Right now, during the coronavirus outbreak, that seems to be the question.
When I first thought about this blog, the question of whether to run was rarely relevant. It was something I asked only if I had anything more than a little niggle.
Back then, Corona was still a beer and this year’s spring race season was still going ahead.
But these are exceptional times, hopefully of the like we’ll never see again. Many of us are questioning whether we should head out for a run or if staying indoors is a better idea.
Like many of you, I’ve trawled through social media and news sites to find definitive answers. Also, like many of you, I’ve found no definitive answers.
That’s not surprising, really. There are few answers to how we deal with coronavirus.
The best advice I’ve heard is not to behave like you’re trying to avoid infection but like you’re already infected.
If you had coronavirus, you’d do everything you could not to infect others, right?
That’s how we should all behave.
That means social distancing. Keeping away from people as much as possible. Don’t go to pubs or the gym or to social gatherings. Only visit supermarkets when you absolutely must (and then, only buy what you need, of course).
And wash your hands properly and often.
But, what does that mean for us runners?
The big question is – can we still run outside?
If you are running, you should be running alone – Runners World offer some good tips on running alone, if you’re not used to it.
What’s more, you should be considerate of everyone you encounter during your run (see above – act like you have it). And you definitely shouldn’t spit.
Importantly, be considerate and use your own discretion and common sense.
Please note – things are changing daily, and circumstances differ from one country to the next. I’ve based this on the information available to me, in the UK, today – March 21st. Tomorrow, everything could be different.
Clearly, there’s going to be a lot of disruption over the coming months.
In case you missed it (I’m sure you didn’t), parkrun is suspended. For now, this is until the end of March. Expect that to extend into April and beyond.
On top of that, many organised races are off until Autumn. Collectively, we’re going to cover a lot of miles in the second half of the year (hopefully).
Plenty of other events have yet to be rescheduled or will be cancelled altogether. I’ve gathered what information I can, below.
Apologies for any I’ve missed. Feel free to add in the comments. It could be that, at the time of writing, there’s no information about changes to a particular run.
Updated Race Calendar – March / April 2020 (as at 21st March)
Currently, the updated race calendar for (some of the) UK events looks like this:
Postponed – new dates to be confirmed
Postponed – rescheduled
Dorset Ooser Marathon – 16th August
Edinburgh – 6th September
Weymouth Half – 6th September
Boston Half (UK) – 13th September
Brighton – 18th September (Friday)
Belvoir Half – 19th September
Blackpool – 26th & 27th September
London – 4th October
Manchester – 11th October
Westonbirt House Easter 10k & Half – 31st October
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