Have you ever been last in an event?

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01/09/2013 at 14:06

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?

cougie    pirate
01/09/2013 at 14:14
I was third out of four in a MTB race once. I got a trophy and prize money and everything. Brilliant.

Someones got to be last - It probably won't be you - you always run faster in races. Don't worry about it and put in the training.
01/09/2013 at 14:25

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.

01/09/2013 at 16:41

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.

seren nos    pirate
01/09/2013 at 17:10

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........

01/09/2013 at 17:53

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.

01/09/2013 at 18:21

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

01/09/2013 at 18:28

I have been last and am almost always near last There is nothing wrong with being last!

Red Stripe    pirate
01/09/2013 at 18:32

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 

02/09/2013 at 01:09

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).

02/09/2013 at 04:39

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

02/09/2013 at 08:02

I have finished last. My first 10k. I got a huge cheer and won a huge basket of fruit. 

02/09/2013 at 08:35

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.

02/09/2013 at 09:07

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.

02/09/2013 at 09:14

I've been last and top 30 in the same event. 

02/09/2013 at 09:52

Not last, but in the last few handfuls

2008 Holme-Moss Fell-Race; 18 miles & 4,000 feet of ascent

It 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 distance

Ended 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 hard

The first big hill was tough enough (& that was at about 2 miles!!!)



02/09/2013 at 10:26

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!

02/09/2013 at 12:19

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...

02/09/2013 at 12:30

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.



02/09/2013 at 12:36

Finishing 'last' doesn't take into account those who DNF either - if you can get round an event then it's an achievement, and last is nothing to be ashamed of!  (You may take this with a pinch of whatever you like, given that I haven't actually ever come last.  Well, not since school, when I was a lap behind everyone else in the 800m because I was crap.  That was humiliating.)

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