Car blocked road and driver shouted at me

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17/03/2012 at 21:26
TimR -  how can you assume that a well dressed,well spoken couple in their 60's might not have an urgent reason for getting to a hospital?  They might have a close relation in a critical condition - but there again given your rather smug ageist, classist prejudices it might not have occurred to you.
17/03/2012 at 21:54
Lol. That's kind of my point. No one knows what situation the other person is in.

They weren't in that much of a hurry. In that situation people are agitated and nervous.
17/03/2012 at 21:57
How did the op know that the driver hadn't recently hit a pedestrian or had a friend hit. Which can affect people in strange ways.
18/03/2012 at 10:30

I've only ever had one intimidation based incident in the past - and that was actually running in the countryside.

While I was running along a pavement, a car coming in the opposite direction threw a bottle of water at me and my mate who I was running with. Thankfully it missed, but the car had accelerated down the straight area of the road.

 Now, I do most of my running in an Urban area or country roads. Aside from people driving far too fast down these roads, I've really got nothing else to report on it. The chavs who beep and shout "encouragement" in their own special ways just spur me on.

But if someone does get a little bit close to me on a country road, I make my emotions quite clear! 

 Chris, aged 27 and 11 months, miserable old git. 

18/03/2012 at 12:00

I've been punched in the stomach once. I made a mistake of running between a group of lads talking on the pavement, and i got his wraith. Didnt feel it. Carried on going.

I tend to go out of my way to avoid people. I go along the road if i see anyone, or on the grass verge. A lot of people, youths etc, will move, but i have nearly been hit by a car pulling out their driveway, a toddler who ran into the pavement, a dog walker, and a woman with her shopping.

 Its like anything though, you go at the wrong place, wrong time, you might just hit that bad moment.

18/03/2012 at 14:55
I get attacked by geese on my Sunday run. Who owns them then? I mean at least if it was swans I would have someone to complain to.
18/03/2012 at 17:28
Ghostrider wrote (see)

I've been punched in the stomach once. I made a mistake of running between a group of lads talking on the pavement, and i got his wraith. Didnt feel it. Carried on going.

I tend to go out of my way to avoid people. I go along the road if i see anyone, or on the grass verge. A lot of people, youths etc, will move, but i have nearly been hit by a car pulling out their driveway, a toddler who ran into the pavement, a dog walker, and a woman with her shopping.

 Its like anything though, you go at the wrong place, wrong time, you might just hit that bad moment.

Come to think of it, when I'm still in the village and using pavements I have occasionally come close to completely wiping out toddlers; they do seem to run out without checking.
18/03/2012 at 17:44
In reply to the opening post, you should memorised his number then reported him to the police. He would have then got a caution for common assault which would show up if he ever applied for a job.
18/03/2012 at 18:57
TimR wrote (see)
How did the op know that the driver hadn't recently hit a pedestrian or had a friend hit. Which can affect people in strange ways.
I didn't because I didn't stop to discuss it with him. More likely he just didn't like the thought that a 'jogger' might be using his road.

I'm a GP so I am used to getting grief (not too often, most people save it for ther receptionists) sometime there is some understandable reason behind people's little tantrums and I will make allowances; most of the time they are just angry demanding people that think they are more important then anyone else. I always presume there is a reason and act all concerned but the bottom line is that there will always be people around who think they own the road, or the surgery, because they paid a few pounds in tax once before they got signed off long term sick with stress..... or whatever (usually back pain).


Surrey Runner wrote (see)
In reply to the opening post, you should memorised his number then reported him to the police. He would have then got a caution for common assault which would show up if he ever applied for a job.
Is that really true??
18/03/2012 at 19:08
Yes, depending on what the obscenities were. If they included threats or the drivers behaviour was in any way threatening then that constitutes assault. On the second point, many organisations require a CRB check before a new employee joins. A CRB check will reveal if someone has had a caution.
18/03/2012 at 19:15

Is it worth it? 1) you have to prove the event took place, difficult without a witness 2) you have to prove that a particular person was driving the car and people like that probably wouldn't hesitate to lie to the police if it ever got that far.

Again - I could have had 2 people charged with assault in my GP career to date on those grounds but we always report to the police and they have never suggested taking it any further - and that is with witnesses. 

18/03/2012 at 20:10
I do feel really sorry for the OP. To have someone bully you with their car and stop and confront you. That's not normal behaviour. Whatever the guys problem is it's not with runners, but with life as a whole. Such colosally baffled and angry f*ckwiteers are rare(ish) though so I hope it doesn't put you off.

One bit of open road I run on links to an industrial park and refuse tip. Lots of lorries. The roads very wide, straight and otherwise quiet. Unfortunately that also means cars floor it. Thankfully the guys in their lorries slow and give me lots of space. I always make a point of making eye contact with the driver and nodding as a gesture of appreciation. Thankfully they realise smearing me across the tarmac for a laugh would be bad for their careers.
19/03/2012 at 16:22

I would really like to start up a new running route which would go along a busy country road for a few miles but haven't plucked up the courage yet - I run a few hundred yards along the road to get to a smaller road (about 1 car per hour, if that - lovely!) and it's really quite busy.

Oddly enough, hearing all you people who regularly run on country roads has actually meant I'm going to go for it. Let's hope I don't have my own story to add to this thread!

20/03/2012 at 13:31
Even if you don't ever use poles, try carrying a pair crosswise across the front of your body on the busy road section. You could swing them from side to side a bit as you run. For some reason, I think that if cars see them they give you a wider berth, maybe to avoid scratching their lovely paintwork. Plus they can come in handy for beating off wildlife and you can always conceal them at the start of the minor road or trail for your return, if you prefer to run without.
20/03/2012 at 14:26

Haha. Running poles. Great idea!

I run on country roads (only as far as the access point to the cycle track) but I've never had any bother from motorists. Apart from just basically driving past you at 60mph as if you're not even there, of course...


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