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RW Race Report: Volkswagen Prague Marathon

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RW Race Report: Volkswagen Prague Marathon

Take a tour of the Czech capital’s historic sights - and eight (count ‘em) bridges


Posted: 3 August 2011
by Victoria Wood    

When: May 9, 2011

Where: Prague, Czech Republic

First man Eliud Kiptanui 2:05:39

First woman Helena Loshanyang Kirop 2:25:29 

Last finisher 6:51:23 

No. of finishers 4854 

After months of preparation it arrives - race day. Those seemingly endless runs come rain or shine all felt worthwhile as I stood in a sun-soaked Old Town Square at the start of the Prague Marathon.

Having already been on holiday to Prague, I had a fair idea of what to expect in terms of route - or so I thought. Friends had warned me that the course would take in the biggest hill in Prague (at the top of which sits Prague Castle). The thought filled me with dread. Although hill training had been a part of my regime, this monster beat the competition (the streets of Highgate in London) hands down.

Thankfully, the route guide included in my race pack showed a reassuringly flat course, which still took in some of Prague’s most stunning views.

The layout of the start area in Old Town Square was easy to follow and as a reasonably-sized race it was easy to find my start zone in plenty of time before the official warm up began.

The race attracts thousands of runners from all over the world, particularly Europe, the US, China and Japan. In my starting pen, one thing I noticed right away was the distinct lack of charity runners. Unlike many British races, there were no hordes of charity vest-attired or costumed runners - running for charity just didn’t seem to be a regular part of the running culture here in the Czech Republic.

With the start drawing ever closer, it’s was easy to be swept up in the electric atmosphere as an array of colourful parachutists dropped into the starting area. At the sound of the gun, elite athletes sprang into action while dozens of balloons were released - the battle for a podium finish had begun.

The weather was clear and sunny - perhaps too sunny - as the race started for us non-elites. The first six miles saw us take in the majority of Old Town before crossing the first of eight bridges to arrive in New Town territory. With every foot strike we find ourselves in the presence of stunning architecture, both modern and historic, as we traverse the cobbled streets.

With the sun beating down and the temperature hitting 30 degrees, the second half of the course was certainly the hardest. As we headed out into suburban Prague the crowd dropped off, so self-motivation became a priority. With most runners completing the race in under four hours, as a first-time marathon runner I found the sparser parts of the course disconcerting. It didn’t help that the course wasn’t always clearly marked, so relying on fellow runners for a directions was a must.

As I approached the last six miles, most of the water and snacks had been cleared away. Supplies at the remaining couple of stations were limited and I clung on to the bottles I could get.

In the home stretch heading back towards Old Town Square, the street was lined with noisy spectators calling out runners’ names as you sprint towards the finish line. After five hours and fifty-nine minutes, my race is over - crossing the finish line with the Union flag in sight, I was presented with a shiny bronze medal and goody bag before being escorted over to the finishing area for an official photograph.

Taking into account a few niggles along the way, this race delivered everything I was expecting as a first time marathon runner. From its beautiful location to the flat, spacious course, the Volkswagen Prague Marathon presents novice and seasoned runners with a first-rate race experience combined with a tour of everything this magical city has to offer.

— 3 years ago
Before and After Shots of Joggers →

Amazing work by Sacha Goldberger - “I wanted to show the difference between our natural and brute side versus how we represent ourselves to society,” Goldberger tells us. “The difference was very surprising.”

— 3 years ago

Highly recommended - The Boutique Run, see what’s in store here:  http://www.boutiquesport.com/ukevents/boutiquerunlondon2011

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#running  #10k  #health  #fitness 
Prague Marathon

I always thought running my first marathon would be fairly easy, after all I’d done the training - how hard can be it be? The answer is very. Signing on the dotted line for the Prague Marathon, we touched down in the city two days before the race full of hope and excitement for the race ahead.

Having been to Prague on holiday in 2009, I had a fair idea of what to expect in terms of route, or so I thought.  Friends had warned me that the biggest hill in Prague, which is home to Prague Castle, was part of this, a thought that to be honest filled me with a sense of dread. Thankfully, the race pack was able to calm my jitters by confirming a flat, and might I add, thoroughly scenic course.

Starting in Old Town Square, the race saw over 9,000 runners take part from across the globe.  As the clock counts down, it’s easy to be swept up in the electric atmosphere as an array of colourful parachutists drop effortlessly into the starting area to signify the beginning of the women’s and men’s elite race.

At 9:30am, the non-elite race begins. The first six miles see us take in the majority of Old Town before crossing the first of eight bridges to arrive in New Town territory within the first three miles.  By the 13 mile, the heat has taken hold and the race becomes more of a struggle. Reaching a high of 28 degrees, we find ourselves back at the at the place we started, which provides the perfect opportunity to check your pacing as home of one of only three official clocks.

Puffing and panting my way through, the second half of the course was most certainly the hardest. As we head out into suburban Prague the crowd drops off, so self-motivation is of utmost importance. With most runners completing the race in under four hours, if like me this is your first marathon, the moments when the race course became sparse were more than a little disconcerting, due to the fact the course, in part, was not clearly marked, so relying on fellow runners for a general sense of direction was a must.

 After a lengthy five hours and 59 minutes to be precise, the race is over. With numb legs, I cross the finish line, crowds cheering, before being promptly presented with a shiny bronze medal and goody bag for my efforts.

Taking into account a few niggles along the way, I can honestly say this race delivered everything I was expecting as a first time marathon runner and more. From its beautiful location, to its flat, spacious course, the Prague Marathon presents novice and seasoned runners with a first rate race experience combined with an on foot overview of everything this magical city has to offer.

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#running  #fitness  #health  #marathon  #half marathon  #triathlon 
Very cold before the Silverstone Half Marathon!

Very cold before the Silverstone Half Marathon!

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Loving these Brooks ladies middle distance spikes

At £62.99 from http://www.prodirectrunning.com the Brooks middle distance spike is ideal for 400 – 3000m runners. Available in a delightful shade of girly bubblegum pink, the six spike configuration supplies adeqate rigidity for regualr use and is ideally poised to take you from bend to straight with minimal effort.

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#spikes  #track  #running  #runningshoes  #health  #Brooks 
Serpentine Running Club

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It’s hard to review the Serpentine Running Club fairly as this was my first time running with the club and I was late leaving work meaning I had five minutes to get changed before setting off for the planned route (or should I say missing the start of the run and running half blind in the dark around Hyde Park until I eventually caught up with the slower runners of the pack).

The club house itself is great, easy to get to just off Maryleborne Road within easy tube distance of Baker Street and Edgeware Road. The members, those of whom I spoke to, were friendly and every ability appeared to be catered for; from those who run 5 minute miles to slower joggers and complete newbies.

To be able to review the club accurately, the plan is to try again next week, that way I can give an honest opinion as to what the membership benefits are. In the meantime however, do feel free to check out the club’s official website at: http://www.serpentine.org.uk/ 

— 3 years ago with 1 note
#running serpentinerunningclub  #jog  #jogging  #fitness  #health  #triathlon 
Sport Industry Group News: Nike+ sponsor Run to the Beat!

Nike+ named as run to the beat sponsor

Nike+ named as ‘run to the beat’ sponsor- 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00

IMG Challenger World has announced Nike+ will be the new title sponsor for London’s ‘Run to the Beat’ – a half marathon accompanied by live and recorded music performed to motivate runners to the finish line.

A division of IMG Worldwide - IMG Challenger World runs the event, now in it’s fourth year.

As part of the three-year sponsorship deal, Nike+ will supply each runner with a Nike Dri-Fit race t-shirt, and offer participants the opportunity to sign up to free training programmes run by Nike+.

The annual 13.1-mile event will take place 25th September, starting and finishing at the O2 in London.

James Robinson, managing director of IMG Challenger World said: ‘Competitors entering Run to the Beat powered by Nike+ in 2011 can look forward to achieving their goals with Nike+ training programmes. This year’s event will see running on a whole new level, everything from the training, the music and the experience will offer something for everyone’.

Music stages are positioned around the event, with last year’s acts including Brit Award winner Tinie Tempah.

Marc van Pappeldam, vice president of Nike UK and Ireland added: ‘Nike+ is the largest running community in the world with more than 3 million members and, via nikeplus.com, we will offer enhanced training programmes to inspire all those taking part to achieve their best ever run’.

Reblogged from: http://www.sportindustry.biz/news/view/9365/nike%2B-announced-%E2%80%98run-to-the-beat%E2%80%99-sponsor

— 3 years ago
London Art Run

Now this is a novel idea, if you’ve ever wanted to combine art and running and live in London this is the group for you. London Art Run combines fitness and culture with the group’s official launch run of 3.38 miles to some of London’s most famous galleries. At no charge, you can join the group for a run along the river followed by a relaxing cup of tea in the cafe at the Tate Modern. All fitness levels are welcome and catered for. To sign up, just visit: http://www.meetup.com/London-Art-Run/


Route:
1. Starting at Pimlico Tube Station
2. Run 0.2 miles to Tate Britain, run up the stairs, cool down through by walking through the galleries
3. Run along Embankment up to the Houses of Parliament, along St. James Park and around Pall Mall to the ICA (about a mile)
4. Head over to the National Gallery for some fancy pictures and stretches
5. Run back along Embankment to the Tate Modern where we climb the stairs, galleries and finish with a group stretch at the bottom of the ramp
6. Food & drinks in the Tate Modern Cafe.

But What Will You See?

Tate Britain: Home of British Art
http://www.tate.org.uk/bri
tain/

ICA: Contemporary Art
http://www.ica.org.uk/

National Gallery: European Art 1250 - 1900 http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

Tate Modern: International Modern and Contemporary Art http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/

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