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September 29, 2009

Forty Four and Fourth

Filed under: Running — scotsabroad @ 6:43 pm

I returned home late on Sunday night from Jordan having run the Petra half marathon.  Great weekend but a very tough run. Putting ‘ultra’ in front of half marathon seemed to allow for an increase in  the distance run and the gradients climbed.  A lot of the kilometres run on Saturday were long and torturous. 

This was a run for the wealthy. It cost me 200 euros to enter.  I flew to Amman and then got the bus down to Petra. Most had paid for very expensive packages,transport and were staying in the very best hotels. We walked through the Siq at dawn to the start at the Treasury which was amazing. However, there was very little opportunity to see much more of the site once the run started. We left Petra after about 5 kilometers at the Beduin school, then climbed a mountain before circling the town and descending steeply to the finish. Very surprised to hear it announced that I was fourth.

I then headed down to Aqaba to spend some time with Iain Benzie and his lovely family and then headed back to Cairo on Sunday. Pictures are from marathon-photos, a company who charge 38 euros for a photograph of yourself. I’ve just borrowed some for a bit.  A race for the rich. Petra, I will definately need to revisit with guidebook, time and family.



  1. well done – makes me very envious

    Comment by ianandlinda — October 1, 2009 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  2. Well done andy 4th!!! Next year 1st!!

    Comment by gordon — November 16, 2009 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

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