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  • meercat58

    Member
    March 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    So both Paris and Rome have cancelled their Marathon and  theres a question over London going ahead. The right decision or overreacting, what do you think ? Thinking

  • Lizzy

    Member
    March 9, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Met a runner yesterday who was meant to running Paris, hotel booked and training done. Shes is gutted its been postponed till October, on the day shes meant to be doing another race. Hotel again booked, its messing a lot of runners up, would i rather a race be cancelled or get cronavirus? or chance i might? i really dont know? 

  • sharnie1

    Administrator
    March 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    That’s a tough call – if I thought it would save a single life I’d say it was absolutely the right thing to do – as runners we all take our health v much for granted but for older and less healthy individuals, and the immuno-suppressed there is a significant risk to life from contracting Corona virus.  The obvious difficulty is that we will never know if cancelling big events saved lives or if letting them go ahead caused deaths.  Just glad I don’t have a city marathon lined up – but if want of my events do get cancelled I’d like to think I’ll take it with good grace and accept that sometimes things beyond our control come along.  

    Feel for everyone affected obviously but think anyone with holiday or travel plans is up against it at the moment – some people I work with have been told if they travel to their holiday destinations they will have to self isolate for 14 days on their return and they won’t be paid for that time if they don’t take it as holiday, and theirxtravel insurance does not cover this situation 🙈

    Barcelona next weekend can be added to that list.  

  • Vangelis

    Member
    March 9, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Even though I very much feel the disappointment (having had my yesterday’s mara posponed), I can fully justify the call. Health is not something to take lightly. Even if we, as runners, are generally healthy and might generally expect to survive having contracted that Covid-19, what about transmitting it to other people? I ‘m sure I wouldn’t take it sooooo very heavily were I to be infected and pass a flu-like sickness or go through a two-week quarantine, but I bet I wouldn’t bear the thought of having transmitted the virus to someone innocent and fully indifferent to my running adventures…

  • meercat58

    Member
    March 10, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Im a bit on the fence with this. Considering there are 9,304,000 people living/working  in London going about their daily business plus however many visitors on a daily basis, isnt the number of VLM participants just a drop in the ocean? Therefore the increase in risk would be minimal? However if the event was in a town/City with a much smaller population (yeah I know it wouldnt be called the VLM Smiley ) then of course the risks become greater. I guess the organisors are in a no win situation really damned if they do and damned if they dont !

  • Vicky Pixi

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    March 10, 2020 at 9:33 am

    ok the way i’m looking at it is when it comes to events of the running kind (im not on about football etc that a whole other ball game Wink) is that if you have a bad cold of flu (or flu like symptoms) then you wouldn’t be running in the event anyway so in that respect i feel these events should go ahead HOWEVER i do think custom control needs to come into effect with the spectators?? big crowds of shouting clapping spectators is another matter… i know loads of people who go out and cheer with stinking colds, so maybe this where action needs to be taken 🙂

  • JillyMP

    Member
    March 10, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    This is a hard one, but at the end of the day, it is only a race. It’s not only the risk to the old, vulnerable and those with underlying health conditions, which seems to be the excuse for us healthy mortals, but also the risk to passing it onto the emergency services, hospital workers, care workers, self employed (who aren’t covered by sick pay), teachers…  anyone really. There is a huge commercial impact Convid 19 is having regardless of what we seem to be doing. 

    Agree with Vicky, that the spectators possibly cause the most risk. Hadn’t thought of that, but very true. Have had an email from Manchester saying there is a possibility it maybe moved till Autumn (that might be a blessing) but doubt I’ll get my hotel money back? Had booked a few days break and skipped a trade fair to do it. Not great, as my museum work has dropped to an all time low, due to lack of visitors to the UK. 

    BUT, I still think the world has gone a little crazy. Regular flu does cause more deaths (not sure about infection ratios?) but because it’s been around for centuries, we have become more complacent. Perhaps we shouldn’t be. Will have a flu jab next year as much as anything so that I don’t pass anything on.

    Either way, if by not running a marathon is going to save a life or save someone from feeling crap, it’s a bit of a no brainer. 

  • sharnie1

    Administrator
    March 10, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I hate to rain on that theory Vicky but the big issue with Covid is that people have it for 5 days before they display symptoms and are contagious for all of that time, also roughly 20% of people who have it will never get any symptoms just continue to pass it around – that is what makes it so hard to track and trace.  The other issue with bigger events like London is that there are so many overseas runners and their families who travel specifically for the event and many of the current restrictions on travel in and out of the country seem to fall into the ‘too little too late’ category.

  • Vicky Pixi

    Administrator
    March 10, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Good point @sharnie1 – who knows what the best thing is to do with races, but i feel the government are doing to little to late imo and if there to ban public gathering, including  race events, closing schools etc then they really need to do it now and not re-evaluated in 10 – 14 days timeFace With Raised Eyebrow  ( how stupid is that, if your going to do it then just do it – it’s going to happen anyway) This will help with containing the virus and keep the more vulnerable safe (er) but also force the hand of race organisers to shut down the events and re schedule. A huge headache and let down to everyone but at the end of the day health and safety is paramount.

  • Ruth Cleeves

    Member
    March 10, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I have had an email saying that Brighton Marathon is going ahead, but that may change depending on the spread etc. I wouldn’t want to think that I was putting anyone at risk and I agree with Sharnie that the spectators may be a bigger risk as most runners are quite fit and resilient. However, I’m in a fairly unique position for an ‘entrant’ being a 66 year old (67 two days after the event) asthmatic with a weak immune system, so I will have to assess my own situation too. I am totally committed to raising my sponsorship money for the Hospice, but it’s a race and it wouldn’t be the end of the world if it was cancelled. If it is, I will probably complete the distance on my own around West Sussex, which so far is almost Covid19 free.

  • sharnie1

    Administrator
    March 11, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Thats the most skew wiff logic i’ve ever heard from the Brighton organisers Ruth – kind of like saying ‘we have no cases here so lets invite however many thousands of runners and spectators from elsewhere to ensure we do get some’ ?? 

    Think your approach is very sensible Ruth – if you know you might be more vulnerable than some then it makes sense to stay away from busy places. 

  • sharnie1

    Administrator
    March 12, 2020 at 8:36 am

    The cancellations are now coming thick and fast to the ultra/fell running calender, with The Highland Fling, the Fellsman the Dentdale all taking the decision to cancel based on being unable to provide medical safety cover as the majority of their volunteers are NHS staff who will be needed elsewhere in the coming weeks, along with an inability to provide enhanced hygiene measures at checkpoints due to the shortage of necessary supplies of sanitizer gels etc.  

  • Sharon McShane

    Member
    March 12, 2020 at 10:30 am

    That’s another point that hadn’t crossed my mind Sharnie,  the fact that medical staff are required to attend events and there might not be enough free due to the virus.  Guess a lot of smaller, local events which I thought might be ok may also get cancelled.

  • meercat58

    Member
    March 12, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    You wouldnt think that ultras would be casualties of it being as they usually take place half way up a mountain in the middle of nowhere Rofl

  • sharnie1

    Administrator
    March 13, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Don’t think the issue is one of spreading the virus mc – more a case of medics are going to have more important things to do over the coming weekends than look after weekend warriors who don’t know when to call it a day, or didn’t train properly.

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