A bumbag I find can be quite useful,as for medals which end up in the back of a draw till it is time to clear it out.
The worst memento must have been the chocolate medal from the Hadleigh 10.from about 1999. it was eaten before I and many others realised that it was the memento
Back in september i bought my first copy of runners world and there was a guy in there that was one of those inspiration stories, turning his life and health around though running. There was a photo holding loads of medals, and I suppose that is what got me started. Since then I have entered a race a month and I have gone from worrying about putting on weight to worrying about my times (ironically my first 10k I have got slower ever since! - but to be fair the courses have got a lot harder).
The medals remind me why I am doing it, but the bumbag will still take pride of place in my "running tat cabinet". It helps the beginners like me feel a real sense of achievement.
But it the organisers are looking for suggestions for next year, they could include a packet of "getting out of bed on a dark freezing winter's morning to go running" motivation tablets.
Thanks to all the people I meet on every race. I love it - the cameraderie, their stories, and the support that everybody gives, whether you take 30 minutes or 3 hours. Sometimes on the way to a race I want to back-out but I always come home feeling exhilarated and glad that I did.
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