Tribal views

One thing I’ve noticed since I became a runner is the friendliness of other runners. Runners will always acknowledge others regardless. When browsing running magazines, reading running books, scrolling through social media (about running) and generally anything (about running) it’s clear to see there’s a lot of camaraderie. No one seems to care what you look like, what you wear, how slow or fast you run as there’s always a conversation to be had or words of encouragement to give and receive.

When I’m out and about exploring I always acknowledge everyone I pass with a simple “hello”, “good morning” or comment about the weather. Walkers, runners, cyclists, mountain bikers, horse riders or people in their gardens will always get something from me.

So this led me to wonder why that if I’m on my mountain bike in the UK and I raise my hand to a road cyclist I rarely get an acknowledgement. I’ve been a mountain biker for a very long time and it seems to be a ‘thing’. I don’t believe I’m offending anyone, it could be that the person is deep in concentration and doesn’t want to be disturbed. But it’s been many people over many years… It doesn’t stop me from greeting them though, it’s just the person I am.


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