Polmarathon Szakala, 16th October 2011
On a sunny Sunday in October, 5 WITC club members decided to head to Lodz, the oft-forgotten third largest city in Poland, just to go and run a half-marathon. While Ken Globerman travelled down early, Grzegorz Bobrownicki-Libchen, Cristina Moldoveanu, Lizzy Shackleford and me had to cope with an early start as we (and by we I mean Grzegorz) drove down on the day itself, departing Warsaw at around 8.30 in the morning. The race was the second edition of the Polmarathon Szakala (Jackal half-marathon) held in the Łagiewnicki woods on the outskirts of Lodz. Due to the fact that it is a new and relatively unknown race, the only way we even heard about the event was thanks to a flyer Ken got at the Warsaw Marathon!
After getting our race numbers and complimentary orange mugs, we took some photos and got ready for the race itself. The forest course was pleasant and while it made a nice change from running on roads, the Lodz woods were precarious in places – causing some impressive tumbles and falls. But despite a few cuts and bruises we all finished in one piece!!
The race was also an important landmark for two of the club’s members, Cristina and Lizzy, who completed their first official half-marathons. Congratulations girls!
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