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    After yesterday's run, I will now have to abandon a particular route due to the blighters. Shoulder high grass, nettles and brambles. Almost impenetrable but persevered as the thought of turning around was equally unappealing. Will return next in the autumn if the Worcestershire CC path clearing team don't show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    After yesterday's run, I will now have to abandon a particular route due to the blighters. Shoulder high grass, nettles and brambles. Almost impenetrable but persevered as the thought of turning around was equally unappealing. Will return next in the autumn if the Worcestershire CC path clearing team don't show up.
    Surely the trick is to use all your local routes on a regular 'rota' to stop or stamp down such growth before it becomes excessive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    Surely the trick is to use all your local routes on a regular 'rota' to stop or stamp down such growth before it becomes excessive?
    Nice idea but sadly the amount of running I do does not keep pace with the growth of weeds. I'm also one for going off the beaten track so doubt they get much footfall other than me and the dog. In some ways it's a good thing - I enjoy the seasonality of some of my routes knowing that the clear, fast path of winter will at some point become impassable later in the year. A chance to rethink old routes and take in some different scenery.

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    I was once told that the serotonin boost nettles provide acts as a light stimulant, but that too much can leave you wobbly.

    Also that having a good sting in spring can raise antibodies to reduce the immune system's response to pollen, lowering susceptibility to hayfever for a period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ba-ba View Post
    Also that having a good sting in spring can raise antibodies to reduce the immune system's response to pollen, lowering susceptibility to hayfever for a period of time.
    Makes sense: I am the only one in my family who doesn't get much hayfever, and I am the only one who goes running along nettle-lined footpaths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    Surely the trick is to use all your local routes on a regular 'rota' to stop or stamp down such growth before it becomes excessive?
    Or invest in a sickle and spend an hour chopping the brambles and nettles down; I've "adopted" a stretch of path nearby so I can use it wearing shorts. The sickle is carried in a bag before use so I don't frighten passers-by!
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    SO read somewhere else that a good sting occupies the immune system so it's too busy to get het-up over Pollen.
    Tried this the other day but still suffering. Need to find a few more patches I think!
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