I was on a trail which intersected with a road & the 3 thieves waved knives around to persuade me o give them my bike.
A passing van full of about 7 builders (30 seconds later) & a nearby resident heard the commotion & the thieves proved their cowardness by deciding that 3 v 1 (me) was easy, but confronted by 8 they legged it leaving my bike.
All reported to police/local cyclists/runners etc but the thread on here a while back about a similar incident really helped. I'll have a search & repost it as it was really useful - thanks to all the contributors there - I just froze & still can't believe people are so brazen.
Top advice - along with the obvious stuff on the old post - vary your route/time, I think I may have just been in the wrong place/wrong time. It is a sort of commute so they may have seen me before.
I am ok btw, please no keyboard warriors, I figure if someone pulls a knife on you I assume they have the balls to use it.
Stay safe out there & thanks again to previous contributors.