|Finish line: marching across it with horns up.|
Photo credit if nothing else noted in this text: Cph Half organisers.
Concerning the race from my point of view: the right knee is far from ready for actual running (while less than a year ago I was faster than 1h45m at a half marathon). Therefore I decided to done boots, trousers, Benediction Tee (a shout-out to Mr David Ingram) and none the least the good, old battle vest (est. 1992 in primary school) - and WALK.
Got a score of approving nods/smiles and horns up from good people overtaking me. A nice day with lots of happy people getting themselves moving. No. 1 broke the world record and the last finisher, 80 years old, closed the race after four hours. My own march time was 2h39m30s with which I am quite satisfied: a pace slightly faster than 7.9 km/h is approved in my book. Actually it's the second-best official march record for me (I'll probably never beat what I did in 2013).
The day was topped off by a surprise from my neighbours - they’re too sweet! See pic of that and more below.
|9 kilometres of walking. Goal: no slower than an 8 minute pace, and that turned out to be within scope.|
|Holmens Kirke, parliament in the background, checking pace on the phone.|
|The back of the battle vest; a sight that many lucky runners got to see - most of them overtaking me ;-) (Selfie).|
|My neighbours saw my Facebook update about having raced and immediately knocked on my door offering a huge piece of homemade cake as well as pancakes. How kind is that? #nyboderliv Photo: the writer.|
|Screen shot of the splits. Finished as no. 22.208, thereby being faster than 828 other finishers. Well done to everybody, especially first-time runners.|
|As "usual" I start slow and then pick up the pace. Fine with me.|