Running Safety


Hi

It is really great this morning to see such a big running group. Running up Mount Street with Tony, it struck me what a colourful group we are. There were oranges, yellows, blacks, blues, whites, pinks, greys and greens scattering the roads.

Unfortunately, the only one that was appropriately dressed was Andrew, who was wearing a white T-shirt and a yellow reflective belt. Any other colour has a tendency for blending into the road or surroundings and makes you invisible. The sun is rising after 05h30 (see today’s weather on the right for actual time) and we start at 05h00 or earlier. Rather keep the colourful tops for the Sunday club run that starts later.

There is running group that meets in Jukskei Park at the Spar at 05h00 in the mornings (similar to us). A few weeks ago, they were out for their normal morning run and a car jumped a stop street and went right through the group, fortunately missing anyone. It could very easily have been a huge tragedy.

Something like a car jumping a stop street or robot is not something we can control, but there is a lot we can do to make ourselves safer on the road:

  • Wear visible clothing – there is nothing better than a White T-shirt
  • Wear a reflective belt – cars that have their lights on will see you up to 150m away from you. (If you are really bold, try wearing a flashing light on your reflective belt 🙂 )
  • Run on the right-hand side of the road, facing the traffic and away from the middle line. Running on both sides of the road makes it really confusing for cars trying to come through.
  • Call out for cars, cyclists, potholes, speed bumps (any obstacles) – sometimes I know my head is still on the pillow 🙂

I know that it is often not convenient to wear a white top & reflective belt, but lets rather be proactively safe on the road, than have to say: “If only I’d….”

Regards
Iano

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4 Responses

  1. Thank you Iano and Sue,

    i agree we do need to be more aware even though we are running early in the morning. You are all very precious and also we have families waiting for us at home. Run safely.
    norah.

  2. Hi guys,

    Just wanted to share something which i experienced this week and was a huge reality check for me. On monday morning I arrived at work (milpark) and had to treat a patient who had been flown in the night before from harare, she had been on a training run with friends and her husband, they were training for oceans and comrades. At 8.30am on sun morning (31st Jan) she was hit by a car when coming round a corner. she passed away yesterday. She was 36. It became more real when yesterday her friends visted before she passed away and all arrived in comrades tops to pay her tribute. I must admit I had to walk out. I think sometimes we all forget and become complacent but I just wanted to share this with you all as it has truly shaken me.

    Sorry about the sad story but I really just want us to be aware.

    Hope you all have a good weekend,

    xSue

  3. Thx Iano!!!

    Much appreciated!

  4. Thanks Iano , for taking time out to make this very important point. I second it whole heartedly, as I personally have lost a cycling friend to a senseless road accident. Meeting the founder of the ‘Drive Alive’ campaign also made me change my outlook on road safety and survival. We must run to protect ourselves and each other. Yours in Safe running. Andrew

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