Until and unless they open a corner shop or put an envelope through my letterbox offering £4 per bag of old used medals, mine will undoubtedly continue to sit gathering dust getting little attention apart from the handful of particularly decent times I ran and their medal memories.
I think a good compromise would be to have the option of a variety of different medals depending on times achieved.Say for example a standard medal, a sub 60min medal and a sub 45min medal then top 3.At least you would be able to instantly recognise the improvements one has made .Obviously the practicality of this and the cost would have a bearing on whether this could ever be adopted.But a great possible alternative for races in future seasons I believe.
I agree Ben and thanks for the comment.The tougher the event the more worth the momento has.
Bespoke medals (which now seem to be more common in my most recent 10ks) can be nice to own and make remembering the events easier.There is no right or wrong answer to this issue and we all at least still have the choice to choose races without any frills.But medals are a great honour in many other aspects of life and a massive jar of coloured metal on lanyard (get one whatever) can in time become meaningless for some. :O)
"If you complete an event such as the Lakeland 100 or the GUCR, then you are going to want some sort of memento recognising the accomplishment, and it might be among your most treasured possessions".