The 100 medal quest

For want of a better place, I'm starting this thread to state as a matter of public record that Muttley Jnr (13 and 11/12ths years old) has challenged me to a bet. A fiver of his pocket money says that I can't make it to 100 medals by my 50th birthday in May 2010.

I've been racing since 2000 and have about 50 to date. I'm a non-motorist so many races are out of reach to me, but I still reckon I'm in with a good shout.

I got a medal today at the Burnham Beeches 10K (woo-hoo!), next up is the Grand Union Canal half marathon on 11 November. On the horizon are the Goring and Woodcote 10K, Wokingham Half, Goring 10K, Reading Half, Bracknell Half .... and I'm sure I'll find a few more in between.

That fiver's got my name written all over it already ...

Wish me luck! 



  • Muttley get your self and muttley junior to Man V horse next year. You can do the relay team race and do 7 miles but still get the bling medal.

    Train to south wales but I'm sure you can jump on the transport that will be arranged this end.

    Good luck in your quest.

  • Hope you do it   go on son
  • Good luck with that Muttley,
  • I'm off to count my medals now.

    BTW if you want to race the train, man vs horse, the beast, the Snowdon run (not marathon) or  Roman Run I go past your neck of the woods and woulld be glad of the company. As long as you keep your veiws on Helly Hansons use of real fur to yourselfimage.

    Maybe you could complete your quest with a 100K?

  • Does that mean you will only run races that give a medal now?

    Robin Hood has a nice chunky medal for both half and full. 

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    Right, I've done an audit and the current count is 57.

    8 marathons, 12 10Ks, 34 half marathons and 3 other distances. Total racing distance 750 and a half miles.

    Forty-three to go in 30 months. Easy .... 

  • Do mugs, tankards, tee-shirts, glasses and the like count?
  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    Ah, that's a slightly contentious issue. I've got a few T-shirts and glasses but haven't counted them because the whole bet is centred specifically on medals. (It's a running joke in our house that all my medals get hung round the neck of a large Muttley cuddly toy). But I have counted a small plaque and also a couple of medal-type brasses in presentation wallets. They're not on ribbons so can't be draped round the sniggering hound's neck but I say they're medals. Muttley Jnr disputes this and is trying to backpedal, but I'm having none of it!
  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    How many of yours did you count, RM? I seem to recall that some of yours are not just for turning up and lumbering round the course ...
  • Sorry Muttley, I'm with Junior on this. Plaques, horse brasses and the like do not count.

    Just face it, you started running too late. Medals are sooo last century!!

    Mind you, did Jnr specify if you have to run for them yourself? I have a couple of hundred I could sell you image.

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    <blows a loud raspberry at Muzzy>

    I'll drill holes in the plaques and insert ribbons to turn them into medals image

  • Medals are a waste of time, they lie in a shoe box.  And you ask what is the point in a womens only road race!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Do I get a medal if I run in your race? If not, then I'm not interested!
  • No you don't sorry, but you can get a t-shirt, a memento, a bottle of wine, bottle of shower gel and other things in the goody bag - now do you want to run!!!!!!
  • Erm ... there are two spherical reasons why I wouldn't be welcome among the sistaz image
  • Grand Union Canal Half Marathon this morning = medal (and a really nice one image )

    Tally now 58 ...42 to go in 30 months. Easy ....

  • WombleWomble ✭✭✭
    Hmmm I just went and counted my medals - 82. Gulp.
  • Maybe we could cut a deal ... Muttley Jnr's not to know ...
  • I have quite a few


  • WombleWomble ✭✭✭
    You pop out of a Sunday morning. Have a cup of tea somewhere. A few hours later you come home with your latest medal! Does Jnr have the right to examine the medals? What are the terms & conditions of this challenge?
  • You're tempting me, Womble ... I must stay strong ...

    All I've got to do is score 100 by May 2010 when the dreaded 50th arrives. 10Ks and above (don't do 5Ks, barely enough to warm up). Injury and illness no excuse.

    He might have put a fiver of "his money" on it, but it is of course my money to start with. I'm only fooling myself image

  • The Hogs Back race this morning = medal image

    That makes 59, with 41 to go. Next planned outing is Woodcote 10K in first week of Jan.

  • I haven't got a car!
  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    Woodcote & Goring 10K this morning = medal image

    That makes 60 so far, 40 to go in 29 months. Next planned outing is the Lakeside Run at Frimley on 27 Jan. Should be a doddle! 

  • i know a shop near covent garden that sells them. i got a first world war german iron cross. well cool. not very useful for dusting though, i admit.
  • mine are all stuffed in a carrier bag in the cupboard.
  • Now boys are these winners medals or taking part medals. Ive only the 1. it hangs with pride my my bedroom. 99 to go lol. But ive all the time in the world. imageimage
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