Wallsend Harriers Covid-19 Guidance – Updated July 2020

Everything you need to know to keep safe and keep running during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Keeping fit and active is one of the best defences against Covid-19 both physically and mentally. “People need people” and Wallsend Harriers wants to encourage members to stay fit and healthy and keep each other safe whilst adhering to the simple rules we have outlined.

Please read on for full rules and FAQs.

Summary of July 2020 changes:

  • Coaches can now train up to and including 10 athletes at a time.
  • To allow for the increase in group size, we are reducing the gap between athletes (whilst running) from 10m to 5m.


  • To protect all participants AND members of the public against transmission of the Coronavirus
  • To uphold and protect the reputation of Wallsend Harriers & AC


The Rules

  1. Groups of a maximum of 10 athletes to one coach (10:1) or 6 athletes with no coach (see FAQ below) are allowed to meet and run together as long as rule 2 & 3 are adhered to at all times.
  1. When running athletes must maintain 5 metres distance between them and remain in single file at all times. Please note the EA guidance states a 2 metre gap but we strongly feel 5 metres is safer. Watch this video.
  1. When not running athletes must maintain a distance of 2 metres between each other and to the public at all times.
  1. Athletes must not spit or blow their nose out at any time.
  1. Athletes must wash hands before and after sessions and avoid touching their face during sessions.
  1. Running in groups should take place away from the general public and areas the general public will be using wherever possible.
  1. You must stay at home if:
  • You have symptoms of or have tested positive for Covid-19; temperature, cough, loss of smell and taste. You must stay at home for 7 days.
  • Someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19. You must stay at home for 14 days.
  • You are awaiting test results for Covid-19.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and you have been alerted by track and trace.



  • What are these rules based upon?

These rules are in line with the England Athletics guidance (see the link below) as well as the Scottish Athletics guidance (link provided below) and government guidelines.





  • I have a medical condition, what about my safety?

If you have received a shielding letter or have been advised by your GP to shield for a medical condition, you should continue to follow this advice. Currently if shielding you are allowed to leave the house for exercise or to meet one person not from your household outside, maintaining social distancing (2 metres) at all times.

If you are not shielding but have a medical condition we recommend you inform your coach as and when coached sessions recommence.

  • When will the club return to normal?

There is currently not a timeline on this, at the earliest potentially August/September 2020, but this depends on government guidelines.

  • When will races start again?

All race licences are currently suspended until the end of July 2020 and it is likely to be extended. No face to face competition is permitted.

  • How will this be reviewed and updated?

We have appointed Covid-19 co-ordinators (Jennifer Berry and David Sundin) to regularly review and update guidance and facilitate implementation of both government guidelines and England Athletics guidelines to ensure the safety of all club members.

  • I’m a coach and want to run some small sessions, what do I need to do?

We would ask you at present to hold on until we have performed a small scale trial of this to assess the feasibility of the model and safety for all. Once this has been performed we will be in touch with further details, which will also include completion of risk assessment forms.

  • I’m a runner and would like to meet up with others to run, what should I do?

Outside of club activity we recommend members still follow the guidelines above, to protect themselves, each other and the reputation of our club.

  • What is a COVID secure environment?

A club session with a coach in which suitable risk assessments have been put in place by a COVID officer.  For more detailed information visit: https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/07/EA-COVID-secure-environment-guidance

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