Today England Athletics has issued revised and updated Guidance for Athletes and Runners for England.
The key words in relation to Striders or your individual running are :
Coaches and athletes running or training in a public space can take place on a one-to-one basis only (i.e. one coach and one athlete OR two athletes with no coach present). These two individuals do not need to be from the same family household, but both must adhere to the latest social distancing guidance.
To read the full document click here
The document warns that the advice may change at any time and possibly at short notice.
As we fully expected, UKA have issued a statement to all associated clubs and individual runners - full document
The key point for Striders is :
As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.
The key point for anyone considering running with friends outside of the remit of Striders is:
Social distancing and advice
Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life
16th March 2020
Coronavirus Update - Striders Sessions Suspended Until Further Notice
The Government request today is that we should all avoid unnecessary social contact.
Striders is first and foremost a social running club and the club committee are agreed that the only socially responsible action we can take is to suspend all Stamford Striders sessions, events and meetings until further notice, subject only to any advice to the contrary from our guiding body the UKA.
We will start to run sessions again as soon as possible under UKA advice but at this stage we do not know how many weeks away that is.
Please treat this page as the prime source of information, we will update from time to time is the situation unfolds.
Your club committee is made up of keen and dedicated Striders, runners who are just as disappointed as you about all this, but we will be back, oh yes - we will be back !!!