Limassol Half Marathon 19th March 2017
On the 19th March Jane Thomas travelled to Cyprus to wave the GYRR emblem underneath the perfect Mediterranean sunshine. The half marathon route started on the promenade (molos), next to the old harbour, beside the glittering Mediterranean sea. The route headed east towards ancient Amathus, a coastal route via the municipality of Limassol, Agios, Athanasios and Germasogia passing the ancient Amathunta ruins. The course ran parallel to the Mediterranean Sea for the whole of the course and at the half way mark returned along the same route. The route was an amazing coastal run, with the views being spectacular to admire.
Alongside the half marathon was the full marathon which saw 85 different nationalities being represented. It was a truly amazing experience, which I would definitely recommend to anyone. Unfortunately for myself, an old knee injury, reared its ugly head at mile 10, resulting in me limping the last 3 miles to the finish line, but I was accompanied by three Russians, who provided me with support to cross the finish line; many thanks guys. My finish time was 2 hours 59 secs. Not my best result, however the disappointment was soon evaporated, upon spotting Edwin Kiprop Kiyeng from Kenya, who won the marathon in 2 hours 15 min and 4 secs...amazing... and having my photo taken with him before he was whisked away by the media...priceless.... I think my smile in the photo says it all. It was a very proud moment with an amazing athlete.
Report by Jane Thomas.