Thanet Roadrunners AC Return To Senior Training July 2020


Following the imposition of lockdown conditions in the UK with the outbreak of COVID-19, Thanet Roadrunners AC (TRAC) suspended all training and competitions activities in March 2020.


On 1st June 2020, England Athletics (EA) issued new guidance on the resumption of training which was again updated on 19thJune 2020:


Please note that this is phase 1 of the TRAC restart and there are several restrictions. This plan will be reviewed again on 31st July 2020.


TRAC have consulted with its committee and run leaders and have agreed the plan as set out below which has been subject to a risk assessment.


This first phase of TRAC restart programme currently only covers senior training.


A copy of this plan and the risk assessment will be lodged with EA. TRAC is an affiliated club of EA and covered by its insurance arrangements.


The reason why there are so many new ways of doing things is to ensure the safety of our members, coaches, run leaders and volunteers from the risk of infection.


We look forward to welcoming you back to training as we slowly begin to return to normal.



COVID-19 Officer


Pam Philpott has been appointed as the club’s COVID-19 Officer. She may be contacted at The COVID-19 Officer will act as the contact point for all queries regarding TRAC’s operations during the period where activities are restricted in line with official government and EA guidelines. Decisions relating to how the club operates during this period are the responsibility of the club via its committee. Decisions will be made having consulted with the main stakeholders, notably the run leaders, coaches and the clubs’ members.


Resumption of Training


TRAC will resume Club Training sessions for its members Monday 20th July 2020.


Club sessions will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Friday and Sunday.


Club sessions will be limited training in separate groups of 6 people (being one run leader and five athletes per group). More groups will be added over time but this will depend on the availability of qualified Run leaders and the take up amongst club members.

Predefined run routes will be established before each run.

Social distancing at the level required by EA using the government guidelines will be maintained between participants in each group and between groups.


Please not that our usual Thursday runs which incorporate Track and Hill sessions are not yet included in this first phase of brining back the club runs but we hope to bring these back very soon.


Mondays – Charles Dickens School Gates


Limited to maximum of 24 people training across four groups of 6 with staggered start times of 18:15 and 18:30. With two groups meeting at each of the start times, both of the gates outside Charles Dickens will be used as meeting points to ensure the groups are spread out. Each group will run for approximately 60 minutes.



Tuesdays – Botany Bay Car Park


Limited to a maximum of 6 people training in one group of six starting at 09:30. This run is for approximately 60 minutes.


Hartsdown Leisure Centre


Limited to a maximum of twelve people training in two groups of six starting at 18:30. The two groups will meet at the same time but will head off in opposite directions. Each group will run for approximately 60 minutes.  


Sunday Hartsdown Leisure Centre


Limited to a maximum of 6 people training in one group of six starting at 08:00. This run is for approximately 90 minutes.



Training Eligibility


Training is only available for TRAC members.

All athletes wishing to take part in the training sessions will need to do so by confirming their place for the club run via the Run Together App –

Athletes who have not confirmed their attendance prior to the club run will not be able to take part.



General Safety


The underlying principle here is that TRAC operates with its run leaders and members to plan the totality of a session to allow participants to train at minimal risk.

Initially TRAC wishes to work with restricted numbers to allow all the risks to be fully evaluated in an operational setting before resumption of more general training. Members will be asked to provide feedback as this progresses.


All participants will only be training in outdoor areas.


Personal equipment is allowed but must not be shared.


All participants will need to self-certify that that they are fit and healthy in order to participate. Any individual showing symptoms related to COVID-19 should not attend any training sessions.


If any participants experience symptoms related to COVD-19 after attending a training session, then they should contact the COVID Officer immediately.


TRAC reserves the right to amend any aspect of this plan in light of changes in regulations and observations on how it is working.


TRAC reserves the right to enforce its regulations by exclusion of non-compliant participants.


TRAC encourages athletes to use extensive hand washing and to respect social distancing.



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