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Date : 18th October, 2019
Time : 53’ 22”
Number of runners (total to date) : 1 (6406)
Run map and details : https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4176259252
I’ve always wanted to go to Prague and, for various reasons, never made it. So I was really looking forward to running there.
And perhaps it was therefore inevitable that it would be just about my most disappointing run to date.
I’d spent an hour travelling from my hotel to Modranska skola tram stop about 8 kilometres south of Prague. I’m sure the local residents would tell you it’s a fine part of the world. However, I suspect it doesn’t feature highly on most tourist itineraries.
Unless, of course, you’re a graffiti aficionado in which case there’s plenty to see. Lots if it of the tag and scrawl variety but some of it quite eye catching.
After waiting at the tram stop for some time I came to the rather sad conclusion that no one else was joining me. I realised that I either needed to get back on a tram into town – or start running.
By now it was starting to get dark and I figured there must be a reason that fate had led me to Modranska skola. So I started running. Along a few roads and down to the Vltava (mistakenly referred to as the Danube in the video below).
And then, via a wrong turn or two, north along the Vltava back to the centre of Prague.
There’s not a lot a more to say about the run. It was my fourth run in 72 hours and I’d had a lot of niggles in the lead up to the trip so I was quite pleased that I’d been able to accelerate during the run finishing with a 4’35” kilometre. (Good for me ; not so good for Eliud Kipchoge).
And that’s it. I never did discover why fate took me to Modranska skola.
The best bit about the run was finishing at the Charles Bridge which really is magnificent (unlike my video).
And not a bad place to plank. My thanks to the group from India who took the planking photo above.
It was a lonely visit that had little or no impact – no Run the World talks, no fundraising and no one to run with. Not what I was hoping for. But I saw just enough of Prague to know that its wonderful. I’ll definitely be back.
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Facts & Stats
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe that covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.7 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents; other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen.
Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526, the whole Crown of Bohemia was gradually integrated into the Habsburg Monarchy. The Protestant Bohemian Revolt (1618–20) against the Catholic Habsburgs led to the Thirty Years’ War. After the Battle of the White Mountain, the Habsburgs consolidated their rule, eradicated Protestantism, reimposed Catholicism, and adopted a policy of gradual Germanization. This contributed to anti-Habsburg sentiment and resentment of the Catholic Church that continues to this day. With the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the Bohemian Kingdom became part of the Austrian Empire (1804 to 1867) and the Czech language experienced a revival as a consequence of widespread romantic nationalism. In the 19th century, the Czech lands became the industrial powerhouse of the monarchy and were subsequently the core of the First Czechoslovak Republic, which was formed in 1918 following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I.
Czechoslovakia was the only democracy in Central Europe during the interwar period. However, parts of the country were occupied by Germany in World War II, while the Slovak region became a German puppet state. Czechoslovakia was liberated in 1945 by the Soviet Union and the United States. Most of the German-speaking minority were expelled following the war. The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia won the 1946 elections and after the 1948 coup d’état established a one-party communist state under Soviet influence. Increasing dissatisfaction with the regime culminated in 1968 to the reform movement known as the Prague Spring, which ended in a Soviet-led invasion. Czechoslovakia remained occupied until the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which peacefully ended communist rule and re-established democracy and a market economy. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved, with its constituent states becoming the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Czech Republic is a developed country with an advanced, high income social market economy. It is a welfare state with a European social model, universal health care, and tuition-free university education. It ranks 15th in the UN inequality-adjusted human development and 14th in the World Bank Human Capital Index ahead of countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France. It ranks as the eleventh safest and most peaceful country and performs strongly in democratic governance. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union (EU) in 2004.
World Bank Data
Here’s the latest World Bank data for the Czech Republic – with the year 2000 as a comparison.
|GDP||$245.2 bn||2018||$61.6 bn||2000|
|Population||10.6 m||2018||10.3 m||2000|
|Primary school enrolment*||101%||2017||103%||2000|
|% below poverty line***||9.7%||2013||10.4%||2004|
|Life expectancy at birth||79.5 yrs||2017||75.0 yrs||2000|
|GNI per capita||$20 260||2018||$6 330||2000|
*Percentage can exceed 100% due to the inclusion of over and under aged students
** Metric tons per capita
***The World Bank notes that the methodology can vary between countries and over time within a given country. (While much of the World Bank data generally follows understandable trends, this number often oscillates wildly suggesting that different methodologies are frequently used over time within a given country.)
Greatest Sporting Nation Data
Finally, here’s the data from Greatest Sporting Nation on how the Czech Republic performed in the global sporting arena in 2018:
Global Cup – 24th
Per Capita Cup – 16th
The Global Cup aggregates results from over 1000 events across 80 sports to produce the definitive annual ranking of international sporting success. The Per Capita Cup uses the same data to produce an annual per capita ranking.