Running with portable speakers (X-mini) - is it allowed?

Under BARR and UKA guidelines, to be specific

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10/08/2014 at 20:33

Hi all,

I'm about to run my full marathon. I've been training with headphones as music is a great motivating force for me. However, headphones are banned at my event. I got the idea of getting X-minis and running with them - this way I'll also provide a soundtrack to my fellow runners and won't have anything in my ears to compromise safety.

Common sense dictates that these should be allowed, it's not a hazard after all - but does anyone have such an experience? It looks like many events have banned headphones and include more or less the same wording:

As per BARR and UKA guidelines, IPod and MP3 players will be banned. Do not enter the race with headphones or earphones – you may be disqualified

I couldn't find the specific wording of these guidelines, however. Does anyone know more about this?


10/08/2014 at 20:40

I don't know if it's allowed but it sounds really really irritating. Only do it if you want everyone else in the race to hate you. Your fellow runners do not want a soundtrack, especially not a poor-quality tinny one with your choice of music.

10/08/2014 at 20:42

No idea about the rules on these but I'm pretty sure your fellow runners won't want to be subject to your choice of music.

Leave them at home.

Trogs    pirate
10/08/2014 at 20:45

Agree with Literatin

Several people at an event I was at recently were running with their smart phones playing without earphones. Numerous comments in the feedback about how annoying this was.

10/08/2014 at 20:53
You may be avoiding breaking any rules but you will be ruining everyone else's day by forcing them to listen to your music.
Thanks for being so considerate to your fellow runners.

Just wondering if this is a wind-up??
10/08/2014 at 20:54

I thought that too, Millsy. But just in case, here is that thread where we all talked about how annoying it is/would be:

Edited: 10/08/2014 at 20:55
10/08/2014 at 20:58

No just no.... It's utterly ridiculous, if kids did it you would say no it's just noise pollution, and forcing your music on everyone else.... 

10/08/2014 at 21:00

can you imagine if everyone did it.... Just man up and run!!! 

Edited: 10/08/2014 at 21:00
10/08/2014 at 22:21

i'd probably tie your shoe laces together secretly at the start line in case we happened to be on the same mile at some point. 

11/08/2014 at 02:44
By the way the original post did say iPod and MP3 players are banned yes it also said headphones but I think an iPhone would count as a iPod or MP3 player in these circumstances. So still covered surely? (Yes iTunes defaults to AAC, but it would count)
11/08/2014 at 10:07


11/08/2014 at 10:25

People who subject other people to their music in public via tinny portable speakers invariably have really shit taste in music.  Does my head in.


11/08/2014 at 10:29

Not enough prog, Phil?

11/08/2014 at 10:50

Actually that would be my worst nightmare.  You'd never be able to appreciate the full symphonic sound of the Mellotron, and trying to run to a 7/4 beat would get you into a right pickle.

11/08/2014 at 13:03
Follow the golden rule on this one: don't be a dick.

If you're really worried about not being able to run without music, do some training runs or maybe a parkrun without. You'll find it very easy.
11/08/2014 at 13:34

Did a half marathon early this year where headphones were banned. I was really dreading it, but actually enjoyed running without music. To the point every event I've done since I don't wear headphones even if they are allowed. 

11/08/2014 at 18:26

"Common sense dictates that these should be allowed,"

If you have the common sense of a bell-end, then yes.

11/08/2014 at 19:25

PSC    pirate
11/08/2014 at 19:36

surely this is a wind up? 

11/08/2014 at 19:54

X-Mini's are anything but tinny and actually produce a really strong sound for their size.  However, to the question in hand, as others have said; don't be a dick.

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