By Mike Harley.
Just 5 weeks after Tallinn, I travelled to Sofia in Bulgaria to run their city marathon for number 19 of 28. With Cat 38 weeks pregnant I had expected to be going solo but one of my good mates, Mike Ward, volunteered to come with me. I tried hard to find a patient to interview but as with much of Eastern Europe, there aren’t any visible support groups or charities and with the huge language barrier it proved to be tough. Mike and I drove to St Albans near to Luton Airport and stayed with another good mate, Tom who very kindly dropped us off the next morning. I’d trained through plantar fascitis and a few niggles picked up from Tallinn, not in PB form but confident of improving on my other 2018 races given some kind weather. When we arrived we picked up the race bib at the expo and took in some of the sights including the stunning Nevsky Cathedral and the less aesthetically pleasing Levski Stadium before having an early pasta dinner and a strong night’s sleep
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