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BA Athletics Club News Digest 25th January 2021

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

Events Calendar - online here


Unrestricted races are currently off so the club continues to operate with Solo and Shared runs as listed above - for restrictions and advice see the Coronavirus footnote at the end of this digest.  Due to the Tier 4 lockdown all shared runs are off the agenda until March or April.

Club Event Map: [Clickable link to Google Maps]

Roderick Hoffman

This week's 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.

Track-on-Field and Ross Barkley exercises are both due at the end of this week:

Track-on-Field (by 5pm on the last Friday of the month, to be reported on next Monday):

Name Date 1500m time 800m time 400m time 200m time 100m time Comment:
              e.g. Location

Ross Barkley 5k (by the end of the month, will probably be reported on the week after):

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 Midweek Challenge - The Cooper Test Analysis

The Cooper test was designed in the 1960s to provide a guide to an individual's aerobic capacity and thereby suitability for military service in the infantry or, for our purposes, for endurance distance running rather than sprinting.

The weather yesterday was totally unsuitable to almost everybody without access to an indoor track so with better conditions expected later this week, Steve Newell will still welcome any late results up to the end of the month.  Michael Ball did his stint at the height of the blizzard. When allowed we will arrange a session at a track and make a group attempt at the exercise.  All you have to do is run as far as you can in 12 minutes.

Results so far  Distance   VO2 Max  "standard "  rating
Maarten Stenham (M43)  2670m 48.4 39.8 excellent
Chris Kelly  (M55) 2940m  54.4 36.5 excellent
Steve Taylor (M57) 2420m  42.8 35.9 excellent
Steve Hillier (M66) 1910m  31.4 33.4 average
Roderick Hoffman (M60) 2260m  39.2 35.1 good
Michael Ball (M59) 2080m  35.2 35.3 average
Barry Walters (M65) 2010m  33.6 33.7 average

Cooper Test resultsThe "standard" column shows the VO2 max for an average member of the population of the same age.

There is different calculator for those doing the test on a rowing machine and bodyweight is an extra factor in the equation.

The units for VO2 max are millilitres of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute (mL/kg/min).

Steve Newell

The results are plotted in the graph shown here. I haven't identified the individual runners but it is easy to see who is who from the results above. Now, it may look like it is downhill all the way from the age of 19 onwards but when you think about it it should be easier to run downhill than uphill.

No entries from the ladies so I haven't had to calculate a ladies graph - but if you want to check out your own result, and work out either how much further you need to be able to run...or how much older you need to be...see the website calculator: : 12 Minute Run.

Roderick Hoffman

2021 Virtual Relay London Marathon !

The whole running community seems in the doldrums now, the springtime marathon season with it's numerous training events not happening now.  More and more seem to have lost the motivation to run sadly.

Well, I never intended or expected to repeat last years' event, but after a number of requests have decided to go ahead again - the time is right to give everyone a boost and try to repeat the success of last year - it was fun and so many continue to talk about it.  There are lessons learnt from last time  and some extra support this time should make it bigger and better and easier (fingers crossed !).  I believe it will conform with the Covid guidelines in the previous format.

This will be organised under the BAAC banner and I hope that as many members and friends will take part.

Plan to put more detailed information in the digest next week, entries open through February and the event held on Sunday 14 March.

Take care all, keep warm and be safe

Joe Nolan

SOLO Activity Achievements, Weekend 22nd to 25th January 2021

26 members and friends reported activities for this week.  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, and I'll try to include them all.

Colleague Activity Distance Course Start Time Duration Comments
Adrian Haines Running 8.05km Slinfold circuit Sat 00:31:00 5mile tempo.
Amanda Coombs Running 7.76km Sunbury-on-Thames Sat 00:48:40 Scavenger hunt finding things on a list including a discarded shopping trolley, an Amazon Prime van and a purple car! Glad I did it Saturday as everything would have been white thereafter!
Andy Rayner Running 3miles Sun 00:48:30 Jog through Virgin snow (no pun intended) (I call it Eine Schneestrasselaufen!). Also 2.2mile fast walk on Thursday.
Barry Walters Running 10km Lilyhill Park Sat am 00:54:56 A steady run to Lilyhill Park  and back in cold conditions with some icy patches on the tarmac.
Ben Cooper Running 13.6km North Cardiff Fri am 01:16:03 Long "easy" run as requested by Garmin coach, before the weather change.
Benita Scaife Running 3.56miles Round Hindley and Mount Farms Sun am 00:43:49 Stayed close to home as the accurately forecast heavy snow turned the mud patches of a couple of days ago into a crunch fest.
Clara Halket Running 16.6km Blackdown Hills Base training
Eddie Giles Running 5.3km East Gomeldon and back Sat pm 00:31:36 First run of the year outside ,very hilly road course.
Emma Moreton Sprints 3.2km Snowy local park Sun 8x400m
Harjit Jhooti Walking 18.5km Staines and back Sat 03:46:54 Local walk on a sunny Saturday.
Jain Reid Running 27.12km Richmond Park and beyond Sun 03:42:37 I set out on a 12k MAF run, then it started snowing. Woo hoo! I ended up running up to Richmond Park with a lot of picture stops. It was stunning, fabulous day
Jane Harbert Nordic skiing 4.8miles Colorado Sun 01:22:00 With my friend 'foxyloxy' hunting voles and burying them in the snow.
John Scaife Running 3.56miles Round Hindley and Mount Farms Sun am 00:43:49 With Benita.
Keith Johnson Running 8.5km Markyate near St Albans Sat am 00:44:00 Snowfall scuppered Sundays plans and further snowfall Sunday night has done the same for Monday.
Kelly Davis Buggy Run 3miles Staines Reservoirs 00:39:00 With the buggy (occupied) it was slower than usual and tough but really fun. And also on Monday my 29th day running running, a 6.2mile run in 1:15:0.
Melanie Miller Walking 10.45km Horseshoe Bottom Circular Sat 02:43:46 Lovely walk in the country into the woods along a track path and down towards Brockenhurst and back on a disused railway and met by a fabulous sunset.
Michael Ball Running 2.08km Cooper Test Sun 00:12:00 See above.
Mike Dennison Running 16.2km Hampton Streets Sat am 01:21:12 Second run round the streets of Hampton, lots more cul-de-sacs and trying to work out the best route without too many repeats!
Neil Frediani Running 15.35miles Tyne and back Mon pm 02:54:18 7miles downhill, 2miles flat then 6miles uphill.
Paul Watt Running 5km Rushmoor Freedom Run Sat 00:20:59 Very icy
Petra Otto Walking 7.1miles Sat 03:17:22 A *very* slow walk, as I really loathe exercising in cold weather.
Piers Keenleyside Running 6.8miles Local Sun 01:28:08 In the snow. I let my heart rate go over 120bpm - to keep warm! Using extra energy to deal with slippery conditions.
Roderick Hoffman Running 7.66km Brookside laps Mon 00:54:09 Three and a half laps of the nearest field. Plus my snowman walk from Sunday (pictured).
Stephen Taylor Running 11.07miles Chiswick bridge and back Sat am 01:54:29 Chilly run down to Kew bridge, along the river for a bit and back again.
Tony Barnwell Running 8.25km Great Kingshill Thur 00:59:00
Trish McCabe Running 10km Local Streets Sun Snowy Sunday with Some Spectacular Snowmen Spotted.

Jane's FoxHalf of us appeared to be pleased that we had managed to do our long run of the weekend on the Saturday whereas the other half appeared delighted that they were able to do theirs in a snowy landscape on the Sunday or Monday.

The photo shows Jane's fox. Jane Harbert is the 68th different person to provide a weekend performance since last March and has contributed a new activity - Nordic Skiing.

Roderick's SnowmanRoderick's Snowman. This was done as a walk in a snow covered field. Except for the bit that I ran, which Garmin has highlighted in red. 

Roderick Hoffman

parkrun Progress

In total there were about 437 events held worldwide, a small increase from the previous weekend. This included 372 events across Australia. The worldwide total only included two "UK" events, the two on the Falklands, because Nobles (Isle of Man) is still subject to restriction and Guernsey had an outbreak on the island which caused their event to be cancelled on the morning of the run.

Meanwhile in Australia a new ladies all-venues parkrun record of 15:45 has been set by Lauren Reid.

Roderick Hoffman

 If you were thinking about slipping down to Singapore to try one the parkruns there, make sure you have plenty of time, plenty of money, don't start from here (UK) and read this first...

Travel to Singapore is subject to entry restrictions:

  • Travellers who have been in the UK 14 days prior to travel, including for transit, will not be permitted to enter or transit Singapore. This includes all long-term and short-term Singapore pass holders and those with previous permission to travel to Singapore,
  • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are able to enter Singapore, but must undergo 21 days of quarantine upon arrival (14 days in a government- designated facility, followed by 7 days at their place of residence), have a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Singapore and at the end of their quarantine period,
  • From 11:59pm on 24 January all arrivals in Singapore, from all locations, will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival,
  • all three parkruns in Singapore are still suspended so sticking on the plane down to Sydney could be an option but you won't find yourself any more welcome there and the quarantine fee for a compulsory two week stay in a government hostel is 3000 Australian Dollars.

So, to borrow an expression from parkrunner Ronnie O'Sullivan (pb 18:08 at Hackney Marshes), you're snookered !

BAAC will continue to provide lockdown virtual challenges for as long as necessary

Steve Newell

Central Line Street-O

Since none of us live in that "part of the city" we may not yet be able to take part in the Central Line Street-O series recently announced, with initial events from Bethnal Green and Loughton Underground Stations, but all events in the series will be open for running up to 30th April 2021 so provided there is a partial release by then we will be able to catch-up.

See: Central Line Virtual StreetO 2021 Chigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering Club for details.

Roderick Hoffman

Coronavirus Warning Footnote [changes from last week underlined or struck-through] (no changes)

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 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. You are advised to exercise just once per day and to minimise the variety of people you meet over the weeks of lockdown. Exercising your pet is allowed in addition, but only on your own.
  • 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 not permitted in Tier 4.  For when the situation changes any club member may be permitted to organise a shared activity. We recommend the social distancing gap of 2metres although "1meter+" can be followed during the activity itself.  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,
  • 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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