Female runner in need of hospital care after assault

Jessica Downey
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Photo credit: Silentfoto - Getty Images
Photo credit: Silentfoto - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • A female runner required hospital treatment after being assaulted by a group of boys in Leatherhead.

The runner fell over when a ball was reportedly kicked at her by a group of boys. The incident left her with ankle injuries and she required hospital treatment.

It is believed the runner was targeted by the group in River Lane, Leatherhead on March 23 at around 5:15pm. A spokesperson for Surrey police said, ‘The incident occurred close to the Leatherhead youth football club at around 5.15pm and was reported to involve a group of young men deliberately kicking a ball at the woman who was out running nearby.’

‘After being hit by the ball at some force, the victim fell over and was taken to hospital with injuries to her ankle.’

Witnesses are being urged to report any details to the police.

This incident comes after a number of female runners reported a rise in street harassment during the coronavirus lockdown, including former Wales 400m champion Rhiannon Linington-Payne and Team GB and Wales Sprinter Hannah Brier. Middle-distance runner Sarah McDonald also recently expressed her shock after being assaulted while training for the Olympics.

Female harassment is, of course, not just an elite problem. In 2017, we published a feature about Running while Female, which detailed the high levels of harassment experienced by everyday female runners – with 46 per cent reporting that they had been harassed while running.

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