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Advice and Guidance

THINK! Advice for when you are cycling

  • If a lorry is indicating left, passing on the inside can be dangerous. Hang back at the junction to reduce the risk of a collision
  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb – look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor
  • Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your visibility
  • Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights
  • Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations

For further information on the highway code please click the link below:-
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82

Advice for open water swimming

CWTC advise that if you are swim training in open water you always have another person with you acting as a safety spotter. Ideally the spotter would be in a craft such as a canoe or paddle board (and they are competent to use this) or on the shore if you are swimming close to the shoreline. We also recommend you carry a lifesaving buoyancy aid (the club have these which can be loaned – please contact our swim coaches) and you wear a brightly coloured hat.

We would also recommend you follow the safety guidance below from the Royal Life Saving Society UK.
The conditions at open water sites change constantly:-

  • Always look for warning and guidance signs
  • Where possible, swim parallel with the shore, not away from it
  • Avoid drifting in the currents
  • Do not enter fast flowing water
  • Be aware of underwater hazards
  • Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold
  • Never enter the water after consuming alcohol
  • Only enter the water in areas with adequate supervision and rescue cover
  • Always take someone with you when you go into or near water. If something goes wrong they will be able to get help
  • If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them and shout for help and call the emergency services (call 999 or 112)

Advice for trail running

Even experienced trail runners can get into trouble on unpredictable terrain so the club recommends the following
tips for staying safe on the trails.

  • Keep in touch, when trying a new trail , go with someone that knows it and take a map and phone. If you do go on your own tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Think time not distance, tough terrain and hills can double the time you need to cover a mile so consider how long you want to be out.
  • Fuel up, bring food with you, even on short runs incase you are in the woods longer than expected.
  • Watch the weather, especially at higher elevations, temperatures can change and storms can roll in quickly even on the South Downs, so plan accordingly.
  • Train your feet. Get use to running easy paths, then move to more gnarly trails. Road shoes work, but trail shoes have more traction and protect your feet from rocks and roots.