[Updated 23 October 2020]
We are delighted to confirm that Dearne Valley Fitmums & Friends is open.
Following the feedback you gave us in the club survey and the work done by our delivery group and the central team, we feel we can open safely and in a way that complies with current national guidance and with guidance provided by England Athletics, our governing body.
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.
Although we are restarting club sessions, we know that not all of our members are ready to return just yet, and we totally understand. Just know that we will be ready and waiting to welcome you back when the time is right for you. In the meantime, our range of virtual activity sessions (details here) continues to help you stay active from home. And do stay in touch with us via social media.
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.
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 Wednesday morning for the following Tuesday’s club session. To book a place, you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how far you would like to run. We are currently offering 1, 2, 3 and 4 mile runs. 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 will close at 6pm on the Saturday before Tuesday’s club session so please make sure to email us before then.
We are meeting outside in the carpark of Mexborough Athletics Club. This means we have no access to toilets or any other indoor facilities.
In order to avoid large groups congregating, start times are staggered from 6:25pm – 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. Please listen to your leader throughout the run. 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 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 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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