St Leger Festival 2020 – Covid-19 Questionnaire Information


24 September 2020

If you attended the St Leger Festival pilot event at Doncaster Racecourse on Wednesday 9 September, and are over 18 years of age, you will have been invited to participate in an online questionnaire about your experience.

The questionnaire will help us monitor the health and COVID-19 status of spectators returning to sporting events. 

Please read through the information below before agreeing to participate by ticking the ‘yes’ box on the questionnaire. If you have any questions about taking part, please contact the lead researcher (details below). 

Dr Madeleine Davies and Professor Keith Stokes at the University of Bath, in collaboration with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Racing Industry’s COVID-19 Response Group, is assessing COVID-19 status, and any contact received by NHS Test and Trace in the 14-days after attending the St Leger Festival. 

The questionnaire should take less than 5 minutes and no background knowledge is required. You will be asked between 3 and 6 questions, including if you have had a COVID-19 test or diagnosis, or been contacted by NHS Test and Trace since attending the St Leger Festival. If you have, we will also ask for the date of the test, diagnosis or contact. 

It is equally important for us to know if you have or haven’t had a test or been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, so we can correctly monitor the health of all attendees.

The information collected will be used by the University of Bath to monitor the health of attendees after the event. This anonymous information will be reported the BHA and the Racing Industry COVID-19 response group, and other stakeholders involved in the process of returning to elite sport, such as the Racecourses Association, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and Sport England. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be asked to provide a contact email address if you would like to take part in further COVID -19 research.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation is voluntary. If you do decide to take part, you may withdraw at any time during the questionnaire for any reason before submitting your answers, by pressing the ‘Exit’ button, or closing the browser. 

How will my data be used?

No identifiable data is collected, and your answers are completely anonymous. Due to this anonymous nature, the withdrawal of data at a later stage will not be possible after submission. Your data will be extracted by a named researcher and stored in a password-protected file. 

This data may be use in academic publications, in addition to the reporting described previously. Your IP address will not be stored. Data will be stored for a minimum of 10 years. 

If you provide an email address to be contacted for further COVID -19 related research, we may approach you to participate in further projects in due course. This data will be held at the University of Bath and deleted after two years from form submission.

Who will have access to my data?

The data is collected using Online Surveys (the questionnaire software used) and will be extracted by the named researcher for research purpose described above. Research is performed in the public interest, and the University’s privacy notice is available here:

Anonymised data may be used in further collaborative research also seeking to assess health related to COVID -19, which would be subject to additional ethical review. 

This project has been reviewed by and received ethics clearance through the University of Bath Research Ethics Committee for Health (reference number EP 19/20 078). 

Who do I contact if I have a concern about the study or if I wish to complain?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, please speak to Dr Madeleine Davies (, who will do their best to address your query. I will acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how it will be dealt with. If you remain unhappy or wish to make a formal complaint, please contact the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for Health at the University of Bath, who will seek to resolve the matter as soon as possible: 

Chair of the Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health: Dr James Betts (, 01225 383448)

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