YKH Club Newsletter – TRACK re-opens with booking system.

YKH Club Newsletter
Track is back, with a new booking system 
Dear Harriers,
On 29th July the club committee met to discuss the first steps in formally re-opening the club during the pandemic. We agreed to begin by re-opening the track from 4 August. This will for a capacity of 36 runners, using a new booking system.

Please read this update carefully. If you have any questions, please contact ykhchairman@yahoo.com.

Our guiding principles
The committee agreed that the well-being of our members, coaches, run leaders and local community must come first. And from a legal perspective, our insurance requires that we follow all England Athletics guidelines. It is therefore important that we get this right.

Our phased approach – track first 
We will begin by re-opening the Tuesday track sessions. We will subsequently open our social runs, and eventually our Thursday threshold sessions. More time is needed for social run planning, given the larger number of run leaders involved. Our ambition is to open social runs later in August, subject to agreement with the run leaders.

New track session booking system for up to 36 runners 
We are introducing a new online booking system with a capacity of 36 runners (plus 3+ coaches). This will allow us:
– to meet social distancing guidelines
– to meet the England Athletics rules
– to satisfy our insurer, and
– to facilitate “track & trace”, if needed.

Members can book one session at a time. This is to avoid multiple sessions being booked at once. We want to share track sessions amongst all our members.

Given the limited capacity, the track will need to be limited to our first claim members only.

And, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate under-18 runners at this time. The additional requirements for under-18 runners would further restrict our already limited capacity.

Booking system instructions 
You can book onto a track session here.

We’ve created a full set of instructions on how to book, which you can find here.

The first time you access the booking system, you’ll need to create an account. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see a list of available sessions. Choose the session you would like to attend from the list, and click on it to book on.

Please note that we require your full name and contact phone number to comply with the Track and Trace guidelines.

If you book onto a session and then cannot attend or wish to change it, please remove your booking and re-book. The instructions on how to do so can be found in the file linked above.

Booking will close at 12:30pm on the day of the track session.

If you have any questions about the booking system or how to book onto a session, please email clubsecretary@yorkknavesmireharriers.co.uk.

Our six individual responsibilities
We all have a responsibility to play our part in the successful re-opening of the club.

Please avoid club training sessions if you are displaying any of the symptoms associated with Coronavirus – e.g. dry cough, fever or loss of small/taste.

Please only attend training sessions if you have secured a booking.

Please maintain social distancing during training, with minimal congregating before and after, and maintain a distance of 2 metres between participants at all times.

Please carry your own equipment, e.g. water bottles, head torches, hand sanitiser. The club will not provide any equipment. No face masks are required while training.

Please renew your membership if you would like to attend training sessions. As no training or racing has been in place we have not asked members to renew their membership. However, if you are planning to attend sessions we are now asking that membership fees are paid.

And, please bear with us at this very unusual time. The Committee will continue to refine our club’s training procedures, based on feedback and experience.

If you have any questions or concerns about our resuming training sessions, please drop me a note at ykhchairman@yahoo.com.

Thanks to the members of the committee for volunteering their time to establish this new way of operating. And thanks to all Harriers for their continued support.

Let’s keep running, safely.

Alistair McQueen
Chairman, YKH

Bob Graham achievement 
Club member Ursula Moore successfully completed the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District on Saturday 1st August.

Ursula set off at 2am on her epic quest to traverse 42 fells within a 24-hour period, starting and finishing at Keswick Moot Hall, covering 66 miles (106 km) with 26,900 feet (8,200 m) of ascent.

Aiming for a time of 22 hours, Ursula was strong throughout and was ahead of schedule with a great time of twenty one and a half hours. Earning a celebratory pint of beer on the steps of the Moot Hall in Keswick.

She is the first member of YKH to join the exclusive Bob Graham club.

A few of our club members were a part of her enthusiastic support crew:
Tom Ratcliffe & Barry Atkinson (leg 2), Grace Kelleher (leg 4), Giles Hawking (bits of 4 & 5) and Mel & Glynn Ellwood on the final leg .

Virtual Pilates Classes – FINAL SESSION

With the return of track training this will be the final Tuesday night Pilates – many thanks to everyone who has given it a go over the past three months and I hope you will be inspired to continue your own practise going forward! Best wishes, Becky.

Topic: YKH Pilates
Time: Aug 4, 2020 06:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76402260751?pwd=cU5DMVhKV2hLcWRwaUc2bGFnVDZrQT09

Meeting ID: 764 0226 0751
Passcode: 1tQRXz

Any queries please contact Becky on pentybecky@gmail.com

New EA guidelines
England Athletics have updated their guidance for running clubs, which you can find here.

Here’s a summary of the changes:

  • Clubs, groups and coaching/leading activity can now take place in unlimited numbers if it is within a Covid-19 secure environment, otherwise the limit of groups of six (including a coach or leader) remains. Each coach is able to train 12 people at one time so in a club/running group setting, multiple coaching/training groups can be run if the requisite number of coaches/leaders are present.
  • Different rules apply for those working with young people under 18. Please read and implement the government guidance.
  • Informal activity or that outside the Covid secure environment must still be within two household units or groups of no more than 6.
  • Social distancing and hygiene is still to be maintained and is key within a training involvement.
Local 10k routes
If you are looking for some new local running routes, below we share details of a number of the 10k routes that our club follows on our Monday and Thursday night social runs. In the spirit of official guidelines, please avoid driving to these routes, and don’t congregate with other members. We hope these are of use. (Thanks to Rachel for suggesting we share these, and to Alan for creating the routes on Strava.)

Acaster Lane: strava.com/routes/21783306
Acaster Malbis: strava.com/routes/21783347
Bishopthorpe & Skeldergate: strava.com/routes/21783369
Blue Bridge: strava.com/routes/22773501
Clifton: strava.com/routes/21783455
Clifton Ings: strava.com/routes/21783520
Coney Street: strava.app.link/1lQLowmqv7
Copmanthorpe & Askham Bryan: strava.com/routes/21786177
Energise: strava.com/routes/21786208
Front Street: strava.com/routes/21786229
Germany Beck: strava.com/routes/21786254
Heslington: strava.com/routes/21786346
Hills (Acomb): strava.com/routes/21787082
Hills (town): strava.com/routes/21787114
Hob Moor: strava.com/routes/21787134
Holgate Windmill: strava.com/routes/21787182
Poppleton: strava.com/routes/21787220
River run: strava.com/routes/21787285
Rowntree Park & Hob Moor: strava.com/routes/21787343
Scarcroft Road: strava.com/routes/21787494
Two Askhams: strava.com/routes/21787522
Two Bridges: strava.com/routes/21787540
Walmgate Stray: strava.com/routes/21787560
Yearsley: strava.com/routes/21787710

Want to volunteer in the local community?
If you are keen and able to volunteer in the local community, City of York Council have created a simple website to add your name to the list of more than 2,000 local volunteers. See here.

Can we help?
YKH is a great club, with a family of nearly 500 members. If any members could benefit from voluntary help from the club – perhaps collecting food or prescriptions – please let us know and we’ll do our best to help. Just email ykhchairman@yahoo.com.

YKH Investment Fund
A reminder that our investment fund is open to new ideas on how to allocate the club’s funds. This attachment has full details.
If you have any feedback that you would like to share with us, please reply to this email or send a message to clubsecretary@yorkknavesmireharriers.co.uk. We would love to hear of anything that you would like us to include in future newsletters.

Club Ethos: The Club is based upon the values of equality, personal responsibility, democratic cooperation, self and mutual help, respect for others and friendship.

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