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I did a 10km race on Sunday and not being a particularly fast runner was lapped by the leader who was about to win as I was finishing my first lap. Even though I knew I still had 2 miles to go and could have felt very fed up, as he flew past I gave him a little clap and said "well done" whilst i kept plodding on. I got no response whatsoever, not even a little nod.
I repeated the same for the 2nd and 3rd place people and it was only when 4th place passed me he said "thanks". Now I appreciate that these are what I would class as serious runners but it really seems to me that the faster you are, the more miserable (or serious) you become. I go out to run (or plod) in all weathers and really enjoy it. I know I will never be one of the fast ones but frankly if you lose all sense of decency or respect for others, then I don't want to.
Sorry just felt like getting that off my chest. Grrrrrrrr!