Covid Restrictions

You will no doubt have seen the UK Government announcement of the planned 4-steps to ease the country out of lockdown restrictions and I wanted to update what this means for us at BHR.

Our Covid Co-ordinators have reviewed the guidelines and whilst we are awaiting official confirmation from England Athletics which could change these plans, we don't expect this to happen.

With effect from 29th March, group sports will be allowed to meet outdoors in a covid secure environment. This means that we can commence with club sessions as long as we follow the steps set out in our risk assessment.

We will be speaking to the Coaching team to check their availability and will issue the usual announcement showing available groups with timings and meeting points the week prior to sessions starting. Groups will be a maximum of 12 people.

Please look out for the updates on Email and Facebook which will be issued around the 23rd March and sessions will begin on Tuesday 30th March (Daytime) & Wednesday 31st March (Evening). All sessions must be booked in advance.

We understand how difficult it has been both mentally and physically for people to enjoy their running and hopefully this is the start of things returning to normal for us. We hope to see you all soon.

The location for the first few weeks will be in and around Burgess Hill and the meeting point will be shared each week.

We will aim to have multiple coaches available. Each coach will be able to take a group of 12 people. We will provide a 45 minute coached session comprising 10 minutes of drills and technique training and around 35 minutes for a coached session.

Runners and Coaches should clean their hands prior to arrival.

Runners will need to use the booking request email address - to book their slot for each session.

Runners attend at their own risk and by attending agree to abide by the Covid-19 social distance guidance and respect all other users of any roads, parks or fields that we may attend.

Runners must arrive at the meeting point already warmed up, we recommend at least a 10 minute warm-up run and dynamic stretches. Do not gather in groups. The coach will approach the group. At the end of your session please move to a different area for your cool down so that the next group can start.

A risk assessment is available and it is recommended that runners familiarise themselves to ensure they comply with all the measures necessary to minimise risks.

Here is some guidance that we ask all those attending to follow:

  • Runners to wear bright visible clothing, to dress appropriately for the weather, and to bring warm / waterproof clothing for after session or if an emergency occurs.

  • Runners are to observe at least 2m social distance at all times and must not touch anyone else’s belongings.

  • Runners are to face away from all other people when deep breathing.

  • No spitting to be allowed.

  • No physical interaction between each other.

  • No equipment to be shared / handled.

  • Water bottles and clothing to be personalised clearly and not shared.

  • Training is to be conducted in groups of 1 coach and up to 12 athletes.

  • Bring hand sanitising products for use in case you touch anything.