An irate scouse mum went on a foul-mouthed rant at charity runners who made her late for work.
Rachel Bertenshaw has become an unwitting internet sensation since a video of her complaining about the disruption was viewed by more than 2.5million people.
The mum-of-one saw red when her morning commute was disrupted by runners 'limbering up' on the roadside on Sunday May 5.
The 35-year-old support worker failed to notice to Liverpool John West Spring 10K road signs and was forced to hit the brakes as runners took over the road.
In the clip, Rachel yells "I'm tired, I'm on my period, I'm f***ing starving, I haven't seen my son since Friday, I'm all emotional…
"And every f***ing road I've tried to turn up there's a diversion, blocked off and you just see people limbering up on the side.
"Have a f***ing lie-in, it's f***ing Sunday morning. Aaahhh."
After the outburst was shared, liked and retweeted more than 46,500 times on Facebook and Twitter , Rachel received some backlash after some runners 'took it personally'.
In a bid to set the record straight, Rachel is speaking out in praise of the 'amazing' people who run for charity and admits she was just having a bad day.
Rachel, from Liverpool, Merseryside, said: "It was really frustrated. I was just having a rant.
"I was having a bad day. I don't normally work on Sundays.
"The usual route I take to work was blocked off, then every other alternative I knew was blocked too.
"I then had to drive through the city centre, then I got stuck and my morning spiralled out of control.
"A lot of people have said the same thing – they weren't able to get around easily and were caught in the traffic."
Rachel was half an hour late for work despite setting off early after the usual 20 minute route took almost five times as long.
But after posting her video online, she believes she may have upset some runners and wants to set the record straight.
Rachel said: "I live just outside the centre so anything that ever comes to the city affects us.
"I would have seen the signs out and about but I hadn't chosen to read them properly because I don't usually work on Sundays.
"It's not that I can't read. You have a mind's eye and if they're relevant to you you stop and read them.
"I think some of the runners took it personally. That wasn't my intention.
"I think people who run for charity are amazing – I wish I could!
"But we've got Aintree Racecourse, Anfield and Everton stadiums, the parks and waterfront.
"There's a lot more places where it could be contained in one space.
"I haven't complained to the organisers or anything like that."
Since posting the video on Sunday, May 5, just 10 minutes into her journey, Rachel has enjoyed a new-found fame.
Rachel's rant in full
"A 20 minute journey it takes me to get to work and it's just took me an hour and 15 minutes and I'm just not at work yet. I've had to pull in and calm down.
"You know what, if people want to run f***ing good on them, but why can't they let them run along the prom?
"I just don't get it. They can look at the boats while they run up and down.
"Why has half the city got to come to a f***ing standstill because Dave from Skem wants to put a sweatband on and fing limber up on f***ing Rodney Street?
"I just don't get it.
"It's Sunday, I've f***ing worked six days this week, I'm doing overtime, I'm tired, I'm on my period, I'm f***ing starving, I haven't seen my son since Friday, I'm all emotional.
"And every f***ing road I've gone to turn up 'diversion', 'blocked off'. You just see people limbering up on the side.
"Have a f***ing lie in, it's f***ing Sunday morning.
"But why do they put them half way through the f***ing city and town?
"We've got Stanley Park, we've got Sefton Park. We've got f***ing two big massive parks in the city.
"We've got a f***ing waterfront for them to run up and down and look at the boats while they're doing it, so why does half the city have to come to a f***ing standstill?
"Why? I really don't understand. It's f***ing Sunday morning."
Rachel said: "I'd tried to ring my friend to rant at her and vent, but she didn't pick up because she was having a lie-in.
"I really don't know why I started filming. I was ranting on my own.
"I just had my phone in my hand and I vented to my phone. It's not something I regularly do.
"If I knew it would get so much attention I would have washed my hair or put some make-up on.
"The majority was positive. I got thousands of messages, but out of every 100 I'd get about two that were negative.
"A few celebrities have got involved too – Piers Morgan loved it."
Commenters were split in their reactions to the rant – with some believing Rachel should be more understanding while others touted her for PM.
Joyce Daniels wrote: "I love this girl, straight from the shoulder, we need her in number 10."
Samantha Jane added: "This is exactly how I feel about people running for fun."
One Twitter user said: "She is spot on. 'Have a lie in, it's Sunday morning'. It must be so frustrating, nothing worse than being stuck in traffic when you have to be somewhere."
However others were less convinced about Rachel's rant.
Teadrinker68 wrote: "She could have planned accordingly, instead of trying to drive through an organised marathon; an event that takes place every year and raises thousands upon thousands for charity.
"In short, the world doesn’t revolve around her."
Lee Gee said: "Why don't you take your own advice love, do your overtime on another day and have a lie in yourself […]. Women like you make going to work hell for people like me."
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