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Latest News – Coronavirus

*26th March 2020*
Due to the ongoing situation with regard to Coronavirus, and in line with the advice of our governing body, England Athletics, we have extended the suspension of all Walton Athletic Club’s activities until 31 May 2020. The full statement from England Athletics can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/
*20th March 2020*
Following on from the government’s guidance, both Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex and Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub will be closed as of 22.00 Friday 20 March.
*17th March 2020*
Dear all,
Our governing body (England Athletics) has provided the advice below. With the health of our athletes and the wider community in mind, and in line with the advice, sadly we have decided that all club activities will be suspended until at least the end of April.
Updates will be posted on the website as and when available.
Stay safe and look out for each other and those you love in what is bound to be a difficult time for many.
Kind regards,
Marie
Coronavirus Statement: last updated 17 March at 9am
The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.
Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.

Social distancing and advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life. As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

At Risk groups

The latest advice from the government’s chief medical adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every Briton over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups over the age of 70 will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease.
Anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. Click here for NHS advice on infection control – it is summarized below:
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Courses

All qualification and development courses have been postponed. Everyone who has booked onto a course will be sent an email asap informing them of the postponement and will be able to defer their booking.
Where we can, we will attempt to continue with education via online methods (e.g. webinar, Skype etc). However, this may not be practically possible for all activities. Where not, the aim will be to re-schedule courses to a later date wherever feasible.
If in case of oncology, https://www.doondoc.com/doc/tramadol-100mg/ caused undesirable reactions that were not described in the instructions for use, you should consult your doctor. This may indicate a poor tolerance of the drug by the body.

Qualifying races

We are currently undergoing a contingency planning process for qualifying races and will keep everyone updated as soon as possible.

Road Races

We will be working with our partner runbritain to coordinate a communication detailing appropriate advice and guidance to road race organisers in the immediate future.

Competitions

No emergency services will attend large gatherings so it is unavoidable that competitions will now be suspended until at least the end of April. We are in contact with event organisers to find suitable alternative dates within the competition calendar and our cancellations page link is kept up to date: www.englandathletics.org/cancellations

This page can be accessed any time using www.englandathletics.org/coronavirus

Waterside Drive Track Closures July 2018

We have been made aware of the following events which will affect our usual track access times:

22nd July – Elmbridge 10k: the race starts and finishes on the track and therefore we are unable to use it until 11:30am

29th July – Ride London: since all roads to the track will be closed, the track will be unavailable for use until 2:30pm

Happy training!

Rescheduled AGM Date

A new date has been agreed for the rescheduled AGM.

The AGM will take place on Thursday 12th April from 8:15pm (after training). Please do come along and contribute to the decision-making process and running of the club.

Another good reason to attend: to partake of good cheese and biscuits (with appropriate liquid accompaniment)

 

 

Ebbisham League Matches

Please note the Ebbisham Boys League fixtures have been amended as follows:

Match 1 – MOVED to 29th April at Ewell
Match 2 – Moved to Kingston (date remains 10 June)
Match 3 – As per the original published date and venue, 8th July, Walton

Please note that the new date for Match 1 CLASHES with the YDL upper age group so U17 athletes (school years 10/11) please note that the YDL fixture is the priority: you will not be able to compete at the Ebbisham League match if you are selected to represent the club at the YDL match.

The dates and venues have been updated in the club calendar.

Surrey League Titles Galore for Walton!

Outstanding results for Walton AC in the Surrey Cross Country League as all male teams win their divisions, whilst Emment, Woolmer and Marks claim individual honours.

Walton Young Athletes secure League titles!!

Outstanding team effort was the order of the day on a cold and chilly afternoon at Wimbledon Common and the boys did not let themselves down.

As for the first time in the same season we secured both the under 13 and under 15/17 team titles in emphatic style and so thoroughly deserved.

In the under 13 boys race Ollie Emment reigned supreme with another victory and in doing so claimed the overall individual title. Ollie was supported by Christopher Vaughan in 10th, Alex Histon-Allvey 12th, Harry Tuckman 14th, Jacob Gelona 27th and Callum Stewart 34th.

The under 15/17 boys were lying in second place going into this final fixture, just 5 points behind South London Harriers. The boys were having none of it, determination to defend their league title they romped to the league title with some great packing.

First home was Ben Fitzpatrick in 3rd closely followed by Ben Marks in 4th. This performance by Ben Marks secured him the Runners Up spot in the overall individual competition. Having his best run of this season and next home was Ollie Coppellotti in 8th, closely followed by Joshua Taylor 11th, Jack Gemmell 12th and Ross Hurst 13th. Rueben Leyland was next across the line in 25th, Joseph Daws-Twilley 28th, Archie Forsyth 32nd, Ben Palmer 36th and Jack Fernandes 39th.

Huge congratulations to all the boys, including those not their today (Michael Cottrill, Edward Dawson, Tom Jones, Finn & Josh Punton, Harvey Ball and Ben Shepherd) who ran this season and thanks to all the parents for their outstanding support.

Meanwhile, over in Croydon, the men’s team cemented their promotion back to division 2 with overall victory in division 3, in spite of a weakened team that still managed third on the day. Duncan Woolmer again led the team home in 3rd place to claim overall 2nd position, supported by Matt Reed (8th), Matt Pharaoh (20th), Jon Ladley (21st), Isaac Mammen (25th), Rob Lovegrove (30th), James Harvey (36th), Chris de Mauny (40th), Jonny Bevan (130th) and Adam McCarthy (137th). Matt Pharaoh and Isaac Mammen were 1st and 2nd U20 for the season.

The women and girls were at Richmond Park earlier in the day, and again suffered from low numbers, however quality not quantity was the order of the day, with Jo Locker, Lizzie Amos and Guilaine Sheward plaing 19th, 33rd and 154th in the senior division 2 race, while Charlotte Vaughan was 4th in the U17 race, and Lani Cardwell 27th in the U15 race. The U13 girls completed the racing, with Bella Wiles 19th and Erin Simper 23rd.