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Well done everyone. Not sure we’ll make it to the pub. Bit tired 💤Have a great evening
Can't believe my run went so well. A three minute PB out of nowhere, though I think that was mainly due to the temperature, a good night's sleep and my Eliud Kipchoge Nikes.
The course changes worked really well - Place Vedome wasn't as narrow as I'd thought it might be, the cobbles there were a lot less "cobbly" than other parts of the course, and taking the different road after Bastille cuts out the course's worst bottleneck. The expo seemed a lot less chaotic as well than in previous years. Even the bibs seemed to be printed better, with the special gold bit for first-timers, and the chip on it was lighter/slimmer too. Liked the reduction in the crap they hand out as well. Did anyone else see a small irony in giving an extra t-shirt to people who'd signed up as "carbon neutral runners"?
Loads more bins in the course, too, and the water stations seemed a lot longer than I remember, which really helped. They seemed a lot less crowded. When I went through Bois de Vincennes the crowd were all standing on the road in front of the bins, though, so you couldb't drink and throw the bottle without soaking half a dozen people. Not that I did, and I was in such a good mood that I wasn't even tempted to do it.
A tip for everybody for next year (though this may be obvious to everyone else): if you're running late to get into your start pen, and there's a big crowd trying to get in, go to the entrance for the one behind and the volunteers will let you sneak through the barrier at the front of that pen to get into the pen you're meant to be in. I bet you could just go straight into the empty last one right at the back and just run down through all the empty pens, flashing your bib at the volunteers. Instead of squeezing your way down the Champs Elysees with all the runners and their families and lost jetlagged tourists.
The sixth time I've run Paris in seven years, and my fastest here by twenty minutes. I've been saying I'm done with this race now, but then they haven't sent out the sign-up email for 2020 yet.
As a side note, did anyone watch the Paris St Germain game last night? They got absolutely thrashed 5-1 by Lille and the people watching in the bar we were in were not happy at all.
Looks like all you Paris runners may be some of the last people to see the Notre Dame as we know it!