COVID-19 Update

Official Truro Running Club Wednesday Runs Are Returning!

17th September 2020

The committee has been working behind the scenes for the last few months and we’re pleased to be able to start reintroducing Wednesday night runs from September 23rd 2020. Runs will for the time being be open to members only and be by invitation only. You will need to book a slot each week to run to enable us to manage numbers of runners and to retain contact details for Track and Trace if needed.

Invitations will be sent by email so keep an eye on your inboxes and your spam folders too.

Please also scroll down for our guidelines on running during the pandemic.

Colin Bathe – Truro Running Club Chair.


Running During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Truro Running Club Guidelines

30th June 2020

As of the 1st June 2020 the government is allowing groups of up to 6 people to exercise outdoors whilst keeping social distancing of 2m in place [1]. This has been echoed by England Athletics who have released a guide on the new rules [2]. These rules for runners have not been changed by the new rules announced on 23rd June that come into force on the 4th July. [3]

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Truro Running Club, along with all other running clubs, ceased all face to face activities. Although restrictions have now eased a bit, we still can’t restart normal club activities as the government rules don’t allow this. We have looked into the possibility of organising small running groups of 6 people but for insurance reasons, we would need to set up a Covid 19 coordinator, Covid 19 risk assessments, plans for accidents and injuries, disclaimers to be signed by everyone and hand washing facilities / hand sanitisers. This, together with the difficulty of organising multiple groups in multiple locations with a leader for each, has led us to decide not to organise official TRC runs for the time being.

All running performed by our members is therefore being done as individuals and not as club organised runs.
To go out running in a group of 6 is allowed within the rules and we fully understand the mental benefits of running with friends. If you do so, we just ask that you keep the following points in mind:

  • 6 people is not a target for a group, it is a maximum limit. The fewer people in a group, the safer it is.
    Maintain at least a 2m distance from the other runners in your group at all times.
  • Running in groups through towns and built up areas is not advisable due to the number of other people about.
    Many people are anxious regarding social distancing and to have a group of runners coming towards them can cause distress. Announce your presence, slow down and keep at least a 2m distance whilst passing members of the public.
  • Keep to the quieter lanes, paths and beaches were possible so as to keep interaction with others to a minimum. This will be especially true after the 4th July when it is expected that Cornwall will be packed with holidaying visitors. Please stay clear of the popular holiday spots at peak times.
  • Keep to wider paths / roads so that it is easier to pass people at the 2m distance. Where this is not possible, be prepared to stop and retrace steps to a suitable passing place.
  • 2m is the minimum distance but the larger the distance, the safer it is.
  • Running requires heavy breathing and this will in turn cause more virus carrying droplets than walking or other lower effort exercise. This will increase risk to others in your vicinity.

Feel free to arrange group runs in the TRC facebook group on the understanding that this is in your personal capacity and is not a TRC activity. Please do not make open invites that could cause more than 6 people to meet up. Instead make statements along the lines of “Bob and I are going to meet a Tehidy on Wednesday and there are 4 spots free to run with us. Who would like them?” You can then allocate these spaces as people sign up. Please also do not organise a group of 6 to go to the same time and location as another group of 6. This is against the rules, please find somewhere else to run.

As a club we encourage you to keep active and to exercise in as safe a way as possible. We are also running free live online circuit training on Monday nights with thanks to Cassi. All club members are welcome, please contact chair@trurorunningclub.org.uk if you wish to join in.

Thank you for your understanding.

Colin Bathe – Truro Running Club Chair.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-phased-return-of-outdoor-sport-and-recreation
[2] https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-step-2/
[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do-after-4-july


Running During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Truro Running Club Guidelines

13th June 2020

As of the 1st June 2020 the government is allowing groups of up to 6 people to exercise outdoors whilst keeping social distancing of 2m in place [1]. This has been echoed by England Athletics who have released a guide on the new rules [2].

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Truro Running Club, along with all other running clubs, ceased all face to face activities. Although restrictions have now eased a bit, we still can’t restart normal club activities as the rules don’t allow this. We have looked into the possibility of organising small running groups of 6 people as this is allowed within the current rules, but have decided not to for the time being. All running performed by our members is therefore being done as individuals and not as club organised runs.

Our advice to members is not to aim to run in groups of 6. Despite this being allowed, social distancing could be difficult to achieve and as a club we want to maintain a safe and responsible profile within the community.

To go out running in a group of 6 is your right and we fully understand the mental benefits of running with friends. If you do so, we just ask that you keep the following points in mind:

  • 6 people is not a target for a group, it is a maximum limit. The fewer people in a group, the safer it is.
  • Maintain at least a 2m distance from the other runners in your group at all times.
  • Running in groups through towns and built up areas is not advisable due to the number of other people about.
  • Many people are anxious regarding social distancing and to have a group of runners coming towards them can cause distress. Announce your presence, slow down and keep at least a 2m distance whilst passing members of the public
  • Keep to the quieter lanes, paths and beaches were possible so as to keep interaction with others to a minimum.
  • Keep to wider paths / roads so that it is easier to pass people at the 2m distance. Where this is not possible, be prepared to stop and retrace steps to a suitable passing place.
  • 2m is the minimum distance but the larger the distance, the safer it is.
  • Running requires heavy breathing and this will in turn cause more virus carrying droplets than walking or other lower effort exercise. This will increase risk to others in your vicinity.
  • Running side by side is safer than running one behind each other.[3]

As a club we encourage you to keep active and to exercise in as safe a way as possible. We are also running free live online circuit training on Monday nights, with thanks to Cassi. All club members are welcome, please contact chair@trurorunningclub.org.uk if you wish to join in.

Thank you for your understanding

Colin Bathe – Truro Running Club Chair.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-phased-return-of-outdoor-sport-and-recreation

[2] https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-step-2/

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTzjC5HATXg