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BA Athletics Club News Digest EXTRA 18th March 2020

Coronavirus Restrictions - updated

The club would like to operate normally over the forthcoming weeks but the advice of the Government is to avoid all unnecessary face-to-face contact AND we are licensed by England Athletics who have now asked us to suspend ALL such activities, "club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events", until at least the end of April.

We have therefore suspended all of our planned events until that time. HOWEVER, we would like to continue to operate as a club of like-minded runners and we would like us all to boost our health by building fitness and through exposure to fresh air and sunshine. This helps make the body stronger against viral infections.

We are proposing a SOLO event for this weekend. We would like as many club runners as possible to run a 5k distance sometime on Saturday or Sunday (but PLEASE avoid 9-10 on a parkrun course, see footnote). Please plan and undertake such a run and fill in the details below and return this to me for compilation for next Monday's digest.  Note though:

  • Do not do this if you are unwell, particularly if you have symptoms of the coronavirus such as a fever, or if you share a house with someone who has these symptoms,
  • Do not do this if you consider yourself vulnerable, such as being elderly and with pre-existing health conditions.
  • Do not travel to a location for this - use your local park or leisure route.

We normally have at least 30 club members undertaking a parkrun on a Saturday morning. I would hope that the same number of us can do this SOLO run this weekend. If successful, then we may repeat this each weekend and explore the option for other "virtual" runs including for next week's final Handicap of the series.

Roderick Hoffman - Acting Chair obo the Club Committee - any concerns/questions email me at

Footnote - faced with the same problem, parkrun UK have cancelled all UK parkruns from this weekend. It is possible that many people will react to this by running a freedom run at their usual parkrun venue at the usual time on the Saturday. Large numbers doing so will provoke a reaction from authorities to close parks or restrict freedom further. We are fighting a virus, not authority. So please avoid regular parkrun courses from 9-10 on Saturdays.

Please reply to this email, or forward it to, and fill in the following table before pressing send - by 9pm on SUNDAY:



Distance (if not 5k):

Approximate start time:

(so that we can demonstrate that we were not running together)

Run time (if recorded):



Feel free to attach a GPS trail if you have one.

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