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Barnet & District AC | Weekly Update 12th October 2021
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Barnet & District Weekly Update

The latest news for the BDAC Stags

Team Baggage – A name The Apprentice should use
The September Quarterly Magazine is waiting for you

Training Sessions
Winter Points Supremo – your help needed
Evening Get Together This Saturday

Upcoming Races
  • The Winter Fixture List is here
  • Chingford League Race Three: Wednesday 20th October
  • North London Cross Country – entry closes this Thursday
  • Met League update for Seniors + Vets Race #1 Claybury, Saturday 16th October.
  • North West London YA Cross Country League
Race Reports
  • London Marathon Baggage
The Other Bits

 – 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

Training Sessions

Training sessions for the coming week are:

Meet New Barnet Leisure centre 7pm for 9km ish Beech Hill Run route ncluding the 2 mile ‘Beech Hill Time trial ‘ for those that want to work hard. There is an option just to do the route as a steady/ easy run for those who would like an easier option before the Met League on Saturday
Karen is lead coach 
5k improvers run – meet 6.55 for 7pm start at NBLC . Several groups according to pace
SAT 16TH OCT 2021 
 ****There will be NO 3MC and AA group this Saturday due to the Met league at Claybury *****
Maggies and Di group – various length hill reps on Monument Hill – Meet 9.10 next to Go Ape Cockfosters end of Trent Park ready for a 9.15 start
      TUESDAY 19TH SEPT  2021
Interval session starts 6.15pm around Bevan Road. Meet at 6pm at New Barnet leisure Centre for group
Session is 6-7 x 800m run as a parlauf on road . Stevo is lead coach 

Coaching coordinator

Winter Points Trophy Supremo
You can get to decide what points make prizes!
Every year we award a Winter Points Trophy to the woman and male athlete winning the most race points across the season. It is a perfect job for someone willing to keep a record of results and award points, form the warmth of a comfy chair. It takes perhaps 20 minutes to update after each race.
Whoever is the Supremo can basically decide on the points system, rewarding both performance but also club commitment through participation, giving our top finishers and less speedy athletes a fair chance of winning.
An easy points system would be to award the first 10 runners with 3 points and all other runners 2 points. It covers the Chingford League, Met League and Championship races from now until the season ends at the end of February.
If you would or could do this task, it’s quite enjoyable seeing how the performances and WPT unfold during the year, giving the Club an update every now and then.
Do speak with me or email me on peter.ellis01@btinternet.com if you are able and willing to be the WPT Supremo.

Evening Get Together
This coming Saturday 16th October
We’re heading to the Mitre pub in High Barnet, near the Church and a little Tesco’s, opposite side of the main road from Barnet College, from 6:30pmish for some light pub grub and a drink after the Claybury fixture this week-end.
Do come along if you fancy, whether you have raced or not, the more the merrier.
We’ll head to the rear of the pub where there is some additional room space, so do walk through the main bar area and do not assume because you do not see anyone when entering we are not there….. we will be, reflecting, sharing and toasting.

Chingford League Race Three
Lee Valley Velopark on Wednesday 20th October at 7.30PM

Join the Stags in the promotion battle. The second race at Dagenham saw both men and women top their division, and the women are now second and the men third in their respective divisions with promotion for the top two in each so let’s maintain the momentum.

Wednesday 20th October sees the third race. 5km hard surface; several laps of a cycle circuit.  This is a great venue suitable for everyone. Highly recommended!

Details as follows:
  • Venue: Lee Valley Velopark, Abercrombie Road, London, E20 3AB
  • Race Times: 7.30PM women and 8PM men
  • Club Colours must be worn
  • Keep your numbers for subsequent races

Those of you who obtained numbers at Hog Hill and Dagenham should bring them for use in this race.

If you have mislaid them, please let me know asap.

There is a café and toilets, showers and lockers are also available. Parking is limited so please arrive early and car share where possible. If anyone needs a lift, please let me know or post in reply to this message.
This is a great race at another great venue. Everyone is welcome and everyone is needed.

For those of you who haven’t previously notified David Scott or Tim Ward that you were racing at Hog Hill, Dagenham or subsequent Chingford League races please let David Scott know the following by close of play Monday 18th October so he can enter you for this race:

Full name
Date of Birth

My email is as follows:
David Scott

North London Cross Country Championships

30th October 2021

Entry closing date: Thursday 14th October!!

Email: peter.ellis01@btinternet.com if you want to be entered
Women ………… 8km at 2pm
Men ……………… 8km at 2:45pm
I will send out detailed instructions nearer the race to those who enter but do email me now, by Thursday 14th October at the latest, if you wish to be entered. Be great to get a good turnout from across the Club.
Do contact me you need any more info.
Lovely to be racing again across country,

Met League update for Seniors + Vets Race #1
Claybury, Saturday 16th October.

Met League Race ONE

Finally, Met League Cross Country is back!!

Please get down to Claybury on Saturday for the first fixture, it‘s so important to get a good start in this league and the club is targeting promotion out of Division 2.

Location: Claybury Park, Roding Lane North, IG8 8NN

Youngsters races are first leading up to….
Seniors+Vets ladies start – not before 1:30 pm, 8k.
Seniors+Vets men start – not before 2:35 pm, 8k.

Women and Men – the course is 3 laps all off-road on trails, beautiful parkland, undulating grass fields with one short sharp hill in the middle of the woods each lap. A good map on metleague.run.

Club vests must be worn.

Look for the club flags and gazebo and collect your race numbers from Dave B or Anna Murray.
Parking etc – details were included in the last two weekly email newsletters.

There will be a bit of a social in the Mitre in High Barnet on the Saturday evening, Pete Ellis and Sarah and others have been planning it and we hope to make it a regular Met League Saturday thing.

For Met league queries please contact Dave Byrne (dbyrne415@btinternet.com) or Anna Murray (anna1murray1@gmail.com).

See you there!!!


Dave Byrne

North West London YA Cross country League

I started the League back in 1964 and still get a great buzz from organising the fixtures and seeing the YA’s progress through the ranks.   Dave Bedford competed in the very first fixture at Brook Farm and several of those now in the Stags Vets age group got their early experiences of cross country in the league races.

So onwards to the 2021-22 season:

Saturday 25th September at Greenford
Saturday 23rd October at Fryent Park, Kingsbury
Sat 27th November at Trent Park
Saturday 5th February at Bannister Stadium, Harrow
Saturday 5th March at Wormwood Scrubbs.

In my role as Secretary of The North London Cross Country Association I am also hoping that There will be a good contingent of BDAC runners in the Championships at Hillingdon on October 30th.   In several years the Stags entry has been depleted by a clash with Sandy Balls weekend.

Wishing everyone a great winter season.

Brian Fowler

London Marathon Baggage
3 October 2021.

  626    Thomas Thain            2:51:15   
6679    Kelvin Koloko            3:31:03   
8009    Gareth Senior            3:37:12   
22525    Ortenza Barker            4:26:46    (Virtual race).
33519    Belinda Shapps            5:02:14   
37606    Rosamond de la Bertauche    5:19:52   
39557    Danielle Savvas            5:28:29    (Virtual race)
48494    Hayley Oberlander        6:36:09   

Positions are “mass race and virtual”.

It seemed a very long time since April 2020 when we were supposed to have run this.  Excuses of illness and injury were the topic of the day on the train to the Start, which wasn’t as full as usual because start times were spread out this year.  Some people were very stressed because their start time was too early for the trains!  But organisation at the Start was superb, more toilets, more room, and an atmosphere that reflected our ‘release from captivity!

My watch lost control of its GPS measurement over the first three or four miles and I heard others complaining, so I think it had something to do with the tall buildings.  It was a perfect day, just the right temperature and only a light breeze. Enthusiastic marshals and water stop crews gave out encouragement to everyone.  The crowds were a bit thinner this time, but still lined the whole, spectacular route, and were just as noisy. Nobody had taken any notice of the instruction to only bring one spectator!

Despite the fantastic route and great conditions, the very best feeling was at the end, when I arrived at the Barnet ‘lorry’, and not just because I’d finally finished!  Tracey and Kim, with Maggie and the crew of devoted volunteers were there welcoming the runners as heroes, but they are the heroes, working all day as an essential part of the mechanism that makes the London Marathon happen. 

So here’s a very big THANK YOU to them all!

The Baggage Team

The Other Bits

Manchester Marathon.  10 October 2021.
      39    Jonney Yeates          2:38:31       
10419   Lisa smith                   4:55:46
11824   Rosalind Thompson 5:19:16
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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 startfitness.co.uk on Moremile kit only. You can take advantage of a 20% discount – the more it is used the more the club can (potentially – we don’t know if the deal still works for the club) 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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