Statement from Club Chairman, Chas Taylor as published in our email newsletter, on Monday 16/3/2020.

Coronavirus is uppermost in all our minds at the moment and I would like to spell out the club’s current position on the subject. The health of our members, their families and the wider community is of paramount importance. Whilst most of our members are fit and healthy and the current thinking is that these people should not be severely affected, we do have a number of older members, and a number with underlying health issues so it is imperative that everyone follows the latest advice from Public Health England and NHS111 online regarding personal hygiene. Remember too that if you have been doing lots of heavy training like preparing for a marathon your immune system is likely to be low so be extra careful.

If you or any member of your immediate family show even mild symptoms of a new and continuous cough or a temperature of over 37.8 degrees, then you must follow the current PHE guidelines and self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days, and of course, this means you cannot come to the club. We will continue to monitor the advice from all authorities, including the advice for running clubs from England Athletics.

Following consideration of this advice, we will be continuing with regular training sessions but as soon as that advice changes we may need to cancel sessions and will let everyone know, via the usual channels.

We will also cancel training if the Hockey Centre has to close – currently, we are working closely with the Hockey Club management to ensure that they are also following current guidelines around infection control. You can assist infection control by not congregating in the entrance hall and immediately inside the clubhouse. Try to avoid direct contact with fellow club members.

The above statement was written and agreed by the committee before today’s statement by the PM which makes guidelines for social contact far more restrictive. The committee now needs to discuss this latest information and decide on the best way forward. The track is available to us tomorrow and I know the Juniors and the Beginners will be making use of it and anyone else is free to make use of it but please be conscious of avoiding social interaction. If you want to run on Thursday evening it would be best to meet in the car park and stick to smaller groups. We will update you further over the coming days.

We have a number of events coming up over the next few months like the Aquathlon, Triffic Trail, our Presentation Night and Sally’s Quiz Night. We are monitoring the situation with regard to these and at the moment they are all still scheduled to go ahead but as we move forward we may have to cancel these and have also agreed that we will refund any entry fees.

Stay safe and take all possible precautions against infection and transmission. As a club, we will come through this stronger and tougher.

Chas 

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