Hi guys, im looking at running after work on the roads but im abit worried about gangs of youths etc that tend to lurk around, has anybody ever had any trouble with things like this?
where i live in stoke is hit and miss, but i feel like im cheating myself on the treadmill at the gym
Maybe I'm complacent, but there are very very few places where I wouldn't run. How many times do you read about runners getting beaten up?
thats my point when im thinking about it in my head, you never really hear about it so im assuming most runners are left alone, i could always "run off " if i came into problems, excuse the pun!!
well said, if i get mugged tonight il blame you dave! haha
i doubt you'll be mugged but people will call you names or shout abuse.
I've often been told I shouldn't run in the dark on my own, as it's "too dangerous".
I then ask why it's so dangerous to run at, say 7.00 pm, when I have to walk home from the station in the dark at 6.00 pm for half the year, but that's not dangerous. There's never an answer for that.
As DF says, you're less of a target because you've no wallet, and you're clearly fit and able.
I get occasional comments from the local yoof, but nothing even vaguely threatening. Sometimes they try and run along, but they don't last long!
Apart from anything else, if you work 9-5 you have to run in the dark at certain times of the year (whether morning or evening) or you'd only be able to do it at weekends.
Only you know where the dodgy areas are near where you live - avoid them.
But you should still expect to get heckled from time to time. Some people are morons I'm afraid.
that was regards to running on country lanes you'll probably find and the use of headlights/reflective gear
tom , what part of stoke?
Tunstall mate, my plan is to go up though porthill/wolstanton/basford/etruria and back up to high lane through festival park. Ive run it with friends but one of the guys i normally go with has picked up an injury
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
cougie wrote (see) Its probably just as safe as when you asked the same question last year ? yeah thats a little weird.
cougie wrote (see)
Its probably just as safe as when you asked the same question last year ?
yeah thats a little weird.
last year i was asking about running lights reflective gear etc, probably had a similiar title but different content entirely, so not so much "wierd" i wouldnt say...
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.
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
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.
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