SHR Safety Guidelines –
Carnethy Hill Running Club fully supports the SHR Rules and Guidelines
Scottish Hill Runners published a revised safety code in July 2014. All Carnethy organised races (unless stated otherwise) will adhere to these safety rules and all competitors and club members are also expected to adhere to them.
The SHR safety guidelines page contains information and pdf download links for safety rules and safety guidelines. Both documents are easy to understand and should be downloaded and read both for your own safety and for that of your fellow competitors.
The possibility of a runner developing hypothermia is not that remote. The Dumyat Dash last year saw the weather suddenly change and at least one runner finished in a mildly hypothermic state. In the SIPR the weather became similarly foul and a runner became hypothermic on Ben More. Fortunately he and his running partner were well equipped with Blizzard packs, food, dry clothing and were knowledgeable. With his running partner providing body warmth he survived the long wait for mountain rescue, and was recovered enough to not need further medical treatment once off the mountain.Downloadable leaflet:
|Stages of Hypothermia chart|
Mobile Phone – EmergencySMS
Since 2009 it has been possible to send a text to the emergency services on 999 or 112 – referred to as EmergencySMS.
The service can be used in times when a voice call is not possible due to poor or intermittent signal, but the signal is good enough for a text message to squeeze through.
A voice call to 999 must always be used in preference to a text.
To use the service you must first register, which you should do in advance:
1. Send the word ‘register’ to 999
2. You will receive a message about the service
3. When you have read the message, reply with ‘yes’ (in a text message to 999)
4. You will receive a further message confirming registration, or that there has been a problem with registering your phone
At any time you can check whether your phone is registered by sending the word ‘register’ to 999.
Note: If you have sent a text to 112 in the past to register, you do not have to register again to be able to text to 999. The service is the same.
Using the Service
Before using the service you must try to make a voice call to 999/112. If that fails or will not stay connected, that is the appropriate time to send an emergency text.
To use the service, send a descriptive text to 999 and await a reply. Do not assume that your message has been received until you receive a reply, which should be in 2 to 3 minutes. A human operator has to relay your text to the 999 service.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
How To Avoid Ticks and Lyme Disease… article here