Sunday, 10 May 2009


Whilst I waited and warmed up at the start of the race yesterday I was pleased to see the different types of runners and walkers who had attended. Quite a number of affiliated club shirts, a few individuals who obviously trained and a large number of "have a go" types.

Race over, I stood around waiting for friends to finish and watched the other runners and walkers finish and then it dawned on me. "What would it be like just to run one of these events and not feel as though I had to race it!" What a strange idea, I don't think I have ever run a race without a watch or the feeling that I had to beat the other person!

I pointed this out to my friend George and then watched as some of the finishers seemed to stop at the Finish line and then step over it, a big cheesey grin on their face and then got in line to get their cherished medal and certificate. They all looked so happy with their achievement.

This got me thinking,
Could I ever stop at a Finish line and then step across it?

When racing should you ever be seen to smile?

Should a person ever wear a cotton shirt when racing?

The answer to all of them is a resounding NO if you are competitive (like me). For Fun Runs it is YES to all :-)

1. of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by competition: competitive sports; a competitive examination.
2. well suited for competition; having a feature that makes for successful competition: a competitive price.
3. having a strong desire to compete or to succeed.
4. useful to a competitor; giving a competitor an advantage: He was careful not to divulge competitive information about his invention.

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