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Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 - September 15th 2020

Athletics Ireland Covid-19 - Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19

September 15th 2020


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Athletics Ireland FAQs - July 8th 2020


Return to Activity Guidelines (Previously Issued)


Road Race Event Organiser Guidelines


Road Race Volunteer, Staff and Marshalls Guidelines


Road Race Participant Guidelines



AAI Statement: "The guidelines above still contain some areas that require clarification from an athletics perspective and we have asked the Sport Ireland Expert Group for their guidance"


Excerpt from Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19



Outdoors: training can take place in pods of up to 15  (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club  championship).

Indoors: training and exercise classes can take place in pods of up to 6 inside (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).

Matches and events

  Up to 100 patrons/spectators outdoors and 50 patrons/spectators indoors

    Up to 200 for outdoor stadia or other fixed outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000

For large purpose built event facilities (such as stadia,  auditoriums, conferencing/event centres), specific guidance will be developed with the relevant sectors to take account of size and different conditions for events such as large national and international sporting events.

Editorial Comment & Analysis

These comments and analysis do not necessarily reflect the views of Cork Athletics County Board

The past few weeks have seen a cautious return to competitive athletics in Cork, with Track and Field, and Cross-Country Meets, along with a few road races, and a few more to come.  These have provided valuable lessons in how to proceed with events in these 'strange' times.  

Fundamentally, organising the basics has changed little, however, as organisers, we are duty bound to ensure that everyone - participants, officials and support personnel, and the general public - are all protected, and not put at risk due to our negligence or oversight.  Equally, we all must protect our own close contacts. Covid numbers are rising again, but we (the country) is moving tentatively towards finding a way of doing things 'normally' - living with the virus - for the foreseeable future.  As such, it looks like it will be a quite while yet before we will again be able to hold events freely and without Covid worries.

Today's Government update was awaited with mixed feelings. There were media expectations that the limit on numbers attending outdoor events might be raised to 500, and, some suggested, even 5,000 for Stadiums.  Such numbers would both help satisfy the thirst for competition, but also bring a lot of hard work for organisers, due to magnified Covid prevention/control requirements.

In the event, the limit has only been increased to 200 spectators - at that applies only to accredited stadiums, while,. for other venues, the limit is 100 spectators. Nevertheless this increase, while limited, will be helpful when determining the capacity and meet schedule for the forthcoming Cork County Cross-Country Championships, due to be held over three Sundays in October, at Cork Athletics' Riverstick Grounds.

The County Cross-Country Championships are due to be discussed in the coming days, at a County Board Officers meeting, held virtually.


Cork County Cross-Country Championship Entry Forms

Further details of the Championships, along with Entry Forms, will be posted on the Cork Athletics website and social media, as soon as approved and available.

Event Permits

Now that events are going ahead again, clubs should get their completed permit application forms in to County Secretary, Anne Murray, as soon as possible.

About Us

Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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