Reply to "participle subject advice needed"

Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

Going to the participle thing again, i read something in a harry potter book, jk was describing two men walking along:

" The high hedge curved into them, running off into the distance beyond the pair of imposing wrought-iron gates barring the men’s way."

It seems as though she is saying the men were running off into the distance rather than the hedge, because " they " is the last pronoun before the comma.

Can you please explain or expand on what the rule is.

Many thanks.

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