Updated 2020-12-01

All organised club runs can again restart following the national lockdown.

The North Leeds Fell Runners NHS Track and Trace form for our runs can be found here

At the bottom of this page, you will find our club guidelines.

NLFR has been able to resume training runs during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, because we are operating within a “Covid-secure environment” as specified by the England Athletics guidelines which are set out to follow the latest government regulations. This page explains what the club is doing and what you need to do to attend our club training sessions. Our club Covid-19 risk assessment can be found here and our emergency action plan in the event of an accident during training can be found here.

Our club Covid-19 officer is Dominic Nurse (contact), who is co-ordinating club covid strategy with our coaching co-ordinator, Richard Foster (contact). If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Operating within the guidelines, we have been able to resume both our Tuesday off-road training runs and our Thursday structured training sessions. See our training pages for the current schedule.

In order to join our runs, you must read the guidelines below and most importantly, you must complete our track and trace information form here before joining us for the run. Anyone who does not complete the track and trace information cannot run with us because this is a requirement of EA and the UK government. This information will be shared with NHS Track and Trace if requested. It will be held securely, accessible only by Dom Nurse and Richard Foster and will be deleted after 21 days from the date of the run.

Below you will find the guidelines that NLFR has set out for running during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please ensure you have read them all and understand them before running with us. If you have any questions, please contact Dom and Richard on the mail links above.

Who can join us on our runs?
All club members and friends of NLFR are welcome to attend club training runs, unless:
You have tested positive for Covid-19 and have been told to self-isolate within the last 10 days.
You currently have or have displayed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell) of Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or displayed symptoms (as described above) within the last 14 days.
You have been contacted by NHS track and trace services and asked to self-isolate due to a close contact with someone with Covid-19.
You live in a “very high” covid risk area (Tier 3) that is not within West Yorkshire.
As a runner what do you need to do?
You must complete the Track and Trace information form (here) before every run you join
You must travel to the run meet point by yourself, or with others within your household or support “bubbles” only. At this time, unfortunately, the club is not able to arrange lift sharing.
Maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times, as far as is practicable. This is particularly important at the start and end of runs, and at any points where we re-group.
Please be aware of other people out when we are running and ensure you give them space.
Ensure that you have and bring the minimum requisite safety kit for the run. (see here for details).
Bring a face-covering in your safety kit, in case there is an injury either to yourself or to another member of your group.
Do not share water bottles or similar, except in the case of emergencies.
Is it possible to get lifts to club runs?
Unfortunately, at this time, the club cannot arrange a lift sharing service or condone lift sharing between people from separate households.
The club committee will review this regularly in light of any changes of circumstances and government guidelines.
We will, as far as possible, aim to make known all public transport options to our runs, and if you let us know you are coming via train/bus etc, we will endeavour to wait for you if the timing means you will be slightly later than the meet time.
How will we organise running groups?
England Athletics guidelines allow us to have running groups of any size, however we aim to keep the size of our groups small, as this works best for our runs. As good practice we will aim to keep the size of our groups at around 6 people.
Can we socialise after the run?
Usually the club likes to socialise after a run on a Tuesday. But we must follow government guidelines and therefore we cannot have an official club social whilst the area is in either the “high” or “very high” risk categories.
Should you choose to socialise after the run, we strongly advise everyone to follow the current government guidelines and in particular to respect the “rule of 6.”
What happens if Leeds changes Covid status?
At this time, Leeds is currently in the Tier 2/”high” category. Should this status change, the committee will review our guidelines and update as required. These will be communicated via this page and via the weekly update.
Should Leeds be placed in Tier 3/”very high” status and Bradford remain in Tier 2/”high” status, the committee may need to change the locations where the club runs in line with government guidelines on travel in and out of Tier 3 areas. We will make any changes known as soon as possible.