Dear All

We hope you are still all keeping well during this unprecedented situation which is still affecting us all. Here is the latest update from our governing body England Athletics relating to training. You may now train with one other person not from your household which can be a coach or another athlete. It is important to follow the guidelines below totally however.

Suspension of athletics competition extended to 30 June 2020.
Following previous statements on 17 March and 24 March, England Athletics, in collaboration with the other Home Country Athletics Federations and UKA, can confirm that the suspension period relating specifically to athletics competition has been extended until at least the 30 June 2020.

We have collectively taken the decision to extend the suspension of licensed competition activity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in recognition that event organisers, clubs, athletes, officials and coaches at all levels of the sport need clarity, advanced notice and time to plan.

However following the publication of the new government guidelines on exercise England Athletics have been working with UKA and other stakeholders to create three guidance documents for our registered athletes, runners, coaches and athletic venues. These procedures apply to England only and are based on government guidelines detailing the use of public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise:

1. Guidance for athletes and runners return to activity
2. Guidance for coaches and leaders return to activity
3. Guidance for athletic venues return to activity

Athletic outdoor track and field facilities should only open at the discretion and with the consent of the facility owner, provider or contractor and we advise that everyone abides by the government guidance to Stay Alert.

Chris Jones, England Athletics CEO, says: “The safety and wellbeing of all athletes, runners, coaches and the wider community is at the heart of our guidance. We know that everyone in the England Athletics family, including RunTogether are keen to resume running and athletics activity as soon as it is safe and appropriate for them to do so. England Athletics recognises that wish but at the same time wants to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone in the athletics community, facility providers and the wider community is considered as the first priority.”

Our guidance provides sport specific advice to help athletes and runners in England only. It is important to say that any return to activity must take account of local conditions and any risk assessment for normal activities should be undertaken as well as ensuring that all government guidance around Covid-19 is taken into account. It is the responsibility of each athlete, runner, coach, and venue, to make that assessment based on their local environment. Risk assessment must take into account mitigations and plans for when activities do not go as expected. For example, an injury occurring and the need to access help whilst adhering to social distancing.

England Athletics advises that formal club and group activity do not take place during this first step due to the requirements for social distancing.

This guidance has been published on the understanding that it is an interpretation of government guidance relevant to the sport of athletics and running. It is likely to change at short notice; in which case we will publish updates through the England Athletic website and our social media channels.






Ivybridge 10K Cancelled – Update

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation we have had to take the painful decision to cancel the Ivybridge 10K for 2020. We will put all our efforts now into holding a fantastic race in 2021. We hoped to be able to hold the race on a midweek evening in September, but it was felt that this would not be the same as holding it on a Saturday. There would have been issues with extra traffic and difficulties for runners to get to the race by 6.30pm.
We have decided to refund all online entrants entry fees directly from the entry processing agents. This was the most straightforward way.
It is going to take quite a few weeks however so please be patient.
if you entered by post please look out for an email from us. Once again we are sorry to disappoint everyone but we will be back in 2021.


Virtual Marathon Challenge

Hi All

It was 27 years ago yesterday when Eamonn Martin became the last British man to win the London Marathon.
As you know from the Harrier we had a quite a few runners taking part in that race and also in the one at Rotterdam on the same day.
Here below is an initiative from Carol and Ruth to get involved in nextweekend when the 2020 London Marathon should have taken place.
This is the message from Ruth.

Hope everyone is keeping well in these crazy times!!

Carol has thought of a wonderful plan…

With next weekend being London Marathon weekend a few of us are planning to do a 13.1 mile run on Saturday and then again on Sunday so that we will have done the distance we would have done at London.

Anyone and everyone are welcome to join, all you need to do is email Dave Fox on ivybridge51@gmail.comwith a brief description of your route and your times.

Will be a nice way for us motivate ourselves and have some communication… take some photos en route and we can make a big thing out of it 😉

Please feel free to share with anyone you know that’s not on Facebook and may be interested.

Hope you’ll all join us!!

Can I just remind everyone to do this on your own or with a member of your household. Do not meet up to do it. Any route is acceptable and it can be done at any time on both days.