Wallsend Harriers Covid-19 Guidance – Updated Jan 2021

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 January 2020 changes:
As of January 4th, England is in National Lockdown.

All club group activity is suspended.

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

The Rules

You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

This includes but is not limited to running, cycling, walking, and swimming. Personal training can continue one-on-one unless everyone is within the same household or support bubble.

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.


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


  • What are these rules based upon?

These rules are in line with the and government guidelines and England Athletics guidance.




  • 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, but it will depend on both local authority and government guidelines.

  • 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 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.  More detailed information can be found here.