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September 18, 2010

Ice Cold in Alex

Filed under: Books,Running — scotsabroad @ 1:04 pm


NCBIS staff, parents and friends descended on Alexandria this weekend with the purpose of running the corniche.

The theme throughout the build-up and run day was around the 1956 book (and subsequent  film made in 1958) called, Ice Cold in Alex. At the end of the film John Mills downs a beer at the bar slurring the immortal line, ‘worth waiting for’. He and his companions had just crossed the desert from Tobruk to Alexandria in an Austin K2 ambulance avoiding minefields and the Afrika Corp.

Our purpose was to run a half marathon along the corniche finishing at Qaitbay Fort then head for what remains of the original bar used for the film, that has been butchered and relocated within the Cecil Hotel. Eventually 32 runners and walkers accepted the challenge. A challenging 6am start was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise and a fresh cooling breeze. Fantastic run that played with your mind at times. You could see the finish temptingly close but the reality was you had to follow the shoreline. No injuries or bad memories. Photographs in the bar and a meal on the roof of the hotel finished off a satisfying run.


Shona was a great help as were the boys distributing water along the route then handing out medals and run bags. As a family we descended with our friends on the Greek Club on Friday afternoon where the children splashed in the Mediterranean and we began to rehydrate. Lousy food but cheap beer and one of those magical stuck in a time vacuum places, brilliant. I was intending to use the run as part of my training for the Beirut marathon in November but I got a bit carried away and competitive. However, finished feeling strong and in under 1hr 45 minutes, a personal goal for a long time. Fourth again. Despite leaving our passports and my wallet in our hotel room’s safe, we left early this morning to get back to Cairo for Cairo’s first youth soccer league match (and mine as coach) –  this was a very enjoyable weekend with a few (well-earned) ice-cold beers along the way.



  1. Wow! What a fantastic weekend and all the preparation involved seems to have paid off. One to remember. Really well done. x

    Comment by linda and ian — September 18, 2010 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  2. brilliant achievement and well done to davidsons for organising the well turned out event. x

    Comment by Shari — September 20, 2010 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  3. Well done Andy ! 1 hour 45 is a great time… Great turn out as well, well organised.. What a theme!

    Comment by Gordon Fraser — September 24, 2010 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

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