Hamsterley Forest Headtorch run led by club member Rachel Edmunds. 6 Miles in total. Meeting at the main car park in Hamsterley Forest ( car park near the toilet block) THERE IS A PARKING CHARGE SO CAR SHARE WHERE POSSIBLE!! Refreshments back in Wolsingham at the Black Bull Pub.🍻🍻
26th November 6:30pm
Beamish Run – more details to follow closer to the time.
As of Monday 19 July, most restrictions in England relating to COVID-19 will be eased. This of course is very positive for the return of athletics and running across the country.
The Key facts
There are no legal restrictions around numbers gathering across both indoor and outdoor settings. This means all venues and events can take place with no limit on participant and spectator numbers. Notwithstanding the normal risk assessments and event management practice must be adhered to.
There is no legal requirement for clubs, facilities, coaches or competition providers to collect data for test and trace or to display a QR code.
Currently there are no legal requirements around COVID-19 tests or NHS passports pre- or post-participation.
There are no restrictions on social distancing or requirement for test and trace to be carried out.
UK Government guidance should be followed for international travel. Exemptions to some of the restrictions do exist for those athletes classified as ‘elite’ and these are detailed in the UK Government elite sport guidance
There are no restrictions on car sharing, minibus or coach travel.
Participants and volunteers can now travel across England and stay overnight to participate and volunteer within the sport. There are no restrictions on volunteers sharing rooms with people from outside their family.
There is an emphasis on personal responsibility for reducing risk. Clubs and competition providers should give clear guidance that individuals should not turn up to an athletics or running environment (club, coached or competition) if displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Clubs and competition providers should make participants aware of:
Clear guidance to prospective participants on COVID-19 symptoms
Any safety measures they put in place to reduce risk
Reducing any potential transmission to staff
Ways to mitigate risk to vulnerable groups
Clubs and competition providers may (but this is NOT mandatory) ask participants to:
Sign in using a QR code and keep test and trace data
Take a COVID-19 test before participation
Wear a mask
This is fantastic news for the sport but the pandemic is far from over and is it important that we encourage the continued implementation of some of the safeguarding measures that as a society we have put into place over the last 18 months.
UK Government statistics suggest people are nervous about returning to normality. Only 40% of people feel comfortable going to indoor gyms, leisure centres or swimming pools. There is a nervousness of some individuals around the return to sport. All individuals, clubs and competition providers should be aware of this and communicate effectively with all prospective participants to make them feel as comfortable as possible to take part in athletics and running activities.
Washing hands, using masks in certain situations (indoors) and maintaining social distance between one another have been proven to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. Therefore, it is important that all clubs, coaches, volunteers, and competition providers continue to carry out local risk assessments around the environment and participants to make sure they continue to provide the safest possible environment for everybody to participate and support the sport that we love.
It is also important to recognise that some measures that have been highlighted by England Athletics throughout the COVID-19 guidance issued since April 2020 should feature as standard in club risk assessments and health and safety processes i.e. maintaining safe and effective ratios of runners or athletes to leaders and coaches, and ensuring all participants are registered for training sessions with emergency contacts details available and health / fitness concerns identified.
Questions that club coaches and competition providers may wish to consider.
Q: Should masks be worn?
A: Individuals might still be classed as vulnerable to COVID-19, or just feel safer wearing a mask in certain crowded environments. Through a local risk assessment, the advice might be to continue wearing face masks in certain environments. Local operators of venues may encourage or mandate this as part of their operating procedure.
Q: Do we need to keep details for test and trace and QR codes?
A: Some athletes, runners and volunteers may wish to provide their contact details for test and trace or scan a QR code to ensure they receive updates if there is a breakout around a particular venue. Local operators of venues may encourage or mandate this as part of their operating procedure.
Q: What needs to be in a local risk assessment?
A: As with all risk assessments they need to be based on the local environment and participants at the session. Therefore, you may wish to include the following (amongst other mitigations) in your risk assessments:
Continuing the use of a COVID-19 coordinator
Implementing extra hygiene measures between users sharing equipment
Maintaining social distancing
The use of masks in crowded environments
One-way routes etc when accessing venues.
Q: What message should clubs, coaches and competition providers be putting out prior to sessions?
A: Clubs, coaches and competition providers should offer clear guidance to both participants and volunteers around expected behaviours prior to arriving at any sessions. It should be made clear to everybody potentially involved it is their personal responsibility not to turn up to the activity if displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as outlined in the UK Government guidance. It is also a personal responsibility to assess personal risk at an event and be aware that clubs and competition providers may impose local restrictions for health and safety and COVID-19 reasons.
We have outlined in the below ‘athletics and running roadmap’ infographic what this means at each stage. More detailed guidance will be provided once we have received further information from Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Please note, all these dates are subject to the UK Government’s four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and the conditions which must be met before the country is able to move from one step to the next.
We are working with our partners, facility operators, competition providers, competition licencing bodies and event providers to aid the return to the activity safely and progressively.
For additional information specific to the return of track and field competition, please see the track and field competition section below
Track and field competition in line with the UK Government’s roadmap
We are pleased to announce that the original calendar released by UK Athletics (UKA) and the other Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs) is, to a large degree, intact, within the recent roadmap announced by the UK Government.
We will be working closely with all competition providers over the next few days to confirm dates and events and will provide a more detailed calendar as soon as we can.
The roadmap timelines for competition activity we can release at this moment are detailed in the above table, with the additional following date.
15 March – Licensing opens for track and field competitions. Details on process to follow.
We are also working with British Athletics and the other HCAFs to check officials are available and facilities are open. We will work with officials’ groups to ensure the safe return to competition is in place and with facility providers to encourage them to open in line with UK Government guidance. One key consideration is recognising that tracks will open at different times and that athletes will need training time prior to competing. Coaches and clubs must put the preparation and welfare of athletes at the centre of their thinking when returning to competition. We, and other competition organisers, will aim to balance event planning with this return. Should this timetable change we will let people know as soon as we can.
We strongly recommend a period of training and preparation for all athletes and clubs prior to any competition being undertaken. Only when athletes, coaches, parents and clubs are confident that the training preparation is in place should athletes undertake competition.
Based on the UK Government roadmap, National Championships should be able to go ahead through the summer as well as most fixtures. We will release a more detailed calendar as quickly as we can. All fixtures will be dependent upon officials and facilities and no future change to the UK Government roadmap.
Road running competition
England Athletics, runbritain and the larger road race organisers are in conversation with Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) about a return to road racing. Clubs and race providers can apply for licenses now via the runbritain website https://www.runbritain.com/
We are also working with the Trail, Fell and Walks Associations with regards to mapping restrictions that may apply as we go through spring. We are seeking clarity on the definition of ‘formally organised events’ and any travel restrictions that may apply and will update the community as soon as we have this information.
Again, we would like to thank everyone involved in the sport, from clubs, runners, athletes, coaches, leaders, officials, administrators, volunteers, facility providers, competition providers, parents and carers for their continued support, patience and understanding whilst adhering to the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The physical and mental health and wellbeing of all our members and their loved ones remains the priority throughout this challenging period so it is vital everyone adheres to the UK Government’s national COVID-19 restrictions thus ensuring its four-step roadmap can be achieved successfully.