Club Etiquette

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Running with the club has many benefits, but also brings responsibility – not only towards your fellow members, but to safeguard the reputation of Oxted Runners and the enjoyment of running in general.  We hope that members will adopt the following guidelines, at least at club run nights or other organised events, to help us maintain a responsible and considerate environment for everyone.

  • BE VISIBLE: When running in the dark always wear bright, highly visible, and preferably reflective, clothing
  • KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING: Make yourself aware of the planned route beforehand, either by viewing our website in advance or by checking with the Route Leader beforehand
  • STAY SAFE: Run on pavements rather than roads.  If running on the road is unavoidable, where possible, face oncoming traffic and run single file.  Those at the front of the group should shout a car/bike/obstacle warning to those behind.  Always stop, look and listen before stepping on to the road and use the crossings provided, where available.
  • BE COURTEOUS: Avoid running more than two abreast and be aware of other road/pavement users, especially pedestrians and cyclists.  Say “thank you” to those who give way to you
  • LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER: Take responsibility for the welfare and safety of your other club runners, not just yourself.  Ensure that no-one is left behind, lost or isolated.  Check that those behind you are in sight and ok
  • DON’T DISAPPEAR: If leaving the group before the end of the session, ensure that other people (and preferably the Route Leader) are aware of this
  • LISTEN: Headphones/MP3/i-pods etc. are not recommended during any club run
  • CONSIDER MOBILES & ID: In an emergency situation, you will be grateful for them.  Carry ID (name, address, emergency contact, medical condition info) and a mobile holding another member’s telephone number (preferably the Route Leader’s).  Especially important for Route Leaders and backmarkers.
  • BACKMARKING: Ensure you know the route in advance and who your Route Leader is. Preferably carry a mobile (see above).  Run at the back of your allocated group with the last runner
  • BE HEALTHY: Do not run if you feel unwell, unfit or are injured.  Any accidents or injuries that occur during a club session should be reported to the Route Leader as soon as possible after the incident
  • CAR PARKING: Following a request from the Limpsfield Club, please do not park in the carpark on a Tuesday evening as this is a Tennis Club night