As a runner I am always courteous to other pavement/path users, leaving sufficient space, stopping if necessary, acknowledging the motorists that slow or stop to let me cross the road so I don't have to break my stride. Today I choose a different route for my run and encountered some very inconsiderate ramblers, togged out in all their walking gear, big boots, walking poles etc. On one section of my run it was uphill on a narrow pavement when I saw this group of ramblers heading towards me, the pavement was only wide enough for two people and they were walking in pairs in groups spread out back up the road. The first group made no effort to walk in single file so I had to step into the road, the same happened with the second group by the time I got the third group i felt like shoulder barging them into the hedge but they were mostly elderly ramblers, who in my opinion should have had better manners and walked in single file, but I thought us runners should not stoop down to their level in being discourteous to other pavement/path users. So upholding the good manners that the runners on this forum abide too I stepped aside once again but did shout to them it would be good to share the pavement not hog it. I like walking the countryside myself and have enjoyed some very good holidays in the lake district and other parts of the country striding out in my walking/rambling gear but I am always respectful to other people I pass on my walks or runs. Anyone else encountered inconsiderate pavement/path users on their runs and any advice on what to do in future bearing in mind I don't want to lower the good standards that us runners abide to.