I had a strange experience at park run yesterday. It was my first run for about a month as my daughter had had a nasty burn which had stopped her running for a while. So, our speed was a bit slower (Xmas didnt help!!). I havent done that many park runs, but I am quite accustomed to getting lapped by the club runners on the second lap of the 3 lap winter course. However yesterday is the first time that I've been shouted at. The 5th runner to lap us shouted 'Track, track, track' in an irritable tone. I wasnt sure what it meant but assumed it meant 'get out the way' so I did. Then another one came by, he shouted 'bear left, bear left' and then he shouted at the woman in front of me 'you in the pink, I said BEAR LEFT'. Now this was all on a muddy track and my daughter had already fallen over once. There were some first timers running and they too looked non-plussed. I have asked around, and I understand this kind of shouting goes on in competitive racing, but I hadnt thought it appropriate at a volunteer-run, all-ability event like park-run. I should point out that I was not hogging the middle of the track or anything like that. So--is it just me?
The good news is, I have persuaded my husband to start the C25K programme, so I'm hoping that in a few months there will be three of us running the course (I'm never going to get my son to make a 4th!!)