Poet on the Run – Jonathan’s experience at the 2016 Malta Marathon

 

The 31st edition of the Malta Marathon was the hardest experience for me even when including those I did abroad, due to the tough winds along all the course plus being one year older! Well done to all finishers!

Besides that, after 5 km, I pulled away from the pack and this made it harder till the end, considering also the fact that till the 26th km during the marathon, one would still be going out from Ta’ Qali whereabouts!

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This was my slowest time to date (2.40)since my debut  marathon in 2006 (2.30), but my aim was focused to retain 1st Maltese title again. Having said that, this was my 9th time finishing 1st Maltese including a half marathon victory in 2009 registering 1.08.39 on home soil and coincidentally 9th place overall in this year’s edition.  I carried the St. Patricks’s flag high once again winning my age category over 40 and 1st team classification with  Alex Schembri and George Vella crowning this special day for me where my mum was accompanying me together with my supportive family.

Tiredness creeped in along the route and the last and final push, but mental strength helped me emerge victorious with no injuries except soreness,  a boost in my preparations for Rome marathon in April.

I would like to thank my sponsors Team Barry Malta Challenge, NYOO and Maxim sports nutrition for running slippers for their assistance and those people around me who still believe in my potential including Roger Zammit and Mario Pisani.