"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, 26 May 2013

First #BloodyCyclists, now #BloodyRunners?

I'm sure most of you will be aware of the recent fuss (and rightly so) about the motorist who used the hashtag BloodyCyclist and went on to boast about how they had knocked a cyclist off their bike...

Well, I had a somewhat similar experience on my run today, fortunately for me though it didn't end in me being flattened by a car. The story goes... A car had just turned onto the road I was running along and it was just about level with me. Now, I knew there was a turning up ahead that I would be going straight over, but the driver could be turning at. Due to this, and with the car at my shoulder I kept checking their indicator light to make sure they weren't turning. Nope, nothing, so I placed one foot on the road...

...Guess what happened next? Yep, the driver decided to turn. I slammed my breaks on as I didn't particularly want to be road kill and shouted at them (their window was open) "argh, indicate will you hey" (not in a pirate voice I should add) and scurried on homeward. I tweeted about this experience and it seems it's a total pet peeve and annoyance to other runners too:

Why is it such little care is given by motorists? -Or are some people just really bad drivers? As a driver myself I'm always conscious of runners and cyclists - why can't everyone else be?

Has anyone else ever had any near misses?


  1. I ususally get cyclists trying to kill me rather than cars. Think I've got a target on me somewhere for the cyclists to aim at ...!

    1. Hmm... Maybe it's like the food chain; the 4 wheeled creatures hunt the 2 wheeled creatures, and the 2 wheeled creatures hunt the no wheeled creatures...