Coronavirus (COVID19) Update Two 18th March Please Read In Full

Swansea Harriers are now in a position to inform all our members that training and all activity is now discontinued until May, in line with UK Athletics and Welsh Athletics statement below:

Welsh Athletics has made the difficult decision to effectively suspend the sport for a period of time to support the overall battle against the spread of the Coronavirus.
 
Many clubs had already demonstrated great leadership in pre-empting this announcement with their own suspension of activities.
 
The athletics family in Wales is unique. Many have been attracted to our sport to support their sporting ambition, but there is also a significant number that enjoy the physical and mental wellbeing that the sport provides.
 
Our clubs and groups are not just great sporting institutions, but they are also incredible support networks for many. Many will see the loss of their sport as a loss of their immediate support network.
 
I am therefore calling on each and every member of the athletics family in Wales to look out for one another, continue to provide the support network to your club and group colleagues. Albeit Welsh Athletics is advocating that all formal training is cancelled, we would still advocate that where safe to do so, we continue to stay physically active, we continue to promote physical activity and we continue to share our positive experiences of our sport.
 
As a sport, much like as a community, I have no doubt we will rise to this challenge. All of you have achieved incredible, inspirational achievements in the sport, so if there was ever a time where we as a sport needed to come together, then now is that time.
 
Can I take the opportunity to thank all the volunteer club officers who have worked tirelessly in recent days in leading their clubs through an ever-changing landscape. Welsh Athletics will do all it can to support you all during this next period.
 
 
James Williams
Interim CEO, Welsh Athletics
 
Looking after yourself
Please read and follow all the latest guidance from Public Health Wales and the Welsh & UK Governments https://phw.nhs.wales/
If the restrictions on socialising and group activity are impacting on your mental health, you are not alone. If you’re concerned for yourself or others you can get Guidance and support online from MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/ and other charities such as Platfform https://platfform.org/
 
Looking after others
Please stay in touch with training group partners, club members and volunteers, particularly those who may rely on Athletics for their social interaction and a sense of purpose.
Use modern technology to continue to share your individual/home based training activity and to motivate others. Coaches are encouraged to maintain safe contact with their athletes as much as is reasonable to do.