Hi , I took part in the Brentwood 1/2 yesterday i had a fab race & got a pb of 1.55 so was really chuffed, however i got disqualified... as i was wearing one ear piece in of my ipod! [ luckily was wearing my garmin so knew my time!] Wouldn't have minded but most of the time i didn't have it playing but didn't take it out as it would have been flapping about & driving me nuts!! I have done this race 6 times before & never known that ipods where not permitted. I did go back over the rules & in the small print on the 2nd page it does say no ipods/mp3 players, so i am in the wrong, which i accept, however its a shame they couldn't have publised the ruling more, i didn't see any signs up to say no ipods at the start or hear any anouncements [ no i wasn't listening to eye of the tiger then before anyone comments!!] All in all a fab race, i understand that the wearing of ipods can cause problems but having done the race before i know what the roads & lanes can be like, hence i only put one earpiece in, so i could listen for traffic & commands if they where called.
Anyone else got dq at Brentwood or any other races??
Best news I've had all day.
I think every race organiser should do it and maybe then we could close this debate forever.
By the way - A DQ means no PB.
OK - I'm being harsh.
I apologise for that.
Sentiment remains the same though. I think ALL runners with headphones in should be DQ'ed.
You won't believe me but its actually the first race i've ever worn an ipod in!!! As the route is around lots of lanes where there is not many supporters i thought it may relieve the boredom of me telling myself to get moving!
Back to school! You have baby brain!
CAN'T HEAR YOU I HAVE MY IPOD ON
I'm glad some race organiser had the bollocks to enforce that rule. Good for him/her.
Badly Drawn Bloke wrote (see)
Seems harsh without specifically advertising it though. Bet they didn't DNQ people using GPS.
I hate the no headphones rule and is incredibly harsh if people are disqualified, might be in the rules, but running should try and be inclusive as possible. I can always hear marshals and cars with my music on, if I go the wrong way or get run over then it's my loss.
Deaf people are allowed to run, what's the difference?
I've been warned by lots of marshalls at the end of races that I could be disqualified, it hasn't happened yet though. If races start enforcing it regularly and I therefore don't get a time etc. I'll stop entering races and just happen to be running the same route at the same time.
Real time pacing info is a pacing aid and therefore againt the rules. Ipods are banned as an aid, but arer highlighted because of H&S.
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