WITC at the Accreo Ekiden Relay Marathon, 2014

WITC at the Accreo Ekiden Relay Marathon, Kepa Potocka, May 2014

This year was the 3rd year in a row that WITC took part in this popular relay event, and this time we had a record 4 (FOUR) teams registered! In this race each team consists of 6 people, with everyone running a distance between 5 and 10km. Each team has to carry and pass on a baton just like in the Olympics (although this year it was just a white sash, which made it feel a bit less like the Olympics) and it’s a great opportunity to run as part of a team and support the other runners out there.

So on Sunday 11th May, 24 runners, plus supporters, from the club showed up in Kepa Potocka (which is incidentally the same location as the annual Club Challenge) for this relay event – thankfully the forecast rain held off too!

Andy on the second leg for the A-Team

Andy on the second leg for the A-Team

All four teams did exceptionally well with the A-Team, captained by Andy Mossop, flying the flag for the club and completing an outstanding sub 3 hour marathon. This was despite Andy being jet-lagged after returning from America just 24 hours earlier and having to rush off to the airport straight afterwards. “I was really excited to see how the WITC participants are growing in number at this event each year, but this year felt a bit of pressure on the A-team to deliver a sub 3-hour marathon time, finish in the top 10% and try to beat some of our local friendly rivals (Ergo, AKB Mort, 12tri, Roche Runners) who were also racing. I was delighted to finish in 2:53 and in 23rd place overall. (It was also good fun to run for two teams, having a team made up of Roche Runners + WITC combined, but not so much fun to rush straight to the airport!)

Erdal running his third Accreo relay marathon in a row

Erdal running his third Accreo relay marathon in a row

Erdal Halil of the “just” WITC team also spoke to us after the race: “Just like Biegnij Warszawo in October, the Accreo Ekiden relay marathon in May has grown in my not so frequent runner’s mind as a traditional WITC event in which I get to meet old and new club members and enjoy the heat of a friendly competition. Last weekend’s run was not shy of such moments despite the weather that was not so great for the picnic style afternoons to which we were accustomed in the last 2 years. Congratulations to all those completing the run with special regards to those who were at their first competition or managed to beat those extra 2 minutes on their favourite distance.

 

Marta (second from the right) with the rest of the Supergirls

Marta (second from the right) with the rest of the Supergirls

Marta Makowska, running for the WITC II team captained by OlgierdRunning was never really was my thing, yet events like Accero Ekkiden Relay Marathon make me want to do that extra effort for the sake of the team. With the inspiration I constantly get from the WITC guys I managed to beat my personal best for 5k this year! After all, running is not that bad when you have the perspective of cool beer and snacks with friends afterwards.

Agnieszka and Marek crossing the finish line

Agnieszka and Marek crossing the finish line

Agnieszka Fedejko, who was on the super Supergirls team: “In my two years of running experience I have taken part in several races and I must say that the Accreo Ekiden is very special to me. Running for a team gives me even more motivation and determination than if I were only running for myself. As an example, I got a stitch on my first kilometre. If I were running for myself, I would most probably stop, but I didn’t. It’s great fun and very good opportunity to catch up with people. I am glad I was in the girls’ team :) Ewa was a great manager for us :) She was very helpful and supportive. I can’t wait for next year!

You can view the full results here and our photo gallery of the event here.

ROLL CALL
WITC A-Team                                                          “Just” WITC
Alan Parsons                                                                 John Tucker
Andy Mossop                                                                Igors Berkovics
Pierre-Francois Drouin                                               Erdal Halil
Herve Montrade                                                          Georgiana Dumitrascu
Maciej Szymanski                                                         Vegard Stornes
Tristan Sakura                                                              Joanna Sygula

WITC II                                                                       WITC Supergirls
Marek Kacprzak                                                            Amalia Kalinca
Olgierd Swida                                                                 Angelique Maige
Kasia Kulik                                                                      Olga Kulyna
Katharina Thumeyer                                                     Agnieszka Fedejko
Marta Makowska                                                           Kamila Lewandowska
Joanna Wasilewska                                                        Iga Grzegrzolka

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