Thanks guys. I actually use it with the power at the lowest. I know it's a pretty bright beam - a birthday present from my husband who did his research
I'm with you on the helmet thing. Saw two young lads on the road last week obviously off to do some mountain biking off road. Helmets on their handlebars. And cyclists who rely on their back reflector in the dark .. Crazy.
I wear flashing armbands and a high-vis vest. I think both times I was flashed the roads were lit and I was running with other people, on the pavement, who were probably wearing high-vis clothes as well. Will check the beam direction tonight.
Thanks for all the replies. I might ask my husband to wear it while I'm sat in the car to see how bright it is (I don't have it on full anyway). It does sort of bug me if people are being funny about it - a guy was killed near to where I live crossing the road at night recently and by all accounts the driver didn't even see him to hit the brake.
I've had a couple of cars flash me when I've had my torch on (an LED Lendser), even though I'm running on the pavement. I'm finding it hard to believe I'm dazzling anybody - I've had cyclists with full beams come towards me when I've been driving and it hasn't bothered me as a driver (I would sooner somebody sharing the road be visible to me). I just wanted to check the etiquette here just in case I am being a jerk runner!