Have you ever been last in an event?

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05/05/2015 at 16:42

Any Tri I do, always last out of the water!, Did Maldon, started in 1st wave out of 3, still came out last - who cares! I still enjoy myself.

12/05/2015 at 21:54
tricialitt wrote (see)

At a recent Ultra I did, I came 612/ 627 finishers. The last finisher got a massive cheer- all the earlier finishers came out of the ceilidh tent to cheer her in!

DNF'ing is totally gutting, being last finisher is fantastic!


The Highland Fling?

I have been last and I have been first. Same same but different!

Edited: 12/05/2015 at 21:55
14/05/2015 at 14:20

I joined a run club just over a year ago and continue to be last in every run we do, am last in most of the fun run league x country events and managed second to last in 1 (out of 4) x country league events. I am getting faster and was voted our clubs 'most improved' female runner for 2014. It's not always fun being last and I've never been last at a big event (I've done 4 1/2 marathons, a full marathon and lots of 10k and 5k runs).

Someone has to be last, ideally you don't always want to be that person but the view from the back isn't always as bad as you'd think. What I lack in speed I gain in determination and its earned me a lot of respect as a runner.

15/05/2015 at 22:06

if you want to come last there are lots of low key fell runs, you can lose.

In my prime, I saw a run advertised locally.  Up Aran Fadwy, 10 miles, the mountain is knocking on 3000 feet, and the run climbs over 2500 feet.  I thought OK, that will be a fun challenge! something I have not done before.  I was a 40 min 10K, 95 min HM, sub 4 marathon at the time, with off road experience... not a great runner, but respectable.

I arrived early, I always do.  The village hall had 50 odd runners, very quiet, vests from everywhere.  Listening to the whispers, it went like this... he's from Northern Ireland, came third in bla bla... He's from Scotland bla bla, North Devon bla bla.

The time came, we walked into a field at the bottom of a mountain, someone siaid something vague about health and safety, which added up to you've done this before, it's all up to you (I had my over trousers, Kagool, map, compass, whistle, bell, book and candle in my bum bag).   Then he said go.

I promise you I ran, within 5 minutes I was off the back with agroup of five of us..  

I dont remember it all now, but I do remember following the fence up, I remember the snow patches in April, I remember disappearing into the cloud, I remember fell runners charging towards me through the cloud, I was still climbing, they were on the way down, I remember passing walkers wearing walking boots, up in the clouds.  I remember turning the corner and thinking going dosn off road in the mist, over the snow patches would be easier.  IT WAS NOT.  

At the summit there were three behind me.  I watched two pass me on the way down I don't know what happened to the third, he did not appear on the stats, they don't publish  DNF (God knows how that is even possible) on hand written result sheets.  Anyway at just over 2 and a half hours for 10 miles I was last on the sheet (65 out of 65) when I got to the bottom, someone said Hiya, and shut the gate behind me.

Fell runners are a different species.

Edited: 15/05/2015 at 22:12
Yesterday at 13:42

I was (joint) last at the Transylvania 100k a couple of weeks ago. To cut a long story short, I got lost up a mountain at about 40k and spent the rest of the race chasing cut-offs.

It was an amazing adventure though  Full story on my blog, (below)



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