Posted: 16/03/2015 at 10:17
Re earlier comments about headphones, as far as I know it isn't enforced but speaking as a marshal, runners who have 2 earpieces in with loud music should be pulled out of events (or have marshals with scissors ) - when there's an ambulance trying to get through, everyone else moves to one side but some **** with headphones in is still heading down the middle of the road and the only way to warn them is to get in front of them and force them to one side it is definitely a problem.
Even for less urgent issues it's a pain - it's quite rude for instance if a faster person behind says excuse me and you can't hear them.
For training they're fine and having one in for an event is OK providing you only put one earpiece in, except that you miss the atmosphere, clapping, cheering, people shouting your name (which is a reason to use them round Shoreham harbour!)
I've never run with music because when I started running they hadn't invented the Walkman never mind iPods etc!! but have never felt the need to partly as it's something else to carry and also as a musician, trying to run out of step with music is difficult - Mike Harding did a routine about going running on a Sunday morning and having to run in step with the scout band on their way to church parade; I'm like that, I'd have to find tracks that were at the correct pace all the way through