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Our Safety Guidelines

Runners Club Safety Guidelines (Version 10-April 2015)

The Orange Runners Club recommends that caution be taken by members when participating in Club events and activities.

In particular, please be aware of and observe the following:-

  • Should you have an injury or medical condition, seek advice from an appropriate medical practitioner before you run;
  • Allocate some time to ‘warm up’ before and ‘cool down’ after a Club run /walk;
  • Listen carefully to any short safety awareness briefings held before the commencement of runs / walks. Briefings will be held where the Club’s  risk assessment has identified the need;
  • Complete the ‘sign – on’ sheet for all Sunday runs before an event commences and ‘sign off’ once finished so that all participants can be accounted for;
  • Ensure adequate quantities of water are consumed prior to, and after, a run / walk;
  • Wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions and apply sunblock;
  • Run / walk on the right hand side of a roads used by vehicles and on the left hand side of paths used by cyclists and / or pedestrians;
  • If wearing headphones please keep to the side of the road / path / track and listen at a volume level that allows you to respond to the sound of approaching runners, vehicles or other hazards;
  • Runners and walkers in groups are asked to always leave room for faster runners to pass in either direction without them having to leave the track / path and risk injury on uneven ground;
  • If you bring a pet, please ensure it is kept on a lead and close by your side;
  • Participants riding cycles, using scooters or pushing strollers are asked to start events at the rear of the group, keep to one side of the road / path / track and maintain their current course if approached by a runner or walker;
  • Make every effort to give way to members of the public;
  • If you hear or see a runner or walker approaching behind you, maintain your current course without stopping or stepping to one side. The person that is overtaking will then be able to pass you without a collision. Parents are encouraged to explain and make this known to their children;
  • Be aware of and warn others of dangerous wildlife, such as snakes;
  • When you finish a run / walk move well away from the finish line to avoid possible collisions with others finishing at speed;
  • Club members are asked to look out for and alert others where safety could be improved by observing these Guidelines;
  • A first aid kit is available at all events for use if required;
  • Photographs may only be taken at Sunday and Wednesday runs after approval from a member
    of the committee;
  • Should you observe any incidents for which preventative measures could be taken please discuss them with a member of the committee.

To download a copy of the current safety guidelines click here.

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