Over the next few weeks coaches and athletes face the challenge of moving from home training, Zoom and Park sessions to a slow transition back to the track. The last park session in Shefford for the pole vault athletes took place Sunday as lead coach Beth Harris will be completing her move to Nottingham at the beginning of August.
Shannon Rapacchi will be coaching the Club’s beginners with the more experienced athletes moving to a new coach once Lee Valley reopens.
The endurance and horizontal jumps groups were working hard at Ridlins Park on Sunday and will remain there until the track reopens, hopefully the second week of August.
However, for many athletes, park sessions will continue. Limited numbers on the track each session (25 athletes), mean those athletes in the larger squads, Combined Events, Sprints and Endurance may only have a track session once a fortnight and will still be doing park sessions at other times. For those self - isolating for health or family reasons a local park or the garden may still be the training venue of choice for the foreseeable future!
The need to work in clearly defined ‘bubbles’ on specific areas of the track, 2m self-distancing at all times will be a new experience for all.