Lincoln and District Runners
Lincoln and District Runners

Guidelines for Running Groups

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all runners we’ve produced a series of guidelines for both run leaders and group runners to follow.

It is important for everyone to note that whilst the group leader(s) are responsible for the safe operations of the group, individual runners are still responsible for their own safety and the safety of fellow runners.

The club has a number of leaders qualified in Running Fitness; however it is not always possible to ensure that groups will be led by these individuals. Volunteers do not need to take this course to start leading groups on club runs. LDR members are already covered by the club’s insurance as part of their membership.

Runners are expected to be warmed-up ready to run.

Groups should be no larger than 12, with 15 an absolute maximum. A larger group should be split with a nominated run leader taking control and considering a different route to avoid congestion.

All runners should arrive at least ten minutes before the advertised start times so that all groups can leave at the advertised times.

Some notes on group pacing:

  • If you are too fast or too slow consider switching to another group
  • Group 1 is the quicker group and will have some pacey runners, they will still stop, run back and re-group. Ideally suited for any runners running at 8:00 min mile wishing to improve on their pace. There may be less frequent stops. The stops should be taken into account by the run leader when planning routes as each stop can add 1-2 minutes. 7 miles at 8:00 min mile = 56 min add to this 2 stops of 2 minutes and you have the 1 hour run.
  • Group 2 is aimed at a broad spread of runners from 10:00 min milers to 8:00 min milers however the run leader should aim to keep the pace around 9:00 min mile. There will often be stops and regroups every mile or so unless it’s a tempo session which may have a non-stop 5km section. These regular stops enable the group to stick together and allowing the back runners a breather. The stops should be taken into account by the run leader when planning routes as each stop can add 1-2 minutes. 5.5 miles at 9:00 min mile = 49:30 min add to this 5 stops of 2 minutes and you have the 1 hour run.
  • Group 3 is our steady and improvers group although the sessions and essentially the same structure as groups 1 & 2. Generally aimed at 12.00 min mile to 10:00 min mile runners. There will be regular stops to run back and regroup. These regular stops enable the group to stick together and allowing the back runners a breather. The stops should be taken into account by the run leader when planning routes as each stop can add 1-2 minutes. 4.5 miles at 11:00 min mile = 49:30 min add to this 5 stops of 2 minutes and you have the 1 hour run.
  • We do not currently have a beginners group however all groups will accept new runners. An ideal way to determine your pace is through events such as the free parkrun, a 5km time of 37 minutes is 12:00 min mile.

Group Leaders will:

  • Plan a route within the appropriate distance for each group; Group 1 up to 8 miles, Group 2 up to 5.5 miles & Group 3 up to 4.5 miles.
  • Carry a mobile phone for emergencies or when this is not possible ensure that someone within the group has one.
  • Ensure that the pace of the group is determined by the needs of the slowest runner.
  • Note the number of runners at the start and finish of the run.
  • Not leave anyone behind for any reason.
  • Encourage group members to move up a group when appropriate.
  • Ensure that someone escorts runners who are unable to continue due to injury or illness, back to the start.
  • If the group is becoming unmanageable due to a wide range of abilities, split the group into two asking another experienced runner to lead one of the sub-groups.
  • Report any incidents to the Committee.

All runners should:

  • Wear high-visibility clothing in the darker months (run leaders reserve the right to ask people to leave the run if they are not wearing appropriate high-visibility clothing.)
  • Carry some form of Identification and emergency contact details.
  • Not wear headphones.
  • Inform the group leader of any illness or injury concerns.
  • Notify the group leader if you are leaving the run for whatever reason (or if that’s not possible, another member of the group.)
  • Stay within contact of all members unless a split has been agreed with the leader. Faster runners should loop back at regular intervals or when requested to by the group leader.
  • If you choose to run with a group that is slower than your usual pace, do not run at the front of this group, stay back and help the leader otherwise your pace will dictate the group and make it harder for new people.
  • Cross on official road crossings wherever possible, all roads and road junctions should be approached with caution and only cross when safe to do so. Do not follow other runners across the road; ensure that you carry out your own checks before you cross. Mid-sections of a group tend to ignore traffic signals while following the front of the pack which can be particularly dangerous.
  • Do not run more than two abreast especially on busy roads.
  • Where there is no pavement, run facing oncoming traffic.
  • Give way to other pedestrians/path users when necessary.
  • Warn other runners around you of impending hazards, pedestrians, dustbins, low hanging branches etc.
  • Look after the other runners within your training group, if someone is struggling make sure that they are not left on their own or inform your run leader.
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