Club Runs

CLUB SOCIAL RUNS

Club social runs take place on alternate Sunday mornings.

As of Monday 17th May, England Athletics updated their guidance, and social runs can now take place with 30 people or less. As a result, it is no longer necessary to sign up for a club run, but we would be grateful if you are a new member joining us for the first time, you let us know by contacting us on northernfellsrc@gmail.com. In the unlikely event that more than 30 people turn up we would split into two groups.

The NFRC risk assessments and risk statement for club social runs have been updated in light of the new guidelines for group running and it’s important that any members joining a club run have read this beforehand.

NFRC Risk Statement for Social Runs

We are a friendly and welcoming club and of course we always look out for each other. Our social runs are always enjoyable and a great way to run the fells in good company.  Nevertheless, we have to lay out some guidance and good advice to ensure you are aware of what a social run entails. 

If you are joining us for the first time please contact us before attending so we know to expect you, know your experience levels and can answer any questions you might have.  You can do so via our Facebook page or from the Contacts on our website.

We ask that all attendees ensure:

  • That you can run at least 6 miles off-road (equivalent to 10 miles on-road).
  • That you have suitable footwear for off-road running
  • Weather can change quickly and whilst a valley may be warm, a mountain-top may be very cold. We ask that you use good judgement in your choice of running clothes and that you carry ‘FRA minimum kit’, that is:
    • Waterproof top with hood and taped seams
    • Waterproof trousers with taped seams
    • Hat &  Gloves
    • Additional warm layer to be carried during colder month (i.e. October to March)
    • Food and drink dependant on distance & individual requirements

Our social runs are un-coached which means we ask that all attendees understand the following points before joining a social run:

  • Run leaders are not qualified guides and everyone joins the Social Run at their own risk. It is essential that you decide independently whether run is suitable for you.
  • Your run leader will be an experienced fell runner however the party is a group of non-qualified individuals and the run leader, as someone who has proposed the route, is the nominal leader only.
  • Everyone should follow the course and progress of the route on their map or to their experience, checking the correct route is being adhered to. It is encouraged to question the route if you are unsure.
  • The run will generally progress at the pace of the slowest person in the party. There is opportunity for faster runners to loop back and have a satisfying run but it is the responsibility of each member of the party to keep the rest of the group in sight.
  • If anyone wants to rest at any time, they should not hesitate to raise this with the group.
  • If anyone is suffering any form difficulties any time, they should not hesitate to raise this with the group.
  • If anyone wants to leave the party this must be discussed with the group, otherwise we might have to assume you are lost and alert mountain rescue.
  • Everyone owes a ‘duty of care’ to each other. In the event of an accident, the run leader will act in a way they deem safest, but would of course appreciate the assistance of the rest of the party
  • If it is the first time the run leader has done a route the party understand this, and it is an ‘adventure’ for all involved.
  • The run leader may refuse your involvement with the group if they believe you are not sufficiently able to participate. This is for your own safety and the safety of the rest of the group.

You accept the risks associated with fell running and that you are joining us at your own risk.  Fell running can be dangerous and you are exposing yourself to the possibility of personal injury. Neither the Run Leader nor Northern Fells Running Club shall be liable to you for any injury, loss, or damage of any nature to you or your property arising out of your participation in a social run.

COVID STATEMENT

When regulations allow an event, including NRFC social events, participants must not attend if they are showing any signs of Covid-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste 

In addition, do not attend if you have:

  • been in contact with anyone showing any signs of Covid-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
  • been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace service,
  • travelled within the last 14 days to an international location where self-isolation is required following your visit. 

Participants should remain 2m from each other or otherwise 1m+ with face coverings (a doubled-up neck gaiter will suffice. Avoid running in the slipstream of other participants. Overtaking must be done at a safe distance of 2m+

Participants must always practise good personal hygiene, including use of 70%+ alcohol hand sanitiser, carrying tissues for sneezing or snot-rockets. Bring a small face covering in case you need it, especially at the start and finish.

Following the event if you develop Covid-19 symptoms and/or have a positive test within 72 hours you must inform the Event Organiser.

All participants must also have read the covid risk assessment here

The standard club social run risk assessment is here