A WOMAN found herself trying to walk faster than someone behind her for no good reason, it has emerged.
Emma Bradford, 32, was walking along a quiet, innocuous stretch of pavement in broad daylight when she became dimly aware of someone walking about 20 metres behind her.
Bradford said: “I didn’t feel threatened, except by the social embarrassment of looking back to see if someone might need to overtake me on the pavement.
“Instead I did the sensible thing and speeded up my walking to ensure I stayed ahead of them. I have literally no idea why.
“I could hear him or her catching up with me because their footsteps were a bit quicker. Despite being in no danger whatsoever I matched them pace for pace. The sweat was breaking out and my feet were tired but I knew I could do it.”
Bradford’s strategy paid off when the person behind her broke off the pursuit to go inside their house and relax after work.
She added: “God knows what would have happened if they’d caught up with me. Probably nothing and I just would have had to step to the left a bit to let them pass.”