Britain's Nude Jogger

Britain's Nude Jogger

M. Alinsky
M. Alinsky

August 8th, 2003, 11:04 pm #1

By ED JOHNSON, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) - Wearing little more than sun screen, socks and boots, Steve Gough is walking the length of Britain to celebrate the joys of nudity. Efficiency isn't one of them.

His 847-mile trek has been hampered by eight arrests, an examination at a psychiatric hospital and several nights in jail. This week, he's starting over after Scottish police shipped him back to his starting point in Cornwall for a court appearance.

But the 44-year-old father of two is undaunted and spent Thursday hitchhiking his way back to Scotland - though he did wear clothes to increase his chances of getting a lift.

"I am celebrating myself as a human being," said Gough. "We have all been brought up and conditioned to think our body is something to be ashamed of. We are made to feel bad about ourselves and that is damaging society. I am determined to carry on."

Gough left Land's End in southwest England on June 16 bound for John O'Groats in the far north of Scotland, hoping to cover around 20 miles a day on foot.

One day and 15 miles later, he was arrested in St. Ives and charged with breach of the peace. The case was abandoned after magistrates found he had not committed a criminal offense.

Three days later, he was arrested in the Cornish coastal resort of Newquay and charged with offending public decency. He appeared - stark naked - in court Monday. The court forced him to wear a blanket but did not impose a fine.

"It has taken a week out of my walk," said Gough, whose bare backside graced the pages of The Independent newspaper Thursday. "But I have had a bit of publicity."

The intrepid rambler insists he is not a nudist, but a person who wants to "enlighten the public, as well as the authorities that govern us, that the freedom to go naked in public is a basic human right."

Apart from being beaten up in St. Ives on June 18, and told by a farmer in Yorkshire to "put on your trousers," Gough said public reaction had been largely positive.

"Probably a third of walkers have been OK and courteous," said the hiker, who dons clothes at night to keep warm. "Some people have really been enthusiastic and stopped to talk to me. I have even had people give me money."

Gough said he first became "involved in all this naked stuff" 10 years ago when he visited a nudist beach and "thought it was nice how people wandered around nice and relaxed."

He says that eventually alienated his partner, the mother of his children aged 5 and 7.

"We have separated. I was becoming more expressive and that became difficult for her," said the truck driver, who hopes to finish his trek by September - barring further run-ins with police.

There is no law in Britain against public nudity, although there are laws against indecent exposure - which requires proof of intent to insult a woman - or any behavior likely to cause "harassment, alarm or distress."

According to the British Naturism society, there are some 2 million naturists, or nudists, in Britain.

"Some people think this sort of walking is damaging to naturism," said Sue Piper, research and liaison officer for the 18,000-member society. "Others think it is really very brave of him and he is bringing naturism to the forefront."

"I support his ideals, although generally speaking I prefer to keep a rather lower profile," said Tony Baldwin, chairman of the 300-strong Singles' Outdoor Club which was founded in 1981 and organizes nudist walks between March and October.

"We never really have any trouble. We normally get a cheerful word or a smile," he added.

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ExtremeLuchador
ExtremeLuchador

August 9th, 2003, 1:35 am #2

He's a nut.
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Anudist
Anudist

August 9th, 2003, 4:23 am #3

He may be a "nut" but who cares???


Apparently, he is NOT hurting anyone and for the most part he is NOT causing any problems or major alarms. In fact, most of his "jail" time has been expunged because they have found that he really didn't do anything.

and

Who cares if he is a NUT. At least he is not out spouting garbage in the name of religion or other progranda. He is just following his dream.

I like NUTS like that!


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Anudist
Anudist

August 9th, 2003, 4:24 am #4

He's a nut.
I thought you had said .....


"see ya" and left!

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Teri
Teri

August 9th, 2003, 5:11 am #5

Yes, he said he didn't want to hang around with us 'perverts' anymore.
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sonja
sonja

August 9th, 2003, 6:43 am #6

By ED JOHNSON, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) - Wearing little more than sun screen, socks and boots, Steve Gough is walking the length of Britain to celebrate the joys of nudity. Efficiency isn't one of them.

His 847-mile trek has been hampered by eight arrests, an examination at a psychiatric hospital and several nights in jail. This week, he's starting over after Scottish police shipped him back to his starting point in Cornwall for a court appearance.

But the 44-year-old father of two is undaunted and spent Thursday hitchhiking his way back to Scotland - though he did wear clothes to increase his chances of getting a lift.

"I am celebrating myself as a human being," said Gough. "We have all been brought up and conditioned to think our body is something to be ashamed of. We are made to feel bad about ourselves and that is damaging society. I am determined to carry on."

Gough left Land's End in southwest England on June 16 bound for John O'Groats in the far north of Scotland, hoping to cover around 20 miles a day on foot.

One day and 15 miles later, he was arrested in St. Ives and charged with breach of the peace. The case was abandoned after magistrates found he had not committed a criminal offense.

Three days later, he was arrested in the Cornish coastal resort of Newquay and charged with offending public decency. He appeared - stark naked - in court Monday. The court forced him to wear a blanket but did not impose a fine.

"It has taken a week out of my walk," said Gough, whose bare backside graced the pages of The Independent newspaper Thursday. "But I have had a bit of publicity."

The intrepid rambler insists he is not a nudist, but a person who wants to "enlighten the public, as well as the authorities that govern us, that the freedom to go naked in public is a basic human right."

Apart from being beaten up in St. Ives on June 18, and told by a farmer in Yorkshire to "put on your trousers," Gough said public reaction had been largely positive.

"Probably a third of walkers have been OK and courteous," said the hiker, who dons clothes at night to keep warm. "Some people have really been enthusiastic and stopped to talk to me. I have even had people give me money."

Gough said he first became "involved in all this naked stuff" 10 years ago when he visited a nudist beach and "thought it was nice how people wandered around nice and relaxed."

He says that eventually alienated his partner, the mother of his children aged 5 and 7.

"We have separated. I was becoming more expressive and that became difficult for her," said the truck driver, who hopes to finish his trek by September - barring further run-ins with police.

There is no law in Britain against public nudity, although there are laws against indecent exposure - which requires proof of intent to insult a woman - or any behavior likely to cause "harassment, alarm or distress."

According to the British Naturism society, there are some 2 million naturists, or nudists, in Britain.

"Some people think this sort of walking is damaging to naturism," said Sue Piper, research and liaison officer for the 18,000-member society. "Others think it is really very brave of him and he is bringing naturism to the forefront."

"I support his ideals, although generally speaking I prefer to keep a rather lower profile," said Tony Baldwin, chairman of the 300-strong Singles' Outdoor Club which was founded in 1981 and organizes nudist walks between March and October.

"We never really have any trouble. We normally get a cheerful word or a smile," he added.
like i posted before: are there still real women on the bff who live the topfree and brafee life or is it just a boy's club? another topic about a nude male jogger which has nothing to do with the subject of the bff.
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Mike
Mike

August 9th, 2003, 6:49 am #7

Well actually it does have to do with body freedom and acceptance and really we want people to accept our whole bodies and obviously if we can get positive people like this jogger to be nude and show that it is harmless then we can go further than just making breasts free, we can make the whole body free and then breast freedom will be ok and nobody would think twice about it. I think people should just skip the breast freedom and go for the whole body freedom.
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Teri
Teri

August 9th, 2003, 3:56 pm #8

like i posted before: are there still real women on the bff who live the topfree and brafee life or is it just a boy's club? another topic about a nude male jogger which has nothing to do with the subject of the bff.
I understand he got very little adverse reaction from those he met. Most were quite friendly to him. What does this have to do with BFF? Well if a naked man can be accepted by society- surely a topfree woman can!
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sonja
sonja

August 9th, 2003, 4:17 pm #9

living in our society of today i'm sure that society doesn't accept any nude man in public outside the nudist areas. the bff is supposed to discuss brafreedom and topfreedom for women. not nudity for either males or females. stick to the subject please. all these stories about urinating, gay schools, girls with long hair, nude men, french people in canada etc etc - nice, but out of order.
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Teri
Teri

August 9th, 2003, 4:57 pm #10

Well it's about body acceptance- and thats more on topic than a lot of things that have been discussed here lately. Its just a pity that he didn't have a female companion. I wonder if he had which would have attracted more attention?
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