Didn't involve me but a good friend of mine used to live up in the lakes,
Somewhere out on the trail a buzzard took issue with him and it swooped down and got it's talons in his head and drew blood, understandably he upped the pace but the thing followed him for a good 2 miles still screeching and diving at him, he tells me it was the quickest he ever did that 6 mile trail!!
Had trouble with my lung capacity constantly gasping and coughing whilst running,so i took out some balloons on advice and started blowing them up when i was gasping. I kept on running in the field and thought i'd stop. I thought i'd be a bit discreet and go in a bush and do some heavy breathing and blow a few balloons when along came this woman and her son.
Needles to say i was as shocked as they were but at least they weren't too dissressed and didn't call the police. I on ther other hand ran off through the woods with my ballons.
Bullocks. A whole herd of them. Or a troop, a gang, a trundle.....whatever. There I was, minding my own business running through a local field (a new one I hadn't tried before). I was about half way along the length of the field, sticking to the fence line because the gate I was aiming for was directly in front of me, when from a distance I saw a gaggle of heads nodding up over a false horizon. On spotting me the pace quickened - theirs, not mine - and they started heading directly for me. With both gates too far for me to reach and the bullocks getting faster and closer I had no choice but to leap the fence in to the neighbouring field - right in to the barbed wire and gorse bushes!
I'm fairly certain those bullocks had it planned when they saw me aiming for their field.
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Yes indeed - cattle are no laughing matter. I managed to get between a cow and her calf years ago whilst running, and the bliddy thing charged me from behind and sent me flying. I landed in a heap of cow poo with cuts and bruises and a sore ankle. I've been nervous of cows ever since, and have been known to hide behind ladies on club runs.
I told you Buzzards are tricky buggers!!
When buzzards attack!
Once got chased by a load of teenagers in North London. Hilarious... However one of them kept going after all the others had dropped off and kept with me for about two miles. Good effort I thought
Not funny but I nearly ran over a homeless person under a bridge on the canal. All I saw was a sleeping bag rustling in a dark spot as I was running towards it.
Another time in the space of a week when out running I was threatened with violence, propositioned in Hampstead Heath and attacked by a dog. Mad week.
Last weekend I visited a friend who lives near Alton in Hampshire.
Whilst out for a run on Saturday morning a 4x4 flags me down whilst running, and the chap driving asked me where Alton Towers was, and then thought I was being funny when I told him it was the other side of Birmingham (approx 150 miles away!).
Mentioned it to my friend who said he has been asked this several times.
Geese are particularly angry this time of year I have had a number of encounters with them this year, I’ve not been chased just hissed at and had a few rear up at me with wings spread, quite a scary sight! I like running on canal towpaths and around lakes so I guess I have to put up with it.
A couple of weeks ago I was running across a car park by the River, when two geese became really angry making loads of noise wings spread going crazy. Our paths were about to intercept on the car park and I was hoping this anger was not directed towards me. I changed direction so I would end up running behind them, they were still going crazy. Then I realised what they were up to on the far side of the car park there are mirrored offices, they were only squaring up to their own reflections when they got there they were pecking and trying to fight themselves.
It made me chuckle for the rest of my run.
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