It has been brought to my attention that I may have been making a major faux pas on my runs on the South Bank. There was me thinking it was normal when encountering another runner that (while totally ignoring each other’s existence obviously) we should both jink the same way to avoid colliding, realise our mistake simultaneously, then jink the other way in a poorly choreographed comedy moment before finally managing to pass. Out running this morning with my visiting sister-in-law, she commented (after the ninth of these encounters) that she had always thought the convention with runners was to pass on the right. Oh dear. Here I am, lecturing all and sundry on correct escalator etiquette, in ignorance of this apparently basic rule. Can it really be so?
Having been enlightened, I spent the rest of the run closely watching the other runners to see what they did. I haven’t come to any firm conclusion – my main observation was that male runners, coming up to a pair of female runners, tend to barge through the middle, but that may simply be rudeness. So, any runners out there, London or otherwise, please share your wisdom: on the right? Or, as with driving, on the left? What do you do?