Latest England Athletics guidance
On 17 July, UKA updated its guidance documents based on this government advice:
Guidance for athletes and runners: return to activity (PDF 260kB) (4 August update)
The summarised changes are below:
- Clubs, groups and coaching/leading activity can now take place in unlimited numbers if it is within a Covid-19 secure environment, otherwise the limit of groups of six (including a coach or leader) remains. Each coach is able to train 12 people at one time so in a club/running group setting, multiple coaching/ training groups can be run if the requisite number of coaches/leaders are present.
- Different rules apply for those working with young people under 18. Please read and implement the government guidance.
- Informal activity or that outside the Covid secure environment must still be within two household units or groups of no more than 6.
- Social distancing and hygiene is still to be maintained and is key within a training involvement.
Lingfield Running Club has a friendly and sociable approach to running and currently has well over 250 members ranging in age from the late teens to 70+.
Our members’ running interests are very diverse and range from jogging for the sake of fitness to running distances ranging from fun runs through to marathons and beyond. We cater for a wide range of abilities – both hares and tortoises!
Our home base is the Victoria Sport & Social Club (VS&SC) which is centrally located in Lingfield’s High Street. You also become a member of the VS&SC when you join the Running Club.
Throughout the year we run as a club from VS&SC at 7 pm on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings and at 9 am and 10 am on Saturday mornings. Most of these runs are around the beautiful local countryside except for the winter evenings, when we stick to well-lit routes in the village and stay in groups as safety is paramount.
For our more competitive runners, we hold interval/ improvement sessions at Imberhorne Senior School, East Grinstead RH19 1QY at 6.45pm on Wednesday evenings. These will restart, in line with COVID guidelines, from 30 September 2020.
The club runs a number of informal handicap races for its members during the year and also organises the Lingfield 10s races (formerly known as the Dry Hill 10) in July, a large part of the proceeds of which are donated to a nominated charity.
The club has both Ladies’ and Mens’ Cross Country teams who take part in their respective Surrey Cross Country leagues and compete in four events over the winter season.
The club is also a very social group, with various events taking place throughout the year.
If you’re completely new to running, or an experienced runner wondering whether Lingfield Running Club is right for you, please come along to a number of our regular runs on a no obligation basis before making your mind up whether to join the club. We have many experienced runners in the club who are very willing to provide support and advice, whether your goal is just to get fitter, run a greater distance or smash that PB.
We publish a weekly newsletter with forthcoming events, results, reports and running-related articles. Contact the editor if you have anything you think would interest our members.