Safety Guidelines

All runners run at their own risk

Members should be aware that they are responsible for their own health and safety at all times, whether running in a Club training session or not. 

Members should also bear in mind the Club Codes of Conduct which in particular state that athletes:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally
  • Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate clothing and equipment (e.g. head torches) and being on time
  • Inform your run leader if you have any injury, illness or long term medical condition that may affect your running
  • We recommend that you carry In Case of Emergency (ICE) details on your person
  • Sign the group register on arrival and, if required, sign out on return from the session
  • Be honest about your ability. If the group that you are in is too fast or too slow then consider changing groups at the next session. Take note of any recommendations given to you by coaches or run leaders about which group is most appropriate for you
  • Listen to the run leaders and coaches and respect what they have to say; they have the best interests of the group in mind
  • Do not run too far off the front of a group and always loop back at regular intervals or when requested to by the group leader
  • Respect pedestrians and other path/road users. Give way to others when necessary
  • Respect private land, close gates after passing through them and run in single file along footpaths
  • 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 your run leader
  • We recommend that you do not leave the session early. If it is necessary to leave early then inform the run leader
  • Do not use inappropriate or offensive language whilst running with the club
  • Always thank the coaches and officials who enable you to participate in athletics

Run Leaders & Coaches during club sessions are also advised to follow a set of guidelines

  • Make sure the all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Ensure activities undertaken are appropriate and fall within the remit of your qualification.
  • Before you start running introduce yourself to the group and briefly explain the session that they are about to undertake.
  • At the outset of each session clarify with athletes (and where appropriate, with parents or carers) exactly what it is that is expected of them and what athletes are entitled to expect from you.
  • Choose appropriate running routes that are well lit where possible. Do not lead the group across private land or along busy or dangerous paths or roads. Think of the whole group when crossing roads.
  • Always ask whether anyone is new to the group or is feeling unwell, carrying an injury or has any long term medical condition which may be affected by running.
  • Check that everyone has proper running shoes and suitable clothing i.e. hi-visibility tops during dark evenings and head torches if possible.
  • Ensure runners sign the group register and, if required, sign out on return from the session
  • Begin each session with a gentle warm-up of at least 5-10 minutes, and then bring the group up to the desired running group pace
  • Use regular members of the group to set the pace and do not be afraid to slow down the group if it is too fast. Be particularly aware of slower runners or new runners to the group
  • Ensure the faster runners understand that if they go ahead of the main running group then they are at regular intervals to perform loopbacks back to the main group
  • Do not always lead the group from the front. Be aware of the whole group and remember to look out for all runners from the front to the back
  • Do not allow large groups. If it is felt that the group is too large then RLs and athletes should look to split into two separate groups. With larger groups a second runner should be nominated as an assistant group leader
  • Appoint a designated tail runner whenever possible if you are leading from the front. This may be another run leader or an appointed group member.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every member of the group and treat everyone equally
  • Place the welfare and safety of the group above the development of performance
  • Respect homeowners, pedestrians, cyclists & other members of the public as well as encouraging members of the group to do the same
  • Try to avoid runners leaving the session on their own
  • Under no circumstances should injured runners leave the session alone. Always get either a Leader or a competent Club Member to accompany them.
  • If an injury occurs during a session it may be necessary for a UKA Injury Performa to be completed. Inform a Club Coach of the details of the incident
  • Ensure a good cool down and stretching session takes place at the end of the session
  • Encourage, motivate, gain respect & offer appropriate advice to runners

If there are any questions regarding these guidelines then please contact the Club Committee

As member of LRR you are automatically provided with insurance cover which applies while you are involved in “athletics activities”. This not only relates to training and competing, but also club or administrative meetings. It is purely a public liability insurance. For example if you are running and you injure someone or their property the injured party can make a claim against such insurance. To claim successfully the injured party would have to prove negligence on the part of the coach, club or athlete. The policy does not provide any personal accident insurance (such as injury from tripping over your own feet).