Running in Russia

Runner friendly countries?

11 messages
11/08/2009 at 14:51
I am due to spend some time in St Petersburg in September on business and this falls smack in the middle of a marathon training programme I am following. Having never been to Russia (and don't know anyone who has) I was wondering if anyone has experienced running in this part of the world. Do you see people out running like in the UK? Any advice gratefully received.
11/08/2009 at 14:54
11/08/2009 at 15:44

I used to live in Moscow, but this was a way back. I don't recall seeing runners then (I wasn't a runner myself so wouldn't have noticed).

Anyhoo ... there is a runners' forum right here. I'm assuming you don't know Russian, in which case about halfway down there's a section for English speakers. Doesn't seem very active but it's worth asking your questions and you never know, someone might answer.

Incidentally, I do know Russian so if you get responses in that language just let me know and I can translate them for you.

11/08/2009 at 15:51

Kevin

friend of mine moved to St P for work, and does a bit of running. I will email him this link, and see whether he is interested in contacting you. He isnt on RW, but he might be interested in having a short term running buddy.

N

11/08/2009 at 17:24
there's bound to a Hash going on there
11/08/2009 at 17:26
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11/08/2009 at 17:29

I dunno what happened there, but here's the limk for the Hash house Harriers in St P

Hash russia

they meet every second Sun and there's loads of contact details there. 

The only downside is you'll get a silly nickname

Edited: 11/08/2009 at 17:30
11/08/2009 at 17:46

Grown men with silly nicknames - how naff is that?

11/08/2009 at 19:58
When I was last in st petersburg I ran a fair bit, mostly along the river.  It was fine, no problems bar a few funny looks. Didn't see another runner while I was there though.
11/08/2009 at 20:00
Oh, and take some insect repellent, you'll need it in st petersburg
12/08/2009 at 13:06

i used to run while i was out there

depending on whether you will be city running or out in the countryside.in the countryside dogs can be a problem,also if road running be wary of vehicles they may not want to give you room


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