Coronavirus update

The below details the instruction for exercise/running, for further information read the full Government instruction and/or the full England Athletic Coronavirus statement.

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.

Virtual Runs

Be Incredible for Children’s Hospice South West and run your chosen distance (10k, 10 mile or half marathon) at any time, at any location, at your own pace for a bronze, silver or gold medals from our 2016, 2017 and 2018 races.

IMPORTANT: while completing your Virtual Run you must stick to the latest Coronavirus instruction, at present 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 at least 2 metres (6ft) away.

It’s easy to complete a Virtual Run:

  • Just enter the run for your chosen distance – Half Marathon, 10k and 10 Miler
  • Run the race distance at any time, at any 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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North Devon Relays

Relay race competition held annually between Bideford Athletics ClubFremington TrailblazersIlfracombe Running ClubNorth Devon Road RunnersSouth Molton Strugglers and Torrington Athletics Club. It consists of 6 rounds, one hosted by each club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the summer. Each route is roughly 2.5 miles long and each club enters teams of 3 or 4 runners from various age/gender categories.

2020 dates

  • Wednesday 6 May, South Molton Strugglers, Community College
  • Tuesday 19 May, Fremington Trailblazers, Instow Cricket Club
  • Tuesday 2 June, Ilfracombe Running Club, Ilfracombe Football Club
  • Tuesday 16 June, North Devon Road Runners, Park School
  • Wednesday 1 July, Torrington AAC, Torrington Rugby Club
  • Wednesday 15 July, Bideford AAC, Cattle Market Car Park – route

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