BRR Blog – 26 October 2020

BRR in the News

Well done to all the participants in the first Chingford League race for 2020-21, which took place at Chingford Mount on Saturday. Also, thanks to Rob for giving up his own run to be our compulsory volunteer. Here are the BRR results, for anyone who missed Andrew’s post on Facebook:

WOMEN:

  • 72* Belinda Riches – 43:37

* to be confirmed

MEN:

  • 104 Martin Page – 37:01
  • 136 Rory Burr – 40:47
  • 137 Andrew Gwilliam – 40:50
  • 143 Ron Vialls – 41:14
  • 153 Trevor Robinson – 43:32
  • 154 Nehal Patel – 43:48
  • 156 Barry Culling – 44:07
  • 163 Jason Li – 46:31
  • 167 Mick Davison – 48:09
  • 169 Martin Mason – 48:32
  • 170 Gary Harford – 49:52
  • 175 Dennis Spencer Perkins – 58:53

It was a shame that a limit was placed on the number of participants, but this was due to the landowners placing a 300 limit on the licence (we could have had more female participants, as the limit was 12 per gender).  Let’s hope that the organisers are able to hold more Covid-secure events and that more people are able to take part in future. In the meantime, those who raced can dispose of their bib numbers; unlike normal with the Chingford League, new numbers will be issued for each race, assuming there are more races!

Further afield, Faye Spooner completed the Beachy Head marathon on Saturday, finishing in 5:32:44. Kresh Veerasamy tackled the 10k on Sunday, completing the course in torrential rain in 1:38:26.  To call the Beachy Head course ‘undulating’ would be the understatement of the year, and I was down in Eastbourne for the weekend and know that the weather was particularly horrible, so huge congratulations to them both.

Track Tuesday

It was a particularly tough track session last week, with 4x400m, 6x300m, and 8x200m repeats. I have to think I was a bit generous giving you 200m recovery with the 200m efforts, but it made it easier for you to measure! You certainly needed John’s stretches afterwards.

It’s the end of the month again, which means it’s the timed mile at track this week. There were too many of you last month for me to keep up with on the Webscorer app, so I will be shouting out times an asking you to write down your result. To be Covid-secure, please use the anti-bac gel provided after you’ve touched the pen (or bring your own, if you prefer). Afterwards, we’ll do some socially-distanced 4x100m relays. Just for fun. And, as always, don’t come to track if you or anyone in your household is experiencing Covid symptoms or should be self-isolating.

Missing Hadleigh?

Sadly, as discussed on WhatsApp during the week, there is no sign of this year’s cross- country season happening. Usually the meeting to decide the fixtures would have taken place in the summer, giving race organiser’s plenty of time to book venues, arrange first aid etc etc. So, I’m afraid, it looks like there won’t be a competition in 2020-21 though, of course, I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

If you’re missing the mud and hills of Hadleigh, why not sign up for The Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k, so called because it takes place on the 2012 Olympics mountain bike circuit. The race will be going ahead on 24 January with Covid arrangements in place e.g. staggered start times. More details on the Nice Work website at https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/hadleigh10k. It was voted the best 10k race in the South in 2019, so well worth a go. Don’t worry, if any of our cross-country races do go ahead, the organisers always avoid the date of the Legacy 10k, as it’s popular with the South Essex clubs.

BRR dates for your diary

Thursday 29th October – Club run from the Jo Richardson School (aka the Castle Green Centre), Gale Street, Dagenham, starting at 7.00pm prompt.

Sunday 31st October – social Club run at Hainault Forest, starting at 9.30am from the car park near the Global Café, various distances.

Sunday 29th November – Not sure if anyone completed the first Rock Up and Run race as results aren’t available yet (sorry if anyone has posted a time and I’ve missed it). The next race is on 29th November at the Jolly Fisherman Public House, 8 Station Rd, Stanstead St Margarets, Ware SG12 8DH. More details at https://www.fordyruns.com/rockupnrun. I’m planning to give it a go if the weather is OK.

Members’ Cup and Club Charity Vote

Only a few more days to cast your vote for the 2020 Members’ Cup and Club Charity of the Year (currently Richard House Children’s Hospice). You can vote for both via the following weblink: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PKMBF8X or by telling Jason (last year’s Member of the Year) your preference. The vote closes on 31 October.

Barking (Not)parkrun

Just two BRR members at last week’s Barking (not)parkrun (NPR), with Belinda finishing in 24:15 and Alison completing the 5K in a more sedate 29:25. I know loads more of you are running a 5K every week, even using the Barking parkrun course, so please don’t forget to post your result via your parkrun profile.

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

Exercise #5 – Goblet Squats

Want the physique of a Bulgarian weightlifter? Well, this exercise may not help you achieve that by itself, but it will work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and core muscles, improving overall body strength and burning calories. When sitting for long periods of time, our hips tend to get tight because they are in a shortened position. Doing squats gets us to sit back in our hips, past the range of motion that we’re used to when sitting at a desk, helping to prevent back pain. Adding a weight (a kettlebell, dumbbell, can of paint, small child, fat cat etc etc) will help you get more benefit from the exercise, but you can start using just your body weight.

  • Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Holding your weight with both hands at your chest.
  • Looking ahead and keeping your torso upright and tummy muscles tight, bend at your knees and hips to lower your butt toward the ground, as if you’re sitting in a chair.
  • Go as low as you can, pause for a moment, then push through heels, to stand back up, squeezing your glutes as you do so. Make sure your knees don’t go past your ankles.
  • Repeat for 15 reps.
  • Keep breathing!

And finally…

Kyle Burgess was running in Utah when he was confronted by an angry cougar. Talking about the close encounter, Kyle said, “I found what I thought were bobcats on the trail during a run. Turns out they were cougar cubs and their mother was not happy to see me. She escorted me for over six minutes to get me away from her cubs. Although she was acting very aggressive, the cougar had no intent on hurting me. The mother cougar was most likely caught off guard and did what she had to do to protect her cubs. Mama, cubs, and I are safe.”

Bobcat (top – ahhh!) and cougar (bottom – yikes!). Not sure how you could mistake one for the other, but makes you grateful that the worst thing you’re likely to run into in Barking Park is a squirrel after your nuts…

Happy Running

Alison

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