming
the "PTO", Professional Triathletes Organisation. Membership will include
both men and women with women eligible for maternity leave. There will be
an intercontinental team competition loosely similar to the Ryder Cup for the
Collins Cup, named after Commander Collins (US Navy) who created the Ironman
race in Hawaii over 40 years ago.
The PTO 2020 "Middle Distance" Championship event is being held at Daytona
Speedway in Florida on 6th December with a prize purse over a million dollars
(US) with a very spectator friendly format as competitors will swim 2 laps of
1.2 miles(2k), cycle 20 laps of 2.5 miles (80km) and finally run 4 laps of 2.8
miles (18km) so in total just under half an Ironman. The Covid19 disrupted
season and travel restrictions have prevented many of the invited talented GB
women from taking their places on the start line but the men's field includes
both Brownlee brothers and the veteran Tim Don who trained at Hampton open air
pool in his youth.
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
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),
- The current English lockdown restrictions allow
you to run on your own, with people in your linked household (or "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. 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 should not cross the "Tier 3"
boundary (in either direction),
- 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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