Opinions on a race memento please.

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22/01/2013 at 16:05

Goldbeetle, I wanted to know if the photo was something people would like.  We will be giving a memento this year as we do every year. I see Dave the ex spartans point of view, however there are lots of others who dont. The cluib would happily use the money to fund our youngesters but its not as simple as that is it? 

Edited: 22/01/2013 at 16:07
22/01/2013 at 16:08

Dave, Of course we would have to pay for them the same as we would pay for anything we give.  

Thanks everyone for your input, Food is looking like a good option! Hmm might contact the local bakery 

22/01/2013 at 16:08
As I posted at the weekend we had the option to buy the memento tech tee if you wanted, I assume some people paid some didn't
22/01/2013 at 16:10

But what happens with the 100+ tech tees that are paid for that no-one wants to buy? Its still an outlay? 

22/01/2013 at 16:11
Nope. They only ordered enough to cover the people who paid for them, it was an option when you entered
22/01/2013 at 16:15

Nice idea, I personally like it. Doesnt help me with the other 200 people who want medals and t shirts built into there entry . I dont think we are going to agree. Photos clearly not popular though lol. 


22/01/2013 at 16:54

Photo - definitely no.  I never look my best during a race.  I showed my mother a photo of me taken during a race.  She said "that's nice, dear.  Who is it?"

I'm not fussed about medals, especially as most of them are cheap and nasty.  If you go for a medal get a decent one, and have the event name and date (or at least the year) on it.

Also not fussed about t-shirts - most end up in the charity shop or as bike-cleaning rags.

I would appreciate cake, or a roll/sandwich, or a beer much more 

22/01/2013 at 16:57
Us runners are resourceful people and believe it or not we are quite capable of taking photos ourselves since it only involves having a camera and pressing a button.
22/01/2013 at 17:04

Funny.Donna was only asking for a bit of feedback no need to take the piss

22/01/2013 at 17:12
Funny. What the hell are you talking about. She said be honest. Why would anyone want something that is so easy to do yourself. Please think before posting in future.
22/01/2013 at 17:17

Sarcasm is the height of honesty?. try thinking about being courteous for once

22/01/2013 at 17:19

My local 10K race gives away a mug with the race date and time on it, (it also has sponsors name on the back) I love my mug use it everyday - I think thats perfect!  Another local race gives out water, bananas and a choccie bar.

If a race is £10 I wouldnt expect a momento to be fair, I know that many would though!  

+1 for Cake and a drink - YUM! 

Good Luck!

22/01/2013 at 20:40
I can understand why people that enter a lot of events would rather have a few quid off the entry fee rather than another medal, t-shirt, etc; however, I only enter about 6 a year so it's nice to get something. My preference would be a medal, as long as it is decent quality. Personally I wouldn't want a photo or a kit bag.
22/01/2013 at 21:33

Well, I quite like the photo idea, as I am a total narcissist, but I never buy the official race photos because they're so expensive. So I would feel like I was getting something quite good, as it would normally cost more than a tenner to order race photos separately. I also like the cake idea, though.

I did a race recently where the memento was a framed cartoon, about A4 size. No-one at all wanted that. Takes up loads of space and isn't that decorative.

seren nos    pirate
22/01/2013 at 21:39

i love towels.......and I had a teatowel with the route on once......mugs ok...loved the flask mugs that keep drinks warm.... liked coasters

22/01/2013 at 21:49

I hate race photos, the only decent one of me was taken for free by Bryan Dale, he's the Staffordshire/Cheshire man who really does give away free photos.

But, a pro shot, on a decent slr, with a background and the chance to wipe the crap off your face and compose yourself, why not?

You can't please everyone, just do what you want.

22/01/2013 at 21:50

Lake Vyrnwy do a t shirt with all the runners names on the back, great idea but crap printing, all the names rub off so pointless.

22/01/2013 at 21:51

I'd hate a photo - I always look blooming awful in race photos!

Personally I like a medal but know a lot of poeple don't. Otherthan that if it's winter a cup of tea at the end goes down well! and I did a summer 10k where you got a voucher for an ice cream which was great! Other momentoes I'm not really interested in, I've got too many enough mugs, towels, etc already and as others have mentioned t-shirts are normally too big and end up getting used as rags for cleaning. Did once get a pen, which was useful.

22/01/2013 at 22:45

Entering races for 13 years I've now got a houseful of mementoes.  Hard to get away from the fact that' there's a runner in the house.

Best mementoes: engraved tumblers/whisky glasses, slate coasters, a toilet bag, technical Ts especially Montane ones, cotton Ts, Christmas puddings

I have about four drawers of cotton T's.  The ill-fitting ones or ones with pompous messages on get used straightaway for decorating/dirty jobs and get thrown out. Most of the rest I enjoy wearing - I've never had to buy a T for 13 years - and once faded they join the pile of ones to be used for dirty jobs or as rags.

Middling mementoes: mugs, medals (remember not to put the medal round your neck after finishing - they will get salt on them and quickly rust), tea towels, paperweights, sponsor's food samples, shoe bags

Worst mementoes; nasty plastic drink bottles, nylon bum bags, certificates where you have to fill in your race details yourself, long-sleeved cotton Ts (which I don't wear)

I have bought a few race photos.  They have to be good and include the date and finish time.


There's probably other stuff, but I can't think of any more at the moment.


22/01/2013 at 22:54

i hate race photos of myself - sorry. Loved that can of London Pride after Ealing half though..

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