Malta Half Marathon – Sunday 25 February On Thursday 22 February Kathy, Ali W and Louise (plus nine other Egdon runners) flew from Bournemouth to Malta to run in the 33rd edition of the race. We joined 3,700 other half marathon runners (only 970 for the full marathon). The event attracts a high number of foreign competitors – 2,874 in total this year.
We stayed in a very comfortable seafront hotel in Sliema; Kathy and Louise had the luxury of a balcony overlooking the race finish on the promenade.
The weather in the days leading up to the race was not as we anticipated with torrential rain and a thunderstorm causing local flash flooding but we managed to dodge the rain to take an island tour by bus, stopping to explore the beautiful town Mdina which was where the race started.
Race morning brought sunshine, a bus trip to the start and long, slow-moving queues for the portaloos. With only minutes to spare we joined the back of the pack and we were off on our (blissfully) downhill scenic run to the coast. The atmosphere was lively along the route with 33 bands playing and enthusiastic marshals and spectators supporting us. Despite the sun boosting the temperature to around 18 degrees we all managed to complete the race reasonably comfortably, enjoying a few stops on the way to take on extra water and a welcome sponge.
I would certainly recommend this event if you fancy a well organised overseas race; the course has PB potential, the people are very welcoming and it’s a beautiful place with loads of history. It was such fun socialising with the Egdon crowd; my personal favourite being dancing to a rock band until 1.30 on our first night!