Wearing of Hi Viz gear on club nights

Anyone who took part in the Pot Luck Pairs on Tuesday, will have noticed how dark it was by 7.30pm. Like it or not, Summer is over.

Our twice weekly training nights are scheduled events, and are "organised". We face a winter of Long Eaton and Stapleford by street-light. As a club we are affiliated to England Athletics, and receive third party liability insurance as cover for claims against individuals or the club collectively. As such, we have to do everything we can to avoid accidents caused by failing to be seen when out running, by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, even when in street-lit areas.

Most of you have a full wardrobe of natty & branded hi-viz gear, and can't wait until the winter to show it off. However, there are a "hard-core" few of you who refuse to toe the line, and insist wearing as dark an outfit as possible.

Groups of runners are particularly prone to the possibility of causing vehicles to take evasive action, as we tend to be collectively less aware. At least if we are all highly visible, the problem is minimised.

The club policy is that when taking part in organised club training, all club runners wear at least something with reflective strips on upper-body garments, front and back.

Rob Fox
Club secretary

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