It certainly sounded great.
“The Vienna City Marathon takes you to Vienna’s most impressive modern and historic sights. It starts between the skyscrapers of the UNO complex, the site of the United Nations. Straight after the start, participants cross the 864 metre long Imperial Bridge (Reichsbrücke) over the River Danube, accompanied by the world famous melody of the Danube Waltz by Johann Strauß. The race takes you past the Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel, through the green expanse of Prater Park. It then continues on Vienna’s Ring Road, past the famous Opera House, through Vienna’s River Valley to reach Schönbrunn Castle, the former imperial summer residence. On the way back runners can take in the greatest examples of Vienna’s architecture along the Ring Road, from the numerous museums and the Town Hall and Vienna University. Finish for all races is at the “Universitätsring” directly in front of Vienna Burgtheater”
And those of you that have visited Vienna will know what a beautiful city it is. Well I’m not too sure what happened next but I had mentioned over an evening meal (with drinks) to Bernd Breugem, the TENESO Austria MD that I had run a couple of half marathons in the past and the next thing I know I’m in the team.
Thankfully, my TENESO colleagues knew that if they wanted to go home before it got dark they should only give me the shortest leg so thankfully for all of us they listened. I have been doing my best ‘training’ over the past few weeks but I know that with the date looming it’s not been enough. Watch this space for an update on how we did or didn’t get on!
Team name: TENESO Forerunners
Runner 1 – 15,5km: Bernd Breugem Austria
Runner 2 – 6,0km: John Winter UK
Runner 3 –9,3 km: Eric de la Rochebrochard France
Runner 4 –11,4 km: Christoph Ludin Germany