The very nice people at The Runner’s Wall sent me a sample of their displays for me to review. It was actually really great timing because after two years of racing and 60 medals my display was getting a bit full.
The display being reviewed is the Runner Display Double Tier. This is the item as displayed on their website:
It measures 13 by 3.7 inches and retails for £34 with free delivery within the UK. I obviously did not pay anything for my sample version but I will try to remain as objective as possible.
The display arrived with screws, wall plugs, nylon spacers and full instructions. I love the design (Which I actually got to choose to review) and it is just as nice in person as it is in the photos on their website. The brushed stainless steel gives it a very nice finish and it stands out a lot compared to plastic displays I’ve had previously. My only initial concern was that the edges are very sharp, like be careful of your fingers sharp, but that could be because it’s a sample rather than a finished product.
So, you will need:
- A drill with a 5mm drill bit
- Small cross screwdriver
- Spirit Level
We started off by deciding where we wanted the display to go. Checked it was straight with the spirit level and marked the holes with a pencil. Then it was time for some drilling action (I’m not allowed near power tools so I supervised) to get the holes ready and then lightly tap in the sockets. They are a bit week and will bend if you put any weight behind the hammer (If you have sockets around that are the same size then I would use my own because they are a little flimsy). You then need put the screws through the holes on the display, add the nylon spacers onto the end and then attach it to the wall with a smallish cross screwdriver. Be careful not to tighten the screws too much otherwise the top of the display will be too close to the wall. You need to find a balance between the screw being tight enough to stay in place but slack enough to keep the entire display parallel to the wall. The whole process took us about 10 minutes and although the screws seem quite small the display is pretty sturdy.
~Get Your Bling On~
So, the display is on the wall, all that’s left to do is add some medals. I decided to relocate my heaviest members of the collection. My suspicion that I would have to start with the top row was confirmed after trying to add the first medal. You need at least the middle of the bottom row free in order to get the medals behind the letters to the top row. There’s no other way to go than from the bottom. It takes a bit of manoeuvring, smooth ribbons are easier to slide through the gap. The following videos should give you an idea:
I was a bit worried that the sharpe edges of the display may catch on the ribbon but it wasn’t an issue thankfully. The bottom row is a lot easier for obvious reasons but unless some of you medals are considerably longer than others for you to put on the top row then you will need to adjust the size of the medals you put lower down. Rather than hanging the medal directly on to the bottom row, I folded mine over the bar and used a hairgrip to get the medal to the right height, You can hide the grip behind the front ribbon and then stick and excess behind the ribbon next to it. I did try plastic grip things and paperclips but if found hairgrips much more effective, they just grip better but I guess the clue is in the name.
The display now holds five of my heaviest medals and it still seems pretty sturdy, despite my initial fears that the screws seemed to small to hold up the metal. It was very easy to put up and my only negatives about the product is that the the edges are sharp in places and the wallplugs are a bit flimsy but they do the job pretty well considering how much bling weight is now on there. Whilst it can be a bit of a hassle to get the medals onto that top row the end result is worth it and I do really like how the ribbons are on display behind the text. I think I might change the medals around and put some with the prettiest ribbons on their instead (Probably the BTR medals) because it really gives you a new way to show them off which I hadn’t considered. I don’t think the promo photos for the display does this justice because it uses generic medals with thin ribbons, the kind you rarely get for running races unless it’s a fun run. Most races with a custom medal use a wider ribbon. Most ribbons are the same length too which means you do have to play around and adjusts heights otherwise your medals on the bottom row will cover those on the top. You could potentially achieve the same look with one tier by putting ribbons on top of each other (I’ve gotten three rows of medals on one tier before) but I don’t think it has the same aesthetic and it can look crowded rather than special. Whilst you do have to think about what you are doing when you have a top tier because it’s not easy to adjust and re-arrange, it does create a much nicer visual and I love that the ribbons and the display itself become part of the display. It’s different, it stands out and is not your bog standard medal rack. If it was just a bit further from the wall (bigger spacers and screws?) then it would be a lot more usable. It might have to have four screw holes instead of two to allow this but that wouldn’t have a negative impact on how it looks or functions and the wider gap would make life a lot easier.
You can get plastic display,like the kind I’ve had previously, at a cheaper price than the medal ones from The Runner’s Wall but I don’t think there as sturdy. They seem to give more and can move under the weight. There’s very little give in the arms of this display, and this rigidity can make it difficult to get the medals on and off but it also means that it is a lot stronger and secure. I could probably get maybe 8 or 9 more medals on the display (Cresting another row over the top of the bottom tier) which would give it 20 in total. I think that’s a good size for a special display (maybe for a specific distance, race series or type of race) and there’s lots of different frame options from The Runner’s Wall to choose from. The London Marathon display is pretty special and they can also personalise displays for you. I really love the magnets too. To see these lovely displays and to find out more please visit http://www.runnerswall.co.uk/. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can check out the gallery of different displays the offer here.