Medals or no medals?

medals only for the higher placed positions?

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16/11/2012 at 20:34

Where are these "razmatazz races"? I've got a few medals but the races I got them in were pretty short on "razmatazz"!!

16/11/2012 at 20:35

I check the memento etc field in the RW event info.

Fair points that are well made but 1) I work weekends so to do races on Sunday usually have to take at least half a day's leave, and 2) I don't drive so am confined to public transport.

So all the xc fun and frolics are out of range for me. So is Marlow unless I want to take a cab from the station (I don't - but I do for the Water of Life, which is also in Marlow but you get a gong. Yes, I know I'm shallow)

Edit: adding "From my experience, you're also lucky that you haven't yet done a race that promised a medal, only to receive a "memento"."

Yes I have - this year's Shinfield 10K promised a gong but gave a mug. A nice mug it was. But it wasn't a gong so I wasn't impressed.

Edited: 16/11/2012 at 20:36
16/11/2012 at 20:44

Sounds like you have much bigger limiting factors than mere medal pursuit!

I'm surprised you can find so many races with medals that aren't on Sundays that are in range then! You must cycle to some races?

You remind me of the circa 2002-04 me. I was basically limited to very local stuff like Wycombe, and Marlow that I could get to myself by walking/bus, stuff like Bearbrook/Burnham that I could beg a lift for, or a now defunct 5miler in Hillingdon by train.

I still remember the effort of having to be at the bus station at about 7am just to get to the Marlow half one year! Then having to wait for ages after on my own for the buses home!

I prefer a memento these days to be fair. Something small but memorable. Like a paperweight or a little boot. As long as they're engraved with the event and year that's all that matters.

I do dislike the identikit medals that could be anywhere and have no reference on them.

16/11/2012 at 22:31

Medal or no medal everyone will remember the Marlow half this year Stevie 

So you've run 20 halfs, at least Mutts can prove it with his medals

17/11/2012 at 10:48

I marshalled Marlow and was actually shocked when I saw footage of elsewhere on the course!

Thinking back, I think I have 18 medals from the 20...just twice at Marlow to spoil the record.

17/11/2012 at 11:25

If you haven't got the medal, it didn't happen ...

17/11/2012 at 14:49

I'm with Muttley on this one... I love to run, but also love getting a medal at the end of a race.  It shows I've done it (and adds to the stack of medals I've received over the past year) and my little girl loves seeing them after a race.

As for medal quality - if it's what I consider a long distance (Half marathon and above) then I expect a bespoke medal which has actually been created specially for the event.  If it is anything shorter then I don't mind if it is generic but do prefer if it has the name of the race on the medal or the ribbon.

I'm not really that fussed about mememtos (have got enough mugs and towels already thanks...) and I do like an event t-shirt but again have amassed quiet a few over the year and never tend to use them.  As for club runs: I run and train with my local running club but as I'm not particularly fast yet I'm not too stressed about the club series races.  As for cross country: Among other, over the past year I've taken part in the Helly Hansen half marathon, Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 30k race and Beachy Head Marathon - all of which were definitely cross country and had excellent bespoke medals 

I display my medals on a nice wall-mounted Sonic-blue medal rack which I made myself:

 It's based on a design I saw on etsy ( but I didn't fancy paying the high shipping charges.  I've considered making them to sell myself but haven't gotten round to it yet... 

17/11/2012 at 18:59
What happened at Marlow???
17/11/2012 at 19:45

David: winners get trophies - 'participants' (aka everyone else) get finishers medals.  Well - those that finish anyway...

Edited: 17/11/2012 at 19:47
17/11/2012 at 22:02
Sonic the sprinter wrote (see)

David: winners get trophies - 'participants' (aka everyone else) get finishers medals.  Well - those that finish anyway...


I don't have a problem with medals, I have some really nice ones, as well as some cheap and cheerful ones. They are mementos. I have hung them together on the wall. (except the ones with for placing, I keep those with my trophies).

It's also a good place to keep your race time, just scribble it on the back of the medal.

17/11/2012 at 23:21
Nykie wrote (see)
What happened at Marlow???

You needed a kayak in places.....if only they gave one of those to all competitors at the start instead of a running shirt at the end


18/11/2012 at 19:57
I see - practically a duathlon in places. Great video.
19/11/2012 at 14:41

sonic love ur medal display, i think u should seriously consider making those and selling them, my picture frame now is running out of space for my medals I need a rack to hang them on lol

19/11/2012 at 14:53

Thanks I

19/11/2012 at 14:59

Thanks - I'll let you know when I start mass producing them.   My girlfriend wants me to make her one for her medals so when I've built hers (a glittery pink one) I'll take some decent photos and post them up on here.

19/11/2012 at 15:21

I'm just starting to do longer races (half marathons to be precise) and am not very fast, my current goals are just to get round.  For me, a medal signifies the achievement of actually finishing and reminds me that I worked really hard and earned it.  Makes all the training and effort worthwhile.

If the organisers decided to give medals only to the top 25% then it would make every race elitist and surely that then defeats the object of making a big and popular event that is achievable for the average joe and new runners???

Like someone else said, if you don't want your medal, just don't accept it - there are plenty of other runners who do and will wear them with pride.

19/11/2012 at 21:57
I did a marathon recently and, as I was walking away from the finish, there was a finisher medal in a skip. Why bother taking it in the first place??
21/11/2012 at 07:49

I wear medals with pride!! at the end of the day we are all winners even if you finish last, as we are the ones getting of our sofa and doing the training and races!

21/11/2012 at 10:54

good luck Beth with ur half marathon training, dont worry about being slow, i'm a plodder and for me its about finishing ( yes i wear my medal with pride lol )


21/11/2012 at 13:19

I enjoy my finishers medals. I bought an engraving tool (under £8 at Lidl) and I engrave each one with my name, time, pacing, age-group placing (and name and date of the event if it's not on the medal). I get a certain amount of pleasure in the visual reminder of my achievements, whether it's a 10K or a 50-miler. And when (hopefully not for many years) I can't run any more, it will be nice to have these mementoes.

Every race will be someone's first race, or their first at that distance, or a PB, or whatever, and will be the one THEY want to remember.

I still run parkruns, and other races without medals, but I like the mementos, and do use find that they trigger memories.

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