|Bits were still pre-war|
It was the 2nd biggest marathon in Poland and had around 7000 competitors the vast majority being Polish.
|Sardines on way to start|
Anyway eventually the room was Ok and I went for a quick gander around the town centre and settled in for the evening knackered.
Breakfast (I have to say expensive) was had the next morning and I got my google maps out to find registration. It was 4K away so I decided to walk. It turns out all marathoners have free travel on the buses and trams in Wroclaw for the weekend (including to and from the airport). Bus 106 from the airport and trams 9 and 17 from the main shopping center or Tram 9 from the main train station.
|Just entering stadium|
|Outside Olympic stadium|
Wroclaw was typical of the European cities that had been devastated during the war and rebuilt. Old style but pretty modern. It reminded me a lot of Berlin.
Up early marathon day and checked out and ate breakfast on the hoof. I got to the tram stop at 7:15am and 2 trams got cancelled in front of our eyes. Eventually when a tram arrived not everyone at the stop was able to get on and we were like sardines. It was about a 20 minute tram to the start line and it left us off 100m from the start. About a 1 km walk got us to the baggage drop which was very efficient and we had some time to use the numerous portaloos as we wandered back to the start. Since I had been kicked out of the masters race I also lost my slot in the starting areas and had to start at the back with the walkers. We came across the line about 7 mins past 9 and for the first few miles was very restricted in pace.
|Great city art|
The finish area was very efficient and we picked up our medal and bags before heading back to the tram. half an hour later I was back in the hotel and so started the slow journey back home. I have to say the lounge in Wroclaw was amazing with Spinach soup with bread and lard on the menu. I eventually after some Ryanair delays home by 2am which included a 45 min wait for a taxi at Dublin airport.
I enjoyed the experience.
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