COVID-19 / Coronavirus update

England Athletics (EA) has revised its guidance in line with the latest government advice (details here ). 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.