[Updated 07 July 2021]
From Monday 29 March, organised outdoor sport will be permitted once again. This means that Harrogate Fitmums & Friends can reopen.
Sessions restarted on Monday 12 April.
Although some of our Covid-19 precautions have been relaxed such as booking before attending and groups of six, many will remain in place for the time being. Specifically 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.
Things have been tough and we understand that some of our members may feel anxious about returning to club activity or need a little extra support to get active again. We can help:
All you need to do is get in touch – email Vickie (email@example.com).
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.
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 no longer operating a booking system. Please just turn up to a session. We are currently offering 1, 2, 3 and 4 miles runs and a 2 mile fitness walk.
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.
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