Do other people get ignored by fellow runners or is it just me?

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24/06/2009 at 21:14
I'm beginning to think  that I must be invisible. I always try to smile and say hello when I see other people out running, but more often than not I get completely ignored. Is it just me?!
24/06/2009 at 21:16
No its not just you Fripps, happens to me too but I still make sure I try to say hello in case I get a friendly runner
24/06/2009 at 21:18

Who said that?

<turns round and walks away>

24/06/2009 at 21:26
I'll always give a deft nod as I rocket past
24/06/2009 at 21:32
I always say hello to runners, cyclists, walkers etc and if I'm on a long run and I'm a bit bored I give a cheery wave too. If I get an equally cheery wave back it perks me up for the next few miles!
24/06/2009 at 21:44

If you aren't getting much response from fellow runners to your smile and heloo why not try the "skimpy running knickers" Vickie Probyn is asking about on another thread - you might be pleasantly surprised.

24/06/2009 at 21:46
If nothing else wearing "skimpy running knickers" would probably get a big response from white van man.
24/06/2009 at 22:08

Ouch and a half.  I saw a runner in GNR with a thong and thought it looked painful!  Guess white van man might approve!    

24/06/2009 at 22:44

Didnt hurt that much Cinders.

Just have to remember to put it on the right way round next time.

PloddingOn    pirate
25/06/2009 at 08:01
In my area, everyone greets you while you are running! The tennis club out for their early morning run, people walking to work and cars!!

Is great!
25/06/2009 at 08:37
PloddingOn wrote (see)
In my area, everyone greets you while you are running! The tennis club out for their early morning run, people walking to work and cars!! Is great!

Me too, I live in a very rural area, and as such, there are always lots of people out walking, cycling and a handfull of runners, in the spring and summer, not so much in the winter.

I would say 95% of the people always say "morning", "hello", "I bet that keeps you fit!!" etc etc, or give a big smile and a wave.

As said before,  it can give you a bit of a boost if you are waning.

Maybe its a geographical thing?

25/06/2009 at 09:06
I moved to the countryside recently and have only passed one other runner, who ignored me, so a 100% ignore rate so far, but where I ran in London, about 90% of runners would smile, nod, wave or say hello.
25/06/2009 at 09:21
I`m with Lou - I always say hello, wave or nod.

I live in Sheffield and nearly always get a nice response. Even had `hellos` and smiles from cyclists and people in cars recently, especially on a nice Sunday morning.
25/06/2009 at 09:37
I always find most people running in the London parks ignore me when im out. I try to get their attention and smile anyhow! When im out, where i live in essex, I find other runners alot friendlier...
25/06/2009 at 09:51
I live in Essex and most of the runners smile or say hello when I run near home, but I work in London and when I run near work i take it as a personal mission to get anyone to give an acknowledgement - I think my smiles and hellos get wider and louder as the run goes on in the hope of getting something back!! Last time I actually counted 13 runners and not one acknowledgement. I am one step away from stopping in their tracks til they give me a smile
25/06/2009 at 09:54
I'm going to put a bell and some tinsle on my babyjogger, that's sure to make someone smile and maybe say hello
25/06/2009 at 09:54

Live out in the country but work in London (city).
At home I probably get a 90% acknowledgement rate from other runners, but along the Thames path/Embankment its probably about 10%. I've noticed that ipod runners (that old chestnut) almost exclusively are unresponsive. Or maybe its my skimpy running knickers...

25/06/2009 at 10:02

Seems like a common theme here - it would seem runners in London are just unfriendly! Boo unfriendly London runners! Give us a wave!

PloddingOn    pirate
25/06/2009 at 10:06
I think the problem is that in Essex, you kind of greet people as such:

*pant pant*

*10mins pass*

"Hello"

*15 mins pass*

"Hello"

In London, it's more like:

"Hello"
"Hi"
"Howdy"
"Hi"
"Hello"
"Hi"

*pant pant* (from greeting people - not from running)
25/06/2009 at 10:11
I live in Bath, and probably get a 50% acknowledgment ratio, usually a smile or a nod. However the other day I found myself running behind an attractive woman for quite some distance and everyone that passed gave her a big smile or a nod or an elongated stare, and then when I passed my acknowledgment ratio immediately went down to 0%
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