Slovakia – Bratislava

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Date : 16th October, 2019

Time : 49’ 50” (fastest time in central Europe and rare sub 50 minute run)

Number of runners (total to date) :  1 (6399)

Run map and details :   https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4176259195

The train from Budapest to Bratislava costs 9 euros and takes just over 2 hours. There’s masses of leg room, you can move around at will and I had connectivity throughout the journey. You then arrive in the city centre, a few minutes from your hotel.

If I’d taken the plane I’d have had to get to the airport two (usually completely unnecessary) hours before the flight. And it would have cost I don’t know what for an unconnected space that I could hardly fit my legs into.

The flight would also have done damage to the environment before disgorging me at an airport nowhere near my final destination.

Please, world, build lots of (very) high speed train connections. So we can all go on enjoying the benefits of travel (especially poor countries that rely on tourism) without killing the planet.

As you’ll have gathered, I enjoyed travelling by train rather than flying. I also enjoyed my run in Bratislava.

I started at the Holy Trinity Column (why are all my selfies so appalling?)

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in the historic centre before making my way down to the banks of the Danube so blau.

I then ran west past the castle

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and along the Danube for 2.5 km before turning around and heading back past my start point and the historic centre as far as the Eurovea shopping centre.

Turning round again I finished the run in the historic centre, past Ganymede’s Fountain through the main square

to the Schone Naci Statue where lots of tourists were taking photos. Some of those tourists were good enough to take a photo of my now traditional plank – before joining in the plank.

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There’s a nice story behind the statue. Schöner Náci was the son of a shoemaker and grandson of a famous clown and was inspired by the latter’s example to bring happiness to the streets of the city. He walked around the Old Town in top hat and tails, greeting women with the words, “I kiss your hand” in GermanHungarian and Slovak.

Plank over, I then ran the last two kilometres around the old town before finishing at St. Michael’s Gate.

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Bratislava’s old town is pedestrianised which, combined with the pathway along the Danube, makes it a great place for a city run. You should try it – but make sure to travel there by train!

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About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Thompson11/ - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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