WITC at the Warsaw Half Marathon + apres party

Warsaw Half Marathon, Sunday 25th March 2012

The 2012 season kicked off in style with the 7th Polmaraton Warszawski. 15 WITC’ers had signed up for the race and as the start time of 10 am approached they were ready and raring to tackle the route, which this year started and finished outside the new national stadium that will be used for this summer’s Euro 2012 championships.

Relaxed and smiling before the start - would it be the same after??

This year’s route took runners past many landmarks of the city, Rondo De Gaulle’a, Nowy Swiat, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Agricola, Belwederska and of course the new stadium. The race was both well attended (over 8,500 people signed up, a record for the event) and well supported with many people getting up early despite the clocks going forward the night before to cheer on the runners!

 

Andy still going strong as he heads for the home straight

Due to the large numbers, the race started in waves based on your predicted finish time, which meant that the last wave actually crossed the start line long after the first runners had started. The overall winner this year was a Pole, Arkadiusz Gardzielewski, who crossed the line in 1:03:30, which was only 23 minutes faster than WITC’s very own speed merchant, Andy Mossop, who finished in an amazing time of 1:26!!

 

Connie's award for 2nd place in her category

For a full list of WITC runners see below but special congratulations go out to Connie Phlipot, who finished second in her category, Dominika Piasecka who successfully completed her first ever half marathon and everyone who did personal bests, including Mark Mulrainey and Cristina Moldoveanu!

 

 

 

 

 

Showing off those hard-earned medals!

Later that evening the club held a season kick-off party at Znajomi Znajomych which was attended by over 40 people. During the festivities prizes were awarded to the top 5 finishers while a superb collage of the day’s race by Olgierd was on in the background. Thanks to everyone who came along and here’s to an exciting and successful 2012!

Andy collects the applause (and voucher)

Warsaw Half Marathon WITC roll-call (in no particular order):

Andrew Mossop

Mark Mulrainey

Grzegorz Bobrownicki-Libchen

Ken Globerman

Alan Parsons

Tom Józefacki

Martin Pape

Lizzy Shackleford

Cristina Moldoveanu

Dominika Piasecka

Maciej Brzeziński

Ewa Śmiechowska

Glen Gregory

Doug Wake

Connie Phlipot

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