England Athletics have made a statement following the latest government advice on coronavirus
After the latest statement from the UK government regarding the coronavirus outbreak, in which British citizens were advised to avoid pubs, clubs, sporting events and social venues, England Athletics have released their own official announcement.
Their current advice is 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 made for the safety of athletes as well as the coaches, marshals and volunteers involved in clubs and events. For more information about upcoming races and qualifiers, you can read the full statement here.
This news will have a huge impact on the 129,797 runners who regularly take part in England Athletics’ RunTogether initiative, who will now be discouraged from running in groups for at least a month and a half. RunTogether not only inspires people to get outside and exercise, but also provides community support and friendship for runners who might otherwise be alone.
If you rely on a running group for social interaction and are concerned or anxious about the coming months, you can contact your local Mind charity for advice here.
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