The graded meeting on 28th March has been cancelled due to England Athletics coronavirus advice.
17 March 2020
The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.
As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.
The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.
Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.
What a difference a year makes! National at Harewood House, Leeds, last year we had blue skies, sunshine, mild weather, no wind and a fast course on a scenic setting. At Wollaton Park the runners were greeted with fierce winds, oceans of water, a log to negotiate on each lap plus a mud-bound course.
This fixture always seems to clash with half term, and with many families taking a much-needed holiday, plus a few injuries, we had a very small turnout.
The Start line at Wollaton Park