I only started running earlier this year and have entered quite a few local races, usually 10K and less but aim to push for 10 mile and half marathons by the end of the year.
I'm startnig to get quite a collection of medals but no trophies as I'm noway near close to winning anything ...
I just wondered if there's other ways to win trophies other than finishing in the top few places?
Maybe say doing all of the events by one company in a year?
hmm, I don't actually think they even give old school trophies these days to winners. Most guys I know who have won races have either had cash or a donated prize such as 6 month gym membership.
I did a 5k last year purely as based on previous times I could have won it, and I wanted a trophy! Anyway I came 2nd overall, but there was a m35 cat that I won. My prize....5l aloe vera gel for second place, and a decent pair of cufflinks for winning the m35. I sold the aloe vera and use the cufflinks.
I am not sure I would want a trophy unless I had actually won it on positions. For just doing stuff you simply get momentos!
You've got to think outside the box Thorpey.
If trophy/voucher/prizes are your main aim, look for lower key races, first year events, odd distances, races with a longer race on at the same time, races not organised by running clubs, races that clash with bigger local races, offroad races etc.
Another good angle is to get into a club with better runners than you, and take part in team relays, use the better runners to improve your chances!
Club championships, if your club is more social than go getter etc.
Not that I've had too much experience of the above strategies honest
These days, although I embrace the prizes that come about, I prefer to pick higher quality fast races, to hit pbs. Those are generally the currency runners use in the long run.
If you really want to maximise your ability, these kind of races beat a 2nd place in the Cock and Biscuits Village 5k hands down.
I've had a few 'old school' trophies and winners medals from local 10k events for Veteran prizes, and also received bugger all for a marathon Vet win.
Marlow FM 10k - I won a little trophy. Last finisher won a free massage. I will target that race next year and crawl around.
Other ways - Road Relays / Corporate Team relays. Find some fast team mates
Also find the races that the likes of SG are not running. I'll be doing the Cock and Biscuits Village 5k this year
haha Also! Yep, I left that off the list. Do your research and make sure the normal suspects aren't turning up on mass!
Marlow 10k had a cracking looking trophy for 3rd. I know the guy and on normal form he's a couple of mins behind!
Could have had some silver there! Dammit,
Some races offer some unusual categories instead of the typical mens, womens, vets etc. The Hardmoors race series (15mile to 150 mile distances) do a "shire" category for runners over 14 stone.
Certainly there are several "grand slam" awards in the world of ultra running, Hardmoors again, Centurion Running, Saxon Shore also maybe?
Just have a look around.
be a female and old and welsh and join welsh triathlon...............then do one of the championship races........
there are so few people that tick all those boxes that you have a chance of a trophy
I won a race once and all I got was this Queen's Diamond Jubilee paperweight:
Attractive, I think you'll agree.
In my day at school you made things like pipe racks and candle holders in woodwork and metal work. Now it is working with the likes of acrylic - and that looks like some very nice output from the local comp literatin
seren nos wrote (see)
be a female and old and welsh and join welsh triathlon...............then do one of the championship races........ there are so few people that tick all those boxes that you have a chance of a trophy
I was forgetting a special niche an ex club mate had. Be the single FV60 in a race, and you will HOOVER those trophies up.
I won a trophy earlier this year for "first female unattached" - first time I'd ever heard of a race giving a prize specifically for non-club members. Anyone else heard of that?
I have a lovely trophy for first female at the sleepwalker race last november...20 miles in the dark in the mountains and it was pouring with rain and howling winds......
You could go any route from the last checkpoint back to the finish.....I had recceed the area.( mind others had done the race the year before).........
and at the final checkpoint there were 4 or 5 females in front of me...........i took a longer route back but one that was runnable and was extremley shocked to discover I wwas first female
Stevie G . wrote (see)
seren nos wrote (see) be a female and old and welsh and join welsh triathlon...............then do one of the championship races........ there are so few people that tick all those boxes that you have a chance of a trophy I was forgetting a special niche an ex club mate had. Be the single FV60 in a race, and you will HOOVER those trophies up.
That's what I'm hanging on for!
there is of course the nag that if there is only you in a race is it worth a trophy?
Don't ruin it SG. And I'm not saying how many other ladies were competing for that top quality bit of (I think) genuine glass.
oops - sorry literatin - there was me saying it was acrylic
came in a special presentation gift box and everything, AR.
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