Over reaction is not a personal insult, it is stating what is perceived by some who would follow the thread. Health and safety brigade - there are those who apply a rigid application to this which irks many in society. I am educated enough to know reasons why something is prohibited or not,I don't need to take headphones off or leave them on should I wear them. Phuil - the very fact insurance includes headphones would suggest the majority of organisers wish to permit their use with the necessary cover for accidents. If such policies do not cover headphones it would be ridiculous to allow their use. VDOT - it is unlikely anyone would state they intend to run with headphones for fear of the wrath or criticism of folk on this forum. Anyone who would do that would have my full backing to put their case and others to challenge it, of course.
I have long held marathon runners to be an honourable crowd. It is sad that some of you have resorted to personal slights and insults which I have not done and will not do whatever is said. The issue of headphones has been now used by some of you to throw out negative personal comments. The discussion was headphones at Notts, an event I have never entered but one assumes the educated among you would allow one to write on a board one is not ruuning in (ie the event). Generally most of you fail to appreciate that most runs allow headphones and your minority view despite being valid and having merit remains a minority view in the practice of directors who as has been said do a great job putting on marathons. To those who have engage in mature debate without recourse to personal insult I thank you for the chat and enjoy your marathon runs. Should you see man with headband and earphones worn, give me a friendly shove.