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Why selfish oafs must be told to jog on

Frank Coughlan


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'Instead of veering to the rim of the path or leaving it altogether, marathon man didn't see fit to reroute as much as a single centimetre.' (stock image)

'Instead of veering to the rim of the path or leaving it altogether, marathon man didn't see fit to reroute as much as a single centimetre.' (stock image)

'Instead of veering to the rim of the path or leaving it altogether, marathon man didn't see fit to reroute as much as a single centimetre.' (stock image)

I saw him thundering down the narrow footpath in my direction. A bulky man who won't see 45 again unless it has a P in front of it, he was truly struggling.

The particular exercise he was engaged in could be broadly and benignly called jogging but it seemed to have more to do with ritualistic masochism than useful exercise. He was obviously working on the principle that if he was really in pain and miserable he must be doing something worthwhile. Suffer little children and all of that.


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