Safety Guidelines


First and foremost, we want all our members enjoy running with Purbeck Runners. No one particularly likes rules and regulations but, for everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we would like you to take the time to read these guidelines. Remember, as a Club, we are all responsible for each other’s safety and by following these guidelines we can go a long way to prevent things going wrong.

The Golden Rules are:

  1. Sign-in at the beginning of the run and sign-out at the end.
  2. Ensure that no fellow runner is ever left to run/walk back on their own.

Before a Run

Please ensure that you:

  1. Arrive in plenty time for the run. This will ensure you are able to Sign-In and enable you to join the correct group, as some groups leave earlier than others. If you have not run before with Purbeck Runners it is essential that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the run.
  2. Are physically fit to participate in the Club activity. Should you feel unwell or be injured please check with you GP before taking part especially if are returning to running after an injury or long running absence.
  3. Try and let the group leader know of any possible difficulties or problems before setting off: Take your ‘reliever inhaler’ with you if you are asthmatic or any other emergency medication you may require.
  4. Sign in with your group leader at the beginning of each run and sign out at the end of the run. (If you forget to sign-out you could find ‘Search and Rescue’ come looking for you!)
  5. Wear suitable clothing and the correct footwear. Particularly in winter, please remember you may have to stop to re-group and may get cold.
  6. On dark, evening runs please wear some form of fluorescent clothing.
  7. Take adequate amounts of fluids leading up to a run. If the run is over 30 minutes it is sensible to carry a running bottle to replace lost fluids. This is especially important in the summer months.
  8. Choose a group that suits your running ability. When choosing your group consider carefully both the pace of the group and the distance they will be running. This will ensure that you and your fellow group members get the best possible run. Please be realistic when selecting a group and remember you will be expected to stay with the group for the entire distance of the run. If you have any queries please ask one of the Group Leaders at the start of the session
  9. Warm up at the start of the run to prevent injuries. Each group will run slower than their target pace for the first five to ten minutes of the run.

During your Run

The Club encourages group running and does not endorse runners who decide to break off from their group or who leave individuals behind. The group should always run at the pace of the slowest runner and should, under no circumstances, try to increase that pace through running ahead or placing pressure on an individual runner.

Please ensure that you:

  1. Consider the abilities of other people in your group: don’t push the pace of that group beyond the maximum pace advertised.
  2. Be aware of potential hazards: cars; dogs; horses and stay alert of other road/trail users
  3. Maintain a complete chain of communication between the last runner and the first runner throughout the run.
  4. Maintain visual contact with the runner immediately behind you and in front of you. Should you lose visual contact communicate this immediately along the chain to ensure that the whole group stops in order to re-group.
  5. Report any injury or feeling of being unwell to a fellow runner. They should then pass it along the chain to the group leader. If someone is injured or unwell it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they receive prompt help and support from other members of the group.
  6. Shout out oncoming obstacles, obstructions or dangerous situations. If you have to run out of the way of a hole, branch or the like or a car is approaching, shout out a warning.
  7. Carry some form of identification e.g. your name on a running bottle; belt or shoelace. Group Leaders carry a list of Members’ emergency contacts. Guest runners should complete a Guest Members Information Form and this must be given to the Group Leader before the run.
  8. Run on public footpaths; pavements and over areas that are open to the public (unless you have prior permission to do otherwise).
  9. If you have to run in the road try to keep to the right hand side. Keep to single file or 2 abreast and always look out for your own safety as well as your fellow runners. At night the lead runner and back marker must be wearing fluorescent clothing.
  10. Re-group at regular intervals: this allows runners to catch their breath, report any injuries that they may feel and stops the group from spreading out too much.

End of your run:

Please ensure you:

  1. Advise your group if you are going to drop out early to run home rather than return to base. Many runners actually run past or near their homes during the latter parts of our runs and decide to go straight home. It is fine to do this provided you are within the town (i.e. in an area where there are street lights) when you leave the group. If you do this, it is of utmost importance that you inform your group leader. Please do not drop out while the group is still outside of the town.
  2. Report any missing runners immediately – there may be a simple explanation, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Warm down and stretch -one of the easiest way to avoid injury is to stretch after your run and the best way to do this is as a group!

Junior Members:

Purbeck Runners encourages and welcomes junior members to join Club runs however:

Runners under the age of 16 must be accompanied on the run by a ‘Nominated Adult’ who should be an adult nominated by the junior member’s parent or guardian to take responsibility for that junior membership. The Nominated Adult is responsible not only for the junior’s safety and wellbeing but also to decide whether the proposed route and group level is appropriate and safe for the junior member for whom he/she has responsibility.

If a Parent or Guardian does not wish to have photographs of their child taken for the Club’s Website or Club Publicity, it is their responsibility to notify the Club & Membership Secretary in writing at:

By adhering to the above guidance and looking out for one another we can ensure that the Club’s responsibility to its Members and our responsibilities to each other are met.