For me it is running in Windsor Great Park during the winter. At that time of the year it usually free of dog walkers, pedestrians, cyclist and cars. Infact sometimes I can do a 10 mile loop and not come across another person for the entire time. Bliss
As someone who does the majority of their running in the countryside I do try and nod / smile / say hello to every runner I come across.
On long runs I sometimes try and work out the stats of who is more likely to be friendly, sad I know but it does keep the mind ticking over on the 3-4 hr runs.
Over the last 4 weeks my very unscientific straw-poll has come up with the following findings regarding who is most likely to say hello / aknowledge you whilst out on a run. (Runners only) Most likely - Male "club" type runners at least 80% response 2nd - Male & Female "leisure" type runners 50-75% Least likely - Female "club" type runners less than 50% response.
Just to add that the 2 cheeriest people I have come across that actually had a bit of a chat as well were actually both Female "club" type runners.
Sometimes on long runs when I like to keep a running total of certain things, one of which is the number of drivers that allow you to cross the road infront of them at junctions. I have discovered the following:
male drivers: 60%
female drivers: 50%
expensive cars (BMW, Mercedes etc): 25%
Chelsea tractors: No way, never under any circumstances.
The trouble with people shouting at runners is lack of originality. They think they are being original and witty, not realising that you have heard the same thing numerous times before. I have lost track of the number of people have said to me 'you look hot'. Of course I do, it's summer and I am running. What I would like to hear is someone say 'you look hot, would you like an ice lolly?'.
I agree that it is a good opportunity for up and coming atheletes to be given a chance on the world stage, but it doesn't diminish the enjoyment for spectators.
I am looking forward to the womens steeplechase tonight. Local athelete Pippa Woolven is competing for England. She recently set a new course record at my usual parkrun (Black park 28th june) and hammered everyone out of sight. Being Scottish I never thought that one day I would be cheering for England at the commomwealth games, but I guess that is progress.