Let's moan about the AAA

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18/09/2006 at 15:57
This weekend I ran in a relay event in Stockport, which was a good event and enjoyable for various reasons.
The only problem was the officails.
I like to race with my MP3 player, as I am sure many others do. Whilst warming up I was asked if I intended to race with them in, I said yes, he said I would be disqualified, I said there was no need to be so officious, and another joined in quoting rules about needing to be able hear the marshalls.
I did not use them, but a friend in an earlier race did, and was told at the end she might be DQed, not the thing to say to someone who has just slogged their guts out for a club team.
There are two issues I have with this pettiness. As grown adults who have survived many years with headphones in 10k and longer races why is it not my responsibility to hear a marshall.
Second, if I was had a hearing problem and would not hear a marshall, would I be unable to race?
99.99% I think run and race because we enjoy it, and there are not many rules, why should AAA apply the rules of professionals to the likes of me, who will never run for GB and rarely for a club.

Whinge over. But I am sure the officials at road and fell races that I am used to, could give these track people some advice on why people run. If I was a child being treated in this way I would leave athletics. I have seen them in action at junior school events with no sense of who they are dealing with.

Definitely over. I have to get a life.
18/09/2006 at 16:00
Moan about the AA?

My car broke down last week and the b*****ds left me on the side of the M1 for 2 hrs.
18/09/2006 at 16:03
Sorry if the marshalls did not give up their own time and helped to put on your relay then you wouldn't be able to run any race.

I will get a life by thanking every marshall I see if my next race.
18/09/2006 at 16:05
I had hoped that come the revolution these people would be first up against the wall -

Have had many run ins with the AAA over various things over the years, adding levies to races, running unauthorised runners etc etc etc - the only saving grace is that they are all about 109 years old and can't be around much longer!
18/09/2006 at 16:15
Suggest you don't do a tri then!

BTA rules are the same and NO-ONE races with MP3 player and the like.

Hearing problem? most use a hearing aid(allowed cos it does actualy help you hear peeps) or use a "hearing" runner.

Sorry but the marshalls should be thanked not shouted at.
18/09/2006 at 16:38
Dogs, religion and racing with Ipods. All guaranteed to polarise events.

Dogs - they are okay
Religion - I do not believe in it
Ipods - no part in any race under any circumstances
18/09/2006 at 16:56
SO my ordained mutt with an ipod may p8ss you off NT?
18/09/2006 at 16:57
Does he wear a dog collar or is he from a more informal denomination?
18/09/2006 at 17:03
"NO-ONE races with MP3 player and the like"

you sure about that Taff?? saw a guy at the Vit running with his on.......

I think some of the problem at tris is down to the race referee stating this fact - many do in the race briefing (assuming you get a race briefing that is!) but many don't.........

personally I think they should be banned but equally I think the ban should be mentioned at either a race briefing, or at least in the race pack...........ignorance is then no excuse and you can't say you haven't been told............if you're not told then fair enuff - race at your own risk and peril..........
18/09/2006 at 17:06
I ran in the same Stockport relay event on Saturday (I'm guessing there wasn't too many of them going on!), and the officials seemed pretty helpful to me. And I persuaded one of my friends to race without her ipod on Sunday . . . . :-)
18/09/2006 at 17:07
Ok one or two will sneak through. As you say they resposiblity. If i have an accident invloveing a wearer I would be slightly p8ssed off.

more informal denomintaion........Think i may export him to vegas.
cougie    pirate
18/09/2006 at 17:23
I think the more 'serious' the race is then the less appropriate an Ipod is.

It is against the rules and it can clearly be a danger. I've been in races with ambulances trying to get past runners who are oblivious to it as they're plugged in.

Surely if you're racing for a club you should be aware of the rules ?
18/09/2006 at 18:16
I instinctively dislike runners who run with MP3's attached.

If you dont want to talk to anyone, stay in.
18/09/2006 at 18:22
If you don't like the rules play a different game, But if you want to play, you have to play by the rules
18/09/2006 at 18:22
Actually, I'll just qualify that. I can understand someone on a training run wearing one if for no other reason than to block out the hecklers.

In a race environment however, it's just rude.
18/09/2006 at 18:32
What about people like me?

I'm a really slow runner. If I'm doing a marathon I'm going to be out there a long time, often on my own. I prefer to chat to other runners, but if I'm on my own my iPod helps me keep going. I switch it off if people are around or I'm in traffic, and I monitor my surroundings. Why should I be banned from using something which helps me and doesn't interfere with others?

I'm obviously not a club runner, and I've never been told I can't use my iPod. Is it different for us plodders?
18/09/2006 at 18:43
slo sho - youve misunderstood this one m8, its about the aaa road relays which is a competitive event between the top club runners, theyd never stop people using mp3 players in open marathons...

The results arent on the noeaa website yet, does anyone have an idea who the top 3 clubs where?
18/09/2006 at 19:00
Fair enough slo show. Wouldnt argue with that. Its the stare-ahead dont invade my space runners who think races are run for their own personal gratification that hack me off.

Usually the same sort of tool who wears a Garmin in a race. There's a marker every kilometre/mile you feckwit!
18/09/2006 at 19:02
sometines there arent mile/km markers

this is another can of worms--------
18/09/2006 at 19:03
I think garmins are good if you have the cash and have just started out, but you should be able to judge your own pace after a while...
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