Question for the old timers- getting more popular?

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20/09/2012 at 10:13

It seems like every couple of weeks, someone else I know takes up running.

Is this because it's a sport whose time has come? Has there been a massive upswing in the number of people running in the last few years? Or am I just hitting the age when people decide they've got to do something other than sit around watching QI repeats on Dave?

20/09/2012 at 10:27

When it is pissing down, freezing and dark, I am sure Dave will get a good return to its viewing figures . Can't move for runners around here on these cool, crisp, autumn mornings and evenings.

20/09/2012 at 10:48

No - it was just last week. Normal run and there's me and Nicko, a few dog walkers and the blonde lady. Last week couldn't move for bloody runners in the woods. Don't know what their game is.

20/09/2012 at 11:10

There have been several enquiries about joining our running club, but whether they will turn into actual new members remains to be seen!

20/09/2012 at 11:20

Running, cycling, triathlon - they all seem to be booming - I think people are realising it's more fun than gym membership.

20/09/2012 at 14:12

So there's always a big upswing for the light nights / warmer weather, and then it tails off again in the winter? 

I wondered whether the Olympics had an effect, or whether people thought it was cheaper than the gym! 

Separate topic really, but I'm always surprised other runners don't greet each other or smile when I go past the other way. If you're out hiking in the hills, everyone says hello- on the city pavements, not even a friendly nod.

20/09/2012 at 14:23

I don't think the Olympics would have made much of difference to the older generation as most athletes are in their 20s and 30s so perhaps there are other drivers. Whether people have entered the marathon and inspired by the fact that they may get in has had an effect or whether it is something else. Where I live in Clacton I very rarely see other runners (although to be fair it is early) but then I have been out in the evenings with my son on his bike and not seen anyone either - perhaps the population of Clacton is to old, or to drunk to run!!!

20/09/2012 at 16:03

You are living in the worng place SJ - almost always get some kind of acknowledgement round here! (Mind you I do most of my runs at 6 am so I don't usually see many people).


I've been running on and off since the late 80's. There are definitely more people out and about now (though not that many early mornings). There are significantly more in summer than winter, but I'm pretty sure there is a massive increase over the last few years. I don't seem to be seeing that much of a difference in fast runners, but there are many more slower ones. I think it is the growth of things like Race for Life which have burst the elitist bubble and people now feel it is more acceptable to be out bimbling around because you enjoy it, without having to be knocking out 6 minute miles. 

20/09/2012 at 17:21
I love the runners/cyclists nod, i like to alter mine now and again with a slight twist of the head or maybe a wink with the nod, ive tried to combine the nod with the wink and head twist but it was a disaster, poor girl running toward me thought i was having a stroke.
21/09/2012 at 10:56

I'm doing the nod and the smile, but getting nothing back!

This is in Manchester too, and not just the city centre, suburbs too. Maybe I'll get a t-shirt that says 

"Never mind the miles, where are the smiles?"

Maybe not.

21/09/2012 at 11:40

my local park has been full of runners this summer! hoping it gets quieter as it gets colder

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