As new and updated guidance has been released by British Triathlon (BTF), we have been adapting our schedule and training to continue to offer sessions to members.

The health and safety of our members remains our highest priority.

Please read the following information which explains how sessions have been adapted to meet guidelines and minimise risk for all members.

What does the BTF guidance say?

BTF announced new guidelines in line with Government advice, which support opening up of club sessions from 29 March, and provide further advice on how club can organise training. You can see the latest guidance here

Social distancing remains in place during before and after club sessions, and during breaks in activity: where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart, we should. Where it is not, we should keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, meaning we should remain one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.

For cycling, BTF advises athletes to consider the ‘aerosol effect’ in training. Aerobic activity such as cycling will cause a person to expel air and therefore droplets to a distance of up to 20 metres behind them.

For running, athletes should aim to run alongside one another wherever possible. This carries slightly less aerosol risk but wind direction is an important factor to consider.

Increased hygiene measures must be in place at all times: including regular handwashing, use of hand sanitiser and using your own equipment.

If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of COVID, do not attend training sessions and follow government guidelines.

What group sessions are now available?

Swim [Club swim sessions remain suspended until May 17 earliest]

Wednesday Track Running

Winter track running at Wimbledon Athletics track, on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. 

We have adapted these sessions so that training will take part in ‘pods’. Our capacity will be reviewed regularly and in line with government and BTF guidance.

Importantly, we will need to book a slot in advance to ensure we don’t exceed group sizes. See below for details.

Saturday Rides

We have re-introduced group rides on Saturday – again, we’ve adapted these sessions so we organise into our pods in advance (using the booking system). The maximum group size for these rides is 6 currently (BTF does allow groups of up to 8, but since we will always stop for coffee, this allows us to maintain the Rule of 6 when stopped). The rides all depart from Richmond Park, but depending on the number of groups, we will start from different locations in the park – please check the booking system for exact location and depart time for your group.

Please bear in mind the latest guidance from British Triathlon about safe riding: 

  • Athletes should consider the ‘aerosol effect’ in training. Aerobic activity such as cycling will cause a person to expel air and therefore droplets to a distance of up to 20 metres behind them.
  • If you cannot maintain this, you should think about how safe it is to cycle with another person.
  • Further advice is to keep cycle rides local, to a known route and let others know your route in case of emergencies. This will reduce the likelihood of needing the use of valuable emergency services.

Sunday Run/Hills

We have introduced Hills running in Richmond Park on Sundays, starting at 9am. This will also be a bookable session. We have adapted these sets to ensure smaller group sizes and appropriate social distancing. 

Virtual Sessions

On Thursdays, 7.30pm, we have online turbo (indoor cycling) which is run via Zoom and also on Zwift. You don’t need Zwift to join, simply click on the Zoom link and the coach will run through the set. Look out for details on Facebook.

How do I book slots?

We have introduced an online booking system (click here) to book slots at training sessions. This allows us to manage capacity to keep within BTF and government guidelines. It also allows us to record information about session attendance so we can support track & trace efforts if someone develops COVID symptoms.

Hygiene

Hand sanitiser or wipes will be available for use at outdoor sessions where possible. Ideally, please bring your own.

Please read and adhere to BTF’s hygiene guidelines if attending any club sessions.

The key points are:

  • At all times be aware of current social distancing guidelines for those that exercise together from separate households. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the venue (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible). 
  • Avoid touching your face and ensure to clean your hands with at least 60% alcohol gel when you finish participating.
  • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be at the venue and allow others to leave before you enter. If you need to wait, then do so away from the venue and clear of the gates.
  • Arrive changed and ready to participate. Shower at home as any changing rooms will be closed.
  • Do not congregate with others and adhere to physical distancing rules. No extracurricular or social activity should take place. 

Individual Responsibility

Whilst we are keen to resume club and group activity, and meet fellow club members, it is imperative that we all set an example and follow the guidelines to ensure that the risk of infection/transmission of the virus is minimised. 

Additionally, please do not feel compelled to come to club training. We all need to make our own decisions about what is safe and appropriate for us. There may be many reasons why you feel that this is not right for you at this time – and that is completely understandable.

For those that do come to club training, please consider your actions at each session and the impact on others. Take responsibility to understand the guidance and play an active role to ensure we follow this during sessions. 

If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of COVID, please do not attend club group sessions and follow government guidance.

Who should I contact for more information?

According to BTF guidelines, every club should appoint a COVID-19 Officer to ensure compliance with both government and British Triathlon guidance for the foreseeable future – Gina Siebler will be the club’s representative and can be contacted at [email protected]