How safe is it to run alone after dark?

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06/03/2013 at 18:04
Just don't go running in woods. Dog walkers are always discovering dead bodies in woods. Something wierd goes on in woods.
cougie    pirate
06/03/2013 at 18:18
Or Midsomer.
06/03/2013 at 18:21
As long as you stay alert there shouldn't be any problems. Of course if you run at night with your iPod blaring out you are asking for trouble.
06/03/2013 at 20:28

I get told it's dangerous to run through woods/nature reserves alone in the dark, which is probably fair enough if I had an accident or something, but it would have to be pretty incapacitating to stop me dragging myself back to the nearest main road so I don't worry. But for safety I do try to vary my routes and not go the same way at the same time every day.

06/03/2013 at 21:03

to be fair unless you owned a very good torch the woods in the dark must be pretty hard to navigate! i have my phone with me, i run near a golf course which covers a huge area of fields and not much else, i occasionally pass another  runner, or cyclist, a dog walker maybe, i always assume it would be rare for a would be mugger to wait that far out on the off chance a passer by might come at night with something worth taking , 

sometimes i run with my spaniel , i guess she may put people off , but i'm sure she would hide behind me for protection of herself , shes a wimp really , good runner though  - she has cool flashing collar for dark runs 

 

06/03/2013 at 21:32

Oh, my woods have well-maintained wide paths, so I just have a torch bright enough to illuminate a patch of ground just in front of my feet. But I couldn't do it on paths I didn't know well and I do have to concentrate a bit more. I don't imagine evil rapists or big bad wolves would spend a lot of time lurking in the shadows on the off-chance, but that's why I make sure I'm not the girl who always runs down the same deserted path at the same time.

06/03/2013 at 21:40
06/03/2013 at 21:45

I just wish Literatin would stick to a timetable, its freezing out here!

06/03/2013 at 21:50

I went running with about 10 blokes tonight so I think I was safe enough! 

07/03/2013 at 10:13
literatin wrote (see)

I get told it's dangerous to run through woods/nature reserves alone in the dark, which is probably fair enough if I had an accident or something, but it would have to be pretty incapacitating to stop me dragging myself back to the nearest main road so I don't worry. But for safety I do try to vary my routes and not go the same way at the same time every day.

I know women who won't run in the nature reserve on the own in the daytime.  I do it often, never felt even remotely threatened.  I don't know what they are afraid of.  When I ask they just say things like "well, you never know..." 

I don't do it in the dark for fear of tripping over and getting hurt.  I might be able to get back to a road, but I'd still be hurt!

I am looking forward to light evenings 

07/03/2013 at 11:18

Wilkie, totally agree that I'd rather not get hurt at all, but I don't really think it's likely which is why I take the risk. I certainly wouldn't run in the dark on paths I didn't already know well from daytime running , though!

07/03/2013 at 11:18

It's far to dangerous to go out after dark  and anyone who does so is asking for trouble.

I was sat with my mates in the park and a  pack of runners wearing headtorches

started heading in our direction.  A couple of my mates wanted to leg it but i knew we couldn't out-run  all of them.  I told them all to freeze and play dead.

Luckily it worked and the pack passed us by without any questions as to the whereabouts of  the nearest macdonalds.

10/03/2013 at 10:22
DF3, why is running in Bradford dangerous? Are you a habitual WUM? For sure areas like Manningham or Delph Hill are rough, but I'd sooner run there than say Soho Road or Lozells in Birmingham. It may surprise some but parts of Bradford aren't that bad, granted there are no Kensington, Little Aston or Four Oaks pockets of wealth but the BD postcode includes some nice rural areas.

The only time I've had any thing untowards happen is a McD's milkshake and a marker pen thrown from moving cars, both in nice areas of Birmingham. Like everyday life, act sensibly and be aware of your surroundings to reduce the risk. As Wilkie rightly says,I'm not running through the park in the dark because I don't want to trip, not because a nutter is waiting in the bushes on the off chance a middle aged mad trundles past.

I get more trouble from middle class dog owners in the park than chavs in hoodies comparing wheels on their Saxos.

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