How common is running in your area?

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09/11/2012 at 16:42

I live in Horsham, and i think it is rare, that i dont see at least one runner out and about. Saturday morning, very common, and i think on average i see about 10 runners. You go down to Brighton though, and it is running city.

It is always nice to see other runners, and it feels like i am seeing more than i did a few years ago. Unless it just goes through phases, since how many people take it up, then quit.

But is there anyone out there, who just never sees any runners out and about?

09/11/2012 at 17:40

South-west London seems to be the home of running... masses and masses of people.

09/11/2012 at 18:14

I live in a village of 200 people. 6 of us run regularly, another couple run once a week or so and there are a couple more who run occasionally. Yet I hardly ever see anyone running when I run from home, unless I have gone out with a friend, and that doesn't count really, does it?

09/11/2012 at 20:45

Most runs I don't see anyone else whilst I am out. However it's only a pretty small market town and I do the vast majority of my runs pretty early - 6 am in the week and about 7 am at weekends. It's by no means running city, but there are definitely a lot more runners out and about than there used to be, just usually in the evenings.

09/11/2012 at 21:13

I live in a village and reckon I normally see 2 or 3 runners and probably about the same serious number of cyclists. I tend to do my evening runs about 6 which I would guess is about 'peak' time. 

09/11/2012 at 21:58

small-ish town, always see 5+ out running, and occasionally bump into a club run.

09/11/2012 at 22:21
I live in a village and see plenty of runners day and night. The canal and trans pennine trail is part of some of my runs so always see lots. But how dark,cold or remote it might be there will always be a chance of bumping into some other runner!
09/11/2012 at 22:23

Are there any statistics on how many people consider themselves runners.  Say, the percentage of people who run 3 times a week or more....  how many run once a week, once a month.??

I'd have thought there would be some stats somewhere, and it would be interesting.

09/11/2012 at 22:53

I live in Horsham too. Theres always lots of runners out. The thing I like about Horsham is that 'most' runners I pass, will, Nod - Say hi -Smile - Even the odd wave. When I was training for the GNR this year I did 2 long runs in Brighton. Horrid...Passed MANY runners and not one. NOT ONE. Smiled or anything. Grumpy old lot. Quite shocked really. I smile when I pass anyone. Young, old, walking, cycling. Its nice.


10/11/2012 at 08:08

In Bath there always seem to be a few runners out. Even when I'm running very early in the morning along the canal miles out of town I usually see another head torch bobbing along towards me in the dark at least once.

10/11/2012 at 10:56

I live in a small rural town. It has a running club so i know there are others around but I very rarely see them when i'm out.

P'raps it's the cicuit i take down the lanes away from town.

11/11/2012 at 08:23
I live in a tiny tiny village. Since I've run my special route I've gone from seeing no one to 3 people regularly. I'm sure they stole my route off mapmyrun! One guy must be 80. Always say hi, but it gets awkward if you see them again!
11/11/2012 at 08:30

Quite a few runners in my town in West of Scotland.

11/11/2012 at 08:47

In Crawley, there are always a fair few runners out and about. I think that the numbers have increased since a Parkrun was started up locally. I always smile/nod or say hello to my fellow runners and cyclists and 'generally' get a response back.

11/11/2012 at 09:18
I used to see loads of runners, but I moved to a town 30 miles south west and now I see far more cyclists than runners. I just wish we had a parkrun here.
11/11/2012 at 10:45

I see far more cyclists than runners around here, I guess that's the nature of the terrain.

Horsham must have it's fair share of runners with the amount of localish clubs and events.

Thing with running is that there are 24hrs in a day and a multitude of different routes, so you may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I don't usually see that many runners but in the weeks leading up to Beachy, you can't move for the things. Now I'll be lucky to spot one..

11/11/2012 at 10:47
In Belgium - I'm lucky to see one or two a WEEK... When I'm in Surrey at my parents - I'll see at least 10 people on every run.
11/11/2012 at 12:22

I saw the local running club going out for their weeknight run last week and there must have been close to 100 of them.
At one of the largest manufacturers in the town quite a few people use their lunchtimes to go running. When a few of us were training for a half marathon last year there were 3 o 4 of us that would go out running at lunchtime and we'd pass at least a dozen others running on the same route.
Generally you can see at least 2 or 3 people out running in the morning or early evening.

11/11/2012 at 13:39

BM, dont surmise you see many out at your time of running though?

Live in Glasgow, west end, see loads of runners out, all the time, every day. Lots of cyclists too. Always say hi/give a nod/wave etc when out running or cycling, nice to be nice and all Definitely more cyclists since the Olympics too. No bad thing.

12/11/2012 at 11:21

In Central London where I work, too many to count!

Quite a few in North London where I live, but it seems that the majority of them stick to the parks and don't run on the roads.

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