No longer in the Gulf, just did a couple of 10 week stints there. Went on holiday to Oman at the end of one of these stays and thoroughly enjoyed it for all the reasons I mentioned in the previous post. If you're going to be there for a week or so, I can recommend visiting Ras al Jinz where you can watch giant turtles laying eggs at midnight in the national park there, Wadi Shab, Nizwah and Sur. Jebel Shams, highest peak on the Arabian peninsular I think, and right next to the Arabian version of the Grand Canyon is worth seeing too and, of course, the desert is pretty spectacular. Only thing I would say is that it's slightly expensive.
What was the Istanbul marathon like? One of my favourite cities.
How come your doing cross-fit to prepare and not running? The latter will obviously prepare you much better. Is running outside a bit difficult in Baku? No treadmills?
Afraid not, but it's a fabulous country, well worth visiting with loads more to see and do than neighbouring countries like the UAE & Qatar. The people are very friendly too. Would love to go back. Hope you do the race and have a great time. Any particular reason for choosing Muscat?
I'll be entering again Bob so it'll be good to see you once more. Want to improve on last year, especially over those last six kilometres where it really began to fall apart back in April. What training plan are you going to be using this time?
Sorry about London. It sounds like you were a bit resigned to it.