Last updated: 26/03/2021

For much of our sport, the 29th March 2021 is a significant date when many restrictions will ease. For the club, our focus initially will be on our running and cycling sessions, and we are working with our local pools to be able to offer coached indoor pool sessions from sometime after the 17th May, when they are permitted to resume as part of the Government’s ‘roadmap’. We’re also working on our open water sessions, which we can resume from when the water warms to over 11°C. Travel is also unrestricted, so regardless of whether you live in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or any other counties – you’re able to join sessions.

Returning to Sport

Now we’re returning to sessions, we are asking you to help keep the sessions (and sport) safe. Before attending any session, please undertake a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms. Please don’t leave home to participate in club or coached activity if you or someone you live with, has any of the following:  

  • A high temperature 
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of or change to  sense of smell or taste 

If you do, you must follow NHS and Public Health England guidance on self-isolation which can be found here. No one who is self-isolating should attend an OxfordTri activity.

And remember: HandsFaceSpace. Please do your bit at our sessions by keeping your distance from other members, wearing a face covering when in close contact (such as accessing or leaving venues) and washing your hands regularly and using antibacterial hand sanitizer before and after a session.

It is as yet unclear what impact Covid-19 will have on the long-term health of those who contracted the virus. As a precaution, we are asking you to consider your health as you return to club activities and undertake health screening via your GP if you were hospitalised due to Covid-19, or have been significantly unwell due to the virus. The current advice from British Triathlon for people who are shielding is that they should not visit venues or undertake activities without support from their GP.

Test and Trace

The opening up of the sport following the Covid-19 outbreak is being supported by the Government’s test and trace initiative, and BTF have outlined now that QR codes are required at all club sessions. When we are at a venue (such as swimming or track), you can scan the venue QR code. For club runs and rides, QR codes will be created for each session and available from run/ride leaders. We ask that all members engage with the NHS Test and Trace system (more information available here) when you’re participating in club sessions. 

Coached sessions

British Triathlon have set out Covid Secure group sizes for each session type for club and coached activity. The things you need to know about this are:

Coached sessions – Running: Our track sessions are coached. Our Lead Coach works hard to ensure Coaches are assigned to track sessions to facilitate this, but we may still be capped on session size by the availability of our coaches, who are all volunteers.

Coached sessions – Outdoor swimming: We are working on our provision of outdoor swimming sessions and hope to update you soon! We may still be capped on session size by the availability of our coaches and safety-officers, who are all volunteers.

Coached sessions – Indoor swimming: Where swimming pool facilities are operating, our Lead Coach works hard to ensure coaches are assigned to sessions to facilitate this, so whilst this is great news for members, but we may still be capped on session size by the leisure facilities we use and availability of our coaches, who are all volunteers. It is really important that distance is kept by swimmers in the pool, so lane starts may be from either end of the pools. Please consider this when booking a session: close proximity when resting between sets and overtaking is not appropriate currently, even if your average pace is at stake.

Non-Led Club Sessions: These are typically our weekend bike and run sessions, which are organised by club members for club members, but they are not led by a coach. Coaches may be involved as a club member participant only. However, session ownership is still by club and therefore it is included in the club’s risk assessment and action plan, which is why we ask that you sign up via the website and scanning of Test and Trace QR codes needs to be maintained.

Where club members are organising recreational swim, bike, run activity outside of the jurisdiction of the club, then this is not part of British Triathlon’s guidance or insured provision for affiliated clubs and member coaches. In this circumstance, we respectfully remind members of the UK Government’s legislation for outdoor exercise

The Committee and Coaches have worked really hard to keep sessions running and the club Covid Secure. With your ongoing support and adherence to these simple rules, we can all continue to keep training together and our sessions open for you all.