The 13-strong group, who are aged between their mid-40s and mid-60s, all belong to the Lordshill Road Runners Club in Southampton.
They had been cycling half an hour on Saturday in temperatures of around 16C (61F) when they stopped off for refreshments, but said they had barely taken a sip of their coffees and beers when the
restaurant manager told them to leave.
One of the cyclists, medical secretary Janet Burnage, 54, of Romsey, said the group were angry and had vowed never to
use the pub again.
She said: “We’d never been so insulted in our lives. I think in this day and age, especially when pubs are closing down all over the place and they’re trying to keep business, they’re going the wrong way about it. We won’t be recommending people to go there.
“The restaurant manager came over to us and said ‘I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but there is a bit of a body odour and would you mind leaving’.”
Fellow cyclist John McGarry, 59, a retired accountant from Colden Common, added: “My only reaction was stunned amazement – I have run enough marathons
over the years to recognise when I am sweaty and smelly, but even then no one has ever complained.”
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