A crowd of runners gathers beneath the roof of an apartment balcony near the start of the race. Slowly, the density increases. Some perform mild stretches; others talk and joke lightly with others – either their friends or strangers. With five minutes to go, the crowd dissipates and heads towards the start line, marked by an inflatable green archway.
The rain is coming down diagonally; and steadily intensifying. It is not cold, but, neither is it pleasant. This is the last of the Zorg and Zekerheid (a health insurance company) race series. The distances are 5km, 10km and the half marathon. The half-marathoners go off first, in the drizzle at 11am, those in the 5km in the proper rain, those in the 10km in the diagonal and heavy rain. Oh, the pleasures of, what was formerly known as ‘long-distance running’, before the emergence and popularity of ultra-marathons.
The rest can be found on The Footy Almanac.