Woman takes running safety into own hands

Michelle Brown (Canningvale)
Michelle Brown (Canningvale)

While discussions about running vary widely, recent online chatter has shifted towards the safety of women running or walking alone.

The comments, as well as recent reports about women being targeted at parks and in car parks, prompted Canning Vale resident Michelle Brown to organise a safety seminar at Cockburn Central’s Combat Defence Systems (CDS) last Saturday.

The seminar offered basic skills people could use to protect themselves if they were threatened or attacked.

CDS’s head instructor and owner Gino Vallelonga said he had kept the class as simple as possible.

‘I think sometimes self-defence can be a bit convoluted ” you put your foot here, you put your hand here and you do this,’ he said.

‘In the spur of the moment you’re not going to remember complicated things so we’re looking at practical things.

‘If you’re caught off guard, you’re likely to be going down.

‘It’s what you can do in that situation to try to get out of it to give you a chance.’

Mr Vallelonga and Ms Brown suggested letting people know where you were running and how long you expected to be, as well as wearing bright clothing and making noise or calling for help if you felt threatened.

The evening was one of a number of events Ms Brown has held to raise money for the Miracle Babies Foundation, which supports premature and sick newborns.

For future events visit Race for Miracles on Facebook.