Why not? Nothing bad happens, they don't take you round the back and give you a slap.
What would be so terrible about it?
It was the county athletics championships at school and I was running in the 200m and I fell. By the time I got up everyone else was practiaclly at the end. I got up and ran the rest of the race finishing last by a massive margin with blood pouring down my leg. I didn't care about the pain - or the embarrassment of falling - I just wanted to finish. I'd rather have a slow time next to my name than walk away and get a DNF.
Ive not been last, but I do my first a half marathon next year after a break of 19 years. Im going to be at least 40-50 mins or more slower than my first half marathon and could be towards to the back of the field. Still a long time to training. If I am at the back it wont bother me.
What I most remember about my first half marathon isn't the time I got, I cant remember the exact time even though I know I certainly was in the top third of the runners but the time of a friend who managed to complete it even though he was right to the back not quite last. He had recovered from a damaged knee ligament and the work/training he had to put in to be able to even be able to complete the race was incredibly hard. There is no shame in coming last or at the back - how many people in the country can run a half marathon? Lets face it how many could run a 5K (run it not walk it!) . To be able to run 5k upwards at least means you are a reasonably fit and hopefully healthy person or working towards being one.
You should be proud to finish simple as that.
Well the first thing to say is you may be last but you have finished which some won't. You also started which the vast majority of the population didn't.
I am usually a mid-packer being around 8.5 minute miles these days.
Several years back when i first really started running, I happened to be in the North-East visiting the wife's family. I saw a race on one evening which was close to where we were in the day and thought I would enter. It was a five mile race in Newton-Aycliffe. I was around an 8 minute miler then but hadn't quite got under 40 minutes for 5 miles. That would be easily mid-pack on most races. However when i got there and entered on the night i suddenty realised this was very much a club runner event !!
It was three laps around an industrial estate and I got lapped by quite a few but expected that, however I did start to drop off the back and yes I finished last however it was in a PB and SUB 40 minutes.
So I had a mix of emotions but on balance i came away happy. I had finished last by some way but had a PB and broken a time barrier. very strange. There weren't lots of marshalls to encourage me at the end but equally there were pretty much zero supporters and the runners had pretty much all gone as well.
So don't worry about finishing last, just do your best and get around.
Wilkie, One point to bear in mind though is that some races operate a cut-off andwithdraw support.
However for half marathons it is usually not less than 3 hours and that is around 14 minute miles so OK. Plus they cna move you onto the pavement but can't really stop you running and although marshalls may get withdrawn most finish lines stay up somewhat longer than the cut-off.
That's true, but as long as you're not too far outside it, most races will give you a bit of lee-way.
One marathon I marshalled (a mile from the finish, in the pouring rain) allowed the last man to finish even though he was WAY after the cut-off. The sweeper kept him company for the last few miles.
I did the Kendal mountain festival 10K fell run on saturday and was last male to finish.
Loved it though and it was my first 10K race having done a few 5Ks and first time i have run off road! Great atmosphere and got lots of encouragement in the final 500 yards and even beat my target time by 8 mins.
So last but last and happy!!
I was last in my first olympic-distance triathlon! Got a huge cheer from everyone and a cup of tea waiting! I also finished 4th from last in my most recent marathon, the tough Eden Project marathon last month. I was running with the back marker until mile 8 when we caught up with another guy.
Also been last in most of my club's closed races, but again, always the biggest cheer!
Yes, and won a bottle of wine for my pains, First fell race after 12/ 13 years of not running.
Ran same race this year and just scraped into top 20.
One of my proudest running moments came whilst representing my school at 1500M. Went off far too fast (plus I was not very good) and started really struggling before the first lap was finished. Glumly watched everyone disappear into the distance (they were all in the year above me, in my defence) and then realised as I came down the home straight of my 3rd lap that I was about to be lapped by the leaders. Put my head down and kicked for home, crossing the line a nose ahead of the leaders…and then of course had one more lap to do. After my sprint "finish" my jog was barely more than a walk, but as I came to the final straight I found a bit extra and managed a second sprint finish with an added dip across the line for effect. Finished last by a good 150M, but received the biggest cheer of the day as I came down the home straight.
Made me want to be an ultra-marathoner….
I was last at Ruislip a couple of weeks ago.....
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