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Running Safely at Night

During the winter we run at night along the roads of Oxted and Limpsfield, where we can encounter all sorts of hazards, including the odd wheelie bin!  Here are some tips on how to run safely.  We recommend you:

  • Wear high visibility clothing when running at night
    Be as visible as possible. Drivers need to see you, especially when you’re crossing the road or running in the road. At night wear light-coloured clothing and something reflective. We recommend you wear a reflective bib. These can be purchased from the club, just ask a member of the committee on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. If you like, wear reflective arm or ankle bands.
  • Run on the pavement as far as possible
    OK, we know pavements around Oxted can be uneven. There are kerbs to negotiate, potholes, street furniture and wheelie bins to watch out for. Some runners are tempted to run in the road to avoid these and to get a smoother run without the risk of tripping or injuring themselves. But we recommend that if there is a pavement available for you to run on you should run on it.
  • Where you do have to run in the road, be sensible
    The club’s winter run includes stretches where there are no pavements at all. Keep an eye out for traffic and stick to the side of the road facing the oncoming traffic if possible.
  • Take care when crossing roads
    Look carefully, especially in dark, rainy conditions. Give way to motor vehicles – don’t assume they have seen you.
  • Give way to walkers when running on pavements
    Be courteous when coming up to people walking along pavements. Slow down and give them a wide berth.
  • Whatever you do, run legally and observe the Highway Code
    Always, adhere to the Highway Code and be sensitive to the needs of other users of the public highway. This is primarily for your safety but also important for the reputation of the club. Our ability to run unhindered around Oxted depends on the goodwill of the residents who live there and who walk its pavements and drive their vehicles on its roads.
  • Use your common sense and act with courtesy to other road users

Injuries and Falls

We recognise no matter how careful you are; accidents or falls are always possible, especially given the uneven terrain on which we run during the summer.  Individual runners are responsible for their own safety; however we hope that members will adopt the following guidelines – at least on club runs or other organised events – to help us maintain a responsible and considerate environment for everyone whilst ensuring we assist those who suffer injury:

  • Mobile phones
    Members are encouraged to carry mobile phones
  • Look after each other
    If a member falls, the nearest two runners should stop to help and if the injured runner is unable to continue, one member should remain with them until assistance is provided
  • Call for back up
    If possible, a call should be made to a friend who can collect the injured party or 999, depending on the severity
  • Seek alternative help
    If no phone is available or reception unavailable, the second runner should continue back to the club, or a nearby house and seek assistance
  • Move to the nearest road
    If the injured person is able to move, continue to nearest road, and advise of new location for pick-up
  • Report it
    All injuries that require medical attention must be recorded on the UKA Accident and Incident Report Form and returned to a club committee member within 7 days