Anyone read the small print on the entry form for the Waterbeach 1/2M on 20th October? See where it says : t-shirts, Prize? Note that it is PRIZE singular? That's what they meant.
One prize for the first non-military man and two prizes for the first lady and first vet lady finisher. All other prizes were for military people. And guess what? it gets worse. The first lady was also the first vet - so they gave her both prizes.
I'm not blaming the first lady. She did a magnificent run of 1.23 hour to win. She took her first lady prize and left early. It was only at the presentation that i (and everyone else) realised that she was also 1st vet - so they put the only other trophy for women to one side to send on to her!
And yes, it is sour grapes. I'm not very often at the top of the field, but on this occasion i was second lady, second vet and came home empty handed.
And pity the men - only the first man received a trophy - there was NOTHING for any other male, unless he was military.
Sorry folks, but although the course is flat and fast, this one goes on my black list of races to be boycotted in future.