York Fitmums and Friends: Covid-19 update

Posted 24th July 2020

[Updated 11 May 2021]

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

We will be restarting club sessions on Wednesday 31 March.

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.

York Fitmums & Friends is now accepting ‘tourists’ from other clubs, depending on its bookings and leader availability. If you would like to attend a session at York, please email yorkbookings@fitmums.org.uk to see if there is space available for you (as home members have priority).

Supporting our members

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:

  • 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).

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.

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. To book a place, please email yorkbookings@fitmums.org.uk by 6pm on the Tuesday evening before each session.

Each week, you will be asked to let us know if you would like to come to the next club session and what mileage you would like to run or walk. This will be matched against the leaders we have available. We will then email members back, confirming if you have received a place or not. If you receive a place, we will explain where and when to meet and name your leader. If you do not get a place, we will put you on a waiting list. If unfortunately you do not get into a group that week, you will be prioritised the following week.

Depending on leader availability, we are currently offering runs, and possibly a fitness walk or a S&C session. Please specify when booking which you would like to do.

We are meeting outside on Cherry Lane. This means we have no access to toilets or any other indoor facilities. Meeting times are staggered from 6:30pm – your exact 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.

In order to avoid large groups congregating, leaders will be spaced out across the Knavesmire. Your leader will be confirmed in your booking email so please report directly to them at the start of the session, rather than wandering between groups.

You will still 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!

Fitmums & Friends kit on field
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