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How strict is the no headphones rule? Not only do i love running to music, I also use mine as a gps device to pace myself. I know most races say no headphones but iv never seen it enforced.
I did this race last year and, despite usually running with music, I didnt use mine and dont remember seeing anyone else using theirs. The race is on open but small country roads, no pavements, so using headphones would probably be quite dangerous.
I am planning on doing the race again this year but will be leaving my ipod at home. I can't see how there would be a problem with using an ipod type device as a gps without headphones.
Btw, running without music is not as bad as you think
Probably no hassle. They'll make a note of your number and not include you in the results. Everybody wins, The organisers effectively disqualify you and meet their commitment and you get to run.
I think they are serious about it and will exclude you from the results. But if you just want to run and get a medal, that may not bother you. It's ARC not UKA, so doesn't appear on runbritain if you are concerned about that kind of thing.