Written by Peter Koraca - http://www.citytrailrunning.com
Lovely wooden downhill and a single track took us onto Parenzana trail. The old narrow train track (once connecting Vizinada with Secovlje, Slovenia) has now been completely renovated and still takes you through the old tunnels, across wooden bridges and past the beautiful viewpoints over Mirna Valey and towns such as Groznjan, Triban and Buje.
Arriving in Groznjan reminded me just how much I miss coming to this places now that I live in London. As well as on every other aid station, my parents were waiting for me here to see how their crazy son is doing and cheer me up. Dad with his big camera and mum with the little cakes Nona made.
After the quick stop I continued towards Buje and then towards Umag. On the way I met a cheerful older bloke from Poland who, like me, was really enjoying himself on the race. I don’t now what your name is, but if you’re reading this, please contact me on Facebook or twitter.
The last part was hard. Really hard. Not because of the terrain (which by now has flattened out), but because of the consistent push towards the finish line. Although I’ve passed quite a few runners by now, one tough Slovene would not give in and was determined to persist until the end at a pace just slightly faster than mine. Ziga, you bastard!
Umag. The finish line. Handshake from Alen Paliska, the race director, green medal (for the 65k) and a long stretch of hurting legs. It’s been tough, it’s been fun and I’m definitely coming back next year. Thank you every one.
P.S. The next day, weather had changed from pissing down rain to cloudless skies over the beautiful Adriatic sea.