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.
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.
I have never had anything negative shouted at me in all the years I've been running. Yesterday I got a 'Hello Darling, you looking well' from a guy.
It's a different story on the bike though.
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.
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'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??
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.
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!
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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