disqualified for wearing earphones

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11/02/2014 at 12:22

9 people were disqualified in my local 10k at the weekend. Do you think that's a bit harsh? (they were warned apparently)

Pudge    pirate
11/02/2014 at 12:24

If it's in the rules, then it's not harsh.

Personally, I'd have burned the headphones after disqualifying them. 

11/02/2014 at 12:25

Nope. If it's in the rules why do people think it doesn't apply to them?

And if they were warned and carried on it just makes them stupid.

11/02/2014 at 12:25

Not harsh, you're there to run not to listen to music!

11/02/2014 at 12:32

No, I think it's about time this started to happen.


11/02/2014 at 12:33
Agree with mouse. Warnings are given every time so good on them for enforcing it
11/02/2014 at 12:34

Not harsh, it's in the rules for a reason. I saw a woman nearly run down at a 10k on Sunday because she couldn't hear the shouts of "car!!!" from the runners behind her. Someone had to physically push her out of the way. 

11/02/2014 at 12:35

Its not just to be difficult, its for safety. If there are risks on the course which need mitigating by runners not wearing headphones and these are listed in the rules of the race, athen they should be DQed regardless of warnings.

Better a DQ than being injured because you couldn't hear a safety announcement or other runners coming through tripping you over.

11/02/2014 at 12:37

Not harsh at all, whether one likes the rules or not they are the ones signed up for when one entered.

11/02/2014 at 12:41

As with everyone else, its not harsh at all. If its in the rules not to wear them and they were warned then its their own fault.

11/02/2014 at 12:42
If it was hidden in the small print then maybe you could describe it as harsh but seeing as they were warned then its their own fault for being stupid.
11/02/2014 at 12:43

They probably couldn't hear the warnings!

11/02/2014 at 12:46
Which 10k was this? I think the organisers deserve a medal.
11/02/2014 at 12:50

Aaah but what about if they only have one earphone in, then they can hear instructions, ambulances etc. What about deaf people?

On a more sensible note, it's their race, stick by their rules.

11/02/2014 at 12:50
Most runs that are on road mention not to wear any headphones when registering. If you do you'll be disqualified.
11/02/2014 at 12:52

good, I've seen a few incidents when people in headphones have caused problems. I would ban them from all events.

11/02/2014 at 12:53

Regarding rules, isn't this now an EA regulation rather than at the discretion of race organisers?  (I've not participated in an earphone debate for ages and my mind is failing.)

11/02/2014 at 12:57

We disqualified 5 runners from the Solent Half Marathon  last year. We had put up posters in the registration area, and also on our web, that any runners wearing ear phones, I pods etc. would be disqualified. Their times were included in the race results, but not their names. We will be doing the same for our Exbury 10k this year.

11/02/2014 at 12:57

Finally!!!!!  Good on the organisers.  Hurrah!!

11/02/2014 at 13:08

I was once DQ'd for wearing headphones even when I was not. Now THAT was harsh.

Seems an excited marshal noted the wrong number. Luckily they had a photographer so I found my pic on the website and sent it to the organisers who reinstated the time.

Not sure why I bothered but I was annoyed with being lumped in with the idiots who do wear headphones.

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