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'Aggressive' runner mars Northern Ireland parkrun - organisers hail community spirit on display

By Jonathan Bell

Organisers of a Northern Ireland parkrun said they were both surprised and disappointed after one of the participants was aggressive toward other runners.

Over 200 people took part in the Bangor Ward Park run on Saturday braving a cold winter morning.

Following the event the organisers took to Facebook to celebrate those that took part and praise the community spirit and friendship on display.

"We were, therefore, both surprised and disappointed to get reports this morning of a runner who was behaving aggressively towards other runners," organisers said.

"We would remind everybody that Bangor parkrun is a community event and we must be respectful to each and every parkrun participant and other park users too. As the parkrun Code of Conduct states: “Have fun, it’s only a run”."

A magnificent 215 people ran, jogged and walked three laps of the Ward Park course this morning in the depth and...

Posted by Bangor parkrun, County Down on Saturday, December 30, 2017

One participant who took part in a previous run at the same venue said they were shocked at the attitude of some of the runners.

She said parts of the course were too narrow and given the number taking part there were bottlenecks resulting in some more experienced runners "yelling" at others to get past.

"Some were really rude and had no regard for plodders who often had young kids," she said.

"It's free, so these guys can get their times without having to pay to enter a proper race.

"I wouldn't run it again because of the attitude of those guys. I found them intimidating."

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