Beverley Fitmums and Friends: Covid-19 update

Posted 7th August 2020

[Updated 19 March 2021] 

From Monday 29 March, organised outdoor sport will be permitted once again. This means that Beverley Fitmums & Friends can reopen.

We will be restarting our Thursday evening sessions on Thursday 1 April and our Tuesday morning sessions on Tuesday 13 April.

All of our Covid-19 precautions will remain in place, including booking, groups of six, maintaining a distance of 2m from fellow runners/walkers and from members of the public, and carrying a face covering. These precautions are explained in detail below and are intended to keep our members as safe as possible. So please read (or reread) this info before attending a club session.

Please also note that we are asking members to attend your home club only for now. We will let you know when we are reopening clubs to Fitmums ‘tourism’.

Supporting our members

Things have been tough and we understand that some of you may feel anxious about returning to club activity or need a little extra support to get active again. We can help:

  • Our Mental Health Champions are available and keen to chat with you. Find out more about them here and please ask us for their contact details if you need them.
  • We can arrange a chat with one of our volunteers, on the phone or via Zoom, to put you at ease before you come back to club.
  • We can meet you outside a club session so that you have someone to walk in with.
  • We can put you in touch with one of our In the Pink volunteers who will meet you, talk through how we can support you and attend up to three Fitmums & Friends sessions with you.
  • We can offer financial support through the Mike Barlow Memorial Fund.

All you need to do is get in touch – email Vickie (admin@fitmums.org.uk) or contact Laura, our club coordinator, on laura@fitmums.org.uk.

Please read the following information carefully before coming to club. It is split into two sections: the first explains how sessions are now organised, and the second runs through what you need to know and do before coming to a session. You may also find our reopening FAQs helpful.

We hope our approach reassures you as to the safety measures we have in place to protect our members, volunteers and local community at this time. Of course, we are relying on every member’s cooperation to ensure that we stay safe and open.

Thank you.

How are sessions organised now?

While we cannot organise sessions as we used to, we are aiming to offer as much flexibility and variety as possible in order to accommodate all of you who want to return to club sessions.

We are currently offering all run distances (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 miles) and 1, 2 and 3 mile fitness walks, subject to demand, from various locations around Beverley.

In order to accommodate members fairly and in compliance with current restrictions on the number of people who may exercise together, we are operating a booking system. To book a place, please join the Beverley Fitmums Booking group on Facebook; if you are not on Facebook or are not a current member, please email laura@fitmums.org.uk.

Each week, leaders will post the date, distance and location of their run or walk in the Facebook group and ask you to book into their group by commenting below their post. There will be space for 5 participants per leader. Leaders will post from 8pm Sunday for the Tuesday morning sessions and from 8pm Tuesday for the Thursday evening sessions. Bookings will close at 6pm on a Monday for Tuesday sessions and at 6pm on a Wednesday for Thursday sessions. If you are not on Facebook, the same details will be emailed to you. If unfortunately you do not get into a group one week, you will be prioritised the following week.

We are meeting outside at several locations depending on leader availability and demand. These locations are Beverley Leisure Centre, Molescroft Pavilion and Archery Field (Central Avenue). This means we have no access to toilets or any other indoor facilities.

Start times are 9.45am for a 10am set off for Tuesday sessions and 6.45pm for a 7pm set off for Thursday sessions. Please arrive on time. If you are late, we will not be able to accommodate you in another group due to the restrictions on how many people may exercise together.

On arrival, please stay in your car until your start time, then go and meet your leader and sign in via Mumbot – please remember to bring your code for scanning.

We want all of our members to feel safe at club sessions. For this reason, please make sure that you social distance and follow all other guidelines throughout the session. If a leader, or another member, needs to remind you about maintaining social distancing, please do not be upset by this – it is intended to protect you and your fellow members.

As always, the leader will begin the session with the checklist chat. Please listen carefully as the checklist chat now also includes important COVID-19 messages. So that you can familiarise yourself with these before your first session, please read the new checklist chat here or watch it here.

After the warm up, your group will set out on its run/walk. Please listen to your leader throughout the run/walk. To maintain social distancing, he/she may organise the group by pace before setting off; and may need to give more and firmer directions and instructions on route. These may be spoken or hand signals – which are demonstrated here.

We will be using routes that we have already assessed as being less used by local people and which have more space for social distancing. This may mean that we are using the same routes more often but we hope you will understand why.

Please maintain a social distance of 2m from your fellow runners/walkers at all times. On some of our routes we may not be able to maintain social distancing while staying on the footpath. If this is the case, then please only go into the road when it is safe to do so. If it is not, please slow down or walk until there is space to spread out again – and indicate to those behind you that you are slowing down using spoken instructions or hand signals.

We must also maintain a social distance of 2m from any pedestrians we encounter. It is our responsibility to move out of their way. We will slow down, walk or stop while they pass, making sure to give them at least 2m of space.

To keep the group together, we will shepherd where there is enough space to do so and maintain 2m between all members. Where this is not possible, the front runners/walkers will enable the group to come back together by circling where there is space to do so.

The session will finish with a group stretch – socially-distanced, of course! After that, please go home promptly. We know you will want to stay and chat, but it is important that we don’t have large groups congregating – for your safety and so that our club can stay open. Instead, check back in on our Facebook page for all the feel-good photos once you get home. 

What else do I need to know before I come back to club?

Just a couple of things:

  • Keeping our members as safe as possible and keeping our club open requires every one of our members to comply with current guidance. To that end, we are asking all of our members to agree to our COVID-19 Code of Conduct. Please read this carefully here before attending a club session. By attending a club session, you will be agreeing to abide by this code of conduct.
  • Please bring and carry a face covering with you. You will not need to wear it while running/walking. But if one of the group has a minor accident and needs help to get back to base, we will wear our face coverings so that we can give and receive help. Again, this is to protect you and your fellow members.
  • Please ensure your emergency contact details are up-to-date in Mumbot.
  • Please plan to look after your own belongings, including car keys – there will be no key bucket available.
  • And finally, feel free to wear your Fitmums and Friends kit to club sessions!

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