[Updated 5 January 2021]
All Fitmums & Friends sessions, including those by Cottingham Fitmums & Friends Cycle Squad, are cancelled from Tuesday 5 January 2021 to comply with the national lockdown. We will update this page with information and a date for reopening as soon as we can based on guidance from the government and our governing body, England Athletics.
In the meantime, it is important to keep as active and connected as you can. For ways to do both, check out our suggestions here.
We hope the information below will be of use as soon as we are able to restart club sessions.
While we are excited to be restarting club sessions, you will understand that we have had to make some changes to how we normally organise a club session. We therefore ask you to read the information below carefully before attending a club session – it is intended to keep you safe.
You may also find our reopening FAQs helpful here.
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.
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. 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.
In order to do this fairly and in compliance with current restrictions on the number of people who may exercise together, we are operating a booking system via a closed Facebook group. Each week, we will use the Facebook group to ask you to let us know if you would like to come to the next club session and which group you would like to ride with – we will endeavour to offer a shorter ride (20-40 miles) and a longer ride (40+ miles) each week. Your preference will be matched against the leaders we have available and we will then publish a post in the Facebook group detailing that week's group leaders and participants, start times and start locations. If unfortunately you do not get into a group that week, you will be prioritised the following week.
We are meeting outside, in the car park of Cottingham Sports Centre. As previously, we have no access to toilets or any other indoor facilities.
Rides start at 09:00. In order to avoid large groups congregating, the two ride groups must remain distanced from each other. Please arrive on time.
On arrival, please wait in a socially-distanced space until your start time and then go and meet your leader and sign in using 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.
Please listen to your leader throughout the ride. 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.
When riding, please maintain a face-to-face distance from your fellow cyclists of at least 1m. This means we will ride single file only.
We must also maintain a social distance from any pedestrians we encounter when we stop, for example at café stops or in the case of a puncture or mechanical problem. It is our responsibility to move out of their way.
After the session, 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: