OK I will own up... I have been moonlighting... looking at other (running) forums.... what would the Velominati say? But in doing so I found this nugget!
"I imagine it is legal for you to run in the road (in the sense that it is permitted) but you shouldn't do it because you don't have a right of way. Cars have the right of way.
There was a middle aged twit running in the road in Richmond Park against the traffic one Saturday afternoon three years ago. I signalled to him with my arm as I approached on my bike that he was to get out of my way. He only just jumped onto the verge in time to avoid getting mown down by me. He called me an idiot. I told him he was the idiot and shouldn't be in the road. He said, "What does the Highway Code say then?" I told him it said pedestrians can use the road carriageway IF there is no footpath available, but as there are dozens of footpaths available in the park, he has no rights in respect of the road and shouldn't be on it. I followed him for a bit after that. He continued to use the road until he nearly knocked down a group of pedestrians trying to cross the road who were, understandably, looking the other way, towards the traffic, not expecting a runner to be coming the other way against the traffic, and didn't see him coming. He then switched to using the footpath instead. He then continued on the footpath rather than the road until he left the park.
It baffles me that some runners think, because they are training for a road-running event, they should be running in on busy public roads (the carriageway, not the pavement) in order to train. I believe they shouldn't, and they may lose a claim if a car hits them, because they shouldn't be there in the first place.
It's also an unforgiving surface to train on. Far better to run on soft.
If you live in an area where the roads don't have pavements, consider buying a running machine and r
unning at home."
It struck me that this is a strange proposition to put on a -running- forum....
Many people have stated the law to him; but he says this IS the law! My thinking is he would not get much sympathy on a cycling forum for this, let alone a running forum! (I do know the law on this btw) but fire away.... what do you think?