Virtual 5k Handicap Series 2020

A series of four member only 5k events taking place in September, October, November and December.

How it works:

  • After entering all participants will be given a handicap time, which may be adjusted after each event at organiser’s discretion
  • Senior participants choose their own 5k route, junior participants chose either a 5k or 2k route; the start and finish must be in the same place
  • Participants must run the same route for all four events
  • Activities must be run, and results submitted within the following dates:
    Event week 1: Monday 21 to Sunday 27 September
    Event week 2: Monday 19 to Sunday 25 October
    Event week 3: Monday 16 to Sunday 22 November
    Event week 4: Monday 14 to Sunday 20 December
  • Results will be based on total elapsed time, not moving time.
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Visiting the clubhouse bar

5 November 2020 (updates in red)

Sadly from Thursday 5 November the bar will be closed until further notice (hopefully early December).

On re-opening, once allowed, the following guidelines for Bideford AAC members using the bar will apply.

The clubhouse bar is open for members only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm and closed by 10pm (absolute last orders 9.30pm). Contactless payment is available. Please read the rules of use below:

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Running group rules

1 December 2020 (updates in red)

Tuesday and Thursday 6pm running groups will restart on Thursday 3 December and will following the below guidelines. Junior training and groups will be restarting in the New Year.

All members attending group runs must read the Risk Assessment and abide with the below rules which include the booking information.

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Use of clubhouse hall

1 December 2020 (updates in red)

We’re opening! As we come out of lockdown and into Tier 2 restrictions, the clubhouse is reopening on Thursday 3 December, with the same procedures in place as before we closed on 5 November, however, the club bar will remain closed.

Please read the Risk Assessment along with the rules of use which includes the booking information below:

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Virtual Handicap Series 2020

The Bideford AAC Handicap Series is going virtual for 2020! A series of four member only 5 mile events taking place in May, June, July and August.

How it works:

  • After entering all participants will be given a handicap time, which may be adjusted after each event at organiser’s discretion
  • Senior participants choose their own 5 mile (8k) route, junior participants chose either a 3 mile or 2k route; the start and finish must be in the same place and accessible from your household without the need to travel/drive
  • Participants must run the same route for all four events.
  • Activities must be run, and results submitted within the following dates:
    Event week 1: Monday 25 to Sunday 31 May
    Event week 2: Monday 22 to Sunday 28 June
    Event week 3: Monday 20 to Sunday 26 July
    Event week 4: Monday 17 to Sunday 23 August
  • Results will be based on total elapsed time, not moving time.

Entries now closed
Senior Virtual enquiries please contact Candy Jewell or Gemma Steele
Junior Virtual enquiries please contact Tracey Wilson or Louise Pilkington

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Coronavirus update

The below details the Government’s Guidelines relating to exercise along with the club’s advice, for further clarification read the full Government instruction. For more club information or to support your club at this time please get in touch with the the Main Committee direct or via your Section Committee. Contact details can be found here.

Wednesday 2 December – Senior Harriers update

Tuesday and Thursday 6pm group runs are restarting on Thursday 3 December. As before it is encouraged and preferred members book into these runs with RunTogether, however, it is possible to turn up and be booked in but if groups are already full you will be turned away. If meeting outside the clubhouse (or anywhere) please adhere to the rule of 6. Kindly request that the clubhouse vicinity is not used as a meeting point at the time of 6pm Tuesday and Thursday group runs. We kindly ask runners are familiar with the Running group rules and Risk Assessment which includes booking information.

Wednesday 2 December – Junior training update

The junior coaches have made the difficult decision to hold off restarting junior training until the new year. As schools are desperately trying to keep children in bubbles and some having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 cases the coaches feel it would be best children did not mix unnecessarily and had a safe and healthy Christmas. This decision wasn’t made lightly and the safety of our children and their families is paramount. The coaches will let families know as soon as possible the date of the first session in 2021.
Many thanks to our parents for their understanding and support.

Wednesday 2 December – boathouse/rowing update

The boathouse is re-opening on Thursday 3 December for rowing members only, and will follow the previous procedures in place before closing on 5 November, we kindly ask rowers are familiar with the Rowing protocol and Risk Assessment.

Tuesday 1 December – Clubhouse reopening

We’re opening! As we come out of lockdown and into Tier 2 restrictions, the clubhouse is reopening on Thursday 3 December, with the same procedures in place as before we closed on 5 November, however, the club bar will remain closed. As before there are no storage, changing or showering facilities. The rowing and running sections will be in touch with members regarding group sessions. As always, the club’s main priority is to keep our members safe. Please be familiar with the clubhouse rules of use and booking information for the hall/equipment.

Tuesday 1 December – Tier 2 guidelines

The following government guidelines relating to outdoor exercise in Tier 2 take effect on Wednesday 2 December, along with the club’s advice:

  • Exercise outdoors in groups of up to 6, maintaining social distancing.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or being outside).
  • Minimise travel and do not travel into Tier 3 areas for training or competitions. Avoid car sharing with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.

Sunday 1 November – national restrictions

Most importantly our message to our members following yesterday’s government announcement of a second lockdown is to stay safe and be kind to yourself. Sadly from Thursday 5 November:

  • The whole clubhouse will be closed until further notice (hopefully early December). Strictly no admission or access to the boat house, bar, changing rooms, showers, hall or fitness equipment.
  • All senior and junior running and rowing training and groups are cancelled until further notice (hopefully early December).

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Government guidelines on personal exercise:

  • Exercise outdoors alone, with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own with 1 person from another household.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or being outside).
  • You should avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport, however you can make a short journey to exercise/run but it is advised all exercise/runs start and finish at your household where possible.

Thursday 22 October – travelling between tiers

Members should avoid travelling to tier 3 areas for training or competition purposes.

Tuesday 13 October – Senior Harriers update

The booking requirements for Tuesday and Thursday 6pm runs has been updated and 6.10pm clubhouse hall meeting slots on a Tuesday and Thursday are available for running group bubbles to book. We kindly ask members read the running group rules for further information. If members have any comments or feedback please get in touch with the Harriers committee.

Monday 5 October – Junior Harriers update

Junior Harriers athletic/running training will be at various outdoor facilities at Bideford College, which will be confirmed by Junior Admin, please read the Junior Harriers Risk Assessment which covers these sessions. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 no indoor facilities are available to hire. This is for existing members only, there is a waiting list for those interested in joining. For specific details, updates or to join the waiting list please contact the Juniors Harriers Running section.

Thursday 24 September

Following the latest Government Guidelines and restrictions the following rules and procedures have been updated: use of the clubhouse, rowing protocol, running group rules and visiting the bar. Many thanks as always to our members for your cooperation in keeping us all as safe as possible

Wednesday 16 September – Junior update

In light of the announcement that Bideford College Year 9 students have been asked to self-isolate to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, please can we kindly ask that no Bideford College Year 9 students attend junior training sessions or visit the clubhouse until after the self-isolation period. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you back after Friday 25 September. If any members have any questions please just get in touch with your section committee.

Friday 4 September – Clubhouse bar update

The clubhouse bar is opening on Friday 4 September at 7pm, strictly for members only and of course following government guidelines for the health and safety of our members. Please read the full guidance and control measures (which will also be displayed at the club/bar)
The clubhouse bar will be open for members only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7pm. If any members have any questions please just get in touch with your section committee or club secretary.

Wednesday 26 August – Junior Harriers update

Junior Harriers athletic/running training will restart on Tuesday 15 September at Moreton Park, please read the Junior Harriers Risk Assessment which covers these sessions. This is for existing members only, there is a waiting list for those interested in joining. For specific details, updates or to join the waiting list please contact the Juniors Harriers Running section.

Wednesday 12 August – Harriers running section update

Tuesday and Thursday senior running groups are re-starting on Tuesday 18 August. For running members only and to attend places MUST be booked. We kindly ask runners are familiar with the Running group rules and Risk Assessment. For specific details and updates please contact the Harriers Running Committee.

Thursday 6 August – Rowing section update

The boathouse is re-opening on Saturday 8 August at weekends only. It is for rowing members only and we kindly ask rowers are familiar with the Rowing protocol and Risk Assessment. Apologies, we can not accept new rowing members at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions by governing bodies. For specific details and updates please contact the Rowing Committee.

Sunday 26 July – Clubhouse hall reopening

The clubhouse has been deep cleaned and the downstairs hall is opening on Tuesday 28 July! It will be available for booking Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from approximately 4pm to 9pm. It is for members use only and we kindly ask you are all familiar with the risk assessment along with the rules of use which includes the booking information. For specific details and updates on running and rowing please contact your individual committees.

Thursday 16 July – Update from the Main Club Committee

We are aiming to open the clubhouse hall only from Tuesday 28 July on designated days and at certain times. There will be a simple but strict booking system for the hall and its training equipment which will be available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 4pm to 9pm, outside of these times may be arranged. There will be access to one toilet but no changing, showering or storage facilities. Hand sanitiser will be available in various locations and a cleaning regime will be in place; before opening the clubhouse will be deep cleaned using a fogging system. More details and information on use and access will be published nearer the time. As always the safety of our members is of the utmost importance.

Friday 3 JulyUpdate from the Harriers Committee

Following a Harriers Committee meeting work has started on identifying how to resume some level of club activity in the near future with the safety of both club members and the wider community the primary consideration, and of course subject to Government Guidelines. Look out for further information to follow via email.

Thursday 2 July

The following government guidelines relating to exercise take effect on Saturday 4 July, along with the club’s advice:

  • Exercise or play sport outside in groups of up to six people from other households but maintain social distancing from those you do not live with. You should stay 2m apart or ‘1m plus’, which is one metre plus mitigations; being outside is a mitigation, therefore, runners in groups should maintain at least 1m distance with each other. This should ideally be side by side and not facing each other.
  • Kindly be respectful to the community while running solo or in informal small groups; do not put members of the public at risk and be aware of their potential nervousness regarding coronavirus by sticking to 2m social distancing where possible.
  • If you, someone in your household (including your support bubble) or anyone you have been in contact with, shows COVID-19 symptoms, such as a dry cough, high temperature or loss of taste, you should stay at home.
  • Travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance for exercise and outdoor activity, as long as you do not put others at risk. You should avoid sharing a private vehicle with anyone outside of your household.
  • Sadly the clubhouse remains closed for now; junior training has been postponed to at least September and runners speed training will continue to be on hold. The rowing and running committees will be in touch with their sections.

Thursday 25 JuneUpdate from the Main Club Committee

The Main Committee has put together a plan for re-opening the downstairs of the clubhouse, but as the latest guidelines state that indoor fitness centres, gyms and sports venues/facilities cannot re-open the clubhouse will sadly remain closed for now. The bar will also remain closed as the safety and social distancing requirements are not achievable or fair on the volunteers who work behind the bar. Junior training has been postponed to at least September and runners speed training will continue to be on hold. The rowing and running committees will be in touch with their sections.
This is not the news the committee was hoping to give but we remain positive that our next update will be different. Thank you for your continued understanding.
If you have any questions, would like more information or support the club please just get in touch with the main club committee direct or via your section committee.

Tuesday 2 June – further information for our members

The clubhouse including the boathouse is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and in line with Government Guidelines, both will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The club is strictly following all government guidelines as well as taking advice from England Athletics and British Rowing. The safety of members is of the utmost importance and the enormity of reopening procedures is complex and a huge responsibility; therefore, the clubhouse and boathouse will not reopen nor training groups of any size restart until all the following is met:

  • Government guidelines allow us
  • Clubhouse and boathouse meet all social distancing requirements
  • Club Committee feel it is safe
  • New Risk Assessments including Covid-19 restrictions are in place
  • All insurance policy requirements are met
  • Disclaimers circulated with members as necessary, signed and returned
  • Training sessions will not put members of our community at risk
  • Coaches and group leaders are happy to do so

The Club Committee are putting a recovery plan in place for when it is safe to reopen, and members will be kept updated along the way. In all likelihood the club will operate very differently when opening to adhere to guidelines and requirements.

Runners may ask why we are not restarting running groups before opening the clubhouse; as well as a number of the reasons stated above, advice is that running groups take place in open outdoor spaces only, we run on public roads and pavements, social distancing with members of the public would be unachievable, not practical and would not be community spirited or within the club’s ethos. The outdoor facilities hired by the section are not available at this time.

Rowers may ask why we cannot open the boathouse separately to the clubhouse; in addition to the reasons stated above, social distancing requirements and a one-way system is not achievable in our boathouse. Transporting boats to the riverside is not practical when needing to social distance with other members of the public and again would not be community spirited or within the club’s ethos. Rowers with private boats are welcome to remove boats from the boathouse with prior arrangement with Barrie White but will not be able to re-house them in the boathouse at this time.

The Club Committee has been asked about the possibility of a partial refund on club membership (£35 senior single, £50 joint senior, £20 junior). The clubhouse’s overheads such as insurances and day-to-day running costs still need to be met and are covered by membership and takings from the bar. There are no takings from the bar at present and this is likely to remain so for a considerable amount of time as this will be one of the last facilities to open in the clubhouse. At this point there will not be a partial refund; however, it will be re-addressed once the clubhouse/bar are fully open and the status of the finances is clear. Grants available to help are being researched. Any subs which are paid to individual sections will need to be addressed with the sections and will be at their discretion.

The Club Committee thank our members for their understanding, cooperation, and support at this challenging time. Of course, we all wish this international emergency wasn’t happening and we could all be back together, but we must all do our bit to get through this safe and healthy.

Saturday 30 May

The following government guidelines relating to exercise take effect on Monday 1 June, along with the club’s advice:

  • You can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain a strict two metre gap from those you do not live with; this should ideally be side by side and not one behind the other. However, this may not be achievable or practical when running; while it is up to the individual, we advise that running continues to be alone or with members of your household only.
  • You can continue to travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance for exercise and outdoor activity, as long as you can return the same night and do not put others at risk because of services you may need in the time you are away. You should not share a private vehicle with members of another household as you will not be able to keep strict social distancing guidelines.
    However we live in a rural location and in the spirit of keeping communities safe; advise that exercise or outdoor activity continues to start and finish as close to home as possible without the need to drive.
  • If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
  • All running and rowing training and groups are still cancelled and the clubhouse remains closed until further notice.

Thursday 21 May

A message from our Club Captain, Karen Curry:
‘Dear Members, the main Club Committee met a couple of days ago and the outcomes of the meeting are summarised below:

  • The clubhouse will remain closed for the time being.
  • Any members who have private boats housed in the boathouse will be contacted. If they wish to use their boats then they will be asked to liaise with Barrie in order to remove their boats from the boathouse but for the time being they will not be able to re-house them in the boathouse.
  • A small sub-committee will meet next week to put together suggestions for the phased re-opening of the clubhouse and the outcomes of this meeting will be taken to the main Club Committee on Monday 1 June 2020.
  • Members will be kept informed of progress on a regular basis.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep fit.’

Thursday 14 May

A message from our Club Captain, Karen Curry:
‘Dear members, I would just like to clarify the Club’s position regarding any possible re-opening of the clubhouse. The clubhouse will not be re-opened until we are absolutely sure that we can follow all government guidelines on hygiene and social distancing. At the present time this is not possible so the clubhouse remains closed.
The main Club Committee will be meeting within the next couple of days in order to discuss a plan for the future re-opening of the clubhouse and the outcomes of this meeting will be communicated to members as soon as possible.
In the meantime say safe and fit.’

Monday 11 May

The following government guidelines relating to exercise take effect on Wednesday 13 May, along with the club’s advice:

  • Exercise outdoors as often as you wish alone or with members of your household – ensuring you following social distancing guidelines, staying at least 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
  • One person can meet or exercise outdoors with one other person from a different household while practicing social distancing guidelines, staying at least 2 metres away at all times. However, this may not be easily achievable or practical when running; advise that running continues to be alone or with members of your household only.
  • You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance for exercise or outdoor activity, alone or with members of your household only. However we live in a rural location and in the spirit of keeping communities safe; advise that exercise or outdoor activity continues to start and finish close to home without the need to travel or drive whenever possible.

Wednesday 29 April

The guidelines state that exercise (runs) should stay local avoiding unnecessary travel, starting and finishing at your household. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) guidelines for England say driving to the countryside to exercise is likely to be a reasonable excuse if far more time is spent walking than driving. However our location is classed as rural so our local government/council guidance is that all exercise should be taken from your household; there are exceptions for example if you are elderly and live on top of a hill, then you are permitted to drive to the flat for your daily exercise. Therefore we advise all members to start and finish exercise from their household as travelling would be unnecessary.

Thursday 2 April

Confirming the instruction regarding travel and exercise: “stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.” Travelling/driving to a location for your one form of exercise each day is deemed unnecessary, therefore all exercise/runs should start and finish at your household.

Tuesday 24 March

The latest instruction is “Stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives”. Only go outside for food, health reasons or if you are a key worker, at present we can still run; we can leave the house for “One form of exercise a day alone or with members of your household” please please stick to this instruction and if you see other members of the public stay 2 metres (6ft) away.

The 2020 Handicap Series along with the Good Friday Relays have been postponed due to the coronavirus, our aim is to hold club events later in the year if possible.

Sunday 22 March

For our members welfare and safety we advise our runners to no longer run in groups, please only run solo or with those you live with.

Tuesday 17 March

As of immediate effect Bideford Amateur Athletic Club have:

  • Cancelled all running and rowing training and groups until further notice.
  • Closed the clubhouse until further notice. Strictly no admission or access to boat house, bar, changing rooms, showers, hall or fitness equipment.
  • Bideford 10k has been postponed until Sunday 20 September, all race entries have been transferred to this new date inline with Race terms and conditions.

The Harrier’s running section is following advice from England Athletics whose statement specifies ‘England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.’
As a result, the Good Friday Relays will be postponed with the aim to hold a similar club relay event running for chocolate later in the year. All members will be kept up to date with any further club event or race cancellation or postponement.
Read the full England Athletic Coronavirus statement here.

The rowing section is following advice from British Rowing.

Bideford Amateur Athletic Club advise all our members to follow NHS Advice on Infection Control and Government’s advice should you have symptoms, summarised below:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Bideford Amateur Athletic Club will continue to monitor the guidance available from public bodies and please be assured our members wellbeing is of the upmost importance and will keep you informed of any club updates.

Race As You Like virtual runs

Run 10k, 10 miles or half marathon at any time, in any UK location, at your own pace for bronze, silver, gold or blue medals from our 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 races. Collect medals from all three distances and they will stack together to make one. And Bideford AAC will donate a minimum of £2 from each entry to Children’s Hospice South West.

IMPORTANT: while completing your run you must follow the latest coronavirus government guidance and social distancing instructions. Always consider the safety of yourself and others. 

It’s easy to complete Race As You Like:

  • Just enter the run for your chosen distance – Half Marathon, 10k and 10 Miler
  • Run the race distance at any time, in any UK location and at any pace
  • Email Bideford AAC with evidence that you have done it! This can be by sharing a photo of your GPS tracked run (such as Garmin, Strava or Fitbit activity).
  • Your run is verified, and the medal(s) will be posted to you.

It really is that simple, and the entry fee just covers costs, postage and packing as well as a £2 donation to Children’s Hospice South West. Limited number of medals available.

Each year the medal series have been unique to each race and stack together.

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