Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Guidelines for Meath Cross Country Championships OCT 2020

Guidelines for Meath Cross Country Championships OCT 2020

Weekend 1: 3rd and 4th of October 

Weekend 2: 10th & 11th of October


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Guidelines From Meath Athletics Cross Country Committee

Events to run on basis of single age/gender, with designated start and finish times.

Events at hourly intervals

Strictly no entries on the day. Numbers will be posted out to clubs in advance.

Each club to provide a nominated person, and an address, to post the numbers to.

All attendees to complete the attached AAI Covid-19 screening questionnaire (LINK BELOW) before traveling to venue – clubs are responsible to ensure these are completed and collected.

(All Ratoath AC athletes competing must fill out the following Covid 19 health screening before Friday 6pm:

The venue is divided into two areas – the car park and the course – there is no entry to the course unless you have a number or are an accompanying coaches/club official.

Athletes to arrive at venue entrance no earlier than five minutes before designated start time.

All parents/guardians/coaches to remain in vehicles while in venue car park.

No socialising or warming up. Ride sharing discouraged. If unavoidable, masks to be worn on journey to venue.

Each club will have a designated drop-off point, manned by two officials/coaches from each club, who should receive the athletes, and escort them into the course area. Once there, they can perform their warmup.

The whole course, bar the start and finish/recovery area, are available to them. Approx. ten minutes will be allowed for the warmup.

The same coaches/club officials then accompany the athletes to the start area.

Coaches/club officials responsible for own club athletes while on the course.

Coaches/club officials accompany athletes to Start area. Athletes only enter chutes when called in by Start officials.

After race, coaches/club officials bring athletes from race recovery area to car park.

Athletes to leave venue at latest ten minutes before specified start time for next event.

Start Line:

· Each club assigned a start chute.

· Chutes at 2 metre distance from each other.

· Athletes to line up in single file, within their club chute.

· Start officials to wear face coverings and gloves.

Finish Line:

· Chip timing in operation.

· All Finish officials advised to wear appropriate PPE.

· Athletes pass Finish line into race recovery area.

· Athletes remain in race recovery area until fully recovered.

· No presentation of medals, cups, or trophies on the day.

The cross country committee would appreciate it if clubs could remind all parents that they are not permitted into the cross country course but have to wait in their cars in the car park.

The officials will have enough to do running the event without the added pressure of dealing with disappointed parents.

Each club is responsible for ensuring that the AI Covid form is completed before athletes attend at their event. I emailed a paper copy of this previously or you can ask your members to complete the form online on the AI website.

Please see attached Athletics Ireland Protocols for attending at Cross Country events for athletes and officials. Please ensure that everyone registered for the championships is provided with a copy of the protocols. 

A Practical Guide for Athletes at Cross CountryCompetitionfollowingtheCovid-19Restrictions 

A Practical Guide for Cross Country Competition OfficialsfollowingtheCovid-19Restrictions 

A Practical Guide for Competition Organisers-Cross CountryfollowingtheCovid-19Restrictions

The cross country committee look forward to welcoming clubs back to competition and wish every athlete taking part the very best of luck.


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