Covid-19 Club Guidelines

The club's current Covid-19 guidelines are shown below. All runners should familarise theirselves with the guidance and check back on a regular basis for updates.

V1 30.03.2021

Covid-19 Club Guidelines

To help to keep us all safe when we return to running, we need to follow the England Athletics and Government Guidance. We are all representatives of our Club,and as such must set a good example in our local area.

  • All coached sessions (e.g. track, hills) must be booked by members in advance this allows a record to be kept, and limits the numbers attending.
  • Numbers for sessions are restricted;
  • For Club group runs,no more than 6 per group please ensure you organise yourself into groups of similar ability. Faster groups should set off first.
  • For coached sessions,numbers will be dictated by the venue and / or the Coach (Derek).
  • No one who has COVID symptoms, or has been advised toself-isolate, should attend a session.
  • As a member, if you experience COVID 19 symptoms at any time, please notify the Club Committee immediately. You must also isolate, and order a test from the NHS to allow them to initiate the test and trace service.



When you arrive at a Club session:

  • Register on PlaceTrace for the correct date and venue this is essential to ensure we know who has attended each session. REMIND EACH OTHER TO DO THIS!
  • Dont arrive too early! Minimise the amount of time you are congregating prior to the session start time wait in your car if you can, or ensure you maintain social distancing if waiting outside. Stand well away from any entry doors to buildings, or access points.
  • Ensure you have your own hand sanitiser gel available to use before and after the sessions.
  • Bring tissueswith you if you are likely to need them Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Familiarise yourself with the venue / route to be taken, and ensure you assess the area for hazards; think about social distancing and consider wind direction when planning an outdoor session. Aerobic activity such as running will cause a person to expel air and therefore droplets to a distance of up to 20 meters behind them. Runners shouldtrain alongside each other where possible.
  • At indoor venues, familiarise yourself with any one-way systems, rules, and hygiene guidance.Wear a face covering asrequiredindoors(unless you are medically exempt).
  • Bring your own drinks these should not be shared withanyone else.
  • If you are going on a group run without a coach, bring a mobile phone with you and ensure there is a phone in your group before you set off.
  • Ensure there are no more than 6 runners in a group! Make sure you are with runners of a similar ability.


During the session:

  • Keep at least 2m away from all other runners. Adapt the session to facilitate this as much as possible.
  • Be respectful of members of the public too,and ensure you give them enough space if you are passing them.

After the session:

  • All members should leave the area quickly.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and / or use hand sanitiser.

First Aid:

Hopefully your sessions will be accident free! However, in the event of an accident that requires first aid the current guidance is as follows:

  • Don’t administer first aid treatment unless absolutely necessary and if it is necessary, wear disposable gloves, face mask and apronif they are available. Thorough hand washing and sanitising to be carried out after administering any treatment.
  • The updated guidance from the resus council regarding administering CPRis;
    • Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. Do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth.
    • Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If COVID 19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999.
    • If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should place a cloth/towel over the victim’s mouth and nose and attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives.
    • Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the person’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection.
    • Cardiac arrest in children is more likely to be caused by a respiratory problem (asphyxial arrest), therefore chest compressions alone are unlikely to be effective.
    • If a decision is made to perform mouth-to-mouth ventilation in asphyxial arrest, use a resuscitation face shield.
    • After performing CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative.
    • If coaches need to provide assistance to an individual who is symptomatic and may have COVID-19 (that is any individual with a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature), wherever possible, place the person in a place away from others and ask others who are not involved in providing assistance to stay at least 2 metres away from the individual.
  • If there has been a blood or body-fluid spill; Keep people away from the area. Place paper towels/roll onto the spill, and ensure the area is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Wear PPE -gloves, mask and apron whilst cleaning.
  • Anyone who has had close contact with individual that develops symptoms of COVID-19 (continuous cough, fever), should follow the advice on what to do on the NHS website.
  • All accidents should be documented and reported to the Club.

Risk assessment

Our risk assessment is attached here.