Guidelines for Running Groups

(April 2018)

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all runners on club runs I’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 Run 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 sessions are group sessions and so there is an explicit responsibility to support each other

  • Sessions are welcoming and friendly but are also training sessions, so all runners are expected to respect warm ups, drills, cool-downs and stretching etc.

  • Runs need to be achievable for all runners within the group. You however need enough fitness to run 1hr or more without rests.

  • Doubling back is mandatory and key to working as a team and supporting slower runners, (we’ve all been there).

  • Faster runners in the group should not just wait at the top of the hill then instantly set off when the slowest members get there.  This is unfair on the slower runners who gets no rest.

  • Remember, we have all been the slowest in the group at some stage, please treat slower runners with the same consideration that you would wish to be treated.


Run Leaders have the final say on runs.  If you are asked by the run leader to slow down, double back or look after the group, then please look to do so.


All runners should:

  • Wear high-visibility clothing or a headlamp when running in the dark (run leaders reserve the right to ask people to leave the run if they are not wearing appropriate equipment)

  • Carry some form of Identification and emergency contact details.

  • Not wear headphones.

  • Inform the Run Leader of any illness or injury concerns.

  • Bring appropriate medication if required.

  • Notify the Run 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 Run Leader.

  • Faster runners should loop back at regular intervals or when requested to by the Run 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 others in the group.

  • Look to place themselves in the appropriate group based on their ability.

  • 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. Please re-group in full on the other side of the road.

  • 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.

If you have any comments or suggestions for this document or feedback regarding how the club do or do not implement and stick to these guidelines, please contact me.