club vest or no club vest?

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10/04/2011 at 20:25

At long last Liverpool now has a parkrun,thanks in no small part to a few members of the running club I'm part of being instrumental in making it happen.

I haven't managed to get to one yet but I was wondering,given the whole ethos of parkrun and it's all-inclusiveness,wether or not I would wear my club vest when I eventually get around to running one.

Apparently I'm not alone as a couple of people have posted similar thoughts on our club forum,well three so far,one yes,one no and one undecided!

What does everyone else think? What's it like at other parkruns? 

10/04/2011 at 20:28

I cant remember the stat exactly but I think 60% of people running are unattached.

Wear your club vest and you might attract some new members

Its pretty mixed at all the ones I've been to, just wear whats clean and comfy seems to be the order of the day!

seren nos    pirate
10/04/2011 at 20:30
It is reallyup to the individual.........I don't own many vest so when its warm I do..which is most weeks for me
10/04/2011 at 20:35

I wear my club vest when I want to make a race effort, I think it helps my whole psychological approach.
Just a normal vest / t-shirt if I'm doing it as a steady/easy run.

We have a large number of local clubs in vests at my parkrun.

10/04/2011 at 21:04
you could run naked or in a suit of armour for all that it matters!
cougie    pirate
10/04/2011 at 21:08
I've been at liverpool for the last 3 weeks - the non club vests definitely outnumber the club ones - I'd say less than a third are club runners. But wear whatever you want to.
11/04/2011 at 09:10

As parkruns are not licenced races, you don't have to wear a club vest if you belong to a club as far as uka rules go.

I'd wear mine, but for these events it is a free choice.

11/04/2011 at 09:20
I can't think of any reasons why you wouldn't want to wear your club vest, so use it as an advert for the club.  I joined my club after beating one of its members by 3 secs in a 10k and having a chat with him afterwards.  (It was on my shortlist already, but still...)
11/04/2011 at 09:23
Wear whatever you like - just dont forget your barcode.
11/04/2011 at 10:10

I was told the etiquette was you didn't wear a club vest.


Edited: 11/04/2011 at 10:10
11/04/2011 at 10:37
The guy who actually organisers the Wimbledon parkrun always without fail wears his club vest, so I'm not sure where this etiquette idea comes from. You could wear you shorts on your head and hop round and no one would care.
11/04/2011 at 10:39
There's a juggling guy at Leeds
11/04/2011 at 10:39
he juggles guys?
11/04/2011 at 10:39
Milton Keynes has a scattering of club vests. I don't wear mine (because right now I haven't got one) but plan to as soon as I lay hands on one. As someone else said, it alerts people to the existence of your club and may prompt others to join.
11/04/2011 at 10:41

Peter is right, there is no etiquette - just come in your jim jams if you wish. It might save you time early  on a Saturday morning.

(I've just noticed how wrong that comment sounds, but I cant be arsed changing it!!)

11/04/2011 at 10:42
There's a visually impaired guy at Wimbledon who's - I can't think of the right word - tied to a guide (that is, their arms are tied together loosely), and he always comes about halfway. It's not the easiest course in the world for someone who can't see, what with some sharp turns, lots of puddles and tree roots, so I'd doff my cap to him if I had one.
11/04/2011 at 10:43
Jim jams in this weather?
11/04/2011 at 10:44
There was a girl in a wedding dress at Leeds on Saturday......
11/04/2011 at 10:46
which club is that?
11/04/2011 at 10:47
Jilted runners?
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