Safety & Welfare

Definitive rules on running safety and welfare are not easy to come by - but Easingwold Running Club takes the safety and welfare of its members (and other road users) seriously. The following 5 points form part of our club rules (available in the Club Information section of this site)

1) All members taking part in any training session must sign out and in at the start and finish of each training session.

2) Members should wear light coloured or high visibility clothing when training. During winter months, members are required to wear some form of reflective clothing. Additionally, members are encouraged to make use of the wide range of lighting now available such at head lights and coloured pulsating lights.

3) When taking part in training sessions on country roads members should run on the right hand side of the road unless the conditions, such as a sharp bend, prohibits this. They should run no more than two abreast.

4). All members have a responsibility to ensure fellow runners do not become isolated, especially at the rear the group.

5) The Officers of Easingwold Running Club cannot be held responsible for existing medical conditions or any detrimental effect on the health and well-being of an individual as a result of involvement in club activities.

Your visibility to other road users is probably the biggest factor determining your personal safety.

To try to prevent themselves being flattened, professionals working on the highway are required - day and night - to wear high-visibility clothing made from yellow or orange fluorescent material with reflective bands.

For the same reason, when running with the Club in low light conditions you must wear high visibility clothing.

You are also advised to wear or carry at least one light to warn oncoming traffic - and it is sensible to wear bright, highly-visible clothing at all times when running on the road.

When training on the road you should always be on the right - unless you are approaching a blind corner with no verge to jump into should the need arise. Races are usually run on the left - but they are marshalled and signposted to warn drivers of the danger.

If you wonder why you should run on the right, the AA has helpfully done some research on the topic: people who run with their backs to the traffic are almost twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured in road accidents as those that run against the flow of traffic (10.8 per cent compared to 5.9 per cent). We think that's a pretty good reason to run on the right.

We are proud of the fact that our membership age range spans 60 years. Members under the age of 18 are the responsibility of the parents (who must also be members) but the following rules from UK Athletics on permitted race distances should be used a guide for suitable training distances for younger members:

Under 13 years: 4000 metres
Under 15 years: 6000 metres
Under 17 years: 10000 metres
Under 20 years: Up to a marathon






Safety & Welfare