Covid 19 Response

National Lockdown Update: 14/01/2021


In the BCP Council area the Covid 19 rate per 100,000 people has increased from 249 just after Christmas to 881 now.

According to BCP Council in this area one person is admitted to hospital every hour and one person dies every 6 hours.  

BCP Council has now closed the athletic stadium including pits, beds and throwing areas.
Acknowledging this the Club Committee has agreed to suspend all face to face club related activity forthwith. This suspension to be reviewed once BCP Council reopens the athletic stadium. 



England Athletics Update: 06/01/2021


The Club has received the following advice from England Athletics which means that virtually all club activity has to cease for the foreseeable future.  See below for what can take place.

Following the UK Government’s announcement on Monday 4 January of a new national lockdown, regrettably our guidance for athletics and running must reflect these enforced Covid-19 restrictions across England.

As a result of everyone being required to stay at home, except for specific purposes as outlined by the UK Government’s guidance, the impact on our sport includes the following with immediate effect and until further notice:

  • The suspension of all face-to-face indoor and outdoor club / group activity.
  • The suspension of all indoor track and field competitions.
  • The suspension of all outdoor competitions including track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multi-terrain running.
  • The suspension of all face-to-face coaches’ and officials’ education.
  • The suspension of any other face-to-face club / group training sessions, events, athlete camps, running groups or other social events as well as club committee or other meetings.
  • Indoor gyms and facilities will remain closed.

What can take place?

The UK Government has confirmed that elite sport is able to continue in line with the strict protocols and measures that are in place. Similarly, organised outdoor sport for disabled people can continue and we will provide further details on this once we have the required information from the UK Government.

  • The UK Government has confirmed that individuals can exercise with one other person either from their own household OR outside their household. This is limited to one occasion per day and the individual should not travel outside of their local area
  • Virtual training sessions can be delivered by qualified coaches
  • Virtual competitions can still take place. 
  • England Athletics will continue to coordinate the Weekly 30

Anyone taking part in any virtual activity should at all times observe the above restrictions. We are currently seeking clarity from UK Government on 1:1 coaching and will provide an update as soon as possible.

England Athletics guidance on a restricted return to activity:
England Athletics guidance on competition planning. 
In response to this guidance the club has produced a Club Plan and Risk Assessment. These documents are updated regularly. 

Download the Plan document here

Download the Risk Assessment here

Comments and suggestions are welcomed to the Club Chair, Robin James, or by email to:


Training Sessions have been booked for Sundays (from 10:00 to 12:00) and Tuesday and Thursday (from 16:30 to 20:00).

It may well be busy so please liaise with your coach and consider maybe postponing your first club session till later.

It is a condition of participating that that you have read and abide by the Club Plan and Risk Assessment.


  1. Please bring your own hand sanitiser and any other cleaning materials you may need to use.
  2. Please bring your own equipment if possible
  3. Please respect social distancing guidance
  4. Please Be Kind – Share facilities with others

Tim Ward has agreed to work with coaches to agree use of the track to spread use as widely as possible to ensure social distancing.

It is really important that coaches keep records of attendees then if anyone tests positive the club would be able to identify anyone with whom the person has had close contact for a significant period of time.

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