There have been some brilliant virtual activities during the Covid-19 period that
have helped us keep active and kept the club spirit going. At the same time, a hell
of a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to help us get going again with
Here’s an update of we’ve got to:
Thornes Park is now ready to run sessions to test the ability to use the track safely.
The actual arrangements will be influenced by both Covid and by the damage to the
building. Wakefield Harriers are going to be given use of the track for this testing.
When/if there is a successful conclusion, we will be able to tap into their session
arrangements. Indoor facilities (changing) will, at least initially, be closed. Fingers
crossed for us to restart in early Autumn.
Sun Lane Swimming
We have submitted a Covid-inclusive action plan at the request of Sun Lane. Terry
Blackwood (who will be Lead Coach at Sun Lane) and I have a site meeting arranged
August where, hopefully, we can finalise the session arrangements. My
expectation is that sessions would start almost immediately after that (numbers will
Featherstone is behind Sun Lane in the Council’s plan to get pools going again. This
is because the facilities make social distancing etc. very difficult.
We don’t hire the pool for our sessions. Whilst we run them and 99.9% of swimmers
are WTC members, they are open to the public. KAL is opening it’s major centres
(Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley, Stadium) 27
July. Scissett will be in the second
wave of openings (hopefully, very soon afterwards). We will abide by the centre’s
rules for swimming arrangements.
Open Water swimming
By far the most complex of arrangements! We have submitted detailed (Covid-
inclusive) plans for our sessions. After a lot of constructive discussion, these have
been supported by the Council’s Sport and Leisure and Pugneys, and are now being
scrutinised by the Council’s Covid group. As soon as the plans are approved, we will
run a test session. That could be imminent – subject, of course to water tests.
BKCAT is closed until September.
Rachel has plans for getting us started again. Bike time trials are permitted and we
hope to hold a hill climb very soon – sadly there may not be any chips to go with it.
More complex events like an OWS Olympic Tri will happen much later, it at all.
Informal sessions (rides and runs)
BT has confirmed that it’s OK for any member to use club social media to advertise
a group run/ride. It must not be a coached activity.