Official Club Runs Guidance

All runners who have paid subscriptions to a club or organisation affiliated to UKA, England Athletics, Scottish Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland, or Welsh Athletics, are automatically provided with insurance cover which applies while you are involved in “athletics activities.” This not only relates to training and competing, but also club / region administrative meetings as well as when part of a team representing UKA, England Athletics, Scottish Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland, or Welsh Athletics. There is no age limit applied to the cover.
However, there is no cover provided when athletes are training independently of their club (e.g. out for a run at night on their own causing injury to a member of the public).

Runs that have been posted up on the Purbeck Runner’s website/forum and are carried out following PR guidance (see below) are deemed to be official club runs. Runs that have been organised outside of club and not posted on the website/forum are deemed to be unofficial and therefore will not be covered by the club insurance.

Guidance for official runs - daylight/street light runs

  • Group leaders must assess the run for risks and be able to provide a written risk assessment if required, following an accident or incident
  • Group leaders must carry out a head count prior to their run and on their return
  • Where at all possible a first aid kit should be carried and a charged up mobile phone
  • Where possible, a list of emergency contacts for participants should be carried
  • Group leaders should try and ensure that their group keep to one side, if running on a road is necessary, and encourage single file when possible
  • Group leaders should encourage their group to shout back warnings of any hazards they come across
  • No member of the group should be left behind. The group should use loop back systems or regular regrouping where needed to keep the group together
  • All group members should be strongly encouraged to wear clothing that is reflective and high visibility if running in the dark

Guidance for official runs - torchlight runs

  • Where possible a LIRF trained leader should be present (this is best practice but if the leader is experienced and competent to lead a head torch run, not essential)
  • The group leader must carry out a risk assessment, and be able to provide a written copy of this if required
  • A first aid kit which includes a foil blanket must be carried at all times
  • A fully charged mobile phone must be carried by at least one member of the group, more than one if possible
  • The group leader should carry out a head count prior to the run and at regular intervals during the run - including on their return
  • Where possible, a list of emergency contacts for participants should be carried
  • It is advisable to nominate a back marker, to ensure that nobody gets left behind and any member struggling will be easily identified
  • All participants must be in possession of a fully charged headtorch or hand held torch
  • The group leader should publicise their intended route prior to the run
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