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Has anybody else nearly been taken out of a race (I don't mean instructed to leave by a marshall i.e. disqualified - I mean injured/forced to abandon race) by another runner wearing earphones or headphones who wasn't aware you were there? Or has it actually happened to you? It nearly happened to me in a half marathon yesterday. Normally the people who ignore the race rule not to use mp3 players aren't too much of a nuisance, but yesterday i was accelerating down a hill and the other runner didn't know i was coming through and didn't hear me calling to him to not block me off. It was push him out the way, break hard or end up in a ditch and although I say it myself, the speed I was travelling at made only the former desireable. Just for the record he was closing a gap I was planning to go through on the inside as I bore down on him fast, it wasn't a case of me expecting everybody to get out my way.
I personally think race organisers need to get tough on these people because they just ignore the polite request not to use mp3 players during races. If they want to use them whilst training then that is one thing. Using them in races with other people all around you is another.