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  1. Never, run on your own in quiet, sparsely populated or dark areas.

 

  1. Women should not run alone at night.

 

  1. Be Aware of your surroundings and think ahead.

  

  1. Run carefully on the road.  A recent study showed that in collisions between runners and cars, the driver was at fault in only 27% of the accidents. So if you do have to use public roads, select those with little traffic, good lighting and wide pavements; run facing the oncoming traffic and run in single file.

 

  1. Wear bright clothing. Even if theyíre not trendy, the key is to make yourself as visible as possible to motorists. At night wear a reflective fluorescent bib and if possible a red flashing LED belt or light.

 

  1. Don't wear a stereo headset whilst running.  They make you look vulnerable and you will be less likely to hear cars, dogs, cyclists or people wishing to do you harm coming up from behind.

 

  1. Protect yourself from the sun.  If itís sunny, cover yourself in suitable loose clothing, wear a hat, use sunblock cream and drink plenty of water.

 

  1. Tell someone the route you are running and when you expect to return. Make sure they know what to do if you don't return in the time advised.

 

  1. If you have a medical condition or have any adverse reactions or allergies to anything that other people ought to know about, then itís important that you carry some form of identification / notification and tell as many people as possible about it and what to do if such an event occurs.

 

  1. Carry a mobile phone. I bought a simple lightweight fabric belt and now never run anywhere without first clipping my mobile phone on to it. It really gives me confidence in the knowledge that I am always contactable and can phone for help if ever Iím stuck.

 

  1. When running with the club, always re-group when asked or when you see that people behind you have got stretched out. You must ensure that no one is ever left to run on their own.

 

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For More Information Contact:

Dudley Ladies Running Club
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Tel 01902 898202 or
Email: rita@dudleyladies.co.uk

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