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Some joggers have become a menace in coronaworld

03 April, 2020

• NOTHING against joggers per se, just those (and there are a fair number) who refuse to take evasive, two-metre, action, slow down or yield on narrow paths when required.

Needless to say there are a fair amount of self-entitled blighters around these days, and when those sort of people jog, they seem to think #2metres doesn’t apply to them.

There are non-joggers like this too, of course, especially in the slender aisles of small corner shops.

But the fact a jogger is moving at such speed and more likely to pant heavily, dare I say splutter – at least I do when I jog – makes them a bit of a menace under the current circumstances.

And many don’t have a sense of humour either. After I tweeted “joggers are a menace” a lady jogger replied: “Vilifying a group gives people permission to attack that group. It’s dangerous,” as though joggers are now some sort of “vulnerable oppressed group” that needs special protection.

I reminded her joggers are not a “group” just individuals who choose to move on a public highway much faster than everyone else and, in coronaworld, that comes with a certain amount of responsibility.

So if a jogger comes too close to you then gives you lip for politely asking them to keep their distance, just tell them to “jog on”!

SEBASTIAN WOCKER
Editor, The Hampstead Village Voice

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