It has been a difficult year for everyone, going forward to be a successful club we need volunteers to sit on the committee and to take run leadership and coaching courses and generally help out at meetings and training. We
NEYDL 2021 – Durham City Harriers have joined together with Chester-le-street Athletics Club to form one team for the NEYDL season. The first fixture scheduled for April has been cancelled but it is hopeful the remaining 3 fixtures will go
First the headline good news, DCH can resume access to the track at Maiden Castle with effect from Tuesday March 30th. Even better, the clocks change on the previous weekend British Summer Time …..we therefore train in the daylight for most of
IMPORTANT: Tier 4 restrictions and the implications for DCH DCH and Durham University/Team Durham have discussed the implications of the recent inclusion by the government of our area in Tier 4 arrangements directed at combating the spread of the Covid 19 virus.
Team Durham, together with all of the Universities activities, are adhering to the UK governments advice regarding outside gatherings of groups ….which places a maximum of 30 people per gathering. This therefore applies to the number of people who can
Effective from Thursday 13th August 2020. On Wednesday 12th August) we received an email from Team Durham which clarified the number of athletes who can be present in each of the areas at Maiden Castle designated for our use. The
Important information for Tuesday return…… Please bring a face mask and hand gel to maiden castle trackside. Also to remind everyone that sessions have limited numbers and need to be pre-booked with your coach or run leader before you go
Team Durham have now notified us the use of a toilet will be permitted if necessary to DCH members when training at Maiden Castle. To access the toilets approach the main entrance sliding doors and knock loudly on the door.
We are back on the track!
On Wednesday afternoon of this week (5th August) Durham University/Team Durham informed the club via email that we could train at Maiden Castle between 7.00pm and 8.00pm Tuesday and Thursday .
Previously we had been informed that we could only use the track on Friday evenings between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. The Friday slot is still available but a DCH Qualified Coach and a trained first aider must be present.
A lot of negotiations have taken place with representations from DCH and DUAXC (Durham university’s athletic club) finally reaching the decision on Wednesday ….just in time to be reported to the DCH committee meeting on 5th August. Please note that, for now, there will not be any athletics training on weekends.
The discussions did provide greater insight into the university’s need to comply with international football regulations directed at combating Covid 19 regarding the activities of Durham Ladies FC.
Overall, all parties were very aware that we must, as a priority, do all we can to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The relevant lead coaches of DCH are being sent detailed information setting out the arrangements put in place regarding Covid Track and Tracing and DCH’s Covid 19 Risk assessment, both of which have been approved by Durham University’s Health and Safety specialists who are making the decisions as to the manner in which all of the university’s premises and facilities across Durham reopen ready for the new academic year.
Your coaches are being asked to ensure that the groups they are coaching operate in the manner agreed with the university which must also comply with Government and England Athletics Covid 19 rules and advice.
For now, Team Durham have sent the following to the club which they stress MUST be followed by DCH.
DCH members must:
• Park in the main car park.
• Enter and exit the pitch using the emergency gate (i.e. the double gates at the cricket field
end of the track which take you on to the 100m start line…see map)
• Refrain from entering the gate until 19.00 (this includes coaches).
• Remain track side of the bleacher seating (the top end of the seating needs to be kept clear
for Womens Soccer league players exiting the building.
• Refrain from entering the area adjacent to changing pavilion and using path to the artificial
• Refrain from using the bleacher seating and dugouts.
• Leave promptly at 20.00.
For further information, a covered stand is to be erected alongside the home straight of the track over the next 4/5 weeks. Also, you will notice changes to and the removal of some of the white railings currently surrounding the 3g pitch inside the track. Use of the track will still be available for the duration of this work.
MC 7 Aug 2020