An open letter to a considerate motorist

Dear motorist

Let me just start by saying, you’re brilliant. When you saw me jogging up to that busy junction, all sweaty and red-faced, you could have easily just ignored me and carried on with your day. To be fair, most would.

But you didn’t. And that’s why I’m writing this now

I’m not sure what your reasons were; maybe someone had just given way to you and you wanted to pay their kindness forward, maybe you were in a good mood and fancied spreading some goodwill, or perhaps you’re just a lovely person. Whatever the motive, you slowed to a stop and you waved me across the junction with a smile.

Fantastic. If more people were like you, the world would be a much nicer place


Six-and-a-bit miles into an eight mile run. It was supposed to be a relaxed pace, but I’d been pushing it a bit more than I’d planned to and as a result was huffing and puffing like a battered old steam train that had no chance whatsoever of passing it’s next MOT.

(I don’t think steam trains actually have MOTs, strictly speaking, but let’s imagine for a second that they do and that this one would make the mechanic cry into his oily rag).

Anyway, I digress, and I can see you’re a busy man (although not so busy that you can’t spare a few seconds to help out a weary runner).

So the point is, I was knackered. It’d been a hard run. There’d been hills. And bears. Okay, not bears, but certainly hills.

Well, hillocks, but you get the idea.

But I hadn’t stopped. As much as I’d wanted to, I hadn’t so much as slowed to a brisk walk; because that would be giving in, and I wasn’t in that sort of mood.

However, there’s a world of difference between choosing to stop and having to stop, and I knew that this road junction was on my route back and, more importantly, I knew it was traditionally a busy one. So while the proud, stubborn part of my brain was shouting “Not stopping, Not slowing, Push through it, Feel the burn, No pain No Cheese (or whatever)”, the sneaky weasel part of my brain was whispering “just a little bit longer, then you’ll have no choice but to stand still and wait to cross that wonderfully busy road”. The promise of this junction was dangling in front of me like a carrot stuffed with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, except it was all organic, fair trade and magically zero-calorie. A mangled wreck of a metaphor, but what I’m getting at is that at the point in the run where our paths crossed, the junction was a long-awaited oasis of totally guilt-free rest.

That’s right, the junction. The junction that I was now being cheerfully waved across without needing to break my stride even slightly. By you.

So I smiled, and I carried on running. Because as someone wise once said, there’s a world of difference between choosing to stop and having to stop. And now I didn’t have to stop at all did I? I didn’t notice if you had your window wound down, but if you did you may have noticed that my smile was accompanied by a whimper.

So, Mr Altruistic Motorist, my heart is filled with love for your kind gesture and my brain is marvelling at what a wonderful world this would be if more people were like you.

But my legs? Well sir, my legs think you’re an absolute &?£$£!#.

Yours sincerely,



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4 thoughts on “An open letter to a considerate motorist

  1. Spot on! I thought of this excellent blog post when I suffered the complete opposite situation on my morning run: I had to wait with a small crowd of primary school kids to be shepherded across the road by a lollipop man. Didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the irony – but I did enjoy the chance to breathe easily.

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