What running events might look like when they return

Guidelines have been issued by United Kingdom Athletics and Run Britain, following news that outdoor sport and physical participation events can return from 11 July.

The advice includes suggestions for starting areas, such as maximising space, giving runners as much time as possible to cross the line and moving participants more rapidly to the start.

Providing clear signage detailing new safety procedures is also among the recommendations, as well as increasing runner release time to allow social distancing to be maintained throughout the course. This would also provide a buffer for more congested areas on the course, such as emergency access points and pedestrian crossings.

The guidance states runners should be dispersed quickly from the finish line and “unnecessary touch points”, such as the handing out of medals, should be removed. It is advised finishers should not be allowed to sit or lie down in the chute, unless they require medical attention.

Hand sanitising stations should be available and volunteers are advised to wear sufficient PPE. In addition event organisers are instructed to form sufficient plans for dealing with runners who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms at the event.

Finally, runners who have been seriously unwell with the virus must undergo a health screening before taking part.

For full details of the guidelines, visit the Run Britain website.

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