Club rules and code of conduct

General Principles

  • St Albans Striders running club exists purely to offer an opportunity for like-minded runners to exercise, race and socialise together and nothing more.
  • All attendees should consider the club as an informal gathering of people who will run together in a loosely structured format.
  • The club is operated and managed by a number of volunteers in their free time and these volunteers cannot accept any responsibility for any events that occur at the club. These volunteers may or may not have taken any training/coaching.
  • All members, volunteers and committee members are expected to abide by the England Athletics code of conduct. The June 2021 volunteers code is available here.
  • Members are expected to behave with mutual respect and in a way that does not endanger others or bring the club into disrepute. Not complying with this may result in termination of membership.
  • Members are encouraged to volunteer to help with operating of the club, for example by marshalling at one of our races or helping to organise an event. It does not need to be a major commitment, but it all helps spread the load.
  • If you have any medical conditions that could affect you, it’s your responsibility to make the club aware of these.
  • The club does not take responsibility for any injury, loss or damage that might arise as a result of participation in club activities. Every person attending the club must take full and complete responsibility for their own actions. Know your limits.
  • Any matters of concern should be directed to the committee via the secretary (

Joining the club

  • The minimum age that we can accept is 18, or 16 if accompanied by an adult.
  • Notwithstanding the minimum age for entry, the club does not discriminate against any attendees of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs; or of age, sex or disability except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of athletics and running as particular sports.

Training with the club

  • If you feel dizzy, faint or unwell it’s your responsibility to stop exercising and to notify the run leader of this.
  • If you stop mid-session you must not go home without first notifying the session leader.
  • It’s your decision alone whether or not you are fit and able to run. If you are unsure consult your doctor. We recommend that you can run at least 5k comfortably before participating in any club training.
  • The volunteer leading the session reserves the right to refuse to let you run with the group.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for running must be worn. You should dress appropriately for the weather and for the lighting conditions. No topless running is allowed when running with the club.
  • During darker evenings, high visibility reflective clothing must be worn for runs on public highway.
  • Each runner must accept full and complete liability for their actions.