On Sunday I went to a picture postcard location in Upper Austria to take part in a "1/5th marathon",- a scenic 2 lap race which included an off-road trail around the perimeter of a green peninsula protruding into the Traunsee lake.
The start and finish locations were in the town square of Gmunden - and as the race got underway the bells of the town hall clock chimed 10am.
Runners in a shorter race, a "1/10th marathon" taking place at the same time and over the same course wore red numbers. The rest of us wore green, and since the numbers were worn on our fronts it made for an interesting challenge. To chase or not to chase, that was the question.
A first for me was that I was the oldest competitor in a race. I guess it had to happen sooner or later!
With this useful string bag souvenir for my bits and pieces I can now pretend to be a triathlete!
8.4 kms Gmunden 9th July 2017
1. E Seid (ETH) - 27:30
113. G Williams (GBR) - 45:49