Coronavirus Statement

UPDATE – For our latest update containing new guidance (released 15 May) on the restricted return to training activity please click here

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Update: 13 May

We are currently refining our guidance to our member clubs and registered athletes to take into account the government’s relaxation to restrictions which take effect today. England Athletics is working closely with other stakeholders to provide comprehensive advice with the safety and wellbeing of the athletics and wider community at its heart. There are many complex issues involved, including insurance, use of facilities and health & safety. Please bear with us while we seek to resolve these before updating the current guidance to our members. The government has issued a set of FAQs on what you can and cannot do and we will be basing our guidance as always on the advice for England.

Exercise guidance post government statement: 10 May

As your membership and development body, we are currently reviewing what the Prime Minister had to say last night regarding lockdown protocols and what the provisional stages and timing of the relaxation of current practices could mean for you our members, for us as an organisation and of course our great sport as we look forward to the coming weeks and months.

We are working closely with our colleagues at UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations to determine and clarify the practical implications of the changes as they evolve.

With so many different disciplines requiring varying levels of equipment, facilities and personal space to perform (consider the differing needs of a throwing discipline vs relay runners for example), we are considering the most appropriate and practical ways to enable a staggered return to training and competition as soon as possible.

Our sport is currently suspended in formality through to the end of May with competition suspended until the end of June and we are keeping these dates in mind as we look to the future, always being guided by the government directives in doing so.

Our CEO Chris Jones has produced a new written update and video blog in which he calls for athletes and runners to continue to support their clubs during this difficult time. Chris also gives further insight into the ongoing planning for any return to training/competition and discusses the financial/logistical challenges that England Athletics is facing and measures that have been taken to reduce costs and plan ahead. View the written blog here.


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.

Qualifying races

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

Road Races:

Guidance for road races and multi-terrain races with a licence but not yet taken place:

In line with the updated government advice, any competition that takes place during a period in which UK Athletics has advised that all events should be cancelled will have its licence cancelled. If a licensed race is cancelled and the competition is still staged, then it would not be covered by UKA public liability insurance.

If you need to suspend an event and reschedule it for later in the year, and assuming that you have got Local Authority approval for the new date and that nothing else has changed with the race arrangements, then the existing licence with an amended date will be valid. Please contact with confirmation of Local Authority approval and the new race date. There will inevitably be some fixture clashes given the level of rescheduling involved.As there are a large number of races moving their dates to the autumn, you should also check that medical cover, officials, volunteers and timing services will be available. Our advice is not to schedule any new events at this time.

If you are cancelling your event this year then please contact and the race will be cancelled on the runbritain system and removed from the Race Listing page. There is no licence fee due for cancelled races and the deposit payment for the licence application can be deferred to next year.

If your race is cancelled, you may need to arrange refunds of entry fees or deferrals to next year’s race.

Please note that given the current unique circumstances runbritain is experiencing an unprecedented level of enquires and requests for administration services that will inevitably delay our response time.

Guidance for road race and multi-terrain licence applications not yet submitted:

UK Athletics has advised that all races should not take place until after 31 May. On 29 April 2020 – England Athletics updated its suspension period for licensed competition to 30 June 2020 (see details at top of page).

Guidance on Refunds:

Click here for guidance on refunds

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