On 17 March, in line with Government and England Athletics advice, we announced the suspension of all 26.2 club training and competitive events. This post confirms that, despite certain relaxations of Government advice, all face to face club activities currently remain suspended. We are monitoring the changing situation and will advise on this website if the situation changes.
This has been a challenging period in so many ways, and we have missed running together. It has, however, been great to compete in various ways through our virtual league and to meet via Zoom and Facebook for our awards ceremony and for twice-weekly club briefings. This week we launch a new iteration of our virtual league (see below) and there is an opportunity to sign up for the virtual Parkland Relays (see link above).
Here is the background to the current suspension:
Government guidance now states that:
From Monday 1 June, you can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain a 2 metre gap from those you do not live with.
England Athletics advice issued on Monday day reflects this. In relation to Road running, it states:
Small group training outdoors only in groups of up to 6 people providing runners maintain social distancing advice i.e. 2m apart if from a different household
No face-to-face competition permitted
Over the coming days and weeks, we will be looking to provide guidance for Road Running and Affiliated clubs.
Whilst this does potentially open the way for limited training in small groups of up to 6 (such as in a private sports field or sparsely populated countryside), the majority of 26.2 club runs would normally take place on suburban roads, trails or parks. Experience of running during lockdown has proven that it can be difficult enough to sustain 2m spacing from other road, trail or park users when running alone. The club has concluded that it would not be realistic to seek to maintain 2m distancing between up to 6 individual runners and the other members of the public whom we would encounter, in a way that would be at all effective.
At present, all 26.2 club training and competitive events therefore remain suspended but we are monitoring the changing situation and will advise on this website if the situation changes.