Why don't they only give the top half of the field a medal in HM's and marathon

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19/02/2013 at 11:14

tis the taking part that counts dave!

what about that back few that have overcome an illness and are getting back on the high horse (as they say)?

do they not deserve a medal?

19/02/2013 at 11:15
Isn't it the only way you would get a medal David F3 ?
19/02/2013 at 11:17

it is probably the bottom half of the field that appreciate the medal more.

scrap it for the top half.

19/02/2013 at 11:18

Scrap it for everyone but the top 3.

19/02/2013 at 11:19

13.1m is still an endurance event which takes a great deal of effort and training (At least on my part). My target time to beat is 2h20 and I want a medal for completing it even if it is a "lowly" time.

That said, if average walking pace is 3mph, then any time over 4h20 means they didn't run at all and probably shouldn't get a runners medal at that threshold.

19/02/2013 at 11:19
Why the top half of the field?

What about the veteran runners, they have higher age grade scores most of the time yet tend to finish lower.

I love medals, I really don't like the idea of excluding half of the field, their effort level is just as high as those who finish faster, plus those that finish in the top of the field get additional prizes anyway.
19/02/2013 at 11:30
To the gym ! Wuss
19/02/2013 at 11:35

Actually tonight is 4.5m tempo run including the mahoosive hill thats part of the half course.

Eastenders is on iPlayer and I can have the horlicks after


Edited: 19/02/2013 at 11:35
19/02/2013 at 11:35

A plan devised by a moron.

Firstly as these events are mass participation events and thus medals are for completion, not position. Secondly if you are doing it for position, top half is an appalling metric. You'd be looking at top three like any other podium based race.

19/02/2013 at 11:38
But it's unlikely DF3 would be in the top 3 David's !

Let alone age group or over all
Edited: 19/02/2013 at 11:38
19/02/2013 at 11:47

You pay your entry fee, you get a medal - seems reasonable. If you don't do that then the top half of the field are being subsidised by the bottom half.

I like the idea of graded medals, like they have at Comrades. Say top 1% get a 'Mo Farah', next x% get a 'Joe Blogs', etc - everybody has a target then, but a bit complicated/ costly for your normal race I expect. (It also doesn't take account of age/ gender etc.)

19/02/2013 at 11:56

Medals for the top three only (gender, maybe age groups too), in my opinion.

19/02/2013 at 12:00
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
lolz ........ actually I would probably be in the top half of any given field, hence why Im bringing this up now and not say 6 months ago


remind us what your HM time is, David?

Rafiki    pirate
19/02/2013 at 12:03

Is DF3 morphing into KK?

19/02/2013 at 12:09
literatin wrote (see)
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
lolz ........ actually I would probably be in the top half of any given field, hence why Im bringing this up now and not say 6 months ago


remind us what your HM time is, David?

6 months then, the last occasion.

Explains a lot.



19/02/2013 at 12:13

Isn't this one of the positive points of the larger events? 

If you want competition medals, join a track team or a running club that competes in a local.regional league.  If you want a memento for participation then sign up for one of these events.

In some of races that I've taken part in, I've left with more respect for some of the guys at the back of the field than I have for the winners, e.g. the old man (looked over 80) in faded racing vest still taken part in a half-marathon, John Hartson (ex-Celtic footballer and local celebrity) not long after brain surgery.  Not forgetting my personal favourite, Rosie Swale Pope who encouraged me to keep going at about mile 20 when she'd just past the Mile13 marker going in the opposite direction - she took nearly six hours to complete the course, which is nothing compared to the five years she spent running around the world.


19/02/2013 at 12:13
He'll have to speed up Rafiki. For all KK's faults she is a seriously quick runner
19/02/2013 at 12:26

Oh, well then you *might* have just slipped into the top half of the last HM I did... no medals at all, though.

19/02/2013 at 12:34

ha, no, I'm saying that the 430th person out of 860 got a time 'faster than 2 hours and slower than 1 hour 30', so it'd depend which end of the scale you were at!

And no, I only did 1:30:49 that time. 

19/02/2013 at 12:37
No Oscars time will still be Oscars time
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