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Date : 17th August, 2015
Time : 56’11”
Total distance run to date : 590 km
Run map and details : https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/897740049
The original plan was to run on Dubrovnik’s walls. A memorable route, with stunning views of the famous old town, was my thinking.
Except, of course, it’s no longer entirely an old town. In fact, you can clearly see the new bits. In particular, the more recent shiny orange roofs create a life sized map of where the 650 shells hit.
Starting in October 1991, Dubrovnik was under siege from Serbian and Montenegrin forces for seven months. They fired on Dubrovnik from the hills overlooking the city and the damage they did to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is generally seen as having been a PR disaster. (Many complained that the damage got more media coverage than those who died in the conflict.)
It’s a lot calmer now but, in reality, it had never been a good plan to run on the walls. They’re narrow, clogged with tourists taking photos, and include a lot of steps. And, on this occasion, they were also soaking wet.
When the twelve of us set off on the ferry from Cavtat, where we were staying with two other families, it had looked like a nice evening. But by the time we were half way to Dubrovnik, the ferry was moving around in the swell and those members of the party that enjoy theme parks announced that it was fun.
By the time we got to Dubrovnik, everyone was clinging on to each other. The thunder and lightning were almost simultaneous, the wind was whipping the sea into mini typhoons and it was raining cats and dogs. And pretty much every other species on Noah’s Ark.
Dubrovnik itself was temporarily flooded and in no fit state to host a major sporting event such as my run.
And so it was that my Croatian 10k took place in Cavtat rather than Dubrovnik. Liz and I ran while James, Sam, Joe, Jemma, Sasha and Sienna cycled. Carla and Josh kayaked while Freya and Ella sacrificed themselves in the interests of identifying the perfect restaurant for our evening meal.
Cavtat sits on the neck of a promontory and there’s a c 2k car free path that runs along the shoreline of the promontory. It’s a very nice spot.
And, barring the odd bike crash, and various stops to try to organise the group – all of whom were going at different speeds – it was a good run. Kilometres 7,8 and 9 were painful, as they always are, but the bar at the end – perched above the rocky coast line with a great view of the sunset – made up for it.
Regrettably, we all forgot to take any pictures so the one above is of us all at dinner…