how many of you got dq for wearing ipods at races

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21/03/2011 at 17:12

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??

21/03/2011 at 17:16
69 in total i am reliably informed!!
21/03/2011 at 17:17
21/03/2011 at 17:25
Thanks for that bit of info, shame i didn't see it before i entered!!  Like i said i'm in the wrong & accept that , although a few others i ran with got away with it!!  Didn't even see that they had made it a ruling last year!! perhaps i'm just dense!
LIVERBIRD    pirate
21/03/2011 at 17:25


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.

LIVERBIRD    pirate
21/03/2011 at 17:26

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.

21/03/2011 at 17:31

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!

LIVERBIRD    pirate
21/03/2011 at 17:35
Would you wear it again, out of interest?
LIVERBIRD    pirate
21/03/2011 at 17:35
I might add I'm trying to break sub 2 and I'm a bit jealous of that 1.55....
21/03/2011 at 17:36
Oh Sian...Brentwood is one of the best halfs i've ever done.....some of those villages are amazing...compared to some that are dead boring.
LIVERBIRD    pirate
21/03/2011 at 17:38


Back to school! You have baby brain!

21/03/2011 at 17:40


21/03/2011 at 17:51
If you think the course is boring then why do it at all?
21/03/2011 at 17:51
Seems harsh without specifically advertising it though.  Bet they didn't DNQ people using GPS.
21/03/2011 at 18:00

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.

21/03/2011 at 18:00

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.

21/03/2011 at 18:02
David - your arguments have been resented countless times over the past few years by others and they don't count as, as you have stated yourself, it's in the rules.  Simple as I'm afraid.
21/03/2011 at 18:03
no i wouldn't wear an ipod again as i wouldn't go against a rule, i'm a good girl usually!!  And yep the villages are lovely [ i live just down the road!] but there are long stretches that have no supporters as they cannot get there!   And no its not a boring race, if it was i wouldn't do it, what i ment was that during those stretches where there is no support rather than listening to myself huffing & puffing a bit of val donagan  [can't spell it so you know its not a favourite!!] wouldn't go a miss!!
21/03/2011 at 18:04
kittenkat wrote (see)
Badly Drawn Bloke wrote (see)

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.

Couldn't a watch and mile markers be counted as a pacing aid in that case?
And pacers for that matter?

Sian - live and learn. Unfortunately for you ipods and races are a contentious topic on the forum. Escape while you can.
Edited: 21/03/2011 at 18:06
21/03/2011 at 18:05

Not according to the rules.  It's not real time.  Using the markers and a watch is part of the skill of racing, rather than looking at a device every few seconds to ensure you're on course, or learning to pace yourself.

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