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Wings For Life World Run

11/05/2017


What do you give your parents as a Christmas present when they tell you that they've everything they need already? That's right....a race entry. 

Having run the Wings for Life World Run on 3 previous occasions, Joasia Zakrzewski was rather taken with the concept of a run where the finish line "chases you" (ie a catcher car sets off 30 minutes after the runners and their run finishes when the car passes them) and hence is suitable for people of all speeds and abilities, so she entered her parents into the 2017 Polish event as a Christmas present. 

Over 83,000 people started the event as 11am GMT on May 7th at various locations round the world, along with the three Zakrzewscy. Jo's pre-race plan was to run with her parents until Adam Malysz (a former ski jumper who has now raced Paris-Daqar) caught up to them, but her parents must've been bored of her chat as they told her to run her own speed on the day. 

The day was cool and wet but both Jo's mother and father exceeded their pre-run expectations recording just over 8km and almost 11.5km respectively before they were caught. Jo had thought that she might be able to cover about 30k before her marathon legs caught up with her, but she set off at a pace rather faster than this as she enjoyed the initial run around Poznan. 


Surprisingly she found herself accompanied by a cameraman on a motorbike from about a kilometre in signifying that she was the leading lady. As she started to tire, she was slightly disappointed to hear that the catcher car was still 7km behind her, as she felt that she had to keep running while there was a camera on her, as she didn't know what was being transmitted to the race start area where her parents might be watching. Having managed to run through a stitch she passed the marathon mark in about 2 hrs 53 and began praying for the car to speed up and pass her. 

Though she felt that she as barely able to keep lifting her feet, Jo managed to dig out a "sprint finish" as a lady ran past her when the catcher car was only 100m away.....having finished in second place for the past two years she really didn't want history to repeat itself when she had lead for 50km. In the end she caught and passed the other lady again finishing 10m ahead of her, recording a distance of 52.21 km (13th place in the worldwide race). 


All 3 Zakrzewscy agreed that it was a great event, and would heartily recommend taking part next year, to both runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. 

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