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Now, I've done a few races in my time and met most of the usual 'obstacles' - traffic, congestion caused by too many runners on narrow roads etc, but today I was confronted by a runaway horse. The beast seemed pretty big and was first seen trotting down the middle of quite a busy road flanked by a string of several hundred runners on the left and one or two motorists heading in the other direction.
The 'owner' of the horse appeared from a side road just infront of me and started shouting at the several hundred runners to turn back. 'Stop being so f***ing selfish' was her cry. 'Somebody do something!' So my question is 'what on earth shoud we all have done'? Perhaps we were being selfish in not stopping, but to be honest the horse would probably have carried on anyway since the front runners were probably about 15 minutes ahead of us by then. I, for one, would not want to go anywhere near a horse, let alone one that had most likely been spooked.
So what happened next? Well about a quarter of a mile further on, one hardy soul had abandoned all hope of a PB and stopped to calm the animal by the side of the road. Many of us ran past, perhaps a little slowly, before the horse then decided to start racing again at which point it started making it's way towards the front. A little later it was somehow coralled into the grounds of a large house at which point another runner managed to shut the gates much to the annoyance of the householder. 'Oi you, you cannot leave your horse here'....... 'Sorry mate, it's not my horse, see ya later!'
Anyway, back to my original question - 'What would you have done, and what should we have done?