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Barnet & District AC | Weekly Update 11th May 2021
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Barnet & District Weekly Update

The latest news for the BDAC Stags

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The June Magazine deadline is 30th May. All contributions to Ros at magazine@barnetadac.com please

Coaching Update
Free Intro to Running Course

Upcoming Races
  • Nightingale Charity running
  • The Triffic Trail returns
  • Southern Athletics League
  • Welwyn 10K – 25 June to 3 July
Race Reports
  • Lee Valley Open – Throws Events
  • TT Series – Race 4
  • Winter Points Trophy – Final
Other Runs
  • Stags in Trent Park
 – Athletics Library – update
 – Training Sessions
 – Miscellany – Club Kit  / More Mile / Athletics Courses / Services

 – Steve Chilton’s Club History is here

Please mail contributions to website@barnetadac.com by 6pm each Tuesday

Coaching Co-ordinator Update

Training sessions this week are:

Thursday 13th May session is at Trent Park 7 pm or 6.45 meet at NBLC
Session is 2k 1600m 1200, 800 400m Karen is lead coach 

Thursday 13th May 5k improvers run – meet 6.55 for 7pm start at NBLC . Several groups according to pace 

Sat 15th May all sessions start 9.15am in Trent Park (3 separate groups/ sessions)

Maggie and Di group – 4 mins 2 mins 2 mins x 3 sets 

Annabelle and Andy’s group 5k time trial 

3 MC group – 5 x 1k and short hill reps – lead coach Steve Chilton

Tuesday 18th May session is in Oak Hill Park at 6.15 pm . Or meet at NLBC 6pm for jog up. Session is (300 x 3   200 x 3)x 2/3 sets  Karen is lead coach 

Please don’t forget to fill out the covid form.  There has been some confusion but one does need to be filled out for each session not just once and coaches do need to do it as well! 

Coaching coordinator 

Free Intro to Running Course

Nightingale Charity Running

A message from the Fundraiser for The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in Enfield:

If you are not familiar with us, we are a local charity supporting local people who have been affected by cancer, whether they be the patient themselves, family, carer, friend, or colleague.

I am contacting you today as we need your help and we have a great opportunity for your clients and community to achieve a life goal and help local people who have been affected by cancer.

After the 2020 we’ve all had, 2021 is definitely the year to get out and achieve something big and what’s bigger or more of an achievement than a marathon?

This year, The Nightingale has several places for people to run in the Brighton Marathon and the Virtual London Marathon. We’re looking for anyone who has always had ‘Run a Marathon’ on their bucket list but just hasn’t managed to cross it off yet. Skills and ability aren’t a problem, we just want someone determined to cross that finish line, no matter the time.

With the massive uptake in running during lockdown, there’s no better time for people to get involved and run a marathon. They’ve been training for the last year and didn’t even know it.

Participants don’t have to pay a registration fee, but we do ask them to raise £150 for The Nightingale. That may sound a lot to some people but that’s why we’re here! We have plenty of resources for people to use to help them reach their goal, like our fundraising pack, social media headers, images and posters.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration to support The Nightingale.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Louise Tully
The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre

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Return of the Triffic(s)

Trent Park Triffic Trail – Sunday 26th September 

As with previous years there will be a Senior 10k and a Junior 4.5k.

More details can be found on the event website: 

https://www.triffictrail.com and the race can be entered here: 


Matt Burn – Race Director

Southern Athletics League Fixtures

This Summer 

Match 1) Lee Valley – June 20th
Match 2) Mile End – July 11th
Match 3) Finsbury Park – August 14th
Match 4) Lee Valley – September 11th

Open to all 1st claim members (and 2nd claim if your 1st claim club does not participate in the SAL) of all abilities but you must be at least 15 years old by the 31st August.

Please contact Annabelle Lee (annabellelee1993@googlemail.com) if you would like to take part of if you would like any more information.

Welwyn 10K

Garden City Runners are delighted to be staging the ever popular Welwyn 10k around the scenic lanes of Old Welwyn in Hertfordshire.

As with so many things, the 2021 edition of the event is a little different… you will have the option to run the Welwyn 10k route anytime during the Welwyn Festival week (25 June to 3 July 2021) and still measure yourself against your fellow runners, thanks to our friends at Race Nation who are supplying the technical know-how.

While we would love to be back to a live race, the road map out of lockdown is still subject to change, and we would hate to have to cancel for a second year. This way, we can run the scenic festival route, which will be marked, with the flexibility to comply with the Covid guidance as may be in place at the time.

Plus you get a great t-shirt and the chance to support some local charities who have all struggled with a reduction in funding over the past 12 months. Click here for full details and to enter.

Yours in Sport
Garden City Runners

Lee Valley Open – Throws Events

25th April
Hannah and Charlotte Parsons both competed in the recent Lee Valley Open, which served as a useful introduction to the track and field season. 

Hannah was in the hammer and got something of a shock when looking at the list of other competitors as it included many of the top hammer throwers in the UK!   Amongst them was Taylor Campbell, who threw 75.82 metres which is the longest for senior men in the UK so far this year and 8th best all time performance for a British athlete.   

Jess Mayho, British Women’s champion for the last two years, was also on the starting list although she did not compete in the end.  Hannah was feeling a bit under the weather but still managed a very respectable performance, recording a best throw of 26.64 which is just short of her PB.    

Earlier on in the day, younger sister Charlotte made her debut in the discus and threw 17.78.  This was a pretty impressive start, especially bearing in mind the cold and windy conditions.   

All in all, a very satisfactory start to the season
Hammer U17W; Hannah Parsons – 26.64 metres
Discus U13G; Charlotte Parsons – 17.78 metres 
Rob Mack

TT Series – Race 4

The course was perfect at Trent Park, if you had grippy footwear, wet but not muddy, firm but soft enough to take a small spike. There were some tremendous performances.

As l ran up the hill after my first lap of the back fields, Rajesh came storming down well into his second lap, closely followed by the two Eds, Fraser and Spencer. They must have had a combative, relentlessly competitive race because that’s how they finished, separated by only ten seconds. The top six were completed with Will in fourth place, Charlie (White) and Alex H. Charlie, a footy man, turned covid runner was racing for the first time, achieving a superb sub-7:00 p/m pace on a course with some tiring hills to battle up.

Karen won the women’s race by a comfortable margin from Jo (Kent), who had a good lead over third placed Jo (Squire). Alison (Drake), a new member racing with us for the first time, followed Jo in with Sarah (Ralph) placed fifth. Sarah raced in ten seconds ahead of Jenny who finished strongly. Sarah, a newish member, knocked an astonishing 8 mins 51 secs off her December time.
There were many runners who have joined over the past year and continue to embrace the club and racing, with a lovely spirit of competitiveness and mutual support. There were also seven new members racing, quite an achievement across demanding, unfamiliar terrain, so well done to Hans, Charlie, Philip, Andy, Hayley, Kevin and Alison.
It was superb to be together again in a wet field, sharing what we love doing with friends. Make a note of the date of what will probably be our final race, until normal inter-club events begin again, Saturday 12th June.
As ever, thanks to the marshals and officials who made the race possible.

Short Course results are here and Long Course results are here

Well done all,

Winter Points Trophy – Final

The full table of WPT points is attached, covering a limited number of 8 races, 4 TT series races and 4 Chingford Leagues. The WPT is a long established club trophy rewarding commitment, turning up to race and performance.
Jo (Kent) has won the WOMEN’s WPT with 56 race points, Martha (Hall) having given ground to her in the final TT series race of the winter season. Karen (Murphy) finished just 4 points behind Jo on 52 points, having run one less TT race but one more Chingford league race than Jo. Martha is third placed (45), followed by Sarah (Boxer) (35) and  Kathryn (Ellis), new to cross country and racing this season, on 33 race points.
Throughout the season the MEN’S WPT has been a contest between the two Eds. Ed Spencer held his advantage and is WPT champion on 49 points, four ahead of runner-up, Ed Fraser. With some short-course wins under his belt and having competed in the Chingford League, Matt (Gibson) secured third place with 32 points. Will (Morris) and George (Mangan) share fourth place (30) followed by Alex (Horton) (26).
The top 10 positions are as follows:
1st Jo Kent 56 points   Ed Spencer 49 points
2nd Karen Murphy 52   Ed Fraser 45
3rd Martha Hall 45   Matt Gibson 32
4th Sarah Boxer 35   George Mangan
Will Morris
5th Kathryn Ellis 33   Alex Horton 26
6th Annabelle Lee
Linda Dworwoski
27   Calvin Wu 25
7th Sarah Ralph 22   David Scott 20
8th Kath March 19   Michael Martin 19
9th Davina Gutteridge
Anna Murray
Jo Squire 
18   Paul Carter 16
10th Margaret Butler 17   Steve Holmes
Rajesh Patel
Gary Pelosi 


Other Runs and Comments

Thank you Peter Ellis

What a pleasure it was on Saturday to see Barnet athletes in action over our “home” cross country course at Trent Park, organised with smiles all the way by Peter Ellis, great runs by Rajesh, Ed and Ed at the front, keen running right through the fields, more than 60 in the senior and junior races.  It was good to see several new club members racing for the first time.  Welcome to cross country running, the simplest and friendliest branch of athletics.
PBs?  It doesn’t get much better than Sarah Ralph’s improvement of nearly nine minutes over her December time.  Well done Sarah!
A further race is planned for 12 June.   Keep training. 
John O
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Athletics Library

Henry Gray’s famous book Anatomy of the Human Body, commonly known as “Gray’s Anatomy” was first published in 1858.  It quickly became “the doctors’ bible” and has been revised and republished more than 40 times up to the present.  Kirsty Johnstone has donated a copy to the club library.   It’s 740 pages, a recent edition, current and medically up to date.  Thank you Kirsty! 
We are still not back to athletics as we know it, though shortened Sothern Athletics League and Veteran’s League programmes are scheduled from late June.    But you can read about great races, about top athletes and how they plan and train, about the history of our sport.    We have 50 books available for you to read straight away. 

Click here for the list.
If you want to borrow any of these just get in touch.
Steve Harris.    07976 940336.   Steve.h.61@outlook.com

Training Sessions

The outline of the training sessions is on the club website: Training; Training Sessions

Richard/Des/Steve’s calendar of sessions are on the website: Training; Training Calendar

Maggie’s and updates from all coaches are posted adhocly to the club Facebook Page 

Club Kit

Some new items of club kit have been added to our selection at Ipro sports. They include a shoe bag, ideal for spikes or road racers, some red sprinter style lycra shorts, and jogging bottoms with the club badge. Please see the full range at https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/barnet-district-ac/. Please be aware that there is usually a waiting time of around a month for delivery of most of these items because they are made to order.

We have entered into a partnership with iProsports to provide a range of club kit. The link below will take you to our Club Zone on the iProsports website. There you will find an initial range of items available for direct purchase through the website for delivery to your home or your preferred delivery address, with payment by credit card or Paypal.


Initially we have launched without ‘red’ shorts, as we have yet to agree on styles, and these will follow.

We will be looking to add extra sizes for Young athletes and other kit, with some blue options.

As outlined in the Club Magazine, club vests are currently being managed by our fantastic Membership Secretary team and orders can be made via their email address: membership@barnetadac.com and remain keenly priced at £15.00.

More Mile Discount

A reminder to members – please encourage family & friends to use the more20 code on www.moremile.co.uk & take advantage of a 20% discount – the more it is used the more the club can get back. Moremile kit is of good quality & very good value for money especially with the discount.

Happy Shopping

England Athletics Courses

For all the latest England Athletics Courses and Workshops visit:

Coach/Officials’ Education courses:

England Athletics events & workshops:

The club will reimburse course fees for those who apply their qualifications for the benefit of the club.

Fellrunning books

Signed fellrunning books – Steve Chilton – https://itsahill.wordpress.com/
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