Training Guidelines


full FRA kit and additional items such as a mobile phone (working and switched on), spare layer, first aid kit, bivvy bag, emergency shelter are recommended. Between September and April you'll need to bring a headtorch too. This is what the club recommends but the decision about what kit to carry rests with you.

Route options:

Please ensure you have checked the weather forecast and have both the kit and experience to be comfortable running the suggested route in the conditions you're likely to encounter. It's your responsibility to understand where the group is planning to go before you set off. This map covers most of the places where we usually run and shows you the local names that may be mentioned when the route is being decided. If you're not comfortable with the plan, you should join or create a different group to run another route. You can view some example route descriptions and maps for a few of the routes we do here. These include a number of low-level options that you may prefer to take if you don't feel you have sufficient experience for the route another group is planning.

Confirming you're safely off the hill:

You should always let a friend or family member know that you're safely back from any training run, including when you're running with the club. If you don't have someone available to be your emergency contact on a Thursday please let us know and we will provide someone you can text to let them know you're back from the hill. For more details, please read the information here.

Personal responsibility:

This is an informal training session, without qualified run leaders, so all members of each group are responsible for the safety of the whole group and group sizes should reflect this. We recommend aiming for a maximum of around 8 people in a group.
There are a number of recommended ways of managing a group to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. These include mustering at predetermined points and running back, where the faster members of the group run ahead before looping back to the last runner. Carrying out a head count periodically will also help ensure no one gets left behind.
If you want to split from your group, either individually or in a sub-group, please make sure you let everyone else know.

Further information

Please also look at: Pennine's hill running safety page.

Pennine Fell Runners Risk Assessments:  
Risk Assessment information
Risk assessment policy
General risk assessment