Race /Fun Run etiquette

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25/07/2013 at 20:47
I usually try and engage those types in conversation.
If they are too tired to talk ill speed up for a bit.
25/07/2013 at 20:50
Stevie G . wrote (see)
Ah bah crie wrote (see)

Out of interest, what is the etiquette about using a stranger to pace you?

In my last marathon, I had this guy sitting right behind me for about 3 miles, and if I changed my line, he would move over to follow in my footsteps, if I slowed down, so did he.

Now it wasn't a particularly windy day, so there was no need to sit right behind me and if he did want to use me to pace him, then I would have preferred him to move alongside me and at least say hello, even if he didn't want to chat.

I got fed up with it eventually and stuck in a burst of speed for a few hundred metres and that seemed to drop him, but it was annoying at the time.

The types that insist on sticking very close even when you weave like mad are very annoying. I like to see how far I can drag them across the road. And then back.

That sounds like a  better plan, at least it would take my mind off the run for a while...

26/07/2013 at 14:12

NB3 -- I don't think the age of anyone to whom you referred to in you OP is relevant to the question you were asking.  Just saying...

seren nos    pirate
26/07/2013 at 17:18

I have realised that I must be a creepy weirdo....

In races i often catch up the person infront of me and then stick behind them for a while until i get my breathing and heart rate under control and then aim for the next person in front to catch up...........

I think stick closely on their shoulder........sometimes when i catch up with them i feel strong and so don't tail them but move on to the next person i can catch.......

seems like instead of using them as a way to encourage myself to overtake people and run faster,.............I must be a dirty old leachorus man who is having some kinky day out instead of trying to run a race as fast as I can

26/07/2013 at 18:00

I have improved to the level that I often find the top few women are running around my pace - some of them have very nice bottoms.

Often I catch them up from behind as they probably start near the front as they think of themselves as the best women whereas I think of myself as an also ran man. Sometimes I also slow down and run with them because I am tired.


1) If I ran pervily close to them we would fall over each other's legs.

2) I am normally running at my physical limit and whilst a nice bottom is a nice bottom a quick appreciative look is about all I am up to mid race.

3) I have no idea how I could press my sweaty body up against them whilst running - that sounds impossible. But even if someone has some expert advice for me on how to do this please see 2)

They were obviously getting protection from the wind or tired and dropped in behind to pace themselves - often you don't do this with every runner you pass, fully agree with seren above.


26/07/2013 at 18:36
I agree with Seren and skinny.
It seems as though older blokes can't do anything these days without being accused of being some sort of deviant.

If the runner looked more like Brad Pitt or George Cluney I wonder if such a fuss would have been made.
26/07/2013 at 18:57

I'd imagine there's easier situations to act lecherous in then the middle of a flat out race!

26/07/2013 at 21:15

At the Bath Half last year I did draft a young woman (I'm mid fifties so most of them are young) to get round the far end of the second lap. It was about half a mile and I chose her because she overtook me at just the right point and wasn't too fast. I've no idea whether she had a nice bum or not but it got me through a rougher patch, I thanked her and eased off once we were back on the flat.

I'm feeling a bit guilty now. 

27/07/2013 at 08:56

Don't take up cycling!

28/07/2013 at 19:08

I was pondering this today while taking part in a race. I'm in the middle of the pack so plenty of female runners around. It was a trail run and I was keeping an eye on the ground. And it occurred to me that to an onlooker it could appear that I was fixated on the female bum in front instead of looking where I was treading. Which is what I was doing. Honest.

28/07/2013 at 21:49

I couldn't perv at any female arses at this year's London marathon cos there weren't any in front of me.  Harrumph!

28/07/2013 at 21:55

Should've done it in the championship start pen beforehand.

28/07/2013 at 23:50

I can run at a very even pace and a few times in races I've had people latch on to me and run the last mile (or a few) with me and then say thank you or acknowledge that they were using my pacing at the end. All very slow people, obviously.

A neat behind can be something to follow, even for a girl 

29/07/2013 at 11:36
literatin wrote (see)

Should've done it in the championship start pen beforehand.

Yeah, don't worry about that.  Now that I'm over 40, besides eating soup and pissing myself, staring at women's arses is just about all I do.

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