LLISWERRY RUNNERS - CLUB SAFETY POLICY (Revised Sep 2017)
The club provides opportunities to train on roads, trail & track all year round. To maintain the club's excellent safety record, the coaching team place safety as highest priority in sesssion planning and selection of training routes. These are adapted & managed according to weather conditions e.g. ice and to avoid any specific risks e.g. road works.
Although selecting the appropriate training environment plays a significant part in protecting participants, it is the members themselves who are expected to take responsibility for their own safety and security. Looking after fellow clubmates is fully consistent with the ethos of the club, so it is expected that every member acts as a safety role model through constant vigilance, care of others and by identifying risks and concerns to the coaching team & club officers so improvements can be made. In this way we can protect our growing membership and preserve the club's reputation for exemplarary standards of safety.
Here are some tips & hints to help members support this Policy..............
Please ensure that you are fit enough to complete the session. If you feel unwell, fatigued or carrying an injury then you should reconsider whether to run. The coaching team are always happy & willing to advise.
Select a running group appropriate to your intended running speed and capability. The club offers many different speed groups.
NOTE: The handicapping system used on some club sessions not only offers the best physical challenge but provides security & support. PLEASE DON’T endanger others by running in the wrong group!
Taking a mobile phone ensures you can obtain help if stranded.
You can never be too visible! During the day, always wear bright or light-coloured clothing - hi viz is good. Wearing a head torch or carrying a light is an ideal way of being seen in gloomy conditions.
Look & listen. Your ears are part of your personal safety equipment! If you listen to music while you run you are placing yourself at a higher risk of an accident. The wearing of headphones is banned for all club sessions.
DOG OWNERS - regretably because of the numbers at club sessions we cannot allow dogs on our our midweek runs as they can become trip hazards. The opportunities for running with well behaved dogs are Newport parkrun & our long Sunday runs but owners take responsibility.
See & be seen!
If you cannot see where you are putting your feet in the dark, SLOW DOWN OR WALK!
At night, wear reflective clothing. Wear a light, head torch or take a small hand torch! It helps drivers & other road users see you. Always be cautious in traffic.
ALWAYS OBEY THE HIGHWAY CODE!
NEVER run on the road when there are adequate pavements.
NEVER run across the road in front of cars!
Pay particular attention at road junctions or entrances
WHEN THERE'S NO PAVEMENT
Run on the left hand side of the road. The only exception may be blind bends - in this case, cross over well beforehand, and cross back afterwards. This way, traffic coming up from behind has a much better chance of seeing & avoiding you.
BE AWARE & BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER ROAD/PAVEMENT USERS!
Do NOT step off the pavement without checking ahead & behind. Do NOT force pedestrians into the road
Be polite, responsible and set a good example. Don’t put others at risk.
CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL SECURITY
DON’T run alone & don’t allow anyone to run alone! Increased risk to your personal security exist in unpopulated, unfamiliar areas and pathways surrounded by trees & shrubs.
BEWARE of cars stopping to ask directions.
If someone has had a problem please ensure that a member of the coaching team is informed before departing.
Please report any incidents, near misses, concerns about safety or security etc to the coaching team as soon as possible. It will help us improve safety standards in the future.
TRAIL SHOES ARE COMPULSARY. Trail running can involve climbing over stiles, running on uneven terrain such as fields, forest roads, rocky tracks, muddy paths.
WATERPROOF/WINDPROOF JACKET IS COMPULSARY. Weather conditions can suddenly change, especially at height.
BEFORE STARTING, check the demands of the planned route. Trails are never flat so please ensure you are capable of finishing, otherwise you may become a danger to the group.
CONSIDER HOW YOU WOULD GET HELP: Stay with the group or regroup regularly. Make sure that you buddy up with a fellow runner for the duration of the session. Take a mobile & have contact details of the Leader. Carry a whistle & spare/emergency clothing. In hot weather, always carry water.
TAKE CARE WHEN APPROACHING LIVESTOCK: Slow down or walk. Be particularly cautious & give a wide berth to cattle with calves. This is particularly risky if running with a dog.
TICKS: If running through long grass where livestock has been, always check for ticks. If you get a tick bite followed by a red ring round the bite, or start getting flu-like symptoms, see your doctor urgently - Lyme's disease can be serious!
FOLLOW THE COUNTRY CODE: Close gates behind you If you have to climb over gates, always climb over at the hinged end.