What measures have the organisers put in place to ensure a Covid-secure event?
- We will be implementing an NHS Track and Trace register for all visitors.
- Contestants will be competing in the open air, spaced at least two metres apart from others at all times.
- The number of people on site at any time will be limited by giving competitors staggered time slots to arrive and check in.
- Competitors will be asked to leave once they’ve completed their qualifier circuit. We’d love you to stay and support the rest of the event, but we have to limit the number of people on site.
- You will be using your own set of workout equipment provided for the duration of the qualifier and this will be sanitised before and after use.
- There will be hand-sanitising stations at numerous checkpoints at the event.
- If you are bringing spectators (a maximum of two additional people is allowed), they must keep a two-metre distance from anyone not within their own household (one metre with a face mask) at all times.
- Cars will be parked at least two metres apart to allow for social distancing.
- We strongly encourage those who travelled together to stay within their group at all times throughout the event and avoid mixing with anyone outside of their own household.
What can I do to keep myself and others safe at this event?
Putting on a safe and enjoyable event for everyone is the aim of the game, so please:
1. If you are feeling unwell, have been advised by a medical professional to quarantine or deem to be in the “at risk” category, we kindly ask you to consider not attending this event.
2. Make sure you bring a face covering to the event and use the hand sanitiser we’re providing at regular intervals to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
3. To allow for social distancing, we have assigned arrival slots to everyone. Please keep to your time and do not bring more than two additional people with you.
4. Do your best to adhere to the government guidance on controlling COVID-19 and follow any instructions that the site team give you.
Can I stay and watch the rest of the competition?
Unfortunately not. After you complete your heat, you will be asked to leave the competition area in time for the team to clean and reset the equipment for the next group.
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, you are allowed a maximum of two additional people with you at the event.
Will there be stands at the event?
The Farming Community Network (FCN) and INEOS Grenadier will have stands at the event, and you will be able to speak to representatives while maintaining a social distance.
What happens after the qualifier event and how will I know if I’ve made it to the final stages?
Right after the qualifier weekend the judges will select 10 men and 10 women to put through to the final. You’ll be contacted by email the week immediately following the qualifier event to tell you if you’re a finalist.
You’ll need to take part in an informal interview via video call on either 7 or 8 October.
You’ll also be invited to compete in a final physical round on 17 October.
What happens in the interview?
You’ll be asked to join a video call with judges Oli Hill from Farmers Weekly, and The Farming Community Network’s chief executive Jude McCann for a friendly chat.
The call will be a 15-minute interview to gauge your suitability as a mental health champion for the farming industry.
The judges will expect you to demonstrate your awareness of mental health issues in farming, and tell them about anything you are doing to help improve the mental wellbeing of yourself and others.
More detail will be provided to the finalists.
When will the final event be?
The final will be held at Farm Fitness on 17 October 2020 where the finalists will be put through their paces once more by Tom Kemp and the team.
The scores of your original application, performance in the qualifier, interview and final will be combined to reveal one male and one female champion.
One male and one female champion will be crowned Britain’s Fittest Farmers 2020 at the end of this day.
What am I competing for?
Aside from the glory of being named Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2020, you’ll win a cash prize of £1,000, a commemorative trophy and be featured in Farmers Weekly magazine.
Our charity partner, The Farming Community Network (FCN), is offering a separate award in addition to the main prize which will give special recognition to one finalist’s awareness, ideas and contribution towards championing mental wellbeing in agriculture.
The winner of the FCN FarmWell Award will bag themselves a short break in a log cabin within the private grounds of Athelington Hall in the Suffolk countryside. Further details will be provided to the finalists after the qualifier weekend.
Are there toilets onsite?
We have a deluxe bathroom trailer onsite which will be routinely monitored and serviced throughout the event to maintain high cleaning standards.
Is there somewhere to purchase food and drink onsite?
We will be providing free tea and coffee as well as water to our contestants and visitors. Food will not be provided however you are welcome to bring your own onto site.
Are there changing and shower facilities on site?
There are female, males and mixed changing rooms onsite however we strongly recommend you arrive wearing your sports attire.
There will be no showers at this event.
Is there parking available?
Parking in a field will be available at this event.