As Mike Ridger is now taking bookings for club members to train in groups of up to 6 athletes due to the Covid-10 restrictions, the existing bookings are now viewable in the Track Bookings Calendar on this website.
Thank you all for your enquiries and application forms for Startrack 2020. We had a discussion about it at committee recently and we came to the decision that reluctantly we will not be holding Startrack this year, certainly not yet anyway. We have not taken this decision lightly. We know there will be some disappointed young budding athletes but for safety’s sake we would not want to put anyone at risk.
The problems are manifold on numerous fronts.
Although we have opened our track for members-only training we can only train for hour-long sessions. We have to limit the numbers training there at any time due to this awful Coronavirus. We have to disinfect the gates and locks every time anyone goes into or out of the track. The same goes for any equipment we use which includes the Jump pits, which are supposed to be dug over after every athletes’ use of them, the High Jump bed which has to be sanitised after each athlete has jumped and so on. In addition, Putlands Leisure Centre is closed and therefore we have no toilet facilities or car parking. On top of all this it does not seem likely the Mascalls Academy will be open before our planned event would have taken place so there would be no indoor facility to use in the event of bad weather.
Also, many of our coaches are currently not working due to being furloughed and may well not have a job to go back to if everything begins to open up. They will need to earn money in order to live.
We have discussed the possibility of a shortened version of Startrack in the Autumn Half Term but this again will depend on the other facilities being available. This is the first time in over 30 years that we have had to cancel Startrack but we would rather put on a proper event than a mish mash one.
If there is any news of a shortened version of Startrack I will let everyone know as soon as possible.
Anyone who has filled in the form and e-mailed them to me I will keep them in my Startrack file anyway.
Thank you for your understanding, enjoy your summer and stay healthy.
England Athletics have released a document which details their “Route for Recovery” plans as Covid-19 restrictions are gradually reduced. As you will be able to see in the document below, we are currently at Stage 2. Stage 3 could be introduced on the 4th July, but EA will need to provide confirmation of this first.
England Athletics has launched the Weekly30 Run Challenge – a free weekly virtual running challenge that encourages runners to compete each weekend whilst also enabling competition between clubs/groups and sports.
Are you ready to represent your club and sport in a new virtual running competition? If so, sign-up for the new @EnglandAthletics Weekly30 Run Challenge – a free weekly virtual running challenge encouraging runners of all levels to compete for 30 minutes each weekend (following government guidelines) whilst also enabling competition between clubs and different sports. You’ll be competing against an online community of other runners from across the country – the competition will be fierce and the pride of your club and sport is at stake! Every runner counts – find out more and sign-up at: https://bit.ly/Wk30Run
Further to my email of the 22nd May regarding the opening of the track I am pleased to tell you that England Athletics (EA) have issued new guidance and the attached documents have been updated accordingly. In simple terms we can, with immediate effect, allow up to 6 people from different households at the track at any one time. It is a maximum of 6 so for example a family of 4 plus 2 others is the most allowed, or a coach and 5 athletes.
Please read the attached documents which describe the rules and regulations from EA and the Government that are applicable to PWAC together with some of our own that we have had to impose. Please read the overview document and then for more detail refer to the full document and follow the link to the EA website.
The main track gate is fitted with a combination padlock. Please lock the gate after entry and exit to prevent unauthorised access. When making a booking you will be told the code for the combination padlock. If you have any queries regarding the booking system please email these to email@example.com
Please ensure you follow the sanitising rules, these are for yours and others safety.
Next week is the fifth week of our Coronavirus lock down and for many of us one day just melts into another.
We have probably all learnt at least one new skill, and done some of those jobs we have been putting off for some time.
But we don’t have to vegetate and stay in our homes all the time
We are allowed to leave our homes once a day to exercise as per the Government’s Public Health advice as laid down in the Coronavirus Act 2020.
In a bid to bring some normality back to our lives an adult training schedule has been put on the clubs website (On the Members Page) for May. A straight forward schedule (along with a few pointers) for Tuesday’s and Thursday’s with the option of an extra weekend run.
Please remember to follow the 9 Golden Rules for Running in these strange times.
1: Run alone or with a household member only
2: Choose a comfortable distance
3: Plan your route with wide paths
4: Take your mobile phone with you
5: Always pass others at a safe distance
6: Maintain a 2m distance
7: Stay on pavements wherever possible
8: Leave the music at home
9: Remember to always be courteous and hygienic (Don’t touch anything without gloves, No spitting
and No snot rockets
Liz and Janine have created some circuit training videos to help us keep fit during the current situation. There are currently 4 videos in the playlist – accessible from the menu in the top right hand corner of the Youtube window.
If you have any videos you’d like to add to the list, please let us know.