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I've just received a newsletter from the Poole Festival Of Running, which included a note that iPods and other music players are now banned by the UKAA in all road races.
I understand the safety issues surrounding this, and for busy 5K and 10K races I kind of get it, but I have to admit that the thought of running a half-marathon or even a marathon (if I ever get that far!!) with no music to distract me fills me with dread. Espeically when, in smaller fields, you spend a lot of time out there on your own.
I don't play my music loud, so I can hear approaching runners, and I always look behind me before changing my road position, but, at times, a good tune has really kept me going.
I have Googled this topic, and I couldn't actually find anything official about this UKAA ruling - apart from the fact that they are enforcing it in the US and that it wasn't passed as a rule for FLM 2008.
I was wondering what people's thoughts were on this topic, and whether anyone knows whether this is going to become more stricty enforced over the next couple of years?