- Never, run on your
own in quiet, sparsely populated or dark areas.
- Women should not run
alone at night.
- Be Aware of your surroundings and think ahead.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.