Medals - bring them back!

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22/11/2009 at 22:09

Sitting behind me on my study wall taking up 3' x 1' my medals from races run since 2001 are hanging.

It's nice to look through them once in a while, they don't take up much space, they are all different, some have fantastic designs and they all have personal memories. A couple of horse brasses from Dartford & Hastings, a few Nike runs, a large Paddock Wood ½ and some colourful Gillingham Trotters with a flying pig, my two FLM’s, a lion from Longleat.

So why it is every race I now enter provides me with a 'memento' at the end. Don't get me wrong the occasional faux crystal block with runners in the middle is nice. But I don't want numerous plastic water bottles, gym bags or mugs that supposedly keep my drink hot - just because all of these things have the race name and sometimes the date stamped on them it does not make them special, in fact they take up a lot more space at the back of a cupboard than the 9 years worth of medals on my wall.

Give me a well designed medal any day.

Edited: 22/11/2009 at 22:35
22/11/2009 at 23:36

Hey, I thought I was the only one with a faux crystal block with runners in the middle.

i agree that medals are better, though not keen on the cheap and flimsy ones with no date on.

23/11/2009 at 07:22
I prefer medals too
23/11/2009 at 08:00
medals are good. Hung mine on wall. For the rest will hang em and sell the gold and silver ones
23/11/2009 at 08:02
Of all the races I've done over the past year, I've only ever received 2 medals.  Sometimes I'll get a mug or a t-shirt, but in most races I enter I'm lucky to get a cup of tea and a biscuit!  I do like my medals, but if it means I have to enter races with thousands of runners, then I'll pass, thanks very much - I like the quiet life!
23/11/2009 at 08:09

Pooh, you are a bear of much wisdom.

I too like the old bling on a string. Nothing else will do.

23/11/2009 at 08:14
That said, I wouldn't purposely NOT do an event just because it didn't have a medal.
23/11/2009 at 08:17
I would, actually. Partly because of my bet with Muttley Jnr (to get 100 medals by a certain date) but partly because I already have too much clutter. I don't have space for more mugs, T-shirts, water bottles etc. Medals are easily stored.
23/11/2009 at 08:24

Theres a local race I do every year, I haven't had a medal from that race yet, this year I got a hi-vis vest, which has come in handy

I'd prefer them to offer a medal, but they don't, and I enjoy the race, so I do it regardless.

23/11/2009 at 08:26
the vests and t shirts you get aint exactly rock and roll  are they?
23/11/2009 at 08:30
No, they aren't, and I'd bet that 99% of them get chucked into a draw never to see the light of day again.
23/11/2009 at 08:58

I agree, I like my medals.  Can't stand the mugs, I have enough mugs, I don't need another sponsor covered cheap mug.

Oh and dont get me started on t-shirts.

23/11/2009 at 09:14

Got a cracking medal at the Town Moor yesterday, Its now my second most treasured medal (after my BMAF silver for their 10 mile championships last year).

I've got most of my medals in a picture frame in my hall - they look good and take up no space at all.

I'm up to 52 techie tshirts now, not even counting the cotton ones.  I should really have a cull

23/11/2009 at 09:37

There's a company in the US that will make a quilt out of all of your race t-shirts.

In my school era the medals were for winners not participants and that's coloured my thinking ever since.

23/11/2009 at 09:40
Moraghan wrote (see)

In my school era the medals were for winners not participants and that's coloured my thinking ever since.

Thats actually a good point.
23/11/2009 at 09:50
Moraghan wrote (see)

In my school era the medals were for winners not participants and that's coloured my thinking ever since.

Fair point, though the world has moved on (whether for better or worse is a moot point).

That said, a lot of races today, perhaps most, still have 'special' unique medals and trophies for the winners and category winners to mark their achievement. The run-of-the-mill finisher medals are simply a memento for having taken part. No one pretends they are more than that, so it shouldn't colour your thinking too much.

23/11/2009 at 09:55
RunningCommentary wrote (see)
No one pretends they are more than that, so it shouldn't colour your thinking too much.
I do
23/11/2009 at 09:59

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who like medals! I was just only looking through my medal collection last night as added one after a race yesterday.

I'm not a fast runner so will never get the winner's prizes but like the fact I get something better then a bottle of water for my efforts. I'm not fussed about t-shirts (will never wear them) or discount vouchers (which will never get used) but I am extremely proud of my medals.

I'm so glad with the events section on this website so I can check whether you get a medal for a race. For the time being, I will only do a race if I get a medal and I am willing to pay the extra money. I do enough of running without a medal during my training sessions!

I have to say the most disappointing medals I got are from Race For Life/Cancer Research 10k but I think they're more just a mass production thing. Some of the best medals I've got have come from smaller local races. 

I say long live the medals!

23/11/2009 at 10:02
Yesterday I did a 10k where I got a kit bag for finishing. Why do I want a kit bag when I got kit bags
from other races. I have over 100 race t-shirts. Mugs although not as many as a ten years back.
Pens, whisky glass, plates, ashtrays, towels, baseball cap, wine, bookends, doorstopper, even a chocolate medal.

All in all, I rather have a medal. I got loads of medals dating back to my very first and it makes
me happy and proud that I can look at the miles, the achievement and the memories that I have done.
23/11/2009 at 10:07
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