Training at Night


Author: John Turner, Secretary and i/c Training and Events
Date: 30.09.2005
Revised: 14.03.2006 by Max d'Ayala
Revised 11.01.2008 by John Turner

Running Safety

Club Training Sessions

Club members train at their own risk. Most training sessions take place on well-used roads, tracks or footpaths, but may occasionally take place at locations that have not been used before. It is the responsibility of each member to determine if the terrain, weather, light level, training distance, etc are suitable, both before and during training runs.

Warming Up
Hill, interval and repetition sessions are preceded by a warm up run to the training location.
For steady runs, start slowly and increase your pace as you warm up.

Warming Down
Members should gradually decrease their effort towards the end of a training run or go for a jog afterwards so that they finish feeling relaxed, comfortable and neither too hot nor too cold. This should then be followed by several minutes of appropriate stretching

Training at Night
Members are requested to wear reflective bibs for club training at night. These are available free of charge from club stock at the Paradise Centre. It is also advisable to wear white or a light colour under the bib to be visible when not running in artificial or reflected light. Armbands and similar items with flashing red lights also show up well. Fluorescent items, such as the club shorts, show up particularly well during the twilight hours.

Members are not covered by any sort of personal accident or injury insurance during training sessions organised by the Club. Members requiring such cover must make their own insurance arrangements.

ARC and UK-Athletics provide Public Liability Insurance for club members during training sessions. What this essentially means is that if by our negligence a third party is injured, or property is damaged, we will be covered if someone makes a claim against us.

Full details can be found on the ARC and UKA web sites:

Training at Night - Common Sense and Courtesy Guidelines

Members are reminded to observe some basic precautions and courtesies when running at night:

1. Wear high visibility clothing such as a reflective jacket, reflected bib, reflective strap, club fluorescent yellow shorts, and/or a white T-shirt. This is particularly important when you have to run on or cross roads. Also so that pedestrians can assess that you are a fast moving runner when approaching them.

2. Avoid running side by side if there are nearby pedestrians using the footpath.

3. Avoid running too close to and startling pedestrians, especially from behind.  They may not hear you coming and change direction without warning so give them a wide berth to avoid a collision.

4. If there is an elderly person or lady by themselves, they may feel threatened by hearing or seeing you running towards them so try to cross over to the other side of the road well before you pass.

5. If running in a group, this can be intimidating to pedestrians so always give them a wide and early berth.

6. Avoid running too closely to the runner in front or you may not see small obstructions which can cause you to stumble or trip.

7. When crossing roads, do not follow other runners. Make your own judgement for when it is safe to cross.

8. When crossing roads or running off pavements, do not cause vehicles to brake or swerve.

9. Beware of icy patches, especially on corners.

10. If running on unlit roads/lanes/droves, run in or near to the middle (there are less undulations) until you are sure an oncoming driver has seen you (should dip lights) and then, in good time, move over near to the right edge. If necessary, slow down or stop to avoid stumbling on the edge. After moving to the side to let a vehicle pass, allow for it (especially tractors) to be towing an unlit trailer, implement, or other vehicle before resuming your run. Take great care on bends and corners as approaching drivers will not have much time to see you. Stay on the safe side of the road.

11. Also on unlit roads and/or those without a pavement, beware of vehicles from behind, particularly if there is more than one and/or if one is overtaking another.

12. Beware of cyclists, especially without lights, riding on pavements and footpaths.

13. Don't wear an earpiece - if you are listening to music you might not hear approaching traffic.

14. Run wide of parked cars with passengers because a door may open without warning.