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John McIntosh's Berlin S25 Half Marathon Race Report

Race report -Berlin S25 Half Marathon, May 6, 2018.

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I loved this race, a fast, flat course, which starts just outside the Olympic stadium and finishes inside it, with a two-third circuit of the track. Really well organised, with an efficient bag drop. We’d entered the sub 1.45 category and (alarmingly) found this put us in the first wave, right up at the start line with the elite (as it should be ? ). A pretty hot day, with a 10 am start, but quite a lot of shade as we ran down the broad avenues of West Berlin towards the Brandenburg Gate - although the Half veers off through the beautiful Tiergarten park before reaching it. There was a distinct lack of shade between miles six and nine and a long last mile round the back of the Olympic stadium before running under it and out on to the track. Copious quantities of free beer on offer after and very good showers in large articulated shower-lorries. Other distances were on offer too, including a 25km, 10 km and 25km relay. Brilliant atmosphere, with many runners chilling out on the grass after. And fascinating to see the 1936 stadium’s architecture, list of winners (including Jesse Owens) set in stone and the adjacent Olympic outdoor pools, still in use. I was happy with my Silver time of 1.37.19 - one second off my PB! Kate, post-London, was 1.44.58. Unbeatable atmosphere and remember flights from Edinburgh to Berlin take under two hours and can cost as little as £30 single.


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