Group Guidelines

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all runners on club runs below is our guidelines for all runners to follow. It is important for everyone to note that whilst the group leader is responsible for the safe operations of the group, individual runners are still responsible for their own safety and the safety of fellow runners.

Training Session Ethos

  • The sessions are group sessions and so there is an explicit responsibility to support each other and the group leader.
  • All runs need to be achievable for all runners within the group.
  • The pace of the run should be dictated by the slowest runner in the group.
  • Doubling back is mandatory and key to working as a team and supporting slower runners, (we’ve all been there) and should not be seen as a chore.
  • Faster runners in the group should not just wait at the top of the hill then instantly set off when the slowest members get there. This is grossly unfair on the slower runners who get no rest.
  • Remember, we have all been the slowest in the group at some stage, please treat these runners with the same consideration that you would wish to be treated.
  • Leaders have the final say on runs. If you are asked by the run leader to slow down, double back or look after the group, then please look to do so.

Group Leaders

  • Carry a mobile phone for emergencies or when this is not possible ensure that someone within the group has one.
  • Ensure they have access to the Leaders only online emergency contact details spreadsheet.
  • Ensure that the pace of the group is determined by the needs of the slowest runner.
  • Ensure that EVERYONE in the group doubles back to keep the group together.
  • Note the number of runners at the start and finish of the run.
  • Not to leave anyone behind for any reason.
  • Stick to roads with pavements where possible. If there is no alternative, then take every precaution to ensure the safety of runners by avoiding main/busy roads and using the advice from the Highway Code: as a bare minimum; single file, right hand side of the road into direction of traffic, reflective clothing, look-outs etc.
  • Stick to pavements with adequate lighting when time of day/night dictates.

All runners

  • Wear reflective clothing in the darker months. Runners who turn up without correct clothing will be asked to leave. In darker months a head torch will also be required.
  • Carry some form of Identification and emergency contact details.
  • No headphones allowed.
  • No dogs or pushchairs allowed.
  • Inform the group leader of any illness or injury concerns.
  • Bring appropriate medication if required.
  • Notify the group leader if you are leaving the run for whatever reason
  • Stay within contact of all members.
  • Faster runners should loop back at regular intervals or when requested to by the group leader.
  • Cross on official road crossings wherever possible, all roads and road junctions should be approached with caution and only cross when safe to do so.
  • Do not run more than two abreast especially in busy areas.
  • Give way to other pedestrians/path users when necessary.
  • Warn other runners around you of impending hazards, pedestrians, dustbins, low hanging branches etc.
  • Look after the other runners within your training group, if someone is struggling make sure that they are not left on their own or inform the group leader.
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