Thank you whole heartedly for marshalling. It's hugely appreciated. I did try to say "thank you Marshall for giving up your Sunday" or "thank you Marshall for your time today" to every single one of you, but towards the end it came out at "thank you time" or "thanks Sunday".
I wish that was a joke my brain was scrambled towards the end.
Seems to be 5 pages full of different opinions on this one - I think I'll add my own....
From the comments here, it's clearly not a black and white matter.
The problem in my opinion is race organisers that allow the grey!
At the Leicester mara this Sunday headphones were expressly banned. It was made clear on the website, there was a warning that took up 1/3rd of the printed instruction leaflet that came with the race number and it was reinforced multiple times on the day; You'll be banned, no time etc etc. I saw quite a bit of moaning on twitter, facebook and at the start line, but didn't see a single person wearing them. Bloody good job too as at various stages of the course you're running on the road, in a coned-off mini-lane and passing people was a real challenge at times.
At other races it's "strongly discouraged". What? That's a nonsense. Just say it's accepted and let people decide if that's a race they want to be a part of or not. If you decide that you do, then accept that people are going to be in front of you and unable to hear you clearly.
Personally I like to run with headphones. I'm not into music, I listen to comedy podcasts and I'll argue with anyone that I can hear what's going on around me clearly. But if the race bans them then they stay home.
Whilst I'm ranting, I'll also say that it's not only headphones that stop people hearing you. At Sunday's race where no-one was wearing any I don't think a single person heard any of my "on the right" calls before overtaking them. The were all in their own world, apologising as I nudged by.
Overall I think this is a good event. Good organisation. Nice buzz at the start and finish. It does get a bit lonely but that's just another challenge to deal with. It's my first mara so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I'd recommend it.