PIP Hockey was named the first athlete of the month at Shinfield running club before Coronavirus started taking its toll on local sport.

Organised by James Suarez, the club offers sessions to the whole community from walking to fast runners.

Suarez said about Hockey: "It's fully deserved. "Ive seen pip grow and grow since coming, not only her running but also her confidence from a timid personality to a lady who volunteers time and time again to leads sessions, which we heavily rely on as we are a voluntary club."

However, in line with other sports and government recommendations, England Athletics said on Monday: "England Athletics advises all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

"The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities.

"This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

"Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

"England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks.

"We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve."