Resuming running training sessions in Milton Keynes after lockdown
As you all know, all sports, athletics and running training was cancelled on 23 March when lockdown began. Training resumed – observing social distancing, of course – in June, and MKDP athletes were delighted to get back to it.
MKDP new member Harry Ward had this to say: ‘As a new member of MKDP, it has been good fun to interact with new and interesting people. After weeks of lockdown, cabin fever begins to take its toll.’
Younger athlete Nic Hammett said, ‘I was pretty motivated to train at home during lockdown, but it’s good to get back to training and see my friends again.’
England Athletics has just announced that lockdown restrictions have been further relaxed, with coaches able to train up to 12 athletes or runners at the same time. MK Distance Project’s training session this Sunday will be at the Peace Pagoda, Willen Lake, Milton Keynes at 9.30 am - a beautiful venue.
I know we’re all waiting with bated breath to see what’s going to happen in cross country season. Will the usual races be held? Will athletes get the chance to brave the sharks in the Keysoe water jump? The Chiltern Cross Country League updated their Facebook page yesterday, saying:
‘EA have now told us that XC and triathlon will be discussed with Sport England and the government. However, […] we are not optimistic of a normal season. We are at an advantage over many sports by being outside of course and generally not hundreds of spectators, clearly though we will have to adapt to whatever conditions are … laid down.
‘We will not make any decisions about the season until we know more. There is a League date allocated in March so if October turns out to be impossible then perhaps we could utilise that date or even go to four fixtures. Suffice to say, we are desperate to run XC and will do all in our power to do so.’
We’ll let you know as soon as we hear any news.
In the meantime, stay safe and keep running!