Quite a few members have been asking us what we’re planning to do about resuming club activities as restrictions ease and we’re looking forward to getting back to training and racing again as soon as possible. First of all, we’re governed by the advice of England Athletics, who have provided a helpful route map to recovery which links to the government’s COVD-19 recovery strategy and an infographic
At the moment, we’re at step 2 of the route map, which means that exercise is only allowed in groups of no more than 6 in public outdoor spaces. As all of our official club training activities can include a lot more people than that, we can’t resume any official club activities. There is also no face to face competition so it’s not possible to hold Lake Handicap or Dream Mile races at the moment.
The England Athletics guidance says that:
Clubs should consider alternative virtual options for group training, coaching and committee meetings.
- We’ve already held one virtual Lake Handicap and a number of virtual challenges, which have generated a lot of enthusiasm and have given people a lot of fun. We’re hoping that there will be more of these in the coming weeks.
- We’ve been holding committee meetings and the AGM by Zoom for the last several months.
Liaise with venue operators for updates and guidance.
- We’re keeping in contact with the Water Sports Centre so that we’re informed about their plans for re-opening.
Covid-19 Co-ordinator identified in each club to take responsibility for club plan and risk assessments. This must be in place before any activity can happen.
- We think it will be best to form a small group for this – if you’d like to help, please email us.
In the meantime, as it is now possible for us to meet in small groups we’re encouraging people to arrange this amongst themselves. The club Facebook page can be used for this, but please don’t advertise this as an unofficial club night, to avoid any confusion. Please also be mindful of the England Athletics and government guidance when you train together.
We’re heartened to see so many people out enjoying running and it’s been great to see the camaraderie which has come out of our virtual events. We’re grateful to those who have helped organise these. We’ll be keeping a close eye on changes to guidance in the coming weeks and months with a view to reopening up face to face club activities as it becomes safe to do so.