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14/07/2009 at 17:36
4 marathons, many 10ks, half marathons under my belt - just came 2nd last in parents race at daughters primary school.  Need to do some speed work ready for next year.
14/07/2009 at 17:39
No, they just didn't run the race over a long enough distance for you, petition them to run the parents race as a marathon next year, see where you come.
14/07/2009 at 17:41
Good thinking
14/07/2009 at 18:30

haha, my girlfriend just had her daughter's sports day and came 3rd in the "mum's race" despite the fact she has ran for a couple of years (and did new york mara last year).

she said she is a distance runner so she was happy with 3rd in a sprint event.

you can't argue with that!!

14/07/2009 at 18:40

If you're sensible then you definitely can't argue with that!!!  

see if you're anything like me Andrew my legs don't seem to stir into action until mile 3 of any run that I do! definitely propose a longer distance next year then see how many parents actually reach the finish line lol

14/07/2009 at 19:31
Yes it does take me a while to get going
14/07/2009 at 19:45

I know the feeling.

when I retired at 65 I was a stand in parent at sports day as my son and his wife both had to work.

Of course the innocence of the grandchild saying you can run grandad I couldnt refuse. At 65, not the fastest sprinter in the world but managed 10th of 12.

Trouble is these days it takes me six miles to warm up.

14/07/2009 at 19:57

At my daughters sports day I was looking forward to the mums race as I am a much better sprinter than distance runner.

 Unfortunately they made us put a ballon between our knees I was last.

 For my sons they made us go on a space hopper, I didn't even finish 

14/07/2009 at 20:17
I reckon I'd be alright at that, as I've been carrying a spacehopper between my legs for years.
14/07/2009 at 20:21
Coops10 wrote (see)
I reckon I'd be alright at that, as I've been carrying a spacehopper between my legs for years.

lol coops

14/07/2009 at 21:26

I somehow managed to win an (adult) egg and spoon race recently.  From that triumphant experience I can think of the following tips to offer you:

1. Do your speed training on grass (sport specificity, innit);
2. Drink LOTS of cider on race day.

14/07/2009 at 21:34

Or prepare for it more thoroughly?

Try link here

Although that does seem to be taking it all a touch seriously...

14/07/2009 at 21:41

Taking it seriously??

A few years ago at my son's sports day, the head teacher (also a parent) and one of the other dads had a play fight on the start line which ended with both of them on the floor tangled up in their sacks.

Tha last mums race I did was a relay in house teams, points going to our childrens team position. We had to do the water filled balloon over our head then between our legs, back marker races to the front and starts again. I tucked my skirt into my knickers and erm, well, the elastic wasn't quite as strong as I would have liked. 

14/07/2009 at 21:45

Hi Andrew

you took part that's what matters -

but like me when at school with the children years ago - parents race, i could'nt quite touch them

had it have been a 10k, or HM or FM - they would 'nt have stood a chance - it takes me miles sometimes to get a comfortable rythem going

keep training - little and often -

good luck always


LIVERBIRD    pirate
14/07/2009 at 22:09

I won't enter.....

In case I lose!

I would tantrum like you wouldn't believe.......

15/07/2009 at 19:59
The thing is although  I have joked about it today I have seriously thought about some kind of extra training next yr - v sad.  Maybe its because my daughter offered my one of her 3 ribbons she won cos she felt sorry for me!
16/07/2009 at 11:18
Sorry this thread has really made me chuckle... Good job I dont have kids, I would be such a competitive mum and would sulk even worse than LB if I lost.
LIVERBIRD    pirate
16/07/2009 at 12:30

I bet you wouldn't......

My dad taught me that second is "first loser" and scarred me for life!

16/07/2009 at 14:09

O LB that is HArsh!

Well i entered the house full of rage as just been for a pre assesment only to have bp amnd weight done sp trailed there for bot all...then i read this thread!

So funny especialy Kwitter!

Andrew you have a lovely child offering you her ribbon....don't forget children are a reflection of their parents (apparently) it's the taking part that counts!

17/07/2009 at 16:47
just imagine being a parent at the school where Linford Christie's kids go.
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