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Barnet & District AC | Weekly Update 23rd February 2021
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Barnet & District Weekly Update

The latest news for the BDAC Stags

Silvana’s best foot forward
Who took the photo??
  • Trent Park Mansion
  • More Bareskins
  • Silvana’s Race Walking
  • EA Regional Council Elections
  • Club Coaching Co-ordinator
  • Club Records – Your Help Needed
  • Zoom Saturdays
 – 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

Trent Park Mansion

Around 1958 when my Dad was working as a building surveyor for the LCC, he told me that the last surviving female of the Sassoon family had left the Trent Estate to the people of London to enjoy as a park for their recreation. He suggested that we go there one Saturday to watch the Middlesex Cross Country Championships before the park was fully open to the public. The course included crossing the ploughed field and jumping the stream running Eastwards along the valley towards the lakes. The winner was a Frank Salvat, a tough, compact runner representing Finchley Harriers who finished blowing saliva, I remember.

Dad told me the secret role of the Mansion in Trent Park where high ranking German prisoners were kept during the War and unbeknown to them were being listened to through hidden microphones . Although Rudolf Hess initially flew to Scotland and was then taken by train to the Tower of London, he ended up at Mytchett Place, near Aldershot not Trent Park as was rumoured.

During lockdown, “The Walls have Ears” by Helen Fry is worth reading and can be obtained through Amazon. Once the development of houses in Trent is done, we should be able to visit the museum planned for the ground floor of the Mansion which will be linked with Bletchley Park.

Steve Harris

More Bareskin Running
It was good to have Steve Harris’s thoughts, last week, on bare chest running, ice baths and so on.
I don’t think I’ve ever run bare chested  –  just possibly once or twice, a long time ago, at the sea side.   I think we all have different biology.  I’m rarely cold when running, so just very occasionally in a race I wear a blue long sleeved T shirt beneath my vest.  For training I just like to be comfortable.  If you are comfortable you have probably got it right.
I have never tried ice baths, never been tempted.  Who knows, if I hadn’t been such a weakling maybe I’d have run four minute miles and gone to the Olympics.
There is a view that ice baths help muscle recovery after strenuous exercise.  Wikipedia is quite interesting on ice baths.  Apparently they are “becoming increasingly popular”.  But they are controversial.  We are told that hypothermia, shock and sudden death are all possible.  This might put some people off.
Paula Radcliffe and Andy Murray are said to be keen users.   Have any club members given them a try?
John Owen

Silvana’s Race Walking

If virtually is the way to go so be it. Let’s embrace the moment and wish for the best.
It wasn’t a PB but I will be working on it for the next 12 weeks. 

Silvana Alves
ERWL Virtual
5K 30’01
Battersea Park

Amália Cristina Silva
ERWL Virtual
5K 35’22’’
Oakhill Park

Silvana Alves

England Athletics Regional Council Elections

England Athletics
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Regional Council elections – deadline extension

Dear Jenny,

We are contacting you, as the club secretary or key contact within your club, to confirm that the deadline for nominations for this year’s England Athletics Regional Council elections has been extended by one week to Monday 1 March 2021.


Due to the unprecedented number of Regional Council seats available [40] across the nine regions, it was agreed by National Council to allow more time for those individuals interested in becoming a regional councillor to put themselves forward.

We please ask you, therefore, to help us widely communicate this new deadline to the members of your club / member body with immediate effect.


To help you promote the 2021 Regional Council elections to your members, we have created free to download promotional assets and information via the England Athletics MarketingHub. These assets include:


We’ve even provided within the MarketingHub (click here to log in or sign up free) some example Regional Council election copy for social media posts. We also have a dedicated 2021 Regional Council elections page on the England Athletics website which can be found at www.englandathletics.org/regcouncil.

As well as the above assets featuring on this webpage, there is also an exclusive interview with London regional councillor and former international athlete Nadia Williams talking about her role as a regional councillor.

Please do feel free to help promote Nadia’s interview within your club / member body as a way of encouraging your members, particularly those most likely to be interested, to consider submitting their self-nomination form to become a regional councillor in 2021.

Becoming a regional councillor is both a rewarding and privileged role with the unique opportunity to help shape the sport for the benefit of their clubs and members, both now and in the future.

Regional Councils provide a vital link between satisfying the specific needs and priorities of their local members and athletics and running clubs whilst contributing to the overall future health and success of athletics and running as a sport. 

Thank you in advance for your support – your assistance in cascading this new information about the extended submission deadline and helping us to attract potential regional councillors to the role is greatly appreciated.

Lynette Smith – England Athletics, Membership Services Manager


England Athletics
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Club Coaching Co-ordinator (this time with the Job description)

At the last AGM in October, I notified the Club of my intention to resign from the role of Club Coaching Co-ordinator. I undertook to remain in post until a successor could be appointed and to assist him/her for a few weeks/months, to facilitate a seamless handover.

It’s vital that this important position is filled. I’m happy to discuss the role with anybody who might be interested.

Des Michael
Club Coaching Co-ordinator
07768 485469

Title: Club Coaching Co-ordinator         Salary: £0     Rewards: Immense
The Role:
This is a challenging and hugely rewarding role within the Club structure.  It encompasses all athletics disciplines: Running, Race Walking, Jumping and Throwing.  There is a separate Official’s Secretary.  It is acknowledged that athletes and coaches are entitled to follow their own, independent, programmes but Team performances in recent years, have fallen short of a level that our Club’s status and history should aspire to.  It is hoped, therefore, that the post-holder will endeavour, in partnership with Team Managers, to co-ordinate the activities of the Club’s coaching team so that they are encouraged to integrate their programmes into a coherent, year round, training and racing strategy.  There is plenty of scope for the post-holder to further develop the Role.
You will, ideally but not essentially, hold a valid England Athletics accredited coaching qualification of any level, with a minimum of one year’s practical experience, leading group training sessions. 
The Person:
Good organisational and inter-personal skills are more relevant for the Role.  Our coaching team, currently, have a wide range of experience, ages and types/levels of qualification.
These include but not limited to;

  • Convene an annual meeting of the coaching team to review the past year and set goals/objectives for the forthcoming year.
  • Give the Coaching Report at Club Committee meetings, every 6 weeks.
  • Liaise with the Membership Secretary to keep an up to date record of coach’s current qualifications and their triannual DBS accreditation.
  • Recruit new coaches from the Membership and encourage existing coaches to broaden their knowledge and skill base by attending relevant EA coaching courses/seminars/workshops.
  • Liaise with Team Managers in relation to the purpose stated in The Role.
  • Circulate EA Coaching Newsletters to the coaching team.

* Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, e.g., travel, may be available.

Club Records. Your Help Needed
We’ve had no athletics over the past year but always, around the club, there are housekeeping tasks that need attention.  So I volunteered a little help to Andy Neatham with club records.  
In 1967, when the club began, club records were simple, some road distances and our best marks for the Olympic Track and Field events, 100m to marathon, hurdles, steeplechase, relays, jumps and throws, road walks, decathlon  –  and the women did only did half of these. It all fitted on one piece of paper.
But over the years the Young Athletes scene has developed and the Masters scene has expanded enormously.  In effect, it’s no longer men/women, but men/women/age category.  It’s come about that athletics clubs are expected to have club records for every event for every age category, both men and women.  Thanks to a lot of work by Andy, building on previous work by Steve Chilton, this is now all in place for Barnet and District AC and it’s on our website.
The records are comprehensive:  men and women, T&F and road, age categories from U11 to V80 (just Ron Franklin and Roger Bruck so far), distances from 40m (U11 hurdles) to 193km (John Fulcher’s 24 hour track record).  But the whole thing is a massive piece of work and there is always more to do, queries, gaps, some inaccuracies almost certainly. 

Therefore please have a look at the records on the website and let us know if you can spot anything that is missing, wrong or just suspect.  Have a word at any time or e-mail to records@barnetadac.com.  Andy and I will pick up e-mails and respond.
Team managers supply club fixtures results to Grahame Davies for the Weekly Update.  Where you take part in a further event, making your own entry, please get the result to Grahame, website@barnetadac.com.   And if you’d like to write something for the magazine and tell us all about it, get in touch with editor Rosamond de la Bertauche, magazine@barnetadac.com.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
John Owen

Zoom Saturdays

As we are not able to meet up on a Saturday either for a session or the coffee afterwards – all members – young and old – are invited to a  post -session Stag’s Zoom Meeting – to keep in touch.


Every Saturday
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
(1 hour)


Meeting ID: 943 6043 2908
Passcode: 546692

So get up and out, work hard in your session, preferably from home, then put the kettle on and come online and have a chat – gossip or general catch up.

I have set this up as a recurring meeting, and members are welcome to join at any time.

Hope to see some of you this Saturday


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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.

Fellrunning books

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