Scottish Athletics have issued guidance that all restrictions previously issued now remain in place until further notice. The club committee confirms that all formal club activity also remains suspended until further notice.
The full Scottish Athletics statement is available in the attached link.
Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Guidance 19 January 2021
As previously notified, the Senior Endurance Time Trial Championship makes a welcome return for 2021. It is hoped that a combination of virtual and actual events will allow the championship to run throughout the year.
The championship kicks off in February. Due to current restrictions, this will be a virtual event. It will be held over a four day period (Saturday 6th – Tuesday 9th February).
The rules for the championship have been updated to take into account the changes and flexibility required this year. These are available on the website (https://motherwellac.com/championships/time-trial-championship-2020) and all members are encouraged to read them.
One key aim is to allow as many participants as possible to start scoring from the first round. All members who took part in at least one club time trial (actual, virtual, Christmas) in 2020 can score points in February. Any member who wishes to participate but DIDN’T do a time trial last year can run a solo time trial during January. Their time and GPS activity can be submitted to Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or by messenger. This time will be used to determine their handicap, also allowing them to score points in February.
It is hoped that as many members as possible support the club and take part in this year’s time trial championship.
The first ever Virtual MAC Team Relays for Senior Endurance take place later this month. What is it all about? Simply, participating athletes will be formed into teams, and each team member has to run the event distance of 3k. The times for all team members are combined, and the team with the quickest overall time wins.
Only current members of Motherwell AC [on LoveAdmin] can participate.
Anyone wishing to participate should indicate in the MAC Members Facebook group or send an email to email@example.com. The closing date for entries will be midnight on Monday 18th January.
Participating athletes will then be formed into teams with the intention to make all teams as similar in overall ability as possible. Teams will be announced on Wednesday 20th January, prior to the run window opening. Team size will be 3 or 4, depending on the overall number of participants. Late entries may be invited to help make up full teams.
The run window for this will be Thursday 21st January at 00:00 until Sunday 24th January at 17:00.
Any location can be chosen for the run as long as there is no net downhill elevation to the route. The start and finish points should be close together. Loops can be used, but loops must be at least 1km in length. Out and back routes are also acceptable.
Times for the 3k run (preferably with a GPS activity from Strava/Garmin/etc) should be posted in MAC Members Facebook group or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting times will be 18:00 on Sunday 24th January.
Results will be collated and posted as soon as possible after the submission deadline on the Sunday evening.
There are no prizes, just the respect and admiration of your teammates. It’s just a bit of fun to help us get through January.
Club training sessions may be suspended for now, but that is no reason to stop running.
The Senior Endurance training schedule for January remains on the website (https://motherwellac.com/senior-endurance-training/
) for those who wish to do any of the sessions. These are only suggestions, are not mandatory, can be done at any time, and in any location. Adherence to government ‘exercise’ rules is required at all times. As such, sessions should be done individually or with a maximum of one other person.
Not sure what to train for? Take a look at the following virtual events coming up in the next few weeks:
Friday 8th – Monday 11th January
Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge III
The distance for this challenge is 8k. Be quick – entries close midnight on Thursday.
Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th January
Virtual MAC Team Relays
Details to be announced soon…
Friday 29th January – Monday 1st February
Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge IV
The distances on offer for this challenge are 8k or HM. Entries not yet open.
Saturday 6th – Tuesday 9th February
Virtual MAC February Time Trial
The MAC Time Trial Championship returns for 2021 with a virtual event to kick things off. Details to be announced soon…
Friday 12th – Monday 15th February
Virtual Scottish Athletics Road Challenge V
The distance for this challenge will be 5 miles. Entries not yet open.