Lonsdale Fell Runners meet and run as individuals,at the weekly or week-end runs,there is no leader,all runners run at their own risk.
All runners should make their own personal risk assessment before starting on a run,factors to consider include,but not exclusive are:-
1Your own personal fitness/ability in relation to the factors below.
2Length of planned run.
4Visibility,we run in the dark and the mist.
5Conditions underfoot,often boggy,or snow or frozen ice etc.
6Personal knowledge of the route/terrain.
You should always carry or wear appropriate clothing,and take map,compass,headtorch,food,drink etc as appropriate.
If you join the club and pay the membership fees,you will benefit from the third party insurance provided by England Athletics. Actually to be precise the third party benefits,not you,but you do benefit by not being sued if you accidentally injure someone else,eg dislodging a rock that falls on someone else.
It is common etiquette to always help a runner(or anyone else on the fells)in difficulties,even if this means abandoning your race,or curtailing your planned run.Similarly you should not embark on actions that involve a high risk and would put the onus on other runners to come to your aid.
Despite all the above it is still a very free and unregulated sport,the essence of which is taking personal responsibility for your actions and dealing with whatever situations/challenges that arise.
Finally it is always safer running with a group rather than solo,and usually more fun.I have seen runners fall in a bog and be unable to get out without help,although in this photo he pulled himself out.