England Athletics has this morning updated its advice on Coronavirus as follows:
The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others,including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.
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 decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.
Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.
In the light of this, the committee of Rugby and Northampton AC have taken the decision to suspend ALL training until at least the end of April. Any events planned within this time period will also be cancelled / postponed – Rugby Spring Medal Opens on 4th and 11th April and Round One Upper Age YDL at Rugby on 26th April. East Midlands Grand Prix Road Race series, Midland Road Relays & the first Midland League matches are all cancelled. We expect many more to follow in the coming days
Coaches will contact groups directly if they can support with athletics training that you can do from home or on your own.
We will also keep you updated with regards to resuming training and competitions. In the meantime, let’s all stay well and safe during these extraordinary times.
Thank-you all for your understanding and support.