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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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