Restarting Training Sept 20 With Covid-19 Control Measures in place

To All Members – Below is a club email issued 2 Sep 20; if you haven’t received it please check your junk mail in case your email system has ‘rejected it’, then contact the Secretary ( to check your email on the distribution list.

Further to the email in early August we are pleased to provide details of Bingley Harriers training sessions and coaching available.  We have been working to apply the England Athletics (EA) guidelines for re-starting athletic activity with Covid-19 control measures in place. 

Some of our regular training locations are still closed or not available to us including the running track and associated facilities at UAK, Keighley and Beckfoot School, Bingley. 

We are able to use the Bradford & Bingley (B&B), Wagon Ln, Bingley and some public spaces.  Initial details are given below and further details of Run Leaders and Coaches to contact, and procedures will be on the Website and on a Facebook Event by Wed 2 Sep. 

For activities at B&B the upper bar (White Rose Suite) only is open with Covid-19 control measures in place.  You are welcome to stay on for a drink in the upper bar after your run.

It is important to note the following…

1. If you or any member of your household has, or is suspected as having, the Covid 19 virus, or is displaying the symptoms of the virus you must not come to any training sessions.

2. We also need to make you aware of your responsibilities to yourself, your coaches, your club and the general public and ask you to read the EA  ‘Guidance for Athletes and Runners : return to activity’

Under EA Guidelines,  training groups are limited to 12 per Leader or Coach so it will be necessary to book with the Leader or Coach. Your attendance and contact details will be recorded to support any potential Covid-19 Test & Trace requirements.

Training fees are payable and, in general, will be due for any sessions attended.  We are looking at the best way to deal with this in a Covid secure manner but do not want to delay re-starting activities, so we will come back to this. 

The activities available are :

From Thu 3 Sept – Thursday Senior Group runs from Bradford & Bingley, Wagon Ln, Bingley. 

7pm or 7.30 run start –please arrive in good time.  4 run groups out for 60-90 mins.   The groups will be :

  1. 7.00pm Steady Elites ~5m per hr.   For Thu 3 Sep please contact Rosie Jeeps 
  2. 7.30pm Moderate ~6m per hr.   For Thu 3 Sep please contact Becky Weight 
  3. 7.30pm Striders ~7m per hr.    For Thu 3 Sep contact Dave Stephenson
  4. 7.30pm Fast 7-8+ m per hr.   For Thu 3 Sep contact Martin Peace

The speed quoted includes re-grouping so the actual running pace maybe faster, and the routes usually include hills and maybe off-road sections. 

From Thu 3 Sept  – Thursday 7pm Junior Group runs from Bradford & Bingley, Wagon Ln, Bingley. 

Group run with Junior Coaches and Leaders for an hour.  This was previously on a Tuesday however the Club house is not currently open on a Tuesday so it has moved to Thursday until further notice.

Please contact Tony Kingham   or  Graham Smith   to book a place for each Thursday. 

From Tue 8 Sept – Tuesday 6.30 Strength & Conditioning  (30 mins)  Bradford & Bingley, Wagon Ln, Bingley

Improve strength and co-ordination and improve running style to support all your running and be more resilient against injury.

To book please contact Becky Weight   07484 207655

From Tue 8 Sept – Tuesday 7pm Interval training for endurance runners from Bradford & Bingley, Wagon Ln, Bingley

Improve racing performance in endurance events from 5K to 10K, Cross Country and Short Fell races.  

To book please email : Men / Stephen Fry :  or  Ladies / Becky Weight :

Please note that the club house will be closed on Tuesdays. There will be no toilets and no changing facilities.  

To give your training some meaning, It is our intention to stage some kind of race against a local club or clubs and an approach has been made to Saltaire Striders and Baildon runners to hold a relay race against them at some point in the near future. More details to follow soon. 

Some activities have already started or are planned soon  :

Daytime interval training for endurance runners, Roberts Park, Saltaire.  Tue & Thurs (& possibly Sat) 10 am

Improve endurance speed for events from 5K to 10K and Cross Country.  Approx 1 hour.   Meet at the Band Stand. 

To book please email John Smithurst :

Throws training for Seniors and Juniors, Utley.  Tue & Thurs 6 – 7.30pm

Develop and improve throwing skills.  Beginners and ‘re-starters’ welcome to give it a try. 

To book please contact Tom Clough :   07712 428692

Fell and off-road running techniques including down-hill.  Monday or Wednesday evenings,

Improve balance, agility and strength to support fell, off-road and cross country running.  Beneficial for all running. 

Contact Kate Farley :

We recognise that some athletics activities e.g. Sprints, Jumps,  are not catered for above, largely as the facilities are not open.  We hope you have been able to maintain your activities in some way and keep in touch with your coaches during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.  If you need coaching advice (as a Coach or Athlete) please contact our Coaching Co-ordinator  Keith Daniel who will point you in the right direction. 

If you are not running at the moment or are a non-running volunteer and would like to be involved and help with the re-start of activities please let Becky Weight know – there are many things to be done. 

If you have any other queries please check the Website or Facebook Event (links above, from Wed 2 Sep).  If that doesn’t answer your question please let me, Becky Weight,  know.

Finally, it has been and still is a difficult time for everyone. The rules and guidelines are subject to change at short notice so please be respectful of the locations, others, and to the club and club officials as we try to get things going again. 

Kind Regards

Your Committee, Leaders & Coaches, Officials and Volunteers

Bingley Harriers & Athletics Club