WITC at the 35th Warsaw Marathon, September 2013
At the end of Sept, the recording-breaking 2o13 Warsaw Marathon was held. It was the biggest race by far in the event’s 35 year history with over 8500 finishers. WITC once again had a great showing both in terms of competitors and supporters. Although the weather wasn’t quite as good as last year, the cold weather at the start failed to discourage the competitors.
Lining up at the start of the race were over 15 WITC’ers including first time marathon runners like Olgierd Swida, Agata Borkowska, Kasia Kulik and Martin Stagitis, Alan Parsons who was running his first marathon in nearly 10 years as well as marathon veterans like Mark Mulrainey, Andy Mossop, Dan Millar and Mark Gaspersich.
The route took runners through the centre of the city, down to Wilanow, Ursynow and back to finish inside the impressive national stadium. There was a huge amount of spectators and too many bands to count along the whole of the route. The club supporters also were out in full force, with some even travelling around the city to cheer on the runners at different points
Super-speedy Andy Mossop was the first WITC’er to cross the line, setting a new PB in the process and leading the WITC A team (which comprised Andy, Farrah, Dan, Pawel Ptak and Alan) to an impressive 20th place in the team standings (Klasyfikacja druzynowa). Lots of WITC’ers set new PBs, proving that the hard hours of training over the summer had been worthwhile.
Three of the club’s marathon first-timers had the following to say after the event:
“First Marathon ever – Done! YES!
Time of 4:50 was within the forecasted range (4:30-5:00), could have been better however … it will be an easy PB to beat :-).
Special thanks to all of your support during my long preparation time: to Teresa for her patience and on-site support. To my running buddies on the long runs Agatita and Philippe and to the the WITC crowd for the ongoing support, encouragement and great advice: Ken, Alan, Andrew, Mark, Olga and many others. I wouldn’t have done this without you! Thanks!”
Olga Kulyna: “So THE DAY finally arrived and has almost finished. Half a year of anticipation, blood, sweat and tears. Now a great sense of completion but some emptiness as well… And the most important: I wouldn’t have done it without you, my dear friends and WITC. Thanks a lot for your support and advice, for listening to my constantly talking about running, for your likes on my boring workout posts. It meant a lot to me! :-)”
Martin Stagitis: “Completed my first marathon! I walked partially, got some chilling spray [due to a knee problem Martin has been suffering with] from med support, in the last 10km my calf muscles felt so heavy and I noticed cramps coming. It was daunting to see 4:00, 4:10, 4:20 and 4:30 pace makers passing me one by one and my friend Alan waving me on the bridge on his way home. I had energy but the legs … Just before stadium I saw almost 71 year old Barbara she was unsatisfied with her result after the finish line she told that she usually does marathon in 4:10, 4:15. My result was miserable 04:40:16 for a 30 something young one, but I finished with stylish white hat at least. Thank you all supporters especially the WITC, you were my painkillers.”
Well done to EVERYONE who took part and thanks again to the amazing WITC support team.
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