Women Joggers in Greenwich Park
Folks, Renae has just sent me this, which I post in its entirety:
“I wanted to relay something that happened to me yesterday while running in the park.
I had been running alone for about half an hour and had come to a walk to cool down. I was walking across the grassed area by the children’s playground and had my headphones in to listen to some music. All of a sudden two teenage boys appeared beside me on bikes dressed in the usual street gear but they also had their faces covered with bandanas. I couldn’t hear what they were saying so I took my head phones out then they said something else that was muffled by their masks. They made a move towards me with one going to cut my path off with his bike so I just listened to my gut and ran away as fast as I could towards the nearest person I could see. When I started running they yelled after me asking me why I was running. Luckily there was a dog walker nearby that saw me and I think discouraged them from pursuing me but I kept running until I was outside the park gates. I reported the incident to the police who said they would try to get to the park with in the hour.
I may have read the situation incorrectly but the fact that they had their faces covered made me immediately terrified. I thought I should let you know so you can remind everyone, particularly women to be careful when running alone and to keep the volume down if they are listening to music so they can hear what is going on around them. I was shocked as I hadn’t seen these two anywhere around me.”
So – maybe it was isolated, maybe these kids were just having fun intimdating lone women and not realising how scary that can be (teenagers aren’t well known for forethought in this sort of thing), but I thought you should know. Take care. And maybe lay off the headphones for a while, eh…