Have you ever been last in an event?

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20/05/2014 at 11:27

After supporting me for a number of years on running events my wife decided to have a go.I am a slow runner normally due to my age finishing in the last 10%.My wife(in her late 60s) had a mortal fear of finishing last.As I ran around with her on several events the problem was overcome as when we entered the finishing straight I dropped back and achieved the accolade of being last.As previous correspondants have stated I was amazed at the goodwill extended to the late finishers.On one occasion a spectator advised me to keep training then I might beat my wife.

To take part and finish is the one goal we should all aspire to, sod the results.

26/05/2014 at 10:20

I tell you what, I would give my right arm to have been last in the ultra I DNFd yesterday!

26/05/2014 at 12:05
Tired Runner wrote (see)

I like being at the back for space and smell! Am too slow to be in the front and the middle smells of sweat and BO

I'm sure you're very fragrant, although no one minds the smell of their own eh 

04/06/2014 at 13:45

I'm running in the Welsh Castles Relay this weekend. It will be my third year and I am always worried about coming last. I run for a business team and we are lucky just to get 20 runners whereas the running clubs which make up the majority of the participants have try outs and strict cut off times. It attracts some top class athletes, of which I am definitely not one!

I don't know why I worry as my team would just be happy that I ran and the support on this event is always great so you know people would be still cheering for you.

Dustboy    pirate
07/06/2014 at 23:30

I finished, I wasn't last, I felt well ill for the rest of the day, Ben Davies, one, I feel for you, two, you need a decent name for the forum

08/06/2014 at 14:42

I was last female finisher at Outlaw Half last week, great support. It is the taking part and completing that feel good.

17/06/2014 at 10:45

I have regularly been in the very end of a raise. I was 5th from last at UK70.3 when i first tried it, and i think the same position in IM Austria. I was the last individual finisher at Challenge Roth, although relay athletes came after me, as they started later....did mean i missed out on my last finisher bouquet though!

I did a little local aquathlon, and a 'friend' overtook me in the dying metres, cos she couldnt possibly be last......I reminded her i had only been back running a few weeks, 6 months after i had broken my back.

The support at the back of the field is always great.....I have a friend who does all the local cross country races, and she is regularly last. But she is massively respected and supported because she is having a go...

19/06/2014 at 15:52

My first and so far only full marathon I came very nearly last. To my mind I was chuffed having finished it and as I was nearly last it was our friends and family cheering us over the line (the weather was horrendous so not many other spare bodies). Think you just have decide does it matter to you? Is your goal to finish or to to do a certain time? Just give it it a go, any distance is a challenge and fair play to you for having a go!

30/06/2014 at 23:24
I've been last and now had a DNF, being last finisher is waaaay better
02/07/2014 at 13:08

I've been last but as my friend always says somebody has to be last and the people that can't run and who are sat at home in front of the tele are really last. That gets rid of any pre-race doubts for me. I am relatively new to running but I am improving all the time and hopefully I will gradually move up the field.

08/07/2014 at 12:09

I'm always at the back as i plod along This year came in with the sweepr car at Brathay as chose to stay and help an injured runner 

sometimes its abit lonely as lots of people go home but also those that are left usually give a big hearty cheer when you are near the end

16/07/2014 at 12:02

I would happily be last!

You started AND finished - you are awesome!!!

27/07/2014 at 21:01

Haha done it again *pout* 

Did back to back marathons, I wasn't last each day, but of the the 34 that did both days my combined total was the worse. 

Still bloody glad that I did the challenge.   I still have two medals to show for my efforts   

It's one of those things, am I a laughing stock as I'm last? maybe in some eyes but to me someone has to come last and I would rather be last than doing nothing. 

Edited: 27/07/2014 at 21:09
02/08/2014 at 13:42

Yes if DNF or DNS count as last place.

06/08/2014 at 14:02

I'm slow and I'm sure I'd be last in a small field but I generally finish about two thirds of the way through the pack. But I've been near the back on one occassion. I'd been running in Innovation's Clapham Common 10K series (pretty flat) when I saw a flyer for a Herne Hill Harriers cross country event on Streatham Common. As it's another local common I thought, what the heck, it'll be fun. I used to ride there as a child and somehow managed to forget that Streatham Common is one huge, soul-sucking hill. I ended up having to walk several times and it completely humbled me. I wasn't last but there were only a few behind me, but there was also quite a few DNFs so at least I got round. I've since made a point of going back there to train occasionally because I'm not letting some hill beat me. I can now get from my house to the common (about 2 miles) and back with three laps of the race circuit, without stopping. (Well, I could before I tore my calf the other week, but that's another story).

06/08/2014 at 14:35

Yes, did a small local race a few days after a big ultra and staggered after a friend, who put on something of a finishing sprint which I just couldn't match! I have a number of friends who are often the lanternes rouges so I felt if they can man up and do it when they know that's on the cards, then so can I. I think as long as you know why you're there and you know you've trained as well as you can under the circs then it's OK. Dunno what it's like to be last because you never got round to doing the training ... that might be interesting.

21/08/2014 at 17:45

I overheard a lady at a race once say, "unless you have a chance of coming first then the only person you are racing is yourself" and its stuck with me as a very true saying.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
24/08/2014 at 12:29

It is true - at almost 65 I know I don't have much of a chance at not being last, especially as I haven't done much training lately (translate that into 'none'!) - and again in yesterday's sprint triathlon I occupied last place. Got a lot of support from spectators though. 2nd place in the age group - I know the lady who beat me quite well and I don't have a chance of beating her as she is around 4 mins faster in the swim and no slouch at the rest, so I'm always in the role of the chaser! But at least I'm still out there racing, and I was 20 mins better than the last sprint 2 weeks ago

Edited: 24/08/2014 at 12:30

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