This document sets out the behaviour expected of club members, volunteers and participants in club activities.
The club is run and managed by volunteers – committee members, run leaders and coaches, and we ask all members to support our volunteers and get involved where possible. The following code of conduct is mainly ‘common sense’ but we encourage all members to read this and adopt these principles. As a responsible club member you will
*Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all club members, committee members, coaches, run leaders and treat everyone equally.
*Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and turning up on time to club sessions and events.
*Ensure that payment of annual membership fees is made promptly.
*Always thank the run leaders who enable you to participate in running events..
*Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in running activities. *Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as committee members, coaches, run leaders, officials and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of yourself and other athletes.
* Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse.
* Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
*Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour.
*Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them.
*Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
*Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others excluding athletics equipment used in the course of your athletics activity. .
Running Group Participants
As a participant in any club-led running group (including our Beginners courses) you will:
*Listen to your run leader. ~
*Not divert from planned routes without the knowledge and consent of the run leader.
*Be honest about your ability. Take note of any recommendations given to you by run leaders about which group is right for you and change groups when appropriate.
*Inform your run leader if you have any injury, illness or long term medical condition that may affect your running. We recommend that you carry In Case of Emergency (ICE) details on your person.
*Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs. Be organised, on time, and have appropriate clothing and equipment. If it’s dark, wear something bright – hi vis or reflective where possible.
*Use head torches wherever possible when requested to do so by your run leader.
*Not run too far off the front of a group. Loop back at regular intervals or when requested to by your run leader.
*Look after the other runners within your group. If someone is struggling make sure that they are not left on their own or inform your run leader.
*Be responsible for your own safety and the safety of others. Warn other runners around you of impending hazards.
*Respect and acknowledge other road and footpath users. Be courteous and run in single file where appropriate. Close gates after passing through.
*Not leave a session without first informing your run leader.
Club Committee and Coaches
In order to maintain and develop our amazing club you can expect the committee to uphold the same values as the general membership. In addition the committee, coaches and run leaders will:
*Adopt national welfare policies and procedures, adhere to the codes of conduct and respond to any suspected breaches in accordance with the welfare procedures.
*Appoint a welfare officer and ensure that they are provided with appropriate training to act as a first point of contact for concerns about welfare issues.
*Ensure that officers & coaches hold the appropriate qualifications for their role and have undertaken the appropriate checks e.g. DBS checks.
Over the last 48 hours the government guidance has changed in relation to being able to meet in groups of up to 6 outside your home. Following on from this England Athletics have also released guidance which you can find on the link below. This explains that clubs can start to meet in groups of up to 6 to train observing social distancing and hygiene measures.
We have discussed this as a committee and concluded that as we cannot fulfill both these guidelines and our inclusive ethos of everyone is welcome at our runs, we will continue with no club runs until further guidance is released. This includes any runs from our normal meet points on our normal nights.
We are aware that some people will want to meet in groups of up to 6 to run but we ask that these are not arranged in our sub groups as it could invalidate our EA insurance and cause confusion amongst runners. Of course we ask that you are also following:
✅ Keeping social distancing of 2 meters between each runner
✅ Regularly washing and sanitising hands
✅ Keeping within your limits and consider health and safety implications of your run for example if first aid is required out on a trail.
✅ That you are still following our inclusive ethos of not leaving anyone behind.
✅ Not meeting in groups of more than 6
✅ Not hanging around before or after running and make your way home swiftly (make it a chatty run on the way round instead)
As ever please respect everyone in this as not everyone will be ready for this next stage.