‘I’d like people to stop running on busy streets and breathing heavily’ says Piers Morgan

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

From Runner's World

Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, Piers Morgan called runners ‘unbelievably selfish’ for breathing heavily and running down busy streets.

‘I’d like people to stop running on busy streets and breathing heavily. All over everyone, they run past. I just think it’s unbelievably selfish. It’s like, “Go and run in a park, they’re all open”’. His co-presenter Susanna Reid acknowledged that many parks are extremely busy at the moment with England in a national lockdown, with gyms closed and runners encouraged to stay close to home. Morgan replied, ‘Just stop running down the high street blustering over people, I just think it’s ridiculous.’

It’s not the first time in the coronavirus pandemic that runners' behaviour has been called out. In April journalist and runner Bryony Gordon tweeted asking for runners to be more considerate to dog-walkers when using parks. Gordon wrote, ‘Fellow runners - listen up! It’s our responsibility to move out of the way of walking pedestrians, not theirs. We are sweaty and panting and moving at speed. I’d really rather we all sacrificed a time than everyone else’s ability to go outside.’

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme during the first lockdown, runner and author Bella Mackie emphasised that runners must adhere to the social distancing guidelines: ‘The onus is on the runner to be extra-considerate,’ she said.

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