Time of year: October
Value for money: 4
Crowd support: 3
PB potential: 4
Locality: The race is two laps (but not the same) around Dresden. The city is beautiful and there are a lot of things to see and do.
Getting there: Dresden is well connected by train, bus and plane and this time I took a direct train from Brno. The journey was about 5 hours.
My experience: After arriving in Dresden I went and asked a policeman how to get to the Congress Centre to pick up my number and was surprised to hear him ask if I spoke Czech! There must be a lot of Czechs going there! But to be fair I was wearing a t-shirt with Czech writing on the front 🙂
The walk through the city only made me feel more excited. It was a wonderful autumn afternoon and the sun was shining in a bright blue sky. I found the place quite easily, got mu number and chip and then made my way to my hostel. I always end up walking further than I want to when I go on these excursions before race day but I really enjoyed it. IN the end I stopped in a shop and bought lots of goodies to eat, went to my room, showered, ate and slept. It’s a rare night that I get such a good sleep with two little boys at home so I made the most of it.
In the morning I had a nice breakfast at the hotel and when I looked out of the window it was sunny and the sky was cloudless. I took a tram to the centre, walked across the bridge, put my things in the cloakroom (the underground car park) and prepared for the race.
The race itself was quite nice. It was quite flat and although I got caught up with the half marathon runners and did the first 2km in 7mins, I managed to slow down a bit and ran the first lap in 1h21. The start of the second lap took us down to the riverbank and it was windy and felt quite lonely. I knew I was doing well as people were counting out our positions (in German, which wasn’t very useful for me). The city was beautiful and the race well-organised. Unfortunately maybe due to the extra quick start, I finished in 2h48, not quite beating my pb but I was really pleased to find out that I won my age group and would win a prize!
The only problem was that my train was at 3pm, and the awards were at 2.30pm. I waited as long as I could (2.40) and then decided to leave, just as they called my name! So I went up, got my bag of goodies and made a dash for the station. Just what I needed! But I saw a tram and got on it – making it to the station with 3 minutes to spare!
A great day and a great visit to a great city! I can’t wait to go back!