Covid-19 Update / 17th March 2020


Bracknell Forest Runners - Covid-19 Update - 17th March 2020

Obviously, we do not need to point out what is all over the news right now. However, we do need as a Club to do our bit to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones around as much as possible.

Therefore, it is with a saddened heart yet a mindful brain, that we are now suspending any official BFR runs or meetings including the AGM, until further notice.

The wellbeing of you as members and friends and for your family and friends is paramount.

We will continue to assess the situation and adjust, as more information becomes available from the UK Government who are being guided by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer.

If you do choose to exercise, please be sensible and follow the social distancing guidelines below as per government recommendations.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

1.      Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;

2.      Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.

3.      Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

4.      Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

5.      Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

·        washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food

·        avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

·        avoid close contact with people who have symptoms

·        cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands

·        clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

How do you look after your mental wellbeing?

Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:

·        Look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website

·        Spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to/watching favourite radio or TV programmes

·        Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs

·        Keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden. You can also go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others

If you need further information, please go via the link below:

Coronavirus and your wellbeing


Coronavirus and your wellbeing


Don’t take any risks. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.

Gary Farrell and your BFR Committee