Thanks Also-ran, I think the thread was started by some wondering about the logic of this ban which I also commented on.
I also observed that there seemed to be some views expressed that those who used csmelbaks not needing it and I expressed a different view.
I was horrified at the Boston attack. However the responses to terrorist attacks don't always seem proportionate or logical nor do they seem to be those that will be effective. That attack came from the crowd. Precluding one common form of running attire/equipment seems unhelpful and unlikely to be a significant mitigation against others.
If you email Martin, you should get a response. The centre is open from 8am and they aim to have all the coaches off by 9.15 (which is I think what happened last year). It's only 15 mins by road to the start even by a slow coach going up hills to the start.
Cut and paste from the email, you hopefully have received:
Please remember that you will need to collect your timing chip before boarding the bus. Your chip will be waiting for you at the race headquarters, which are located at the Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, Ashbourne DE6 1DR. Although the Centre does not open until 8.30, we have arranged access from 8.00 am. Inside you will be able to make use of the changing facilities and leave any baggage or belongings with us whilst the race is in progress. Hopefully the Centre’s refreshment facilities will also be available for you and any supporters to use. There is plenty of car parking in Ashbourne Town Centre and there is also a small car park at the Leisure Centre – please remember to pay the appropriate charge.
At this stage we are not sure what the weather has in store for us, but we are hoping for fine weather. If the weather is or has been wet, please dress accordingly – the course is on a trail and if it is wet, it is likely to be well puddled! If that is the case you will get wet and probably a little muddy. We will provide an update on the course conditions a couple of days or so before the race. If the weather is particularly warm on race day, please make sure that you are well hydrated before you race. There will be three aid stations, with water, coke, jelly babies, Jaffa cakes and the like, on the course as well as water available at the start and the finish but you may also wish to bring or run with your own water bottle.
If you have family, friends or colleagues who wish to make their own way to the start, this is located at Parsley Hay, which can be found off the A515 about 8 miles south of Buxton on the Ashbourne Road. The postcode for sat nav purposes is SK17 ODG. As you turn off the A515, the car park is immediately on the right – there are café and toilet facilities here. The race will begin close to the Cycle Centre and Café.
The race will finish at the end of the Trail in Ashbourne – about 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Leisure Centre. For spectators there is a café at the end of the trail and we will try and establish if it will be open.
I think this is ridiculous and also odd focussing on runners in a marathon rather than backpacks or bags of the gazillions of people in a crowd.
Also the comments from those who don't run with camelbaks and think they are unnecessary are not helpful and miss the point. It's simply preference. I run with a camelbak because I sip here and there and that's what I'm used to. I can't drink well at water stations anymore. That doesn't mean my training is weird or I run "wrong", it's just what I like and I am used to. Everybody has their own "rituals", particularly in a marathon. For some I know, that means running in a tutu..