Still picking the gravel out of our knees…

Track Tuesday

Well done to everyone took part in last Tuesday’s very hot track session. I was  impressed that you all completed the whole session, including the fiendish Tabata ((20 secs sprint, 10 secs recovery) x8) at the end. Rosie Morgan from Everyone Active certainly got some great shots of us to include on the Jim Peters Facebook page – expect more over the coming weeks. Thank you again to Nehal for leading a fun stretching session at the end; it makes a nice change having different people taking different parts of the session so please let me know if you’d like to lead the warm-up, main session, or cool-down. All you need to remember is to make the session accessible for people of different abilities and, of course, socially distanced: no relays with batons at the moment!

This week’s track session is again time-based: a descending ladder, meaning each repeat gets shorter. The sting in the tail is that you have to do more of them! We start with ‘two minutes run, two minutes recovery’ reducing by 15/30 seconds each repeat through to ‘30 seconds run, 30 seconds recovery’ – times six! There will be 40 times for me to shout out. No chance at all of that going wrong…

BRR Exploits

Kudos this week to Belinda for becoming the new Strava ‘Local Legend in town’ for her 5k run around the Wootton Recreation Ground on the Isle of Wight. I hope the real locals weren’t too upset.

Fay, Cristina and Trevor C completed the Havering City Scramble. Completing 10 miles while completing the Challenge was great – except it was supposed to 10k. But what’s four extra miles when you’re enjoying yourself?

Rob completed his spectacular 76.77-mile cycle from Dagenham to Cliff’s End, Ramsgate on Monday. I was very happy to hear that he’d come through it unscathed. I don’t think I’ll be trying to replicate it on my tricycle any time soon.

Chingford League

Hopefully you will all have seen the update on this season’s Chingford League competition, which was posted on the Chingford League Facebook page a few week’s ago. The organisers are hoping to make a decision in the next few weeks. Adrian Frost, the Honorary Secretary of the League, has been in touch with me and, at the moment, all options are open. Funnily enough, if they took the route of a lot of events and the decision was to have a virtual competition, it could work in our favour as more of our runners might be able to participate than is usually the case, and we wouldn’t have to cancel our Tuesday night track sessions. That said, it would be a shame to miss Hog Hill; I know we all moan about the ‘orrible ‘ills, but you do get a real sense of achievement when you finish, and the support as you pass the building is always very motivating. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything definite.

Planned BRR activities

A reminder of the Club activities planned for the next few weeks:

Thursday 27th August – Cycle to Southend starting from Rob’s place (Rutland Gardens, Barking) at 9.00am. A meal at the Peter Boat in Leigh-On-Sea then return the journey by train, though you’re welcome to cycle home, or get the train both ways for that matter.

Monday 31st August – the not the Phipps 5k/BH5K in Barking Park, starting at 10.30am. We’re planning a staggered start, like we did for the Tad 5. We’ve confirmed that the Royal Oak will be open from 11:00am, so there’ll be a chance for a socially distanced drink afterwards.

Sunday 6th September – a trip to Southend, five-mile run (if you feel like it), then a meal. More details to follow nearer the time.

Barking (Not)parkrun

Belinda was first over the virtual line at Barking (not)parkrun this week, finishing in 25:00, maybe on that IoW course. Second BRR runner was James Hall in 28:32, followed by Trevor P making his (not)parkrun debut in a very creditable 39:07, completed at track on Tuesday. Apologies to any members who are completing their (not)parkrun stats but are registered elsewhere than Barking. I can only seem to find the consolidated Club report for ‘real’ parkrun which, of course, is blank at the moment.


Did you know you can raise funds for the Club by shopping online through the Easyfundraising website/app? Just type in ‘Barking Road Runners’ when asked to enter the good cause you want to support. Loads of retailers are participating, including Amazon, Ebay, M&S, Just Eat etc etc. Of course, the usual masses of T&Cs apply, but it’s a good way of supporting the Club, especially as we’ve been impacted this year by losing part of our membership fees and the revenue from our August Bank Holiday race.

Stretches for Runners: #03 – Hamstring stretch

With thanks to the NHS website, another runners’ favourite – the hamstring stretch. Sometimes the simple stretches are the best!

  • Stand with your right leg just in front of your left leg and your hands on your hips.
  • Keeping your right leg straight and toes pointing up, bend your left leg. Bend towards your right leg, keeping your back straight.
  • Pull your toes up further and push your bum (technical term) back and up to increase the stretch.
  • Hold for 15-20 seconds.
  • Repeat with the other leg.
  • Keep breathing!

And finally…

Okay, which of you has been running around Barking Park and wearing a path in the grass? The culprit will be ‘grassed-up’ – pardon the pun – to Chalk Man, who I’m sure will be very happy to report their vandalism to the Park authorities.

Take care


BRR Chair


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