It’s that time of year when we must now insist that all our participants at Blackburn Couch to 5K wear some high visibility clothing for every session. It is with massive regret, but we will have to turn people away that don’t have any.
High-visibility clothing, or hi-vis as its better known, is a form of protective clothing that’s made from fluorescent material with reflective tape or shapes added for extra visibility. It’s used to make the wearer more visible to those around them.
Why we must insist on hi-vis clothing..
The benefits of reflective running vests may be blindingly obvious; the main prerogative of hi vis clothing is, of course, safety. By making yourself more visible to motorists and cyclists, the possibility of incidents can be minimised.
Regardless of the environment you are running or walking in, whether it be next to a main road, a country lane or a quiet neighbourhood, high visibility should still be a priority. When running in a more rural environment, you may be more exposed to dark roads with tight bends and unlit tracks, but the same risks apply when running in busier urban areas, as they often consist of low-lit streets and shadowed pavements.
At Blackburn Couch to 5K, our passion for getting out there doesn’t have to stop just because the nights are drawing in and the temperature is getting lower – and that is where reflective running vests come in.
You can buy hi-vis from bargain stores and pound shops. If you want a branded one with your name on, we can supply you with one from our shop.