Please take a moment to read this important information.
We take our health and safety responsibilities very seriously here at Colwick parkrun.
Firstly, the Colwick parkrun website page getting involved lists the core team. Our aim is to have at least one of us present every week. This is what we look like...
From left to right - Steve Dickens, Arry Nathan, Kevin Bowen, Frazer and Helen Hood.
We’d like you to be aware of the following points...
We always have at least two tail runners every week at Colwick parkrun. We consider it an important H&S role, tail runners get to make a new parkrun friend, no-one comes last bar the people who are supposed to, and we know that everyone who sets off comes back!
Every week our marshals and our tail runners wear a H&S lanyard and whistle round their necks. The lanyard contains 'in case of an emergency’ instructions and the mobile phone number of the run director.
We also include the mobile phone number of the run director in the reminder email we send out to the volunteers on a Thursday and ask our marshals and tail walkers (in particular) to carry a mobile phone when they volunteer as our 'eyes and ears' out on the course.
We have a set of keys to the gates and can unlock them quickly in the case of an emergency rather than having to track down a park warden to do it for us.
The keys are always worn round the neck of the person acting as Run Director on parkrunday. This is usually the person on the loud hailer.
We have a First Aid box, blanket, and a defibrillator (which our community raised money for and gifted to the park) at the finish line from 8.15am until we have all crossed the line and packed up to go to the Daleside Cafe.
Arry has been through the first aid box recently to ensure that the contents are in date and fit for purpose.
Every May we take a good, long, hard look at the Health and Safety of our event, and review and update our Risk Assessment formally with Head Office.
For the past two years Arry, assisted by other medically trained parkrunners, has very kindly provided CPR training sessions at The Vale Social Club in Colwick. Our thanks to all of them.
The sessions proved popular and we’ll be doing some refresher training again in 2016. Keep an eye on communications for dates and/or email the office and we’ll put you on 'a list' and give you a nudge nearer the time.
Arry also jogged along to Colwick Park one day and trained the park wardens too!
Towards the end of 2014 we carried out a simulation of an emergency incident, learnt some important stuff and tweaked our H&S provision as a result. We’l be doing that again in 2016 and we’ll let you know when. Feel free to join us.
Please bear in mind that if you are feeling unwell you really must slow down, stop or not take part at all. Be sensible. Remember that parkrun is not a race. It’s a run and you can always come back another week when you are feeling better and have another go... or you can walk, jog or volunteer.
Finally please note that cancellations are entirely possible, especially at this time of year. Please keep an eye on social media channels when weather conditions are poor. There is always another parkrunday just around the corner...
Keeping it simple and safe #loveparkrun #parkrunfamily
See you at the bell