Runner Saves Girl From Brutal Attack

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 15, 2011

It could have been a serious assault had he not intervened.

An anonymous runner from Corby, England has become a hero. According to The Evening Telegraph, the runner was out for a jog along Boating Lake and George Street in the English city when he stumbled across two men assaulting an 18-year-old girl in a wooded area of the park. The runner hero, described as a white man in his 30s, intervened, causing the two assailants to flee the scene.

Police Detective Sergeant Julie Gallagher praised the hero: “This could have been a lot worse if the jogger had not come along,” she said. “We want to speak to him because we hope he can give us a description of the suspect, and we also want to make sure that he is okay.”

The victim is reported to be “fine” and was not raped.

Sgt Gallagher tried to ease public fears, saying that this was the first such incident in the area. “[People] should be vigilant as they normally would when walking alone,” she said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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