RACE CERTIFICATES: 1

Race Certificates used to be designed with a certain flair; and prized by finishers. Since the 1980s certificates have usually been replaced by medals, especially in mass participation events. This is a pity – a medal tells you nothing about the event whereas the certificate gives you date, event, distance, runner’s name, often time as well and on occasion more than that.   We have about 40, from 5 runners, shown below dating from 1932 and including international participation examples as well as many others.   We start with some from the 1930’s then go on to Colin Youngson’s from the 1970’s – what a contrast!   Colin has a wide range of certificates in every sense of the word: ranging across three continents, and a wide range of distances from 10 miles to 50+ miles. There is a second page of certificates mainly for hill races and from Denis Bell’s collection.   Just click on his name.  By the way, runners were also awarded track suit patches – of you’d like to see them, just go  here  .

 

CertBenNevis

 

Certbaton1970

 

 

CertMorpeth1972

 

RRCcert1972

Not strictly speaking certificates, but we’ll make an exception as part of Colin’s collection!

                                                      Cut-down winner’s sash for Swedish Winter Marathon (November 1973, minus five centigrade)

Cert2Bridges1975

 

CertMarAth76

              Marathon to Athens marathon 1976

CertESH79b

Edinburgh Southern Harriers – Grand Slam Winter 1978-1979

CertEtoNB

 

CertScoMar79

 

Cert7Hills80

Second in the First 7 Hills of Edinburgh Race 1980

                                         James Youngson finished third M65. The Scottish M65 team won World Veteran Marathon gold medals!

                                                Not a bad time, aged 67! Meanwhile, on the same day, his son was racing from London to Brighton

CertLtoB

1980 London to Brighton Road Race: 54 and a quarter miles: 7th place

CertWestMar81

 

CertEtoG84c

 

CertDundee86

 

CertBostMar88

 

CertMoray88

CertGSRun88

CertFox93

 

CertSpey96

 

Certbaton2014

 

Cert CB Hb0003

Cert E-NB

Cert GC

Cert SMC MC 1

Cert SMC SM

Cert Shett

Cert Mamore

Cert SVHC

Cert VCC

CertJoeSa

CertJoeSb

CertJoeSc

Having a look at the certificates, I still prefer them to the medals – not the gold, silver and bronze ones that are for those fighting out the leading positions, but those given to all finishers – simply because the medal tells you nothing about the race.   The certificate, whether decorous or not, tells the time, date, often the place and the name of the person winning it.   Authenticity is pretty well guaranteed by the signatures at the foot of the document.   The medal tells you none of that.   You can frame them and hang them on the wall, you can put them in an album as a record of your career or you can put them in a drawer until some performance needs to be verified.