Love a llama (or is it an alpaca?)

2020 Annual General Meeting

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, and to minimise risks to our members and their families, the 2020 Barking Road Runners AGM will be conducted as a paper exercise in order to conduct essential business:

  1. To receive the Club’s annual report (including the financial report) for the financial year ending 30 September 2020.
  2. To elect Committee members through to the 2021 AGM (e.g. Chair, Captain, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Social Secretary, Treasurer, Media Secretary and Social Media Secretary).
  3. To consider and vote upon any resolutions (e.g. changes to the Club rules) put forward by first claim members.
  4. To consider any other matters raised by members.

First claim members wishing to stand for a Committee position (including current Committee members wishing to be reappointed), or to put forward a resolution or other matter for consideration should do so by emailing the Club Secretary at by no later than 8 October 2020. Let me know if you’d like a nomination/resolution form.

Papers will be circulated electronically by no later than 15 October 2020. This will include voting papers if there are any issues requiring a vote. First claim members will then have until Midnight 25 October to vote. If there are any issues that would benefit from a proper discussion, we can arrange an online ‘virtual’ meeting.

The week’s news

What a fantastic weekend of achievements for BRR members. Well done to Paul Wyatt who completed the Outlaw Half X triathlon in Nottingham. The race involved a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, and 13.1 mile run, all of which Paul completed in 4:49:51, finishing 181st out of 1,202 competitors. Slightly nearer to home, Cristina and Charlotte competed in the Hever Castle Triathlon and Multisport Event. Cristina competed in the gauntlet event, finishing in 8:08:43 (swimming in 12 degrees? No thank you!) with Charlotte joining her for the HM section, which Charlotte ran in 2:44:41. I’m not convinced the alpaca/llama ran the whole distance with them. Finally, well done to Amanda, who completed the Velopark HM on Saturday in an excellent 2:05:10.  

Track …and Trace

As you may remember, under England Athletics rules, track is only allowed to be open if we ensure it is a Covid-secure environment. This includes collecting participant contact details which can be shared upon request with the government’s Test and Trace initiative. To make doing this easier for everyone, the Club now has an NHS QR code. If you have the NHS Covid-19 app you just scan the code with your phone when you arrive at track and your details will be available for the NHS test and trace service should they need them. Of course, this is not mandatory, and we appreciate that not everyone has a phone that is compatible with the NHS app, but it will make it a whole lot easier to get in touch with you in the – hopefully unlikely – event that someone you have been near at track is tested Covid positive. Please, please, please don’t come to track if you’re feeling unwell, to protect your fellow runners.

There was a great turnout at track for last week’s Predicta 5K: predict your 5k time, then try and run it – without a watch to help you. Not as easy as it sounds, but everyone did really well, with quite a few of you running a lot faster than you expected. The three people closest to their predicted times were Nehal (11 seconds out), Ron (10 seconds out) and – our winner – Nabeel (9 seconds out). Well done too to George, who completed the fastest 5k on the night. An an outstanding performance from newcomer, Gerbil, completing his first wheelchair 5k. There was also a good turnout for the final Thursday night hill session in Mayesbrook Park, before bad light stopped play (plus, there were some really dodgy blokes hanging around). See the BRR dates section, below, for details of this week’s Thursday night session.

The track session for 29th September will be the monthly timed mile – should feel really easy after the 5k. After a recovery, we’ll do some short bursts of fast effort to finish (you) off.

BRR dates for your diary

Thursday 1st October – Club run from the Jo Richardson School, starting at 7.00pm prompt. A 1.5 mile warm-up followed by 20 up, 20 down hills on Lodge Avenue (outside the park now it’s dark).

Sunday 4th October – social Club run at Hainault Forest, starting at 9.30am from the car park near the Global Café. Various distances including some people running a virtual marathon. Good luck to them!

Barking (Not)parkrun

As predicted last week, parkrun HQ has now announced that parkrun will not be starting again in England – or anywhere else in Britain for that matter – by the end of October. So we’ll just have to carry on logging our (not)parkrun times instead. This week saw Natalie finishing first yet again, with Jason as the first male finisher.

Don’t just sit there on your ass…exercises for those who sit a lot

Exercise 2: Plank

Everyone’s favourite, planks can help to both strengthen the core and improve pelvic orientation.  The plank works the full body, especially the core muscles, but it’s important to focus on having good pelvic alignment and not rounding the back or letting your hips drop. I think we’ve had the plank before in the blog, but some of you may prefer the photo of the young lady to the previous photo of the follicly-challenged man.

  • Get on all fours with your toes on the ground shoulder-width apart. Place your forearms flat on the floor in front of you with your elbows directly below your shoulders.
  • Keep your core tight so your body is in a straight line from head to toe.
  • Squeeze your thighs and butt.
  • Keep your neck and spine in a comfortable, neutral position. (Tip: try aiming your chin about six inches in front of your body).
  • Hold for 30 seconds.
  • Keep breathing!

And finally…

With so many members cycling at the moment, including me on my tricycle, I got to wondering what you might call a cycling club for Barking. I thought it might even be nice to have a t-shirt with the name emblazoned on the front. Turns out Dennis got there before me, with the Barking Urban Road Peddlers. Sorry Dennis, but I have no intention of getting a t-shirt with BURP on the front…

Happy running (and cycling, and swimming)


BRR Chair


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