What do people do with their medals?

What does everyone do with their medals? I used to keep them on display, but now I am getting more it no longer seems viable.



  • dont get DF3 started on places Flabbydragon image

  • I have kept three or four which are a bit unusual, the rest I have binned.

    My local half mara hands out exactly the same thing each year - no date, not even the year on it.  

    Last year I said "no, thanks" to the person handing me one.  There really wasn't any point in taking it to throw it away.

  • XX1XX1 ✭✭✭
    Flabbydragon -- I disagree with Ja50nW... I think you should get DF3 started on placesimage
  • StrayceltStraycelt ✭✭✭

    I keep most of them in a box (Tasteful, antique type thing) and dispay any I think are quite good to look at or from special races (PB or location)
    I like my trinkets as they work for me and remind me of the things I have done which many cba to or could never do. They remind me I took part and these days many of the trinkets have space to engrave time, space and date even for those sad races where I'm outside the top 3image

  • I'm thinking of selling them to DF3

  • Trinkets or mementos, call them what you like but I do like to keep them as a reminder of the achievement I have done.

  • Thought you might have wanted the 3 FLM ones....

  • literatinliteratin ✭✭✭

    Mine are just gathering dust on a bookshelf in my study. But I will be sending one of them to DF3 in the post if he beats the corresponding time for that race at Reading.

  • Why not? That would be the definition of achievement "Something accomplished successfully, especially by means of exertion, skill, practice, or perseverance." Dare I ask what these other conditions may be?

  • literatinliteratin ✭✭✭

    Don't be so defeatist.

  • Medals, trinkets yes same thing. Official medals are given to service personal without them even doing anything:

    "The 1939 to 1945 Star was awarded for any period of operational service overseas between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945 (2 September 1945 in the Far East)."

    Same with Australia.

    Personally I'd much rather win a medal at the VLM for coming 12088th out of 33977, than I would for killing people, especially now when we go to Afghanistan and shoot peasants in rags with pea shooters, from our heavily armoured vehicles and Apaches in our bullet proof vests and Kevlar helmets, it's more like a duck hunt.

  • We could set up a trust fund for DF3. send in your unwanted medals because even the worst ones you have he still hasn't got!! image

  • I store mine in a landfill site just off the A12. Thankfully I have my memory so I know I did these races. Funnily enough my Dad has exactly the same attitude towards his service medals.

    It's the same with holiday snaps, why? Why bother? "This is me and Doris outside the Taj Mahal" Fascinating you look like you, Doris looks like Doris and the Taj Mahal looks like the Taj Mahal. Because if there is one thing the world needs it is another picture of the Taj Mahal, there is a building sadly lacking in recorded images of it. 

    And do not get me on people who record every single event in there lives on their phones. Go on go and pay good money for front row tickets to a gig and then watch the whole performance through a distorted 2" screen you muppet.

    By the by since when have ducks had pea-shooters? 

  • David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
    I would refuse on the grounds of my principles.


    Your an Australian.. WTF do you know about principles ?

     I thought it was "so long as it has a pulse"

  • Bizarrely many people with suffolk accents get asked when abroad if they're from Australia, and I know one bloke who I was convinced is Australian even though he's suffolk born and bred.

  • David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
    Flabbydragon wrote (see)

    Trinkets or mementos, call them what you like but I do like to keep them as a reminder of the achievement I have done.

    I am resisting the urge to have someone define 'achievement' in this context ...... personally I dont think the broad spectrum that is covering 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles in of itself is enough to classify as an achievement. I think there should be other conditions attached to it.


    I agree with this.  That's part of the reason I don't keep medals - running a mediocre 10k or whatever distance race doesn't count as an achievement to me.

    Should I ever manage come in the top three for my age group, I might keep the medal for that image  I'll probably have to wait until I'm so old that there are only three women in that age group in the race, though.

    If I ever come in the top three overall...  nah, never going to happen, but that really would be an acheivement.

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭
    I hang mine up and am proud to have every single one of them.
  • I hang them off my old fella every now and then.
  • Stevie  GStevie G ✭✭✭

    Geez some of the joyless views on here.

    I keep all the medals I get, they're nice to look back on every so often as a reminder of a certain race.

    I don't get people who only do races with medals, as I think they miss out on loads of good races that way, but to chuck medals away or dismiss them, just seems equally odd. Noone's saying it's an Olympic gold!

  • ^^ agreed, i keep all mine, have them hung up on rail in my gym at home, and the walls are covered in my bib/numbers too. its my room for me only, and i like the way it looks like that

  • I hang up any really pretty medals or those from special races on the hall stand. The others are all in a plastic bag in a cupboard somewhere. The nice trophies are on top of the living room cupboards.

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    What Stevie G said. Some right miserable sods around.

    I think my stance on medals is well-known by now image

    I can knock out a 10K anytime so the distance is hardly an "achievement" for me (although it could be for others). But regardless of the event, each little gong is just a reminder of a day out doing something I enjoy and usually in the company of friends. What's not to like?

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