Derby Joggers Covid 19 Safety Plan
Conditions for Running
- Runs continue to take place as per pre-COVID-19 where Govt. advice says this can happen.
- Runs stopped due to the risk of COVID-19 infection being considered too high (including local lockdowns).
- Runs continue under Derby Joggers COVID-19 Framework
Understanding the Risks
It is critical to understand three key issues for transmission of the virus:
- Droplet transmission: Respiratory droplets carrying infectious pathogens can transmit infection when they travel directly from the respiratory tract of an infectious individual to susceptible mucosal surfaces of a recipient, generally over short distances. This can be in the form of exhaling, sneezing, coughing or speaking.
- Fomite transmission: A fomite is defined as an object that becomes contaminated with infected organisms and which subsequently transmits those organisms to another person.
- Participant characteristics: COVID-19 has been shown to impact different groups of people in differing ways and as such it’s vital to understand the type of people likely to be in attendance at a Derby Jogger run.
Strength of Derby Joggers Operating Model
Derby Joggers runs do not require equipment and follow a simple operating model
- Meet and brief
- Warm up
- Cool down and go home
- Evidence suggests that outdoor environments are significantly less likely to contribute to the transmission of COVID-19 than indoor environments. All Derby Joggers runs take place entirely within areas of open space and do not require any closed environments.
- Walking and running are non-contact activities that do not require any prolonged face-to-face contact.
- All runners and co-leaders are required to register online in advance of their attendance.
- Runners and co-leaders are asked to provide email addresses as part of their online registration process. We are able to quickly contact people in attendance on any given day in order to facilitate contacting tracing by the NHS Test & Trace programme if needed. This will be managed by Derby Joggers Covid-19 officer (this task may be delegated to another Leader if appropriate).
Delivery of the Organised Runs
Derby Joggers offer 3 organised meetings per week at three venues. Monday 6pm at Pride Park, Thursday 6pm at Springwood Leisure Centre and Saturday 8am at Mackworth Youth and Community Centre. There is no access to any buildings or changing/toilet facilities.
Derby Joggers will offer two different paced runs for existing runners, each led by a named LIRF licenced leader. From time to time one of the runs will be part of a Couch to 5K course and open to the general public.
All runs will have a Risk Assessment in place, specific to the time and location of the run.
Currently Derby Joggers organised runs are only open to adults 18 or over. Children are not provided for, and will not be allowed to attend, as part of our Covid-19 plan.
Leaders, Co-Leaders and Runners
- Everyone must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms. No-one should attend a run if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following: A high temperature (above 37.8°C), a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste. This check should be done prior to each Derby Joggers session. Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must not participate. They should follow relevant NHS/Govt. guidance.
- Anyone who has already been instructed to self-isolate by a health care practitioner should continue to follow this advice and may not participate in any capacity.
- Everyone should comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside of the running group setting to reduce the risk to fellow runners.
- In the event of a local lockdown Derby Joggers will cancel runs with immediate effect and runners will be advised appropriately. The notice given may be very short and probably via text on the WhatsApp group. All runners will need to agree to be added to the WhatsApp group.
- In the event of a local lockdown in a neighbouring area then runners from that area MUST NOT travel to participate in any of Derby Joggers runs.
Travel to and from runs
- Participants should ideally where possible, to travel to sessions by foot, bicycle, or private transport, without breaking social distancing guidelines.
Before the Run
- Participants will be instructed to remain socially distanced (at least 2m apart) for the briefing and warm up.
- Group photo to be taken at the start with everyone maintaining social distancing.
- Briefings will only contain information critical to health and safety and the smooth running of the session
- Warm ups to be done on the spot.
- Run routes will be planned in advanced with particular attention to ensuring that the available space for each person is maximised and the amount of time people spend in proximity to each other is minimised.
- Additional points should be considered could include
- Phased starts to each run
- Faster runners towards the front, and slower runners/walkers towards the back.
- Subgroups managed by a leader or co-leader
- Runs start promptly at the advertised time
During the Run
- Everyone is permitted to walk or run at their own pace.
- During the session, everyone should walk, jog or run with an aim of making use of all available space and minimising the amount of time in close proximity to each other.
- No one should spit, high-five anyone else, or engage in any other non-essential contact.
- Everyone to be aware and respectful of the space of other users of the route and keep to the left in single file wherever possible.
At the End
- Finishing points will be in as open an area as possible.
- Cool downs will be carried out straight away under the guidance of a leader so that people can leave asap instead of waiting for everyone to return.
- After the session, there will be no presentations, gatherings or celebrations. Group photo’s will be taken at the start.
- Everyone is required to maintain social distancing after the session.
- Leaders should be satisfied that all runners have returned safely before departing themselves.
Named Covid 19 Officer: Dawn Lee
Supported by: Julie Hodge and Norman Todd