As a runner, make sure you #UpYourGame

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How many of you runners out there are first aid trained? Have you ever needed to use it but were too afraid to? Or have you never been trained?

Today, the British Red Cross is calling on runners to get first aid savvy in its new digital campaign #UpYourGame. The charity is hoping that by making first aid advice accessible on your smartphone, you’ll be able to help someone in need of first aid when out on your morning run.

The app isn’t downloadable until Monday 22nd August, so only a few days to wait but I’d recommend giving it a go.

I used to work for St John Ambulance in Wales as their Digital Officer and we had a first aid app, for use by and aimed at everyone. It’s such a handy tool to have on your phone as you never know when you might need it. We never think that we’ll be called upon in an emergency and most of us aren’t brave enough to be responsible for saving someone’s life. Totally understandable.

But just imagine you’re out on your morning run with the club and suddenly, one of your members feels faint, can’t breathe and proceeds to passing out. What would you do? What if no one in the group had the training? On the other hand, what if everyone had access to the app and could guide someone through the process? It’s amazing what you can do when the adrenaline hits and you work as a team. You have the power to save a life.

So I don’t know about any of you guys, but when Monday comes, I’ll be giving the app a try. I wouldn’t mind being able to say that I have the power in my hands to save a life while out for a run. Would you?

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