A few lucky lottery entrants, a park run tourist and a superb support crew made up the London City AC Berlin marathon squad. With a summer of intense heat and intense training behind us, we all managed to get to the start line in one piece and were ready to enjoy this famously fast race. What transpired was a world record breaking performance from Eliud Kipchoge, followed by a slew of solid performances from the London City AC team of Florie Lhuillier, James Screen, Jo Tillman, Laura Chesham, Marie Duignan, and Mat Barber. From a runners perspective it was a great course – fast, flat, wide open roads, mixture of the city landmarks and quieter neighbourhoods, and great support along the way from locals, tourists and a whole array of musical entertainment! Our own support crew managed to pop up in a few places along the route, although I was apparently faster than the u-Bahn train at one point so I didn’t see them at 20k!!
Once we had all passed through the infamous Brandenburg gate and then sprinted for the finish line, our targets were smashed, PBs were a plenty, and qualification times for London, Boston and a whole host of other races were achieved. Somehow we all managed to rendezvous both in the finisher’s village for the 40,000 plus runners and then met the others at the carefully selected beer garden for the all important post race rehydration and refuelling. No surprises that Nick Sutcliffe and Andy Melrose were instrumental in that part of the organisation!
All in all, it was a most successful weekend away for runners and supporters alike!