Your Say: Insults on the run

Last week we asked what amusing, annoying or insulting things you've had shouted at you while out running. Here are some of our favourites - add yours below if you've heard any more words of wisdom!

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"You're just a fat Mo Farrah, fat Mo Farrrahhhhhh" sung at me by a group of drunks in the park just after the Olympics. On the second lap they seems to take pity on me and offered me a can of special brew, so perhaps they were trying to be nice!
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 15:49

"You're just a fat Mo Farrah, fat Mo Farrrahhhhhh" sung at me by a group of drunks in the park just after the Olympics. On the second lap they seems to take pity on me and offered me a can of special brew, so perhaps they were trying to be nice!
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 15:51

I was showered in water from a water blaster fired from a car window as it drove passed me - there were two young girls in the car and they obviously found it hilarious to douse a not-so-young lady runner. At least it was a sunny day so I was cooled - although the initial shock took a while to recover from
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 16:37

Two memorable ones:


A little old lady making about 1mph with a stick looking at me puffing down the town path and saying kindly 'Don't overdo it.'

An overweight couple again going at a steady snails pace, seeing me in about mile 9 of a half marathon, calling out 'Is it worth it?"



Posted: 29/01/2013 at 16:39

Sprinting to the top of the hill a women said to me, " Well that's buggered you hasn't it?"
Although a little tired, I'm certain the hill hadn't had anal sex with me.
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 17:44

Not an insult and as I can run I walk with Nordic Poles and I have had from someone walking towards me- 'The Snow get deeper about 100mtr further one' it was about 28 in the shade!

Oh how it made I laugh. 

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 17:44

As I was coming up on two speed watchers (who were apparently bored) They turned the radar gun and "clocked" my run all the while applauding and cheering. Kinda cool!
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 18:19

I'm lucky because I mainly run on a A road following cycle path so only ever really passed by other runners or cyclists, but I do get a lot of tooting & light flashing, especially in the summer. 
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 19:39

My friend and I were running the other day, in a residential area. It was really cold and snowy, so a couple standing in their garage applauded and kept yelling "good for you!". It was a great feeling...

On the other hand, that same friend experienced two guys driving past her yelling "heffer!"... now, that is not very nice.

I don't know what I would do if someone actually insulted me while I was out trying to be active, healthy, and fit. 

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 19:55

Only one I had was at the end of a hard run with a bit of a sprint finish I was puffing away catching my breath and as a car drove by one youngish lad shouted out the window " you need to ease off the pies mate". A bit obvious but it made me smile all the same.

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 21:14

'The others finished a day ago love' whilst out running the day after the London Marathon.
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 21:45

Not an insult, but I ran several km of a 10k race behind a woman called Eileen, who had her name on her shirt. Every so often someone would should come on to her, then the people around would burst into song.

 I was quite sorry when she slowed down and I overtook her.

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 21:47

Passed a nasely, junky looking, lay about type whilst running around the park. After screeching at her offspring to hurry up as i ran past, she made out with the remark, "Lets jog like the man in they .......lycra troosers". Without hesitation or drop in pace, i turned the head a rebutted "Looks like you could be doing with pulling the Lycra on, ya fat bint". Her reaction was priceless. "eh......seeee youuuu!!!!!!". I Lol'd.

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 21:59

Spark - Gosh, you sure told her. How clever you are.
Posted: 29/01/2013 at 22:13

I was on a training run at the local sports centre when a group of three or four gorgeous young ladies were watching from the side as I ran past. One gave me a smile and said a flirtacious 'hiya', I was on cloud nine for one second until I heard her friend say 'You can't Charlie, he looks just like your Dad!!!'

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 22:37

Spark - sounds like you were in Dundee. Great city.

I often get 'nice shorts' - which is a nice comment from a shapely gal, but slightly worrisome from a hairy-arsed bloke.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 12:06

I had to run through a group of lads and was expecting insults when all they shouted was "118 118 I've got ur number" was giggling away to myself.
Posted: 30/01/2013 at 20:25

There has to be a link to the No Toes story.

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 07:56

My favourite from when I did the Portland Marathon: 'it's not sweat! It's just your awesomeness coming out!'  Kept me smiling for miles.

Another one that made me smile was when I was out running in some pretty horrible rain, and a bus driver who passed me almost each day, stopped to tell me he admired my dedication... Which kinda put a halt to any thoughts of asking for a lift LOL.

I've been pretty lucky really. 

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 10:01

Years ago, I had a Harringey Council bin lorry and team cheer me on my long run. Following my planned route I found I'd run away them then we'd meet again about 15 mins later. I think after an hour they were quite impressed.

I had the obvious "Run, Forrest, Run" while passing a bored group of teens in a tiny village in the Highlands. 

I found the 'wobbling arse cheeks' yelled from a car in London the harshest. They were merely undulating in time with my steps.

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 15:18

Running along the towpath last year, I run passed a group of park-bench drinkers.  I got a shout that really summarises the mentality... 'Go Lance Go'.   Clearly I had no counter-reply, but his companions set about correcting his sporting knowledge as I ran out of ear-shot!  I think I didnt stop smiling the whole way home.

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 15:40

Until earlier this week it was nothing more than the usual 'get those knees up' nuggets of orginality from local pre-teens.  I was running up the main street on Wednesday night and a charming young man hanging out of the window of a people carrier called me a 'stupid slut'  

I can usually let the piss taking comments roll off me but I thought that was just nasty and uncalled for. 

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 16:30

My boss was running in the park when a small child turned to his mum and said "mummy, why is that man running so slowly?!" Boss was not pleased, but did gone into work and tell us about it!

I mostly get positive comments. or ones like knees up/keep going etc.
Posted: 03/02/2013 at 17:20

Bounding along feeling particularly gazelle-like during what was (and still remains) my fastest ever 10k race, I heard one of the water station ladies say to her friend 'oh dear, do you think she's all right?' .
Posted: 03/02/2013 at 18:10

Running rodent - the lead lady in the last 10k I did looked like she was dying! But she did put in a good time!
Posted: 03/02/2013 at 19:42

Not quite a yelled insult but i had a guy throw a lit cigarette butt out of his car window at me a few months back, luckily I was on quite a long run and had a large bottle of water in my right hand, Gave his car a nice dent in the door panel, rather immmature but cheered me up no end!
Posted: 04/02/2013 at 22:37

Never had any real insults whilst on the run apart from the usual mouthy chavs, but I very often get abuse on the bike. My all time favourite was "get of the roads you twat hat" whilst attempting to mate his wing mirror with my brake lever. Its amazing the damage a well used cleat can do to a rear wing ...... 

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 05:33

Just this lunchtime I ran past a complete stranger who called me a 'chav '!

Is it possible to be a chav if you're in your mid 30s, married and an accountant?


Posted: 05/02/2013 at 16:26

Did you have your Burberry leggings on?


Posted: 05/02/2013 at 19:25

I haven't had bad comments, but when I was starting to struggle on a run when it was snowing and I was contemplating givin up and going home, I got a big beep and wolf whistle from lorry driver. It cheered me up and motivated me to finish the next few miles!

I am quite shocked by some of the comments made though
Posted: 05/02/2013 at 20:58

All I get is the elderly dog walkers smiling at me encouragingly.

I suppose I am optimistic, but even the guys singing the chariots of fire them ("da da da da daaaa da, da da da da da") at me, I take as a compliment.

Had one lovely lady the other day say 'you're doing really well".
Posted: 05/02/2013 at 23:46

Xyloid wrote (see)

Did you have your Burberry leggings on?


No Burberry anywhere! No onesie, hoodie, medalion, or Oasis beanie.


Posted: 06/02/2013 at 09:21

Never seen so many first time posters involved in one topic.  Interesting.

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 09:41

Very good one yesterday running past the high school at go home time, large group of teenagers started to sing "I see you baby, shakin that ass, shakin that ass"

Its not that big !!!! it make me laugh out loud and after a wave and a thumbs up I got a massive cheer and a clap  ..... brilliant.

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 11:06

i came up behind some elderly walkers on a trail run and thought they'd spotted me but clearly hadn't as one old duffer seemed shocked as i passed him. he then began to shout at me saying i should follow the 'countryside code' and make a loud noise to warn them of me. i shouted back something to do with victor meldrew and kept running.  

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 17:22

The general consensus of opinion from men in cars is that because I run I must masturbate a lot or I should go and masturbate or words to that effect. I do but not on request.

Also I run with my dogs, one of which is three legs which is more noticeable when we slow down or stop so I have received dozens of suprised comments. Oddly "That dog has one leg" is by far the most common  or people tell me your dog has a leg missing" in a tone that suggests I need to run back and find it.

Being told I had "nice trousers" by a pensioner at a bus stop whilst staring directly at my lycra clad groin was disturbing. Credit where credit is due she must of had good eyesight, after a 15 miler she'd have needed it.

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 22:15

I got a fairly explicit business offer from some spotty teenager a couple of years ago.  I blinked confusedly for a bit and then told him he couldn't afford me.
I'm not really sure whether it was the tatty polo shirt, frizzy hair or baggy jogging bottoms that screamed 'prostitute' at him.

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 15:47

On a long run round and round the park I passed a few few spotty teenagers. At the time I still listened to music to block out any comments that might be given. On my fourth pass there was a lull in the music and I heard one shout: 'come on you, fatso!' (yes, well, I did weigh ±16 stone at the time). Immediately followed by the other one's comment: 'but she's doing well, like!' Made me smile and run on!
Posted: 17/02/2013 at 22:51

Like others in this thread I've heard many children telling me to "KEEP THOSE KNEES UP"

I was also compared with Mo Farah when a young boy in a nearby estate told me to do the Mobot when he saw me running past.

One high school boy shouted over to me, "How do you get your feet into those?" (He was commenting on my Vibram FiveFingers)

I was jogging barefoot around the local park one hot day but the only question I got was from and old man on a bicycle, "Are you doing the Olympics?"

Usually I just smile and keep going

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 14:37

Last week I was running along a forest path. I stopped off the trail to stretch a bit and take an energy gel. A grandmother and two toddlers walked by. I hear one of the wee kids say, "What's he doin'?" She says, "He's drinking something but I don't know what it is" and then hurries them along. I wonder if she thought I ran all the way up there to take drugs.....

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 15:55

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