Have you ever been first in an event?

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25/07/2014 at 19:23

We have the great thread about coming last, which I could contribute to, but I cannot imagine winning a race or a category, have you? Was it awesome? Or did you feel lucky? Have you got the bug and want more victories, or is that it? 

Edited: 25/07/2014 at 19:24
25/07/2014 at 19:34

Won 2 out of 3 club races, when I was a lad.  Was about 5 miles and I took them out by well over a minute.  Nobody even spoke to me.  Decided the club scene wasn't for me.

Won the weekly village ski race once (on holiday).  Was quite happy with that, since it was my first week skiing.  My strategy was full attack and risk all.  It worked.

It's all gone really wrong since then.

25/07/2014 at 19:39

Yes, it took me ten years to win a race, and was out of about 700 runners when I did.

 I ran the race expecting the usual unknown winners to go haring off, and it never happened. I ran along for a couple of hundred yards before thinking I might be able to go a bit faster, so I did. No one followed.

Thought someone must have made a mistake letting me sneak off so at every corner where I was out of sight I put in more effort, still no one.

It was a 5 mile race and along the final 2 mile stretch I spent most of the time looking back expecting some speed merchant to chase me down for a laugh. It was pure agony, the combination of desperate effort and fear of capture.

Its slightly unsettling since you are being chased by everyone else. The idea of being caught pushes you on. It must take a few victories to take the lead as routine.

So I won. The novelty lasted no time at all. Especially when someone remarked, 'Obviously no one fast turned up'.

A serial winner of races said one day, 'When you win a race, you are the race.

25/07/2014 at 19:42

Faith: haha, or awwww 

RicF: great post  

Edited: 25/07/2014 at 19:43
25/07/2014 at 19:53

I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to... win!

25/07/2014 at 20:12

Nice descriptive post Rick

I won a raffle once. I felt it was luck.


25/07/2014 at 20:40

I finished first once. She was very understanding about it though. 

25/07/2014 at 21:10

Cum on is that the best you can do? 

25/07/2014 at 22:29

I just did. 

I won 20 quid and a dodgy bottle of chardonnay.

25/07/2014 at 22:32



25/07/2014 at 22:33

I've crossed the line first in a few, er, non-races (handful of parkruns and a men's Race4Life 5k) but also won a couple of proper ones, the most satisfying being the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon, partly for the size of the field (728 finishers) but also because it was a County champs (for which I didn't qualify... d'oh!)  A great feeling to be running in a lead group which slowly whittled down from about 7-8 to 2 of us with a couple of miles to go, then managing to pull away and have the guy on the lead bike encouraging me along to the finish line.  2nd and 3rd might have given me a better race if they hadn't both run the London Marathon exactly two weeks earlier.  

25/07/2014 at 22:34

Get in Lit!  

25/07/2014 at 22:35

Phil - mine was a county championship and I timed my imminent move to the Frozen North for the day after to make sure I would qualify!

25/07/2014 at 22:44
I won a local 10k last year. I was lucky on 2 counts.
1. There was quite a high profile 10k on the same day so most of the top local runners were doing that. I chose the race as i could use it as part of my marathon training. Get a lift there, run the race and then run the 14 miles home to make a 20 miler.

2. The second piece of luck was that the marshals were rubbish and sent the leading 2 or 3 runners the wrong way at the first turning.

I was expecting to finish in the top 5 but to win felt a bit like a hollow victory, especially as one of the guys that got sent the wrong way kicked up a hell of a stink at the end. So I just sloped off without my prize. I later received it in the post.
25/07/2014 at 22:49

I won a local 10k last year and there weren't any bloody prizes. I was a bit indignant, to be honest. It was the first time I'd won anything except I hadn't.

26/07/2014 at 07:01

Yes as a track middle distance runner and a few road races.

It felt good

26/07/2014 at 10:22

I got a QoM (queen of the mountains) for this years BHF London to Brighton (the complete route) on Strava, although the fact that it was on Strava says it all really! 

27/07/2014 at 18:58

I came first in my age category at a local HM this morning - took me a while to figure out what the 1 beside my name was - well exciting 

27/07/2014 at 21:13

Stilts and BI, lots of respect!

28/07/2014 at 10:56

I was first lady in a 5K race once. There were about 300 people and we were all dressed as Santa  

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