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Woman Running Legs

Health & Safety


St Austell Running Club (STARC) is strongly committed to encouraging its members to take part, but the health, well-being and safety of each individual is always our paramount concern.  We recommend levels of training dependent on age and ability.  While the club is for those over the age of 18 we expect any junior athletes to participate within these boundaries for example during fun runs within which they may take part.

Club Welfare Officers

Iain Walker
Melanie Nile

Peter Middleton

Sandra Gibbons

First Aid Book & Kit


First Aiders


Health & Safety Policy

To support our Health and Safety policy statement we are committed to the following duties:

  • Undertake regular, recorded risk assessment of the club premises and all activities undertaken by the club.

  • Create a safe environment by putting health and safety measures in place as identified by the assessment.

  • Ensure that all members are given the appropriate level of training and competition by regularly assessing individual ability dependant on age, maturity and development.

  • Ensure that all members are aware of, understand and follow the club’s health and safety policy.

  • Appoint a competent club member to assist with health and safety responsibilities.

  • Ensure that normal operating procedures and emergency operating procedures are in place and known by all members.

  • Provide access to adequate first aid facilities, telephone and qualified first aider at all times.

  • Report any injuries or accidents sustained during any club activity or whilst on the club premises.

  • Ensure that the implementation of the policy is reviewed regularly and monitored for effectiveness.



  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what you do or not do.

  • Co-operate with the club on health and safety issues.

  • Correctly use all equipment provided by the club.

  • Not interfere with or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare.

Open Book

Code of Conduct

  • Respect all other STARC members and those of other clubs from whatever background and support STARC members.

  • Respect all officials of STARC and other clubs and accept their decisions as final and thank them for helping you to be able to compete.

  • Agree to and abide by the England Athletic Safeguarding Polices. Acknowledging that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and be committed to the prevention of abuse and neglect through safeguarding the welfare of all adults involved in the club and all it activities. England Athletics Policies:

  • If you feel you have suffered from an incorrect interpretation of the rules, remain cool and discuss it with coach and/or official.

  • Make yourself aware of the rules of your race event and/or that of any particular venue

  • Respect your opponents and other runners.  Help people.  Treat others as you would expect to be treated.  Be modest as a winner and gracious in defeat.

  • Show loyalty to running and all the participants.

  • Keep high standards of fair play, do your best and have fun.

  • All forms of bad behaviour to fellow runners/officials/venues and equipment, bad language, inappropriate gestures and bullying are not acceptable. Any cases of not following this may well result in disciplinary action.

  • Anticipate & be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment (e.g. hi-viz, headtorches, race vests etc) and being punctual for both training and races.

  • Pay your membership fees on time – failure to pay STARC membership means you are not affiliated to the governing body (EA) and therefore cannot represent the club (or be valid for London Marathon ballot).

  • Wear suitable kit for training and races – wear your STARC colours when racing.

  • Make sure your leader and/or welfare officers are aware of medical conditions you have as mentioned on your membership form (this information remains confidential).

  • If you are suffering from a new medical condition ensure your leader is aware of this as this can affect your training and ability to compete.  The same applies to any drugs you may be taking or you just feel unwell.

  • In the event of changes to your contact details, next of kin etc make sure the membership secretary is informed straight away.

  • Be a role model and good ambassador for STARC in both training and at races.

  • Be mindful of what you post online and how this may be perceived by other members of the club or anyone else who may be able to read it.


June 2022 

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