Report By Nigel Cook (AKA The Running Man)
Nigel has set himself the challenge to run 50 Half Marathons before his 50th Birthday, including one in every country in Western Europe. He also runs in aid of Willow Burn Hospice.
First visit to Stockholm, in fact first visit to Sweden. A great city, now up there with the best I have visited. Only downside was how expensive the city was (£10 per pint is enough to make you consider being teetotal). We even managed to stumble on a Gregory Porter Concert the night before the race.
The race started below the grand palace and headed through the city centre, along the river banks, through parks and over bridges. A really enjoyable race although it was a lot hillier that expected. There
were very few negatives about the event and organisation other than some of the paths in the parks were a little too narrow and even though the event was partially sponsored by Garmin, a 1km tunnel near the start made the data on my Garmin watch all wrong.
I managed to start next to the 2:10 pacers and stayed with them for the whole race, finishing off in 2:08:41. A celebratory meal of pickled herring and Elk meat balls followed, with a couple of very expensive beers.
No t-shirt at the end of the race, only a water bottle, medal and assorted sweets etc. Definitely a city worth visiting. Next stop Helsinki in October for Half Marathon number 38!