COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In light of the recent announcements, we have taken guidance from England Athletics which has led to the cancellation and no club runs until further notice. This is a developing situation and we will keep this page updated with developments.

At this time we have a responsibility to do what is right to keep the risk to our members at a minimum.

In the meantime, keep clean, keep training, keep apart!!

Post last updated: 27/03/20

 

27 March 2020

Champagne League 2020 cancelled

Message from Steve Holmes:

With regret we have now completely cancelled the 2020 Champagne League due to the Coronavirus.

For those who have entered, your place will be held over for next year's competition.

However, should anyone require their entry fee returning, please contact Steve Holmes on steve.coh@hotmail.com

Be aware that this may take some time so please be patient.

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24 March 2020

Update from England Athletics:

Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:

  1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).
  2. Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.

These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England. We must now to all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in England continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.

For the full statement click here.

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19 March 2020

Club AGM postponed:

The club AGM was planned for Monday 20th April. IT IS NOW POSTPONED. A new date will be set once everything returns to normal.

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17 March 2020

Message from Steve Holmes:

Important notice: Champagne League 2020 

Following advice from UK Athletics regarding the Coronavirus, I have made the decision to cancel the first four races. Therefore the first race will now be on 19/5/20 at Wauldby Green. For those who have entered I think 6 races completed is still good value for the £20 entry fee.  However, if the situation does not improve we may have to cancel more races and we will retain your entry fee until next year, unless you state otherwise.

 

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17 March 2020

Message from Coach Derek Ricketts:

In view of today's advice from EA I have decided that there will be no Wednesday evening track sessions or Friday Evening hill sessions until further notice.

I will make decisions on my individual coaching sessions as we go along.

Of course I will continue to provide training plans and provide support as usual but I have to stress the importance of regular feedback so that I can monitor all health and injury issues which may arise.

I am aware that many of you have trained for marathons etc which  now wont take place in the near future and will be happy to talk things through with anybody who has any doubts about what to do next.

In the meantime time let's all talk to each other, listen to each other, care for each other and support one another so nobody needs to feel that they are having to cope on their own.

Take care everybody.

 

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17 March 2020

The latest statement from England Athletics:

 

Coronavirus Statement

The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus.  Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.

The full statement (which is periodically updated) can be found here.