Am running my first half this October and do 10-11 min miles. It's a small half with a few hundred runners and looking at last years results i'll be in the last few. Has anyone been last in an event? What was it like?
Never been absolutely last but always near the back! Often see the last runner coming over the finish at local events & they generally get more support than the middle pack, so don't worry & enjoy it.
don't worry about being last, people are accessed with being first. I coach athlete and I always say. " to compete and do your best is all you can ask of yourself."
As you get fitter and training gets harder then your times and position will get better.
Been last a couple of times.had the biggest cheer ever when crossing the finish line.....sometimes in the race they have a back marker and they will run with the slowest person so that they can let the marshalls know they can stand down.....
I wouldn't worry because someone has to be last.......
on other races I have also been in the first 3 sometimes and even first........
Been last or nearly last most of my running years. I do not worry about it at all, as the others say someone has to be last. Big cheers and sometimes even a prize when last, consider it that you get better value for your entry fee when at the back.
I am usually in the top third of races, but last year agreed to help my brother train to run a 10k. This was a big thing for him, and on race day a ran by his side the whole way, and we came last. It was the by far the most reawrding run I have done, and I had more support and encouragement than I have had in any race before or since. I enjoyed every minute of it
I have been last and am almost always near last There is nothing wrong with being last!
Oh yes ! But you do get the best support from marshals, other finished competitors and the clean up crew.
it was my first aquathon - transition took longer than the swim as I faffed about putting on shorts & top, tied shoe laces then went wrong way so 5k became 8k
But it got me unhooked into multi sport events so not the end of the world but the start of triathon
I recently did my first HM, it was a bit smaller than yours with 85 finishers and was last for the first couple of miles (both sub 9 min miles). Ended up 83rd and 2:13 which was 7 minutes ahead of my goal and 90 seconds a mile faster than training. I'm sure coming 3rd from last gave me a better feeling than the guy that came 3rd overall
Next run is Loch Ness at the end of the month and aiming for a sub 5 hour time and will probably be in the top 2000 (of 3000).
I came last having unwittingly entered an 'elite' category... I did not feel too bad after hearing that others were training for the Marathon des Sables... I got over it, no one seemed to have an issue.
I have noticed that the back markers and last person get bigger cheers than the first person and finishers... must be a British thing
I have finished last. My first 10k. I got a huge cheer and won a huge basket of fruit.
Yep. In Europe - most of the races I'm in the last 10 and have been last once or twice. You normally get a lot of support.
Last weeks Run to the Castle, 4 miles in, four of us teamed up to map read and navigate when we were all in danger of getting lost, slow hard plod, at times everyone struggled somewhere but we stuck it out and all finished together and I have to say it was probably the most enjoyable run in years because of the way it was run.
I've been last and top 30 in the same event.
Not last, but in the last few handfuls2008 Holme-Moss Fell-Race; 18 miles & 4,000 feet of ascentIt was my first fell at that kind of distance (only done 7 mile max before), & I 'blew' at about 14 miles, & had to walk a fair distanceEnded up finishing way back, & taking 4 hours 'dead' to cover the 18 miles Mindst you, it was a round of the English National Championships. so had to be hardThe first big hill was tough enough (& that was at about 2 miles!!!)
It can be a very long day marshalling a race so when the last person shows up they are bound to get a great cheer as at last you can start packing up and go home!
Hi guys, I suspect I'm opening myself up to a round of 'Sod off you cheeky git' etc here BUT: You beat me to it with this thread. I was going to post one asking if anybody who has ever finished last in a race wants to contribute their thoughts for a semi-regular series I'm planning on running in the race section of the mag on Backmarkers.
Even though SOMEone has to be last even, everyone always says 'don't worry dude it won't be you - it'll be someone else.' I think it would be interesting to get a few different stories of the back marker's experience - did they hate it, did they love the massive support, what did they think after, did they expect to finish last etc etc...
I can see here a few of you have said you've finished last in a race. if you don't mind talking/or fancy getting your face in the mag, please drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take it from there.
I have finished 3rd from last in a XC race and last in every race I ever "ran" at school! I appreciate how awkward it can make you feel but you do tend to get a big cheer.
Most importantly you should remember that you have beaten the thousands (millions?) who cannot even contemplate running that far. Remember what an achievement it is to make it to the start line and be worrying about coming last instead of worrying if you can finish the distance...
Finished last in a triathlon a few years ago and it was one of the most enjoyable ones that I've done. I was last back from the bike and ran with the person who finished in front of me to keep them company. It took a while to complete the run but it was great fun, we were even reminded that we were in a race as we discussed tourism with one of the marshalls while having a drink of water.The support as we neared the end and eventually crossed the line was fabulous and I'd not have missed it for the world.
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