Do you acknowledge other runners?

The cheery wave club

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Blisters    pirate
04/10/2012 at 22:06

I see another intrepid runner and always give them a happy smile and wave.

The response rate is not the 100% that I would expect. Why not?

04/10/2012 at 22:10

I always try to give a nod, a smile or a quick "Hi" when I pass other runners.

04/10/2012 at 22:17
I say hello to everyone. Runners, walkers, cyclists, horse riders. Single racing cyclists are the only people who just stare at you without acknowledging you. Not all of them just some of them.
04/10/2012 at 22:31

Everyone gives me a happy smile and a wave.  I think they must be sociopaths who are only after my body.  I try not to encourage them.

04/10/2012 at 22:36

nod, and a smile or hello if they acknowldge the nod

04/10/2012 at 23:40
always smile and always get smiles and nods.
05/10/2012 at 06:44
Nod, grimace and weeze.
kittenkat    pirate
05/10/2012 at 06:49

I get my willy out, always puts a smile on their face.

PSC    pirate
05/10/2012 at 06:57

LOL....

always wave and say hello.  Most respond - although I can imagine the sight of a sweaty middle age man with a red face, bulging eyes and a small buddha belly wobbling away is probably the stuff of nightmares to the youngsters out there running.  Sorry folks......

05/10/2012 at 07:04

 

I used to think that only runners similar to myself would wave.  That is, short, fat, middle aged and running very slowly.  On the whole most wave, but it pisses me off if they ignore me, and I tend to wish them a dip in the canal.

05/10/2012 at 08:10
PSC wrote (see)

LOL....

always wave and say hello.  Most respond - although I can imagine the sight of a sweaty middle age man with a red face, bulging eyes and a small buddha belly wobbling away is probably the stuff of nightmares to the youngsters out there running.  Sorry folks......

 

hopetofinish wrote (see)

 

I used to think that only runners similar to myself would wave.  That is, short, fat, middle aged and running very slowly.  On the whole most wave, but it pisses me off if they ignore me, and I tend to wish them a dip in the canal.

  Exactly

05/10/2012 at 08:32

Like Tim, I'll say hello to anyone when I'm running. Runners, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, farmers, confused lost drivers. Almost everyone responds. Often I don't see any people, just cattle and sheep, but that's fine, I talk to them soon (I don't want them panicking in my direction).

05/10/2012 at 08:40

There are some other views about this topic on a thread called Why are some runners so ignorant ? http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/forummessages.asp?dt=&UTN=222343&last=1&V=1&SP=

 

 

 

05/10/2012 at 08:49

If someone greets me I may greet them back if I notice. If I don't notice, which is quite possible, then I won't greet them back. I used to wear earphones so that people would ignore me, some did, some didn't. I will never initiate a greeting unless it is to make someone aware of my presence though normally I'll run around them so they don't have to move.

I'm not sociable, I never have been and little is going to change that now. I like being out on my own with just my thoughts.

You do not know me so please do noy judge me. To wish unpleasantness upon me because I want to be left alone is just plain nasty. It shows a complete lack of espect for others.

Don't forget you have friends on here with aspergers and autism, other friends with mental health issues. Running is great as it's so insular and isolated. Even without these there are people who are far less outgoing who wish to run in isolation.

We are not all social animals. Sometimes we need to get away, to hide, to be invisible and quiet. Do you think that you have the right to intrude and expect your needs to be met by others?

If you greet someone just be happy that you have done that. I always say hello to a friend when I see them. 9/10 they will not respond, sometimes they bury their head deep in the ground but I know that the day I ignore them will be they day that they need me to say hello.

You may have made someone happy by saying hello to them, they maybe trying to say hello back. Just give people the space they need.

05/10/2012 at 09:05
TimR wrote (see)
I say hello to everyone. Runners, walkers, cyclists, horse riders.

I'd also include farmers, road workmen and lorry drivers to this list. I will smile, say hello/good morning to everyone I see. If they don't respond - that's fine but I've noticed that 90% of people do. It's a nice start of my day to see so many smiles. 

05/10/2012 at 09:13

i always try to say hello, nod or wave... One chap wanted a high five whilst out, which caught me off guard!!

05/10/2012 at 09:25
So.............Some runners are friendly all the time, some are friendly some of the time and some are not friendly at all.
Some people are friendly all the time,some are friendly some of the time and some are not friendly at all

Conclusion; runners are people.
05/10/2012 at 11:37

I always give some acknowledgement - nod/wheeze/smile/say hello - to everyone I see. I usually run in and around my small village, and most people respond in a friendly fashion. Sometimes I go running in the city (Glasgow) nearby, and saying hello to people there is usually just met with suspicion and/or bewilderment.

05/10/2012 at 11:40

The only people I don't give a cheery 'hi' to are cyclists on pavements. They, by contrast, get a non-cheery 'get off the ******* pavement'.

05/10/2012 at 13:08

This subject comes up fairly regularly. 

If someone greets me, usually I respond.  Sometimes I will intiate the greeting.  If they don't respond, I don't care.

I just don't understand why people would be offended, or even wish ill on people who don't respond.  It's only a nod from a stranger.

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