England Athletics (EA) has revised its guidance in line with the latest government advice (details here https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/06/EA-return-to-activity-guidance-athletes-and-runners-Step-2-v2.pdf ). The key point is that outdoor running for groups of up to 6 people from different households is now possible providing they keep 2m apart. There are other associated guidelines such as carrying hand sanitiser, doing a risk assessment, having a plan to manage injuries and keep social distancing, and following any instructions from the landowner where you are training.
The Committee has discussed the possibility to re-start organised training in the light of the guidance. For the time being we think that it is still too soon to do so. The following factors influenced our thinking:
- There is still community transmission of the virus and many people are not comfortable with some of the steps being taken to ease lockdown.
- The paths around Blenheim and our communities are more crowded than usual. Having a group of 6 runners pass walkers on a narrow path could be worrying for some, especially if they are older or vulnerable.
- There is little additional benefit of an organised club activity versus members self-organising a socially distanced run with a friend or two. There would be additional planning and coordination to do it as a club.
We will keep the situation under review and we all want to get back to being able to train together again.