I actually stopped reading this thread in detail because I've never come across such a bad-tempered, bitchy, nasty collection of comments in my life! Grow up the lot of you, and if you can't say something civil don't say anything.
Are all races on a public road then? I would have thought a road closed to the general public would be safer than a public park(parkrun). One marathon bans personal music and another allows them. Both charge money and give prizes. How is this possible?
For the record, I don't run with music and don't approve of it. I just don't think it should be banned.
Pete. I really wasn't thinking of you and your comment when I posted that. You do seem like a reasonable man and I welcome criticism from you. I don't want a mutual back slapping forum either. Sarcasm is a brilliant art form but if you miss an important part in the OP it doesn't look so clever does it?