Budapest Marathon, Hungary

At the finish!
At the finish!

Time of year: October

Value for money: 2

Location: 5

Crowd support: 3

Organisation: 4

PB potential: 3

Course: Flat

Competitors: Approx 3000

Locality: Budapest is a beautiful and lively city. There are plenty of things to see and do but after a marathon I’d particularly recommend visitng a spa to rejuvenate your body! It’s a great experience.

Getting there: Budapest is well-connected by bus, train and plane.

Webpage: http://www.budapestmarathon.com/en/marathon/

My experience: I arrived at in Budapest hoping to run about 2h50, but with an injury that had prevented me training much before the race I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to go under 3 hours. I met a friend the day before the race and stayed at his house. Unfortunately we had a long walk from the station and then a lot of walking again the the next morning, even though we used the metro to get to the race!

The weather was clear and sunny, and perfect conditions to run. There was a party atmosphere there and everyone was enjoying themselves. Then I made my way to the start and when I started warming up I could feel the pain in my calf again and knew that the race wouldn’t be easy. However once I started it wasn’t too bad and I ran the first half in 1h24, and I was feeling strong.

By km30 though, the  pain was excruciating and I was considering dropping out but I couldn’t make myself do it. I slowed considerabl but finally I still managed to come in under 3 hours – 2h58, in 43rd place, which made it all worthwhile.

After this I said I wouldn’t run another one, but writing this a year later I am starting to think about it……..

After the race I went for a beer and a meal with my friend and then I limped to the train.

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