Posted: 31/10/2007 at 14:01
Rosa well done on overcoming so much you are inspiring! My mum has suffered as you have for many years and barely makes out of the front door never mind a running race!
RunningC I don't accept any of your arguments. Mass event or not freedom of choice is what is important here. I raised an eyebrow when I read that you'd worn an mp3 at the Bramley 20 but don't think that others should at mass events. What gives you the right to be able to pick and choose what races you want to use one because you knew that you'd be doing long stretches without company and not others? Rosa has made a very good point here, it isn't just about being anti social and incosiderate, running with a mp3 can be soothing for some.
Anybody in a mass event knows that unless they are Elite they are going to have people all around them so people running across your path isn't necessarily due to not being able to hear you it is because they are either rude or unaware of what is going on around them because they are running/tired etc. I've ran out in front of a car early in the morning at a T junction during a very long tiring run because I was knackered not because I was wearing an iPod. I heard the car but I just didn't react quickly enough.
I'm off to NY now to proudly wear my iPod on Sunday and I certainly won't be in the minority.