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

Guidelines for Bideford AAC members using the bar. These control measures apply to EVERY CLUB MEMBER
23 September 2020 (updates in red)

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

Rules and procedures for Tuesday and Thursday senior running groups to ensure a safe environment for all. To attend you MUST book your place.
13 October 2020 (updates in red)

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

Rules and procedures for the use of the clubhouse hall only to ensure a safe environment for all
24 September 2020 (updates in red)

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.

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.

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Race As You Like

Be Incredible for Children’s Hospice South West and run 10k, 10 miles or half marathon at any time, in any UK location, at your own pace for bronze, silver or gold medals from our 2016, 2017 and 2018 races. Collect all three bronze, silver or gold medals and they will stack together to make one. And most importantly 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 (ie Garmin, Strava or Fitbit activity).
  • Your run is verified, and the medal 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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