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messageJoggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by firth March 25, 05:14AM

Giving my dot a quick walk in Warwick gardens last night I had 4 joggers running up behind me and passing far too closely all puffing and panting. Can you do me a favour and keep your F-----g distance.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by ab29 March 25, 07:34AM

I was thinking the same. Also, pavements are for pedestrians so if people are jogging they need to be careful not to trample everyone who is simply trying to walk there.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Langdale March 25, 07:52AM

I agree. When I was out walking at 7.15 am yesterday in Peckham Rye, a jogger ran up behind me and coughed within a metre of my back. I jumped out of the way. He didn't cover his mouth and showed total disrespect for me. Today I went out earlier but avoided the park and kept to the roads so that I could step into the middle of the road. Lots of joggers just not bothering to step off paths for others. Very selfish and this kind of attitude will soon shut down exercising outside.



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messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by KidKruger March 25, 08:43AM

Langdale, he may have been using the cough to get you out of the way.

I've posted this on the Dulwich park thread already a couple of times.
I've done a lot of running. I know what a bind it is to have to stop/start/change direction around obstacles whether they be parked cars, mums with prams, small crowds and individuals - when you're tired or don't want your efforts disrupted.
But there's no God-given right to just plough on through / past people, especially now of all times !
If you can't get safely past people (6ft distance), then WAIT until the opportunity to do do arises.
It won't kill you. But you may be killing someone else down the line.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by jimlad48 March 25, 10:13AM

I'm a regular runner and have tried to get onto the road whereever it is safe to do so. Was not impressed atthe runner this morning who was coming towards me, and told me to @#$%& off when I called out 'social distancing' as she passed with less than 30cm gap.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by first mate March 25, 10:23AM

This is exactly the same attitude that causes dangerous driving in cars, dangerous driving on bicycles and now dangerous behaviour by joggers. It is a kind of tunnel vision that puts the Ďperpetratorísí need to achieve whatever goal they have in their sights foremost and screw anyone in their way.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Milan05 March 25, 10:26AM

I am sad to say I have seen quite a good deal of runners spitting too - never been impressed with that but now unbelievable...unimaginable mindset to do this.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by KidKruger March 25, 10:26AM

To be fair (and add balance), in another park today runners were mainly being very careful and keeping decent distances, or even stopping/waiting or reversing to continue along other paths.
It was impressive and a lot more relaxing.
The one lady who brushed past me from behind with no warning though, was a selfish fool.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Angelina March 25, 10:44AM

People are selfish and entitled. Watch how it changes over the coming weeks, when this sinks in.

They are probably novices and can't manage to move sideways

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Posted by Spartacus March 25, 11:07AM

KidKruger Wrote:
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> The one lady who brushed past me from behind with
> no warning though, was a selfish fool.




"Don't be giving me no jogger jiggle FOOL"



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messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Ruskin March 25, 11:25AM

I ran through DP yesterday at lunchtime and made a huge effort to avoid people (I'm more often through there early mornings and so uncomfortable among others). It is true that new runners may find it harder to swerve/balance to avoid others though that's not an excuse.

But in HH a little later the person who marched straight towards me to almost pass within inches, had I not stepped into the road was especially irritating.

Some have rubbish spacial awareness anyway, and will never get it.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by KidKruger March 25, 12:42PM

haha - I'll try that line later in the park next time !

Spartacus Wrote:
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> KidKruger Wrote:
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> > The one lady who brushed past me from behind
> with
> > no warning though, was a selfish fool.
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> "Don't be giving me no jogger jiggle FOOL"

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Soylent Green March 25, 10:44PM

I too am really not enjoying all the runners puffing passed me at too close a distance. It is quite scary. I hope the rain returns soon, so we dog walkers can have the wet, sodden parks to ourselves again!

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by peckman01 March 26, 09:46AM

There will always be a few who ruin it for the many. Its not just the runners who are the guilty ones. The amount of pedestrians that don't seem bothered by it is also an issue. Walking past you like nothing is happening, standing right next to you at traffic lights...there are far more walkers than runners out!

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by redjam March 26, 10:18AM

It works both ways - I went for a run on Sunday, scrupulously swerving into the road if someone was coming the other way on the pavement, running on the grass once I was in the park to keep a safe distance from people walking. Occasionally I'd be on a narrow section and would be amazed to see two or three people ambling towards me taking up the whole path, making no effort to move across. I'd have to stop dead and practically fling myself into a bush to let them stroll past. That said, there were lots of sensible people too and most people seemed to be keeping an eye out for each other. So it's wrong (and unhelpful) to blanket-blame whole groups of people.

Also, before we all lose our minds, do remember it's actually a very small risk if someone is whizzing past you at speed - see here: [www.theguardian.com]

Though obviously, we should all keep a safe distance at this time for peace of mind and common civility.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Nandalf the Grey March 26, 12:29PM

Joggers! You are allowed to run on to the grass whilst passing people don't you know! In Peckham Rye some are literally running up behind people so close!

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by holloway March 26, 04:00PM

I think those running too close to other people may well be rookie-joggers. I've noticed an increase amount of joggers lately, perhaps due to the fact that there isn't much else to do when the sun is out.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Ontherun March 26, 04:52PM

I've just walked my dog round Brockwell Park earlier and could not believe how many runners were both plodding and pelting past (i.e. not new runners) huffing and puffing without any regard to keeping their distance. I was dodging on and off the path to try and get out of the way as they just ploughed on through. However there were also lots of parents and kids (mainly primary school-ish age) ambling or cycling along together who were also absolutely not heeding the advice to stay clear of other people.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by fishbiscuits March 26, 09:36PM

I was out running this evening, and stepped into the road whenever passing someone.

But what I would say is that if a runner/jogger and a walker are heading towards each other, it's both of your responsibility to make space. Not JUST the runner!!

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by KidKruger March 26, 09:55PM

Agreed, not JUST the runner.
However, the runner is the one approaching the (soon-to-be) shared space at speed, knowing what his/her own 'plan' is regarding distancing in that specific situation and, presumably, thinking quickly a way to avoid the chore of having to slow down.
The walker does not know what the runner's plans are (often when walking you're not even aware of a runner until they've gone past, sometimes very close).
The walker is relatively static and easier to predict (to a runner).
So in such situations where distancing is not adhered to it's often the runner in control because they're effectively dominating the situation through their speed and unpredictability, putting the onus on the walker to suddenly jump out of the way to maintain distance, or try and anticipate what the runner intends - this is pretty obvious I hope.
So it takes two to tango, as they say, but it seems fair to expect the faster party to lead with the distancing indications / behaviour.
A walker is effectively a sitting duck.
As I've said previously, most runners I've encountered have been most reasonable, probably up to 8/10.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by fishbiscuits March 26, 11:09PM

KidKruger Wrote:
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> So it takes two to tango, as they say, but it
> seems fair to expect the faster party to lead with
> the distancing indications / behaviour.

Agreed... which is why I take the initiative and clearly step into the road (after checking over my shoulder for traffic). But perhaps it would be a nice touch if the walker moved a little to the inside of the pavement too!! (some do, of course...)

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by gromit3:16 Yesterday, 09:45AM

I don't like the runners who come from behind you, you can't hear them and suddenly they are running right passed your shoulder, I don't understand why they would run on busy high streets.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by Henry_17 Yesterday, 01:43PM

I now always make sure to have a broom stick strapped horizontally to each should when walking in the Park. Itís the only way people will respect the required distance.

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Henry

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Posted by Zig-Zag Yesterday, 02:25PM

Henry_17 Wrote:
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> I now always make sure to have a broom stick
> strapped horizontally to each should when walking
> in the Park. Itís the only way people will respect
> the required distance.

This smart dog has already thought of that tactic....

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messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by doody Yesterday, 07:04PM

I was walking in Dulwich park late afternoon today, and, unfortunately,the runners- and some walking groups- I saw were either approaching people closely from behind or being clearly unwilling to deviate from their trajectory.Despite the fact I stopped walking,one runner continued to cut across a wide and otherwise empty path directly towards me. Thank you to the several runners on this forum who have shown they are doing their best to comply with the distance advice.Your sense is truly appreciated, I just wish the message would finally get through to what seems to be the majority of runners.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by KidKruger Today, 10:48AM

doody - I think the message HAS got through to all runners at this time (how could it not have), and to all walkers. Itís now about individual belligerence, which is down to personality.

messageRe: Joggers, not keeping a asfe distance
Posted by goodlizzie Today, 01:09PM

KidKruger Wrote:
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> doody - I think the message HAS got through to all
> runners at this time (how could it not have), and
> to all walkers. Itís now about individual
> belligerence, which is down to personality.


Totally agree. I've had by eye on this thread for a little while as I am a regular runner/ jogger who, like many others, has been very careful to keep my distance from others. Not all of us are bad or selfish.

There are always going to be some people who will not respect the required distancing and will continue to not give space to others regardless of whether they are running/ walking/ skateboarding/ cycling etc.

I've now given up on the park as it is too stressful constantly trying to give people a wide berth (especially when they make no effort themselves or don't even acknowledge it) and I'm sticking to side roads etc and going where looks quiet.

As an aside about the personalities of some, every time I've been out this week, I've seen people spitting in the street - again regardless of their activities - mainly people just walking on the pavement. Gross.


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