England Athletics can confirm that guidance for OUTDOOR club and group activity as well as all types of OUTDOOR competitions for athletics and running is not affected by the recently announced restrictions on the number of people allowed to meet. The Government has now confirmed to Sport England that organised sports and activities which have been through return to play protocols will be allowed to continue as before.
The announcement means that outdoors gatherings of no more than six people remain in place except for Covid-secure venues and activities where larger groups can participate and compete.
There are updates to guidance relating to INDOOR activity. INDOOR training can take place for athletes UNDER the age of 18 in larger groups (more than 6) in Covid-secure venues, adhering to coaching ratios and/or Department for Education guidance. INDOOR training for athletes OVER the age of 18 should be restricted to groups of 6 (1 coach to 5 athletes).
England Athletics is working with indoor facilities on indoor competition guidance and will release this in due course.
We also encourage everyone to follow the latest advice from the Government, be mindful of any local restrictions which may apply, wear face coverings where necessary and ensure social distancing and good hand hygiene at all times.
Following England Athletics Guidance update on 31 July 2020. We will be restarting club nights, with immediate effect. The sessions will commence at 6.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In order to help the sessions run smoothly it has been decided that we will now meet around the area of the War Memorial at Consett Sports Centre, this will help keep the Sports Centre entrance clear for their members. Those wishing to participate in Stewy Bell’s coached track sessions on Tuesdays at 6.00pm are asked to go straight to the track.
As mentioned in the documentation, we have appointed a Covid co-ordinator, George McKay will fulfil this role. We have prepared a risk assessment which is available at the bottom of this page. We ask that you read it carefully and familiarise yourself with its contents.
NOTE – THERE WILL BE NO TOILET OR CHANGING FACILITIES AVAILABLE.
We would also be grateful if you could take note of the following :-
Before Leaving Home: • Follow all hygiene guidance including washing your hands. • If you, or anyone in your household have any Covid19 symptoms, you should not attend training.
On arrival: • Please use the car park • Make your way to the War Memorial but please respect the War Memorial and its surroundings (or track), maintaining social distance.
MEMBERSHIP FEES Membership fees were due in January 2020, there are still a few outstanding, obviously due to circumstances beyond our control we weren’t pushing payment of fees. We will be doing some maintenance on our website and members only facebook page at the end of the week so any non-paid up members will be deleted from the members forum. If you could kindly let us know if you do not intend to renew that would also be appreciated.
MONTHLY TIME TRIALS Please see below information with regard to the time trials that George McKay has kindly organised. If you wish to participate please contact George direct.
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the cancelation of running events, George McKay has put some Time Trial (TT) events together which will replace the Club Grand Prix.
These will be open to all club members, heats will set off with a handicap time for each runner, so it will be first runner across the finish line that will be the first finisher regardless of the handicap time you set off or the time it took you to complete the route.
Points will be allocated to all finishers in your heat, with the maximum points going to the first finisher and decreasing to the last finisher, i.e. 5 Athletes in a Heat:
1st Place 5pts, 2nd Place 4pts, 3rd Place 3pts etc.
If there is only ‘one heat’ due to the amount of entries that will be classed as the event. If there is more than one heat the winner from each heat will go onto form an additional heat i.e. semi-final/finals which will take place later in the month(s), points from addition heats will count in the scoring system.
The size of the Heats will depend on how many athletes are participating but most importantly they will comply with UKA/EA/Government guidelines regarding Covid-19, so they may change as the competition progresses.
In order to make this as fair as possible and to ensure all those attending are in with a chance of winning, your Estimated Best Effort for that specific distance will be taken from Strava.
If you do not have an estimated Best Effort then your fastest time over that distance within the last 4 months will be used.
Oh yes, there will be trophies, it is hoped these will be presented at the AGM.
There will be prizes for each TT event as well as an overall prize should you enter all three events.
Entries can be made either via our members Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org this will allow George to work out the handicap timings and allocate you a heat.
1mile TT: 9am Saturday 15th August 2020 (entries no later than 1200pm Friday 7thAugust)
5K TT: 9am Saturday 12th September 2020 (entries no later than 1200pm Friday 4thSeptember)
10K TT: 9am Saturday 10th October 2020 (entries no later than 1200pm Friday 2ndOctober)
The UK Government have announced that outdoor sport and physical activity participation events in England will be able to take place from 11th July. Whilst we look forward to the return of our sport, please note that all runbritain licenced races are cancelled until 31st July and this position will remain. The reason for this is that Covid-19 guidance to race organisers on staging off-track events that meet the Government guidelines issued on 10 July have been produced. Read the advice here. It will be a condition of licenced races that they indicate that they have read the Covid-19 guidelines; have understood these new requirements and agreed to implement them as appropriate to their event. Please note that the Covid-19 guidelines will require: –
Race organisers to draft additional plans such as a Covid-19 Risk Assessment
A number of measures to be introduced which may require extra resource in terms of time, equipment, personnel and budget.
Additional communication with participants to update them on arrangements made by an event to mitigate against the risk of catching Covid-19
It should also be borne in mind that additional liaison with stakeholders such as Local Authorities and landowners could be required to gain their approval of the event. If you have any queries then please contact email@example.com
Track and field events
England Athletics has the following announcement with regard to track and field events.