Runners have met in Sedmihorky, near Turnov to race in town of rocks for the fourth time in a row to compete in the Mizuno Hruboskalsky half-marathon. After last year’s postponing, changes to the race due to covid restrictions have once again tested the organizer’s of the event.
foto: Vojtěch Illner
Although the difficulties the race did not lose on attractiveness, quite the opposite actually. Runners have been forced to give it their all from the begging. The track that is designed to compliment the beautiful landscape of Český Ráj as a tradition but has been adapted for this year’s race. Everyone’s least favourite uphill part of the track up to Valdštejn castle has been removed for example.
The competition of the runners was immense. In the end Petr Soukup from Mizuno Racing Team topped the time sheets, with Jirka Čirvný finishing just behind and Martin Jora from Runsport Team finishing on the podium. A honourable mentions deserve runners that finished just outside of the podium Zbyšek Lhota or an excellent ex oriental runner Petr Losman. In the women’s category the fight was also very close with Petra Vavříková winning being closely followed by oriental runners Martina Matějů and Iveta Šístková. At the shorter track Tomáš Strnad and Zuzana Lepková dominated the field.
After last year’s success kids had their own standalone race, this time the track was laid around a football pitch. With a beautiful wooden medal with the race logo presents to all finishers.
The next stop for Team PRR is a traditional race in Průhonický park. Mizuno Prague Park Race, an event starting on the 20th of June is supposedly set to have a mass start or in two waves rather than intervally.