Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Dozens of runners disqualified from 10k race in the UK for wearing headphones
At the recent Beverley 10k road race in Hull, a total of 48 runners were disqualified for wearing headphones. Around 1,800 in total ran the race.
Event organisers said listening to music breached health and safety rules and that the regulation was included in an email sent to all participants beforehand. Eight of those disqualified were affiliated to official athletics clubs. Most were told at the finishing line that their timings would not be recorded.
It serves perhaps as just a reminder that the same rules apply to most races here in Ireland. As most roads are not closed, runners should always be aware of what is going on around them.
On some occasions in the past, headphone wearers have been removed from results but it seems to be the exception.
Should it be enforced more often?
Dozens disqualified from Beverley 10k
Runners spoke of their anger today after being disqualified