Did you start running in 1993?

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24/07/2013 at 16:25

Thanks for getting in touch LTS.

So guys, I know I'm a pain in the arse with all these backward-looking questions, BUT...having only been running for 10 years myself, do any of you more experienced runners remember

a) when goody bags became a thing at races, and

b) what they used to consist of?

were they cringe-makingly crap, or were they magnificently munificent?!

29/07/2013 at 07:55

I started running as my 1st sport in 1993 (ahead of London '94 - my first marathon), although I had run since school and as a compliment to football training.

Kerry's question above about goody bags reminded me of the expo for that first marathon.
I came home with bags full of free stuff given out by pretty much every stall holder at the expo, as well as picking up laughably cheap old stock of vests/t-shirts.
Now I go in, pick up my number and come straight back out again. Its a sales push exercise for all the major sports firms.

Loz
14/08/2013 at 21:46
I'm a couple of years out, started in 95, in fact my first race was the Northern XC champs, bit of a shock to the system. Nearly came last! As Dustin says goody bags then were worth having unlike now. I also think the team spirit was better then. Now people run purely for themselves, not a bad thing just different to how it was. We were all quicker as well compared with todays runners at my club anyway. As a lady vet I could go sub 40 mins for 10k no problem, we've got maybe one lady now that can do that, none of the newer runners are anywhere near. I think running is more about enjoyment now which I don't object to. It's become more a sport for all.

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