When I was younger, the change in my pocket was "tanners" (six old p..2.5 new p) 3 penny bits, a "shilling" 5 new P. A guinea was 21 old shilling. But now of course there's no choice: money went metric.
I still think that sugar comes in 2lb bags. But times change....
And so of course did many race distances as the 10k distance grew in popularity from the early '80s.
For example, the Salford 7 became the Salford 10K. Yet for many years the distance markers remained imperial, in miles, until changed a couple of years ago. Nagging sometimes works!
It's now 2012 ; yet still some race organisers seem to insist on putting race distance markers denoting MILES when the distance is METRIC!
Now you might say it's just "old farts" of my generation but that's not always the case. The Lancaster 5K series races were mile marked and the race organiser appeared to be half my age! Last Sunday's Fylde Coast Running event , the Autumn Breaker 10K was mile marked but then again Ron Mc A. is about my age! Still no excuse in my opinion.
I feel it very frustrating and puzzling but have come to expect it happening.
I don't know about you, but personally I find dividing by 10 to be so much easier than dividing by 6.2!
E.G. I want to run 40 minutes for a 10K......4 minutes per kilometre. Mile pace...look it up!
I want to run 43 minutes for a 10K....4.3 minutes...4mins 18 seconds per K. Mile pace...look it up!
I want to run 50 minutes for 10K.......5 minutes per kilometre. Mile pace....oh I give up!!
I think you get the point. But how come so many race organisers don't?!
I posed the question on my facebook page and an overwhelming 80% felt that 10Ks should be K marked NOT mile marked. (That was Steve, Tim, Mary W., and me) whilst 20% (Bill Fox ) was a staunch imperialist! OK not exactly a massive sample but conclusive ,don't you think?
If YOU think 5K and 10K races should be K marked NOT mile marked please add a comment on this blog or my facebook page and if you run a metric race which is not K marked have a bit of a nag with the race organiser.
You'll find him at the refreshments stall trying to pay a "tanner" for a cup of tea.