WHAT'S THE CONSEQUENCE FOR WEARING AN MP3 PLAYER, OR IS IT JUST ADVISIBLE NOT TO WEAR ONE.?
Tracey G wrote (see)
adrian - no MP3 is something we all have to get use to in races from now on.
But why...? Unquestioning acceptance of bad ideas is a bad idea (!)
I'm not aware that deaf people are banned from entering races in which mp3 players are banned so where's the logic?
Or what about people who aren't fully deaf but are very hard of hearing? I can tell you for a fact that I can hear far more of what's going on around me whilst wearing an MP3 player at low volume, than some folk I know (including runners) are able to hear naturally.
It may not be the organisers fault (I don't know whether it's an insurance requirement). Either way it's unnecessary nannying of grown adults.
Got my number yesterday love that fact is has my name on it.
Don't think it is sad keeping race numbers, I have all of mine. Friend of mine has them all as well. However, they are sad. They keep them in plastic wallets with a piece of paper with all the details (date, time, weather condition, how it went, etc) filed in date order.
Adrian - MP3 players are banned for a couple of reasons. Firstly, health and safety so you can hear marshalls, traffic (especially we the roads are not closed), other runners (had to push past people in the past because they can not hear me asking to be let through), get yourself or others tangled in the cables, etc.
Secondly, some people use them for pacing and have a click track or music at a set BPM and some consider this as cheating (a UKA rep told me this).
I ran Brighton a couple of weeks ago and this had an MP3 ban. Loads of people still wearing them and not aware of anyone being disqualified. Maybe health and safety overload. However, rules are rules so if you choice to wear one and get disqualified you can't really complain.
Now there's an idea Jelly Bean. Why don't the spectators gather outside the pub and, if it's a half decent day, they could have a barbecue and a few crates of ale. I know it wouldn't be everyone's choice of "water station" but a few of us , I'm sure, wouldn't say no to a few sips of beer. Halstead to become England's answer to the Medoc Marathon?
Anyone else still waiting for their number?
James has probably hidden your number for fear you'll finish quicker than him. Has he got his number?
Alas Pete his been away on business all week so I can't blame him. No he's not received his number either.
See if it comes today/tomorrow if not will be contacting the Race Director.
Has anyone who ran Brighton done Halstead in the past? If so, how would you compare the courses in terms of hills?
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