The below guidance has been issued by England Athletics:

“From this Thursday [5 November 2020], the UK Government is requiring everyone in England to stay at home, except for specific purposes, and not gather with other people who do not live in the same household, again except for specific purposes. As a result, the impact on athletics and running will include suspension of the following (we may update this guidance as and when more information from DCMS becomes available, for example, in relation to U18s  / disability provision):

  • All indoor club group coaching activity
  • All outdoor club group coaching activity
  • All indoor track and field competitions
  • All outdoor competition (track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multiterrain)
  • All face-to-face coach and officials’ education

What can take place?

The UK Government have confirmed that you can exercise with people from your own household OR with one other person.

For athletics and running this means;

  • You can train with your household or one other person in a public outdoor space
  • 1:1 coaching can take place in a public outdoor space following social distancing measures (Please note: We are seeking clarity on 1:1 coaching with U18s and disability athletes/runners) (Outdoor public places, such as parks, the countryside, beaches and public gardens can stay open, this means that tracks must close during this period).
  • Virtual training sessions can be delivered by qualified coaches
  • Virtual competitions will still take place.”

As a result Bury AC is ceasing all of our usual club based activity at the Market Street track and the track and the facilities on the site will close for the duraion of this lockdown.

Bury AC members can continue to train in appropriate public outdoor spaces in line with the requirements set by the Government. Coaches can set sessions virtually or, if appropriate on a 1:1 basis in a public outdoor space.

We recognise the frustration that will be felt by club members but would urge everyone to adhere to the requirements. Unlike the last lockdown there is not a limit to taking exercise just once a day so with self-discipline members should be able to retain their fitness. We will keep a watchful eye on the Government and EA advice and we can only hope that at the conclusion of the 4 week lockdown that circumstances are such that we can return to some form of club activity.