Harrogate Fitmums and Friends: Covid-19 update

Posted 28th August 2020

[Updated 5 January 2021]

All Fitmums & Friends sessions, including those at Harrogate Fitmums & Friends, 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 might 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.

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 for club sessions. Bookings open on a Tuesday morning for the following Monday’s club session. To book a place, you need to email harrogatebookings@fitmums.org.uk and let us know how far you would like to run or walk. We are currently offering 1, 2, 3 and 4 miles runs and a 2 mile fitness walk. Your request will be matched against the leaders we have available and, if you receive a place, you will then receive an email explaining where and when to meet and naming your leader. If unfortunately you do not get into a group one week, you will be prioritised the following week. Bookings close at 5pm on the Friday before Monday’s club session so please make sure to email us before then. 

For the time being, we are meeting outside within the grounds of Trinity Methodist Church, Trinity Rd, Harrogate, HG2 9AU. The area is well lit and there's plenty of on-street parking but, as always, please be considerate of local residents. The meeting point for each group will be on the path that circles the church building - your exact meeting point will be advised in your booking email. Please note we have no access to toilets or any other indoor facilities. 

map and satellite image showing Trinity Methodist Church in Harrogate

In order to avoid large groups congregating, start times are staggered between 19:15 and 19:30 – your exact start time will be confirmed in your booking email. 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 & Friends kit to club sessions!
Fitmums & Friends kit on field
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