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Barnet & District AC | Weekly Update 1st December 2020
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Barnet & District Weekly Update

The latest news for the BDAC Stags

Stags or Does? They must be Stags!

COVID-secure, group training, will resume this Saturday for ALL, in Trent Park

100 Club – just right for Christmas

The Funeral of John Atkinson
Another memory of John Atkinson


 – Athletics Library
 – 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

100 Club

Looking for ideas for Christmas presents? Why not buy someone a number for the B&D 100 Club. Details below.

How does it work?
  • You buy a number, which goes into the draw.
  • Numbers cost £25 each and you can buy as many numbers as you like.
How many draws a year?
  • There are 3 draws a year. One at the AGM, one at Christmas and one at Easter.
How much are the prizes?
There are three prizes at each draw:
  • AGM and Easter £150 / £100 / £50
  • Christmas £250 / £150 / £100
How do I buy a number?

Please email Adrian at chairman@barnetadac.com

Payments can be made online to

Barnet & District Athletic Club – 100 Club
HSBC – 40-05-07 – Account number 11464914
Please quote your name on the transfer

You can pay by cheque made payable to Barnet & District AC 100 Club


The Funeral of John Atkinson

John’s funeral will be this coming Friday, 4th Dec in Derby at midday, the family are aware that many members would have wished to attend but in the present circumstances this is not possible & they thank everyone for the kind wishes they have received. It has been agreed with the family that John & I will attend the funeral to represent the club. The family will be arranging a memorial next summer which members will be welcome to attend. It is family flowers only at the funeral.
Donations in John’s memory are for Treetops Hospice Care and Marie Curie and may be sent to the family or to H. Lee & Son, Funeral Directors, Belle Vue Road, Ashbourne DE6 1AT, or if preferred donations can be made  at the future memorial event.
There will be a Webcast of the funeral & if you would like a link to this, please contact me on jandm.shirley@virgin.net  before 5pm on Thursday 3rd Dec & I will forward it to you. I also have the order of service & if anyone would like that please contact me.
I’m sure many of you who knew John will be having your own personal memories on this wonderful man, who did so much for the club over the years. May he Rest in Peace.

Another Memory of John Atkinson

I am another member who joined the Club in mature years.   John was always very kind and helpful to me and I shall  cherish his memory.   It reminded me of one story:   

Soon after I joined the Club, we competed in an interclub track event at Bedord, the sort of fixture which seems to have disappeared from the fixture list.   It included a 5000 metre team race.   After a few laps, John was not far ahead of me when another team member dropped out.   John called over his shoulder “You are scoring Brian”.   In other words, make sure to finish.  

I was quite surprised to hear when the results were announced hat not only had we won the team race, we were the only Club to close  a team.   And when we got to the end of the match, Barnet won by fewer points than we scored in the team race – a lesson I learned for my later years as a team manager.
Brian Strong

Athletics Library

As well as “Running with the Kenyans” by Adharanand Finn  “secrets of the fastest people on earth” and “Running for Women” by Claire Kowalchik “everything you need to know and much much more” I have these Athletics-orientated books which I will be adding to the “Library” in our container at Victoria Park, New Barnet. Before doing so, here is the list;-
  • Runner – the story of Lizzy Hawker prolific long distance runner
  • Running over Forty – Bruce & Sue Tulloh
  • Eat & Run-Scott Jurek (Ultra marathon)
  • Collision Course – story of Mary Decker & Zola Budd
Biographies & Autobiographies; Iron in his Soul-Northern runner of 1930s Bill Roberts, Sebastian Coe, Roger Black, Steve Ovett, Mo Farah, Kriss Akabusi, Sally Gunnell, This Mum Runs (Jo Pavey)

Let me know if you want any to read during “lockdown”.

Steve Harris 07976940366;  steve.h61@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.


Osteopaths / Sports injury rehab – Nikki Waker – www.brookmansparkosteos.co.uk

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