Stay safe while training for your next big marathon or cycling event

 

With upcoming marathon running events, ADT encourages Johannesburg residents to take the necessary safety precautions when training on public roads.

“Our roads are very busy this time of year with cyclists and runners making use of the favourable weather conditions to get into shape. My wish is that every single person is able to enjoy their workout in safety,” said Theunis Kotze, general manager ADT Inland Region.

According to Kotze, it is important to incorporate safety into your training routine and notify loved ones or friends of the time you will be training, the route you will be taking and what time you should be expected back home. This ensures that they can raise the alarm if they suspect something has gone wrong.

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“Visibility is another very important aspect. Wearing reflective clothing ensures you are visible to other road users,” he said. Kotze also recommends that training with a group of people is much safer than doing it alone.

Kotze offers some tips for training:

  • Ensure that your cellphone is properly charged in case you need to call someone for help
  • Avoid using the same route repeatedly. Using different routes each time you train makes it difficult for any would-be criminal to anticipate your movements. Added to this, the change in scenery can also make the physical exertion more bearable for you.
  • Do not use headphones while training on a public road. This can be distracting and inhibit you from remaining aware of your surroundings at all times. It is important to hear any oncoming vehicles or other potential risks to your safety.
  • Take along enough money should you need to catch a bus or a taxi or even call someone from a payphone.
  • If you have an alarm system at home, remember to activate it before leaving for your training session. Ensure that all doors are locked so that your loved ones can be safe while they wait for your return.

“Cycling groups such as the Pedal Power Association have put together very important safe cycling tips. Take a look at their website for advice,” concluded Kotze.

Details: www.pedalpower.org.za

Edited by Allan Robertson

What precautions do you take while training in public areas? Share your safety tips with us at the Rosebank Killarney Gazette by emailing rkg@caxton.co.za

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