Jack: Hour Challenge Champion

Howdie BRR,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, we have some clarity on when, with a fair wind, we may be able to re-start our Club activities. From 29 March, outdoor sport and leisure facilities can re-open and organised outdoor sports are allowed. That should include our track sessions, group road runs and Hainault runs. We will have to wait for confirmation from Everyone Active that we can use the Jim Peters Stadium, and also see if England Athletics issues any additional guidance that we must abide by but things are looking positive.

February Committee Meeting

Click Here for the minutes from February’s Committee meeting, with thanks to Club Secretary, Dee. You’ll see that we have started thinking about Club competitions but there is still a little way to go before we can make any firm decisions. We’d be interested to hear any thoughts you might have.

Running in the News

Elliot Giles set a fantastic new 800m indoor British record at the World Indoor Tour in Poland last Wednesday. His time of 1 minute 43.63 seconds not only broke Seb Coe’s GB record which had stood since 1983, but was good enough to place him second on the global all-time list behind Wilson Kipketer. Of course, Giles’ victory has raised the usual debate about the impact of shoe technology on running performance. He was reported to be wearing the Nike Air Zoom Victory, which the shoe company has hailed as a “complete paradigm shift in distance track spike design”. But can a pair of spikes really be a game-changer? In the same race fellow Brit, Jamie Webb, also beat Coe’s former record, finishing in 1 minute 44.54, despite not wearing the Nike shoes. Perhaps we just have a good crop of middle-distance runners at the moment.

The London Marathon and Manchester Marathon have been having a spat that would rival the Blur and Oasis rivalry that some of us will remember from the ‘90s. Their latest squabble created a spot of bother on Twitter that Runner’s World says could run and run (pardon the pun). On the day the London Marathon announced its entry ballot results, the event’s website crashed, prompting Manchester to offer runners a guaranteed spot in “one of Europe’s most popular marathons”. London countered with a ‘savage blow’, chiding Manchester for its course being too short in 2013-2015, leading to race times being declared invalid. This led Manchester to remind the Twitterverse that London once had a runner dressed as Big Ben get stuck in the gantry trying to cross the finish line. Come on children; play nicely.

BRR in Action

Last week saw the second race in the winter virtual 5k handicap series, with thirteen runners managing to better their handicap times.

First place went to Vicki Groves with a time of 32:41,  1 minute 59 seconds inside her handicap time. Second place once again went to Charlotte Owen in 24:27, 1:31 better than her time. In third place was Chris Anastasi  in 28:29, 54 seconds inside his handicap which is very impressive as he is just returning from a long term ankle injury.

Charlotte Owen currently tops the table with 198 points but there is a long way to go.

After a slow start thanks to the weather, the Hour Challenge (a bit catchier than ‘how far can you run in a mile’!) proved really popular. I was glad to hear that I wasn’t the only person who had been getting stuck in the rut of short runs during lockdown; the hour run has pushed a few of us out of our comfort zones, ready for when ‘proper’ endurance races are back on the cards.  Jack Nixon ran the furthest with  a very impressive 10 miles plus. He was followed by Martin Page and Antony Leckerman. Leading the way for the ladies were Debbie Coyle,  Belinda Riches, and Joyce Golder. Kudos to Ron, who was first to complete his hour in the thick snow and ice. Well done everyone! We’ll do this again in a few months to see if we can all improve our distances with a bit more practice.

  • Runner          Miles
  • Jack                10.19
  • Martin P         8.31
  • Antony           8.03
  • Debbie           7.93
  • Belinda          7.37
  • Ron                7.13
  • Mick D            6.75
  • Joyce              6.74
  • Gary H           6.47
  • Nabeel           6.27
  • Martin M         6.26
  • Jason             6.18
  • Dennis           5.53
  • Les                  5.50
  • Rob                 5.34
  • Alison             5.32
  • Micky B          4.25

At Barking (not)parkrun, it was a top four for BRR. Martin Page was first over the line and scored another PB by finishing in 20:50, Ron Vialls was second in 23:33, Belinda Riches third in 24:06, and Jason was fourth in 28:03. Rob Courtier achieved a new NPR PB of 30:26. Greg and Alison followed in a more sedate pace!

Meanwhile, at Virtual Park Run, it was a BRR male/female double, with Martin P finishing first overall in 20:51 and Belinda’s 24:06 bagging her first female. Rory Burr finished in 28:14 and Kresh Veerasamy in 40:20.

Cristina and Trevor Cooper were back at their Virtual Ironman shenanigans again. Trevor completed the 3.1 mile run, 55.9 mile cycle and 13 mile run in 5:22:19, making him 57th overall at the time of going to press. Not bad out of 1,055 participants. Judging by Cristina’s photo of her bike ride, she could have done the swim, bike, run version instead! Well done to them both for completing VR7.

BRR diary

Please post all your times on the 5k Handicap/Race Results thread on WhatsApp (if you don’t do WhatsApp, send them to Dennis (handicap) or Alison (other virtual results)). Remember, for fairness, your watch/app needs to show the distance in question.

Every Tuesday @ 5.00pm until track reopens – Debbie’s fitness session on Instagram (search ComradesinCoaching). It can really make a difference to your running performance. Check the BRR WhatsApp Group on the day in case of any changes.

22 February to Midnight 27 February – It’s the monthly timed mile. This is a race against your own mile time, not others, so you only have yourself to beat. Go out there and give it your best shot.

1 March to Midnight 6 March – Winter Handicap #03. Run 5k on the course of your choice between the Monday and Midnight Saturday.

8 March to Midnight 13 March The Age Grade 5. Run your best 5 miles and post it, along with your age. The winner is the person with the highest age graded score, not the fastest person. Don’t worry, you don’t have to calculate the age grading; I’ll do it, using the Runbundle app. Don’t try telling me you’re 99 years old, just to get a good age grading, unless you happen to be Prince Philip!

Cracker Corner

This week’s jokes are provided by Captain Rob and Martin Page.

  • Just had a police officer knock on my door saying he was looking for a man with one eye…I told him to use both as he’d probably find him a lot quicker!
  • I didn’t believe yoga would fix my posture…I stand corrected.
  • A Cadbury’s lorry has collided with a Lego truck on the A13…police say the road is choc-a-block.

Boom! Boom!

Get Ahead, Get A Hat

It may have been warmer for the past week, but that doesn’t mean the cold weather is past, and it can still be chilly running in the early morning or at night. Captain Rob has a few of the famous BRR orange hats available at the bargain price of £6 each. Just let Rob know if you’d like one.

Running Shoe Trivia – ASICS

Is it ‘Ay-sicks’ or ‘Aah-sicks’? Is there even a right or wrong pronunciation? The question is, what does it mean?

Answer at the bottom of the blog.

5 Stretches to Try After a Cold-Weather Workout

Stretch #04 – Standing calf stretch

The weather hasn’t been so cold over the past week but it’s still just as important to stretch after exercising. This stretch can be done indoors or outdoors, you just need a good solid wall. Take care if you stretch against a door – if it’s not closed properly, you may find yourself falling through it, or have some clown pushing you over backwards as they decide to walk through.

How to do it

  • Stand in front of a wall with one leg straight behind you and the other in front of you, slightly bent.
  • Place your hands on the wall and push against it.
  • Keep your back leg straight, heel planted on the floor. You should feel this in the calf of your back leg.
  • Can’t feel it? Make sure you’re putting your weight through your back heel.
  • Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then switch sides.

And finally…

Following the example of that US Court video, a new regime has been instigated at the BRR Committee. Anyone failing to meet our incredibly high standards will be replaced by a cat. This month Captain Rob has been ousted in favour of a ginger tom called Captain Fluffy. That’ll teach him for sending his apologies to a Committee meeting*…

*Not really. It’s just an excuse for including a cute cat picture!

Happy Running


BRR Chair

Quiz answer: The name ASICS is an acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano which translates as “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” Asics Ltd originally began as the Onitsuka Co and was founded on 1st September 1949 by Kihachiro Onitsuka, who began by manufacturing basketball shoes in his home town of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, under the name Onitsuka Tiger. In 1977 Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and JELENK to form the Asics Corporation, though Mr Onitsuka still sold a vintage range of Asics shoes under the Onitsuka Tiger brand name.


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