The drummers under the overpass at mile 20 or so at the London Marathon are ear-splittingly awesome, but once you are past them, that's it. But then, LM is one big noise pollution (tip - don't put your name on your vest, you'll be sick of hearing it by the end, as well as people shouting "Don't give up" when you get to mile 26, like I was going to give up just before the end...)
I reiterate my point - if you come to run a race in the country, you shouldn't be subjected to someone else's music while running around the course. It's a bad as spitting (yeuch!)
I've just run through the beautiful North Downs in a great race the Surrey Badger, where MP3s were banned - Runners were disqualified if they were seen wearing headphones. However, at least two runners got around this by wearing their MP3s/iPads and actually broadcasting their music with the device's internal speakers as they ran along, so that they could hear it - and so could everyone else.
Sorry guys, but this is just anti-social.
I don't want to listen to your music and you are imposing it upon me. You might say, 'Run faster' - or slower - but I run at the rate that I run. I shouldn't have to run at a different pace just to get away from your noise pollution.
Please - let's nip this in the bud. There is enough noise pollution in the world already. No MP3s means none - and especially not where you impose your noise on everyone else. Thank you for your consideration.