In previous blog posts I’ve shared a selection of my not so flattering race photos. Today, as the final post of my ‘Throwback Thursday’ series of blog posts, I’m sharing some of my favourite race photos and medals.
The first two photos were taken almost 10 years ago during the Fradley 10k. The Fradley 10k is well-known for being flat and very, very fast. If you are located in the West Midlands and want a personal best, head to Fradley! Back in 2006 the race took place during a cold, windy and gloomy March morning.
This may explain why I was squinting and not actually looking where I was going. I think the spectator in the background had the right idea.
I remember it was a cold and wet morning. I love this photo because I actually look like I’m running and enjoying my first marathon experience (the camera can and does lie). I also love how everyone in the photo is wearing white trainers. Brightly coloured trainers clearly didn’t exist back in 2006.
I love this photo because for once I look focused and strong. I’m not sure why I was wearing two running watches?
Just looking at the final race photo reminds me of the heat that morning. There was very little shade. I’m not very good at running in the heat and I was struggling. Underneath my cap I’m doing an awesome ‘Larry the Lobster’ impression. I love the photo because of Big Ben (bonus marks for a famous London landmark) and the look of determination on my face. How I didn’t spot the photographer positioned on the ground remains a mystery.
I’m the proud owner of 113 medals (yes I’m sad and I counted them). Selecting my three favourite medals was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
It was cold, wet and miserable. I picked up an injury, hobbled home from the 20 mile mark, and didn’t get the time I was aiming for. However, I still love this medal and all of the winter training miles and tears it represents.
Although the medal itself isn’t very inspiring, getting to run inside the Olympic stadium and on the same track as Jessica Ennis-Hill et al was an experience I’ll never forget.
Six miles of mud, hills, trails and a stream crossing with dozens of photographers waiting for people to fall in. My idea of a perfect race! If you live in the West Midlands put the Suicide Six in your race diary!
So many medals, so much neglect!
Does anyone have any recommendations for a medal holder/rack that is strong enough to hold more than100 medals!?
Do you have favourite race photos and medals?
Would you enter a race knowing that there wouldn’t be a medal waiting for you at the finish?