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COVID-19 Statement 22/3/20

The message below has just been e-mailed to everyone who has entered one of our remaining 2020 events. We thought it might be useful for a wider audience. The events concerned are:

Fishguard Junior Aquathlon (Sunday 14th June)

Bluestone Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon (Broad Haven – Saturday 11th July)

Pembrokeshire Half Marathon & 10k (Dale – Sunday 27th September)

Firstly, we hope this e-mail finds you well in these deeply unsettling and anxious times. You clearly have more important things to think about than our events, but we felt now was the right time to update you on the position as it stands.

We were very lucky to be able stage the Pembrokeshire Duathlon in Neyland on Sunday 8th March. Most events due to be held since then have not been so fortunate.

We are paying close attention to and following UK, Welsh and Local Government advice, advice from the NHS and Public Health Wales, and guidance issued by the governing bodies for our events, British Triathlon and Welsh Athletics. As it stands, events permitted by these two governing bodies are cancelled until the end of April.

We all have access to the same general information on websites, social media, and the news channels. It seems to us that it is very unlikely that we will be able to stage the event in Fishguard in June, or Broad Haven in July, and possibly/probably the event in Dale in September.

Current event postponements are already causing a large concentration of events later this year, leading to congestion and clashes. Already a large local Half Marathon (& Marathon), due to take place on 5th April, has postponed to 27th September – the same date as Dale. So we could suffer a large reduction in entries, which in itself could easily make our event(s) unviable. Clearly, as a local triathlon club we cannot risk making a significant loss and we have already incurred some expenditure preparing for the events (no event organiser, it seems, has event cancellation insurance that covers this pandemic).

So to the important message: as things stand we are leaving the events in the diary as they are, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely. As soon as anything changes in terms of postponement or cancellation, we will let you know. These decisions will be based on the latest advice given to us, and the need for us to make decisions from a practical event management perspective.

Should we need to postpone any event to a date later in 2020, or cancel and go again in 2021, your entry will be rolled forward to the new date without any further charge. Should you not be able to make the rearranged date, you will have the option to transfer your place to another person.

Stay safe, stay healthy. Look after yourselves, your loved ones and your community, and we hope we will see you very soon.

Sarah Winter, Chairperson
David Astins, Events Manager
Rhys Thomas, Junior Co-ordinator
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In light of current circumstances, it has been decided to cancel all Pembs Tri Club sessions with immediate effect (seniors and tristars). I understand this will be disappointing for many of you but obviously the health and safety of our coaches, club members and their families is our first concern.
The committee will be monitoring the situation closely and we will review and update the situation accordingly.
Stay safe everyone.
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We have received the following information from Welsh Triathlon and as a Club we will continue to monitor the situation and seek advice from all the necessary bodies and Pembs County Council, as we run most of our sessions at their venues:

COVID-19 Information for triathlon clubs

The health and safety of the Triathlon Family, whether you’re a member, coach, or volunteer is our main priority. We have been researching the latest information as we start the triathlon event season.
As it stands triathlon clubs sessions and events can continue to take place though as things are changing rapidly we need to look to Government Guidance. You should continue to follow advice from Public Health Wales, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government.
With the ever-changing situation, we advise that you liaise with your local authority sport development team, leisure facilities and other providers if you are unsure whether facilities will be open.
As your NGB we are making the following recommendations. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and provide updates where appropriate.
Please advise club members to make their own judgment as to whether they should be attending sessions. If a member has any symptoms, they need to self-isolate for at least 7 days AFTER the symptoms have started.
All members should follow the widely available guidance from Public Health Wales with regards to people maintaining good hygiene to avoid spreading of the Covid-19 virus.
Any coaches and volunteers who may consider themselves vulnerable to the virus should assess if it is sensible for them to continue to attend sessions
Before and after each session, ask members to wash their hands thoroughly.
If swimming, make sure members shower before entering the pool and after swimming
If members feel slightly unwell (temperature, new persistent cough, shortness of breath), please advise they do not attend any sessions
If using facilities such as local gyms and leisure centres– please make sure equipment is wiped down before and after use – ask the facility provider for more guidance as to the effectiveness of their cleaning products. Take your own wipes if you feel this necessary
Research suggests you are more vulnerable to infection after heavy exercise so be aware of over exertion and then meeting in groups
If using inflammatory drugs consider new evidence that these drugs may increase the effects of COVID-19
If using a mat or towel at an exercise class, consider taking your own and ensure you keep a sensible distance from other people when exercising
When running socially keep your distance and avoid contact

Below are some links that you may find useful and informative to share with your club members;

GOV.UK

Public Health Wales

Mental Health Foundation

As you can all appreciate, this is a rapidly changing situation, and we will update you as we receive new information changes. Remember exercising is a good way to bust the blues away so message your members to keep them active but ensure they are training sensibly and following all the guidelines. There is a great opportunity to train in new ways; virtually, adapting equipment in the home, engaging the children in active games and so on – lets do what the triathlon community is good at innovation and fun.

Thank you for your support, and for the support you are providing your clubs, over the next few months.
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Massive congratulations to Catherine Marks and David Cole on their wins at last Sunday's Pembrokeshire Duathlon in Neyland. Both are past winners of this event which started in 2008!

Catherine was also crowned Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club duathlon champion for the 3rd year in a row, along with Jack Rees who collected the award for the 2nd time. Well done to the 3 of you!

The wooden trophies were made by Jason Wilkins of Jason's wood craft from a storm felled beech. We love them ❤
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The Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club training sessions are open to everyone and the first session is free. To take part in further training sessions and to take advantage of all of the other benefits of being part of the club you will need to become a member. To find out more about becoming a member click the link below.

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