So we arrived in Athens at the peak of summer (last June) and I was already down to run the Athens marathon in November. A big worry for me was how I would manage to do my long runs in the middle of the summer. They couldn’t be done at night, as there is nowhere I can run long distances safely in the evening near my home. So there had to be some daylight…. Read more
Congratulations to Annika on an amazing 4h 02m 47s – a fantastic PB, especially given the hills and 25 degree temperatures. We love this finish line picture – carrying son Niko the last 150m to the finish line – definitely worthy of a Runners World magazine cover!
It’s fantastic to hear how our Clapham Runners are getting on all over the world (we miss you as a regular at training – come back and see us soon!). Annika is a regular blogger on our site, sharing her personal highlights and challenges… and truly capturing the emotion of a triumphant finish line moment. Read Annika’s blog on her training and 2014 race day here…. or go back a couple of years and read her past blog on her 2nd Athens Marathon in 2011 here!
This year, a new course record was set by Kenyan Felix Kandie (2h 10m 37). The Athens marathon course is of course where it all began – the original marathon being run by a news-bearing foot soldier from ancient Athens, who announced – with his last words – the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC. The route follows much of the 2004 marathon route.
To read about the history of the course… or to be tempted to sign up for November 2015 (will Annika be back?!) see http://www.athensauthenticmarathon.gr
It’s now a week and a day since I ran my second Athens Marathon and here are my thoughts and memories, a recap of what happened in the built up to the race as well as during it.
I did all my long runs, I ticked all the boxes but by Monday night on the week of the marathon I got hit by the dreaded sore throat that by Wednesday had developed into a full blown cold. I was frustrated and sad and could not picture myself taking part in this beautiful event. What a shame… Read more
Target times are for 4:00 to 4:30 – Run faster or slower by 5-10% where appropriate to suit your target time Read more