Cork athletics clubs can return to limited activity from next Monday

Cork athletics clubs can return to limited activity from next Monday
Eric Curran of Leevale who came in first in the relay Cork City Marathon last year. Athletics clubs in Cork can return, with restrictions, from next Monday. Picture: Gavin Browne

CORK athletics clubs will be able to train in small numbers from Monday.

In line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, club members who live within 5km will be able to train in groups of four or less.

Athletics is one of the first sports to receive Sport Ireland and government endorsement to return to activity. 

A statement said: 

"We thank the expert contribution from our working groups in competition, recreation and clubs. Athletics is a key strategic sport in improving the health of the nation and the recent study detailing the huge increases in people walking and running in the last two months illustrates the necessity to open our club outdoor facilities.

"The key parameters that must be met on phase one of the Government roadmap are:

"1. People can engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in very small groups (maximum four people), where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.

"2. People living within a 5km radius of their athletic club can attend to train."

Cork athletics royalty Rob and Marian Heffernan have been keeping their young daughters Regan and Tara fit over recent weeks, even without organised sport.

Hamish Adams, CEO, is hoping this will be the first step on the path to a full return at the end of the summer.

“It is a privilege for us to be one of the first sports returning to club activity and with this privilege comes a great responsibility to ensure all our clubs and members operate to the highest standards of compliance to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. 

"This is the first small step on our journey to return to full activity, we continue to plan and prepare for competition and events from August onwards subject to government directives.”

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