As promised, we are updating you on the latest position for events and we are feeling encouraged by the latest news.
While the governing bodies await definitive approval of the government road map from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which will be expected on Monday 22 March, there is positive news for events in the UK. RunBritain and British Triathlon have both released statements saying they are preparing to resume licensed races from March 29th.
As a result, all our scheduled races are expected to take place. For all our events we have covid secure risk assessments, council permission, venue permission and the licenses from the governing bodies are currently in place.
In the event of any change to the government guidelines on March 22nd all entrants are protected by our covid guarantee which states that if an event can’t take place, we will attempt to find an alternative date and the athlete will be offered the choice of that deferral, another ATW event, or a refund of their entry fee.
We want to emphasise that the latest statement from the governing bodies is very positive news and we are confident that our events will be taking place as scheduled. We encourage you to continue with your training and we look forward to seeing you on the start line.
Run Britain Statement: https://www.runbritain.com/covid-19-uk-road-race-guidance
British Triathlon Statement: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/covid-19
We are sure you are all aware that the government have issued a roadmap, which included that from March 29th organised sport could return.
ActiveTrainingWorld remain confident that all events will be taking place as scheduled after this date. We have a proven track record of organising events in a covid secure way in 2020 and we have received no objections from councils and venues who are satisfied that we can continue to deliver our events safely.
Yesterday (March 4th) we attended a webinar, hosted by England Athletics, with the subject being a return to competition. On the call, it was confirmed that running events were seen as organised sport and that covid-secure events could take place. However, England Athletics still want to receive clarity from the Department of Sport, Media & Culture around what is meant by ‘minimising travel’. We were told on the webinar that England Athletics, Sport England and the DCMS are scheduled to have a meeting next week when it is hoped that this point will be addressed.
As with all events we have been organising during the pandemic, we have been trying to have a plan B (and C!) and we will offer a choice of deferred dates, transfers to other events or a refund of the entry fee if an event can’t take place. If an event has to be rescheduled then the license from the governing body will be transferred over to the new date.
Understandably there have been a lot of queries around the Dorney Marathon as people need to schedule their taper more effectively for a marathon than they would for other distances. If we still haven’t received clarification around the travel issue by the close of play on Friday 12th March then we will let all the entrants know if we intend to move to back up plans. As a precaution we have provisionally booked April 25th at Dorney Lake plus we also have the Essex Marathon scheduled to take place on April 18th.