Posted: Yesterday at 15:12
In a small voice, at the back, quietly.....
I run with music unless the rules say otherwise. I love running and I love music and together they add up to more than the sum of their parts, like beans on toast.
'They' (headphone wearers) aren't automatically 'nobbers', no more than 'you' (non wearers) are.
I have my music at a volume to hear the ducks quacking and the cyclists coming up behind me while training and so that I can hear the marshalls and the crowd when racing - and I *always* acknowledge a personal shout of encouragement!
I like and respect most of my fellow runners but the guy at this weekend's race who snotted all over my leg by blowing out sideways down one nostril without looking wasn't wearing headphones, while the one who pushed me aggressively out of the way to go round the shorter inside of the bend was and the half a dozen who threw their empty water station plastic bottles on the road in front of me (leap over them or risk skidding) were a mixture of both.
The number of headphone wearing eejits is in roughly in the same proportion as the number of non headphone wearing ones, it's just a handy us and them and if we looked at people with pretentiously old vests or barefoot shoes or tattoos or silly haircuts we'd probably find the same thing.
Pedestrians on a narrow towpath with dogs on extendable leads though..........