During Club sessions it is necessary for all Club Members to show due care, consideration and courtesy to other road users to ensure our mutual safety. These principles also extend to consideration for private property when using public rights-of-way in off-road running. During Club activities all members are expected to wear reflective tops when out running on the roads during the hours of darkness. (The Club will provide reflective tops on loan for those members who forget). Also any members who are responsible for other members by leading or co-leading groups during the hours of darkness must lead by example and wear a reflective top.
When running during the hours of darkness, group leaders will plan routes which are well-lit and where there are pavements along most of the route.
The use of headphones is discouraged on on-road training runs.
The Committee accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, accident or injury suffered as a result of participating in any Club activities.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The safety of our runners and members is very important to us. Any Safety issues should be brought, by email, to the attention of the Club Secretary for the appropriate action to be taken. The Club will seek to be aware of any members that have First Aid qualifications in case of emergency. The Club will provide a stocked First Aid Kit available on Club Nights.
The Club will organise various coached sessions Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday. The Club will also organise other informal running activities.
Social events are organised for all Members from time to time throughout the year.
The Club will organise events/races throughout the year. These are non profit making and the proceeds go towards the chosen charity.
It is hoped that Members undertake to take part in the rota for helping at Club-organised races for marshalling or for other duties.
The Athlete: Code of Conduct
As a responsible athlete you will :-
Treat others with the same respect and fairness that you would wish to receive
Uphold the same values off the field as you do when engaged in athletics
Anticipate your own needs, be organised and on time
Thank those that help you participate in athletics
Show patience with and respect diversity in others
Act with dignity at all times
Notify a coach/run leader if you have to go somewhere
Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
Never engage in illegal or irresponsible behaviour
Challenge anyone whose behaviour falls below the expected standards of ‘Athletics Welfare’
Speak out immediately if anything makes you concerned or uncomfortable (telling your parents/carers and or the club Welfare Officer) or if you suspect a club mate has suffered from misconduct by someone else.
The Coach: Code of Conduct
As a responsible coach you will:
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete and treat everyone equally, regardless of background or ability
Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above the development of performance
Develop appropriate working relationships with athletes (especially under 18s), based on mutual trust and respect
Not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward
Encourage and guide athletes to accept and take responsibility for their own behaviour and performance and give them as much autonomy as possible
Never do something for an athlete that they can do for themselves (in the case of some disabled athletes or vulnerable adults tasks of a personal nature may be requested or necessary. In such cases the full understanding and consent of the athlete, parent or carer should be sought and the individual’s dignity should be respected.)
Avoid critical language or actions, such as sarcasm, that undermine the athletes self esteem
Not spend time alone with a young athlete unless clearly in view of others
Ensure that parents/carers know about and have approved in advance if taking a young athlete away from the usual training venue
Respect the right of young athletes to an independent life outside athletics
Make sure you are appropriately qualified for activities that you coach and update your licence and education when required by UK Athletics
Adopt safe training regimes appropriate to the age, stage of development and capacity of the athlete
At the outset, clarify with athletes (and where appropriate their parents or carers) exactly what is expected of them and what performers are entitled to expect from you
Never try to recruit, either overtly or covertly, athletes who are already receiving coaching
Challenge inappropriate behaviour or language by others
Report any suspected misconduct by other coaches or athletics personnel (see figure 1 in ‘Athletics Welfare’)
Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance
ALLOCATION OF CLUB PLACES IN THE LONDON MARATHON
Bramhall Runners is affiliated to England Athletics (North West Region), and may be allocated guaranteed entries in the London Marathon each year.
Any Club Member who wishes to be considered for a Club place must furnish the Secretary with proof of race entry, or of a failed attempt at entry. This may take the form of either a letter sent to the Secretary by the end of May signalling that an attempt at online entry has been made and rejected because entries had already closed, or a rejection letter following the ballot (and copied to the Secretary by not later than the end of November).
All such applicants will be considered and if there are a few applicants, name will be drawn out of a hat at the Christmas Party in December.
Preference shall be given to a person:
1) who is a fully paid up member of the Club for at least 1 year prior to application;
2) who is a regular active member of the Club (attending Club Nights etc.);
3) who is considered to have made the greater contribution to Club activities (athletic, social or organisational), preferably within the preceding Club year.
For all events or races in which a Club Team (or Teams) is entered, members of the team(s) must wear Club vest/t shirt wherever possible.
Revised: September 2014
Julie Fairclough (Secretary)