Do you value them?

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15/08/2009 at 17:58

I know we have a medals thread going but this is more a specific discussion, Do you value medals? does it have to be Half Marathons and above that matter more to you?

15/08/2009 at 18:10

I love my medals - even my very first fun run 5k medals made out of tin.

The medals dont represent finishing a race, but all the hard work, training and dedicaton in the build up. They also serve as a very solid reminder of the day itself... and my kids think they are on a par with Olympic golds too!

10k medals mean just as much as longer distance medals - particularly the ones which represent a PB

15/08/2009 at 18:40
I love my medals - from the one for 14½km to my marathon medals. Love them love them love them. It doesn't matter what the distance is.
seren nos    pirate
15/08/2009 at 18:43
not that bothered about them..........not even sure where most of them are..........not organised to put them all in one place..
M...eldy    pirate
15/08/2009 at 18:46
Mine are all hung up on a key rack and sound like a wind chime when I brush past them  
15/08/2009 at 18:58

Yes, I value medals ... but you'd expect me to say that!

Same reasons as Kicked-It - each one represents the miles in training, not just the day itself. It's good to have some kind of memento from an event and I suppose a medal is as good as anything else. They're also practical. I've done over 100 races in the past 10 years and if they'd all handed out a mug or horse brass or T-shirt or mantelpiece ornament I wouldn't have room for them all in the house.

Some I value more than others - the first (Reading Half Marathon 2000), the biggest and heaviest (Indian Queens Half Marathon 2008), and also the full marathons gongs because they stand for the most hard work. But I like them all!

Also, when I was a kid I hated PE and was useless at everything. On sports day I was the one cringeing in the corner of the field. I can't say I've been left psychologically scarred by that, but to be able to turn up to a race, trundle round and finish usually about half or a third of the way down the field makes me feel good. The gong is a small reminder of a morning well spent, usually in a nice place and in good company.

15/08/2009 at 19:10

Seren, wyt'in dyn haearn nawr? da iawn i ti

Most of mine are in a box. I value them, they all mean something but so do the t shirts and coffee mugs. I did a race for many years that gave out an engraved wine glass, bastards stopped and started giving out a silly shot glass before I could get a set of 6 .

I have been "allowed" 1 shelf to put some of my athletics memorabilia on. I came home once with a huge trophy, a team cup for a half marathon and was told ...." if you think that's going in our lounge ............. "

15/08/2009 at 19:19
Oh yes, i value my medals.   I only started running last October so my medals are all going on the Christmas tree this year.  My marathon medal will be going at the top with the Angel.
15/08/2009 at 19:24

Mine are lined up in race order , hanging from hooks along the shelf above my PC - so as I sit here I can see them all!

My youngest wore them all on the walk to school one day, (I took them back off her at the school gates!), and I was proud as punch that she wanted to show them off.

The Lollipop lady asked her what they were for:

"They're my Dads" she said

"Oooh lovely, and what did you win them for Dad?"

"Valour in battle" I replied ...

I've been regretting that smartarse reply ever since as the poor old dear now thinks I'm an Iraq war hero

15/08/2009 at 19:28

Muttley Jnr feigns lack of interest. Being a teenager he has of course been everywhere, done everything and seen everything, so what's a medal for just taking part, huh?

But I did once overhear him boasting about his Dad being a marathon runner to a mate. Unfortunately his mate's Dad is a professional triathlete so he lost that "my old man's fitter than yours" argument!

15/08/2009 at 19:33

Some are hung on the wall. marathons and notable halfs.

The rest are worn by the dogs for a few days (Spice really likes bling) until Mrs.MF gets fed up with the clanking then they get consigned to the dustbin.

15/08/2009 at 20:13

Love 'em.    For all the reasons above especially as, like Muttley, I was not the sporty type at school- last one chosen etc etc.

My minigoons are really proud of them.

Had a visiting friend over from abroad recently who I hadn't seen since I started running and minigoon 1 went and got them all and showed them to her and knew what each one was for.

Unlike Muttley, I don't think I'll get 100 before I'm 50, even with MANY years to go.

Not sure about the Christmas tree though, mine all hang off the bed post.

15/08/2009 at 20:26
My jewellery goes to my daughter. I'm taking my medals with me....
15/08/2009 at 21:44
I wasn't that bothered about mine but I hung onto them and now my 18 month old daughter is very attached to them and runs around the house with a selection on so actually I probably value them more now!

PS - my gran is liking Seren as a name if my next baby is a girl (due Oct).
15/08/2009 at 21:50
I value them......worked hard to get them,nice memento of the races I took part in
15/08/2009 at 22:17
Love them! Much prefer a medal to a t-shirt. My Edinburgh marathon one is my favourite, but I value them all.
15/08/2009 at 22:30

I keep all of mine..some real nice ones. Some good memories..  

Have also got T-shirts, mugs, glass paperweights, Brass horseshoes..

15/08/2009 at 22:33
I love to get, wear and keep my medals.  Doesn't matter what the distance, as soon as I get the goody bag the medal goes round my neck.
15/08/2009 at 22:38
I value mine and my ex does to cos she took my 2007 London, Belfast, Edinburgh, Anglesey and Dublin marathon medals when she came back on one of her raids. I now have a good excuse to run them again, I'm now looking forward to Anglesey 2009 which will hopefully be the first to be replaced.
Edited: 15/08/2009 at 22:40
Dustboy    pirate
15/08/2009 at 22:41
T shirts are more useful, especially technical ones but medals are great.
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