EA Coronavirus Statement 17/03/20

ENGLAND ATHLETICS

Coronavirus Statement

17 March 2020

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.

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2020 National CC Champs: Young Athletes

What a difference a year makes! National at Harewood House, Leeds, last year we had blue skies, sunshine, mild weather, no wind and a fast course on a scenic setting. At Wollaton Park the runners were greeted with fierce winds, oceans of water, a log to negotiate on each lap plus a mud-bound course.

This fixture always seems to clash with half term, and with many families taking a much-needed holiday, plus a few injuries, we had a very small turnout.

2020 National CC Start line

The Start line at Wollaton Park

Results

Photos (Sally Chapman)

2020 National CC Champs: Men

National CC 2020 Men

L to R: S. Beedell, T. Beedell, Angus Holford, J. Stockings, H. Wyber, D. Steel, K. Murphy

Provisional results

To misquote Nottingham legend Brian Clough, the National Cross Country course at Wollaton Park did not include the worst mud our senior men's team had ever run through, but they could all agree it was in the top one. Still, our 10-strong team all fought courageously through the gloopy mires, and after the collective shellshock of the toughness of the course and strong winds had died down, they could congratulate ourselves on 18th position in the 133rd Senior Men’s Championship. This replicated our team position at last month's Southern championship, and we were first Essex club home to boot, beating serious Newham and Havering outfits. This marked improvement was heralded by the return to the race-day squad of Ed Shepherd. Being unsure of his cross-country fitness, Ed planned to adopt the conservative strategy that took him to his historic bronze at the 2019 Southern championship, and he delivered a very solid 35th place to lead the team home.

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