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Archives 2020 April - June


It is with great regret that St Cocas AC must announce that in addition to the cancellation of our 5k road race scheduled for this month we have also decided to cancel our 10 mile road race for this year. In conjunction with, St Cocas AC will offer a full refund or a deferral to 2021 for both races for those who have already entered. The link to do that will be emailed to those entered in due course. On behalf of St Cocas AC we wish you all well and hope you stay safe. Above all we very much look forward to meeting you again at our races in 2021.

St Coca's 10 from 10 Cancelled due to COVID-19 - 15th June 2020
Return of Adult Track Training Sessions - Tuesday 9th June 2020

We are delighted to announce the return of adult track training, in limited sized groups of 15, from tonight Tuesday 9th June, to be conducted in line with Government and Athletics Ireland protocols. There will be two sessions, one at 6pm and one at 7pm on Tuesdays.

Anyone who wishes to attend a session must contact coach Martin Baten directly beforehand to make arrangements and not just turn up at the track. Martin will keep a log of those attending for contact tracing purposes, social distancing measures will be enforced and the cabin/toilet facilities at the track will be closed.

For the moment, track training will only take place on Tuesday evenings. It is hoped that limited Fit4Life group training will resume from next week.

Return to limited activity from 18th May - Athletics Ireland Statement - 13th May 2020

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce that in accordance with specific government guidelines all clubs can return to limited activity from Monday 18th May. Athletics is one of the first sports to receive Sport Ireland and Government endorsement to return to activity and 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.

Key parameters that must be met on Phase 1 of the Government roadmap are;

People can engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in very small groups (maximum 4 people), where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact
People living within a 5 km radius of their athletic club can attend to train

Hamish Adams, CEO notes “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.”

We wish to note that every club will have their own unique set of Covid-19 challenges around social distancing, contact tracing, hygiene and member management. We strongly advise that each club committee meets virtually to develop their return to athletics plans.  A draft risk assessment template is attached for further development with club safety officers to ensure the highest standards of hygiene, tracing and social distancing are established.

A strict set of guidelines (note these guidelines are not exhaustive) has been developed with expert advice and this information can be found on the link below:-

Athletics Ireland Update

St Coca's AC 5K 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 - 26th April 2020

It is with great regret that St Cocas AC has taken the decision to cancel our 5K road race for 2020.
The safety of our members, volunteers, friends and the community are our overiding concern.

We are looking at the options available in respect of refunds or deferrals for those who had already entered this race and we will notify each entrant directly as well as posting an update here. We sincerely hope that the sacrifices people have made, and the measures taken allow us to return to some kind of normality over the coming months, and in the hope that may include races in the future, we will hold off on any decision regarding our 10 mile race in August.

On behalf of St Cocas AC may we extend our sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic and to the many who have lost jobs or are challenged by illness, isolation or suffering due to Covid19, we extend to you our best wishes and hope that better times are not far away.

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