Gone in a flash! Invisible medals become a running joke as 10k competitors call movement a “symbolic revelation”
- The running club said the 650-person race will feature ‘unique’ and ‘invisible’ medals
- A participant in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, said the medal was a tradition of racing
- Organizers said they wanted to be greener and not import the medals from China
Organizers of charity races have been accused of “symbolic revelation” by offering “lasting invisible” medals.
Runners who complete the 10km event in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, usually get metal alloy medals.
But the city’s Striders Running Club, which organizes it, said for its next event on January 2 – with 650 runners – “our unique medals will be invisible.”
Graduates will receive vouchers for sports shops, but one participant, who asked not to be named, said: “Runners love to receive a t-shirt and a medal at the end of an event – It is one of the traditions of running.
“It seems a little symbolic of awakening to me.”
Another said: “The idea of being more sustainable is good. But runners like me love a medal.
Runners who complete the 10km event in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, usually get metal alloy medals. But the city’s Striders Running Club, which organizes it, said for its next event on January 2 – with 650 runners – “our unique medals will be invisible” (file photo)
Organizer Dean Ovel admitted the move was controversial, but said the club no longer wanted to use metal medals made in China and shipped from China.
The event was canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19.
This year’s race was scheduled to take place last month, but was also affected by the pandemic.
This will now happen on January 2, when 650 people attend.
The club’s website revealed that runners, who will cover three Leigh-on-Sea loops, will have to wear non-environmentally friendly, battery-operated headlamps, “because, to add a little more uniqueness, our race takes place after sunset “.
Mr Ovel said: “Rather than the medals, which are made of metal and made in China with shipping, we have moved away from that, in a controversial way.
“We want to give runners something that will be useful to them first, rather than hanging on the wall or just stuck in a box.
Graduates will receive sports store vouchers, but one participant, who asked not to be named, said: “Runners love to receive a t-shirt and a medal at the end of an event – it’s is one of the traditions of running “(file photo)
“We hope to offer a voucher to our partner, RunActive. Then they have something to spend in the store or online.
In a statement announcing the revised awards, Leigh-on-Sea Striders said, “After 11 years of operation, we are even taking a more sustainable approach and, among many other aspects, our unique medals will be invisible.
“Instead, we’ll have something a little more usable for anyone crossing the line.”
The race, which has raised more than £ 30,000 for charity since its inception, will support heart risk at Young and Southend Hospital this year.