CRC Coronavirus Statement

Dear members,

Please see below the official statement of Calne Running Club in light of recent government advice in the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Calne Running Club hereby announce the suspension of all club activities until at least the end of April 2020. This action is taken in line with the current England Athletics advice that can be found via a link at the end of this message, and we will issue updates further to this when it is necessary to do so. These unprecedented measures are taken with an extremely heavy heart, however, we all must now take responsibility to avoid unnecessarily facilitating the speed at which the virus spreads. Please note, this also means that we must kindly request that official Calne Running Club communication streams should not be used to facilitate the organising of social gatherings in the interests of achieving social distancing, avoiding ‘non essential’ travel and non essential contact with others. It should also be noted that this decision comes at a time when our training base, Beversbrook Sports Facility, will also be planning to close their facility – though they will issue their own guidance around this.

This decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, coaches, volunteers along with any people who are in regular close contact with our members, some of which may well fall within at risk groups.

It should be noted that we advise, as do EA, that all 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.

With the above in mind, it is Denise’s intention to continue to publicise training sessions to ensure that people can maintain fitness and some sense of structure during this time. We understand this situation has fallen at an extremely difficult time for the beginners, however I am sure you will all understand that we must act on the advice being issued. Denise and Simon will work on a further communication for the beginners in due course and will also issue our plan of how we are going to issue training sessions moving through this difficult time.

I would like to finish by saying that, as a community group, we should all pull together and try to positively tackle this situation by looking out for those more vulnerable groups in our community and club. We should also understanding that such measures as are currently being taken may well have a mental as well as a physical impact upon our members and the community. With this in mind, I would actively encourage that Calne Running Club streams, such as the Facebook group, are utilised to positively share how we are completing training sessions in a positive manner in line with government guidelines. We must do all we can to keep the morale of the club going and encouraging those of us, who are not so keen to train alone, to use fun and innovative measures to keep active and healthy during this time.

We will issue further advice with regards to training and the beginners in due course.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Denise, Simon or Celia.

All the best and stay healthy