COVID-19

This page gathers together resources and information for jogscotland members and jog leaders during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Phase three of exit from lockdown

You can read our news story on scottishathletics and jogscotland‘s approach to phase three of the exit from lockdown, published on 10 July 2020. The initial briefing documents relating to phase three can be downloaded here:

Phase 3 Return to Sport_Guidance for athletes and joggers
Phase 3 Return to Sport_Guidance for Clubs and jog groups v5 180620
Phase 3 Return to Sport_Guidance for Coaches and Jog Leaders
Phase 3 Return to Sport_Guidance for Facilities
Phase 3 Info Graphic


Phase two of exit from lockdown – NOW SUPERSEDED

You can read our news story on scottishathletics and jogscotland‘s approach to phase two of the exit from lockdown, published on 19 June 2020. The initial briefing documents relating to phase two can be downloaded here:

NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 2 – Guidance for Athletes and Joggers
NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 2 – Guidance for Clubs and Groups
NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 2 – Guidance for Coaches and Jog Leaders
NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 2 – Guidance for Facilities

Additional useful documents
Following our online phase 2 Q&A sessions on 24 June, we have put together the following additional useful documents. You will no doubt be aware that the Scottish Government issued further planned updates on 24 June. We are seeking clarification on the impact of these changes for athletics/running and will plan further update sessions as we move into phase 3.

Phase 2 Zoom call presentation including FAQs
Phase 2 FAQs
JS Covid Coordinator checklist
Group template – scenario planning – please note we do not know at this stage what future group sizes will be so this document is designed to plan for several different scenarios
Group return to activity template – Group return to activity template – to help you devise guidance specific for your joggers
Group Poster
COVID-19 Risk Assessment considerations – The general template risk assessment for Jog Leaders can be found in the Jog Leader Toolkit. This additional document can be used to help update your risk assessments for Covid-19.

Booking systems
For groups looking at booking systems these are some systems we’re aware of that other athletics clubs/groups use. You may also find a shared file or platform such as Facebook suitable for managing your bookings.

First Aid – COVID-19 specific information
Please share the following links with your Jog Leaders and first aiders. These links refer to first aid procedures during Covid-19.

Resuscitation Council UK – COVID-19
UK Government – guidance for first responders (Section 7)

Return to training
This infographic was developed with performance athletes in mind but your leaders may find some of the information useful when planning the return to training for your groups.

Our overall route map framework document remains unchanged. Jog leaders may also find the
Jogging groups route-map template for emerging from lockdown useful.


Phase one of exit from lockdown – NOW SUPERSEDED

You can read our news story on scottishathletics and jogscotland‘s approach to phase one of the exit from lockdown, published on 28 May 2020. The documents relating to phase one can be downloaded here:

Scottish Athletics route map framework – updated 280520
NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 1 – Guidance for Athletes and Joggers
NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 1 – Guidance for Clubs and Groups
NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 1 – Guidance for Coaches and Jog Leaders

Following the release of the phase one guidance, we held two online seminars for jog leaders to discuss their contents. Several documents arose from these:

NOW SUPERSEDED COVID-19 Seminar presentation including FAQs
NOW SUPERSEDED Phase 1 – FAQs (without presentation notes)
COVID-19 Risk Assessment considerations
Jogging groups route-map template for emerging from lockdown

* You can also read our initial announcement about the suspension of jogscotland groups under lockdown, dating from 24 March 2020.


Staying active and involved

  • Join jogscotland – although our groups are not currently meeting, many are active online and sharing fun challenges among members. They’d love to hear from you and support you if you’re running during your daily exercise, and – one day in the future, when guidelines allow – to welcome you into their social, supportive jogging groups. You can find your nearest jog group on our group finder, and join jogscotland free of charge.
  • Learn to Run or Walk for Fitness – We have opened up our two entry-level programmes to the public, for people to use during their daily exercise. The full programmes and weekly guides are available on the link.
  • The Great jogscotland Scavenger Hunt – We are hosting a weekly Scavenger Hunt on our social media pages, to give jogscotland members from all over the country the chance to feel like they’re getting active together, while staying apart. During your daily exercise, we challenge you to take a photo of an item beginning with the letter of the week, and post it online so we can gather them all together in a weekly facebook album. Check out our facebook page, twitter feed or Instagram account for the latest challenge.
  • Athletics @Homescottishathletics has published athletics-themed resources and activities for children and families during the lockdown, including colouring-in sheets of Scottish athletes and resources from British Athletics and World Athletics.
  • I Challenge You – A series of elite Scottish athletes, including Guy Learmonth, Josh Kerr and Allan Smith, have been setting challenges for you to try at home – check out the video playlist and give it a go!
  • NHS home workout videos – including cardio, strength and stretching exercises. More available here.
  • Home pentathlon – A fun way for families to take part in athletics activities at home.

Mental health and wellbeing

  • Coronavirus Mental Health Information Hub from our partners, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), is full of advice and useful information on taking care of your wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Or, for a quick read, check out their Five Ways to Better Mental Health, full of timeless advice.
  • Clear Your Head is the The Scottish Government’s website featuring ways to take care of both your physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown.

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