Accreo Ekiden Relay Maraton, Sunday 27th May 2012
2 WITC teams took part in a great relay marathon held in Kepa Potocka on Sunday 27th May, with the competitive juices in full flow between both teams. It was the club’s first appearance at a relay event and for the majority of us it was also the first time we’d tried an event of this kind. We arrived in Kepa Potocka in the north of Warsaw for the 2pm start with the conditions almost perfect for running, dry but cloudy with a bit of sun coming through – you couldn’t have asked for more
The race was held on a 5km loop (which also included an additional 2.72 km loop to make up the full marathon distance) which meant that those not running could cheer on the people taking part and made for a great atmosphere, especially as the runners came down the last kilometre where the majority of the people were gathered. It’s quite rare to have your teammates cheer you on in a race as usually we’re all running together so this was a different, but still great, feeling.
One of the highlights of the race was when the last runner on each team (Igors Berkovics and Leo Vilhena) came down the final straight, and the rest of the team (plus a few others) jumped onto the course and ran the final 100m or so together with them! Although Igors himself said it scared him it was still a great gesture of teamwork, which after all is what this race was all about.
All in all it was a great day out and we can’t wait till next year’s edition!
Accreo Ekiden Relay Marathon roll-call:
TEAM A TEAM B
Laurent Uhres Anna Kaminska
Andy Mossop Erdal Halil
Alan Parsons Rob Phillips
Cristina Moldoveanu Alex Hobley
Ewa Smiechowska Dominika Piasecka
Igors Berkovics Leo Vilhena
Congratulations to everyone who took part!!
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