GROUP RUNNING ETIQUETTE.
Every time you go out for a run, you are representing both the sport of running and Dronfield Running Club. That is especially true on club organised group runs.
Understand the purpose of the group run - the pace goals and distances, so you can ensure it is the right fit for your training and social needs. If you are in a group that is well within your limitations, it is your responsibility to slow down accordingly and not that of the group to speed up.
If you get ahead of the pack, you must always double back periodically. Run Leaders may request it from time to time but it is everyone's individual responsibility to keep the group together. Whether it is from the top of a hill, at a junction or simply because you've got ahead of the group, if you get ahead, then double back to meet the rear runners.
Unless the terrain precludes double backs, eg. narrow paths or exceptionally steep ground, do not ever stand and wait for everyone to catch up - the people at the back of the pack are invariably the ones who need a breather much more than those pushing at the front.
We are all part of the same team. Look after each other and check in with any runners, whether you know them or not, who appear to be struggling. Assist the run leaders in encouraging or helping any runners who are stepping up groups or struggling.
Introduce yourself to anyone running with the group for the first time or that you don't already know. Go out of your way to make them feel welcome. Make a point of engaging them in conversation.
WE LEAVE NOBODY BEHIND!
Make sure that if someone has to stop/slow down for whatever reason (bathroom breaks, walk breaks, injury, shortness of breath etc), then they have somebody with them. Whilst the run leader may take a lead on this, it is the responsibility of everyone within the group. If someone has to drop out due to injury, the run leader will take a view on their safety to return home/to their car either alone or under chaperone. If you are asked to chaperone somebody, then please do not resist the request.
Run against the traffic when you are running along roads and lanes except when running around blind bends when you should keep to the outer edge. This is the most basic traffic safety rule as it allows you to see the oncoming traffic.
Always be alert when crossing roads. Do not assume it is safe or clear to cross just because another runner has darted over the road.
When you cross a junction, shout CLEAR for the person behind if there is no oncoming traffic.
Wear hi-viz in dark conditions – this means bright/fluorescent tops during dusk or dawn, and tops with reflective patches when running in the dark so that drivers can see you. Light accessories are also available that make you even more visible.
If leaving the group before the end of the session, ensure that other people (and preferably the Run Leader) are aware of this.
Bring a positive and happy attitude to the group runs, its contagious and goes a long way to ensuring everybody enjoys themselves and it helps push everyone to achieve more. When somebody is blowing out of their back side on a horrid hill climb, a happy, friendly and encouraging atmosphere goes a long way to getting up it in one go!