COVID-19: Scottish Athletics Update – 17 March 2020
scottishathletics can confirm that a number of events have now been cancelled or postponed up to the end of April.
There will be no national championship events in that period and we would advice event organisers to look to reschedule where possible.
In the short-term, that means:
*Tru Wealth National Road Relays will not take place in Livingston on March 28 and will be staged later in the year
*Tru Wealth Scottish 10-Mile champs at the Tom Scott Road Races will not take place at Stathclyde Park on April 5 and will be staged later in the year.
scottishathletics thus also further recommends:
*All our our Championship events will be postponed until the end of April, and until further clarity is provided by the Scottish Government. We recommend that independent event organisers follow the same course of action.
*Event organisers with events planned between late March and the end of April should follow the Government advice and either cancel or postpone.
*Events planned for late May and onwards should continue to monitor the situation and base their decision on whether to go ahead, postpone or cancel once more information become available.
*We will work with competition/event providers to find suitable alternative dates within the competition calendar and will discuss these matters with our respective commissions.
April, May, September and October are traditionally the busiest months of the road race calendar.
Event organisers facing cancellations in March, April or May should be aware that postponement until September or October could create clashes with longstanding Autumn races, and consideration should be given to existing events within the calendar when selecting a new date.
Track and Field
Due to the number of fixtures planned for Summer 2020, event organisers should be aware that it may not be possible to reschedule all meetings.
League and OGM organisers should bear in mind the pressure placed on busy Officials when seeking new dates, as well as considering the impact your rescheduling may have on other events already planned for later in the season.
All other disciplines
Please bear other planned events in mind when selecting a new date and try to avoid clashes with longstanding Autumn dates where possible.
*In order to assist with rescheduling, the licensing process for the 2020 Winter season will launch early on Wednesday 18 March.
This covers events taking place between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.
Event organisers planning to host events during this time can submit their applications online from Wednesday to allow us to populate the online fixture page with proposed dates and assist with rescheduling cancelled Spring events.
Event organisers should be aware that, as usual, new licences will not be issued unless full details are provided on the application form; previous licences have been completed; and the organisation’s membership/affiliation is up to date for the proposed Winter event date.
What do I do now?
Cancelled Events: Please let us know by email to email@example.com
Postponed Events: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposed alternative date as soon as possible.
Before deciding on your new date, please check the online fixture calendar for other events that may be planned around the date you would like.
We cannot guarantee that events will not clash, but will keep the online calendar updated as changes are reported to us to ensure all event organisers are aware of what else is taking place.
If you have any queries regarding events, please contact email@example.com .
Please be aware that we are receiving a high number of enquiries by telephone and e-mail at this time, so your patience is appreciated.
Staff may be forced to work from home due to building access restrictions at our offices over the coming days/week, but we will respond to enquiries as quickly as possible.