Following on from updated guidance from the new government advice on 28th May, England Athletics have also published additional guidance on the easing lockdown restrictions, groups of up to six people from different households are now able to meet outside in England from Monday 1 June provided that social distancing guidelines of 2m apart are maintained.
What this means for athletics and running is that:
- Exercise outdoors only in groups of up to 6 people providing athletes/runners maintain social distancing advice i.e. 2m apart if from a different household
- A coach and up to 5 athletes or runners can train together provided they maintain social distancing i.e. 2m apart if from a different household
As a running club, we are desperate to be able to resume our club runs and take a step closer to normality. However, at this time Official Club Runs will remain on hold. There are a number of implications that we as a club need to work through which include managing running groups, locations, routes, first aid, risk assessments and the health and safety of all of our members needs to be at the forefront of what we do. Once we have worked our way through these implications and risks, we will provide a further update.
In the mean time we would ask that if any of our members wanted to arrange to run in small groups (of no more than 6) that they do so by ensuring that they adhere to the guidelines and social distancing requirements. We also ask that they be mindful of the location that they are running in and of the other people that will also be sharing that space with.
Keep exercising, stay safe and look out for each other.