I actually got shot while out running!

WTF! Ouch!

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28/05/2010 at 09:41

Unbelieveable. Trainspotting comes to Croydon.

I was running along last night in the local park minding my own business, then out of the blue, well, the bushes on the other side of the road to be precise came a frickin paintball! Caught me right on my side! 

I couldn't believe it. I stood there stunned for a minute or two, watching two figures in the bushes jump up and run off! I almost decided to give chase, but thought better of it after a couple of seconds, as I'm not sure what I would have said to them if I caught up. But I was fuming.

Calmed down today but I am left with a big welt on my side where the said paintball found it's mark. Ouch.

I'm sure it was "only kids" having a bit of fun so feel a little more forgiving today, but at the time, oh if I'd caught them...

The upside was that the adrenaline hit made the last couple of miles of the run pretty easy! Which was nice, I suppose.

Happy days.

28/05/2010 at 10:43

Clearly they hit the 'right' person. I know a few people who would've given chase and not been very forgiving when they caught them.

My other half is very capable of dealing with things like that with humour, his family are great story tellers, you just have to embellish the details a little then it becomes amusing.

Still, not nice when it happens. Poor you.Think it would have me in tears. I'm very easily upset. I don't envy you.

btw - what colour paint?  

28/05/2010 at 10:46
28/05/2010 at 10:47

Well it's amusing reading, but I kept thinking what if that had been me?

You don't instantly know what's going on, you just know you've been shot and if they had used red paint as well I reckon most people would have been really frightened.  Someone else might have had a coronary... Personally I think it's a joke too far and I would have reported it, but then I'm anal about these things.

28/05/2010 at 10:53

I'd have hunted them down ...

Great song PRF ...

28/05/2010 at 10:58
Little b**tards! I don't know what i would have done but I can tell you the "adrenaline" would have made me very angry and i certainly would have shouted after them the swines.
28/05/2010 at 11:11

And to think that people pay good money to get splatted in that way!

Twisting things around, it has given me a good idea for a new training session - Hide in a bush, shoot a paintball at some hard looking thug and then run like hell.

Got to get a good anaerobic workout from that!

28/05/2010 at 11:14
I don't think I could laugh it off as kids having a bit of fun. There's a reason why they make you wear face masks and googles when playing paintball - getting hit in th eye with one of those can cost you your sight.
28/05/2010 at 11:15
*waits for parkrunfan to come back next week starting a thread "I actually got a broken nose while out running!"
28/05/2010 at 11:18
I agree with Nam, but then we are female so it would be a lot more intimidating.
28/05/2010 at 11:23
Happened to me a couple of years ago but it was a group of lads in a car who shot me with some sort of air rifle. I was lucky that it only hit me on my chin but I was so shocked at the time that I did not think to get there registration.
28/05/2010 at 11:32

I've been hit with an egg thrown from a passing van, boy that hurts.

After the initial shock it was just a case of trying to get some satisfaction from the fact that they'd be one short for their omelette.

28/05/2010 at 11:37

It was orange paint....

The funny thing was at first I didn't realise it was a paintball and thought it was an air rifle or bb gun type thing. I did initially take chase onto the golf course and wandered up and down the hedge for a bit. The golfers were all looking at me rather strange. It was only then that I looked down at my shirt again and see the paint splat.

A bit of advice for all - don't go paintballing in lightweight running gear.... it doesn't offer much protection....

28/05/2010 at 18:56

That's Croydon for you.

And that's why we escaped from there - phew.  All we get nowadays is low-flying pheasants.

28/05/2010 at 18:58
people should watch where they shoot these paintballs and not aim at runners who are out to keep fit
28/05/2010 at 20:36
Unlucky Fingers. There's some utter scum out there. Just content yourself that they'll try it on the wrong person and end up with an absolute hiding that will teach them for life.
28/05/2010 at 21:23
You should report this to the police
28/05/2010 at 22:49

Fucking idiots deserve a thrashing

28/05/2010 at 23:30
There'll be no mercy for people like that. I swear it.
28/05/2010 at 23:34

You've been assaulted so you should report it to the police.

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