WITC at the Warsaw Half Marathon, 2014

After last year’s long winter and the half marathon being held in freezing conditions of around -9, only the most ardent cross-country skiing fan was complaining this year as Warsaw, and Poland in general, experienced its mildest winter in years. Not only did it allow plenty of training in temperatures above zero, but it also meant that on race day, temperatures reached a dizzy 17 degrees, a swing of over 20 degrees from the previous year. AND the sun was shining :-)

As an event, the Warsaw Half Marathon keeps going from strength to strength. It’s fantastic to see an event on our doorstep thriving and so well-organised. This year saw a record number of finishers (11000+) as well as a new course record set by the Kenyan Victor Kipchirchir of 1:00:48.

Blue skies greeted runners at the start of the race

Blue skies greeted runners at the start of the race

The weather also enticed plenty of people onto the streets and thanks to them the runners had excellent support all the way.

A couple of WITC’s took time out to tell us about their experiences of the event.

Pierre-Francois Drouin (who was too fast for any of our photographers): The Warsaw Half Marathon was my first race 2 years ago and I’m kind of attached to it and participate every year. I like the route which I know quite well as I train in Warsaw and the race is also for me a very good event to check my running level before the triathlon season starts. This time it was even more fun as we were a lot of runners from WITC. My objective was to improve my best record, which I did. The very nice weather (much warmer than last year!) helps a lot and also Andy whom I tried to catch in the last part of the run.

StevepolmaratonSteve Arndt: I came into the 2014 Warsaw Half Marathon with a lot to prove to myself. Having finished 2013’s race at 2:05:47, I was committed to a 1:45 race. Crossing the line at 1:43:38 was more than a 22 minute improvement from last year and a welcomed result. The difference was WITC, both the run organizers and Pzemek Wasak kicking my ass every week. I was running through the field nearly the entire race – starting with a green race bib, and finishing surrounded by the yellows. I hope to only get faster from here.

This year there were 3 WITC teams entered in the team standing, with the first team finishing an impressive 35th place. You can view the full results here:

After finishing the race, we went for a meal to round off what was an amazing day and great start to the season!

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Congratulations to everyone who supported and took part – you can view out full photo gallery here.

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