48 runners disqualified from 10K for wearing headphones

Photo from Hull Daily Mail

48 runners at last weekend's Beverley 10K have been disqualified by race organisers for wearing headphones during the event, the Hull Daily Mail has reported. According to the organisers, runners were in breach of health and safety rules by listening to music. Some runners were informed at the finish line that their times would not be counted, while one runner, Joanne Miller, was not aware until she received an email following the race.

'I am disappointed to be disqualified, and also disappointed that nobody told me,' Miller told the newspaper. 'I can really appreciate what the organisers are saying about health and safety, and it is up to me to read the email and take responsibility, but if someone had just given me a gentle nudge and said, "Excuse me, do you know you're not supposed to wear headphones," that would have been fine.'

Another runner, who didn't want to be named, told the Mail 'I've always worn headphones on previous races as it helps me to focus and pace myself... There was no mention of it on the day, despite there being plenty of stewards that could have pre-warned us prior to the run.'

Co-organiser and Beverley Athletics club president Andy Tate responded saying: 'If runners are wearing headphones then they can't hear the race marshals giving them instructions and directions. We've always tried to advise people before the race and warn them that we will disqualify them if they're seen wearing them.'

Tate added that the club have held the 'no headphones' rule for years and that it is now a UK Athletics condition. He stated that the rule was published on the event website and that runners were emailed beforehand, although another disqualified runner said she could find no evidence of this in her inbox.