The first series of CITY TRAIL runs completed!
Over the weekend, November 6-7, runners from Lublin, Warsaw, Bydgoszcz and Lodz began competing in the CITY TRAIL cross-country running series with Nationale-Nederlanden 2021/2022. Thus ended the first round of the five scheduled for the season. A total of nearly 2,300 participants ran in the four events, including nearly 650 children.
Lublin’s 5-kilometer CITY TRAIL route is led along extremely varied paths by the Zemborzycki Reservoir. This is not a loop that allows you to develop high speeds, but the start on this route gives enormous satisfaction.
Saturday’s run brought a victory for the debutant in CITY TRAIL in Lublin Damian Swierdzewski. His time is 16:38. In second place finished Patryk Pawłowski (16:47), and as third passed the finish line Przemyslaw Szymanowski (16:50).
In the women’s competition, the winner was Natalia Zych Finishing in 20:02:
A win is a win, but today I didn’t feel my best, so I can’t say I’m satisfied with the start. However, I plan to appear regularly on the route at the Zemborzycki Reservoir and fight again to win the general classification – said after the run the fastest of the women of Saturday’s competition, the best CITY TRAIL runner in Lublin in the 2019/2020 season. – We must admit that the conditions were not the easiest today. The strong wind was very noticeable in the first part of the distance and at the finish, when the route goes back to the path just by the Lagoon.
The second place went to Dominik Łukasiewicz (20:06), and “a notch” lower was placed Magdalena Sekuła (20:26).
City Trail Lublin (photo. Radek Pizoń)
The finish line of the main run was crossed by 295 people, including 86 women. 74 children took part in the CITY TRAIL Junior runs. The dates for the next runs in Lublin are December 11, January 8, February 5 and March 5. All of them will be held on the route by the Zemborzycki Reservoir. Lublin races co-financed by the City of Lublin. The local co-organizer is the company InesSport.
Warsaw’s 5-kilometer CITY TRAIL route is led along the paths of the Młociny Forest and gives the opportunity to develop high speeds. After a calm, controlled run, the victory in Saturday’s competition went to Piotr Mielewczyk, achieving a time of 15:28. In second place finished Mikolaj Skibinski (16:13), and as the third passed the finish line Marcin Patecki (16:13).
In the women’s competition, a decisive victory was won by Dominika Stelmach Finishing in 17:22.
I am very happy that I can still run fast. Maybe in one of the next CITY TRAIL races I’ll be tempted to develop maximum speed, which will eventually result in some solid result. This morning I was already doing running strength, so my legs had a right to be tired. The next target plan is a classic street marathon, which I may run in February. In view of the cancellation of the trail world championships, I decided to fight just for 42km 195m, because I’m convinced that I can afford a personal best. In my long-term plans, I am considering the 100km street running world championships in August, or the famous ultra run in South Africa, Comrades – revealed after the run the fastest of the women of the Warsaw competition, the 2018 world vice-champion in long-distance mountain running.
The second place went to Iwona Wicha (18:09), and in third place was ranked by Adriana Kalbarczyk (18:35).
City Trail Warsaw (photo. Karolina Krawczyk)
The finish line of the main run was crossed by 624 people, including 255 women. 249 young athletes ran in the competition for juniors.
The dates of the next runs in Warsaw are December 4, January 8, February 19 and March 19. All of them will be held on the route in the Młociny Forest.
Bydgoszcz’s 5-kilometer CITY TRAIL route is led along the paths of the “Myślęcinek” park and is one of the fastest “fives” held as part of the nationwide grand prix.
Sunday’s run was won by the current course record holder, Błażej Brzeziński, Beating it this time in 15:08. In second place finished Marcin Biskup (15:43), and third was Piotr Frydrychowski (15:46).
Among the ladies, the best was Aleksandra Brzezinska, who took 17 minutes and 6 seconds to complete 5 kilometers:
I am very happy to be able to run again in full health! Previously, I struggled with an injury for 6 weeks. Fortunately, this is behind me. Of course, my current training is the beginning of the road to running fast. In 3 weeks I intend to run in the cross-country championships of Poland. I am finally the current national champion. Admittedly, I am far from the highest form, but I intend to fight ambitiously. I love the competition and cross-country running, which will dominate my winter part of the season. The climax is expected to be the military winter games, where I plan to compete just in cross country. Ultimately, next year, of course, I would like to get some worthwhile result in the marathon.
Second place went to Marta Szenk (18:50), and the third was Daria Maik (18:57).
City Trail Bydgoszcz (fot. Tomasz Czachorowski)
The cross-country five was completed by 400 athletes, including 141 women. 163 young athletes took part in the CITY TRAIL Junior competition.
The dates for the next runs in Bydgoszcz are December 5, January 9, February 20 and March 20. All will be held on the route in the Forest Park of Culture and Recreation “Myślęcinek”. Bydgoszcz edition of CITY TRAIL co-financed by the City of Bydgoszcz.
Lodz’s 5-kilometer CITY TRAIL route follows the paths of Baden-Powell Park. The runners who decide to take part in the race twice have a grassy runway to overcome, and this is the biggest obstacle on the route. The winner of Sunday’s run – just 16 years old Maksymilian Zawiślak – obtained a result of 17:01.
– I have been running only since May 2020, before that I did table tennis. I take off mainly on the treadmill. Today’s run was very difficult, although my rivals didn’t start too hard, so I was able to keep their pace. I hope that the coach will not mind starting in future CITY TRAIL – runs; said the winner at the finish line.
In second place finished Jedrzej Hasiura (17:06), and as the third to pass the finish line was the Pawel Kopaczewski (17:12).
In the women’s competition, a decisive victory was won by Dominika Wiecha, Finishing in 18:39. Second place was won by the Andżelika Niklewicz (20:02), and third place went to Milena Gierach (20:18).
City Trail Lodz (photo. Sebastian Nowakowski)
The finish line of the main run was crossed by 317 people, including 95 women. 160 young athletes took part in the CITY TRAIL Junior runs.
The dates for the next runs in Lodz are December 12, January 9, February 6 and March 6. All will be held on the route in Baden-Powell Park. The local co-organizer of the Lodz edition of CITY TRAIL is the InesSport company.
It is worth remembering that CITY TRAIL runs are characterized by a cyclical formula. To be classified, fight for prizes and receive a commemorative medal, you need to run a minimum of 3 times in the edition.