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Marathon Palma de Mallorca

19/10/2014

Vicky Hart took the opportunity of a family holiday in the Mediterranean to take part in the Marathon Palma de Mallorca and sent the following report on her run in the sun...

"In the lead up to the Marathon Palma de Mallorca I had been watching the weather forecast with increased concern as unseasonably hot temperatures were being predicted. I knew that if the 30 degree heat forecast was true then there is no way I would be able to race with my target time in mind.

Upon arriving in Mallorca and experiencing the temperature first hand I knew my decision not to race was the right one. Instead I would aim to finish the race in around 4 hours 30 minutes so that Paul could collect me at our unofficial pick-up point. We had decided that he and the children would not stay and watch the race as it was simply too hot.

I set off at a steady pace to try and get a few miles in the bag before it got too hot. Then I took advantage of the generous amounts of shade as the route wound through the Old Town and the city centre. This section of the route was my favourite as it was beautiful and full of Balearic character. Once the route came out of the Old Town at around 11 miles we were completely exposed to the baking heat of the day and from here I really struggled. The heat completely sapped my energy and it was really hard work to even maintain the slow pace I had set myself.

Everyone around me had adopted a run/walk strategy from the halfway point which made me feel better as I knew I wasn't the only one struggling with the 30 degree heat. At 18 miles you start running along the seafront but unfortunately there was no sea breeze. During the final 6 miles you run along various terrains and at one point you have to go across a floating bridge made of wooden pallets.

The start and finish of the race is beside the Parc de la Mar below the stunning Catedral de Mallorca. The cathedral comes into view with 5 miles to go and it seems to never get any closer. Then when you do reach it you also pass the 41km marker and are faced with running away from the finish. 

I finally crossed the line in 4:26. I was inside my target but had no time to celebrate as I had to keep running to meet Paul, Annabel and Daniel at the pick-up point.

I was disappointed not to be able to race for a time but it was an interesting experience none-the-less. I saw some beautiful sights and really enjoyed the support on the route."

Vicky.

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