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24/04/2009 at 10:44

Finished last in a road race a few years back in 1998. It was the fist year I had started running again after abotu 13 years away. I have been back running for 9 months and racing for 7 months and in those races and realised there was quite a mix of ability and whilst not a whippet I generally finished in the top 2/3rds.

 However was visiting the North-East and saw an evening 5 mile race advertised in Newton Aycliffe (30th December)  and went along. As soon as I got there I started to get nervous. It was clear it was a small field and then I heard someone saying it was basically part of a league series that was pretty much frequented by good local club runners. Now really nervous. We got out onto the course. 2 laps around an industrial estate (complete with smoking chimneys - nice )

Ran well, first sub 8 minute mile pace race and a 5 mile PB of almost a minute but yes I was last. RAN A PB AND CAME LAST   Quite amusing afterwards because somebody asked how it went and I said I struggled with the pace of the field and they said well as least you weren't the guy in the orange top at the back. Long pause but I decided it had to be done and replied "well actually that was me!"

 Since then joined a club who twisted my arm back into some track racing e.g. 5,000M, 1500M etc. Have come last a few times in those and in the 5,000M regularly lapped but still running faster than 5k o nthe roads and quite enjoying it.

 I decided to enter the 3,000M Steeplechase last year for a point after a guy from another club and I dared each other to run it. No I can't hurdle and wasn't even trying it (S/C hurdles don't move if you hit them !!!). So we vaulted climbed the barriers but the two of us were together and after the final water-jump (well Water bath would be more accurate) decided we would cross the line together hand-in-hand. Good laugh but the finishing method was all around the club in minutes (yep mobiles going to the A team at another match and various coaches) and still getting ribbed for it

24/04/2009 at 23:56
Brooks  - That's a great  post !   I love the idea of coming last but still getting a PB. Bitter sweet !   I guess I could do that if the field was small enough.  I usually check the number of entrants in advance and only enter races with a minimum of 400.  That generally puts me in the last 10.  Maybe if I go for a field of 200  I could get a PB and be last.  I quite like that challenge !
25/04/2009 at 00:15

Great post Paul.

Jubillee cup - Barnet Copthall, July 06 I think. This is basically a cup for British leage teams, so being a weedy southern league runner, I was getting a bit worried, having been entered in the 800m!!

I was in lane 8 - they read out all the names, apart from me (going well then!) and then noticed none other than David Bedford standing by the railings next to me!!   *this is getting silly*

But it must as spurred me on, as I was last by 30 metres, but did 2.02 - a PB!!. So RLTW - It can be done, I think alot of people have been last at some point, I suppose we just have to vary the races we do  

I would just enter without checking entries and get stuck in..far too much worrying goes on around here

Edited: 25/04/2009 at 00:17
25/04/2009 at 03:03
Mine came at the jubillee cup as well Simon. That year as well but was at Bedford instead. That said my performance was truly abysmal whilst yours is fairly credible! 2:02 isn't messing around at all.
27/04/2009 at 10:09
Yeah, but it aint getting any better - giving 800's up - its for the kids really, not 36 year olds!!
27/04/2009 at 15:39

I did a series of 4 club runs a couple of years back - set a PB in every one but still came last in 3 out of 4 of them!

I'm going to attempt them again this year but this time I'm doing some proper speed training

29/04/2009 at 08:46
Try a cross-country race with only 80 runners - very good chance of coming last, as I found out last November!
29/04/2009 at 13:07

Simon - 36, I'm 45 and I bet they still haev me running an 800M on Saturday as well as a 5,000M and possibly something else - mind you it is only SML Div 3

 The point about low numbers is true but had a shock recently. Like you Simon I don't check race entry numbers and entered the Cockermouth 5.5 as I was on a weeks holiday up in the Lakes. Only after I entered did I happen to look at last year's information and saw 36 entered !!! Oh dear this could be embarassing.

 Similar number this year but finished about 2/3rds of the way through so quite happy and got in a good race at the end with a few others plus the memento was an Easter egg

 Also there was the race, just once, when I beat the first lady home.... had to outsprint her at the end to do it mind  

29/04/2009 at 13:40

....don't worry - Gareth's desperate for a race

Have fun in the SML!

Lee the Pea    pirate
29/04/2009 at 21:42
Hello All!

I've come last and achieved a PB!! Did the Bute Highland Games 10K last year and came last, time was 78 minutes, about 7 mins faster than the only other 10K i had done! hehehe.

I also ran in the FLM on Sunday (woo hoo!) and although I wasn't last, I had to shuffle on to the pavement while they opened the road at mile 23 ish. Finished in 6:57:55 My knees had given up the ghost at mile 18 though, and I had to walk from there on, although I did manage to run in the last mile. Knee injury last month buggered up the training. Anyway, I'm happy with my time. First marathon, so I just wanted to finish. I had a grand old time. Stopped to chat to my friends and family when I saw them, even manage a few swigs of the beer my friend was having, hahaha. Well, it was hot, and I had to remain hydrated
30/04/2009 at 12:34

Simon - Mr Edwards can go with the A team, I am strictly in the Bs

Lee - Great stuff 7 minute PB !

You broke 7 hours for the marathon as well. 2 minutes 5 seconds slower and you would have been really annoyed. Plus you beat Jordan didn't you. T obe ho9nest I didn't pay much attention but thought I heard she finished in 7 hours plus

Lee the Pea    pirate
30/04/2009 at 12:43
Yeah BtB, I beat Jordan and Peter by about 13 mins.  They were ahead of me the whole way, so I must have passed them in the last mile or so, but I was too focussed on finishing to see anyone at that point!  I am really glad I made it before 7 hours though....although it virtually was 7 hours, I've still got a '6' in their so it made me feel better! hahaha

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