I have been to Malta a few times and always enjoyed my time there. This time Lindsay and I were going to spend a long weekend so it should be fun. The only problem was the weather was due to be awful.
Dublin flights didn't suit but there were relatively cheap flights that were going direct from Belfast. A bit of a drive, but the times and dates suited us. I had just taken delivery of my new EAMS hoodie so was all set for the trip. The flight was at 1ish so we left relatively early for the 2.5hrs drive to the airport. We arrived well ontime and parked up in the long stay which is only a short walk from the terminal. Ready to go in the Airport were the EAMs boys and supporters and everyone was on good form. Craig was out for a new PB and a sub 3:20 and Ken was out to break 4hrs. They were focused from early. Also on the plane there must have been at least another 20 doing the race. 3hrs 15mins later we touched down.
|View from hotel|
|Rolando and Paulo at the start|
The race registration was at The Meridian hotel in St Julians. It was about a 30 minute walk from the hotel and we wandered down. There was no exhibition to speak off and registration took about 20 minutes. It started to rain on the way back and a right storm
|With Ken Beggs at the start|
|Lots of localised flooding|
|Roads were pretty awful|
|Lots of bands|
There was lots of bands on the route. Quite quaintly most seemed to be brass bands that were of
|And we are home|
I made a big effort in the last km. I thought I had finished under a gantry to realise that I still had 200m to go. I eventually sprinted home in 4:03:20, I was delighted as this was 21 minutes faster than marathon time last week and a 41 minute improvement since New Years Eve.
|Off exploring Malta|
It was a good weekend.
Garmin stats of the day.