Staying Safe

These guidelines are passed on by England Athletics and should be followed by club members all year round.


  • Headsets/ headphones should not be worn during a run.
  • Runners should stay alert and be aware of their surroundings.
  • Ensure that at least one member of the running group has a mobile phone.
  • Athletes should run against traffic so that approaching vehicles can be seen. Runners should wear bright, reflective clothing so they can be easily seen by drivers of vehicles. Whenever possible busy roads and those with no pavements should be avoided.
  • At night runs should take place in lighted areas and open roads should be avoided.
  • If any runners have medical problems, they should carry identification or have their name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of their running shoe.

Road Running

  • Runners should always be considerate of other road/pavement users especially the elderly and young children.
  • When crossing roads runners must always stop and wait for traffic to pass.
  • Runners should never step off the pavement without checking for vehicles and cyclists- Cyclists do not make a noise and you can be hurt by the impact.
  • If possible, runs should be made with a partner, but in a single line on pavement. When overtaking another runner, look behind and front before doing so.
  • Runners must always be careful when running alongside of a stationary car. The doors may open suddenly, or the car may pull out without warning.

In Hot Weather

  • Running in the heat poses problems for runners.
  • In hot weather dehydration can be a real problem. Signs of dehydration are a persistent elevated pulse rate after finishing your run, and dark yellow urine. Thirst alone is not an adequate.

Sign Of Dehydration

  • When running, if an athlete becomes dizzy, nauseated, have dry skin or the chills…STOP the running and try to get a drink. If the athlete does not feel better, help must be summoned.
  • If an athlete has a heart or respiratory problem or is on any medication, they should consult with their doctor about running in the heat. In some cases, it may be in their best interests to run indoors. Also, if an athlete has a history of heat stroke/illness, extreme caution should be shown.

In Cold Weather

  • Ensure that runners wear clothing appropriate to the conditions.
  • It is desirable to wear a hat and gloves as these parts of the body play an important role in the regulation of body temperature. However, runners should avoid wearing too many layers of clothing as their body temperature will rise once they have started running.
  • Runners must be particularly careful when running in snowy, icy conditions and should avoid running on open roads.