One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘seven runners were limbering up’
sprinter, hurdler, racer, long-distance runner, cross-country runner
competitor, contender, participant, entrant
2‘a strawberry runner’
shoot, offshoot, sprout, tendril, sprig, sucker
technical stolon, flagellum
3‘bookmakers employed runners who ran round picking up bets’
messenger, courier, errand boy, messenger boy
North American informal gofer
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