Screaming out of cars, cigarette smoke blown in your face, lit cigarettes thrown at you outside pubs, snowballing, gangs blocking the pavement or stepping out in front at the last second, cheeseburgers thrown out of car windows, just a few of the bad ones i can think of. Milder stuff, knees up, who is winning, run forest, can we join you (and some do with beer can and cig much to amusement of chav mates) I find that my dog is a calming presence either people like him or they are afraid - both fine by me.
Tricky question. We accept anybody but then we have 30 members with several nearby clubs 4-10 times our size so we can't afford to be snooty. We had a situation where a splinter group of friends all the slower runners started meeting on their own and left a single 12 min miler with the ' official group' of 6-8 min milers and after several months they were politely asked not to come out on long runs because of health and safety the group had to stay together and the faster people stopped coming as often. They still come along to speed workouts though! I think most individuals are usually able to.assess if they are ready to join a club and find out which one suits them. I doubt any club in my locality would turn people away because our cross country league heavily favours larger clubs,
Well i was walking from the sands centre looking a bit confused after exiting the subway and someone kindly pointed me in the right direction, not particularly unusual except out of 1200 + runners it happened to be skinny fetish now that is spooky! I thought it was a fantastic event especially starting from the castle the course was great all round, lovely places although i don't share the enthusiasm for passing the football stadium it was the worst part and that boggy bit afterwards approaching the bridge and the climb up to the main road was a strength sapper. Finishing on the track was a nice feeling. Anyway knocked three and a half minutes of my pb finished 1:24:28 so all smiles from me will definitely come back