Sadly, in light of the Bedford being added to to the government's Covid 19 watch list as an area of concern, the club has decided to suspend all training until 25th August.  The situation will then be reviewed - please keep an eye on the website for announcements.

 

The committee understands - and indeed shares - the disappointment that the many club members who were enjoying the return to training will feel.  However, action now, together with increased vigilance,  may help to forstall the town being subjected to a local lockdown, and the difficult decision to suspend training was taken in this context.  The current positivity rate in Bedford stands at 2.3%, and is rising, and cannot be attributed to any single cause.  Bedford Borough Council has asked the town to avoid gatherings, as early action now may help to prevent a worse problem later.  We hope club members will understand why it was necessary to suspend training, and can be assured that we will do everything we can to resume training when the situation allows.  For more information about the context in which this decision was taken, see this news article from Bedford Borough Council, and Bedford Borough Council's most recent Covid 19 update.  Also see, Public Health England's latest Covid 19 Surveillance Report, in which Bedford is listed as an area of concern.

Thanks to the recent relaxation of restrictions on sport by the government and England Athletics, Bedford and County A.C. is now able to further ease restrictions on training.  We are now operating as a Covid-19 secure environment under England Athletic's step 3 guidelines.  In order to achieve this, the club has had to appoint a Covid-19 officer, and club chairman Martyn Blackwell is acting in this capacity.  The main changes are that more athletes are now allowed in some zones, and that hurdles are now allowed in zones 1 & 2 on a Sunday only.  An overview of the updated policy is provided below (the fully policy is here).

Following reports of two cases of Lyme disease due to tick bites in Bedford Park, Bedford Borough Council is reminding people to be aware while out in local parks and open spaces.

There are several virtual races coming up during the next few weeks.  To take part in these, you generally need a GPS running watch, and a Strava or Garmin account.  The latter is free, although unfortunately GPS watches are not!  You complete your run in a socially distanced manner, and then upload your time.  Entry is often free, and sometimes there is the opportunity to make a donation to charity.  A virtual race is effectively a time trial, but with an edge to it because your aim is to get as high up the leader board as you can.  Some events are open to juniors – this usually requires a parent to accompany the athlete.  Explore the links below to find out more about three of the virtual races that are coming up over the next few weeks:

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