This morning England Athletics issued the following statement:
England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.
The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.
Where possible, athletes and 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.
After an urgent committee meeting we feel we have zero choice in the matter, therefore Henfield Joggers will not be holding, for the foreseeable future until this guidance changes, any Club Runs.
Club Nights, Pub Runs, our 30th celebration, Beginners course and Summer Social are all cancelled forthwith. So not only is there no pub run from the Partridge tomorrow evening, but also no club run from HLC that we’d arranged to take its place.
However, if members want to use social media forums to tell others of their plans to run, that is up to them. If people want to join in (social distancing applies) then that is up to them too. But there is nothing under the auspices (or insurance) of Henfield Joggers.
Of course, we’re not going away. The Club is the Club. We’re all who we were and still are. We’ll have a bloody big party when this is over!
Your CommitteeNikkiDanielleMarkLizKasHugh and Paul