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Speed can kill – even that of a jogger

11 January, 2018

• I HAD an experience that brought home to me how easily a familiar pavement can become a place of danger.

Last Sunday morning , turning into Haverstock Hill at a snail’s pace from Antrim Grove, I was struck at right angles by a runner charging down the hill on the inside edge of the sidewalk who had clearly not seen me at all, although I was wearing a bright red top and high-vis green gloves. I had no chance of seeing him in time.

Our foreheads clashed and each of us was stunned for a few moments, but I was then able to continue with nothing more than a deep graze and a pounding headache. Had I been an instant sooner, the same blow to the temple would have put me in hospital or worse.

The message for me and for your readers is that there is no such thing as a safe street. Every corner needs to be approached with caution. I hope that the other person involved has learnt a similar lesson. Speed can kill, even just running at speed, and the streets are no place for the kind of head-down charge he was on.



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