Now that Spring is officially here our evening groups are returning to Sutton Park which is welcome news. The pavements are fine in many ways but I can never get used to the noise! Unfortunately, our return to the park generally starts a little spate of accidents which I am keen to avoid. Please think carefully about your own safety and remind yourself of our safety guidelines below:
- Sutton Park is a natural environment and conditions change daily. Stay alert and look where you are going.
- It is quite muddy so look ahead and pick the best line – you can’t do this if you are too close to the person in front.
- Shorten your stride, your feet should land below your hips.
- Wear suitable footwear such as good quality running trainers or walking boots.
- For those of you who have become used to running on tarmac be aware that your pace will slow down running off road. Slowing down is a good idea until you get used to it again.
- Support your Leader and other participants. Make sure no one gets left behind. Share potential hazards with the group.
- No headphones should be worn.
- Animals – there are numerous animals in the park which have caused problems in the past – dogs and cows being the two major culprits. The cows are normally fine if you stay calm and give them a reasonably wide berth.
- Cattle grids – please don’t run over the cattle grids, they can be very slippery if they are damp and you really don’t want to get your foot caught in one. Use the gates.
Look out for one another and stay safe SE Fitness!