This blog post is inspired by my Sunday long run. I said ‘good morning’ to a fellow runner as he passed and he completely blanked me. He may have even sped up just to avoid me!

I’ve made it my mission to speak to ever other runner/dog walker/cyclist/horse rider/old man going to the paper shop that I pass and the response rate hasn’t been great. It is improving since they see me every week… but seriously? Do I look crazy? Second thoughts, I’m usually running around in circles every Sunday morning trying to clock up stupid mileage – don’t answer that!

So here it is – Rachel’s guide to running etiquette. Follow these rules and we will all get along just fine!

  • A smile goes a long way: When passing another runner, walker, cyclist, horse rider, or even the friendly old man going to the paper shop, a simple hello, a warm smile, or a friendly nod can make a world of difference. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown conversation, just a small gesture to acknowledge our fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Consider others: Running two or three abreast on a narrow footpath is like hogging the middle lane on a motorway – it’s not courteous, and it can be annoying for others. Let’s be mindful of our footpath users and keep to single file when necessary.
  • Stick to your own lane: Avoid running in designated cycle paths – it’s a common courtesy that helps maintain harmony between runners and cyclists. As I’ve learned from my own experience along the River Ouse, straying into the cycle lane can lead to unnecessary conflicts. Stay in your lane!
  • Leave no trace: If you can carry your energy gels and water with you during a run, you can surely carry the empty wrappers and bottles back home or to the nearest bin. Let’s do our part in preserving the beauty of our running routes by not littering.

By following these simple guidelines, we can create a more welcoming and respectful running community.