Leading a Run - A few tips and hints

mikesankey's picture

My thoughts/hints on any new people leading a group especially if they are not a LIRF.

  1. Make sure you know your runners, even though we tell runners to let the run leader to let them know if they have been injured etc, if they are new they won’t come forward easily, it is always best for the leader to ask.
  2. Start the session slowly e.g. a brisk walk out of the car park and then start the run.
  3. Always keep in contact with your group , lead from the front to begin with. Loop back to keep the group together, especially if there are more than 3 or 4 in the group.
  4. If 1 or 2 people seem to be running a bit faster than the rest of the group let them go ahead but give them a lamp post or something to reach and give them instructions to turn and come back to the group.
  5. Always be aware of the slowest person/people in the group and as a leader to run with them to give them confidence.
  6. Always stretch when the run is finished, if unsure about what to do then start at the top and got to the bottom, neck to toes.

Many thanks to Linda for these great points! And always, if in any doubt - Ask one of the committee or many of our other experienced runners!

Thanks, Mike