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Barnet & District AC | Weekly Update 16th November 2021
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Barnet & District Weekly Update

The latest news for the BDAC Stags

Young Stags at Welwyn
Training Sessions

Nominations for Club Awards
– by this Friday
Vacancy for Committee Chairperson
Your Welfare Officer
Christmas Party and Awards Evening

Upcoming Races
  • The Winter Fixture List is here
  • Met League Cross Country – Next Race
  • Chingford League Race Four/Fraternity & Sorority Cup – for runners
  • Fraternity and Sorority Cup Cross Country – for helpers
    • Tour of the course this weekend
Race Report
  • Young Stags do well in Welwyn
  • Met League #2 Welwyn Claybury, Seniors/Vets 
And…The Perfect Gift for Christmas

 – 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:

Session is in Barnet Playing fields. Intervals session is 3 or 4 x 1mile. Meet at 7 pm at  BPF or meet 6.45 pm NBLC for group warm up. Des is lead coach
5k improvers run – meet 6.55 for 7pm start at NBLC . Several groups according to pace
SAT 20TH NOV 2021 
All sessions start at 9.15 promt from Trent Park. Please meet 9.10 next to Go Ape
Maggies and Di group – 3 sets of (5 x 1 mins) and 6 x 30 seconds – Pauline Michael is leading
Andy and Annabelle’s group – Mixed distance reps – Annabelle is lead coach
3 MC- Mixed reps on the Soriety/fraternity/Chingford league course – Trail shoes or spikes required – Karen is lead coach
Interval session starts 6.15pm at Oakhil Park. Session is (400, 200,200m) x 6 . Meet at New Barnet leisure centre at 6pm for group warm up jog or meet directly at Oakhill Park
Karen is lead coach 

Coaching coordinator

Nominations for Club Awards

The Clubs Xmas Party and Presentation evening is coming up soon on Friday 10th December.

As we have done in previous years there are 4 awards to be voted for. Please submit your nominations for our 4 Voted for Categories, and as many names as possible as there have been amazing performances from members right across the Club for all these areas in the last year, even with the Pandemic:

Senior Athlete of the Year

Young Athlete of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

Most Improved Athlete of the Year

Please email your nomination and a short note as to why you are nominating that person to website@barnetadac.com by Friday 19th November – voting will open up soon after. Please note that the Newcomer & Most Improved awards are open to all members young and old.

Thank you


Vacancy: Committee Chairperson

Following the resignation of Adrian Mason from the post of Chairman, your Club is in desperate need of a replacement.  As an interim measure, as Vice Chairman, I am stepping in temporarily, solely to ensure the post is not left vacant.  This is a wholly unsatisfactory position for the Club to be faced with.  We need the fresh impetus that younger Members can bring to this and the various other roles on the Committee.  Instead we’re replacing a 58 year old with a 71 year old.  With my many other commitments, both within and external to the Club, I cannot adequately provide the kind of service that Adrian so ably delivered for several years.

It need not be an onerous task to chair our meetings (every 6 weeks), if you’re skilled at delegating.  For a mere, currently £70 annual subscription, we receive many benefits from our Club membership. PLEASE give serious consideration to how you might be able to give back something to a Club that does so much to support you.

For further information, contact Club Secretary, Andrew Cunningham at: andrew.cunningham15@btinternet.com

Des Michael

Your Welfare Officer

Hello! My name is Di Godin and I thought it would be  a good idea to introduce myself and tell you a little about the role of Welfare Officer (WO) which I have recently taken on within Barnet and District AC. Whilst some of you will already know me from running activities there are over 300 members in the club so it is highly unlikely everyone will know me or I them. We also have a steady flow of new members which is good to see. I expect in reality the majority of club members are not actually aware of the role of Welfare Officer.

The role is primarily to ensure that the club fulfils it’s safeguarding duties to children and adults, with the aim of ensuring a supportive and positive environment in which children and adults can enjoy athletics. To know the procedures to follow for dealing with child protection concerns, other welfare issues or complaints and to ensure the club protects all involved with the club during its activities.

It encompasses policies and procedures to set out minimum standards and expectations, such as codes of conduct for coaches, volunteers, officials, athletes, young athletes, parents/carer’s with the aim of ensuring a harmonious club for all. It is important that we have a range of policies concerned with safeguarding and welfare. Barnet and District AC have recently voted to adopt the UK Athletics and Four Home Country Athletics Federations Safeguarding Policies. These will be added to the website in the near future. I would ask you all take the time to read the policy/policies relevant to yourself.

It is also about recognise the difference between poor practice in coaching, disciplinary and grievances matters and matters that would be seen as safeguarding and making changes to reflect this practice within the club if necessary.

In addition to the younger members of our club England Athletics acknowledge any adult can be vulnerable for a whole host of reasons, physical health, perhaps  having mental health problems, and so anyone in the club may feel that they need help and support.

As a WO whilst safeguarding  is the primary role my role  is to try and make sure that people feel safe and included when they are running with the club, for example that they don’t continually get left behind on runs, receive unwanted attention, being the subject of group jokes, discriminatory remarks  or any forms of bullying.

Often this is low level activity and the person responsible may not even be aware of the effect their behaviour may be having on others and some members may be to embarrassed or scared, uncomfortable to say anything directly If something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, feel free to contact me.

This role is basically about being there for you, To act as the first point of contact for volunteers, officials, coaches, children and young people, athletes and parents to raise any concerns they have (Large or small they are all important) so we can deal with them sensitively and promptly.  Any issues raised will be confidential.  

The welfare of members is everyone’s responsibility, we must look after each other. You can contact me on welfare@barnetadac.com.

I hope you have gained a little insight into the role of Welfare Officer. 

Di Godin

Christmas Party and Awards Evening

Friday December 10th
Carriages 12 midnight
Enfield Golf Club, Old Park Road South, Enfield EN2 7DA
Ticket Price £32.50
3 Course Meal, Tea or Coffee, Mints and Mini Mince Pies
Veggie Option Available
Tickets available from Ann Stephenson
Email a.stephenson@onnia.co.uk
Mobile 07957532394
Payment can be made online to Barnet & District AC
Sort Code: 40-05-07
Account Number: 51277499
Reference: XmasParty
Cheques made Payable to Barnet & District AC
Or Cash

Christmas Party Menu
Whiskey and Treacle cured Salmon, fennel, apple gel and crumb.
Brie, Orange & Rocket Filo Nut Parcel, Beetroot Glaze
Stuffed Turkey ballotine, chipolatas, fondant potato, honey roasted carrots and parsnips
Wild mushroom gnocchi, shaved parmesan, rocket and truffle
Raspberry & White Chocolate Mousse, Shortbread Biscuit
Tae or Coffee, Mints, Mini Mince Pies

Chingford League Race Four/Fraternity & Sorority Cup
Trent Park on Saturday 27th November at  2.30PM

This is if you want to run. See the next article about helping
Saturday 27th November sees the 4th Chingford League Race which also serves as our very own Club X/C Championship and the Fraternity & Sorority Cup. Clearly there are many reasons for members to turn out in large numbers and show what a great and committed Club we are. It is 8km on a course that we can be proud of and which holds no fears for us; just make sure your footwear is suitable for the conditions on the day.

Join the Stags in the Chingford League promotion battle. The women are second and the men third in their respective divisions with promotion for the top two in each so let’s maintain the momentum. Turnout is important so let’s make this home fixture count. This race could go a long way to securing our promotion.

Details as follows:
  • Venue: Our very own Trent Park
  • Race Times: 2.30PM (Men and Women Together)
  • Club Colours must be worn
  • Keep your numbers for subsequent races

Those of you who obtained numbers at previous races should bring them for use in this race. If you have mislaid them, please let me know asap.

This is a great race which as a Club we can be very proud of. Everyone is welcome and everyone is needed.
Unlike the Met. League numbers are not available on the day but have to be obtained in advance. For those of you who haven’t previously obtained a number please let David Scott know the following by close of play Wednesday 24th November so he can enter you for this race:
  • Full name
  • Date of Birtth
My email is as follows: deejayscottuk@yahoo.co.uk
If you cannot run please contact Rob Scott and offer him your help on the day. It will be very welcome!
David Scott

Fraternity and Sorority Cup Cross Country
With apologies for the short notice…
Saturday 27th November 2021 – Trent Park

This is our annual open cross country race that has been in existence for well over 80 years. Last year COVID meant we couldn’t host it – but its back!

The event will also be shared with a fixture of the North West London Young Athletes League, while the senior race will incorporate a fixture of the Chingford League.

This is one of the Club’s biggest and most important promotions of the year and requires a lot of preparation, but even more importantly – a lot of help on the day – and this is where you all can play a part!

We will need as many Club members as possible to help with some officiating duties, course set up, course marshaling, results compilation and car parking marshaling – among other things!

Clearly we want as many members as possible to compete in the race! Not least as its a scoring fixture in the Chingford League and will also be the Club Cross Country Championship! BUT…if you do not plan to run – please contact me as your help will be hugely appreciated!

Rob Scott  

Fraternity and Sorority Cup Cross Country – Tour of the Course

Hello all.

To all those who have offered, or are thinking of offering to help with the Fraternity & Sorority Cup/Chingford League/NWLL on Saturday 27th at Trent Park. Please note I am planning a tour of the course THIS SATURDAY, time to be confirmed but probably late morning so as not to interfere with training. Meet at the car park near to the Trent Park cafe.


Young Stags do Well in Welwyn
Saturday 12th November

Perfect conditions greeted the young athletes at Stanborough Park for the second Met League fixture. A score of face-painted Young Stags enjoyed racing over the switchback course in undulating parkland by the lake. Some of them (mainly the older ones) also enjoyed the nearby playground as an unconventional way to warm up before their race.

Brilliant efforts by all, fighting for every place, resulted in some great team results. The best were by the U11 Girls in fourth, and the U15/U17 Girls in sixtth. Capree, Jorjia, and Charlotte achieved top-10 individual placings.

As a result of a good turn-out, and a great team effort, the club’s young athletes remain in sixth place overall in the league.

All the results are on the Met League website, and on Power of 10.

Barnet Placings ( a reminder that placings, not times, are what matter, and every finisher contributes to the team score)

U11G – 4th Team – Capree Cooper 6; Cara Light 24, Victoria Zavadsky 26.

U11B – No Barnet runners

U13G – 8th Team – Jorjia March 3, Charlotte Parsons 21.

U13B – 10th Team – Oliver Flemming 22, Josh McDonagh 30.

U15/U17G – 6th Team – Charlotte Harris 6, Emma McCluskey 12, Holly Light 37, Flo Humphrey 40, Erin McCafferty 46.

U15/U17B – 9th Team – Callum Sydenham 29, Joe Ward 41, Noah Clarke 49, Eddie Powell 52, Monty Omell 58, Louie Samuels 79, Harrison Lee 84, James Andrews 87.

John C

Met League #2 Welwyn Claybury, Seniors/Vets
Saturday 12th November
Another day of good weather for cross-country racing at Stanborough Park in Welwyn Garden City with great views of the A1 motorway or colourful autumn trees, depending on which way you chose to look.

Women’s team report
The course runs through fields and woods, with a couple of quirky twists and hills but its main feature is the camber. (Note to self: train more along the side of hills to get used to  one leg feeling longer than the other…)

Our ten-strong team of female finishers all scored for our teams in Division 1 (fastest six) and Division 3 (next fastest four) with Martha Hall, Jo Kent, Kath March and Sarah Boxer all finishing in the overall top 100. Sarah was also 1st in her age category, with Martha and Jo 2nd in their respective age groups. Most people’s times were a bit faster than Race 1 at Claybury but Annabelle White, Kathryn Ellis and Sarah Ralph all showed good improvement. Behind them were Davina Gutteridge, Steph Harrison, making her Met League debut, and Anna Murray.

As always, club members supported each other enthusiastically, especially important for those of us like me, who really needed a boost on that last incline up to the finish line.

Anna Murray

Men’s team report
We were well supported by club members, babies, children and Annabelle and Charlie’s puppy, making for a family event.

Ed Spencer led the team home from Will Morris with strong runs, completing the 4.8 mile course in 28:00 and 28:58 minutes respectively, sub-6 min pace  for Ed and 6 mins for Will, terrific times over an undulating course with a fierce camber.

Charlie White (less puppy) and Chris Price, on the road back from a lay-off, were a fair distance ahead of our chasing support team of scoring Vets. Calvin Wu and the emerging ever-present this year Kelvin Koloko, both hitting some strong post-marathon form were next in for B&D.  Only 36 seconds split Kelvin, our 6th finisher from our tenth one, Jamie March, who were the end-stops to a tasty sandwich comprising James Smythe, Paul Carter, both enjoying a string of impressive performances and Rob Scott. Scott Fraser and Kevin Valaydon were a couple of minutes behind, making up our 12 A team scorers.

Behind this group six of us enjoyed various personal racing battles, including Jerry Bryan, Andrew Flemming, Gary Randle and me. I make a special mention of Mario Pericleous, wearing new spikes and a cross country ‘novice’ turning out for the Club over this demanding course (aren’t they all?) and Matthew Sleeman, who had a gutsy run, putting himself back on the line having been given the all clear to race after exhausting himself to dropping point at Claybury.

At the time of writing, cumulative team standings were not yet available, but the good turnout will have improved our position in the lower divisions. There are three more races and we are confident that our talented athletes can keep us out of the relegation zones in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
Great race-day experience. Next Met League fixture: Hillingdon, Sat 4th December, post-race day eats and drinks in the Griffin, Whetstone from 6:45pm.

Pete Ellis

The Perfect Gift for Christmas
Only six weeks before Santa slides down the chimney, we hope he will have his sack filled with copies of our book “Running Stories by people of all ages, speeds and backgrounds.” With all our profits being donated to The Running Charity and their work with young homeless people, this is the perfect gift for runners and non-runners alike.
Could you publicise the book to your members and supporters and help us raise funds for the charity? If you have a social or club event where we could come and (very briefly) introduce the book and sell copies please let us know.
Each of the 88 short stories tells a tale of personal fulfilment, positivity, motivation and inspiration. The stories are about running, but also about the person.
The book is available for £8.99 from Amazon, Waterstones, Hive, Blackwell’s and to order from independent bookshops. At launch we became number 1 in the Amazon Athletics category and are both delighted and thankful for the many 5-star reviews.
Our youngest contributor is six years old. The oldest ninety-two. There really is a story to lift every one of us. Here are just a few.


Go well (and have a very Happy Christmas)
Jerry Lockspeiser
Andrew Roberts
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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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