What a weekend! Thoroughly enjoyed myself and Greece definitely outlived my expectations. Plans fell apart a bit on Friday with the strike as I couldn't get to register in time so had to do that on Saturday which ate into my sightseeing, but I did get chance to have a good look round the stadium which was fascinating and also the Acropolis which was amazing. So pleased I climbed up there on Saturday though, don't think my legs could have coped with that on Monday!
The race was everything I expected and more. I knew there would be uphill, but didn't realise how hard it was going to be, more hill training is required for next time! I'm more used to the flat in Edinburgh. That really took it out of me and the last 6 miles were an exhausted crawl until rounding the corner at the presidential palace when I just went for it to get a decent finish-line photo! Yes, I really must be that vain! I'm hardly the quickest over the distance and wasn't expecting a fast time but I finished in 5:28 which is considerably slower than I know I can do, but I'm so pleased to say I've finally run from Marathon to Athens and that's reward enough. Added into that the finish in an Olympic stadium and the wonderful support of the Athenian people on the way round; it's definitely a race I will remember for a very long time. Kudos must go to the organising committee too. I was really impressed with the way everything was handled. The conveyor belt of buses on Sunday morning was some feat and all the feed stations were well equipped, even for us slower ones at the back! There are a few races in the UK that can learn a lot from Athens.
Really enjoyed my first trip to Greece and definitely thinking about going back to run again next year
Panathenaic on Saturday morning sounds good. I'd also like to see the Acropolis at some point. I'll make sure I've got a copy of RW to wave around! Hehe
I do remember reading somewhere that there will be a welcome desk for us at the airport for travel passes etc, although I'm led to believe that they're not valid on the airport service. Could anyone confirm otherwise? Incidentally, with the buses on Sunday morning, does anyone know if we're assigned to a certain bus or is it just turn up and get on the first one?
Hope you all have good journeys out there and look forward to catching up with you all at some point over the weekend.
Hi Martin, I arrive at 6pm so hopefully should be able to make registration on Friday evening. Would be good to meet up with you in the evening. Likewise, you too Anne if you're around.
Can't believe it's only a week away now, really looking forward to it
Yep, my confirmation arrived yesterday too; 8140. Really looking forward to it
Managed to get my hotel changed too, so now staying at the Evripides in Monastriaki, so not too far to walk to the buses at Syntagma on the Sunday; things are beginning to look up for the weekend. I fly out with BA from Heathrow at lunchtime on the Friday. Would be interesting to know if anyone else is heading out on that flight.