Running Pause

Events are on hold - for now

Lockdown 2.0 brings with it the inevitable news that events between now and December 3rd will not be allowed to go ahead.

Last updated 06/11/20 at midday.

On Thursday 5th November the latest Government guidance came into effect. Mass-participation events are, as expected, not allowed to go ahead during this lockdown period.

The good news is that you can train outdoors with one other person this time, and Virtual Runs like our very own Challenge Club: Locked Down But Not Out can take place.

See the excerpt from RunBritain's statement below for more details.

For information on a Race that you have already booked through findarace.com please refer to your original Booking Confirmation Email for the Race Organiser’s contact email address. Please contact them direct via that email address. They are best placed to answer your queries.

If you haven’t yet booked a place in an event but still want to do so then look for the "COVID-19 Plan" tag which will give you more information on what reassurances Race Organisers are offering in order to give you the confidence to book now - and race once it is permitted again. 

Excerpt from RunBritain's statement:

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From this Thursday [5 November 2020], the UK Government is requiring everyone in England to stay at home, except for specific purposes, and not gather with other people who do not live in the same household, again except for specific purposes. As a result, the impact on athletics and running will include suspension of the following (we may update this guidance as and when more information from DCMS becomes available, for example, in relation to U18s  / disability provision):

  • All indoor club group coaching activity
  • All outdoor club group coaching activity
  • All indoor track and field competitions
  • All outdoor competition (track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multi-terrain)
  • All face-to-face coach and officials’ education


What can take place?

The UK Government have confirmed that you can exercise with people from your own household OR with one other person.

For athletics and running this means;

  • You can train with your household or one other person in a public outdoor space
  • 1:1 coaching can take place in a public outdoor space following social distancing measures (Please note: We are seeking clarity on 1:1 coaching with U18s and disability athletes/runners)
  • Virtual training sessions can be delivered by qualified coaches
  • Virtual competitions will still take place, and a list of virtual races can be found here -  Following the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions and the publication of bespoke instructions from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), we have revised the current guidance for athletics and running. Despite us lobbying DCMS for certain exemptions, this new guidance will apply from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.
  • From this Thursday [5 November 2020], the UK Government is requiring everyone in England to stay at home, except for specific purposes, and not gather with other people who do not live in the same household, again except for specific purposes. As a result, the impact on athletics and running will include suspension of the following (we may update this guidance as and when more information from DCMS becomes available, for example, in relation to U18s  / disability provision):
  • All indoor club group coaching activity
  • All outdoor club group coaching activity
  • All indoor track and field competitions
  • All outdoor competition (track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multiterrain)
  • All face-to-face coach and officials’ education
  • What can take place?
  • The UK Government have confirmed that you can exercise with people from your own household OR with one other person.
  • For athletics and running this means;
  • You can train with your household or one other person in a public outdoor space
  • 1:1 coaching can take place in a public outdoor space following social distancing measures (Please note: We are seeking clarity on 1:1 coaching with U18s and disability athletes/runners)
  • Virtual training sessions can be delivered by qualified coaches


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Virtual competitions like findarace.com's very own Challenge Club: Locked Down But Not Out can still take place, or visit the Virtual Runs page for a full list. 



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