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Welcome to Chew Valley Snails, a group for novice to experienced recreational runners in the Chew Valley area.

Following the UK Government’s announcement on Monday 4 January of another national lockdown, our guidance must reflect these Covid-19 restrictions across England.

As a result everyone is now required to stay at home whenever possible and exercise is currently limited to once a day, local to where you live, and restricted to only people from your own household or one other person who is not from your household, what we call “Buddy Runs”.




The Snails Risk Assessment has been updated to reflect the relevant Covid 19 Tier system and can be found under the "News" heading at the top of the page. I apologise for the somewhat jumbled appearance of the text but unfortunately I could not find a way of publishing it in table format on RunTogether. For a clearer pdf version of the updated Risk Assessment you can find it  under "Files" at the top of the  Snails Facebook page.


RISK ASSESSMENT (28.10.2020):

The Snails Risk Assessment can be found under the "News" heading at the top of the page. I apologise for the somewhat jumbled appearance of the text but unfortunately I could not find a way of publishing it in table format on RunTogether. For a clearer pdf version of the Risk Assessment you can find it  under "Files" at the top of the  Snails Facebook page.


September 2020 update:

The safety and wellbeing of all CV Snails and the wider community of the Valley is of paramount importance to us as a club, thus while some other clubs have already begun returning to organised group runs and training the CV Snails have until now been reluctant to do so.

Although Social Runs have not been happening for many months now, since mid May lots of Snails have been out for “buddy runs” where just 2 Snails run together for company, safety, encouragement and support.

When you are out running please ensure you:

  • do not congregate before or after running, e.g. in car parks
  • give way to other people e.g. walkers, cyclists, allowing a minimum of 2m between you and the public whenever possible
  • take hand sanitiser with you, and use it at intervals if touching communal surfaces e.g. parking meters, stiles or gates
  • wash your hands as soon as possible after running

Current Government regulations allow people to train together and take part in outdoor activities such as conditioning or fitness sessions in groups of no more than 6 people in COVID secure environments and that people remain 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with extra protection measures.  However as CV Snails don’t own or rent any private facilities, instead taking advantage of our wonderful countryside, the Run Leaders don’t yet feel it is appropriate to return to Social Runs in groups of 6.

However the club is considering restarting a few small group Social Runs of 2 or 3 Snails plus a Run Leader. These individuals do not need to be from the same family household, but all must adhere to the latest social distancing guidance and to any restrictions that may be placed on a public space by the owner of that space. It is vital that any return to group activity takes account of local conditions and that risk assessments are undertaken as well as ensuring that all government guidance around COVID-19 is considered.

It is the responsibility of each Snail and Run Leader to make an assessment of their own suitability to run based on the latest Covid advice, their own health and the local environment.

If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection remain at home. Please do not join in any Snail Social Run, course session, or join another Snail for a Buddy Run if you have

    • A high temperature
    • A new, continuous cough
    • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Snails in the higher risk groups should follow any medical guidance they have been given about ensuring good health and welfare and the need for any enhanced social distancing. Do not take part in any CV Snail activity if self-isolating.

To facilitate contact by NHS Test and Trace if required Run Leaders will have to record the contact details of any members attending Social Runs or any activity posted on RunTogether.

Also if you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, please do not join in any CV Snail club organised activity or buddy runs during the isolation period.

The CV Snails club is aware that guidance can change quickly and more restrictive rules may be applied again in the future, in which case we will of course respond accordingly, e.g. if local lockdown measures come into force that may impact on planned club activities.

Stay safe, allow plenty of space, and enjoy your running.

The Snail Committee

***18 March 2020: due to Covid-19 all our current social runs and courses are postponed. Please join our Facebook group to link up with existing Chew Valley Snails to arrange personal meet-ups for runs. We'll publish new coached sessions and led runs as soon as government and England Athletics advice allows. Thanks. ***

Couch to 5k courses
: 10 weeks, graduation runs at local parkruns. All graduates receive a free Chew Valley Snails neck warmer buff. Cost £35 for 10 weeks - includes your first year's membership of Chew Valley Snails.

Improvers courses: for those working on technique and / or distance up to 10k; available to any graduates of the C25k or confident 5k+ runners. Sometimes scheduled to coincide with particular local 10k runs. Fixed cost for the course

Social runs are what they say on the tin: a friendly run on a variety of terrains over varying distances. Suitable to any C25k graduates or those confident at running 5k. Local runs on- and off-road exploring local routes and getting some distance under our belts. Lots of looping-back by the faster runners, lots of stops, so no-one will be left behind.  Dates, locations and distances are different each time to look through the list to see what suits you. Free to members, £3 for non-members*.  Note that many of our routes are not suitable for dogs - please always check in advance with the run leader to see if you may bring your dog.

*Non-members may attend up to three sessions with Chew Valley Snails, but must join to continue, for insurance purposes. Annual membership of Chew Valley Snails is £10 (1st April to 31st March).

Refund policy: Refunds for courses can only to be made in the event of an illness, injury or change of circumstances which prevents the continuation of the course by a member. All refunds will be made via bank transfer.

Recommend a friend: if you recommend someone to Chew Valley Snails and they sign up for a full C25k course, you get a free Social run session with us. Contact us with your name, and your friend's name, to claim your session.

Club clothing: if you would like to buy some Chew Valley Snails branded club vests, t-shirts of morfs (buffs) you can do so through the Initially Yours online shop.

Want to become a run leader?

Become a qualified run leader by taking the Leadership in Fitness and Running Course from England Athletics

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