Hyde Park Harriers statement: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Monday 16 March 2020

Dear members and friends,

We have been monitoring the situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how this will affect club activities.

In today’s press conference the Prime Minister said "now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel”.

This has clear implications for our activities, and I would like to explain how we are responding.

Club running, cycling, swimming activities

All club activities will be cancelled indefinitely. This includes our Tuesday and Thursday running sessions from The Edge and all Triathlon section activities -including spin, swim and Monday bike rides.

We are aware that our Triathlon and members and friends Facebook group are open communication tools between individuals. We are aware that people may use this to organise their own activities.

We ask that no-one organises 'same time, same place' activities from The Edge.

We ask that if government advice changes and activities are prohibited rather than only being discouraged, that the group is not used to organise anything against government advice. We will however not be policing this.

Awards Evening

The Awards Evening will be postponed, hopefully to be rescheduled for the autumn. We hope to announce the recipients of the awards outside of our championships (Chair’s Award, President’s Award etc.) by an alternate method. We will be in contact with separate communications for those who have paid for the event.

AGM

We will no longer be holding a physical meeting for the AGM. We will communicate as and when we have details for how we will conduct the key business of the AGM.

Club Trip

The club trip held later in the year will be postponed. If you have registered to attend you will receive separate communications from the organisers.

A personal message

We appreciate that this is a very worrying time for many people in our community, and at times like this people look to their friends in Hyde Park Harriers for support. We are sorry that we have no choice but to cancel our activities for the foreseeable future, however we are not stopping the support that we as a community offer to each other.

The connections - and family - that we have made through Hyde Park Harriers support us through our running, cycling and swimming challenges, and we know that this will not change through this next challenge.

We look forward to when we can run together again as a family.

Philip Fisher 
Chair - Hyde Park Harriers

Graeme Miles 
Chair - Hyde Park Harriers Triathlon

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