Club Runs - 22nd March and coronavirus update

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Club Runs - 22nd March and coronavirus update

Post by WorcsPhil » 16 Mar 2020 10:05

Hi all,


so what's it best to do? Cancel everything or run things as normal? There isn't a right answer of course, but official advice is carry on (with precautions) at present. We recognise that there is a growing ethical and emotional response to stop everything and self-isolate, however official guidelines from Sport England last Friday includes:

• We know sport at every level is facing upheaval because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and that this is causing concern and uncertainty.
• The government has today confirmed that people with mild symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days.
• We know that all of this could affect planned events and activities.
• For now, it doesn't mean you can't still run activities where people gather, and it definitely doesn't mean that people should be discouraged from being active.
• In fact, given that being fit and healthy acts as a deterrent to most infections, it's crucial that members of the public continue to lead active lives throughout this period, whether that's using a local gym or walking or cycling, where it’s possible to do so.
• Unless there's official advice telling you not to do so, and as long as you follow the government advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, you can continue with things like club sports fixtures, group activities and use leisure facilities.
• In every scenario, it’s clear that hand hygiene is critical and if you’re planning to go somewhere that involves using sports equipment, make sure you're thoroughly wiping it down before and after you use it.

As such, We are not going to suspend club runs or club time trials just yet, but no one is actively encouraged to do them, particularly if you have symptoms, or live/socialise with vulnerable groups. We are following Government advice, which changes daily, so please look out for updated advice on this message board regularly.

Finally, if you are over 70 or have some underlying health issues, please think very carefully about participating in activities where there is a lot of social mixing, be that club runs, other cycling activities or even in our wider lives (is there life outside cycling? :D )

If you want to run a club run, they are still on for now... for the reasons given above.


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Post by George » 16 Mar 2020 10:17

Very sensible policy, Phil.

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Post by Dave Cox » 16 Mar 2020 10:23

Good advice Phil. However, as I'm over 70, was in hospital for 3 days after an asthma attack last year and am in danger of being locked down by the Government within days I'm going to have to stick to solo rides in future so no more D runs until we come out the other side. If you see someone on a road bike disguised with a downhill helmet give me a wave !!!

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Post by Mariana278 » 16 Mar 2020 13:02

Great advice Phil ! Thank you
Dave cox, sensible choice, I hope to see you riding with us soon x

I would like to lead ( the weather looks Dry and sunny for a change) short C ride again 30 miles as it’s Mother’s Day and I need to be back for lunch :)

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Post by Andy W » 16 Mar 2020 14:44

Yes phil some good and sensible advice.
The thought of not going out if a lockdown is decided is one I dont like to think about but I'm sure the sooner this passes the better will be for everyone and life can return to normal for all.

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