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This article contributes to a small, developing research literature by employing a feminist phenomenological theoretical framework to analyse lived experiences of running in ‘public’ space. As feminist theorists have argued, such space is gendered and contested, and women’s mobility remains constrained by fears of harassment and violent attack. Running also generates intense pleasure, however, and embodied empowerment. Drawing on findings from two separate but linked running research projects, here I explore themes cohering around lived experience of pleasure and danger in both urban and rural spaces.

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Women runners often report feeling anxious about running in public spaces, and constrained by fears of encountering verbal and physical threat and harassment. This research explored women's experiences of both pleasure and danger when out running in what are supposed to be 'public' spaces.

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This page is a summary of: Pleasure and danger: a running-woman in ‘public’ space, Qualitative Research in Sport Exercise and Health, August 2022, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/2159676x.2022.2111460.
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