i was the one that wanted to run with an ipod, i still think that at the time of applying this rule should be made clear and give the option then of entering knowing that music is banned.
as it was i did run and without music so whoever that was in the black hat it wasn't me. i managed to pass the time by running to mile with a couple of other people but was on my own from then to the finish, i really struggled and am sure my time would have been better with something to take my mind of things , however finished in 2.08.35
i always run with music and always on busy streets, i do not have the volume turned up so that it drowns out all traffic, and have never had a problem , i have always heard cars or even bicycles approaching from behind. i think if you use an ipod sensibly it doesn't pose a danger
i always run with one, and i dont have the volume on that high so i can easily hear other runners and cars, i have also been known to chat with someone whilst wearing it!. I did run the leeds half about 3 years ago without one as it refused to play at the start so left it in the car but for a slow runner like me the distance is even more of an eternity.
i do think that the organisers should warn people on the entry forms that music is banned, i would never have entered and someone else could have had my place.
have also enterered snake lane, are i pods bannned there are well? id o i'll give my place to someone else
does anyone know how strict they are on the music ban? i ran this race 2 years ago with music ( there was no mention of a ban then) and when i entered it didn't state that ipods were banned. If i had known then i wouldn't have entered. as i am already injured the prospect with no music for over 2 hours is dreadful , the only thing that will get me to the finish besides ibuprofen is the music.
has anyone had any experience of these sort of races? not sure whether to takethe ipod anyway and see what happens. am also considering just not starting now.